Scoot Boeing 787-9-Dreamliner

Scoot takes delivery of four 787-8s this year, flies to Athens in June

Scoot, the low-cost medium- to long-haul arm of Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA), will take delivery of four new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners fitted with crew bunks this year, which will serve the Singapore-Athens route starting next month and another long-haul destination to be announced later in 2017. Scoot chief executive officer (CEO) Lee Lik Hsin said…
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easyJet Airbus A320

EasyJet to swap 30 Airbus A320neos for A321neos

​UK low-cost carrier (LCC) easyJet has reached an agreement with Airbus to convert 30 of the Airbus A320neos that it has on order to A321neos , with the first delivery scheduled for summer 2018. Announcing the change to the 2013 agreement at the release of its interim results on May 16, easyJet said it had…
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Boeing 737 MAX new winglets

Boeing Delivers First 737 Max 8 to Malindo Air

Boeing on Tuesday marked the first delivery of the new 737 Max 8 to launch customer Malindo Air of Malaysia with an official handover at the manufacturer’s Seattle delivery center. The first delivery to the Lion Air subsidiary comes on the same day Boeing resumed the full range of 737 Max flight test activities following…
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The New 737 MAX

Scandinavian Primera Air Orders for Up to 20 737 MAX 9s

Boeing and Primera Air today announced an order for eight 737 MAX 9 airplanes, valued at more than $950 million at list prices. The agreement also includes purchase rights for four additional 737 MAX 9s and a lease agreement for eight more airplanes from Air Lease Corporation. The 737 MAX 9 will form the backbone…
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Airbus A321

Delta Orders 30 More Airbus A321 Jets

Delta Airlines has announced an additional order of 3 Airbus A321’s, bringing the total order by Delta to 112. According to the release by Airbus, many of the jets will be delivered from the Mobile Assembly line. “The A321’s comfort, performance and economics make it a very compelling aircraft for Delta in our domestic route…
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Qantas Boeing 787

Qantas brings forward Boeing 787 deliveries

Qantas has brought forward the delivery of its second tranche of Boeing 787s, with all four of the Dreamliners now taking wing in the second half of 2018 to allow the launch of a second non-stop route into Europe – with Paris tipped as the front-runner. The original timetable saw the first four red-tailed Boeing…
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Airbus A350 XWB

Delta Is Said to Consider Delaying $3 Billion Airbus Order

Move underscores obstacles for marquee A350 jet in U.S. market Carrier could postpone 10 wide-body deliveries for three years Delta Air Lines Inc. is considering postponing delivery of 10 Airbus SE A350 jetliners valued at about $3 billion, even as the carrier prepares for the first arrival of the new flagship aircraft, people familiar with…
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Boeing 777X

Vistara may place order for around 100 aircraft by June: CAPA

Domestic full service airline Vistara is likely to place order for around 100 aircraft, including 50 wide-body planes by the end of the current quarter, according to an industry report. The Centre for Asia Pacific (CAPA), the Sydney-based aviation think-tank, in its report titled “Global Fleet and Financing Review 2017,” also said that the airline…
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787-9 First Flight Event

Canada’s Westjet plan to buy upto 20 Dreamliners

  WestJet Airlines plans to order as many as 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with a list price of $5.4 billion, adding the wide-body to its fleet as Canada’s second-biggest carrier expands long-distance service. The move takes a page from Air Canada, which has relied on the Dreamliner’s fuel efficiency to lower operating costs. The order…
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Air India airplane tail

Air India to hire 80 co-pilots for wide-body Boeing planes

State-owned Air India is hiring over 80 junior pilots for its wide-body Boeing B777 and B787 aircraft to meet the shortage of cockpit crew. The process to induct these first officers or co-pilots is in the final stage and they are expected to join Air India by next month, an airline source said here. Air…
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Air India airplane tail

