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Qantas to Become Airbus A321P2F Launch Operator

Australia Post and Qantas have signed an expanded domestic and international air freight agreement to support the growing demand for parcel carriage. The seven-year deal valued at more than AU$1bn, will give access to the flag carrier’s subsidiary, Qantas Freight’s

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Iran Air Receives Vital Spares

Franco-Italian turboprop manufacturer ATR has received authorisation from the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in April to supply vital spare parts to the Iranian flag carrier to keep its fleet of 13 ATR 72-600s airworthy. The news that

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Airbus in Alabama: A220 Production Begins

Airbus has started manufacturing the first A220s at its Mobile, Alabama-based final assembly line. Work began on August 5 and followed the return of the first group of technicians who had undergone on-the-job training at Mirabel, Québec, Canada, where the

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Latest C919 Prototype Completes Maiden Flight

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), the Chinese state-owned aerospace manufacturer, has taken another major step forward in the development of its twin-engine narrowbody airliner, the C919. On August 1, the company’s fourth prototype, B-001E (c/n 004) successfully completed

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Embraer TechLion on Tour

Following its debut at the Paris Air Show, Embraer’s new E195-E2 in its ‘TechLion’ livery – has embarked on a global demonstration tour. The first stop for the jet – nicknamed the profit hunter – was Xiamen, China and it

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ANA Launches Luxury Cabins

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has collaborated with famed architect Kengo Kuma and leading British designers Acuman to roll-out 12 completely redesigned Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The first of the jets was due to enter service on the carrier’s Tokyo/Haneda-London route from

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First Look: Initial Airbus A330neo for Lion Air

Indonesia’s Lion Air Group has become the first Asia-Pacific carrier to take delivery of the Airbus A330neo, having accepted the first of ten of the larger -900 variant. The Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 powered jet, PK-LEI (c/n 1926), was handed over

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Cathay Completes HK Express Acquisition

The Cathay Pacific Group has completed its acquisition of Hong Kong Express Airways (HK Express). In a statement the Hong Kong-based carrier said HK Express is now a wholly owned subsidiary but will continue to operate as a standalone low-cost

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Boeing 747 Bows Out Gracefully

The Boeing 747, also affectionately known as the Queen of the Skies, has been an integral part of the Qantas fleet (through several different variants) for almost 50 years. However, as the airline continues to take delivery of its next

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Qatar Airways Finalises US Deals

Boeing and Qatar Airways have finalised an order for five Boeing 777 Freighters that was first announced as a memorandum of understanding at the Paris Air Show in June. In a special ceremony held at the White House, Akbar Al

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