Qatar Airways has decided to equip its incoming fleet of Airbus A321neos with CFM International Leap-1A engines, dropping an earlier commitment for the competing Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engine. The order for 50 units of the largest A320neo-family member replaces an earlier order for the same number of A320neo family jets.
Kirstjen Nielsen takes officer of US homeland security secretary
Kirstjen Nielsen is sworn in as US homeland security secretary Dec. 6 by White House chief of staff John Kelly and White House executive clerk David Kalbaugh.
China’s ICBC Leasing has ordered 55 Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) C919s, becoming the biggest customer for the aircraft.
Aerolíneas Argentinas takes first Boeing 737 MAX 8
Aerolíneas Argentina took delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 Nov. 29 and flew the aircraft’s first commercial flight from Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) to Mendoza in western Argentina Dec. 4. Aerolíneas is the first Latin American carrier to fly a MAX aircraft.
China Airlines takes delivery of biofuel-powered A350 XWB
Taiwan’s China Airlines has taken delivery of an Airbus A350 XWB powered with a biofuel mix, joining the sustainable fuel initiative for Airbus delivery flights.
Allegiant to add Airbus aircraft as MD-80s retire
Las Vegas-based LCC Allegiant Air will focus on adding 30 Airbus aircraft between the end of 2017 and 2018 as it works under an accelerated schedule to retire its MD-80s.
Alliance stays committed to Fokker fleet
Alliance Airlines MD Scott McMillan in front of an Austrian Airlines Fokker aircraft being transferred to the Australian carrier, which is the world's largest operator of Fokker aircraft.
Malaysia Airlines takes first A350
Malaysia Airlines took delivery of its first of six Airbus A350-900s leased from Air Lease Corp.
Dubai lounge is virtual movie theater
SkyTeam is teaming up with high-tech startup SkyLights to transform its Dubai International Airport lounge into a virtual movie theater. For a limited time, customers can watch multimedia content on immersive Bravo headsets and enjoy the latest cinematic VR technology before they fly. The two-month Dubai ‘Virtual Cinema’ pilot is part of SkyTeam’s strategy to deliver an innovative and memorable experience each time customers visit one of the alliance’s seven branded lounges around the world.
EasyJet launches Immfly digital platform
EasyJet launched Immfly’s digital platform, “Air Time” on the first of five easyJet aircraft equipped with the service. The high-performance digital platform, available in five languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian and German), enables high-speed IFE streaming on passengers’ own smart devices.
DHL Express takes delivery of first new A330 P2F freighter
Express freight specialist DHL Express has become the first operator to accept an Airbus A330-300 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between Singapore-based ST Aerospace and Airbus.
American to retrofit A321 overhead bins
American Airlines is planning to add extra-large storage bins on the bulk of its in-service Airbus A321s, 202 aircraft in all, and has chosen Airbus’s aftermarket services unit Services by Airbus to perform the retrofit.
ATR 72-600 FFS gets EASA certification
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the ATR 72-600 full-flight simulator (FFS), which was manufactured by TRU Simulation + Training and is based at ATR’s Paris Training Center.
Linda Blachly is Senior Associate Editor for Air Transport World and Aviation Week. She joined the company in July 2010 and is responsible for producing features for Air Transport World’s monthly magazine and engaging content for the aviationweek.com. She is based in the Washington DC office.