Ilyushin Finance Co. to take first Bombardier CS300 in April 2016

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Published: July 30, 2014

Russia’s Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC)—which has 32 Bombardier CS300s , plus 10 options, on order—has agreed to postpone delivery from November 2015 to April 2016.                                                                         The changes were made after CSeries flight test aircraft FTV1 experienced “an engine-related incident during stationary ground maintenance testing” at the end of May, which halted the CSeries program […]

ANA receives first Boeing 787-9

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Published: July 30, 2014

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9, becoming the first airline to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline launches 787-9 services on domestic Japanese routes in August. ANA president and CEO Osamu Shinobe called the 787 a “key element in our growth […]

Spirit Airlines posts record 2Q $65 million net profit

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Published: July 30, 2014

Florida-based Spirit Airlines posted a second-quarter net profit of $ 64.8 million, up 54.2% year-over-year from the low-cost-carrier’s (LCC) $ 42.1 million net income in the  2013 June quarter . The results further bolster Spirit’s 2014 profitability—building on its first-quarter $ 37.7 million net profit, which was a 23.4% improvement over 2013’s first-quarter. Excluding the […]

Airbus cancels Skymark A380 order

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Published: July 29, 2014

Airbus has terminated an order for six A380s from Tokyo-based Skymark Airlines, scheduled for delivery between 2014 and 2015. Skymark, which was due to be the first Japanese A380 operator, had planned to deploy the aircraft on international trunk routes, in particular linking Tokyo Narita Airport to destinations in the US. However, in a brief […]

WestJet to start operating Boeing 767s in 2015; 2Q net profit up 15.9%

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Published: July 29, 2014

Calgary-based WestJet next year will start flying Boeing 767-300ERs, the first widebody aircraft the low-cost carrier (LCC) will operate since its 1996 founding. The announcement about the 767s came as WestJet reported second-quarter net income of C$ 51.8 million ($ 47.9 million), up 15.9% over a net profit of C$ 44.7 million in the prior-year […]

Air Algerie cockpit voice recorder damaged on impact

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Published: July 29, 2014

French air accident investigators have read the flight data recorder (FDR) of the Boeing MD-83 that crashed in Mali while operating for Air Algerie, but work is continuing on the cockpit voice recorder (CVR), which was damaged on impact. Flight AH5017 was operating from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers on July 24 when it […]

Task force to examine airspace safety in wake of MH17

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Published: July 29, 2014

ICAO, IATA and other major global aviation organizations are forming a high-level international task force of state and industry experts to look at airspace security issues raised by the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 earlier this month. The chiefs of ICAO, IATA, Airports Council International (ACI) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization […]

EC approves financial aid to LOT Polish Airlines

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Published: July 29, 2014

The European Commission (EC) has approved the provision of financial aid to LOT Polish Airlines, following a nine-month investigation . The EC had expressed concern as to whether the Polish flag carrier’s restructuring plan went far enough in offsetting the benefits of its cash infusion. However, LOT said Tuesday that European authorities have agreed the […]

WestJet firms five more Bombardier Q400 options

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Published: July 29, 2014

Calgary-based WestJet, which has 20 Bombardier Q400s on firm order, has converted an additional five of its 25 options into firm orders, in a deal valued at approximately $ 167 million based on current list prices. The transaction follows the first conversion of five options announced in March, bringing the number of option aircraft exercised […]

Middle Eastern carriers drop routes

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Published: July 29, 2014

Royal Jordanian and Saudi Arabian hybrid carrier flynas have announced they are dropping routes due to the stresses facing smaller Middle East carriers compared with the region’s giants. The Jordanian national airline, which has suffered increased costs from having to route flights around neighboring Syria due to the ongoing civil war there, will cease services […]

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