Nadi-based Fiji Link has acquired the aircraft on operating lease from Singapore-based leasing company Avation PLC. Fiji Link will base its new ATR 72-600 at Nausori International Airport near Fiji’s capital Suva.

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Based at Milan Malpensa Airport in northern Italy, Neos will become Italy’s first Boeing 787 operator when it takes delivery of two leased 787-8s from ILFC in 2018.

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Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras is planning to launch its first international services by early 2015 and has confirmed its first international destinations will be in the United States. Azul will operate its new long-haul routes with a fleet of 11 Airbus widebodies.

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Chinese start-up Qingdao Airlines has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets, on lease from Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Leasing Company.

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All four aircraft are scheduled for delivery between April and June, with Etihad Regional’s first ATR 72-500 due to arrive at the carrier’s Geneva International Airport main operating base on April 1.

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Amedeo (previously Doric Lease Corp) and Airbus have firmed the leasing company’s order for 20 A380s, which was originally announced as a memorandum of understanding at the 50th Le Bourget Airshow on June 17, 2013.

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The February 12 deal represents DAE’s first order for regional airliners. The 20 ATR 72-600 turboprops on firm order are scheduled for delivery between 2015 and 2018.

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GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, has been revealed as a previously unannounced customer for 20 more Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 20 more Boeing 737-800s.

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Guadeloupe-based Air Caraïbes has signed a firm contract with Airbus for three A350-1000s. Air Caraïbes (pronounced Carra-eeb) will also lease three new Airbus A350-900 widebodies from Los Angles-based leasing company ILFC.

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Lessor Palma Holding Limited has signed a letter of intent to order up to eight two-class Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The agreement, announced at the Dubai Airshow 2013, would cover four firm-ordered aircraft and four options.

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ATR values the deal ‒ which was announced on the second day of the Dubai Airshow 2013 ‒ at US$241 million, including the potential price if GECAS exercises all its options.

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Two days after it announced it had agreed to lease up to 35 new ATR 72-600 turboprops to Garuda Indonesia, Nordic Aviation Capital has ordered 15 more ATR turboprops and optioned another 25. The new deal has increased the lessor’s total commitments for new ATR aircraft in recent months to 130 aircraft.

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The new deal includes firm orders for 25 ATR 72-600 aircraft and options for 10 more. The order, including the options, is valued at more than $840 million.

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In deals announced at the 15th Aviation Expo China in Beijing on September 25, Airbus has announced orders and commitments from four customers for a total of 160 A320-family jets.

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Vim Airlines, which is based at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, is IFC’s first lessee for CS300 airliners. As a result, Vim Airlines is in pole position to become Russia’s first airline to operate the Bombardier CSeries family of commercial jets.

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Bombardier and Rostekhnologii have signed a series of preliminary agreements that could see a final assembly line for the Q400 NextGen set up in Russia to produce at least 100 of the turboprop regional airliners for customers there. Rostekhnologii leasing subsidiary Avia Capital Services would buy 50, as would lessor Ilyushin Finance Co.

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Air Transat will introduce the Boeing 737-800 single-aisle jets in summer 2014 and the four aircraft will become the core of Air Transat’s narrowbody fleet. They will be used on sun-destination routes from Canada to Mexico, the Caribbean and Florida.

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KLM Cityhopper, KLM’s regional subsidiary, has agreed to lease six Embraer 190s from BOC Aviation to add to the carrier’s current fleet of 22 Embraer E-Jets.

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ILFC has ordered 25 Embraer 190-E2s and 25 Embraer 195-E2s, the two largest models in the three-model family, in a deal which Embraer values at $2.85 billion at current list prices. It has also optioned an additional 25 Embraer 190-E2s and 25 Embraer 195-E2s.

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