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SAS Boeing B737-400

Apr 11, 2011 OSLO - Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is to phase out its older MD80 and Boeing 737 Classic (-400/-500) aircraft, replacing them with leased A320 and next-generation B737s. In a release the carrier said that it has signed an agreement to lease 5 new B737-800 aircraft from GECAS, as ... Read more

Qantas 737-400

Apr 04, 2011 SYDNEY - QANTAS is putting up for sale its 21-strong fleet of ageing Boeing 737-400 aircraft - known as the workhorse of the skies - as it cuts flights because of the uncertain outlook for travel demand. While the sale is a sign of the dire short-term outlook, ... Read more

One of six E-170s in use by Alitalia Express

Mar 23, 2011 ROME - Alitalia and Embraer have finalized an agreement for the Italian carrier to receive 15 Embraer 175s and five Embraer 190s through a lease structure to be arranged by third parties. In December, Alitalia dropped Russian planemaker Sukhoi for a possible $500 million regional jet order, ... Read more


Mar 17, 2011 FRANKFURT - Lufthansa’s Supervisory Board has approved the acquisition of 30 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft worth approximately US$2.8 billion. The order comprises 25 A320neo and five A321neo aircraft. With this latest selection the Lufthansa Group, Airbus’s biggest airline customer, will have acquired a combined ... Read more

Cathay Pacific Airways A330-300

Mar 09, 2011 HONG KONG - Cathay Pacific Airways has placed a firm order with Airbus for 15 more A330-300s. Scheduled for delivery from 2013, the aircraft will join the airline's existing A330 fleet flying on services across the Asia-Pacific region. As with the airline's existing A330 fleet, the newly ... Read more

Turkish Cargo first A330-200 Freighter

Mar 08, 2011 TOULOUSE - Turkish Airlines has signed a firm order for the purchase of ten Airbus A321s and three A330-200F freighter aircraft to meet their growth plans in the passenger and cargo markets. The airline has a further 27 aircraft on order with Airbus from contracts placed in 2009 and 2010.... Read more

Etihad 777 at Take-Off

Mar 06, 2011 ABU DHABI - Etihad Airways has bought more Boeing 777 jets and cancelled several orders for the US maker's 787 Dreamliner orders. The Abu Dhabi airline's decision is being seen as a strategic move to reduce its exposure to the delayed Dreamliner programme. The changes should help ... Read more

SAA needs eight 737-800

Mar 06, 2011 PRETORIA - South African Airways (SAA) urgently needs to acquire eight new aircraft or the airline could have too few aircraft to service its routes next year. The national airline’s leases for most of its Boeing 737-800 fleet expire in 2012. The problem is that the ... Read more

El Al 747-400

Feb 21, 2011 TEL AVIV - El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. has bought a Boeing 747-400 from RB Leasing Company for $23 million, including the cost of adapting the plane to El Al's needs. El Al will take delivery of the jumbo next week, for service on medium and long-haul ... Read more

SAA's new A330-200

Feb 10, 2011 TOULOUSE - South African Airways (SAA) has become the latest operator of Airbus’ eco-efficient A330 family.  The A330-200 is the first of six to be delivered to Aircastle Limited during 2011, all of which will be leased to South African Airways.  The first of South ... Read more

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