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China Eastern Heads to Gatwick

China Eastern Airlines has launched a new route from London Gatwick to Shanghai’s Pudong Airport, further expanding its route network for east Asia. The inaugural flight was flown using an Airbus A330-200, B-8226 (c/n 1655),  departing from Gatwick just before

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Virgin Atlantic Unveils Refurbished A330-200

Virgin Atlantic revealed the first of its fully refurbished Airbus A330-200 which features the airline’s premium and upper class offering, along with a refreshed look for economy. The aircraft, G-VMNK (c/n 403), is the first of four to receive this

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Embraer’s ‘Shark’ Completes World Tour

Embraer E190-E2, PR-ZGQ (c/n 19020004), painted in a shark livery has completed a five-month global demonstration tour in a bid to drum up business for the manufacturer’s second-generation E-Jet aircraft. The tour – which was launched at the Farnborough Airshow

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Boeing Unveils BBJ 777X

Seattle-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing, announced it is launching a new business jet model based on the 777X. Like its airliner counterpart, the BBJ 777X will be offered to customers in a -8, or -9 configuration with the -8 boasting the

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Avolon Firms up Airbus A320neo Order

Dublin-based Avolon has firmed up its order for 75 A320neo and 25 A321neo aircraft, becoming the lessor’s largest-ever single order. This latest deal, together with the 22 single-aisle and four widebodies already delivered, increases the company’s Airbus backlog to 258, the

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Royal Air Maroc to Join oneworld

Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc is set to join oneworld and become the first African carrier with full membership in the alliance. The announcement was made just weeks before the global airline group celebrates its 20th anniversary. The airline is

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Decade of Emirates’ A380 at Heathrow

Emirates is celebrating 10 years of Airbus A380 operations at London’s Heathrow Airport. The first scheduled service from Dubai by the superjumbo was on December 1, 2008. Since then, the airline says it was carried more than 12.3 million passengers

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Air Astana Reveals Snow Leopard Livery

Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, has opted for an eye-catching livery for its new Embraer E190-E2 aircraft. The airline’s first E2 touched down at Astana/Nursultan Nazarbayev this week sporting a special snow leopard design. The move is part

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Cayman’s 737 MAX 8 in Caribbean Debut

Cayman Airways has received the first of four Boeing 737 MAX 8s. The aircraft, VP-CIW (c/n 63809), is currently the only of the type in service with a Caribbean operator and marks the latest stage of the carrier’s route expansion

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UK Confirms Post-Brexit Aviation Deals

The British Government has outlined aviation arrangements with ten nations for post-Brexit flights. These include an ‘open skies’-style deal with both the United States and Canada. The UK Department for Transport (DfT) said the move would allow airlines to continue

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