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

Demand for pilots grows

July 26, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

NEW YORK, 26 July 2017: Airlines will need 637,000 new pilots over the next 20 years to keep pace with the growth of global air traffic, Boeing reported Tuesday in an annual report on the subject.

Its latest estimate of the pilot requirements is up 3.6% from last year’s report.

Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region alone will need 253,000 new pilots, a third of the total, according to the report, which was prepared by Boeing’s Global Services Division. It put North America’s requirement at 117,000 new pilots and Europe’s at 106,000 for the period from 2017 to 2036. Read more

Lion leads with newest 737 model

July 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 5 July 2017: Lion Air took deliver of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, earlier this week.

Earlier in the year, Malaysian-based Malindo Air, which is also part of the Lion Air Group and due to be rebranded Batik Air Malaysia, took delivery of the first Boeing 737 MAX-8 from the US aircraft manufacturer. Read more

Boeing unveils latest 737

June 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LE BOURGET, FRANCE, 20 June 2017: Boeing announced Monday what it claims will be the most efficient jet yet to enter the highly competitive civil aviation market, as it tries to claw back market share from rival Airbus.

“Today, it is our pleasure to officially announce the newest member of our 737 family, the 737 MAX 10,” Kevin McAllister, head of the company’s commercial aviation division, told journalists as the Paris Air Show got under way.

It quickly announced more than 100 orders worth some USD13.5 billion (12.1 billion euros), although some were customers changing their selection of models from previous orders. Read more

Emirates revamps first class cabin

May 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

DUBAI, UAE, 31 May 2017: Emirates confirmed details, Tuesday, of its new first class product that will be showcased at the Dubai Air Show in November.

Making its debut onboard a Boeing 777-300ER, Emirates’ new first class cabin will feature six private suites laid out in a 1-1-1 layout, compared to the existing eight private suites in a 1-2-1 layout on its existing 777 fleet.

In addition to the redesigned first class product, Emirates’ new Boeing 777-300ER will also offer other new features in the business and economy class cabins. Read more

Russia test flies passenger jet

May 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

MOSCOW, 30 May 2017: Russia on Sunday held a successful test flight of its new MC-21 medium-haul passenger jet that it hopes will revive its troubled civil aviation industry and challenge giants Airbus and Boeing.

The plane, whose prototype was unveiled last June, flew for 30 minutes at a height of 1,000 metres and a speed of 300 kilometres (186 miles) per hour, said its makers, the Irkut Corporation aircraft manufacturer.

The plane took off from the Siberian city of Irkutsk where the Irkut company is based, said Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, writing on Twitter. Read more

Hainan Airlines buys jets

May 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 23 May 2017: China’s Hainan Airlines, which has poured billions of dollars into overseas acquisitions, announced plans Monday to buy 19 Boeing aircraft for USD4.2 billion to help meet skyrocketing travel demand by Chinese consumers.

The company said in a statement to Shanghai’s stock exchange that it would buy 13 Boeing 787-9 passenger jets and six 737-8s, citing the continued “rapid growth” in China’s travel market as incomes rise.

It plans to issue 15 billion yuan (USD2.18 billion) in bonds to help fund the deal. Read more

Boeing: Profits rise deliveries fall

May 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

NEW YORK, 2 May 2017: Aerospace giant Boeing reported last week declining costs boosted earnings for the latest quarter, but revenues missed analyst expectations as commercial plane deliveries fell.

Net income for the quarter ending 31 March rose 19% to USD1.5 billion.

But revenues fell 7.3% to USD21 billion, below the USD21.3 billion expected by Wall Street analysts. It was only the second time in 21 quarters the company underperformed in terms of revenues. Read more

Iranian airlines signs Boeing deal

April 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

NEW YORK, 5 April 2017: US plane maker Boeing said Tuesday that Iran’s Aseman Airlines had agreed to buy 30 737 MAX jets for USD3.0 billion in its second major deal since sanctions were eased last year.

“Boeing confirms the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Iran Aseman Airlines, expressing the airline’s intent to purchase 30 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes with a list price value of USD3 billion,” the US group said in a statement.

“The agreement also provides the airline with purchase rights for 30 additional 737 MAXs,” it added. Read more

SIA signs mega deal with Boeing

February 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 10 February 2017: Singapore Airlines said Thursday it had ordered 39 Boeing passenger planes worth USD13.8 billion as it seeks to expand its capacity in the face of growing competition.

The carrier said it had signed a letter of intent with the US manufacturer for 20 of its 777-9s and 19 of its 787-10s, with options for six more of each aircraft, bringing the total to 51 if exercised.

“Today’s major order for wide-body aircraft enables us to continue operating a modern and fuel-efficient fleet, providing the SIA Group with additional expansion opportunities to ensure that we retain our industry-leading position,” chief executive Goh Choon Phong said in a statement. Read more

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