Southwest Airlines expects to begin taking deliveries of new Boeing 737-800s in the first quarter of 2012 as a result of its pilots voting to approve a tentative agreement reached by their union negotiators with the airline in October 2010 over adding the 737-800 to Southwest’s fleet.

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Airlines now have a choice between CFM International’s new LEAP-X engine and Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G engine. Known as the A320neo, the re-engined A320 family will also sport large, fuel-saving wingtip devices called Sharklets.

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Copa’s latest Boeing 737-800 order previously was attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s orders and deliveries website.

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The six long-haul, twin-engine, widebody aircraft will join Hawaiian’s fleet of three A330-200s and an existing firm-order backlog of another seven A330-200s and six A350 XWBs.

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Chile-based LAN Airlines is acquiring 98.942 per cent of Aires’ shares for US$12 million in cash and is assuming Aires’ net liabilities of approximately $100 million, which include $18 million of bank debt.

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Southwest Airlines’ flight attendants have ratified a tentative agreement reached between their union’s executive board and Southwest in September to add the Boeing 737-800 to their current collective-bargaining agreement.

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The contract specified in the letter of intent covers a firm order for 10 737-800s and purchase rights on five more. It represents the leasing company’s first Boeing order.

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Skymark will operate its A380s on major international long-haul routes from Tokyo. Skymark Airlines is the first Japanese airline to commit to purchasing A380s.

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Cairo-based Midwest Airlines has revealed itself as a previously unannounced customer for one Next-Generation Boeing 737-800.

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Boeing has revealed Saudi Arabian Airlines as a previously unannounced customer for 12 Boeing 777-300ERs, with the airline taking options on 10 more. The airline has also completed an arrangement to take over Kuwait-based leasing company ALAFCO’s orders for eight Boeing 787s.

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Indian budget carrier SpiceJet has announced an order for 30 Next-Generation 737-800s with winglets, confirming its new order in the presence of U.S. President Obama late last week.

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Boeing has completed the power-on sequence in the first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger aircraft, a program milestone which enables the company to begin functional tests on the aircraft during its assembly.

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The new E-Jets – the 99-seat Embraer 190AR and the 116-seat Embraer 195AR – will be operated by Frontier Airlines, Republic’s low-cost carrier, which was acquired by the group in 2009.

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China Aviation Supplies Holding Company has signed a firm contract with Airbus for a total of 102 commercial jets, of which 66 are newly ordered aircraft.

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Deliveries of the aircraft will take place over a three year period beginning in 2012. BOC Aviation will make an engine selection for the aircraft in the near future.

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Singapore-based leasing company BOC Aviation has ordered eight Boeing 777-300ERs, which it will lease to Thai Airways International.

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The State Corporation’s Supervisory Board approved the definitive agreement it signed and announced on September 17 during the Sochi Investment Forum in Russia. Rostechnology’s order includes 15 Boeing 737-700s, 25 737-800s and 10 737-900ERs.

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Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, has taken delivery of the first of 44 A320s the carrier has on order, becoming the newest operator of directly purchased Airbus aircraft.

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Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport-based Fuji Dream Airlines has ordered an Embraer 175 to add to one Embraer 175 and three Embraer 170s it already has in service. The order also includes an option for one additional Embraer 175.

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