Start-Up airline Cobalt Air has announced a new twice-weekly service between Larnaca and Germany’s largest airport Frankfurt/Main. The new route will be served every Wednesday and Friday and commenced on November 1, 2017.
Qatar Airways announced on Monday, that it has entered into an agreement to buy a 9,61 percent stake of Cathay Pacific. The price for 378,188,000 shares is HK$5.16 billion ($661 million).
On November 3, 2017 Airbus delivered the delivery of the 100th A380 to Emirates. Emirates is the world’s largest operator of A380 aircraft. The official ceremony at the manufacturer’s delivery centre in Hamburg was officiated by Chief Executive and Emirates Chairman Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum. He called the delivery a “tremendous moment for Emirates, Airbus and the many partners involved in the A380 program”.
Singapore Airlines announced a major overhaul of cabins for its entire A380 fleet. The carrier will receive five new A380 in the next months. All new delivered aircraft will be configured with the new cabin product. The retrofit work for the existing 14 A380 will start in late 2018 and is targeted for completion in 2020.
A European airline has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to order 31 C-Series aircraft, with options for additional 30 aircraft. The deal will be agreed by the end of this year.
Embraer and American Airlines signed a firm order for ten E175 jets. American Airlines is exercising its purchase rights from its original contract with Embraer signed in 2013. This new order is in addition to the one placed in April for four aircraft. The contract is valued at USD 457 million, based on current list prices, and will be included in Embraer’s fourth-quarter backlog. Deliveries will begin in 2018 and continue through mid-2019.
On October 31, 2017, the Swiss full service carrier SkyWork has announced, that it was granted the full admission to operate again. This permission was temporarily limited by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation, due to the airline’s lack of a secure funding basis, which is a requirement to maintain an AOC.
The last Air Berlin flight has touched down at Berlin-Tegel on Friday, marking the end of existence for the German airline. AB6210 (callsign “BER4EVER”), inbound from Munich, landed at 23:45 local time and was said goodbye by the airport fire brigade with a water salute. Over 400 aviation enthusiasts witnessed the final landing from the visitor terrace at Berlin-Tegel Airport.
On October 24, 2017, the Changi Airport Group (CAG) has conducted its full-dress rehearsal for the newly built terminal 4 in preparation for the beginning of its operations on October 31, 2017.
Boeing and Singapore Airlines have formally announced a deal for a total of 39 new aircraft, split into 20 Boeing 777-9s and 19 Boeing 787-10s during a ceremony at the White House in presence of the United States President, Donald Trump and the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong.
The Government of Queensland in Australia has placed an order for two Leonardo AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. The helicopters will be used for EMS/SAR missions for Queensland Government Air (QGAir).
AirAsia has received the first A320Neo, assembled at the Airbus Assembly Line Asia (FALA) in Tianjin, China. The low cost carrier and Airbus celebrated the arrival with a traditional ceremony. AirAsia already operates A320Neo aircraft from European final assembly lines.
Due to the capped trade links, the state of Qatar has to boost it´s imports. This is reflected in the ongoing growth of the national cargo carrier, Qatar Airways Cargo. Recently, Qatar Airways Cargo welcomed it´s first Boeing 747-8 Freighter and it´s 13th Boeing 777 Freighter, which takes the overall fleet size to 22 aircraft. The Gulf carrier operates an additional fleet of eight Airbus A330 Freighters.
Air Mauritius has received its first Airbus A350-900 on Friday, October 20, 2017. The airline is now the first carrier in the Indian Ocean that operates this aircraft type. The wide body aircraft will be operated in a two-class-configuration, offering 28 business class seats, as well as 298 economy class seats. The aircraft was welcomed in Mauritius with a traditional water salute. The new A350 will bear the name “Le Morne Brabant”, which is the highest mountain on the island.
After more than 32 years on September 29, 2017, Southwestern Airlines send their Boeing 737 Classic on its very last flight from Housten to Dallas’ Love Field. Only two days later, on October 1, 2017, the low-cost carrier launched the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 and became the first airline in North America which offers scheduled flight with this type of aircraft. The low cost carrier will renew its current fleet and complement its existing fleet with Boeing 737 MAX in the next years.
During Helitech International, an event for the rotorcraft industry in London, Bell Helicopter announced the signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 to Air Zermatt. It is not the first Bell 429 in the fleet of Air Zermatt, they are already operating with one of them.
The first Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner has touched down in Sydney this morning. The brand new long-haul jet is set to become a game-changer for Qantas, CEO Alan Joyce says.
On Thursday, October 19, 2017, the new Airbus A330-900Neo has completed its maiden flight. The aircraft has landed at Toulouse Blagnac Airport successfully after completing its first test flight which lasted for four hours and 13 minutes in total.
In a press release, the engine manufacturer Rolls Royce has announced that the company would broaden its global network of so called “of Authorized Service Centres (ASC)” for its corporate customers.
The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer confirmed in Athens, Greece that the delivery of the first E190-E2 to Scandinavian regional airline Widerøe is scheduled for April 2018. During the annual general meeting of the European Regional Airline Association (ERA), Embraer announced the news and the plan of delivering the first new generation aircraft in early 2018. Widerøe’s E190-E2 will be configured with a single-class cabin with 114 seats.