17 March 2014 Airbus has started final assembly of the first A320neo at its Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse (France), with the join-up of the forward and aft fuselage sections which recently arrived from St. Nazaire in France and Hamburg in Germany respectively.
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Moscow, March 18. The sixth Sukhoi Superjet 100 landed in Mexico on March 16, 2014 to join Interjet SSJ100 fleet. The aircraft (MNS 95038) was rolled out from SuperJet International’s hangar in Venice (Italy) and took off from Venice Marco Polo airport for the ferry flight to Interjet facilities in Toluca (Mexico). During its ferry flight, the aircraft stopped in Keflyavik (Iceland) and Bangor (Maine, USA).
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Comair Limited announced an order today for eight 737 MAX 8s, valued at $830 million at list prices. It is the first 737 MAX order announcement for an African operator. The order was booked in December 2013 and was previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.
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Moscow, December 24. A year ago, on January 23, 2013 Yakutia Airlines performed its first commercial flight on Sukhoi Superjet 100 from its base airport in Yakutsk (the North of Russia), thus, starting operations of a new type of aircraft. From its first commercial flight from Yakutsk to Khabarovsk with passengers on board, the amount of flight hours of two SSJ100 aircraft in the air fleet of Yakutia Airlines has reached 2660 hours for 1084 flights.
While performing domestic and international flights, Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft operated by Yakutia Airlines have transported 54 002 passengers.
Read more: Sukhoi Superjet 100: One Year of Successful Operations by Yakutia Airlines
Taiwanese full service airline, TransAsia Airways collected its first new ATR 72-600 plane at a ceremony with ATR, the world’s largest manufacturer of regional turboprop aircraft, in Toulouse, France today. The plane is the first of 12 ATR 72-600s ordered by TransAsia Airways as part of its fleet renewal and growth program. Other planes, which will gradually replace the aircraft currently operated by TransAsia, are scheduled to be delivered within the next 2 years.
Read more: TransAsia Airways' first ATR 72-600 on its way to Taiwan
HYDERABAD, India, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and SpiceJet announced today at India Aviation 2014 an order for 42 737 MAX 8s. The order, previously listed as unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is valued at $4.4 billion at list prices.
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27 February 2014:Bombardier Aerospace and RwandAir of Kigali, Rwanda today celebrated the delivery of a dual-class Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner to the African airline. RwandAir’s order for the aircraft was announced on April 22, 2013. Jean Paul Nyirubutama, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, RwandAir, accepted the aircraft during a delivery ceremony at Bombardier’s Toronto site where the Q400 NextGen aircraft is manufactured. The ceremony was attended by Bombardier Commercial Aircraft executives and many of the employees involved in the production of the aircraft.
Read more: Bombardier Delivers Dual-Class Q400 NextGen Airliner to RwandAir
Singapore, February 13, 2014 – Embraer S.A. has signed a definitive agreement with India’s Air Costa for a firm order for 50 E-Jets E2s with an additional 50 purchase rights. The acquisition is a mix of 25 E190-E2s and 25 E195-E2s and has an estimated value of USD 2.94 billion based on 2014 list prices. The purchase rights are for an additional 25 E190-E2s and 25 E195-E2s, bringing the total potential order to up to 100 aircraft and can reach USD 5.88 billion if all are exercised. This transaction raises the total E-Jets E2 orders to 200 firm and 200 options/purchase rights since the launch of the E2 program, in June 2013.
Read more: India’s Air Costa places a firm order for 50 E-Jets E2s
Airbus has decided to increase production of its best-selling single-aisle aircraft family to 46 a month in Q2 2016, up from the current rate 42. The new higher production rate will be achieved gradually, with an intermediate step at 44 aircraft per month in Q1 2016.
“Based on the healthy market outlook for our best-selling A320 Family and following a comprehensive assessment of our supply chain’s readiness to ramp-up, we are ready to go to rate 46 by Q2 2016,” said Tom Williams, Executive Vice President Programmes. “With a record backlog of over 4,200 A320 Family aircraft and the growing success of the NEO, we have a solid case to increase our monthly output to satisfy our customers’ requirement for more of our fuel efficient aircraft.”
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Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third largest airline has taken delivery of the first two A330-300s out of a total of ten on lease. Skymark Airlines becomes the first Japanese carrier to operate Airbus’ market leading, A330 wide-body aircraft. Skymark Airlines’ A330s, configured in a very high comfort, all ”Green Seat” cabin with 271 seats, will start scheduled flights in April 2014 from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka. Skymark Airlines has also announced plans for A330-300 services from Tokyo Haneda to Sapporo and Naha at a later date.
Read more: Skymark Airlines becomes first Japanese A330 operator
EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced the selection of its Everett, Wash., site as the location for a new composite wing center for the 777X program. Boeing evaluated criteria that were designed to find the wing fabrication location that would best support the 777X business plan. The new composite wing center will be located north of the Everett factory and will sustain thousands of Puget Sound area jobs for years to come.
"Locating the new composite wing center in Everett is a win for all of our teammates and partners," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Ray Conner. "This will put our workforce on the cutting edge of composite technology and allow us to build on the infrastructure and logistics system we have in Everett. This decision will strengthen the company's competitiveness and help it grow for the long term."
Read more: Boeing to Locate New 777X Composite Wing Center in Everett, Wash.
ANTALYA, Turkey, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and SunExpress have finalized an order for 15 737 MAX 8s and 25 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The order, valued at more than $3.8 billion at list prices, also includes options for 10 additional 737 MAX 8s. The order is the largest in the Turkish carrier's near 25 year history, and brings the total number of orders to date for the 737 MAX to nearly 1,800. "Twenty-four years ago we started to fly tourists to Turkey with brand-new 737-300s and ten years later the company began to operate the Next-Generation 737-800s. Next year at the age of 25, SunExpress will start the process of renewing its entire fleet and in the future add the latest achievement of Boeing, the 737 MAX," said Paul Schwaiger, managing director of SunExpress. "We value our long and successful relationship with Boeing and we are grateful for the company's endless support over so many years."
Read more: Boeing, SunExpress Finalize Order for 15 737 MAXs, 25 Next-Generation 737s