Boeing, Ruili Airlines eye future Chinese expansion
Boeing’s 787 may be a better fit for some expanding Chinese airlines rather than the larger 777 that has been selling to the country’s carriers in recent years, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner said at the Farnborough Airshow July 13.
European leisure travel specialist TUI Group has converted options on 10 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and a single 787-9, valued at $1.4 billion at list prices at the Farnborough Airshow. Pictured: TUI Group David Burling and Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner
Qatar takes stake in LATAM
Gulf carrier Qatar Airways is to take a stake of up to 10% in South America’s LATAM Airlines Group, it was announced at the Farnborough Airshow July 12. Pictured: LATAM Airlines Group CEO Enrique Cueto and Qatar Airways’ Group CEO Akbar Al Baker
Canada's Porter Airlines signs for three Q400s
Canadian regional airline Porter Airlines has signed a firm purchase agreement for three Bombardier Q400s, valued at $93 million at list prices, it was announced at the Farnborough Airshow. From Left: Bombardier VP-regional aircraft Kevin Smith and Porter Airlines CEO Bob Deluce
Gulf Air selects Trent 1000s for 787s
Bahrain-based Gulf Air has selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine to power its Boeing 787-9s in a deal valued at $900 million, it was announced at the Farnborough Airshow. From left: Gulf Air chief technical officer Jamal Hashim, Gulf Air CEO Maher Salman Al Musallam, Gulf Air, Rolls-Royce president-civil aerospace Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce SVP-customers, civil aerospace Peter Dunsford.
Go Air signs for 72 A320neos
Indian low-cost carrier Go Air is planning to double its Airbus A320neo order, after signing a memorandum of understanding for a further 72 aircraft, it was announced at the Farnborough Airshow. Pictured: Airbus COO-customers John Leahy and Go Air CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer
Germania places firm order for 25 A320neos
German low-cost carrier Germania has placed a firm order for 25 Airbus A320neos and has taken options on a further 15 aircraft, in a deal valued at $2.7 billion, it was announced at the Farnborough Airshow. From left: Airbus COO-customers John Leahy, Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Bregier, Germania CEO Karsten Balke and Germania CTO Thomas Wazinski
Caribbean carrier Cayman Airways leases 4 Boeing 737 MAX 8s
Caribbean carrier Cayman Airways is to lease four Boeing 737 MAX 8s as it embarks on a fleet renewal program, it was announced at the Farnborough Airshow. From left: Boeing VP-Africa, Latin America & Caribbean sales Van Rex Gallard, ALC executive chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy and Cayman Airways president and CEO Fabian Whorms
Rockton Aviation commits to up to 20 MRJ90s
Mitsubishi is closing in on its first European order after Swedish regional aircraft leasing specialist Rockton Aviation signed a letter of intent (LOI) to take 10 Mitsubishi MRJ90s and options on a further 10. left: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. president Hiromichi Morimoto, Rockton Aviation president Niklas Lund and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. VP and GM-sales and marketing Yugo Fukuhara
Arkia Israeli Airlines firms order for four A330-900neos
Tel Aviv-based Arkia Israeli Airlines has firmed an order for four A330-900neo aircraft valued at $1.15 billion at list prices at the Farnborough Airshow. From left: Jordache Enterprises president Ralph Nakash, Airbus COO-customers John Leahy, Jordache Enterprises chairman Joe Nakash
Ivory Coast national carrier, Air Côte D’Ivoire, has signed a firm order for an additional Airbus A320neo to complete its fleet. Pictured: Rendering of Air Côte D’Ivoire A320neo
Jetstar Pacific signs MOU for 10 A320ceos
Ho Chi Minh City-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Jetstar Pacific Airlines signed an MOU with Airbus at the Farnborough Airshow to order 10 A320ceo aircraft valued at $980 million at list prices. Photo: Jetstar Pacific A320
Cyprus-based carrier Cobalt launches services
New Cyprus-based carrier Cobalt has launched initial services, with plans to ramp up its fleet and destinations over the next few weeks.
US DOT awards 8 airlines Havana rights
The US has divided the first available tranche of daily flights to Havana, Cuba, among eight US carriers, including all four majors as well as four smaller, low-cost carriers.
Boeing's latest ecoDemonstrator testbed to be Embraer E170
An Embraer E170 will be the next aircraft to be used as a testbed in Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program.
Airbus readies for A330neo FAL
Airbus is starting to pull together components in preparation for the final assembly of the first A330neo, which is scheduled to get underway in September.
First A350 XWB for Thai Airways to begin ground, flight testing
The first A350 XWB for Thai Airways International (THAI) has rolled out from cabin furnishing and engine installation at the Airbus Toulouse Final Assembly Line.
ATR opens new MRO center
Turboprop manufacturer ATR has opened its new aviation maintenance site at Toulouse-Francazal airfield, after receiving the necessary approvals from French civil aviation safety regulator OSAC. Pictured: ATR CEO Patrick de Castelbajac opens the new MRO facility at Toulouse-Francazal.
SkyWork Airlines takes Saab 2000
Switzerland-based regional SkyWork Airlines took delivery of its first Saab 2000 turboprop, and launched the first flight July 1 from Bern to London City via EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg. Pictured: Saab 2000
Vanilla Air grows fleet, network
Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) low-cost subsidiary (LCC) Vanilla Air will add multiple new routes this year, thanks to the planned delivery of more narrowbody aircraft. Pictured: Vanilla Air A320
LOT places first modernized 737-800 in service
LOT Polish Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines, which recently completed a cabin upgrade in its Boeing 737-400s, placed the first of three newly modernized aircraft into service on its Warsaw-London Heathrow route June 27.
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.