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Mitsubishi to acquire CRJ program from Bombardier

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the parent company of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has entered an agreement to acquire Bombardier’s Canadair Regional Jet program. The agreement will see Mitsubishi pay Bombardier $550 million USD and assume liabilities of approximately $200 million USD. Mitsubishi will accuire the Canadian manufacturer’s maintenance, support, refurbishment, marketing, and sales activities for the CRJ Series aircraft – which …

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PARIS 2019: Indigo Partners and American Airlines order A321XLRs

Airbus has announced two more orders for its new A321XLR. The first is from Indigo Partners for 50 aircraft. Indigo Partners is a American private equity fund focused on worldwide investments in air transportation. It has major ownership stakes in Frontier Airlines (U.S.A.), JetSMART (Chile), Volaris (Mexico) and Wizz Air (Hungary). The four carriers operate a fleet of 295 Airbus …

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PARIS 2019: Mitsubishi announces first order for SpaceJet M100

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 15 Mitsubishi SpaceJet M100 aircraft with an unidentified prospective North American customer. The deliveries of the aircraft are expected to begin in 2024. Hisakazu Mizutani, President, Mitsubishi Aircraft “We are pleased to welcome a new airline to the SpaceJet program, We have received strong interest …

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PARIS 2019: Delta commits to higher MTOW A220 with additional order

Delta Air Lines has placed an order for an additional five A220-100 aircraft. The airline is also the first to select the new increased maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) improvement package for its entire fleet from 2020. Last month Airbus had announced that it would increase the MTOW of the A220 by 2,268 kg. The increased MTOW would increase the range …

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Vistara signs code-share agreement with United Airlines

Vistara's first Airbus A320neo VT-TNB on its maiden commercial flight.

Full service carrier Vistara (Tata-SIA) has signed a code-share agreement with American carrier United Airlines. The agreement will see United place its UA flight code on Vistara flights allowing passengers flying United to connect to over 20 additional destinations in India. The agreement will also allow United MileagePlus and Club Vistara members to earn and redeem miles on the other …

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PARIS 2019: Iberia and Aer Lingus order A321XLR, Air Asia converts orders to A321neo

International Airlines Group (IAG) has announced an order for 14 Airbus A321XLR aircraft. Eight of these aircraft will go to Iberia and six to Aer Lingus. The aircraft will be delivered 2023 onward and will be configured in a two class configuration with flat bed business class seats. The XLR will allow Aer Lingus to operate flights beyond the US …

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PARIS 2019: Saudi Arabian orders 30 A320neo family including 15 A321XLR

Saudi flag carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines has placed an order for an additional 30 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. The order which includes 15 A321XLRs also gives the airline options on 35 more A320 family aircraft, bringing the airline’s firm order to 65 aircraft and 100 aircraft including options. The airline has not yet announced what engines it will equip with …

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PARIS 2019: Cebu Pacific to order 460 seat A330neos as part of 31 aircraft order

Philippines based low cost carrier Cebu Pacific has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for a 31 aircraft deal which includes 16 A330neos, 10 A321XLRs and 5 A320neos. The airline will configure its A330-900neo in an all economy 460 seat configuration. The airline’s A320neo’s will be the first to feature 194 seats. The A321XLR will allow the airline …

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PARIS 2019: MEA becomes launch airline customer for A321XLR with 4 aircraft order

Lebanese flag carrier, Middle East Airlines (MEA) has placed a firm order for four Airbus A321XLR making it the launch airliner customer for the type. The launch order came from American leasing company Air Lease Corporation earlier today. The order adds to the airline’s existing A321neo order placed in 2017. MEA will use the A321XLR to strengthen its network in …

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PARIS 2019: Boeing opens show with order for 10 freighters

American airframer Boeing has opened its 2019 Paris Air Show with a small order for 10 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) for GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The lessor converted it’s options to firm orders and also added additional options for 15 more aircraft. Richard Greener, SVP and Manager, GECAS Cargo “Our leasing customers are very pleased with the versatility …

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