Saturday, January 17, 2015

First Qatar A350 flight to Frankfurt

Qatar Airways performed the inaugural flight with the Airbus A350 XWB from Doha to Frankfurt on 15 January. The Qatar Airways A350 will be flying daily on the DOH-FRA route with 283 seats (36 business and 247 economy class) on board.

Air Europa orders Boeing 787-9

Air Europa has placed an order for 14 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The order was already booked in December 2014 and was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

First 242 tonne A330 flies

Airbus has flown the first 242 tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant of the A330-300 for the first time on Monday 12 January. The maiden flight, departing from Toulouse Blagnac Airport, lasted 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Qatar finalises repeat-order for 777F

Qatar Airways has finalised a firm order for four Boeing 777F Freighters. The airline also has purchase rights for four additional airplanes.

Qatar Airways announced the intent to order the four 777s at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow. Qatar already operates seven 777 Freighters.

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Air New Zealand orders extra 787s

Air New Zealand has ordered two additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The order, booked in 2014, comes six months after Air New Zealand celebrated the first 787-9 delivery in July.

The order will increase the airline's fleet to a total of 12 787-9s, which will operate alongside 15 777-200ERs (Extended Range) and 777-300ERs. Air New Zealand is the launch customer of the 787-9 and currently operates three of the aircraft in its fleet.

To date, 58 customers around the world have ordered 1,071 787s.

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First Boeing 787 for Royal Air Maroc

Boeing has delivered the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Royal Air Maroc. The airline will be the first carrier in the Mediterranean region to operate the 787.

The airplane, a 787-8, was deliverd to the airline on 31 December and arrived in Casablanca during the last weekend. Royal Air Maroc's current fleet comprises nearly 50 Boeing airplanes, including 767-300 and 747-400 widebodies.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Etihad receives first Boeing 787-9

Boeing has delivered Etihad Airways' first 787-9 Dreamliner sporting the airline's new "Facets of Abu Dhabi" livery which was revealed earlier this year.

The airplane is the first of the 71 Dreamliners that the national airline of the United Arab Emirates has on order which includes 41 787-9s and 30 787-10s. Etihad Airways will also be the first airline in the Middle East to operate the 787-9.

The aircraft will be first used on routes to cities such as Dusseldorf, Washington D.C., Mumbai, Brisbane and Moscow.

The colours are reminiscent of the desert landscape, inspired by the culture, Islamic design and architecture motifs of the United Arab Emirates.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

767 Tanker makes first test flight

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force say to have made a successful first flight with the KC-46 tanker aircraft. The plane, a Boeing 767-2C, took off from Paine Field, Washington for a three hours and 32 minutes flight.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Azerbaijan receives first Boeing 787

Azerbaijan Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner today. The national airline of Azerbaijan becomes the first airline in the Commonwealth of Independent States to operate the 787.

Avolon firms up A330neo order

The Dublin-based, global aircraft leasing firm Avolon has firmed up an earlier announced contract for 15 Airbus A330neo aircraft.

Avolon became one of the launch customers of the A330neo after signing its initial commitment in July 2014 at the Farnborough International Airshow. The number of firm orders for the A330neo is now well over one hundred aircraft. (Image: Airbus)

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Kuwait Airways finalises 777-300ER deal

Boeing and Kuwait Airways have finalized a recently announced order for 10 777-300ERs (Extended Range).

"Kuwait Airways has plans to renew its fleet as well as expand its operations and the 777-300ER is a perfect airplane for our strategy," said Rasha Al Roumi, Kuwait Airways CEO. (Image: Boeing)

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Qatar receives first Airbus A350XWB

Airbus has delivered the first A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways on 22 December. It is the first A350 of 80 ordered by the airline.

From mid-January the aircraft will begin flying to Frankfurt. As soon as more aircraft are delivered, Qatar Airways will fly them to the United States, Asia and more destinations in Europe. At the end of November 2014, the A350 XWB had won 778 orders from 41 customers worldwide.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hawaiian finalises A330-800neo order

Hawaiian Airlines has finalised an order for six Airbus A330-800neo aircraft for which it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in July of this year.

FirstBoing 787 for Avianca

Colombian airline Avianca has taken delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner, which it intends to fly on routes to Europe, North America and across South America.

Avianca's Boeing 787-8 will carry 28 passengers in business class and 222 in economy class. The airline has 15 aircraft on order.

To date, 58 customers have ordered 1,055 787s, making the Dreamliner the fastest-selling twin-aisle airplane in Boeing history.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Etihad receives first Airbus A380

Today, Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi has taken delivery of the first of ten Airbus A380 super jumbo's. Etihad is the thirteenth airline to operate the A380, and the aircraft is the 150th A380 delivered by Airbus.

With the aircraft Etihad intends to boost capacity on several of its busiest routes. Etihad’s A380 seats 498 passengers in four "living spaces", including two VIP passengers in The Residence by Etihad (a three-room cabin in the sky), nine in the First Apartments, 70 in the Business Studio, and 417 in Economy SmartSeats.

Etihad’s first A380 will make its debut on the popular London Heathrow route, from Abu Dhabi International Airport, in December. By the end of 2015, Etihad Airways will have five A380s in operation, with plans to introduce the aircraft on the airline’s Sydney and New York JFK routes.

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