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AirAsia converts 253 A320neo orders to A321neo

18.06.2019 - 10:48 UTC

AirAsia Group has announced during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget that it has converted orders for 253 A320-200neo to the larger A321-200neo.

"We have spent a number of years reviewing what the future of our operations will look like and today, we’re proud to become the world’s largest customer for the A321neo," AirAsia Group Berhad Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said in a statement.

The conversion covers nearly the group's entire A320neo outstanding firm order book with...

Saudia bumps A320neo family order book, adds XLRs

18.06.2019 - 10:35 UTC

Saudia (SV, Jeddah) says it has expanded its existing A320neo Family order from 35 to as many as 100 neo aircraft including 35 options.

The additional firm order was announced by Airbus during the ongoing Paris Air Show 2019 at Paris Le Bourget and takes the Saudi national carrier's A320neo family firm order backlog to 65 jets. According to a statement, 15 of those 65 jets are A321neo(XLR).

Saudia currently operates forty-six A320ceo and fourteen A321ceo with a collective average age of around 5.5 years.

Korean Air set to acquire thirty B787s

18.06.2019 - 10:27 UTC

Korean Air (KE, Seoul Incheon) has announced plans to add thirty B787 Family aircraft to its fleet.

In a statement issued during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget, the carrier said it had tentatively committed to purchasing ten new B787-10s and ten additional B787-9s from Boeing. As part of the agreement, Korean Air will also lease ten B787-10s from Air Lease Corporation deliveries of which will run from 2021 through 2023.

Korean Air plans to use the B787-10 to complement its existing long-haul...

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Chile's SKY Airline to add A321neo

18.06.2019 - 10:15 UTC

SKY Airline (Chile) (H2, Santiago de Chile Int'l) signed a dry-lease contract for three A321-200neo from Air Lease Corporation with deliveries scheduled in 2020 and 2021.

The lease placement was announced during the ongoing 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget and covers aircraft sourced from ALC's Airbus order book. The lessor has outstanding orders for fifty A321neo and sixty-six A321neo(LR)s on top of twenty-one A321neo it already owns.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module,...

Cebu Pacific Air inks MoU for A330neo, A321XLR, A320neo

18.06.2019 - 10:07 UTC

Cebu Pacific Air (5J, Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covering thirty-one Airbus aircraft, including sixteen A330-900s, ten A321-200neo(XLR)s, and five A320-200neo.

Announced during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget, the MoU includes the high-density versions of both the A330-900 and the A320neo, which will seat up to 460 and 194 passengers respectively in a single-class layout.

If the order is firmed, Cebu Pacific will become one of the world's largest...

Busan, South Korea to regain inc'l ops in 2020

18.06.2019 - 09:27 UTC

The South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MOLIT) has granted route rights to operate from Busan to Finnair (AY, Helsinki Vantaa) and said it will also consider potential applications from Korean carriers to serve the route, The Chosunilbo has reported.

Finnair will launch the route from Helsinki Vantaa on March 30, 2020, and will operate 3x weekly. The service will complement the Finnish carrier's existing daily service to Seoul Incheon.

Until 2014, Busan was served directly...

São Paulo appeals court okays Avianca Brasil asset sale

18.06.2019 - 08:21 UTC

A São Paulo appeals court has voted 2-1 in favour of allowing a creditor-approved Oceanair Linhas Aéreas S.A. t/a Avianca Brasil (O6, Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont) asset sale to resume.

The auction was to have gone ahead in early May only to be delayed by a court injunction secured by Swissport Brasil Ltda., a creditor of the now-dormant carrier, that had questioned the legality of the sale of Avianca Brasil's slots arguing they were concessions and not assets.

According to a court statement, of the...

Ethiopian Airlines Mozambique to open Beira base

17.06.2019 - 19:21 UTC

Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines (Maputo) will open a base in Beira leveraging the Indian Ocean port city's geographical location to better serve the Mozambican market.

Ethiopian Airlines' Country Manager (Mozambique), Daniel Tsige, told Noticias newspaper last week that the long-term vision is to transform Beira into a regional hub.

“Since Beira is geographically in the centre of Mozambique and has an airport in good condition, it can rapidly develop into a central connecting point," he said.


Iraq's UR Airlines adds first B737-400ch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.06.2019 - 18:12 UTC

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Mitsubishi formalises MRJ rebrand

17.06.2019 - 17:04 UTC

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MAJ, Nagoya Chubu) has formally rebranded its MRJ programme as the SpaceJet with its MRJ90 to be known as the SpaceJet M90 while the tentative MRJ70 will become the SpaceJet M100.

The President of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, Hisakazu Mizutani, said in a statement that the upcoming MRJ70/M100 would be tailor-made for the US regional market where labour contract scope clauses have inhibited large-scale carriers from acquiring the 90+-seater MRJ90/M90.

"As we...

Brazil's Passaredo eyes Avianca Brasil slotsch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.06.2019 - 15:55 UTC

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Lebanon's MEA orders four A321neo(XLR)

17.06.2019 - 14:47 UTC

MEA - Middle East Airlines (ME, Beirut) has become the A321neo(XLR)'s launch airline customer following the signing of a firm order agreement for four of the type during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget.

Although no details concerning delivery dates were revealed, Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) has said it expects the ultra-long-range narrowbody jet to enter into service from 2023 onwards. It will use the aircraft to open up new routes to Africa and Asia.

