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Archive for February 2013

First A350 XWB with wings complete emerges for outdoor testing

Courtesy Airbus The first A350 XWB – MSN001 – now showing its completed wings, has moved to its next phase of ground testing, from Roger Béteille A350 XWB FAL “Station 30” to the Clément Ader area “Station 18” in Toulouse. The aircraft is structurally complete and shows the installed winglets, belly fairing panels, main landing…

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JetBlue unveil 1st A320 in North America with Sharklets

At a crewmember event Friday at its base at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), JetBlue Airways unveiled the first of its Airbus A320 aircraft to be outfitted with Sharklets. The aircraft – registration number N821JB – is also the first of any North American airline to feature the fuel-saving structures. Sharklets…

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Jetstar Japan takes delivery of its first A320 with Sharklet

Courtesy Airbus Jetstar Japan, one of Japan’s low-cost carriers (LCC), has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices, becoming the first Japanese carrier for the type. Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and standard on all members of the A320neo Family. The new…

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Avianca takes delivery of Sharklet equipped A320

Avianca, the Colombia-based airline, has taken delivery of its first Sharklet equipped A320 becoming the first Latin American carrier to take benefit of the new fuel-saving wing-tip devices. The A320, powered by CFM engines, was delivered in Toulouse, France. Sharklets are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall. They are an option on…

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Icelandair Finalize Order for 16 737 MAX Airplanes

REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND Feb. 13, 2013 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Icelandair have announced a firm order today for 16 737 MAX airplanes valued at more than $1.6 billion at list prices. The order, originally announced as a commitment for 12 airplanes in December 2012, has been increased to 16 airplanes and includes 737 MAX 8s…

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A350 XWB’s Trent XWB engine achieves EASA type certification

Courtesy Airbus The Airbus A350 XWB programme has achieved yet another important milestone with the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) award of the Engine Type Certification of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB turbofan. EASA presented the certificate to Rolls-Royce at EASA’s headquarters in Cologne, Germany. This certification covers Trent XWB engines which will power the A350-800…

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Turkish Airlines orders five additional A330 passenger aircraft

Turkish Airlines has signed a firm order for two additional A330-300 passenger aircraft and three options as part of the carrier’s continued growth plans. The additional order for the A330 Family is taking their total firm order for the type to 38. Turkish Airlines placed their first order with Airbus in 1984, and today operate…

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