Ireland-based leasing company Avolon has signed a memorandum of understanding at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 for 15 Airbus A320neo jets. Avolon becomes a new customer for the Airbus A320neo.

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Colombia-based Synergy Aerospace, whose parent Synergy Group is the majority owner of AviancaTaca and Tampa Cargo and owns several other airlines, has signed a firm order for six Airbus A330-200 passenger jets and three A330-200 Freighter aircraft.

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Russian carrier UTair has signed a firm order with Airbus for 20 A321s, during the Farnborough International Airshow 2012. This is the largest order for the type received from a carrier in the region and the first time that UTair, one of Russia’s largest carriers, has ordered Airbus aircraft.

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The transaction involves the conversion to firm orders of six of the 15 options taken by Jazz Air when it placed its original order for 15 Q400 NextGens, announced on April 30, 2010. Jazz will operate the aircraft under the Air Canada Express banner.

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United Continental Holdings, Inc. has placed a firm order for 100 Boeing 737 MAX 9s and 50 Boeing 737-900ERs. The order by United Airlines takes total 737-family orders past the 10,000-aircraft mark, the first time any transport-jet aircraft has ever achieved this milestone.

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Middle East Airlines-Air Liban, the flag carrier of Lebanon, has signed a memorandum of understanding for five A320neo and five A321neo jets, and has optioned eight additional A320neo-family aircraft.

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The agreement contemplates that Mitsubishi Aircraft would begin delivery of the MRJs during 2017 and all 100 MRJs would be delivered before the end of 2020. SkyWest has not yet announced if its planned 100-aircraft order specifies the 70-seat MRJ70, the MRJ90, or both versions.

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The July 11 deal includes a previously undisclosed order for five A330s and a new agreement for five additional A330s, representing the first commitment for the newly launched, longer-range A330 which Airbus announced on July 9 at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012.

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On July 11, regional airliner-manufacturer ATR announced orders at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 for 13 of the Toulouse-based manufacturer’s 600-series turboprop airliners.

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Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Leasing Company signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on July 11, 2012 at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 for 36 Airbus A320-family aircraft. The commitment includes eight A321s and all 36 aircraft can potentially be fitted with Sharklets.

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Boeing has announced at the Farnborough International Airshow a commitment by lessor Avolon to purchase 10 737 MAX 8s and 5 737 MAX 9s, as well as 10 737-800s.

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Boeing has completed assembling an American Airlines 737-800 which will be used as a flying test bed for environmentally progressive technologies. This ‘ecoDemonstrator’ jet is being outfitted with new technologies and test equipment before starting a month of flight-tests in Montana.

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The order, announced at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012, follows a memorandum of understanding signed in February.

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Cathay Pacific Airways has agreed to place a new order for 10 Airbus A350-1000s and convert existing orders for 16 Airbus A350-900s to the larger A350-1000. This will bring the total number of A350 XWBs ordered by Cathay Pacific to 48, plus two jets it has agreed to lease.

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Kuwait-based aircraft leasing company ALAFCO has announced a commitment at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, valued at $1.9 billion at current list prices.

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Boeing has announced at the Farnborough International Airshow a commitment by GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, to purchase 75 737 MAX 8s and 25 737-800s. The manufacturer says it looks forward to working with GECAS to finalize the details... Read more

According to the manufacturer, the progress it has made on design of the Boeing 737 MAX family will allow the models in the new family to fly farther than today’s Boeing 737NG jets and also the MAX family’s main future competitor, the Airbus A320neo family.

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Based on the list price of the Bombardier CS300, a firm-order contract with the network carrier (which styles itself airBaltic) will be valued at approximately US$764 million, and could increase to US$1.57 billion should airBaltic convert its 10 purchase rights into firm orders.

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Arkia Israeli Airlines, Israel’s second-biggest carrier, has signed a purchase agreement for four Airbus A321neos at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012. This firm order makes Arkia Israeli Airlines a new Airbus customer and the first carrier in Israel to order the Airbus A320neo family.

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