The quartet of XLRs will...

Mongolia's Chinggis Airways begins certificationch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.06.2019 - 14:01 UTC

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United Airlines orders 20+19 E175s

17.06.2019 - 12:49 UTC

United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) has signed a contract with Embraer for up to thirty-nine E175s comprising twenty firm and nineteen optioned aircraft.

Announced during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget, deliveries of the 70-seater jets are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2020. They will replace older 70-seat aircraft currently operated by United’s regional partners under the United Express banner.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, United Express has 153...

São Tomé to replace euroAtlantic with CEIBA Inc'l at STP Airch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.06.2019 - 12:20 UTC

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Ariana Afghan Airlines issues 6-month ACMI RFP

17.06.2019 - 11:12 UTC

Ariana Afghan Airlines (FG, Kabul) has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the wet-lease of one aircraft - either an A310-300, A321, B757, or B767 - on a near six-month-long contract.

According to tender documents seen by ch-aviation, the aircraft are to be wet-leased over the period running from July 25, 2019 through to January 25, 2020, with 200 Minimum monthly Guaranteed Hours (MGH). However, depending on the final requirement, the required flight hours may increase to more than 1200 hours over the six-month timeframe....

Virgin Atlantic secures 14+6 A330neo

17.06.2019 - 10:03 UTC

Virgin Atlantic (VS, London Heathrow) says it has selected the A330neo to replace its existing fleet of two A330-200s and eight A330-300s from 2021 onwards.

In a statement issued during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget, the UK carrier said it had secured fourteen A330-900s with options for six additional aircraft. Deliveries will run from 2021 to 2024.

Of the 14 jets, eight are direct orders from Airbus with the remaining six to be leased from Air Lease Corporation.

Virgin Atlantic...

Windhoek pledges to intervene in Air Namibia's funding woes

17.06.2019 - 09:43 UTC

Namibia's Minister of Public Enterprises, Leon Jooste, says government is preparing to act in the matter between Air Namibia (SW, Windhoek Int'l) and the Namibia Airports Company (NAC).

Last week, NAC informed Air Namibia that it will not renew the national carrier's groundhandling concession at Windhoek Int'l Hosea Kutako International Airport citing non-compliance with a number of clauses in their agreement.

In a letter dated May 22, 2019, and seen by New Era newspaper, NAC’s newly appointed Chief Executive...

Airbus formally presents its A321neo(XLR) variant

17.06.2019 - 08:31 UTC

Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) has formally unveiled an ultra-long-range variant of its A321neo family of jets.

In a statement issued during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget, the European manufacturer said its A321neo(XLR) would be capable of sectors of up to 4,700 nautical miles (around 8,700 kilometers), around 15% more than the A321neo(LR) which can reach 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 kilometres).

The single-aisle jet will offer 180-220 seats in a two-class configuration. In terms of...

Oman Air boss tires of Boeing, warns of Airbus switch

17.06.2019 - 07:32 UTC

Oman Air (WY, Muscat) has warned he will start negotiations with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) if Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) fails to provide a promised support and recovery plan for its grounded B737 MAX by the start of the Paris Airshow 2019 on Monday, June 17.

In a statement issued on Friday, June 14, chief executive Abdulaziz Al Raisi said Oman Air had suffered "a major financial impact" as a result of the MAX's absence which, he said, had forced the airline to curtail its growth plans for 2019. This, in turn, had impacted the...

China's Sichuan Airlines secures ten A321neo from ALC

17.06.2019 - 07:00 UTC

Sichuan Airlines (3U, Chengdu) has secured ten more A321-200neo after signing longterm lease agreements with Air Lease Corporation.

According to a lessor statement issued during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget, the narrowbody jets are sourced from its Airbus order book and will deliver from 2021 through to 2022.

Sichuan Airlines currently employs eleven A321neo (of which one is leased from ALC) alongside forty-three A321ceo.

It also operates twenty A319-100s, fifty-three A320ceo, five...

China's Colorful Guizhou Airlines to add A320neo from 4Q19

17.06.2019 - 06:49 UTC

Colorful Guizhou Airlines (GY, Guiyang) has signed lease agreements with GECAS involving four A320neo that will deliver from late 2019 through 2020. Announced during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget, the narrowbody jets are the Chinese regional carrier's first and are sourced from the lessor's Airbus order book.

"To integrate the operation on regional and trunk routes, Colorful Guizhou Airlines will provide the service for passengers in Guizhou and southwest region of China to connect the rest of the country and the...

France's Groupe Dubreuil to lease four A350s from ALC

17.06.2019 - 06:49 UTC

French Bee (BF, Paris Orly) and fellow Groupe Dubreuil subsidiary Air Caraibes (TX, Pointe à Pitre) have signed longterm lease agreements with Air Lease Corporation involving three A350-900s and one A350-1000 all four of which are sourced from the lessor's Airbus order book.

Announced during the Paris Air Show 2019 at Paris Le Bourget, ALC said the three A350-900s are scheduled to deliver to Air Caraïbes starting in 2019 through 2020, the first of which delivered to the airline on June 12, 2019, on lease to FrenchBee. The...

France's Corsair to put more focus on business marketsch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.06.2019 - 06:18 UTC

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Michigan's Kalitta Air secures first B777 freighterch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.06.2019 - 05:56 UTC

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