Focus Aviation, acting on behalf of Pacific Harbor Capital, has sold a Boeing 747-200 Freighter to Evergreen International Airlines. The Pratt & Whitney powered aircraft was converted to cargo configuration in 1993. Air Berlin has leased a Boeing 737-800 from Airstream International Group. GB Airways has ordered an additional International Aero Engines V2500-powered Airbus A320 for delivery next February. The US Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center has acquired an ex-United Airlines Boeing 747SP, which it will use to test ground-based and aircraft-based fuel tank inerting. MCC Financial has placed two Saab 340As with Provincial Airlines of St John's, Newfoundland. The33-seat aircraft will replace the Canadian carrier's 19-seat Fairchild Metros. Hawaiian Air is leasing three new Boeing 767-300ERs from AWAS to replace three leased DC-10-30s, due to be returned to Continental Airlines. Delivery is scheduled between October and December 2001. Low-fare airline Virgin Blue has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-700 on lease from ILFC for routes out of its Brisbane hub. The 737-700 is the first of 14 next-generation 737s due to join the fleet. South African leasing company Safair has signed a contract for three ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft for delivery in August, October and December this year. Safair's leasing fleet includes the Lockheed L100 Hercules, Boeing 727, 737 and MD-80, and the EADS Casa CN-235. SAS Scandinavian Airlines has amended its December 1999 Airbus order to include an additional A340-300, and has firmed up an option for an A330-300. The change brings the total SASA330/340 orders to 11, with six options remaining. South Korea's second carrier Asiana has signed 10-year leases with CIT Aerospace for two more Airbus A321-200s. The IAE V2500-powered aircraft will be delivered in February 2002 and May 2003.

Source: Flight International