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Britten-Norman delivers new lighter Islander to FLN

Aircraft manufacturer Britten-Norman has announced the delivery of its latest model BN2B-20 Islander aircraft to one of its longest standing regular, repeat customers, Frisia Luftverkehr GmbH Norddeich (FLN). The German airline operates scheduled and charter flights along the Frisian coast and to and from Helgoland.

The airline, which is based at Norden, was formed in 1969 and has been operating Islanders since 1975. In common with the majority of Islander operators around the world, the services provided by FLN allow year-round essential support to remote communities.

Britten-Norman say the 2017 model Islander comes with a range of benefits over its predecessors, including reduced empty weight, light weight Skytech starters, a glass panel based on Garmin avionics and the JP Instruments EDM 960 electronic engine display, LED external lighting, Amsafe 4 point crew harnesses, enlarged baggage access and all window seating.  Prior to becoming operational the aircraft will also be fitted with MT’s 4-bladed composite propellers. All modifications included in the 2017 Islander will be made available as options for retrofit on selected legacy models of the aircraft.

#FIA16: Rockton Signs MRJ90 LOI

Swedish regional aircraft lessor Rockton has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for an order of ten Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) 90 aircraft. The LOI includes options on a further ten airframes.

Rockton and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation will now work together to finalise the deal with first deliveries due to begin in 2020.

Niklas Lund, President, Rockton said, “We find the MRJ airliner to be an exceptional product that will be operating worldwide in a not too distant future. Rockton is, with great anticipation, looking forward to developing and expanding the future operator base in close co-operation with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.  This new aircraft will provide crucial economic benefits to airlines looking to operate in the 70-90 passenger size segment, especially in comparison with current products.  The MRJ fits well into the European market where noise and emission requirements are very stringent.  Furthermore, the long range capability of the aircraft allows regional airlines to open new routes from local airports.”

Hiromichi Morimoto, President, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, commented: “This European lessor order from Rockton will give the MRJ program the burst of momentum to expand customer base in Europe. We are pleased to conclude this LOI with Rockton and to build a strong partnership to market the MRJ in Europe.  We firmly believe that the combination of expertise of Rockton and the state-of-the-art MRJ will create a new path to the European lease financing market and provide a variety of solutions for customers.”

A total of 407 MRJ aircraft have been ordered so far with a further 40 to be added to the orderbook once Mitsubishi Aircraft has signed definitive agreements with Rockton and fellow lessor Aerolease Aviation. That figure consists of 243 firm orders, 180 options and 24 purchase rights.

#FIA16: Ten 737-800s for Standard Chartered Bank

International banking group Standard Chartered Bank has been confirmed as the customer for a previously unidentified order for ten 737-800s. The order is valued at $960m.

Speaking at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow, Kieran Corr, Head of Aviation Finance at Standard Chartered, said: “We are excited about adding these new Boeing aircraft to our fleet.  Our current portfolio consists of over 110 aircraft on operating lease to airline clients globally.  We are committed to continuing to grow and diversify our client base over the next couple of years.

“We are investing to leverage our global and leasing capabilities to demonstrate our commitment to key clients by providing aircraft on operating lease to meet increasing air traffic demand across some of the world’s fastest growing regions. With deliveries through 2018, these new Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s will help us meet near-term client demand and expand our client base in our core markets, such as North East Asia.”

“Our key markets are Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with a focus on emerging markets.  We want to help the aviation sector grow in those markets to drive regional trade and investment and we can only do that with an expanded diversified fleet.”

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner added: “We’re proud that Standard Chartered has chosen the Next-Generation 737 to grow its Aviation Finance business.  They’ve had great success in the past with 717s and 737 Classics, and we’re pleased to welcome them back to Boeing.”

#FIA16: Bombardier CS300 Awarded Type Certification

Bombardier is celebrating Type Certification of its CS300 airliner by Transport Canada. The achievement was announced on day one of the Farnborough International Airshow.

The first CS300 for launch operator airBaltic is currently in production at Mirabel, Québec, and is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter.

