Archive for February 2011

Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre opens new facilities

Courtesy Airbus Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre opens new facilities. Eco-efficient new plant inaugurated, built to the highest industry standards Today, the Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre (the Manufacturing Centre), a joint venture between Airbus and its Chinese partners, was inaugurated in Harbin, China by Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO, Chinese government…

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Air Asia X Order More A330 Aircraft

A330-200s to fly on non-stop services to Europe AirAsia X, the long haul low fare affiliate of the Malaysia-based AirAsia Group, has placed a firm order with Airbus for three A330-200s. Scheduled for delivery from 2014, the aircraft will be operated on the carrier’s expanding network, offering low fare service to destinations in Europe, Asia…

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Korean Air First A380 Rolled Out Paint Shop

Courtesy Airbus Last week the first A380 for Korean Air has been rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg, Germany, where it was completed with the airline’s livery.  Korean Air has 10 A380s on order, and will become the sixth A380 operator after taking delivery of its first aircraft in the second quarter…

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Southwest Airlines Confirms FAA Acceptance of Transition Plan for AirTran Airways Acquisition

Plan Outlines How the Two Operations Will Combine, Following Financial Close DALLAS, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) informed Southwest Airlines that it has accepted the carrier’s transition plan to combine the operations of Dallas-based Southwest Airlines and Orlando-based AirTran Airways, following the financial close of its transaction to…

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Southwest Airlines Announces New AirTran Transition Agreement With Its Pilots' Union

DALLAS, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced today that it has reached an agreement with its Pilots, represented by the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA), on an initial Transition Agreement that establishes a procedural framework for eventually integrating the Pilots of Orlando-based AirTran Airways into Southwest.The integration addressed by…

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Dreamliners 1,000 Flight Complete

Courtesy Boeing EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787 Dreamliner made its 1,000th flight yesterday, marking another milestone in the flight test program. There are seven airplanes participating in flight testing. The landing of 787 flight test airplane ZA004, just after 1 p.m. MST at Yuma International Airport in Arizona,…

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Phenom 300 Executive Jet will have Medevac Configuration

Amil Assistência Médica will receive the airplane with its new functionality this year São José dos Campos, – Embraer has signed a contract for the sale of one Phenom 300 jet to Amil Assistência Médica (www.amil.com.br). This will be the first MEDEVAC (Medical Evacuation) version of the Phenom 300 executive jet, which went into operation…

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Saudia Arabian Airlines Upgrade With Boeing on 777 Fleet

SEATTLE, /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Saudi Arabian Airlines have teamed to modernize the flag carrier’s 777 fleet to enhance the passenger experience and environment. The project involves modifying the interiors of 22 of Saudi Arabian Airlines’ 23 Boeing 777-200ERs (extended range). The passenger cabin modification program began in early 2009 after certification of…

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Skymark Airlines of Japan confirms order for four A380s

First Japanese airline to operate the A380 Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third largest and fast growing airline, signed a contract for four A380s with Airbus, firming up a Memorandum of Understanding announced in November 2010.  The contract was signed on Thursday, 17th February, during a ceremony held at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France, in the presence…

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Boeing, LAN Airlines Announce Order for Three 767s

Courtesy Boeing Additional 767-300ER airplanes part of the airline’s fleet expansion plans EVERETT, Wash /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced yesterday that Chile’s LAN Airlines ordered three additional 767-300ER airplanes valued at $493 million at today’s list prices. Friday’s order brings the total number of 767s ordered from LAN to 33. “This order for additional…

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