South Africa’s Airlink to Operate a Fleet of E-Jets

The carrier will start to receive the aircraft in the first half of 2017.

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Saudi Arabia’s Flynas Orders up to 120 A320neo-Family Jets

Saudi Arabian low-cost carrier Flynas has signed an agreement with Airbus covering firm orders and purchase rights for 120 A320neo-family aircraft.

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Norway’s Widerøe Selects Embraer 190-E2 as Its First Jet Type

Norwegian regional carrier Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS (which trades as Widerøe) has ordered three Embraer 190-E2 jets and secured purchase rights on 12 additional Embraer E-Jet E2-family aircraft.

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SpiceJet Adds Orders, Commitments for 163 More 737 MAXs

Indian carrier SpiceJet announced commitments for up to 163 additional Boeing 737 MAX jets at a January 13 event in New Delhi.

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British Aviation Pioneer Amy Johnson to Feature on Two Norwegian Aircraft Tails

Pioneering woman pilot Amy Johnson will become the second British person it will honor on tail fins of its aircraft, with the renowned pilot’s portrait set to appear on a new Norwegian Boeing 737 and one of its new Boeing 787-9s later this year.

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Philippine Airlines Places Launch Order for Q400 Two-Class, 86-Seat Version

Philippine Airlines has firmed the letter of intent it signed on October 14 into a purchase agreement for five 86-seat Bombardier Q400s and has secured purchase rights for an additional seven.

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Hawaiian Airlines Buys Another A330-200 and Leases Two More A321neos

The newly purchased and leased aircraft will enable Hawaiian Airlines to retire its fleet of Boeing 767s by the end of 2018, earlier than it had originally planned to do so, according to the airline.

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The Airbus A350-1000 Flies for the First Time

MSN059, the first of three Airbus A350-1000 development aircraft to fly in the flight-test program for the new A350 XWB version, landed at Toulouse Blagnac Airport in southwestern France at 3:00 p.m. local time on November 24 after successfully completing a first flight of four hours and 18 minutes.

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Lufthansa Confirms December Delivery Date for Its First A350-900

The aircraft will be based at Lufthansa’s secondary hub at Munich Airport, along with nine others of the 25 A350-900s it has ordered to date.

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United Airlines Takes Over Republic Order for 24 Embraer 175s

United Airlines has signed a firm purchase contract for 24 Embraer 175 regional jets. This order represents a transfer of 24 Embraer 175s previously ordered by Republic Airways Holdings and currently in Embraer’s backlog.

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Synergy Aerospace Orders ATRs for New Argentine Carrier and Announces Aeromar Investment

South American airline holding company Synergy Aerospace has placed a firm order for 12 ATR 72-600s and taken options on six more. The aircraft are to be operated by the group’s new subsidiary in Argentina, Avian Líneas Aéreas, which will be branded as Avianca Argentina under a license agreement.

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Mexico’s Aeromar Orders Eight ATR 600-Series Turboprops, Options Six More

Mexican carrier Aeromar has placed a firm order for six ATR 72-600 and two ATR 42-600 turboprop regional airliners.

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AirAsia Takes Delivery of Its First A320neo

This aircraft is the 17th A320neo delivered to date. It is also the first CFM International LEAP-1A powered A320neo to be delivered to a customer in Southeast Asia and the second worldwide.

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Uzbekistan Airways Takes Delivery of Its First Boeing 787

The flag carrier of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan Airways becomes the 66th operator of the Boeing 787. It has another 787-8 on order.

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ANA Takes Delivery of Its 50th Boeing 787

The milestone means ANA becomes the world’s first airline to operate 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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Saudi Arabian Airlines Receives Its First A330-300 Regional

Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines has taken delivery of the first of 20 Airbus A330-300 Regional jets it has on order, making it the launch customer for this new member of the A330 family.

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Ethiopian Airlines to Operate A350-900s on Addis Ababa-London Heathrow Route

The new service will coincide with or immediately follow Ethiopian’s acceptance of the second of 14 A350-900s it has ordered from Airbus.

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Ethiopian’s Staff Claims World Record as Carrier’s First A350-900 is Delivered

To celebrate the arrival of its first A350-900, Ethiopian’s employees have applied for a new Guinness World Record for making the largest-ever image of an aircraft consisting of a crowd of human beings.

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WestJet Orders Nine More Bombardier Q400s for WestJet Encore

The aircraft are scheduled for delivery to WestJet Encore, WestJet’s regional airline wing, between April 2017 and June 2018.

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