Air India to phase out remaining old Airbus Classic A320 planes

The airline has already retired nine A320s from its fleet and the remaining six planes are likely to go out of service by March next year, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani said. The over two-decade-old classic A320, unlike modern aircraft, has a set of bogey wheels. Bogey wheels are a set of…
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Qantas Boeing 787

Airbus, Boeing close in on Qantas’ ultra-long haul dream

Both Airbus and Boeing now offer aircraft that appear capable of flying non-stop commercial flights from Sydney to London – the “Holy Grail” for Australian carrier Qantas Airways Ltd . As long as oil prices don’t go much higher than around $70 per barrel, the 20-hour flight can be financially viable, and could be on…
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U.S. Ultra Low Cost Carrier Frontier Airlines Plans IPO

U.S. Ultra Low Cost Carrier Frontier Airlines Plans IPO

Frontier Airlines on Friday confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in the airline industry — it plans to go public soon under the symbol FRNT. Its filing for an initial public offering comes a little more than three years after private equity firm Indigo Partners bought the then-struggling airline from Republic Airways in a deal…
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Sixth new Boeing 777 delivered to Kuwait Airways in four months

Sixth new Boeing 777 delivered to Kuwait Airways in four months

One of Kuwait Airways’ new Boeing 777-300 ERs. The carrier has 10 on order, of which six have been delivered in the past four months. Courtesy : Kuwait Airways Kuwait Airways’ latest Boeing 777-300ER has been delivered to the national carrier of Kuwait, the sixth of 10 of the jetliners on order, which began deliveries…
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Zimbabwe government continues to hunt

Zimbabwe government continues to hunt

GOVERNMENT continues to hunt for a technical partner for national flag carrier Air Zimbabwe, which is saddled with a US$334 million debt, despite recent setbacks in attracting a suitor. Nine airlines – among them Ethiopian Airlines, Angolan Airlines, Boeing, Emirates – have either been engaged or expressed interest in a partnership. Until recently, Air Zimbabwe…
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Richard Branson celebrates Virgin Atlantic’s entry to Seattle market, tears into Alaska Air

A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down Monday afternoon at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, bringing entrepreneur Richard Branson to town for a celebration of Virgin Atlantic’s entrance into the Seattle market. But he also used the visit to tear into Alaska Air Group, which announced last week it would retire the Virgin America brand in the next…
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JetBlue

Is JetBlue Ready to Dump Its Smallest Planes?

In 2003, JetBlue Airways  shocked industry observers by ordering Embraer ‘s  new 100-seat E190 jet. This departed from the accepted wisdom that low-cost carriers should stick to operating a single aircraft type in order to keep costs down. (JetBlue primarily flies Airbus  A320-family aircraft.) As many pundits had predicted, JetBlue‘s decision to add the E190…
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Boeing Airplanes

‘Bright future for Boeing in Asean region’

(File pix) Boeing Co’s senior vice-president of sales (Asia Pacific and India) Dr Dinesh A. Keskar said the demand for commercial airplanes was projected to be worth a total of US$565 billion (RM2.5 trillion) in the next two decades. Pix by Rosela Ismail LANGKAWI: Boeing Co believes that its business in Southeast Asia will continue…
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Virgin America A321neo

Alaska Air: Virgin America name will disappear, ‘likely’ in 2019

Alaska Airlines’ name will live on; Virgin America’s will not. Alaska Airlines announced Wednesday it will drop the name and logo of the merger partner it acquired late last year. Virgin America will be phased out, “likely sometime in 2019,” Alaska Air said in a statement. Instead, the combined carrier “will adopt many of the…
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Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380 Flyover

Widebody Airbus or Boeing jetliners a target for Malaysia Airlines

A Malaysia Airlines plane comes in to land at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur. The carrier wants to boost its fleet of large passenger jets. Mohd Rasfan / AFP Malaysia Airlines is looking to lease widebody planes to boost its network from next year and will make a decision on…
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Air India defends the sale of Boeing 777 planes to Etihad

