Virgin Adds More Flights at Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic is growing its presence at Heathrow with the addition of three new services next spring. The UK-based carrier will move its Las Vegas flight from Gatwick to Heathrow and introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the route.  Virgin

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Maiden TAP A330neo Flies

The first Airbus A330neo for launch customer TAP Air Portugal conducted its maiden flight on May 15.  The jet, F-WWKM (c/n 1819, tbr CS-TUA), was airborne from Toulouse for 4hrs 32mins.  It is the first aircraft fitted with the Airspace

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Double Delight for Bombardier

Canadian OEM Bombardier has won orders from two different African customers for Dash 8-Q400 turboprops. African Aero Trading has signed for six examples on behalf of the consortium launching Air Connection Express in Angola.  The new carrier will use the

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VIDEO: New Thomas Cook Special Schemes Unveiled

Leisure carrier Thomas Cook Airlines has introduced special liveries promoting two of the group’s own-brand hotels. Airbus A321-211 G-TCDV (c/n 1972) has been given an eye-catching gold scheme promoting the latest addition to the travel giant’s hotel portfolio, Cook’s Club. 

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American Grows Regional Fleet

American Airlines has signed firm orders for new jets with both Embraer and Bombardier. The carrier’s deal with the Brazilian OEM is for 15 E175s and is valued at $705m.  Deliveries are scheduled for 2019 and the aircraft will be

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More 777s for Swiss

Swiss International Air Lines has ordered two further Boeing 777-300ERs in a deal valued in excess of $600m.  The two jets are due to enter service in early 2020 and will be used to expand the carrier’s route network.  Swiss

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Avion Express Boosts Fleet

ACMI specialist Avion Express has signed a six-year lease deal with AviaAM Leasing for two Airbus A321s.  Both aircraft, LY-VEC (c/n 3267) and LY-VED (c/n 3334), will fly for Thomas Cook Airlines during the summer season. “As Avion Express expands,

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Ethiopian Grows Q400 Fleet

Ethiopian Airlines has signed a firm order for ten more Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 turboprops, valued at approximately $332m.  The African carrier has also taken purchase rights for five additional examples. “The Bombardier turboprops continue to deliver unmatched performance to our

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Rega Welcomes Maiden Challenger 650

Repatriation specialist Swiss Air-Rescue Rega has taken delivery of its first Bombardier Challenger 650, HB-JWA (c/n 6092).  The jet is the first of three the Zürich-based company ordered to replace its trio of Challenger 604 aircraft that have been in

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Record Sales Boost Lufthansa Technik

Dr Johannes Bussmann, the Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik, described 2017 as the “year of sales” after the company achieved record orders valued at in excess of €13bn.  This figure helped the MRO firm’s revenues rise from

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