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Hawaiian Dreaming

Honolulu-based Hawaiian Airlines has signed a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) for the purchase of ten General Electric GEnx powered Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The initial deal, which is valued at $2.82bn, also includes purchase rights for an additional ten aircraft.

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A350ULR Breaks Cover

Airbus has rolled out the first ultra-long range variant of the A350 XWB, which is due to enter service later this year with Singapore Airlines.  Following final assembly of the airframe (c/n 216) in Toulouse, the jet has been moved

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Emirates Launches new 777-200LR Business Class Cabin

Emirates has introduced a new Business Class cabin on its Boeing 777-200LR fleet.  The overhaul includes wider seats, each with a 23in personal in-flight entertainment screen, set out in a new 2-2-2 configuration.  Pitch has been set at 72in and the

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QantasLink Turboprop Revamp

Qantas’ regional subsidiary QantasLink has revealed its 45-strong fleet of Bombardier Q200, Q300 and Q400 turboprop aircraft will undergo a multi-million-dollar cabin upgrade programme to improve the overall passenger experience. The aircraft’s interiors will be refreshed with new ergonomic seat

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‘First to Fly’

Airbus has completed the painting of the first two A330neo jetliners destined for launch customer TAP Air Portugal. Both A330-900 aircraft, CS-TUA (c/n 1819) and CS-TUB (c/n 1836), have been rolled out of the paint shop resplendent in the Portuguese

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E190-E2 Cleared for Take Off

Brazilian manufacturer Embraer has been awarded Type Certification for the E190-E2 from the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC – Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).  This milestone was achieved just 56

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Mexican MAX

Aeromexico has taken delivery of the first of up to 90 Boeing 737 MAX jets it has on order.  The maiden example, XA-MAG (c/n 43704), was ferried from the manufacturer’s Boeing Field facility to Mexico City on February 23. “We

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Ryanair Axes Glasgow Base

Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has blamed the Scottish Government’s failure to reduce aviation taxes for its surprise decision to close its base at Glasgow.  Unveiling its winter 2018 schedule, the airline has reduced its network from the Scottish hub from

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Icelandair Welcomes First MAX

Boeing handed over the first 737 MAX 8 to Icelandair on March 1.  The jet, TF-ICE (c/n 44353), comes from an order for 16 examples placed in 2013, including the MAX 8 and larger MAX 9. “The arrival of the

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Cebu Pacific Heads to Melbourne

Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific will launch direct flights from Manila to Melbourne on August 14.  The thrice-weekly service will be flown using 436-seat Airbus A330-300s. “We are thrilled to secure Cebu Pacific Air at Melbourne Airport in a move that

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