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Strategic Airlines' A330-200

Nov 19, 2010 BRISBANE - Australia-based full-service carrier Strategic Airlines plans to launch twice-weekly service between Melbourne and Phuket in Thailand on February 22, pending government approval. The new service, which will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays, will represent Strategic Airlines’ entry to the Melbourne market and Strategic ... Read more

Ethiopian Airlines' First 777-200LR

Nov 19, 2010 EVERETT - Boeing delivered its 900th 777 airplane on Thursday to Ethiopian Airlines. The airplane is the ultra-long-range Boeing 777-200LR (long range) Worldliner, and is the first of five 777s the airline ordered in 2009. "With the delivery of its first 777-200LR, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to operate the world's most technologically advanced and longest-range airplane," said Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Officer Ato Girma Wake. "This further reaffirms our commitment to be the leader of aviation in Africa." ... Read more

Copa Airlines 737-800

Nov 17, 2010 PANAMA CITY - Copa Airlines, subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A., today announced that it has signed lease agreement for ten Boeing 737-800 airplanes, five for delivery in 2011 and five during 2012.  Including these leases, Copa Airlines now has firm orders and ... Read more

A380 in Skymark Airlines colors

Nov 16, 2010 TOULOUSE - Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third largest and growing airline, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus for the purchase of four A380s, the most advanced, spacious and eco-efficient airliner in service today.  Skymark Airlines, established in 1996 and headquartered ... Read more

SpiceJet 737-800

Nov 09, 2010 NEW DELHI - Boeing and Indian budget carrier, SpiceJet, announced an order for 30 Next-Generation 737-800s with winglets in the presence of U.S. President Obama late last week.  Valued at about $2.3 billion at list prices, SpiceJet had declared its intent to ... Read more

Signing ceremony in Riyadh

Nov 07, 2010 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will buy 12 long-range Boeing 777-300ERs in a deal worth $3.3 billion with an option to buy ten more airplanes. “The deal is part of a long-term plan to expand and modernize the fleet of Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) with new version of ... Read more

China Southern A330-200

Nov 04, 2010 HONG KONG — China Southern Airlines said Thursday that it had agreed to buy 36 planes from Airbus for 3.78 billion US dollars, as it moves to meet soaring domestic travel demand in China. The carrier said the purchase would see six Airbus A330 aircraft delivered ... Read more

Fuji Dream Airlines E-170

Oct 25, 2010 MAKINOHARA, SHIZUOKA, JAPAN - Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) of Japan has ordered an Embraer 175 to add to one Embraer 175 and three Embraer 170s it already has in service. The new aircraft will be configured in a single-class layout with 84 seats. The order also ... Read more

Emirates 777

Oct 15, 2010 DUBAI - Dubai's Emirates launched a double challenge to European airlines yesterday, setting out ambitions to own a fleet of more than 100 Airbus A380 superjumbos and stepping up a war of words over rivals' subsidy claims. Emirates, which surprised the aviation world by lifting its orders ... Read more

Sukhoi Superjet 100

Oct 05, 2010 MOSCOW - UTAir, one of Russia's four largest airlines, will replace its Tupolev Tu-134 airliners with Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft, the company said on Monday. "Under a fleet modernization program, UTAir has concluded a tender to choose a commercial civilian passenger jet to replace the Tu-134 in its fleet. Two modifications of Sukhoi Superjet 100, RRJ-75B and RRJ-95B, have won the tender," the company said. Eight Russian and foreign companies participated in the tender. The airline did not say ... Read more

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