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Airbus Closes on C Series Acquisition

Airbus has firmed up a deal to acquire majority control of Bombardier’s C Series programme on July 1.   The move, which the European manufacturer said has arrived earlier than anticipated, follows the two companies receiving all necessary regulatory approvals and

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Tasman Codeshare

Air New Zealand (ANZ) and Qantas have agreed plans for a reciprocal codeshare agreement that will leverage the strengths of both carriers’ domestic networks. This, the airlines say, will making travelling within Australia and New Zealand much easier for customers. 

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Polish Centenary

LOT Polish Airlines has unveiled a special livery to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the nation’s independence. Fresh from Boeing’s Everett paint shop the airline’s latest 787-9, SP-LSC (c/n 39293), carries a striking red and white representation of the Polish

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Air Belgium Makes its Debut

Air Belgium has made its commercial debut after launching direct services between its Brussels Charleroi base and Hong Kong.  The first flight, which departed on June 3, was operated by Airbus A340-313 OO-ABB (c/n 844), one of two former Finnair

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Green Light for Heathrow Expansion

A major hurdle has been overcome in the long-running saga to build a third runway at London/Heathrow. Prime Minister Theresa May held a meeting of the Cabinet’s economic sub-committee on June 5 where she signed off on the £14bn plan

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A Million Times Around the Globe

Rolls-Royce’s Trent 700 engine reached the significant milestone of completing the type’s 50 millionth flying hour – that equates to flying around the world more than one million times. The achievement occurred on June 1 while 380 Trent 700s (powering

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ATR Goes Big in Japan

ATR is celebrating the placement of its first ATR 72-600 in Japan.  The 70-seat aircraft is expected to join Japan Airlines subsidiary Japan Air Commuter (JAC) before the end of the year and is a conversion from the carrier’s existing

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Widerøe Heads for Liverpool

Norwegian regional carrier Widerøe has unveiled plans for a new connection between Bergen and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.  The new twice-weekly link, which will be served by a 114-seat Embraer E190-E2, will start on August 17 and will operate each

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Baltic Breakthrough

Latvian carrier airBaltic has signed an agreement to acquire up to 60 Bombardier C Series.  The deal, announced on May 28, includes a firm order for 30 CS300s, along with a further 30 options.  The incoming aircraft, valued at almost

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First ANA A380 Rolled Out of Assembly Hall

All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) first Airbus A380 has completed airframe assembly and has made its debut in Toulouse.  With the distinctive ANA logo on its vertical tail, the aircraft (c/n 262) was moved to an outdoor station on May 25

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