“The CS300 aircraft certification process was very straightforward because of the over 99% commonality with the CS100 model,” said Robert Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The C Series flight test program covered more than 5,000 hours and most of the data obtained covered both models.

“We are delighted that operators will be getting C Series aircraft that have exceeded expectations, in particular on airfield performance,” Dewar added. “We can now confirm a range improvement in excess of 20% out of hot-and-high airports such as Denver, Mexico City or Lhasa.”

François Caza, Vice President, Product Development and Chief Engineer and Head of Bombardier’s Design Approval Organization, added: “Obtaining the CS300 Type Certification is another validation of the sustained efforts deployed by Bombardier employees and our many valued suppliers. Their contributions have ensured that we have all-new, best-in-class aircraft that will serve operators well for many years to come.”

Certification follows the handover of the maiden CS100 to Swiss International Air Lines on June 29. The type will enter revenue service on Friday.

#FIA16: More Boeing Jets for Donghai Airlines

Donghai Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Boeing covering 25 737 MAXs and five 787-9 Dreamliners. It is valued at $4bn at current list prices.

The airline’s Chairman, Wong Cho Bau said he was “very pleased to be working again with the Boeing Company”.  In 2013 Donghai Airlines ordered 15 737-800s and ten 737 MAX 8s.

He added: “Donghai Airlines has undergone steady development over the past ten years since the beginning of our freighter operations in 2006. Under China’s One Belt One Road initiative, we will accelerate our fleet expansion plan to satisfy the rapidly growing air travel market and help build our home base Shenzhen as the transportation hub in southern China.  We’re committed to introducing new next-generation airplanes that deliver the industry-leading fuel efficiency and passenger comfort in their segment market as a key effort to fulfill the plan.”

Boeing will now work with Donghai Airlines to finalise the details of the agreement.

“We are honored by Donghai Airline’s reaffirmation of the 737 MAX, and we look forward to welcoming Donghai as our new 787 customer,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Ray Conner.  “These new airplanes will provide Donghai Airlines with the added efficiency, operating economics and passenger comfort for their business growth domestically and internationally.”

By 2020 Donghai Airlines will have a fleet of 50 aircraft – 45 737s and five 787s and it is intending to grow to 100 by 2025.

#FIA16: Airbus Nets Virgin A350 Order

Virgin Atlantic Airways has placed a $4.4bn firm order for 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.

Eight of the jets will be purchased outright with the other four leased. Virgin has selected the A350-1000 as a replacement for its remaining Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A340-600 aircraft, with the first airframes arriving in early 2019.

The deal was announced on day one of the Farnborough International Airshow.

Virgin Atlantic CEO Craig Kreeger, said: “The size of this order demonstrates our absolute focus on investing in the future for our customers and our people, and confirms the strength of our business.”

“The A350-1000 plays a pivotal role in our fleet programme, helping to create one of the youngest, cleanest, greenest fleets in the sky.”

“We’re looking forward to introducing this aircraft to our customers, as its impressive economics, fuel performance, and quiet flying offer an irresistible proposition that makes long haul travel more enjoyable and better for the environment.”

Virgin intends to operate the A350-1000 on both business and leisure routes from London Heathrow and London Gatwick. The initial aircraft will operate to “key” US destinations from Heathrow.

Because the jets will be used on business and leisure routes, they will be delivered to the airline in two configurations. The business fleet will seat up to 360 passengers with the leisure fleet accommodating up to 410.

Virgin Atlantic President Sir Richard Branson said: “We’re thrilled to welcome the A350 to Virgin Atlantic.  It is an outstanding aircraft from both a customer and sustainability point of view.  Sustainable growth and meeting our carbon targets is incredibly important to us, and the aircraft’s environmental credentials were a genuine factor in our selection.  We will be pairing its cutting edge customer proposition with our own Virgin magic to give customers the best possible experience.”

Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer, added: “This agreement allows Virgin Atlantic to set the standard on its network by being amongst the first airlines into service with the A350-1000, with an Airspace by Airbus cabin, offering superior comfort including industry leading 18in wide seats in economy. These modern, efficient A350s will complement Virgin Atlantic’s existing fleet of ten A330-300s and offer Virgin Atlantic crews the advantage of familiarity with Airbus operating procedures around the network.”