Air India Air India has defended the sale of five Boeing 777-200 LR planes to Etihad saying it was the best possible option to check loss and reduce debt. The national carrier has come under criticism from the Comptroller and Auditor General for selling the aircraft below its indicative market price, for under reporting its…
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Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Boeing sounds out Indian carriers on 737 MAX-10 aircraft

Boeing Co  has approached India’s SpiceJet Ltd  and Jet Airways Ltd  as it gauges airlines’ interest in its 737 MAX-10 aircraft, the stretched version of the yet-to-be-delivered 737 MAX narrow-body jetliner, a senior executive said. Indian carriers are rapidly expanding to meet demand in the world’s fastest-growing aviation market, with most of the growth involving…
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SpiceJet 737 MAX8

SpiceJet will start receiving ordered Boeing planes from mid-2018

Stating that Indian aviation market is the fastest growing in the world, SpiceJet on Monday said that it aspires to be the most profitable airline in the country. “We have the best on-time performance in the industry. We will try to reduce costs and increase ancillary revenue,” it said. The low-cost carrier also said that…
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Singapore Airlines Airbus A380

Did Singapore Airlines Just Kill the Airbus A380 Jumbo Jet?

Last week, Singapore Airlines picked Boeing (NYSE: BA) over Airbus (NASDAQOTH: EADSY) for the next stage of its fleet renewal. It signed a letter of intent for 20 777-9s and 19 787-10s , which should be converted to a firm order soon. Singapore Airlines will also have options for six more of each aircraft type.…
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Boeing 777X

Singapore Airlines places $14bn Boeing jets order

Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced a provisional order worth 13.8bn at list prices to buy 39 Boeing wide-body planes yesterday as it battles Gulf carriers, dealing a blow to Airbus in the key market for big twinjets. SIA signed a letter of intent with Boeing for 20 777-9s and 19 787-10s to tap additional passenger growth…
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AisAsia Airbus A320

First low-cost Asian airline cleared for flights to the US

Get ready to squeeze on board for low-cost flights between the U.S. and Asia. Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia says it’s gotten the all clear from U.S. authorities to fly its jetliners to American airports — the first low-cost Asian airline to do so. Founded by charismatic businessman Tony Fernandes, AirAsia pioneered the low-cost model in…
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Norwegian Air 787

Norwegian Air to order more Boeing, Airbus planes

Budget carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle plans to order more aircraft from Boeing and Airbus after its Irish subsidiary received long-awaited flying rights from U.S. authorities, its Chief Executive told Reuters. After a three-year application process, the U.S. Transportation Department granted those rights on Friday, setting the stage for a new battle among airlines for leisure…
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Spicejet Boeing 737

SpiceJet flies to trigger aircraft acquisition war

India’s fourth-largest domestic carrier, SpiceJet is set to trigger a war in the sky as it finalises a Rs 72,000 crore deal for 100 narrow-bodied aircraft with French manufacturer Airbus. The deal will make SpiceJet the first Indian domestic private carrier to have Airbus and Boeing in its fleet. “Right now, we are very focussed…
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SpiceJet 737 MAX8

Low-cost air travel will drive trillion-dollar airline spending spree, says Boeing

European airlines will spend $1.1 trillion on new aircraft over the next two decades as air travel booms and demand for smaller, low-cost carriers soars, according to US giant Boeing. The aircraft maker predicts that European airlines will need more than 7,500 new aircraft by 2035, which, based on its current catalogue prices, would mean a spending spree…
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Boeing, Airbus throttle back output of big jets

 The world’s two biggest passenger-aircraft makers are reducing production of their largest planes, a response to sluggish emerging-market demand that could mean trouble for Japanese suppliers. Further production cuts for Boeing’s 777 may be ahead if orders remain low, CEO Dennis Muilenburg suggested at a Sept. 14 event for investors. The U.S. manufacturer needs 40-50…
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Airbus A320neo

