Farewell to Aero's ATR aircraft

On January 6th, 2008 Finnair’s propeller aircraft era will end as the ATR-72-201 aircraft, which have been operating under Finnair’s Estonian subsidiary Aero livery, are transferred to new owners. Finnair was the first airline to begin operating ATR-72 aircraft. The first ATR-72 was delivered to the company in October 1989. Aero flew its first ATR-72 flight on 31 March 2002 on the Helsinki-Tallinn route. The nine aircraft were gradually transferred to Aero, and in 2004 the ATRs were registered in Estonia. The aircraft have been in the ownership of Finnair Aircraft Finance the entire time. In the future Finnair’s and Read more

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Finnair Technical Services and Aeroflot Cargo sign maintenance contract

Finnair Technical Services and Russia-based Aeroflot Cargo have signed an agreement covering maintenance services for Boeing MD-11 cargo aircraft until 2016. The service agreement covers airframe, engine and component overhaul and maintenance. The first maintenance under the contract will be completed at the beginning of 2008. The value of the agreement is estimated at over 200 million euros over a period of eight years. The agreement is one of the largest in the history of Finnair Technical Services. Aeroflot Cargo is the biggest single customer for Finnair Technical Services outside Finnair Group. Finnair Technical Services’ annual turnover is over 200 Read more

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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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