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Turkish Places Widebody Orders

Turkish Airlines has signed for up to 60 widebody aircraft, placing orders with both Boeing and Airbus.  The Istanbul-based carrier has signed firm deals for 25 airframes plus five options, for both the 787-9 Dreamliner and the A350-900. The carrier

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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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South African Alters London Service

South African Airways (SAA) will introduce its Airbus A330-300 fleet on flights to London from March 25.  As part of the changes, the carrier is reducing the frequency of flights from Johannesburg to Heathrow to a single daily rotation. “We

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Air Sénégal Firms A330neo Deal

National carrier Air Sénégal has signed a firm order for two Airbus A330neos.  The fledgling airline originally signed a memorandum of understanding for the aircraft in November at the Dubai Airshow.  The firm agreement was signed in Dakar by Philippe

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