3 February 2015

ICAO proposes target schedule for tracking upgrades, distress systems & recorders

Three weeks after Airbus began discussions with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulators over deployment of ejectable flight data recorders, the International Civil Aviation Organization has proposed the implementation of a number of measures to ensure that by the end of 2016, airlines are able to locate all aircraft, even over major expanses of […]

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AWAS delivers new 737-8 00 passenger aircraft to Lion Air

AWAS has delivered a fourth aircraft, one 737-800, as part of a four aircraft transaction with PT Lion Mentari Airlines (Lion Air) for three 737-800s and one Airbus A320. These new aircraft were purchased directly by the airline from their respective manufacturers. AWAS is providing a financing solution for all four aircraft and then placing

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First Airbus A400M for Malaysia makes its maiden flight

The first of four Airbus Defence and Space A400M new generation airlifters ordered by the Royal Malaysian Air Force has made its successful maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards delivery. The aircraft, known as MSN22, took off from Seville, Spain, on January 30th, at 17:30 local time (GMT+1) and landed back on site 1

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Rolls-Royce opens first Customer Service Centre for civil large engines

Rolls-Royce has launched a new strategic approach to customer care with the opening of the first of a network of Customer Service Centres for civil large engines. The first of the centres, officially opened on February 3rd in Singapore, will support all airline customers across the Asia Pacific region. This is part of a strategy

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Air Force awards GE first PBL contract supporting F110, F101 and F118 engines

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) awarded GE Aviation its first Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract to support F110, F101 and F118 engines. The five-year contract – valued at more than US$330m – covers Tinker Depot and world-wide consumable parts needs. The F-series Captains of Industry (COI) Contract provides a three-year option which could increase the

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Scoot takes delivery of first 787 Dreamliner

Singapore-based airline Scoot took delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. The airplane will play a key role in the low-cost carrier’s strategic plan to expand its long-haul fleet. Scoot will take delivery of an additional 19 787 Dreamliners. The airplanes were originally ordered by parent company Singapore Airlines, which included ten 787-9 and ten

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Embraer KC-390 military transport makes successful first flight

Embraer successfully performed the first flight of the new military transport and aerial refueling jet, the KC-390. Test pilots Mozart Louzada and Marcos Salgado de Oliveira Lima and flight test engineers Raphael Lima and Roberto Becker flew the aircraft for 1 hour and 25 minutes, conducting an evaluation of flying qualities and performance. On its

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WestJet reports record full-year and fourth quarter results

WestJet reported its fourth quarter and year-end results for 2014, with record adjusted full-year net earnings of CA$317.2m. This compares with the net earnings of CA$268.7m in the full-year 2013, up 18% and 21%, respectively. For the fourth quarter, the airline reported record diluted earnings per share of CA$0.70, up 35% from CA$0.52 reported last

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BOC Aviation announces private placement of offshore RMB250m five-year fixed rate senior unsecured notes

BOC Aviation has priced a private placement of offshore RMB250m five-year fixed rate senior unsecured notes. The transaction, arranged by DBS Bank, was issued off BOC Aviation’s US$5bn Euro Medium Term Note Programme. The sale of the Notes is expected to close on February 2015, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The Notes were

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