Airbus net orders fall as it draws line under Kingfisher failure

Airbus sold 49 jets in September, but saw its net orders for the year knocked back by the cancellation of jets ordered by India’s Kingfisher Airlines. Toulouse-based Airbus canceled 82 outstanding orders for jets for Kingfisher and its Kingfisher Red subsidiary, which had been among its most high-profile customers until the airline owned by drinks…
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airplane

Dark Clouds Loom for Airlines Even as Their Profits Take Off

U.S. airlines are producing their biggest profits ever. But instead of clear skies, they are encountering problems that their recent prosperity, in some cases, is making worse. Employees at Southwest Airlines Co. and Delta Air Lines Inc. have rejected labor contracts in recent weeks, with some arguing that the compensation wasn’t sufficient given the industry’s…
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SpiceJet 737 MAX8

Boeing says domestic airlines moving closer to break-even

Boeing Corporation on Thursday expressed hope that domestic airlines, which have been bleeding for many years now, are moving closer to break-even as operating costs have fallen faster than fare reductions following the sharp dip in oil prices. “I believe that Indian airlines are moving closer to profitability after years of losses. Spicejet has declared…
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Airline Fees

Senate report urges government crackdown on airline fees

The government should crack down on airline fees for things like seat reservations, checked baggage and ticket changes or cancellations, which are often unfair or hidden from consumers, according to a Senate report released Thursday. The report, which is based on an investigation by the Democratic staff of the Senate commerce committee, says there appears…
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Airplane Emission Pollusion

E.P.A. Says It Will Set Rules for Airplane Emissions

The Obama administration said on Wednesday that it would take the first step toward regulating greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes, a move that could significantly strengthen President Obama’s environmental legacy but that also presents major new challenges for the airline industry. The Environmental Protection Agency said that Airplane Emissions endanger human health because of their…
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American Airlines Boeing 777 Premium Cabin Bar Interior

Europe’s Top Airlines to Spend Billions in Battle to Win Back Passengers

Europe’s two biggest airlines are rolling out more than €4 billion ($4.5 billion) in cabin upgrades in an attempt to arrest the hemorrhaging of lucrative premium passengers to Middle East rivals that have stolen their customers in part by wowing them with luxurious amenities aboard flights. The cabin overhauls represent a second front in a…
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Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800

Airliner Tragedies Cry Out For Real-Time Data

After more than two days of anxious waiting, searchers finally found bodies and debris from AirAsia Flight 8501 floating in the Java Sea on Tuesday. But the jet itself was still missing, officials could only guess why it crashed, and grieving families were left to suffer through the uncertainty. Needlessly. Technology has long existed to…
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air travel generic

Airline Changes to Frequent-flyer Programs Snub Rank-and-File Patrons

This was the year in which airline passengers learned where they really stood with the big carriers they’ve been loyal to over the years. Beginning Jan. 1, Delta Air Lines will start handing out frequent-flyer miles based not on distance traveled, which is how it’s been up to now, but on dollars spent. Travelers who…
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Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen

Bombardier signs US$1.4 billion Contract for 24 CRJ900 NextGen aircrafts

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that a customer, who has requested to remain unidentified at this time, has placed a firm order for 16 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets and has also taken options for eight additional airliners of the same type. Based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued…
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All Airliners 8 hours photo shoot

Top 10 Airline Industry Stories For 2014

Here are top ten Airline stories for 2014, with a strong bias towards the U.S. airline industry. No. 1: The Wright amendment ends, and Love Field booms. For nearly 35 years, the federal law known as the Wright amendment kept the shackles on Dallas Love Field. On Oct. 13, the shackles came off, and airlines…
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Airfare Ticket

