Malaysia Airlines orders up to 50 737 Max jets

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Published: July 27, 2016

Malaysia Airlines has placed a firm order for 25 Boeing 737 Max aircraft, and taken options on a further 25. The deal is valued at $ 5.5 billion at list prices, with deliveries set to commence in 2019. The carrier will take a mix of 737 Max 9s and 8s, but did not provide […]

JetBlue adds 30 A321s to order backlog

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Published: July 26, 2016

JetBlue Airways has added orders for 30 Airbus A321s, raising the US low-cost carrier’s total backlog to 116 single-aisles. The amended purchase agreement includes orders for 15 A321s and 15 re-engined A321neos, says JetBlue. Engine selection for the newly ordered aircraft has not been announced. JetBlue’s 130 A320s and 30 A321s are all powered […]

PICTURE: First Thai A350 starts flight tests

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Published: July 25, 2016

Thai Airways International’s first Airbus A350-900 is set to be delivered at the end of the third quarter of this year. The aircraft has entered flight testing, with the twinjet having completed its maiden sortie at Toulouse. Thai Airways, which confirms the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered jet has carried out its first flight, has four […]

737 Max will be ‘game changer’ for Ryanair costs: finance chief

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Published: July 25, 2016

Introduction to service of the Boeing 737 Max will be a “game changer” for Ryanair, argues the budget airline’s finance chief Neil Sorahan. Speaking after the carrier released its first-quarter earnings today, Sorahan highlighted the aircraft as a key part of a “relentless focus on cost” at Ryanair. “In 2019, we start to take […]

American defers A350 deliveries by more than two years

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Published: July 22, 2016

American Airlines has deferred the deliveries of all of the 22 Airbus A350-900s that it has on order, as it works to reduce its capital expenditures and manage capacity through 2018. The Fort Worth-based carrier will take its first A350 in “late 2018” instead of “spring 2017”, it says in a quarterly financial filing […]

HNA Logistics to inject CNY915m into Yangtze River Express

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Published: July 22, 2016

HNA Logistics Group will inject CNY915 million ($ 136 million) into Yangtze River Express to fund the carrier’s growth of its eastern China network. The capital injection will see HNA Logistics will become the largest shareholder in Yangtze River Express with a 35.1% stake, Hainan Airlines says in a disclosure to the Shanghai Stock […]

Search for MH370 to suspend after completion of search area

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Published: July 22, 2016

Australia, China and Malaysia will suspend the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after it has combed the 120,000km² search area. In a joint statement by the Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre, transport ministers from the three countries reiterated that the search for the Boeing 777-200ER will resume “should credible new information emerge […]

​FARNBOROUGH: Honeywell and Safran halt electric taxi project

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Published: July 21, 2016

Honeywell and Safran have pulled the plug on their jointly conceived electric taxiing system, while rival developer WheelTug aims to enter service with its system in 2018. At the Paris air show in 2013, Honeywell and Safran demonstrated an initial version of their main landing gear-mounted Electric Green Taxiing System on an Airbus A320 […]

EasyJet stays upbeat in uncertain operating environment

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Published: July 21, 2016

Budget carrier EasyJet is unsure about its fourth-quarter performance following the events in France and Turkey, which have undermined consumer confidence already shaken by the impact of the UK’s vote to exit the European Union. The airline says the political upheaval is generating additional pressure on the carrier, which has been coping with a […]

Inquiry finds engine fault after fatal An-12 overrun

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Published: July 20, 2016

Russian investigators have disclosed findings of a technical problem in one of the engines on a Silk Way Airlines Antonov An-12 which crashed on take-off in Afghanistan. The aircraft (4K-AZ25) had been leased for cargo transport and had been attempting departure from Camp Dwyer, with six crew and three passengers, on 18 May. Russia’s […]

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