Continental will withdraw 69 regional jets operated by ExpressJet

Continental Airlines announced that it has given notice to withdraw 69 of 274 regional jet aircraft from its capacity purchase agreement with ExpressJet Holdings, Inc. and ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. ExpressJet is currently the exclusive operator of regional jet services for Continental Airlines. Continental will request proposals from numerous regional jet operators to provide regional jet service to replace the withdrawn capacity. The transition of service from ExpressJet to a new operator is expected to begin in January 2007 and be completed during the summer of 2007. Continental and ExpressJet attempted to negotiate a more competitive long-term contract, but the parties Read more

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Bangkok Airways aquires six A350s

Bangkok Airways decided to acquire six Airbus A350s for operation on new long range services from Thailand to Europe commencing in 2012. The airline currently operates a fleet of seventeen jet and turboprop aircraft on a network of services to destinations in Thailand and across Asia. This decision by Bangkok Airways takes total firm orders and commitments for the new Airbus A350 to 170 aircraft from 13 customers. Bangkok Airways will announce its engine choice at a later date.

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Avion Group buys four 777 freighters

Avion Group, Iceland, signed a contract for the purchase of four 777 Freighters with Boeing. The airplanes are in addition to an order for four 777 Freighters that Avion Group placed with Boeing last September. The four new orders were previously posted as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website. The new cargo planes will be operated by Avion Group’s subsidiary, wet-lease operator Air Atlanta Icelandic. The 777s will be powered by General Electric GE90-110B1.

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Cathay Pacific to strengthen Europe connections with daily service to Rome

Cathay Pacific Airways will commence daily service between Hong Kong and Rome, starting 27 March 2006. The airline also announced the launch of two other new services to Europe – to Moscow and Manchester, England, which will start 27 March 2006. The new services follow Cathay Pacific’s biggest order for new aircraft, intended to increase the frequency of flights, connections and add new destinations from its Hong Kong hub. The airline ordered 16 Boeing 777-300ER long-range jets, with purchase rights for 20 more, plus three Airbus A330-300s for regional routes.

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AirAsia initiates total fleet renewal with Airbus A320

AirAsia has initiated a total fleet renewal with the delivery of the first of sixty A320s. The A320s will over time completely replace the Boeing 737-300 fleet currently operated by the AirAsia Group (comprising AirAsia in Malaysia, Thai AirAsia in Thailand and AWAIR in Indonesia). AirAsia holds options to purchase a further 40 A320s under an agreement signed with Airbus in March 2005. All A320 aircraft will be powered by CFM-56-5B engines from CFM international.

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Southwest 737-700 veered off runway in Chicago

Southwest Airlines’ Flight 1248 was involved in an accident at Chicago Midway Airport while the 737-700 was landing. The aircraft veered off the runway onto Central and 55th Avenues, beyond the northwest corner of the runway. Flight 1248 was scheduled for a 2:55 p.m. CST departure out of Baltimore/Washington International Airport, but the aircraft’s departure was delayed until 4:50 p.m. CST because of weather. The flight arrived at Chicago Midway at 7:15 p.m. CST, after circling the Chicago Midway Airport for approximately 35 minutes. Two vehicles were involved when Southwest aircraft N-471 veered off the runway. A six-year-old boy in Read more

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