Cheaper Fuel Could Mean Drop in Airline Ticket Prices

While you’re saving money at the pump right now, it might be a few months before you notice cheaper airline ticket prices. After paying nearly $4 for a gallon of gas for several years, experts said most people probably aren’t changing their travel plans right away — even though prices have been cut in half.…
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Flight 8501 Disaster Highlights Asia’s Aviation Challenges

The crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 is the third aviation disaster this year to strike a region where air traffic has grown spectacularly to become the world’s biggest market, posing new challenges to safety regulators, airlines and governments. The Airbus A320, which vanished from radar early Sunday in storm clouds en route to Singapore from…
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Missing AirAsia grieving relatives

2014 – Worst Year For Modern Day Aviation?

The disappearance of AirAsia Flight 8501 between Indonesia and Singapore over the weekend caps a bizarre year in aviation, marred by a series of missing planes and air disasters. But could 2014 be the worst year in recent aviation history? Yes and no. Depends on how you define “worst.” Crashes In terms of crashes, 2014…
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Airline Food

Which Airlines Have The Healthiest Food?

Business fliers looking for a healthy meal are in luck if they book a flight on Virgin America. But they might need to tote their own nutritious snacks on some other airlines, according to a new survey. In an annual analysis of the snacks and meals offered by 13 major carriers, Virgin America came out…
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Airbus A320

Airbus A320: A Global, Short-Range Single-Aisle Workhorse

Much has been said about the rivalry between Airbus and Boeing and the Airbus A320 features prominently in this. The twin-engined A320 entered service in 1988, some two decades after its single-aisle rival, Boeing’s 737. There have been a total of 11,163 orders for the A320, with 6,331 deliveries to date and slightly less aircraft…
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Airasia flight path

Indonesia to Get U.S. Help in Search For Missing AirAsia airliner

The search for a missing AirAsia airliner with 162 people aboard will expand Tuesday, the Indonesian government announced. Four additional areas will be searched, the national search-and-rescue agency said. Seven zones were patrolled Monday, the second day of working to find AirAsia Flight QZ8501. So far, the search has been fruitless. “Our early conjecture is…
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AirAsia Airbus A320

Flight QZ8501 AirAsia Missing Over Pacific, After Pilots Request Course Change

Flight QZ8501 AirAsia Missing Over Pacific on a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, shortly after the pilots requested to change the flightplan because of weather, the airline said today. The Airbus A320-200, which reportedly had 162 people on board, lost contact at 7:24 a.m. local time near Belitung Island, Indonesia, according to a statement…
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AirTran Boeing 737

AirTran Brand Set to Disappear Sunday

Southwest Airlines will officially complete its integration of AirTran Airways – four years since announcing plans to acquire AirTran – on Sunday, December 28. After AirTran flight 1 lands in Tampa just before midnight Sunday, AirTran will officially cease operations. For many, Sunday is bittersweet; many employees are excited to complete the integration, but some…
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Malaysian flight search team

Search for Missing Malaysian Flight 370 Trickles to Single Ship

A single ship continued a lonely search last week across a vast expanse of the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared nearly 10 months ago — no longer listening for “pings” from the black box or subject to around-the-clock coverage by CNN or accompanied by a massive flotilla that once included…
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easyJet Airbus A320

EasyJet Cabin Crew to Strike for Better Pay in France

EasyJet Plc, Europe’s No. 2 discount carrier, canceled 38 flights to or from France today as its cabinet crew went on strike. The airline scrapped 34 domestic services to and from Lyon, Brest, Nantes, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille, Nice, Paris Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports, the company based in Luton, England, said in an e-mailed…
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Santa’s Sleigh Nearly Collides With Airliner Over Australia

Shortly after Australian aviation authorities announced that Santa Claus was given clearance to bring his sleigh and team of reindeer into the nation’s airspace, the fat, bearded man was spotted flying his sleigh within spitting distance of a commercial airliner. Watch this video provided by 9News Australia. You can also track Santa’s whereabouts using the…
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