Month: June 2009

Paris Air Show: Qatar Airways confirms A320 order

June 15: The first significant order from a wet and soggy Paris Air Show came from Qatar Airways, which has signed a firm contract for 24 Airbus A320 Family aircraft. The new aircraft will be configured with a two-class cabin

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Second 787 moves to flight line

June 15: A second Boeing 787 Dreamliner, ZA002, moved to the flight line to begin fuel testing. “Momentum continues to build with each milestone achieved,” said Scott Fancher, Vice President and general manager of the 787 Dreamliner programme. Each of

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Qantas increases London and Rome A380 flights

June 15: With an announcement that the airline will receive three new aircraft by the end of the year, Qantas also said it would increase its A380 services to both London and Los Angeles. Rob Gurney, Group Executive Qantas Airlines,

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Paris Air Show: Boeing’s 777F

June 14: Air France’s newest Boeing 777 Freighter arrived ahead of Monday’s opening of the 48th International Paris Air Show. The 777 Freighter will be on display during the show, highlighting its fuel efficiency and cargo capacity. It is the

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Singapore expands A380 routes

June 11: Singapore Airlines will fly the Airbus A380 on the Singapore to Hong Kong route from July 9. Hong Kong will be the fifth international destination and second Asian city to be served by the airline’s A380s – adding

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Air France replacing sensors on A330s

June 11: Air France Chief Executive Officer Pierre-Henri Gourgeon confirmed that Air France is speeding up its programme to replace the anemometric sensors on its fleet of A330s following the loss of Flight 447 in the Atlantic Ocean on June

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Helmand’s airfield officially opens

June 3: In Afghanistan, Helmand’s renovated airfield was officially opened today and named Bost Airfield after the nearby town, otherwise known as Lashkar Gah. The Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team, a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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787 nears flight

June 8: As Boeing’s radical 787 ‘Dreamliner’ approaches its delayed first flight, another important step was completed with the ‘intermediate gauntlet phase’ of testing. Pilots and engineers simulated multiple failure scenarios, using all of the aircraft’s systems as if the

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IATA predicts losses will double

June 8: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revised airlines’ predicted losses to US$9 billion for 2009, nearly doubling its March estimate of a US$4.7 billion loss. “There is no modern precedent for today’s economic meltdown,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s

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ILFC may drop A380

June 8: Agence France-Presse reports that the US aircraft leasing company International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) may cancel its order for ten Airbus A380s due to a downturn in interest from lessees in the current economic climate. ILFC had already

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