Archive for February 2012

A350's Trent XWB engine makes successful first flight

Courtesy Airbus Promising start to engine flight-test campaign one year ahead of A350 first flight The A350 XWB’s new engine – the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB – has successfully made its maiden flight aboard Airbus’ dedicated A380 “Flying-Test-Bed” aircraft. The aircraft took off from Airbus facilities in Toulouse and performed a flight of more than five…

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Pakistan International Airlines Order Five Boeing 777-300ERs

Courtesy Boeing EVERETT, Wash /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Pakistan International Airlines today announced a firm order for five 777-300ER (extended range) airplanes. Valued at nearly $1.5 billion at list prices, the order also includes purchase rights to Pakistan International Airlines for five additional 777-300ERs. Based in Karachi, Pakistan International Airlines has been renewing…

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Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways Announce Fall Flight Schedules

Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways Open Flight Schedules through Nov. 2, 2012; Southwest Launches Fare Sale Between Detroit and Las Vegas DALLAS, Feb. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and its wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways announced today new nonstop routes as they extend their flight schedules for travel bookings out through Nov.…

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Air Australia Ceases Operation

At approximately 1.10am local time in Phuket, Thailand one of Air Australia planes were about to fuel up its aircraft but could not afford the fuel. This put the brakes on all operations and the airline ceased flying. Administration status is where the airline now stands at the time of print. The airline has three…

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Bhutan’s Drukair orders an Airbus A319 with Sharklets

Courtesy Airbus Drukair, the flag carrier of landlocked Eastern Himalayan mountain Kingdom of Bhutan, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for an Airbus A319 aircraft fitted w ith fuel saving Sharklets to complement its existing fleet of two A319s. Surrounded by a tall wall of mountains and located at an altitude of over 7,000…

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ALAFCO orders additional 35 A320neo

ALAFCO Aviation Lease And Finance Company, the Kuwait-based international aircraft leasing company, has finalised a purchase order for 35 A320neo Family aircraft bringing its total backlog for the type to 85. The firm contract is an increase of the previous agreement signed at the 2011 Dubai Airshow for 50 A320neo aircraft. “After a full analysis,…

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Airbus to Launch A330P2F Cargo Conversion Program

Singapore Airshow – Airbus, ST Aerospace and EADS EFW have signed an MoU for a strategic partnership to develop the A330 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion program. This agreement, setting out the project’s foundation and granting Authorization To Offer[1] for the A330P2F, was signed by Chang Cheow Teck, President of ST Aerospace; Tom Enders, President and CEO…

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Lion Air Confirms Boeings Biggest Deal

Courtesy Boeing SINGAPORE, Feb. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Jakarta-based Lion Air today finalized a firm order for 201 737 MAXs and 29 Next-Generation 737-900ERs (extended range). The agreement, first announced last November in Indonesia, also includes purchase rights for an additional 150 airplanes. “The 737 MAX is the best choice for…

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Boeing 787 at Singapore Airshow

Courtesy Boeing SINGAPORE, /PRNewswire/ — Boeing’s (NYSE:BA) new mid-size passenger airplane, the 787 Dreamliner, is at the Singapore Airshow. The airplane will be on static display Feb. 14 -17. The Dreamliner demonstrated its long-range capabilities a few days ago, flying nonstop from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport — a distance of 7,679…

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Malev Ceased Operations

Earlier this week a third airline as many in the weeks has ceased operations. First off was Cirrus Airlines  based out of Germany, then Spanair from Spain. Now the sixty six year old airline from Hungary called Malev Hungarian Airlines ceased earlier this week. Official date was February 3, 2012. Obscure story only days prior…

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