Caribbean Aviation: New Life in Paradise

We interview Cdr. Bud Slabbaert on his remarkable initiative to create positive change, consensus and cooperation among aviation, tourism and government stakeholders in many Caribbean nations, in order to drive new air transport links and new economic growth throughout the entire region.

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Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, becoming the fifth operator of an A350 XWB widebody airliner.

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Silver Airways is launching twice-weekly non-stop service between Jacksonville and Nassau on May 28.

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TAP Portugal will launch new daily non-stop service to Lisbon from both Boston Logan International Airport and New York JFK, in June and July respectively.

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Hotel Review: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a luxuriant, AAA 5 Diamond city resort spread over manicured grounds. The property is tucked into the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, near where 15 Major League Baseball teams warm up for the regular season.

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Using 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets operated by a partner regional airline, Brussels Airlines will launch 12-times-weekly service between Brussels and the French port city of Nantes on June 14.

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In extending its bookable flight schedule through November 4, Southwest Airlines has announced it is launching six new U.S. domestic routes and one new international route on August 7.

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Chinese carrier Okay Airways has announced a commitment for 12 new Boeing 737s, including eight MAX 8s, three 737 MAX 9s and one 737-900ER.

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Philippine Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to order six A350-900s and take purchase options on six more.

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Lufthansa has announced that its first 10 Airbus A350-900s will be based at Munich Airport, the airline’s second-largest hub, and will begin operating long-haul commercial services from there in January 2017.

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Even though Bombardier has announced poor financial results for 2015 which include $5.6 billion of write-downs and charges, the Canadian manufacturer has reported two important and positive items of commercial-aircraft news.

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Fiji Airways, Fiji’s national airline, will launch twice-weekly service on April 2 to Vava’u, the northern island group of the Pacific nation of Tonga, from its hub at Nadi International Airport on the Fijian island of Viti Levu.

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The A321neo’s maiden flight lasted five hours and 29 minutes, during which tests were performed on both high and low engine speed variation and on systems behavior. Tests were also performed during the first flight to validate the aircraft’s flight envelope.

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TAM will initially offer three São Paulo-New York round-trips each week with A350-900s, later increasing its A350-900 utilization on the service to a daily round-trip.

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Singapore Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 performed its maiden flight on February 2, taking off from Toulouse Blagnac Airport and flying over Southwest France before landing again at Toulouse.

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Saudia is no stranger to multiple deliveries, according to Boeing: in December 1999, the manufacturer delivered three 777s to the carrier.

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JetBlue Airways is launching daily, non-stop, year-round service between Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport on June 16.

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ATR values the potential entire deal for 40 ATR 72-600s at €1 billion ($1.09 billion) and expects Iran Air to use the aircraft primarily on domestic routes within Iran.

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Successful completion of the first 737 MAX 8 flight begins a comprehensive flight-test program which Boeing expects to lead to certification and first 737 MAX 8 delivery to launch customer Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017.

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