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Etihad orders 87 Airbus aircraft

Etihad Airways, of the United Arab Emirates, has announced a firm order on European airframer Airbus S.A.S. for 50 A350 XWBs, 36 A320neo aircraft and one A330-200F freighter worth $26.9 billion at list prices. The contract was signed yesterday at the 2013 Dubai Airshow by James Hogan, Etihad Airways CEO and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. The Airbus A350 …

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Dubai Airshow 2013 starts with record breaking orders

As expected the Dubai Airshow opened today with a record breaking order book. Within three hours of opening, the show’s order tally reached US $162.6 billion – surpassing its previous record of US $155 billion record set in 2007 – with deals coming from Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, flydubai and Qatar Airways. The opening order came from Abu Dhabi-based Etihad …

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CFM commences A320neo LEAP-1A engine certification with test run

by BA Staff In a major milestone for the Airbus A320neo (new engine option) family jetliners, CFM International, kicked off its engine certification programme for its LEAP-1A turbofan engine which will power the new aircraft. CFM LEAP-1A turbofan for A320neo on the GE test rig. Photo courtesy Airbus S.A.S. The engine conglomerate conducted the first run of the engine at …

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WestJet orders 65 Boeing 737 MAX

by Vinay Bhaskara Image Credit: Boeing Canadian low cost carrier (LCC) WestJet announced today that it has signed a letter of intent (LoI) to purchase 65 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (40 737 MAX 8 and 25 737 MAX 7) from Boeing, in a deal worth $6.3 billion at list prices. Deliveries of the 737 MAX will commence from September of …

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PurePower 1100G-JM engine for A320neo conducts first flight

The Pratt & Whitney (PW) PurePower PW1100G-JM engine meant for use on the upcoming Airbus A320neo successfully completed its first flight May 15, launching the engine family’s flight test program. Ironically, the engine which is meant for an Airbus aircraft flew on a Boeing aircraft. Pratt & Whitney’s 747SP flying test bed at the company’s Mirabel Aerospace Centre, in Mirabel, …

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CFM LEAP-1B engine for Boeing 737 MAX completes design freeze.

by Devesh Agarwal Image courtesy Wikipedia CFM International announced that it has completed design freeze, i.e. freezing the design and engine configuration, for the LEAP-1B, the exclusive engine for the Boeing 737 MAX. LEAP is an acronym for “Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion”. The company expects the first full engine to test by mid 2014. CFM International, is a 50/50 joint …

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25th anniversary of the first Airbus A320 delivery

by Devesh Agarwal 25 years ago today, Airbus entered the hither-to US dominated market of narrow body airliners when it delivered its first A320 to Air France. The A320 shook up the market segment with the highest demand. As of today Boeing and Airbus estimate the single aisle narrow body segment to purchase about 20,000 airframes in the next 20 …

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Video: Airbus Annual Press Conference 2013 (uncut)

Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier and other top Airbus executives reviewed the company’s 2012 highlights and commercial activity, as well as detailed the company’s strategies and prospects for 2013, during a traditional year-opening media event held in Toulouse, France today. Scroll below for the video. It is 1h21m in length. Synopsis Airbus delivered a company record of 588 aircraft …

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Timeline and Fleet Matrix of Turkish Airlines expansion

by Vinay Bhaskara Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines has been pursuing a strategy of rapid fleet and destination growth over the past few years. Already, they are the airline which serves the most countries in the world, and  they have already announced plans to start 41 new destinations over the next two years. The following table details Turkish Airlines’ expansion plans over the …

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Analysis – SpiceJet likely to order Boeing 737 MAX, but not immediately

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal quoted a report from the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) as saying that India’s largest publicly-traded low cost carrier (LCC), Chennai-based SpiceJet, was “is in advanced discussions to order 30-40 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, the Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation (CAPA) has said.” This report was then seized on by several outlets in …

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Exclusive interview: Giorgio De Roni – CEO GoAir – Part 1: GoAir is profitable

Over the last 18 months, the soft spoken Giorgio De Roni has been quietly turning around the Wadia family promoted GoAir. From a rock bottom position, dismal market share, and reputation for frequent cancellations, De Roni has grown GoAir to surpass Kingfisher Airlines and JetLite in market share, and made GoAir a contender in the Indian airline industry, with the …

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Farnborough Orders on Day One

Courtesy of Aspire Aviation, the following table provides a breakdown of announced orders on Day 1 of the Farnborough Air Show. Airbus Date Customer Quantity Model Remarks 9th July Arkia Israel Airlines 4 A321neo Agreement Boeing Date Customer Quantity Model Remarks 9th July Air Lease Corp (ALC) 60 737 MAX 8 Reconfirmation rights for 25 more 9th July Air Lease …

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Boeing faces major challenges on the 737 MAX

Earlier this week, Boeing released some of the confirmed design details for its re-engined 737 MAX narrow-body program. The new series of aircraft is expected to retain significant commonality with its predecessor, the Boeing 737NG program, however unlike Airbus’ competing A320neo re-engine program, there are tangible changes being made between the 737NG and 737MAX due to the increased engine diameter …

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