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Lufthansa’s last Boeing 737-300 makes it to Sanford, Florida

Lufthansa’s last Boeing 737-300 makes it to Sanford, Florida

As previously reported, on October 31, 2016 Lufthansa issued this statement: On October 31, 2016 Lufthansa said goodbye to its Boeing 737 fleet after 48 years. This marks the end of an era for Lufthansa, spanning almost 50 years. A Boeing 737-300, with registration D-ABEC (named “Karlsruhe”) (above), flew from Frankfurt to Hamburg on the […]

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Iran Air takes delivery of its first of 100 Airbus aircraft

Iran Air takes delivery of its first of 100 Airbus aircraft

Iran Air has taken delivery of its first new aircraft, an A321, in a handover ceremony in Toulouse with Mr. Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air Chairman and CEO, and Mr. Fabrice Bregier, President, Airbus Commercial Aircraft and Chief Operating Officer Airbus, in the presence of Gael Meheust, SVP Sales and Marketing CFM, Tom Enders, Airbus Chief […]

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Delta reports a $6.1 billion pre-tax profit for 2016

Delta reports a $6.1 billion pre-tax profit for 2016

Delta Air Lines on January 12, 2017 reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2016.  Highlights of those results, including both GAAP and adjusted metrics, are below and incorporated here. Adjusted pre-tax income for the fourth quarter 2016 was $923 million, a $524 million decrease from the fourth quarter 2015, primarily […]

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United Airlines moves up the retirement date of its last Boeing 747

United Airlines moves up the retirement date of its last Boeing 747

United Airlines today (January 11) issued this statement to its employees: “There’s something very special about a Boeing 747. It’s the one aircraft that even casual travelers can easily identify. And we know that the experience of traveling on one, or flying one, is unforgettable. As deeply connected as we all are to this iconic […]

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Island Air (again) takes delivery of a Bombardier Q400

Island Air (again) takes delivery of a Bombardier Q400

Island Air (Honolulu) is again a Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) operator. The pictured DHC-8-402 (Q400) N681WP (msn 4543) was delivered on December 20, 2016. It is seen in Honolulu on December 29, 2016 in another new livery after its ferry flight from Oakland. The second Q400, registered as N682WP (msn 4546) was handed over on January […]

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Allegiant announces 17 new routes, a new base and a new destination

Allegiant announces 17 new routes, a new base and a new destination

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced it is starting 17 new routes with a new base of operations and service from a new U.S. city: Louisville, Kentucky. The company announced its largest expansion into a Florida destination with a new base in Destin/Fort Walton Beach in the Panhandle. New routes announced include: Seasonal nonstop service […]

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Boeing completely drops its long-standing customer codes for all aircraft types

Boeing completely drops its long-standing customer codes for all aircraft types

Boeing has been moving towards droping its long-standing tradition of using customer codes (i.e. United = 22, American = 23, Lufthansa = 30 as examples) as part of the official aircraft designations (757-222, 737-823, 747-830 etc.) since the Boeing 707. However with the introduction of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which was first Boeing type to […]

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Havana inaugural isn’t Alaska’s first flight to Cuba

Havana inaugural isn’t Alaska’s first flight to Cuba

When Alaska Airlines began service to Havana on Jan. 5, it wasn’t the first time the airline had flown to Cuba. In the early 1970s, Alaska flew U.S. Military Airlift Command charter flights t… Source: Havana inaugural isn’t Alaska’s first flight to Cuba

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Travel Service finalizes its order for five Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes

Travel Service finalizes its order for five Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes

Travel Service, the Czech airline company that operates scheduled flights under the SmartWings brand, has finalized an order for five Boeing 737 8 MAX airplanes, valued at $550 million at current list prices. Travel Service previously placed an order for three 737 MAXs at the Paris Air Show in 2013 and currently operates a mixed […]

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AirlineRatings.com announces its list of the world’s safest airlines

AirlineRatings.com announces its list of the world’s safest airlines

AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety and product rating website, has announced its top 20 safest airlines for 2017 from the 425 it monitors. Top of the list for the fourth-year running is Australia’s QANTAS Airways, which has a fatality free record in the jet era. Making up the top 20 in alphabetical order are; Air […]

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Air Juan starts scheduled seaplane flights from Manila Harbour to Boracay, Coron, Puerto Galera and Subic

Air Juan starts scheduled seaplane flights from Manila Harbour to Boracay, Coron, Puerto Galera and Subic

Philippine aviation company Air Juan has announced new direct daily seaplane service from Manila to the country’s top tourist destinations such as Boracay, Coron, Puerto Galera and Subic. Taking off from its dock at the Manila Harbour, the airline operates a fleet of new nine-seater Cessna Caravan amphibian passenger aircraft that can land and take-off […]

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SalamAir to commence operations on January 30, 2017

SalamAir to commence operations on January 30, 2017

SalamAir (Muscat) is Oman’s first Low Cost Carrier (LCC) with an initial fleet of three Airbus A320s (A40-OVA/OVB/OVC).  The SalamAir A320 fleet will feature a single class available to fliers with three seats on either side divided by an aisle alongside a comfortable pitch seat. According to the new airline, “SalamAir is the brainchild of ASAAS, a […]

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Sichuan Airlines to lease an Airbus A350-900 from ALC

Sichuan Airlines to lease an Airbus A350-900 from ALC

Air Lease Corporation (AL) has announced the placement of one Airbus A350-900 wide body jet on long term lease to Sichuan Airlines (Chengdu, China). The aircraft will be delivered in the first quarter of 2019 from ALC’s order book with Airbus. The A350-900 will be primarily operated across the Pacific, linking major cities in China […]

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VIM Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-200

VIM Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-200

On December 23, 2016 VIM Airlines (VIM Avia) took delivery of its first Airbus A330-200. The pictured VIM Airlines A330 is pictured departing Dublin, Ireland bound for the Ulyanovsk Vostochny Airport (UWLW) on its delivery flight. VP-BDV was painted by Eirtech at their Dublin facility. The airliner arrived in Dublin on August 1, 2016 registered […]

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SkyWest’s ExpressJet to retire its CRJ200 fleet over the next year

SkyWest’s ExpressJet to retire its CRJ200 fleet over the next year

SkyWest, Inc. has announced additional fleet transitions and contract updates designed to reduce SkyWest’s long-term fleet risk and enhance its ability to respond to changing partner needs. Specifically, SkyWest’s ExpressJet operation expects to transition to flying primarily dual-class aircraft in its CRJ operation by removing its Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft from service over the next year. […]

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Bombardier delivers the first CRJ200 Special Freighter to the IFL Group

Bombardier delivers the first CRJ200 Special Freighter to the IFL Group

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft on December 21, 2016 announced it has delivered the first CRJ200 Special Freighter (CRJ200SF) aircraft to launch operator Gulf & Caribbean Cargo, Inc. dba IFL Group (IFL Group) of Waterford, Michigan. The CRJ100SF/CRJ200SF jets are converted from the passenger version of the aircraft by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) of Miami who is […]

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