Boeing in early discussions on new aircraft

Boeing in early discussions on new aircraft

Boeing is reportedly in early discussions about developing a new commercial aircraft.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the aircraft manufacturer has started holding conversations with customers — including leasing companies and suppliers — about potential interest in a single-aisle aircraft with improved engines that could carry between 200 and 250 passengers. That would fall between Boeing’s 737 MAX and twin-aisle 787 Dreamliner.  Discussions are still in the preliminary stages, with no confirmation on Boeing’s front as…

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AirAsia Japan confirms closure

AirAsia Japan confirms closure

AirAsia Japan has confirmed that it will be ceasing operations after struggling to cope with the slump in air travel since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  ‘Travel restrictions and the uncertainties it created have severely curtailed demand for business and leisure travel resulting in flight reductions, cancellations and grounding of aircraft. These factors have weighed heavily on the Company’s ability to continue operations,’ reads a statement from AirAsia. The airline, which is unit of…

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KLM hands in restructuring plans to Dutch government

KLM hands in restructuring plans to Dutch government

KLM has informed the Dutch government of its plans to cut pay, reduce jobs, and slim down its fleet in order to secure a €3.4 billion government loan. The measures are among proposals submitted to the national finance ministry outlining how the carrier plans to overcome the coronavirus pandemic, which it calls ‘the worst crisis in almost 101 years of operation’.  ‘Substantively, the plan includes elements such as the reassessment of strategy, cost-cutting initiatives, financial…

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TAP defers lease payments and looks to sell up to eight aircraft

TAP defers lease payments and looks to sell up to eight aircraft

TAP Air Portugal has negotiated payment deferrals for some 60% of its leased fleet, and is looking to sell up to eight Airbus narrowbodies as well as returning some aircraft early to lessors. The Portuguese flag carrier made the disclosures in a first-half financial results document in which it revealed that it incurred a net loss of €582 million (£528 million) in the six-month period to 30 June. This compares with a €112 million net…

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Japanese low-cost carrier Peach receives first A320neo

Japanese low-cost carrier Peach receives first A320neo

Japanese budget carrier Peach has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo. The aircraft, registered JA201P, is powered by CFM International Leap-1A engines and configured with 188 Recaro-supplied seats in a single class. It is scheduled to enter service on 25 October, marking the start of the winter schedule. Alongside its entry, Peach is also planning to launch two domestic routes – Sapporo and Sendai to Okinawa – in addition to flights to Taipei Taoyuan from…

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Air France to operate last flight from Tegel

Air France to operate last flight from Tegel

Air France will conduct the last flight from Berlin’s Tegel Airport when the airport ceases operations on 8 November. The airline was the first civilian operator at the former military airfield 60 years ago, and will now be the last. Regular flights from Tegel will end on 7 November following the opening of Berlin’s long-delayed Brandenburg Airport at the end of this month, but Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg says that Air France has agreed to operate…

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Virgin Australia sale set for October completion

Virgin Australia sale set for October completion

The acquisition of Virgin Australia Holdings (VAH) by Bain Capital is on schedule for October completion, administrator Deloitte indicated in a letter to creditors and employees. On 4 September, Creditors had accepted a proposal structured around 10 deeds of company arrangement (DOCAs) for all 41 VAH entities in voluntary administration. “I confirm the DOCAs were executed today, 25 September 2020 and will be lodged shortly with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC),” Deloitte said in…

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Ukrainian 737 crashes in Iran killing 176

Ukrainian 737 crashes in Iran killing 176

A Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 has crashed in Tehran, killing all 176 onboard.  The aircraft UR-PSR (MSN 38124), operating as flight PS752 bound for Kiev, took off from Imam Khomeini’s runway 29R at 06:12, but lost contact with air traffic control just six minutes later before crashing near Tehran.  Reports from the Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation point to no survivors among the 167 passengers and nine crew members. Meteorological data from Imam Khomeini airport…

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Qantas chooses A350-1000 over 777X for Project Sunrise

Qantas chooses A350-1000 over 777X for Project Sunrise

Qantas has tentatively selected the Airbus A350-1000 over Boeing’s 777X for its Project Sunrise ultra-long-haul route initiative. The Australian carrier wants to be able to operate regular, non-stop commercial flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York, and said today it would order up to a dozen aircraft. A final “go or no-go” decision is set to take place in March 2020, extended from February by Airbus to provide additional time…

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SAS takes delivery of first A350

SAS takes delivery of first A350

Scandinavian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, becoming the latest operator of the Airbus widebody. Airbus confirmed the handover of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered aircraft, MSN358, which is registered SE-RSA. The Scandinavian carrier has configured the A350, named ‘Ingegerd Viking’, with 300 seats including 40 in the business-class cabin and 32 in premium economy. It plans to begin operating the aircraft on 28 January, initially on its Copenhagen-Chicago route, before expanding to other…

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