Delivery of the two Embraer 190s to BA CityFlyer is planned for the first quarter of 2011. At that point the carrier will be operating a total of 13 E-Jets, six Embraer 170s and seven Embraer 190s.

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Boeing has taken a significant step toward completing assembly of the first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jet, with mechanics at Boeing’s widebody final-assembly plant in Everett, Washington loading the aircraft’s forward and aft fuselage sections to join with its wing and center section.

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As the first of 12 777-300ERs Turkish Airlines has on order with Boeing from 2009, the 777-300ER delivered on October 14 serves as the platform for introducing Turkish Airlines’ new “Comfort Class” cabin for the first time.

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In taking delivery of four previously owned 78-seat Q400 turboprops from South Korea’s Jeju Air, the carrier has become the first operator of the Q400 in South America.

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Tripoli-based Libyan African Aviation Holding Company has signed a firm order for three Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets and has also taken options on an additional three CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.

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Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, Embraer and the Brazilian Federation of Philanthropic Institutions in Support of Breast Health have united in a breast cancer-prevention campaign which has seen a newly delivered Embraer 195 for Azul painted in a pink color scheme.

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Air Canada and United Continental Holdings, Inc. have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding for a transborder joint venture they say would generate substantial service and pricing benefits for consumers traveling between the United States and Canada.

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The final Boeing 787 Dreamliner to join the flight-test fleet has made its first flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The aircraft, designated ZA006 by Boeing, is the second 787 equipped with General Electric GEnx-1B engines to fly.

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UAL Corporation has completed its merger with Continental Airlines, Inc. to form United Continental Holdings, Inc., and Continental Airlines and United Airlines are now wholly owned subsidiaries of that company.

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The airline ordered its first 737-800 in June and already operates three Boeing 737-700s. The aircraft appears set for delivery in 2012 or later.

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Boeing has delayed the first delivery of the 747-8 Freighter and now expects the first delivery to launch customer Cargolux to take place in mid-2011, at least six months later than previously planned.

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Turkish Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A330-300 and first A330-200 Freighter at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse on September 29. Both of the aircraft sport a new tail livery which modernizes the airline’s flying-bird symbol.

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The Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance has unanimously approved the application of Ethiopian Airlines to join the alliance.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s Caribbean Airlines has ordered nine ATR 72-600 turboprop regional airliners in a $200 million deal, becoming a new ATR customer and operator in the process.

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Air China will use the 777-300ERs to expand its international routes. The carrier already had 15 Boeing 777-300ERs on order from a previous contract signed in 2007.

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Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has approved orders for 40 Airbus aircraft and eight Embraer 195s, with the Airbus aircraft destined for Lufthansa, group subsidiary airlines Swiss International Air Lines and Germanwings and the Embraer 195s to go to Lufthansa Regional.

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The six new long-range widebodies, which have a combined estimated value of $1.6 billion at Boeing list prices, will increase Cathay Pacific’s future fleet of 777-300ERs from 30 to 36.

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The latest contract increases the airline’s firm orders for the type to four, all of which will be operated by the carrier’s airfreight subsidiary MASkargo.

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The train’s new name recognizes the partnership between the two companies, established in 1999, which underpins the delivery of Virgin Trains’ intercity service in the UK.

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