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United’s Boeing 787 takes to the skies

Ahead of its delivery at the end of September, United Airlines’ initial Boeing 787 has completed its first production flight. The aircraft took off from Boeing’s Paine Field in Everett, Washington on Sunday 19 August. The flight tested the 787′s onboard systems at high and medium altitudes. They also checked back-up and safety elements, including cabin […]

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Dreamliner in Qatar colours

Ahead of its arrival at next week’s Farnborough air show – and planned flying displays – is this pic from Qatar Airways of its shiny new Boeing 787 fresh out of the paint hangar. The carrier is due to take delivery of five of the type this year. Credit: Qatar Airways

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UPS takes its 50th 767 freighter

Fresh out the box at Boeing’s Everett plant is global parcel behemoth UPS’s 50th 767-300 Freighter. According to Boeing’s order figures it’s still got another nine of the type to arrive. Meanwhile its great rival, FedEx, has 27 of the cargo aircraft on order. Credit: Boeing

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The inevitable Southwest 737 Max pic

And there I was thinking the aircraft orders might start calming down before Christmas… still, it’s only a $19 billion order for a total of 208 aircraft and is the first firm order for the 737 Max and the largest firm order in Boeing’s history… not much happening really…. still, here’s how the 737 Max […]

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Flybe’s new Embraer 175s

Flybe has taken delivery of the first two Embraer 175s from a 35 unit order dating from July 2010 – registrations G-FBJA and G-FBJC. They are pictured enjoying the traditional water arc welcome at Exeter airport last week. The aircraft are currently being positioned to start revenue service from 7 December at Manchester and Birmingham airports. […]

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A320neo scores Dubai double

Deals done in Dubai? Airbus A320neo for Arab and American airlines? Qatar’s carrier chooses up to 80 Neos? Spirit selects 45 Neos? Lovely. (Just don’t mention the A330 freighter conversions). Credit: Airbus (both images)

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A380ski – first sale for the whale plane in Russia

Airbus is celebrating today after Russian carrier Transaero signed an MOU for four 700-seat A380s. It follows the airframer’s first display of the superjumbo in Russia at the MAKS air show in August. Assuming the order is firmed up, here’s how the aircraft will probably look. Credit: Airbus

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Blimey – a 747-8I order

Given that commitments for Boeing’s 747-8 Intercontinental have been rarer than hen’s teeth – Korean and kings of the new aircraft type, Lufthansa, being the only airlines to order thus far – it’s probably a welcome relief for Boeing that another carrier, Nigeria’s Arik Air, has decided to join the party. OK, it’s only for two aircraft (and not […]

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The inevitable Air France KLM A350 order

Today’s news that the Franco-Dutch carrier is to order 25 A350-900s (and 25 Boeing 787s) was probably one of the worst kept secrets of the year. However, it has provided us with a couple of nicely rendered images of the aircraft in their respective liveries. Nice to see that both background images are virtually identical, just cropped […]

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Virgin America commits to 30 A320neos

Virgin America will become the launch customer after committing to 30 of Airbus’s re-engined A320neo (new engine option),” says Airbus, although it says no engine selection has been made. Virgin America chief executive David Cush disclosed the agreement yesterday in Toulouse. It covers 60 A320 aircraft in total, 30 of which are the A320neo. In December 2010 […]

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