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Monarch Airlines leases a Boeing 737-800 for the summer

Monarch Airlines leases a Boeing 737-800 for the summer

The pictured Pegasus Airlines TC-AAY is seen arriving at the Birmingham base on May 18, 2017 on lease for the summer for crew familiarization before the new Boeing 737 MAXs arrive. The new type will be operated this summer as G-ZBAV. Copyright Photo: Monarch Airlines Boeing 737-82R WL TC-AAY (G-ZBAV) (msn 40874) BHX (Ian Bowley). Image: […]

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Alaska Airlines to offer nine daily departures from Paine Field in 2018

Alaska Airlines to offer nine daily departures from Paine Field in 2018

Alaska Airlines has issued this statement: Air travel will get a lot easier for flyers living in Snohomish County and North King County, Washington, next year when Alaska Airlines introduces commercial service from Paine Field – Snohomish County Airport. Subject to government approvals, starting by fall of 2018, more than a million North Sound travelers […]

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Batik Malaysia takes delivery of the first Boeing 737 MAX 8

Batik Malaysia takes delivery of the first Boeing 737 MAX 8

Boeing on May 16, 2017 marked the first delivery of the new 737 MAX. The airplane, a 737 MAX 8, was handed over to Batik Malaysia (Malindo Air) at the Seattle Delivery Center. The Malaysia-based airline will be the first to put the 737 MAX into commercial service. Every airplane will feature the new Boeing […]

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Lufthansa wishes Munich Airport a Happy 25th Birthday

Lufthansa wishes Munich Airport a Happy 25th Birthday

Lufthansa issued this statement: “Happy Birthday!  25 Years Munich Airport.” This is the branded message a Lufthansa Airbus will be carrying throughout Europe. The plane can also be seen on Saturday, May 20 during Family Day – the airport’s big birthday celebration suitable for the whole family. The message will stay on the Airbus A320-214 […]

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Baltia Air Lines to become USGlobal Airways and fly to Europe from Newburgh, NY

Baltia Air Lines to become USGlobal Airways and fly to Europe from Newburgh, NY

USGlobal Airways, a proposed new U.S.-based international airline, on May 11, 2017 announced its intention to operate transatlantic passenger flights between Stewart International Airport and selected European countries covered by the US-EU Open Skies Agreement. Under prior management, USGlobal Airways (which is currently called Baltia Air Lines, Inc., but is in the process of rebranding) […]

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Orion Airways of Cyprus plans to start operations

Orion Airways of Cyprus plans to start operations

Orion Airways (Larnaca) is a new start-up passenger airline based in Cyprus that is preparing to launch operations later this year. The new airline describes its goals: “Based in Cyprus, Orion Airways promises to deliver an “over and beyond the horizon” flying experience to all our travelers! Our goal is to connect South Eastern Europe […]

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JAL introduces a newly painted “JAL Doraemon JET” on select China routes

JAL introduces a newly painted “JAL Doraemon JET” on select China routes

Japan Airlines (JAL) has been promoting Doraemon as its campaign character in China since August 2016. Doraemon is one of the most famous characters representing Japan, and tremendously popular in China among all age groups. JAL will introduce a newly painted Doraemon Jet (Boeing 787-8 JA837J) on select China routes in 2017, and launch its […]

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United Airlines increases service between San Francisco and 18 destinations

United Airlines increases service between San Francisco and 18 destinations

United Airlines (UAL), the leading carrier in the San Francisco Bay Area, has announced it is increasing the number of flights between SFO and eight destinations. Additionally, the airline announced it will convert select regional jet flights to larger mainline aircraft in ten markets. These schedule enhancements build on previously announced new service from SFO […]

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Hawaiian Airlines unveils a revised brand and livery

Hawaiian Airlines unveils a revised brand and livery

Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii’s carrier, on May 1, 2017 revealed an updated brand identity and the freshly-painted livery of a Boeing 717 (N488HA) (below), the first of its fleet of more than 50 aircraft that will feature the new design. Pualani (Flower of the Sky), the beloved icon of Hawaiian’s brand for more than four decades, […]

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WestJet orders 10 firm Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners + 10 options

WestJet orders 10 firm Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners + 10 options

WestJet on May 2, 2017 announced a definitive purchase agreement with The Boeing Company for up to 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. This agreement includes commitments for 10 Boeing 787-9 aircraft to be delivered between the first quarter of 2019 and December 2021, with options for an additional 10 aircraft to be delivered between 2020 […]

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China Southern Airlines orders 20 Airbus A350-900s

China Southern Airlines orders 20 Airbus A350-900s

China Southern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900s, becoming the latest customer for the aircraft. China Southern Airlines now operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with more than 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising the A320 Family, the A330 Family and five A380s.  With this latest […]

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American’s Doug Parker and Robert Isom issue a letter to the employees on pay

American’s Doug Parker and Robert Isom issue a letter to the employees on pay

Fellow Team Members: Today, we are excited to make an announcement that reinforces our commitment to building a foundation of trust at American. When we merged, we committed that American Airlines team members would be compensated in line with their peers at other airlines. Committing to “pay in line with our peers” is difficult to […]

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Airbus delivers the first A321neo to Virgin America

Airbus delivers the first A321neo to Virgin America

Airbus has delivered the first-ever A321neo to Virgin America now owned by the Alaska Airlines Group. The pictured A321-253N N921VA (msn 7589) was delivered in full Virgin America colors. The latest generation aircraft powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines was handed over to the all-Airbus operator, at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany. Virgin America currently […]

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Silk Way announces an order for 10 737 MAX 8s

Silk Way announces an order for 10 737 MAX 8s

Silk Way and Boeing announced an order for 10 737 MAX 8 airplanes. The order, valued at $1.1 billion at current list prices, was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.   Azerbaijan-based Silk Way Group includes 23 companies working in the aviation industry and related services including passenger […]

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Boeing completes a successful first flight of the new 737 MAX 9

Boeing completes a successful first flight of the new 737 MAX 9

The Boeing 737 MAX 9 on April 13, 2017 completed its first flight in the skies above Puget Sound. The 737 MAX program achieved the milestone on schedule, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery. The airplane completed a successful 2 hour, 42-minute flight, taking off from Renton Field in Renton, Wash., at 10:52 a.m. local […]

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Avianca Brasil adds its first passenger Airbus A330-200, to serve Miami

Avianca Brasil adds its first passenger Airbus A330-200, to serve Miami

Avianca Brasil, one of Brazil’s largest airlines, announced today it has taken delivery of its first passenger A330-200 aircraft. The carrier will receive two additional planes of the same family in the coming weeks, which will launch its long-haul operations from Sao Paulo international airport to Miami (USA) and Santiago (Chile). The new Avianca Brasil […]

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Iran Aseman Airlines signs MOA for 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Iran Aseman Airlines signs MOA for 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Boeing confirms the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Iran Aseman Airlines, expressing the airline’s intent to purchase 30 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes with a list price value of $3 billion. The agreement also provides the airline with purchase rights for 30 additional 737 MAXs. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, an […]

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Airbus develops package of new A380 Cabin Enablers, including “New Forward Stairs” option, for A380 customers

Airbus develops package of new A380 Cabin Enablers, including “New Forward Stairs” option, for A380 customers

Airbus is developing a full spectrum of new Cabin Enablers for customers of its flagship A380 airliner. The latest is the “New Forward Stairs” (NFS) option which was presented at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg. Together these cabin enhancements will make this very efficient and comfortable airliner even better: Overall cabin optimisation is […]

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