The twice-weekly seasonal service, which KLM will launch on May 4 and which will be in addition to KLM’s daily, year-round Amsterdam-San Francisco service operated by 747-400s, will mark KLM’s first deployment of 787-9s on a route to the United States.

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TAP Portugal has signed an agreement with Airbus to be the first operator of the new A330neo widebody. As a result, TAP Portugal also will be the launch carrier for the Airspace by Airbus cabin brand in the A330neo.

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Business-jet operator JetSuite has launched a new, California-based public charter service called JetSuiteX, which will operate 10 used, refurbished 30-seat Embraer ERJ-135 regional jets acquired from the manufacturer.

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Cathay Pacific Airways’ first A350 performed its first flight on March 24, taking off from Toulouse Blagnac Airport and later landing back at the same airport, where Airbus’ widebody final-assembly lines are located.

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Airbus has launched a new ‘Airspace by Airbus’ cabin interior-design brand, which will make its first appearance in the cabin for the forthcoming A330neo airliner.

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Flown by Test Pilots Mark McCullins and Bruce Macdonald, the A321 (which is destined for JetBlue Airways) took off from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama at 9:36 a.m. local time on March 21.

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Named ‘Magritte’, the A320 is the second in a series of theme-liveried aircraft Brussels Airlines is planning to commemorate Belgian cultural icons.

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Air Europa has leased its first Boeing 787, a 787-8, from SMBC Aviation Capital. The March 15 delivery is also the first Dreamliner for SMBC Aviation Capital.

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Delta Air Lines plans to begin daily non-stop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport on December 16, pending U.S. Department of Transportation and Chinese government approval.

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The delivery makes IndiGo, which is India’s largest airline in terms of passenger numbers, the first A320neo operator in India and in Asia. It also makes IndiGo the second customer, after Lufthansa, to take delivery of an A320neo.

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United Airlines has placed a new order for 25 Boeing 737-700s, in addition to its January 21 order for 40 of the type. It also will convert 787 orders originally anticipated for delivery in 2020 and beyond into orders for four 777-300ERs and five 787-9s, for delivery beginning in 2017.

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The first aircraft off the Airbus A320-family final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama has emerged fully painted from the paint shop.

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Caribbean Aviation: New Life in Paradise

We interview Cdr. Bud Slabbaert on his remarkable initiative to create positive change, consensus and cooperation among aviation, tourism and government stakeholders in many Caribbean nations, in order to drive new air transport links and new economic growth throughout the entire region.

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Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, becoming the fifth operator of an A350 XWB widebody airliner.

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Chinese carrier Okay Airways has announced a commitment for 12 new Boeing 737s, including eight MAX 8s, three 737 MAX 9s and one 737-900ER.

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Philippine Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to order six A350-900s and take purchase options on six more.

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Lufthansa has announced that its first 10 Airbus A350-900s will be based at Munich Airport, the airline’s second-largest hub, and will begin operating long-haul commercial services from there in January 2017.

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Even though Bombardier has announced poor financial results for 2015 which include $5.6 billion of write-downs and charges, the Canadian manufacturer has reported two important and positive items of commercial-aircraft news.

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The A321neo’s maiden flight lasted five hours and 29 minutes, during which tests were performed on both high and low engine speed variation and on systems behavior. Tests were also performed during the first flight to validate the aircraft’s flight envelope.

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