CFM delivers more than 900 new CFM56-5B/CFM56-7B engines

CFM56 Tech Insertion has had a successful entry into service, with the engines performing very well in airline operation. To date, CFM has delivered more than 900 new CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines in this configuration to airlines around the globe. Tech Insertion became the new production standard for the CFM56-7B and CFM56-5B in 2007. The CFM56-7B variant entered service with Lion Air last May, while Italy’s Air One took delivery of the first CFM56-5B Tech Insertion engine in October. CFM also announced that it will begin offering Tech Insertion upgrades to current CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B operators in the second half Read more

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RusLine operates first Bombardier CRJ airliner on scheduled flights in Russia

RusLine of Moscow, Russia has become the first airline to operate scheduled flights with a Bombardier CRJ regional jet in Russia, flying a previously-owned 50-seat CRJ100 aircraft. The airline started the scheduled flights by February 14, 2008. Established in 1994, RusLine also operates a fleet of Russian-built jet aircraft and operates scheduled and charter flights to destinations in Russia and other CIS countries from Vnukovo and Sheremetyevo airports in Moscow. RusLine said it planned to fly the CRJ100 jetliner on its routes from Vnukovo to Magnitogorsk, Kurgan, Ufa and Elista in Russia, and to Aktobe in Kazakhstan, and to other Read more

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Q Aviation selects 767-300BCF

Boeing confirmed that Q Aviation has selected the 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighters to provide lift for the air cargo industry.Q Aviation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Q Investments and has become a leading commercial aircraft lessor with over 75 aircraft with a value in excess of $1.4 billion purchased, leased or sold to customers in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

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Lion Air orders 56 Next Generation 737s

Jakarta-based Lion Air ordered 56 Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. This order, valued at more than $4.4 billion at current list prices, brings Lion Air’s combined orders for the 737-900ER to 178. Additionally, the airline acquired purchase rights for an additional 50 737-900ERs.

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Cebu Pacific receives first ATR aircraft

Philippine-based low-fare carrier Cebu Pacific has taken delivery of its first ATR aircraft, a brand new ATR 72-500. The airline inked last year two contracts with ATR for the purchase of a total of 10 ATR 72-500s, and options for 8 additional aircraft, valued at over $330 million, based upon list prices. Cebu Pacific will take delivery of its firmly ordered ATRs in 2008 and 2009. All the aircraft are configured with 72 seats and feature the state-of-the-art technological innovations in the field of communications and navigation aid tools and passenger comfort.

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Airbus successfully tested fuel cells system in flight

Airbus has successfully tested a fuel cells system in flight. For the first time on a civil aircraft this innovative energy source powered the aircraft’s back-up hydraulic and electric power systems. The test conducted in February is part of Airbus’ overall plans for an eco-efficient aviation industry. It supports the on-going research to evaluate the potential use and environmental benefits of fuel cell technology and zero emissions power generation in civil aviation. During the test, the hydrogen and oxygen based fuel cell system generated up to 20 Kilo Watts (kW) of electrical power. The emission free fuel cell system generates Read more

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Korean Air expands A380 aircraft order

Korean Air is expanding its A380 fleet with the purchase of three more A380 aircraft. This firm order is in addition to the five A380 aircraft ordered by Korean Air in 2003. Starting in 2010, Korean Air will introduce the A380 on high density traffic routes from Seoul to the US west coast, with subsequent destinations likely to include cities on the US east coast and Europe. Deliveries to Korean Air for the three additional aircraft are scheduled to take place in 2012 and 2013. With Korean Air’s additional order, Airbus has 192 firm orders, from 16 customers for the Read more

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PAL posts quarterly loss of $11.3 million

Philippine Airlines incurred a loss of $11.3 million for October-to-December 2007, but still emerged with a profit of $11.5 million for the first nine months of its 2007-2008 fiscal year. The loss contrasted with net income of $79.5 million in the same period in 2006 The flag carrier earned $15.3 million in operating income in October-to-December 2007

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Airbus selects Hamilton Sundstrand for A350 XWB Electric Power Generation System

Airbus has selected Hamilton Sundstrand to provide the Electric Power Generation System for the Airbus A350 XWB. Slated to enter service in 2013, the A350 XWB (Extra Wide-Body) is Airbus’ newest aircraft model, accommodating between 270 and 350 passengers in three basic versions. Hamilton Sundstrand’s A350 XWB electric power generation system (EPGS) comprises four 100 kVA, 230-volt variable frequency generators and four generator control units. Hamilton Sundstrand estimates total program revenue of approximately $1 billion.

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TAM receives new Airbus A320

TAM incorporated a new Airbus A320 to its fleet, brought directly from the factory at Toulouse, France. With this aircraft, TAM now has 103 Airbus models – 15 A319s, 71 A320s, 3 A321s, 12 A330s and 2 A340s. The arrival of the new airplane reinforces TAM’s policy of operating a fleet with a low average age, ensuring greater passenger comfort.

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