Panta Holdings to sell VLM Airlines to Air France-KLM

Panta Holdings B.V., owner of VLM Airlines, has reached an agreement on terms for the sale of VLM Airlines to Air France-KLM. VLM Airlines is one of Europe’s leading regional carriers catering principally for business travellers. The company operates a fleet of 18 Fokker 50 and one BAE 146. London City Airport is the hub for the majority of its flights and therefore VLM Airlines will actively cooperate with the regional carrier CityJet, a 100% subsidiary of Air France, which is already operating out of London City Airport.

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MNG Technic signs agreement with Onur Air

MNG Technic has signed another C Check agreement with Onur Air to perform heavy maintenance on its 8 MD series aircraft. The starting date of first C Check will be on January 2008 and all 8 C Checks will be accomplished in five months at the facility of MNG Technic hangar located at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Turkey. MNG Technic is providing Base Maintenance Services at its base in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as Line Maintenance Services in Istanbul and Antalya.

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Air Astana becomes latest customer for Trent 1000

Air Astana, the national airline of Kazakhstan, has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines for its initial three Boeing 787-8s, plus a further three of the twinjets for which it has purchase rights. The value of the firm business is $90 million at engine list prices. Delive-ries begin in 2016.

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China Aviation Industry rolls out GE-powered ARJ21-700 Regional Jet

AVIC1 Commercial Aircraft Co., Ltd. (ACAC) rolled out its new 90-passenger, GE-powered ARJ21-700 regional jet on December 21, 2007 at the Shanghai Aircraft Company assembly plant. At the ceremony, Kunpeng Airlines, a new regional airline in China, announced orders for 50 firm and 50 option ARJ21-700 regional jets. China’s ACAC developed the aircraft for both the Chinese and export markets. To date, ACAC has taken firm orders for 85 ARJ21 aircraft, powered by the GE CF34-10A engine. ACAC sees a potential market for 850 ARJ21s over the next 20 years, representing a potential to GE of more than $4 billion Read more

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Government Of Spain orders two more 415 Amphibious Firefighting aircraft

The Government of Spain has placed a firm order for two Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft. Based on the list price, the contract is valued at approximately $60 million and includes technical support, training, one Flight Training Device (FTD) and additional equipment for the current fleet. Delivery of the aircraft will begin in 2008.

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DAE Capital concludes 100-airplane order

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) and Boeing concluded all contractual obligations for the purchase of 100 airplanes valued at $10.9 billion at average list prices. DAE, a global aerospace, manufacturing and services corporation, and Boeing had previously signed a letter of intent at the Dubai Air Show in early November. The airplane order will be added to Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries Web site at the next scheduled weekly update on Jan. 3.

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Vietnam Airlines and Vietnam Aircraft Leasing finalize 787 order with Boeing

Vietnam Airlines and Vietnam Aircraft Leasing Co. (VALC) have finalized an order for a total of 12 Boeing 787-8s with a list value of approximately $2 billion. Vietnam Airlines will take four of the new airplanes and VALC will purchase the remaining eight Dreamliners, leasing them to Vietnam Airlines. This is the second order for the 787 Dreamliner by the airline, following a previous order for four airplanes in 2005. The airline’s first 787-8, from the previous order, is planned for delivery in 2009. Vietnam Airlines plans to operate a total of 20 purchased and leased 787s by 2015, and Read more

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Republic Airways reports 32% increase in December 2007 traffic

Republic Airways Holdings reported preliminary passenger traffic results for December 2007. The company reported that traffic increased 32.1% over the same month last year, while cpacity increased 32.9%. The load factor was 69.3% versus 69.7% in December 2006.

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