Moscow-based leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co. has signed a purchase agreement to acquire 32 Bombardier CS300 jets and has taken options on an additional 10. The order came the same day Transport Canada type-certified the PW1500G engine powering all CSeries jets.

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Low-cost carrier Jetstar Japan has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklet fuel-saving wingtip devices, becoming the first Japanese carrier to operate an Airbus aircraft with Sharklets.

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The airline is about to start operating a new ATR 72-600 which was delivered to U.S.-based lessor GECAS, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing subsidiary of General Electric, and GECAS is leasing the aircraft to Villa Air FlyMe.

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Air Lease Corporation also has taken options on five additional A350-1000s. With this new order, ALC becomes the 35th A350 XWB customer and the A350 XWB backlog goes above 600, to 617. ALC’s orders for the Airbus A320neo family have reached 50 aircraft, of which up to 34 will be A321neos.

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Ireland-based leasing company Aldus Aviation Limited has placed a firm order for five Embraer 175 and 15 Embraer 190 commercial jets. The contract also includes purchase rights for 15 additional aircraft of any Embraer E-Jets family model.

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BOC Aviation’s order includes A320 and A321 versions of both neo (new engine option) and ceo (current engine option) versions.

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The firm order increases by five aircraft Avolon’s initial commitment for 15 Airbus A320neo aircraft, announced last July at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 as a memorandum of understanding.

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This is the second time CIT has ordered Airbus A350 XWB widebodies and brings the lessor’s total backlog for the type to 15. CIT ordered five A350-800s in 2006.

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Boeing has revealed that leasing company Aviation Capital Group finalized an order in late December for 50 737 MAX 8s and 10 737 MAX 9s, taking the total firm orderbook for the 737 MAX family to more than 1,000 aircraft.

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Taiwan’s China Airlines has ordered six Boeing 777-300ERs, in a deal which Boeing values at approximately $2 billion at list prices. The carrier also will lease four Boeing 777-300ERs from GE Capital Aviation Services.

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The order brings to 20 the total number of ATR turboprop regional airliners ordered by Singapore-based Avation PLC since early 2011. In addition, Avation holds options and purchase rights on a number of additional aircraft.

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WestJet’s 100th 737NG was initially delivered to Newport Beach, California-based leasing company Aviation Capital Group and is going to be leased and operated by WestJet.

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Boeing values the order at $2.0 billion at current list price. The order was first announced as a commitment at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 in July.

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The milestone Boeing 737-800 containing the 500th 737 Boeing Sky Interior was delivered to Newport Beach, California-based leasing company Aviation Capital Group. Panama-based Copa Airlines will lease and operate the new aircraft.

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EVA Air of Taiwan has become a new operator of Airbus single-aisle aircraft following the delivery on October 31 of the first of 12 leased A321s.

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Aviation Capital Services LLC, an aircraft leasing company which is a subsidiary of the State Corporation Russian Technologies (Rostech), has announced a commitment by Rostech to purchase 35 Boeing 737 MAX jets.

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GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, has finalized a firm order for 75 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 10 Boeing 737-800s. The order also provides purchase rights for up to 15 additional 737-800s.

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The group will lease two Embraer 190 jets from BOC Aviation, a Singapore-based aircraft leasing company. The two Embraer 190s will be delivered in the first half of 2013 to Jetairfly, TUI’s subsidiary airline in Belgium.

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The Embraer 190s will be delivered to Myanma Airways by lessor GECAS by the end of this year and will be the first modern 100-seater jets to be introduced in Myanmar, according to Embraer. This will allow Myanma Airways to begin international operations.

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