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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Ethiopian Announces Service to Seven New Destinations
Ethiopian Airlines is planning to launch seven new destinations within five months during the first half of 2017. The addition of the seven destinations will be one of the largest expansions in Ethiopian’s history, according to the airline. In the five months from February through June, Ethiopian will launch... Read more
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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Delta to Add Seven New Destinations from Seattle in 2017

Delta Air Lines is adding seven non-stop, year-round destinations from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport this year, making 2017 its fifth consecutive year of growth at its Pacific Northwest hub.

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Spirit Announces New Year-Round Services from New Orleans and Houston

Spirit Airlines is launching three new year-round routes from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in May, upon the start of its summer schedule, and in April it will begin operating a new year-round service from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

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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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Southwest to Add Cincinnati and Grand Cayman to Its Network

Southwest Airlines is planning to launch service on June 4 to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and to Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport (subject to Southwest receiving requisite governmental approvals).

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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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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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Alaska Airlines to Launch San Diego-Baltimore Service

Baltimore will be the fourth East Coast destination added by Alaska from its Southern California focus city of San Diego since 2012.

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Aer Lingus to Serve Miami from September 2017

Irish carrier Aer Lingus has announced it will launch the first-ever service between Dublin and Miami International Airport on September 1, 2017.

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San Diego to Be JetBlue’s Next Destination for Mint Premium-Class Service

JetBlue Airways will launch daily Mint service between its primary hub at New York JFK and San Diego International Airport on August 15, 2017.

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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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Delta Plans Atlanta-Seoul Service from 2017, with Expanded Korean Air Codeshare

The service will be operated by 291-seat Boeing 777-200LRs, each configured with 37 Delta One business class seats, 36 Delta Comfort+ seats and 218 Main Cabin seats.

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