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Airbus launches high MTOW A321 with full transatlantic range

CGI of Airbus A321neo 97 tonnes MTOW with full transatlantic range. Airbus image.

European airframer Airbus has scored a coup of sorts by officially launching a new variant of the A321neo with 97 tonnes Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW). Airbus is targeting a 2019 first delivery date. At 4,000nm, the ‘A321neo 97t’ as it is being referred to, will have the highest range of any single aisle airliner, giving it full transatlantic capability, …

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Royal Air Maroc recieves it’s first 787 Dreamliner

American air-framer Boeing has delivered Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc’s first 787 Dreamliner. The airline will be the first carrier in the Mediterranean region to operate the 787. The airplane bearing the registration CN-RGB is powered by two General Electric GEnx-1B engines, was delivered to the airline on Dec. 31, 2014 from Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center. The aircraft then …

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CAAC type certifies Comac ARJ21-700

Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued an ARJ21-700 aircraft type certificate to Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC). The airworthiness certification of CAAC, indicates that the ARJ21 has met the requirements of China Civil Aviation Regulations CCAR-25-R3. The ARJ21 (Advanced Regional Jet) project was part of China’s 10th 5 year plan. The aircraft was originally scheduled to …

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Kuwait Airways orders 10 Boeing 777-300ERs

A CGI of a Kuwait Airways Boeing 777-300ER. Boeing Image.

Kuwait Airways has finalized an order for 10 Boeing 777-300ERs (Extended Range), valued at $3.3 billion at current list prices. These aircraft will join the airlines existing 777 fleet of two 777-200ER. The airline originally announced its intent to order the 777-300ER in November. Rasha Al Roumi, CEO, Kuwait Airways “Kuwait Airways has plans to renew its fleet as well …

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Boeing delivers Azerbaijan airlines’ first 787

Azerbaijan Airlines today took delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. With this delivery, Azerbaijan Airlines becomes the first airline in the Commonwealth of Independent States to operate the 787. The aircraft is registered VP-BBR and is powered by two General Electric GEnx-1B engines. Jahangir Askerov, President, Azerbaijan Airlines “We are delighted to receive this revolutionary airplane, which will help …

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Airbus delivers first A350 XWB to Qatar Airways

Airbus has delivered the first A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways. The aircraft which bears the registration A7-ALA is the sixth A350 to have been made and is powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines which are the exclusive engines for the A350. Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways Group “Receiving the A350 XWB as global launch customer is …

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Boeing delivers Malaysia Airlines 100th 737

American airframer Boeing celebrated the 100th 737 direct delivery to Malaysia Airlines last Friday. The aircraft bears the registration 9M-MXY. The airline has a long history of operating the 737, having taken delivery of its first 737, a 737-200, in 1972. The carrier has operated the 737-200, 737-300, 737-400, 737-500 and 737-800. Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, group chief executive officer, Malaysia …

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Will they – Won’t they? Airbus announces December 22nd for delivery of Qatar’s A350

European airframer Airbus has announced 22nd December 2014 as the delivery date of it’s first Airbus A350-900 to Qatar Airways. The airline had been scheduled to take delivery of the new widebody jet on the 13th of December, but had indefinitely postponed the delivery without any official explanation. The airline has a history of late deliveries, many of which are …

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Etihad takes delivery of it’s first Airbus A380

Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways, has taken delivery of it’s first Airbus A380 aircraft. The airline is the thirteenth airline to operate the A380, and the aircraft is the 150th A380 delivered by Airbus. The aircraft bearing the registration A6-APA is powered by four Engine Alliance GP7270 engines and is the first in the airline’s 10 aircraft order for the …

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Air India Regional inducts first ATR72-600 into fleet

Air India Regional Alliance Air first ATR72-600 VT-AII. ATR image.

Air India’s regional subsidiary company Airline Allied Services Ltd. (AASL) which operates the brand “Alliance Air” has inducted the first of five new ATR72-600 turbo-props in to its fleet. The aircraft registered VT-AII, is leased from Singapore-based aircraft lessor Avation. The livery is painted “Air India Regional”. The right side of the aircraft which is painted in English can be …

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Embraer Legacy 500 receives EASA certification

Yesterday, Brazilian airframer Embraer received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for it’s latest business jet, the Legacy 500. This approval enables entry into service of the aircraft in the Member States of the European Union as well as in EASA associated countries. The Legacy 500 received certification from Brazil’s ANAC (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) in August …

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Embraer delivers it’s 1100th E-Jet to Aeromexico

Brazilian airframer Embraer has delivered the 1,100th E-Jet production aircraft to Aeromexico at a ceremony held at the Benito Juárez International Airport, in Mexico City. The aircraft an E190 bearing the registration XA-GAW, is also the 200th aircraft from the E-Jet family flying in Latin America. Aeromexico operates a fleet of 62 Embraer aircraft through its regional brand, Aeromexico Connect. …

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LAN takes delivery of first Airbus A321

South American airline, LAN Airlines, part of LATAM Airlines Group took delivery of its first A321 last Wednesday at Santiago’s Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. The aircraft bearing registration CC-BEA is the first of 48 of its kind ordered by the airline. With this delivery LAN Airlines will have operated every member of the A320 family including the A318, …

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CIT firms up order for 15 A330neo and five A321ceo

CIT Group Inc. has firmed up its order for 15 A330-900neo aircraft and five A321ceo aircraft. The leasing company became one of the launch customers of the A330neo after signing its initial agreement in July 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow. Jeff Knittel, President, CIT Transportation & International Finance “Given our long-term leadership on the A330 program, we are proud …

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Indian Navy receives sixth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol and sub hunter aircraft

Indian Navy tail IN325, sixth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft.

The Indian Navy’s sixth and newest Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft has arrived INS Rajali better known as Arokkanam naval air station, about 55 km west of Chennai. Tail number IN325 arrived on November 24th on schedule. The final two deliveries of the eight aircraft order are scheduled in 2015. The P-8I is the Indian Navy’s version of the famed …

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Boeing selects Toray Industries for $8.6B 777X composites wing supply

Boeing 777-9X CGI wing view. Boeing image.

US Airframer Boeing has extended its agreement with Toray Industries of Japan, the current supplier of composite materials wings for the 787 Dreamliner to include wings for the 777X. The 777X is a modification of the extremely popular 777 twin-jet ‘mini-jumbo’and is expected to enter service in 2020. The wingspan of the 777X measures 71.7 meters (235.4 feet), about 6.95 …

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