Embraer has delivered the first ERJ-145ER to City Airline of Sweden. The new carrier will use the 50-seater on services from Gothenburg to major European destinations.

Continental Micronesia will retire its four Boeing 747-200s next April. The aircraft will be replaced with a similar number of McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30s transferred from its parent, Continental.

HMG Aviation has arranged the sale of a Boeing MD-83 to operator BWIA International Airways.

Middle East Airlines has added a third P&W JT9D-powered Airbus A310-200 on lease from Singapore Airlines.

South African Airways has become the first airline to take delivery of a new 747-400 powered by new-build RB211-524G/H-T engines. Although the first example of the 58,000-60,600lb-thrust (260-270kN) powerplant entered service with Cathay Pacific in April, these engines are -524Hs retrofitted with Trent 700 cores.

Air Transport Intelligence reports that Oman Air is close to signing a lease deal for two Airbus A310s, which it will use to replace two of its three smaller Airbus A320s.

Atlas Air will add a GE-powered Air France Boeing 747-200F early next year.

Haikou-based Hainan Airlines has leased two Boeing 737-800s from International Lease Finance (ILFC).

Loganair is leasing three ex-CC Air Shorts 360s from Lynrise Air Lease, for delivery in the third quarter.

Lauda Air has introduced the first of two 737-800s, with the second aircraft due in September.

North American Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-800,on seven-year lease from ILFC. The aircraft will initially be operated on US feeder flights for Israel's El Al, and later on transatlantic charters.

Omni Air International has sold its fleet of three 727 freighters to Kitty Hawk Air Cargo, as it focuses on its DC-10 passenger business. The airline already has two ex-American Airlines DC-10-10s in service, and is introducing two ex-Condor -30s.

Source: Flight International