Scandinavian Airlines will deploy a sixth Airbus A340-300 to increase frequencies to and from Newark and Chicago in the carrier’s winter schedule, which begins on October 31.

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The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner with General Electric (GE) engines, an aircraft referred to as ZA005, completed its first flight at 6:29 p.m. Pacific time on June 16, following a 3-hour-and-48-minute flight over the state of Washington.

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Following signings of big orders from Emirates and TAM at the ILA Berlin 2010 airshow, Airbus has announced commitments at the show from Finnair and Germania for a total of 10 A320-family aircraft. The new deals bring the total commitments Airbus has announced at ILA Berlin to 67 aircraft valued at $15.3 billion.

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The Boeing Company is supporting the expansion plans of Italian freight airline Cargoitalia S.p.A. by providing the carrier with its third MD-11 freighter under a long-term lease.

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TAM Airlines, Airbus’ biggest customer in the southern hemisphere and Brazil’s largest airline, has ordered 20 more Airbus A320-family jets and five A350-900s. The deal brings TAM Airlines’ total Airbus orders to 176 aircraft.

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Emirates has ordered an additional 32 Airbus A380s, taking the Dubai-based airline’s total firm order for the iconic super-jumbo to 90 aircraft. The order for the additional aircraft has a list price of $11.5 billion.

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Hawaiian Airlines launched a new era in its 80-year history on June 4 with the inaugural commercial flight of its first Airbus A330-200 widebody, the flight operating from Honolulu to Los Angeles.

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The first Boeing 747-8 Freighter painted in customer colors emerged before dawn on June 7 from the Boeing widebody-assembly plant’s paint hangar at Everett, Washington, wearing the new livery to be adopted by launch customer Cargolux.

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American Airlines has donated a retired McDonnell Douglas MD-80 jet to George T. Baker Aviation School in Miami, making it one of the few accredited aviation schools in the U.S. to have a commercial airliner on school grounds.

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Qatar Airways has begun cargo operations using the first of three Boeing 777 Freighters the airline has on order, the aircraft departing on its first commercial flight from Doha to Amsterdam early on May 18.

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Southwest Airlines is taking its ‘Bags Fly Free’ advertising a step further by decorating more than 50 aircraft with decals bearing the slogan ‘Free Bags Fly Here’ along with an arrow pointing to the aircraft’s cargo hold.

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Global Aviation Holdings, Inc. subsidiary World Airways has signed an agreement with Luxembourg-based cargo airline Cargolux to operate a Boeing 747-400 freighter on a full-time basis for air cargo service from October 2010 through June 2011.

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Emirates is re-introducing the A380 superjumbo to its Dubai-New York JFK route on October 31. The decision to reinstate the aircraft on one of Emirates’ double-daily JFK services comes just after the carrier reported a 8.1 per cent year-on-year increase in revenue for the Americas in 2009-10.

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Rwanda’s national airline RwandAir has ordered two Boeing 737-800s, which will be delivered in 2011 and will feature the new 737 Boeing Sky Interior.

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Canadian regional carrier Jazz Air LP has placed a firm order for 15 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners and has taken options on an additional 15 Q400 NextGen aircraft, in a deal whose value could reach US$937 million at list prices.

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TAAG Linhas Aereas de Angola (also known as Angola Airlines) has revealed it placed an order in 2009 for two 777-300ERs, in a deal that also includes purchase rights for two additional 777-300ER jetliners.

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Finnair will operate all-cargo schedules to Helsinki from Hong Kong and Seoul using a Boeing MD-11 widebody which the airline formerly used for passenger services but which it has converted into a freighter.

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Struggling Japan Airlines has decided to discontinue service on 15 international routes on which it operates a total of 86 weekly round-trip flights, as well as cutting 30 domestic routes on which it operates up to 58 daily round-trip flights.

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Southwest Airlines has honored the State of Florida with the unveiling of Florida One, a Boeing 737-700 emblazoned with an artist’s rendering of the state flag.

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