26 January 2012

Etihad orders two more A330-200 freighters

Etihad Airways has signed a firm order for two additional A330-200F freighter aircraft to meet their growth plans in the cargo market. The airline took delivery of its first aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2010. This latest order will increase the fleet of the airline’s cargo business, Etihad Crystal Cargo, to four A330-200F freighters.

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AviancaTaca firms up order for 51 eco-efficient A320 aircraft

AviancaTaca, which includes subsidiary AeroGal of Ecuador, has signed a purchase agreement for 33 eco-efficient A320neo and 18 A320 Family aircraft. The order, which is the largest from a single airline in the region in terms of number of aircraft, follows a MOU signed during the Le Bourget Air Show in Paris in June 2011.

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EADS Board of Directors announces future top management appointments

EADS N.V. released that its Board of Directors has designated Tom Enders to take over the role of CEO when Louis Gallois steps down at the end of his mandate. Concurrently, Arnaud Lagardère will assume the role of Chairman of the Board presently held by Bodo Uebber. The change-over was prepared diligently by the Board and

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UAL reports $1.3bn full-year 2011 profit

United Continental Holdings reported full-year 2011 net income of $1.3bn, excluding $483m of special items consisting primarily of integration-related costs. Including special items, UAL reported full-year 2011 net income of $840m. UAL reported fourth-quarter net income of $109m, excluding $247m of special items. Including special items, UAL reported a fourth-quarter 2011 net loss of $138m.

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Eurocopter de México delivers second AS350 B2 to Quito Aerial Police Service

Eurocopter’s Mexican subsidiary, Eurocopter de México S.A. (EMSA), delivered a single-engine AS350 B2 helicopter to the Quito Aerial Police Service, of the Ecuadorian National Police Force, for use on public security missions. The Aerial Police Service now has two AS350 B2s following this latest delivery under the contract signed by EMSA with the General Headquarters

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Macquarie AirFinance leases two 737-800s to Aerolineas Argentinas

Macquarie AirFinance has delivered two Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Buenos Aires-based operator Aerolineas Argentinas. The 2001-build aircraft, MSN 30478 and MSN 30750, were delivered to Aerolineas Argentinas on 23 December, 2011 (MSN 30570) and 20 January, 2012 (MSN 30478). These aircraft will be the first 737-800s to be incorporated into the Argentine flag-carrier’s fleet and

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Alcoa to expand aluminum lithium capabilities to meet growing demand

Alcoa is expanding its aluminum lithium capacity and capabilities at three locations, in Pennsylvania, United Kingdom and Lafayette, Indiana, to meet growing demand in the aerospace market for its newest alloys. The alloys, introduced last year and now patented, allow airframers to build dramatically lighter and lower-cost airplanes vs. composite alternatives. The new alloys provide the

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