Month: October 2016

Flybe’s Airbridge Service to Continue

British regional carrier Flybe has confirmed it will extend its Cardiff to London City Airport service indefinitely. The multi-frequency schedule had been introduced as an interim measure, intended to maintain links between the two capitals during the planned closure of

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10,000 Not Out for Airbus

Airbus is celebrating the delivery of its 10,000th aircraft.  The Singapore Airlines A350-900, 9V-SMF (c/n 054), was handed over on October 14 during an elaborate ceremony at the manufacturer’s Toulouse/Blagnac facility. “Since our earliest days, innovation has been at the

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Vietnam Airlines Goes Neo

Vietnam Airlines has concluded a deal to acquire 12 Airbus A321neos.  The aircraft, which are being acquired on a long-term deal from Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation, are due for delivery between 2018 and 2019. Commenting on the deal, Air

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New Zealand-based Flying Scholarships to be extended?

New Zealand-based Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust is considering extending its Flying Scholarships scheme from one to two scholarships. 32 pilots have applied for the inaugural scholarships which are valued at $5,000 each. Warbirds Over Wanaka General Manager, Ed Taylor

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Third AW139 Delivered to the Armed Forces of Malta

AN ADDITIONAL AW139 has joined the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) Air Wing, supplementing two already in service. The new helicopter, AS1630 (c/n 31625, ex I-PTFT), was delivered on September 22. As previously reported within AirForces Monthly, an order for

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US Approves Sale of Two More AC-208B Combat Caravans to Iraq

US STATE Department approval has been granted for a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of two Cessna AC-208B Combat Caravan aircraft and related equipment, training, and support. The proposed order, worth an estimated $65.3 million, was announced today, October

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Airbus Helicopters Begins Flight Testing SAR H175 Variant

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS has begun the flight test campaign for the public services variant of the H175 medium twin-engine helicopter. The company announced on October 12, at Helitech in Amsterdam that an initial flight-test campaign had been successfully concluded after 12

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Monarch Secures Funding

Monarch Airlines has been granted an eleventh-hour reprieve after securing a multi-million-pound funding package.  The £165m investment, by majority shareholder Greybull Capital, was confirmed on October 12 and is the biggest of its kind in the British carrier’s 48-year history.

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Qatar Airways Selects Boeing

Qatar Airways has signed a multi-billion dollar order with Boeing for up to 100 widebody and single-aisle aircraft. The $11.7bn deal consists of 30 787-9 Dreamliners and ten 777-300ERs, increasing the Doha-based carrier’s firm commitments for the US manufacturer’s widebody

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Bangladesh Army Aviation Becomes New C295W Customer

BANGLADESH HAS become the latest nation to acquire the Airbus C295W medium airlifter with an order for a single aircraft for Bangladesh Army Aviation. Airbus Defence and Space announced the contract for the aircraft on October 11. In transport configuration,

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