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  • Southwest 737-700 Max KJ FG
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    Southwest flirts with Airbus in fleet renewal

    2020-10-26T18:35:00Z

    Southwest Airlines, an all-Boeing carrier since its inception almost 50 years ago, is again flirting with the idea buying aircraft from a competing airframer.

  • Air New Zealand A321neo
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    Domestic travel green shoots in New Zealand, Australia

    2020-10-23T08:57:00Z

    Air New Zealand is relaunching its mystery holiday packages, showing how domestic travel remains a key focus in the region while Covid-19 continues to decimate international travel. Domestic travel is virtually the only way airlines in the Asia-Pacific region can get passengers to board their aircraft these days. In ...

  • Firefly ATR 72-600
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    For Malaysia Airlines, clarity and urgency in restructuring is key

    2020-10-23T02:17:00Z

    The future of Malaysia Airlines was recently thrust back into the spotlight, as it undertakes an urgent restructuring exercise. Again it confronts an existential dilemma about what, exactly, it needs to do.  

  • Lion Air 737-900ER
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    Lion Air tries new approach with lessors

    2020-10-23T01:39:00Z

    Lion Air has approached its lessors with an alternative proposal for their leased aircraft on the back of their feedback on its requests for by-the-hour arrangements, according to sources and an email seen by Cirium. The Indonesian carrier is proposing a four-part plan, involving the partial payment of rentals ...

  • Malaysia Airlines parked fleet
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    Lessors baulk at Malaysia Airlines’ restructuring plan

    2020-10-21T05:00:00Z

    Sixteen third-party lessors have exposure to Malaysia Airlines, which earlier this month announced an “urgent restructuring exercise” that would include a “drastic” relook at its network and fleet plans. Leasing executives from some of those lessors, who spoke to Cirium on condition of anonymity, are not happy about the ...

  • MQ-9 Reaper
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    Landmark Taiwan MQ-9 sale would vex Beijing

    2020-10-21T01:48:00Z

    A reported US plan to sell the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 unmanned air vehicle to Taiwan will complicate Beijing’s incessant prodding of the island’s defences.

  • Icelandair Amsterdam-c-Icelandair
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    Icelandair plans for 30% capacity cut in summer 2021 schedule

    2020-10-20T17:23:00Z

    Icelandair is expecting to operate a summer 2021 schedule with capacity down by 25-30% compared with last year. It is planning to serve 32 destinations – among them the Canary Islands resort of Tenerife, which is a new route for the carrier. Twenty-two of the destinations will be ...

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    China Express details delivery schedule of initial 50 domestic jets

    2020-10-20T17:03:00Z

    China Express Airlines has detailed its agreement to take 100 domestically-built jets, with at least 50 set to be Comac ARJ21s. It had previously disclosed, in June, provisional plans to acquire a mix of ARJ21s and Comac C919s. China Express says that “all or part” of the balance ...

  • Flybe-Dash8-c-Rob-Hodgkins_Creative-Commons
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    Interest in revived Flybe shows continued faith in regional opportunity

    2020-10-20T15:30:00Z

    On this face of it, plans to revive a loss-making UK regional operation at a time when all airlines, regardless of model, are struggling to survive would seem unlikely.

  • AERO NORWAY engine maintenance
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    How engine shop Aero Norway has adapted to the crisis

    2020-10-19T14:17:00Z

    Engine overhaul specialist Aero Norway has implemented company-wide salary cuts and reduced working time for shop-floor staff in an effort to weather the Covid-19 crisis without losing experienced personnel. Chief executive Glenford Marston tells Cirium that the company has not made redundancies among its approximately 200 employees or ...

  • Berlin Brandenburg airport sign
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    ​Berlin’s new airport completes operational tests

    2020-10-19T13:51:00Z

    Berlin airports operator FBB has announced the completion of operating tests at the city’s much delayed new airport, meaning it has achieved all the steps necessary to open later this month. Since April, the operator has been running twice-weekly operational tests at the airport to the southeast of the ...

  • Xian H-6N
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    Chinese H-6N appears with mysterious ballistic missile

    2020-10-19T03:39:00Z

    A brief video has emerged of a Xian H-6N bomber carrying what could be a ballistic missile or boost-glide vehicle along its centreline. The video appeared on the Chinese internet on 17 October. It goes some way to confirming a long-held theory that one mission for the H-6N, the ...

  • A380 Emirates
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    Amedeo sees mixed fortunes from Thai and Emirates

    2020-10-16T08:38:00Z

    Lessor Amedeo has reported mixed fortunes regarding two of its major lessees, Thai Airways International and Emirates, with one airline paying steady rentals and even operating some of its aircraft, while the other remains grounded and makes little to no rental payments. The insight derives from public disclosures from ...

  • MC-21-c-UnitedAircraft
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    Russia strives to create local supply chains for its modern airliners

    2020-10-16T08:00:00Z

    Sanctions mean manufacturer Irkut is looking to domestic industry to provide an alternative source of components for the MC-21 and Superjet 100

  • E175-E2 first flight-c-Embraer
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    Challenges aplenty for established regional airliner manufacturers

    2020-10-16T08:00:00Z

    Abandoned by Boeing and seeing its European market turn elsewhere, Embraer and De Havilland Canada have problems beyond those directly caused by the Covid-19 crisis, while ATR is hoping a new freighter programme will lift the gloom of a fading orderbook

  • Comac_ARJ21
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    Asian airframers tread diverging paths through the crisis

    2020-10-16T08:00:00Z

    The coronavirus outbreak, which upended nearly everything in the aerospace industry, has fuelled the diverging trajectory Asian airframers Comac and Mitsubishi Aircraft are taking. 

  • A321neo MEA In Flight (3)
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    A320 family continues to deliver for Airbus as widebodies stall

    2020-10-16T08:00:00Z

    The airframer is struggling to find customers for its A330 and A350 families, but narrowbody production will continue at 40 units per month. However, plans to add production capacity by turning the former A380 facility in Toulouse into a dedicated assembly line for the A321neo are on hold

  • Hawaiian-JAL-c-Shutterstock
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    Hawaii begins virus testing to boost air travel

    2020-10-16T07:33:00Z

    Hawaii starting on 15 October will allow travellers to submit negative coronavirus test results 72 hours in advance of their flights to bypass its ongoing quarantine for new arrivals to the islands, hoping to boost tourism after months of nearly non-existent air travel. Several carriers, including Honolulu-based Hawaiian Airlines ...

  • Changi Airport September 2020
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    Asia-Pacific ‘travel bubbles’ fail to inflate

    2020-10-15T08:30:00Z

    Despite government talk about “travel bubbles,” “green lanes” and the like, the Asia-Pacific’s biggest international air travel markets remain a long way from anything approaching normalcy. While domestic travel is picking up strongly in markets such as China and Vietnam, international travel still remains largely grounded. Three major country ...

  • BA A321-c-BA
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    Why weaponising British Airways’ slots is a complicated crusade

    2020-10-13T11:19:00Z

    When British Airways disclosed its intention to restructure its operations under the onslaught of the pandemic, the prospect of its slashing its workforce – and the perception of corporate ruthlessness – led to an extraordinary call for retaliation within UK political circles. BA’s strategy ignited an intense parliamentary discussion ...