Los Angeles-based leasing company International Lease Finance Corporation has delivered a Boeing 737-700 to Eznis Airways. Eznis Airways will use the Boeing 737-700 to expand its international operations and help serve Mongolia’s rapidly growing air traffic demand.

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According to WestJet, the milestone flight was flight number WS612 from Calgary to Toronto on May 29, which was scheduled to depart Calgary International Airport at 12:10 p.m. MDT and arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport at 5:52 p.m. EDT.

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Together with subsidiary AirTran Airways, Inc., Southwest Airlines has reached a tentative agreement with Delta Air Lines, Inc. and Boeing Capital Corp. to sublease all 88 of AirTran’s Boeing 717 jets to Delta.

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Boeing executives and more than 500 employees, suppliers, union representatives and government officials joined China Southern Airlines to celebrate the unveiling of the 4,000th Next-Generation 737 at a special event on April 13 at Boeing Field in Seattle.

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GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes plans to offer five-times-weekly service with Boeing 737NGs from Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo to Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía, near Caracas. The flight would continue on to Miami International Airport.

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United Airlines is launching daily non-stop service between its San Francisco hub and Washington Reagan National Airport on May 14.

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Southwest Airlines is launching new service between Detroit and Las Vegas and subsidiary AirTran Airways is starting service between Des Moines and Chicago Midway, as they extend their flight schedules for travel bookings out through November 2. Other network changes are also occurring.

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Named ‘Evolve: The New Southwest Interior’, the cabin update makes use of durable and environmentally responsible products to reduce waste and create weight savings on board the aircraft, while (according to the airline) enhancing comfort for customers.

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China’s Xiamen Airlines has taken delivery of its 50th directly ordered Boeing jet, a 737-700. The milestone aircraft incorporates both Boeing’s High-Altitude/High-Temperature Airport Operations Feature Package and the new Boeing Sky Interior.

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An Airberlin Boeing 737-700 fitted with Boeing’s new Sky Interior was the first of five Boeing commercial jets to arrive at this year’s Paris Air Show.

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Panama’s Copa Airlines is adding three new destinations in December – Chicago O’Hare International Airport; Cucuta, Colombia; and Asunción in Paraguay – to bring the airline’s total of new destinations in 2011 to seven.

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Boeing’s two new 747-8 models – the Intercontinental passenger version and the Freighter version – will make their international debuts at the Paris Air Show, joining the 787 Dreamliner as highlights of the company’s presence during the show.

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The aircraft features the Portland Timbers’ name and logo in the team’s trademark colors, with a rising sun across the forward part of the fuselage.

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SAS has confirmed it will replace its remaining Boeing 737 Classics and McDonnell Douglas MD-80s with similar numbers of additional 737NGs and Airbus A320-family aircraft. These fleet decisions will preclude any SAS order for Bombardier CSeries jets in the short to medium term, an SAS spokeswoman confirms.

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Panama’s Copa Airlines will begin nonstop service four times a week between Panama City and Brazil’s capital Brasilia on June 18.

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German carrier Air Berlin has taken delivery of the first Boeing 737-700 with the new Boeing Sky Interior, becoming the first airline to operate both the 737-700 and the 737-800 with the new cabin design.

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Low-fare airline Iceland Express is launching a new seasonal route from Boston to Reykjavik in Iceland, operating the service from June 2 until August 31. It will offer four round-trips a week on the route.

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GOL Turns Ten

Airlines January 17, 2011

During its first 10 years of scheduled-service flying, GOL expanded its fleet from six to 112 aircraft, captured almost a 40 per cent share of the entire Brazilian air transport market and established itself as one of the most profitable and one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world.

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Southwest’s plan is to take delivery of the 20 Boeing 737-800s in full Extended-range, Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards configuration. This would enable Southwest Airlines to operate the 737-800s on routes between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii.

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