• Delta's first A321neo at Boston Logan airport

    Delta places first A321neo into service


    Delta Air Lines became the latest Airbus A321neo operator on 20 May when Delta flight 1202 departed Boston Logan airport, bound for San Francisco International.

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    EasyJet eyes growth at slot-constrained airports through A319 up-gauge


    Low-cost carrier EasyJet is citing its ability to up-gauge from smaller Airbus A319s as providing an opportunity to lift capacity in the coming years as part of its strategy of growing at slot-constrained airports.

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    IAG single-aisle renewal ends uncertainty over 737 Max commitment


    IAG’s decision to order a combination of Boeing 737 Max 10s and Max 8-200s puts an end to scepticism as to whether a tentative agreement for 200 aircraft, three years ago, would survive crises affecting the Max and the broader air transport industry, as well as changes of IAG management. ...

  • SIA 777-300ER

    SIA tweaks 777-300ER plans to compensate for 777-9 delay


    Singapore Airlines does not expect its growth plans to be greatly affected by delays with the Boeing 777-9 programme, while its 737-800s will serve until 2024-26.

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    Northern Pacific Airways to wet-lease aircraft when it launches


    Start-up US carrier Northern Pacific Airways, which intends to begin flights later this year, has applied with US authorities to fly between the USA and two Asian countries, initially using jets wet-leased from another carrier.

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    Surf Air to become public company, acquire Southern Airways


    US aviation company Surf Air Mobility has unveiled plans to both become a publicly traded company and to acquire regional US carrier Southern Airways.

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    Turkish Airlines agrees to purchase six A350s


    Turkish Airlines has disclosed that it intends to purchase six Airbus A350-900s, which will be delivered over the course of this year and next. The airline has not elaborated on the decision, which it confirmed to the Istanbul stock exchange. Turkish Airlines has 20 A350-900s on direct order of which ...

  • Airbus A320neo Aercap

    AerCap takes $2.7bn charge over aircraft and engines leased to Russia


    Lessor AerCap has taken a pre-tax charge of $2.7 billion in write-offs and other impairments relating to the inability to retrieve 113 aircraft leased to Russian carriers. AerCap says it has recognised a “total loss” on assets that remain in Russia and Ukraine, and taken impairments on the assets it ...

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    SMBC acquiring Goshawk to create lessor with over 700 aircraft


    Japanese-owned SMBC Aviation Capital is to acquire fellow Irish-based lessor Goshawk Aviation under a transaction valued at $6.7 billion. It will create the second-largest lessor worldwide in terms of aircraft numbers, and the largest to be owned by Japanese interests. SMBC will take over Goshawk following an agreement with NWS ...

  • Ryanair 737-8200-c-Boeing

    Ryanair predicts summer capacity and peak fares will exceed pre-crisis levels


    Budget carrier Ryanair is aiming to reach a fleet of 70 Boeing 737 Max 8-200s for the summer peak, up from the previous target of 65, as it seeks to deploy summer capacity 15% above the pre-crisis level of 2019. It is “cautiously optimistic” that the summer fare peak will ...

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    Norwegian chief says rest of year is ‘cost game’ after Q1 disappointment


    Scandinavian airline Norwegian is hoping to benefit from improved economies of scale during 2022 after a ‘disappointing’ first quarter of the year.

  • Emirates A380-c-Emirates

    Over half of Emirates A380s have returned to service


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates had returned more than half of its Airbus A380 fleet to service by the end of the financial year in March, having already restored full Boeing 777 operations. Passenger seat capacity for the company over 2021-22 was around 56% down on pre-crisis levels, according to the ...

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    EasyJet and others act to ensure ‘operational resilience’


    EasyJet’s announcement this week that it would be removing six seats from its Airbus A319 jets might seem counterintuitive for a low-cost carrier, but it reflects creative thinking as the sector tackles a troublesome staffing shortage.

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    Cargojet turns to IAI for freighter conversion of 777-300ERs


    Canadian operator Cargojet has signed for conversion of four Boeing 777-300ERs into freighters, through an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries. The Israeli firm has been developing a freighter modification for the twinjet type, a programme initiated in co-operation with US lessor GECAS – since acquired by AerCap. Cargojet is taking ...

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    DAE starts filing insurance claims after writing off unretrieved aircraft in Russia


    Middle Eastern lessor Dubai Aerospace Enterprise has started filing a series of insurance claims over aircraft abandoned to Russian operators. The lessor has disclosed an asset write-off amounting to $576.5 million for the first quarter, as a result of seizure of aircraft by the Russian government in response to air ...

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    IAG’s Vueling trims A321neo orders as Iberia takes more


    Spanish budget carrier Vueling has trimmed another pair of Airbus A321neos from its single-aisle backlog. Vueling originally had 14 of the largest A320neo-family variant on order but has yet to take delivery of any. Over the past two months, Airbus’s backlog figures indicate, the airline has been removing A321neos orders ...

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: May 2022 update


    Our regular examination of the latest global data for several key airline market indicators, including traffic and capacity in passenger and cargo markets, in-service and stored fleets, jet fuel costs, and share price trends for the world’s largest groups.

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    Lufthansa orders 777-8Fs and brings in more 787s to offset 777-9 delay


    Lufthansa Group is to acquire seven Boeing 777-8 freighters, as well as three 777Fs, while taking seven more 787s to offset capacity shortfall from delays to its 777-9 order. The German company’s supervisory board has approved the introduction of the additional twinjets. “By purchasing these state-of-the-art aircraft, we again underline ...

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    Lufthansa reminds of A380 option amid strong demand and Boeing delays


    Pent-up demand for air travel is “enormous” but the aviation industry faces a “major operational challenge” this summer as rising passenger numbers coincide with staff shortages at airports and other stakeholders, Lufthansa Group chief executive Carsten Spohr has warned.

  • Emirates

    Emirates at epicentre of airframer widebody woes


    For Emirates Airline, being a key driver of new and existing widebody programmes has long been a double-edged sword, with recent issues at airframers leaving it particularly vulnerable to several unfavourable developments.