Aviation News. 05.2018

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Purchaser Aircraft Number Order Placed Notes
Aegean Airlines A321neos 10 March 28 Aegean Airlines has signed a memorandum of
understanding with Airbus to purchase 30 A320neo
Family aircraft – 20 A320neos and 10 A321neos. It will
also acquire a signifi cant number of new A320neo family
aircraft from leasing companies
Aegean Airlines A320neos 20 March 28 See above
ALC 737 MAX 8 8 April 3 Order valued at $936.8m at list prices. Air Lease
Corporation (ALC) has ordered a total of 138 Boeing
737 MAXs
All Nippon Airways 777 Freighters 2 March 23 Order valued at $678m according to list prices
Bamboo Airways A321neo Up to 24 March 26 Vietnam’s FLC Group has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with Airbus for up to 24 A321neo aircraft
for future operation by start-up carrier Bamboo Airways
SkyUp Airlines 737 MAX 10 3 March 20 Part of an order for fi ve 737 MAX aircraft, valued at $624m
at list prices. The order includes two MAX 8s and three
MAX 10s
SkyUp Airlines 737 MAX 8 2 March 20 See above
Turkish Airlines 787-9 25 March 12 The airline fi nalised a fi rm order for 25 Dreamliners
with options for fi ve more, as part of its expansion
Turkish Airlines A350-900 25 March 9 The carreier has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding to acquire 25 A350-900s, with options
on another fi ve. No timescale for delivery has been
given as we went to press

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COBALT AIR opened a new link from London-
Gatwick to Athens on March 31. The service
is operated by an Airbus A320 featuring the
Cypriot carrier’s new business class product.

A second ATR 72-600 has joined Humberside-
based EASTERN AIRWAYS. The 72-seat
turboprop, G-IACZ, is one of two being leased
from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) and will be
based in Aberdeen where it will join sistership
G-IACY, operating oil contract charters to
Scatsta in the Shetlands.

America’s SkyWest Airlines has taken delivery
of the  rst EMBRAER 175-SC. The special
con guration aircraft, N262SY, is  tted with
70 seats instead of the usual 76. It will be
operated for Delta Connection and was part
of the 45-aircraft order SkyWest announced
in late 2017. Embraer says it’s in discussions
with other customers regarding the E175-SC.

A new link between Cornwall Airport Newquay
and Germany will begin this spring after
Lufthansa’s low-cost offshoot EUROWINGS
announced plans to serve the South West
England facility from Berlin/Tegel. The weekly
connection, which will launch on May 5, is in
addition to previously con rmed  ights from
Düsseldorf and Stuttgart.

PRIMERA AIR has unveiled plans to  y
from Manchester. The service, which is
expected to start later this year, will be
served from the Scandinavian carrier’s new
base in Malaga. The airline is also opening
new seasonal connections from London-
Stansted to Tenerife and Alicante, as well from
Birmingham to Alicante, Tenerife, Las Palmas
and Reykjavík.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq gave
the go-ahead on March 15 for international
 ights to return to airports in the autonomous
region of KURDISTAN. This follows an
agreement with local authorities to direct
supervision of the airports at Erbil and
Sulaymaniyah by the Iraqi Interior Ministry.
Both had been restricted to only domestic
 ights since September 29 last year when the
Iraqi Government retaliated against Kurdish
authorities for running an independence

AMERICAN AIRLINES is set to retire 45
Boeing 737-800s by the end of 2020. The
Dallas-based oneworld carrier is looking to
lower the average age of its single aisle  eet,
with 13 jetliners due to be withdrawn in 2019
and the remainder soon after. The airline
plans to introduce 50 Airbus A321neos and 40
Boeing 737 MAX 8s between the end of this
year and 2020.

AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIES has started series
production of its L 410NG (New Generation)
in the Czech Republic following the receipt
of type certi cation by EASA and FAA
on December 19, 2017 and January 10,
2018 respectively. Development of the L
410NG began in April 2010, as part of the
modernisation of small transport aircraft
(MOSTA) project to increase the aircraft’s
efficiency. The  rst example should be
completed by the end of 2018.

Cebu Paci c Air, the Philippines-based low-cost carrier, has received the  rst of 39 Airbus A321s
that it has on order. The 230-seat aircraft, RP-C4111, was handed over at the manufacturer’s
Hamburg/Finkenwerder facility on March 17. Aside from seven A321ceos, Cebu Paci c also has
commitments for 32 A321neos, deliveries of which are expected to start late this year, running
through to 2020. AirTeamImages.com/Dirk Grothe

China’s Xiamen Airlines took delivery of a specially painted Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at the
manufacturer’s North Charleston facility on March 17. The carrier had signed an agreement
with the United Nations in 2017 to become the  rst airline to work with the international
body on sustainability – B-1356 is painted in a blue livery that represents the sustainable
development goals adopted by the UN. Boeing

Cebu Pacifi c Air

Receives A

UN Sustainability Colours

Adorn Xiamen 787

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