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A350-1000 Certified

Following an intensive flight test programme Airbus has been awarded the type certificate for the A350-1000 by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration. The milestone was reached in less than a year, during which the aircraft’s

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Island Air Ceases Operations

Hawaii’s Island Air operated it last flights on November 11, just days after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The airline was unable to find a new investor or lender to provide the funding it required to support flight operations

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IndiGo Receives First Turboprop

India’s largest airline by market share, IndiGo, has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600.  The aircraft, VH-IYA (c/n 1457), was handed over to the carrier on November 17 and is the first of 50 turboprops it ordered earlier this

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All Change at Utair

Russian carrier Utair has unveiled a new livery as part of a wider rebranding exercise.  Describing the colour scheme as deliberately “clear and concise” to illustrate “simplicity”, the company’s VP passenger airline marketing Alina Scherbinina added: “Passengers are not interested

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KPMG Appeals Monarch Slots Ruling

Administrator KPMG has launched an appeal after losing a High Court battle to retain lucrative airport slots held by the recently failed Monarch Airlines.  The UK’s fifth-biggest carrier ceased operations in early October after running into financial difficulties, leaving thousands

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Dubai: flydubai Increases its MAX Commitment

Low-cost carrier flydubai has signed a commitment for 225 Boeing 737 MAX jets, valued at $27bn.  The deal, covering 175 aircraft and 50 purchase rights, was announced at the Dubai Airshow where the airline’s first 737 MAX 8 had been

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Dubai: Indigo Partners Signs Mega Airbus MOU

Airbus is celebrating after Indigo Partners’ four portfolio airlines signed a memorandum of understanding for 430 A320neo Family aircraft.  The jets will be split between Frontier Airlines, JetSMART, Volaris and Wizz Air upon completion of the final purchase agreement. The

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Dubai: Wataniya Signs for neos

Low-cost carrier Wataniya Airways has selected the Airbus A320neo Family for its fleet expansion.  Golden Falcon Aviation, the exclusive aircraft provider for the Kuwaiti airline, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the manufacturer for 25 A320neo Family jets on

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Dubai: EgyptAir Selects CS300

EgyptAir has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for up to 24 Bombardier CS300s. The deal, which was announced on day three of the Dubai Airshow, consists of 12 airframes and 12 purchase rights.  If EgyptAir exercises all 12 purchase

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Dubai: Gulf Air Signs 787 Deal

Bahraini national carrier Gulf Air has signed a lease agreement with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) for five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.  Deliveries will begin in 2018 under the terms of the deal, which was announced on day two of the Dubai

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