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Qatar Airways Welcomes Maiden A350-1000

Launch customer Qatar Airways has taken delivery of the first Airbus A350-1000, A7-ANA (c/n 88).  The jet was handed over to the Doha-based carrier, which was also the first airline to fly the smaller A350-900, during a celebratory event at

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MAX 9 Certified

Boeing has been awarded an amended type certificate (ATC) from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the 737 MAX 9, paving the way for the aircraft to enter commercial service. Certification comes at the end of a successful flight

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Oriens Aviation MRO Takes Off

Biggin Hill-based Oriens Aviation, the exclusive British Isles Pilatus Centre, formally launched its new MRO on February 15, at an event attended by 130 guests.  The facility, which has undergone a significant refurbishment and welcomed several new staff, will provide

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United Outlines MAX 9 Ops

United Airlines will put its first Boeing 737 MAX 9s into service on June 7.  The carrier will use the aircraft on flights from its Houston/George Bush Intercontinental hub to Anchorage, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and Austin.  From June 29

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New Heli-Links for the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has confirmed plans to launch a new helicopter link from Land’s End Airport to the Isles of Scilly this May.  The service will fly up to eight times daily under the Island Helicopters brand

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EASA Issues A320neo Family Directive

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive regarding Airbus A320neo family aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM geared turbofan (GTF) engines.  The edict, issued on February 9, follows what EASA describes as “several occurrences

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Qantas Unveils Dream Livery

Australian flag carrier Qantas has unveiled a special scheme honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians on its fourth Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, VH-ZND (c/n 63390). The stunning design is based on the 1991 painting Yam Dreaming, created by late Northern

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Launch Customer for Airbus A321P2F Conversions

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint-venture between ST Aerospace (55%) and Airbus (45%), has secured a launch contract from Vallair Solutions Sàrl (Vallair) for its A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion. EFW will convert ten A321-200 passenger aircraft in to a 14-pallet cargo configuration

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Thanks on a ’plane

Virgin Atlantic has introduced a special livery dedicated to its 9,000 employees.  Airbus A340-642 G-VNAP (c/n 622) has been returned to service after a spell in storage to enable the airline to meet capacity demands while some of its Boeing

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PC-24 Deliveries Begin

Launch operator PlaneSense has taken delivery of the first production Pilatus PC-24, N124AF (c/n 101).  The jet, the first of six the US fractional firm has on order, was handed over on February 7.  The relationship between PlaneSense and Pilatus’

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