 

#FIA16: ALC Signs for More Airbus Aircraft

US lessor Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has revealed a firm order for three Airbus A350-900s and one A321 at the Farnborough International Airshow.
“These additional A350 and A321 aircraft were needed to fill ongoing customer lease placements as we continue to experience strong A350 and A321 demand,” said John L Plueger, Air Lease Corporation’s CEO and President.

The Los Angeles-based lessor has also added another A321 to its portfolio. Airbus
The Los Angeles-based lessor has also added another A321 to its portfolio. Airbus

The deal takes ALC’s portfolio of Airbus aircraft to 267, including 24 A350-900s, 27 A321ceos and 118 A321neos.
John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, said: “ALC is a leading lessor and longstanding partner of Airbus. We would like to thank ALC for their continued confidence in our Airbus products. Their customers will be delighted with the unbeatable economics as well as the superior cabin comfort in all classes for their passengers.”

#FIA16: Dreamliner Display Preview

Boeing has provided a sneak preview of the 787-9 Dreamliner display it will put on at next week’s Farnborough International Airshow.
The film was shot at Moses Lake, Washington State, during the display practice.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) 787-9 N1015B (c/n 34533, tbr JA880A) will be displayed at Farnborough. The jet features additional, ‘cherry blossom’ and ‘Mount Fuji’ decals as well as ANA and Boeing titles on the bottom of the fuselage.

First Widebody for Tibet Airlines

Tibet Airlines celebrated a significant milestone when it took delivery of its maiden widebody jet, an Airbus A330.

Airbus handed over the 242 tonne maximum take-off weight (MOTW) variant to the Lhasa-based carrier at Toulouse last week.  Lhasa Airport is at an altitude in excess of 11,485 ft (3,500m) and the increased MTOW provides the airline with the performance to operate in this demanding environment.

The jet, which is registered B-8420 (c/n 1730), is configured in a three-class layout with 12 seats in business, 32 in premium economy and 235 in economy.

Bai Weisan, President of Tibet Airlines said: “We are extremely excited to receive our first widebody airliner – an enhanced A330 from Airbus and are very confident of its high-altitude performance.  The A330 Family will become our core widebody to be deployed on our new international routes thanks to its flexibility, comfort and efficiency.  With the A330, we are looking forward to more passengers from all over the world flying with Tibet Airlines and visiting Tibet.”

Eric Chen, President of Airbus China said: “We congratulate Tibet Airlines on receiving its first A330 and we express our gratitude for the confidence demonstrated in our leading A330.  With an operating base at high altitude Lhasa Airport and routes covering all of Tibet’s civil airports, the airline already benefits from the unrivalled performance of Airbus single-aisle aircraft.  We are proud the A330 is Tibet Airline’s backbone for international route expansion.”

The A330 will ply its trade on flights from Lhasa to Chengdu and Beijing.

QantasLink 717 Contract Extended

Cobham Aviation Services will continue to fly Boeing 717s under the QantasLink brand after being awarded a new ten-year contract.

The deal, worth AUS$1.2bn, will see Cobham flying the 20-strong fleet until the end of 2026, extending a partnership that began in 1991.

Peter Nottage, Sector President, Cobham Aviation Services commented: “Qantas is a very important and long term customer for Cobham and this is a significant contract extension, providing a valuable contribution and scale to our overall commercial passenger flying operations in Australia through 2026.  We have supported QantasLink since 1991 and the award of this extension demonstrates the ongoing value that Cobham provides for Qantas.  This award is a great credit to our very professional and dedicated team of staff and I am delighted that they will have the opportunity to continue to support QantasLink for a further 10 years.”

QantasLink Chief Executive Officer John Gissing, added: “Cobham is the expert operator of the Boeing 717 aircraft in Australia, who we’ve had a strong relationship with over the past 25 years, and I’m pleased they will continue to provide safe operations and exceptional service to our customers in line with Qantas standards.”