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Xiamen Flips to Airbus

Airbus scored a victory securing a 40-plane order for A320neos from China Southern-subsidiary Xiamen Airlines. The carrier currently flies only Boeing narrowbodies. The deal comes a week after Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun said the airframer would begin remarketing 737 Maxes...

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Air Travel Becoming ‘Mass Transportation’: Udvar-Hazy

Air Lease Corp.’s founder and executive chairman, Steven Udvar-Hazy, at a Deutsche Bank event earlier in September, outlined a rosy environment for airlines, with demand strong and load factors in some cases at all-time highs. Global traffic, measured by RPKs,...

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Ethiopian Restarts 100-Seat Aircraft Campaign

Ethiopian Airlines is preparing to restart its pre-pandemic campaign for a 100-seater aircraft as passenger numbers near 2019 levels. Speaking in Washington, D.C., earlier in September, group CEO Mesfin Tasew Bekele said traffic was on track to exceed pre-Covid levels...

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Lufthansa Takes First 787

Lufthansa took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 on August 29. The aircraft, registration D-ABPA, flew from Paine Field near Seattle to Frankfurt where it will prepare for an entry-into-service on domestic German routes in October, and on flights between...

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United Eyes Widebody Order

United Airlines is in the market for new Airbus or Boeing widebody aircraft to update its large and aging fleet of twin-aisle planes, Airline Weekly has learned. While the size and timing of a potential order are unknown, United executives...

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787 Deliveries Resume

Boeing resumed deliveries of its flagship widebody, the 787, on August 10. American Airlines took the first delivery in more than a year, a 787-8 with registration N880BJ. The American aircraft was one of 11 787s that were originally due...

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Ethiopian Adds A350-1000s

Ethiopian Airlines has converted four of its six remaining firm orders for Airbus' A350 to the largest -1000 variant. Ethiopian CEO Mesfin Tasew said that the added capacity would allow it to satisfy "the increasing demand of customers." The carrier...

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Boeing Bonanza

— Jay Shabat

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ANA Finalizes 777X, 737 Max Orders

All Nippon Airways updated and finalized its commitment for 50 Boeing aircraft last week. As part of the finalization, ANA updated its order for 20 777-9s to 18 of the passenger jets and two 777-8Fs, the new cargo variant of...

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Airbus Lands 300 Aircraft Win in China

China’s Big 3 airlines, Air China, China Eastern, and China Southern, have committed to 292 new Airbus A320neo family aircraft, further solidifying the European planemaker’s lead in Asia’s largest market. Beijing-based Air China, and its Shenzhen Airlines subsidiary, ordered 96...

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EasyJet Firms Orders For 58 Airbuses

EasyJet is putting criticisms that it does not have the aircraft to play a major role in the reshuffling of Europe’s aviation market to rest with a deal to expand its firm aircraft orderbook by more than half. The UK-based...

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Norwegian Orders 50 737-8s

Norwegian Air is getting a fleet refresh! The relaunched budget carrier has ordered 50 Boeing 737 Max 8s with options for 30 more. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2025 and continue through 2028. The final ownership structure has yet...

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