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Lessor GECAS was among the first to sign up for the new Boeing 737 MAX 10
Boeing launches largest MAX variant; lessors & airlines sign up
Boeing announced the launch of the 737 MAX 10, the largest of the four-aircraft MAX range, on the opening day of the Paris Air Show Monday.
Rendering of 737 MAX 10 in BOC Aviation livery
First MAX 10 commitment comes from lessor
Singapore-based leasing company BOC Aviation announced a memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Boeing for 10 of the newly announced MAX 10 versions of the 737.
Malindo Air 737 MAX 8
Boeing: MAX 8 doing well with launch customer Malindo Air
Boeing said June 18 it was “very satisfied” with the early in-service performance of the 737 MAX 8 with its lead customer, Malaysia’s Malindo Air.
Inmarsat reports strong interest in new connectivity provision
Satellite communications specialist Inmarsat said there is a high level of interest in its new GX Aviation and European Aviation Network (EAN) connectivity solutions for passenger aircraft.
Rolls-Royce starts next phase of new-generation engine testing
When the gates at Le Bourget open for next week's Paris Air Show, Rolls-Royce will be bolting together the fan casing and core of its Advance 3 demonstrator engine as it continues to move toward its next generation of engines.
European airline lobbying group IACA rebrands as AIRE
Three airlines have joined the 16 carriers that make up the International Air Carrier Association (IACA) and the 19 carriers together have rebranded the Brussels-based association as Airlines International Representation in Europe (AIRE).
Arctic Aviation Assets converts two 737 MAX options
Arctic Aviation Assets (AAA), the leasing subsidiary of Scandinavian low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian, has exercised options on two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, converting them to firm orders.
Sky Express ATR 42
European carriers strike codeshare pact
Greek airline Sky Express and Romanian low-cost carrier (LCC) Blue Air have signed a codeshare agreement to facilitate travel between Greece and Cyprus.
Manchester Airport computer glitch snags check-ins, causes delays
Airlines at Manchester Airport, the UK’s largest airport outside London, experienced delays of several hours early June 13, after a computer malfunction meant staff at several airlines had to check-in passengers manually.
Lessor SMBC Aviation Capital reports 48% profit boost
Ireland-based lessor SMBC Aviation Capital saw its pre-tax profits climb to $346 million for the financial year ended March 31, 2017, up 48% compared to the previous year’s figure of $233 million.
Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER
Qatar Airways reports profits up 21.7% in FY2017
Qatar Airways reported a net profit of QAR1.97 billion ($540 million), for the 2016-17 financial year, up 21.7% compared to net profit of QAR1.62 billion in FY2016.
Airlink E190
South Africa’s Airlink is preferred bidder for commercial flights
The government of the remote British dependency of St Helena in the South Atlantic has chosen South African carrier SA Airlink as the preferred bidder to begin scheduled commercial flights to the island.
Rendering of Boeing 737 MAX in Iran Aseman Airlines’ livery
Boeing concludes $3 billion Iranian 737 MAX deal
Boeing has finalized a definitive agreement with Iran Aseman Airlines for the purchase of up to 60 737 MAX commercial passenger aircraft.
Gulf Air A320
Gulf Air CEO resigns
The CEO of Bahraini flag carrier Gulf Air, Maher Salman Al Musallam has resigned, with the airline’s board accepting his decision.
Flybe Bombardier Dash 8 Q400
Flybe posts net loss for FY2016-17
UK-based regional carrier Flybe reported a net deficit of £26.7 million ($8.8 million) for the 2016-17 financial year, reversed from a net profit of £6.8 million for the previous year.
Blogs & Commentary
Jun 27, 2017
blog

The subsidy irony of Anderson’s new gig

Amtrak’s pick of former Delta Air Lines chairman and CEO Richard Anderson to be its president and CEO provides exactly the sort of tough leadership that the woefully-inadequate US passenger rail line needs....More
Jun 23, 2017
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Qatar Airways’ American bid could be political

Qatar Airways’ unsolicited bid to acquire a large stake in American Airlines is indeed “puzzling”, as American CEO Doug Parker put it in a letter to employees....More
Jun 22, 2017
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Qatar Airways CEO Al Baker defiant in face of blockade, laptop ban

The diplomatic rift between Qatar and four Gulf neighbors has not thwarted Qatar Airways’ ambitions....More
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