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Boeing Delivers 2000th Aircraft to China

Boeing is celebrating a major milestone as it hands over its 2000th commercial jet to a Chinese operator. Delivery of a 737 MAX 8, B-1136 (c/n 43831), for Xiamen Airlines marked the achievement, complementing the carrier’s seven existing examples. The

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TAP Reveals US Expansion Plans

TAP Air Portugal has outlined plans to double its operations to North America over the coming years. To kick start the project, the Portuguese flag carrier will add two new nonstop services to the United States in 2019 from its

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British Airways Retires 767

Nearly 30 years after entering service, British Airways has bid farewell to the Boeing 767 after a final commercial flight from Larnaca to Heathrow on November 25. The service took place on British Airways’ 767-300 registered G-BZHA (c/n 29230). The

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Airbus Delivers First A330neo

TAP Air Portugal has accepted delivery of the first Airbus A330neo at an event held at the aerospace giant’s Toulouse facility. The Portuguese national carrier is due to receive a further 20 of the type in the coming years, which will

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Flybe Confirms Takeover Talks

Europe’s largest regional airline, Flybe has confirmed it is in talks with Virgin Atlantic about a potential takeover. The formal sale process was announced by the Exeter-based carrier earlier in the month as it attempts to shore up its balance

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Milestone For Boeing 777X

Major fuselage sections of Boeing’s 777X flight test aircraft have been brought together for the first time at the manufacturer’s Everett facility. Known as the ‘final body join,’ Boeing teams connected the widebody’s nose, mid and aft sections. The new jet

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Scoot Picks Up SilkAir Routes

SilkAir will transfer 17 destinations to budget carrier Scoot ahead of its upcoming merger with Singapore Airlines (SIA). Dubbed a ‘route review’, SIA says it has identified “which airlines in the SIA portfolio are best suited to meeting evolving customer demand.”

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Caribbean Airlines Go MAX

Caribbean Airlines has signed a deal with Boeing to replace its current 737-800 fleet with the 12 737 MAX 8 aircraft “over the coming years”. The flag carrier of Trinidad and Tobago has operated previous generation 737s since 2007 and currently

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Virgin Orbit Completes Test Flight

Virgin Orbit’s Cosmic Girl, N744VG (c/n 32745, ex G-VWOW), has carried out its first captive carry test flight with its flying launch pad. The specially modified Boeing 747-400 carried a 70ft (21m) long rocket under its wing as part of

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First Flight for ACJ320neo

The ACJ320neo, the corporate jet version of the Airbus A320neo, has taken to the air for the first time. The flight from the Finkenwerder plant in the west of Hamburg was the start of a short programme which will see features

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