VOLARIS upgrades to IAE V2500 SelectOne for future A319s

Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris has chosen to upgrade its future engine deliveries for 14 aircraft to the V2500 SelectOne standard. In January 2006, Toluca-based Volaris placed an order for V2500-A5s to power 16 firm and 40 option Airbus A319s, all backed by IAE

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TAM receives second Boeing 777

TAM S.A. received a Boeing 777-300ER, the second of eight total aircraft of this model acquired by the company. Captain David Barioni Neto, President of TAM, and Commander Fernando Sporleder Junior, the company’s Vice President of Operations, received this B777 directly from Boeing’s factory in Seattle and both piloted the aircraft to Sao Paulo. TAM is operating the route between Sao Paulo and Frankfurt, Germany, with this new aircraft, which has a more spacious cabin, three seat classes and a capacity of 365 passengers.

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Cessna Citation Mustang achieves Canadian, Japanese certifications

Cessna Aircraft Company has achieved type certification for the Citation Mustang from Transport Canada and the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau, leading the way for deliveries to begin to customers in both countries. The current fleet of Citation Mustangs totals 130 aircraft. The fleet has accumulated more than 19,000 flight hours, with the high-time aircraft logging more than 500 hours. The Mustang is now certified in 51 countries.

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Aer Lingus and SIPTU agree framework

Aer Lingus has agreed a framework with SIPTU, which may deliver the required cost savings. This framework would not involve outsourcing. However, until these savings are verified and confirmed by the union, the outsourcing plans remain on the table. In this regard, SIPTU has indicated that it will be in a position to confirm the savings by 3rd December.

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ExelTech signs general terms agreement with Colgan Air

ExelTech Aerospace has signed a general terms agreement with COLGAN AIR, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines. ExelTech will perform heavy maintenance, including major structural inspections and modifications, on lease return aircraft needs into 2009. All of this work will be performed at the Company

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Southwest Airlines appoints two new members to Board of Directors

The Southwest Airlines Board of Directors appointed Daniel D. Villanueva and John Denison to the Board. Villanueva is a partner in RC Fontis, a California-based private equity firm. Villanueva previously was Managing Partner of Bastion Capital Corporation, a private equity investment fund. Denison has a long history in the airline industry. He previously served in an executive capacity with Global Aero Logistics Inc., an airline holding company, including as its Chairman of the Board.

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Air France-KLM report net earnings down to EUR 28 million in 2nd quarter

Air France-KLM reported for the second quarter of 2008-09 that net income stood at 28 million euros versus 736 million euros the previous year, which had included proceeds of 212 million euros in respect of Amadeus. Restated for non-recurrent and non-cash items, net income stood at 244 million euros, down 49.1%. Revenues rose 3.2% to 6.69 billion euros after a negative currency effect of 3.9%, for production measured in equivalent available seat kilometers (EASK) up 4.1%. Unit revenue measured in EASK was slightly down (-0.5%) but rose 3.6% on a constant currency basis. The main change in operating costs related Read more

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