Flydubai spends a bundle with Boeing

November 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DUBAI, 17 November 2017: Boeing on Wednesday announced an order from Gulf airline flydubai for 225 medium-haul 737 MAX aircraft with a list price of USD27 billion, hailing it as the “largest-ever single-aisle jet order” from a Middle East carrier.

The announcement, made at the Dubai Air Show, came just hours after rival Airbus said it had secured the biggest-ever order in its history to supply 430 medium-haul A320s to US investment firm Indigo Partners at a catalogue price of USD49.5 billion (42 billion euros).

The rival US and European manufacturers are engaged in a fierce battle for the medium-haul market, the world’s largest by volume, both offering re-engined versions of their top-selling models that promise a 15% reduction in fuel production. Read more

Airbus lands biggest contract

November 17, 2017 by  
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PARIS, 17 November 2017: Airbus announced its biggest-ever order on Wednesday, signing a deal to supply 430 of its medium-range A320 family of aircraft to US investment firm Indigo Partners, at a list price of USD49.5 billion (42 billion euros).

“An order for 430 aircraft is remarkable,” said Airbus chief operating officer, John Leahy.

“But it’s particularly gratifying to all of us at Airbus when it comes from a group of airline professionals who know our products as well as the folks at Indigo Partners do.” Read more

Emirates orders Dreamliners

November 14, 2017 by  
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Singapore, 14 November 2017 – Emirates, announced at the weekend it has made a USD15.1 billion (AED 55.4 billion) commitment for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners.

The order signed during the 2017 Dubai Airshow.

Emirates is now evaluating engine options for its Dreamliner order. Aircraft deliveries will begin 2022. Read more

Emirates launches new first class

November 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, Middle east, News

DUBAI, 7 November 2017: Emirates on Monday confirmed that its first two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with its soon-to-launch first class product will operate from Dubai to Belgian and Swiss destinations starting 1 December.

Emirates’ new first class cabin will feature six private suites laid out in a 1-1-1 layout, compared to the eight private suites in a 1-2-1 layout on its existing 777 fleet.

In addition to the entirely redesigned first class product, Emirates’ new Boeing 777-300ERs will also have ‘refreshed features’ in business and economy class cabins. Read more

Boeing to tweak Nok’s aircraft range

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 October 2017: Nok Air, Thailand’s low-cost carrier is planning regional expansion over the next few months by adding new destinations in mainland China  from Phuket International Airport, Thailand.

Some of the routes will require tweaking the fuel range of its Boeing 737-800s to gain another 900 nautical miles a task that Boeing Company is now addressing.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes, vice president of Northeast Asia sales, Rick Anderson, commented that “Boeing has been working closely with Nok Air for many years… By working together, we will further increase the 737’s efficiency and reliability to enable Nok Air to continue providing its customers with high-quality service and the best flying experience.” Read more

Qantas takes deliver of a Dreamliner

October 18, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 18 October 2017: Qantas has unveiled its first Boeing Dreamliner, that will be used to open new routes.

The new 787-9 Dreamliner features the latest in seating across all classes with the airline claiming it offers more space and a lower passenger count than most of its competitors today.

At a ceremony at the Boeing factory in Seattle, Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, said the first Dreamliner signalled the start of an exciting new era for the national carrier and for the travelling public. Read more

Silk Air upgrades with new 737

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 5 October 2017: SilkAir, took delivery, Wednesday of  its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 that will be used to expand routes and present an improved inflight service level that is closer to what its parent company, Singapore Airlines offers.

The first of 37 MAX 8s ordered, marks a significant milestone in SilkAir’s journey towards expanding its network in the region and increasing frequencies.

Commenting on the MAX 8 arrival, SilkAir chief executive Foo Chai Woo said: “The new MAX 8 enables us to offer customers new destinations and paves the way for a new phase of growth.” Read more

Qatar places Boeing order

September 27, 2017 by  
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QATAR, 28 September 2017: Qatar Airways announced Tuesday it has placed an order worth more than USD2 billion for six Boeing planes, which it said reflected the airline’s continued expansion in the United States.

A statement on the Gulf carrier’s website said it had placed an order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters and four 777-300ERs.

It added that the order was valued at USD2.16 billion (1.8 billion euros) “at list prices”. Read more

Budget airlines drive aircraft demand

September 25, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 25 September 2017: Smaller planes will dominate aviation orders worldwide in the next 20 years, driven by the needs of budget airlines in emerging markets like Southeast Asia, Boeing said Friday.

Nearly three in four of the 41,030 new commerical planes expected to be delivered in the period at a cost of USD6.1 trillion will be single-aisle, according to the US aircraft maker.

“As you would expect because of the dominance of (low cost carriers) and requirements to connect shorter ranges, 72% of units will be in the single-aisle category,” Dinesh Keskar, Boeing’s senior vice president for Asia-Pacific and India sales, said at a briefing in Singapore. Read more

Silk Air deploys 737 Max

August 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 23 August 2017: Silk Air will deploy it’s  brand new 737 Max 8 aircraft on routes to Australia, Japan, India and Nepal, effective late October.

The airline will be the second in Asia, following Malindo Air, to take delivery of the new Boeing 737s.

Silk Air has 37 of the aircraft on order and intends to replace its aging A320 fleet with the new aircraft. Read more

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