Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of the first of 14 Airbus A350 XWBs on June 28, making it Africa’s first operator of the type. It is also the Addis Ababa-based carrier’s first Airbus aircraft in its 70-year history.
SWISS takes first CS100
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Bombardier delivered the first CSeries aircraft, to Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), at ceremonies in Montreal June 29.
Air Canada finalizes Bombardier CS300 order
Air Canada has finalized an order for 45 Bombardier CS300s, plus options for 30 additional aircraft.
Embraer cuts metal for first E175-E2
Embraer has cut metal for its first E175-E2 prototype at its Evora plant in Portugal, producing a wing stud for the third and smallest member of its second generation E-Jet family.
Dubai International (DXB) makes an indelible impression even when viewed from outer space with the addition of Concourse D. Concourse D, which is the last major facility that DXB has space for, has boosted the airport’s annual capacity to 90 million passengers.
AWAS places follow-on firm order for 15 A320 family aircraft
Dublin-based lessor AWAS has placed a follow-on firm order for 15 A320 family aircraft, comprising three A321ceos and 12 A320ceos.
Boeing acknowledged June 21 that Iran Air has signed a letter of intent to order airliners, confirming the US manufacturer intends to challenge Airbus vigorously in the politically sensitive, but potentially lucrative Middle Eastern market. The company declined to disclose details of the agreement with Iran Air. But the numbers discussed appear to be greater than 100 airliners, including about 70 narrowbodies and an unspecified number of 747-8 intercontinental passenger jets, according to sources familiar with the talks.
Airbus to fly A350 XWB on China tour
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Airbus is making its first A350-900 demonstration tour of China, from June 25-July 2, as it attempts to tap further into the booming Chinese airline market. The A350 test aircraft, MSN002, outfitted with a cabin interior, will fly to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Haikou and Chengdu.
Russia to invest in revived L-410 assembly
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The Russian government is ready to invest up to RUB530 million ($8.3 million) in assembling the revived Let L-410 in the Ural region this year.
Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has restricted Moscow-based Red Wings Airlines’ air operator’s certificate (AOC), prohibiting it from SSJ100 aircraft operations. The decision takes effect from July 1.
Hainan Airlines takes first 787-9
Hainan Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9, becoming China’s first operator of both the 787-8 and -9 variants of the Dreamliner family.
Russia's Irkut rolls out first MC-21
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The first flight for Russia’s MC-21-300, which was rolled out June 8, is planned for December 2016-February 2017
Startup French Blue takes first A330-300
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Paris Orly-based long-haul, low-cost startup French Blue has taken delivery of its first aircraft, a new Airbus A330-300, and is aiming to launch operations on Sept. 10.
China Airlines' first A350 XWB delivery delayed
Taipei-based China Airlines, which was scheduled to take delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB in July, has been informed by the European manufacturer its first aircraft will now arrive at the end of September. Photo: Rendering of A350-900 in China Airlines' livery
Star Alliance Schwab to retire; new CEO appointed
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Star Alliance appointed Jeffrey Goh as CEO as of Jan. 1, 2017, succeeding Mark Schwab who will retire at the end of the year. Pictured: From left: Incoming Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh, CEO Mark Schwab and Star executive board chairman Calin Rovinescu
CSeries flies from Dublin to Zurich
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Bombardier completed a CSeries aircraft demonstration flight carrying senior executives from about 20 Star Alliance member airlines and media representatives. The historic flight of the CSeries aircraft departed Dublin at the conclusion of the 2016 IATA AGM on June 3.
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