El Al looks towards adding 787s and contemplates narrowbody fleet replacement
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by Luke Peters
33m ago
Israeli flag carrier El Al is said to be in negotiations with aircraft manufacturer Boeing for the acquisition of three more Boeing 787s, with options for a further six aircraft to bolster its long-haul fleet. According to the Tel Aviv-based carrier, the airline’s fleet plan for 2028 to 2030 currently indicates a requirement for 22 787s, which represents an increase from the existing fleet size of 16 airframes.  El Al is already expected to increase its 787 fleet to 19 of the type by the middle of 2026, with three more 787s due to arrive – one in the second quarter of 2024 and a further t ..read more
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Seized former Iranian-owned Boeing 747 linked to IRGC scrapped in US: video
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by Ian Molyneaux
33m ago
A Boeing 747-300M aircraft at the center of a tug of war between the United States (US), Argentina and Venezuela has been scrapped, according to reports. The Boeing 747, once owned by Iranian carrier Mahan Air, arrived in the US from Argentina after the District of Colombia court issued a final order of forfeiture giving all right, title and interest in the aircraft to the US. On February 11, 2024, physical custody of the aircraft was transferred to the US and the Boeing 747 landed in southern Florida the same day. Lo que en algún momento fue el B747 de Emtrasur (??) que estuvo incautado en B ..read more
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Aer Lingus unveils special refreshed Irish rugby team livery on an Airbus A320 
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by Luke Peters
2h ago
Irish national carrier Aer Lingus has unveiled its latest rugby-inspired livery commemorating the Irish national men’s rugby team. The airline has repainted one of its Airbus A320s in a ‘Green Spirit’ color scheme as the team currently battles it out in the ongoing Six Nations international rugby tournament.   In collaboration with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the carrier selected one of its 30-strong fleet of Airbus A320-200s for the special paint job, which features images of Irish players Robbie Henshaw, Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier and Tadhg Furlong. The livery also ..read more
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QantasLink finally begins A220 operations as first two aircraft enter service 
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by Luke Peters
3h ago
The Qantas Group has officially begun commercial Airbus A220 operations, with its first two aircraft entering passenger service with regional subsidiary QantasLink on March 1. 2024. According to the airline, the entry into service of the brand new narrowbody twinjets “heralds a new era of domestic and regional travel for Australians”.  The second aircraft delivered to the carrier, registered VH-X4B and named ‘Koala’, kicked off proceedings by operating the inaugural Qantas A220 service as QF1266 from Melbourne (MEL) to Canberra (CBR). This first flight carried airline officials, revenue p ..read more
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Dominican Airlines Sky Cana A321 shot at and damaged in Haiti 
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by Luke Peters
3h ago
An Airbus A321 has been shot at while arriving at Port-au-Prince Airport in Haiti, damaging the aircraft fuselage. The aircraft, operated by Avion Express Malta on behalf of Dominican Airlines-Sky Cana, nevertheless managed to land safely with no reported injuries among those onboard.  Under flight number S65217, the jet originated from Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ) in the Dominican Republic where it departed at 10:12 on the morning of February 29, 2024. The aircraft was heading for Port-au-Prince Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) in Haiti, where it was due to land 40 minutes ..read more
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Serial production of the Russian MC-21 airliner further delayed to 2025-26 
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by Miquel Ros
3h ago
Russia’s new mid-sized airliner, the MC-21, is not expected to go into serial production until 2025 or 2026, reported Russian news agency Interfax quoting Sergey Chemezov, head of Rostec, the government-owned technology conglomerate that is managing the aircraft program.  According to Chemezov, the testing program is still ongoing and there is not yet a specific date for its completion.  Rostec was originally planning to have started deliveries of the MC-21 to the state-owned Aeroflot group in 2022, but the date was then pushed back to 2024 following the Russian invasion of Ukraine a ..read more
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Sikorsky unveils HEX hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft program
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by Clement Charpentreau
4h ago
Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, has announced its ambitious plan to develop, test, and fly a hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (HEX/VTOL) demonstrator featuring a tilt-wing configuration.   Called the HEX program, it is designed to pioneer the integration of autonomy and electrification in large VTOL aircraft, catering to both commercial and military operators.   “We never stop innovating at Sikorsky,” declared Sikorsky President Paul Lemmo. “Autonomy and electrification will bring transformational change to flight safety and operational efficiency of ..read more
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Emirates boss Tim Clark fears Boeing 777X delivery could be delayed until 2026
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by Ian Molyneaux
4h ago
Emirates boss Tim Clark has suggested that delivery of the Boeing 777X could be delayed until 2026, as the planemaker deals with the fallout from the Alaska Airlines plug door blowout that occurred in January 2024.  According to Reuters, the CEO and President of Dubai-based airline raised these concerns while speaking at the UK Aviation Club.  “The 777X (delivery) is probably at the back end of next year and maybe 2026, if we’re unlucky,” Clark said.   The Boeing 777X is the largest twin engine jet in the world and has been wowing crowds on the airshow circuit over the past ..read more
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IAG presents strong 2023 results, plans to continue investing in 2024
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by Miquel Ros
22h ago
International Airlines Group (IAG) has posted its full-year 2023 results, showing a significant revenue increase at €29.4 billion compared to €23 billion in 2022.  The airline group also noted that operational income almost trebled to €3.5 billion compared to €1.27 billion recorded the previous year.  Operational margin, in turn, has more than doubled to 11.9% from 5.4% the preceding year.  According to the airline group, the increase in profitability has been driven mostly by strong demand, particularly in leisure markets.   Capacity has continued to grow (+22.6%), mo ..read more
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Asiana Airlines calls time on South Korea’s last operating Boeing 747-400 plane
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by Ian Molyneaux
22h ago
Asiana Airlines has announced that it will retire its last operating Boeing 747-400 aircraft next month.   Asiana Airlines confirmed the departure of its last ‘Queen of the Sky’ on February 28, 2024, in a social media post.   The Boeing 747-400, registered HL7428, joined the South Korean airline in 1999, becoming Asiana Airline’s third 747 in the fleet.   When HL7428 retires from Asiana Airlines, it will not only be the departure of the carrier’s last operating Boeing 747-400 but also South Korea’s.   “The last B747-400 passenger plane in Korea. Queen of ..read more
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