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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Emirates reject Delta’s apology regarding Anderson’s 9/11 comments

February 20, 2015 · 541 Views

The bitter dispute between US- and Gulf-based airlines has reached a new level after Emirates flatly rejected an open apology made concerning what was seen as incredibly tactless and insensitive remarks made by Delta’s Chief Executive, Richard Anderson. The unfortunate incident relates back to comments made by a group of American airlines that a number of the larger Gulf carriers had benefited from state subsidies amounting to a figure in excess of US$40bn. As a consequence the American airlines either wanted to renegotiate or scrap the current Open Skies agreement.
Offended by such claims, the Gulf carriers retaliated by questioning whether or not US airlines had received government subsidies totaling US$5bn in the wake of 9/11. Unfortunately Delta’s Anderson, responding to this claim on CNN, said: “It’s a great irony to have the United Arab Emirates from the Arabian Peninsula talk about that, given the fact that our industry was really shocked by the terrorism of 9/11, which came from terrorists from the Arabian Peninsula.” While the UAE and Qatar, two of the States’ allies who have offered either military or logistical support for international operations were particularly upset by these comments, Delta simply made it clear that Anderson had been responding to claims regarding post 9/11 subsidies. “He didn’t mean to suggest the Gulf carriers or their governments are linked to the 9/11 terrorists. We apologize if anyone was offended.”
Unfortunately the largest of the three main Gulf carriers did not see this as acceptable. “We believe that the statements made this week by Mr. Anderson were deliberately crafted and delivered for specific effect,” it confirmed in a statement. However US airlines continue to complain that they have lost significant numbers of bookings since 2008 as a result of Gulf competition and cited documents they indicate demonstrate aid which has allowed their competitors to offer cheap fares. In retaliation, Gulf officials say that most US carriers do not fly the same routes and are losing business only because they offer an inferior service.
This is not a dissimilar situation to the one between Gulf airlines and European carriers, including Lufthansa, and coincidentally has come at the same time as US airlines are trying to have US Exlm Bank closed down. They believe Gulf carriers are benefitting to a greater degree from the export credit agency. The tit-for-tat dialog continues with Western airlines showing concern for the safety of thousands of service industry jobs, a complaint to which Gulf carriers have responded by making it very clear they support at least as many jobs in the aerospace sector with their huge orders for aircraft.


Snecma and HAL to create joint venture and build a new production facility in India

February 20, 2015 · 639 Views

Snecma (Safran), a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines, and Hindustan Aeronautics  (HAL), a leading aerospace manufacturer, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 28th, 2015 in Bangalore to explore establishing a joint venture in India for the production of aero-engine parts.  The proposed joint venture will initially focus on the manufacture of high-tech parts for the Dassault Rafale’s Snecma M88 engine, then subsequently contribute to other major aerospace projects of HAL & Snecma, in India and worldwide. Spanning over 30,000 m², the proposed joint venture’s new plant is expected to benefit from substantial investment by the two partners, providing it with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. This agreement marks a major step forward in the long-standing collaboration between Snecma and HAL. The proposed joint venture will further broaden the scope of the excellent relations established over the past 60 years between Safran affiliates and the Indian aerospace industry. For example, Snecma manufactures the M53 engines powering the Mirage 2000H “Vajra” fighters operated by the Indian Air Force.


Design flaws led to 787 battery fire

December 2, 2014 · 195 Views

On the 7th January 2013 a fire was reported on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner while parked at Boston’s airport in the USA. The fire was put down to a problem with one of the plane’s lithium-ion batteries. A week later an All Nippon Airways 787 Dreamliner had to make an emergency landing after smoke was discovered inside the plane which was subsequently traced back to another lithium-ion battery. As a consequence of this incident, all 787 Dreamliners were grounded until April of that year until further acceptable testing and improvements were carried out to the battery system on board the plane. The battery itself was manufactured by GS Yuasa and comprised eight individual cells making up a combined weight of 63lbs.
Nearly two years later and the results of the investigation into the first incident have concluded that the lithium-ion battery installed in the plane should not have received certification by the FAA. The National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) were also critical of Boeing who they believed had erroneously ruled out the chances of thermal runaway in its assessment of the battery’s safety. Boeing’s battery tests to obtain original certification included crushing battery cells, driving nails through them and deliberately introducing short circuits to cause failure. Boeing found “nothing adverse happened” while these tests were carried out, and so deemed the battery’s box and internal protection to be of an acceptable standard. Boeing stated that it had followed the certification process set out by the FAA. It would seem that while the cause of the fire has been clearly identified, responsibility for its occurrence has not been accepted in full by anyone.


Rolls-Royce forced to axe 2,600 jobs after second profit warning this year

November 5, 2014 · 162 Views

Back in February this year, Rolls-Royce, the FTSE-100 engine maker, lost over £3bn of its value after shocking the market with its first profits warning in a decade. To announce a second one this October has created considerable concern and Rolls-Royce has decided that over the next 18 months they need to reduce costs by up to £80m a year by axing 2,600 jobs, the majority of which will be in the aerospace sector in Britain and the United States. The focus is on Rolls-Royce’s key Trent engines as they move from the development to the production phase, which consequently requires fewer engineers.
Back in February John Rishton, Rolls-Royce group’s Chief Executive, had admitted that the future was “bumpier than I had expected”, while blaming the current problems on deteriorating economic conditions and a tit-for-tat trade war between the EU and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis which had affected its nuclear and energy business as well as its power-systems unit. This week Rishton has had to admit that “We are taking determined management action and accelerating our progress on cost. The measures announced today will not be the last; however they will contribute towards Rolls-Royce becoming a stronger and more profitable company.”
Another consequence of the situation is the unexpected departure of Finance Director, Mark Morris, leaving the company after 27 year without any explanation. He will be replaced by David Smith, who is being promoted from Finance Director of the Rolls-Royce Aerospace division. This second profit warning saw share value fall 11% to 832p, wiping a further £2bn off the company’s value. However, news of the redundancies was well received by investors and the share price rallied by 2%, currently standing at 832p. This is clear confirmation of comments made by Espirito Santo’s analyst, Ed Stacey, who indicated that investors would be expecting a clear message from the new Finance Director and tight control on all finances.


Air France-KLM selects GEnx engines for Boeing 787 fleet

March 25, 2014 · 111 Views

Air France-KLM selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 12 leased 787 aircraft. The total engine order is valued at more than $1.7bn. Air France-KLM and GE Aviation have also signed an agreement that will allow Air France-KLM to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the GEnx-1B engine. Under this agreement, Air France-KLM will be licensed to perform maintenance and overhaul work on the GEnx-1B engine and GE will provide technical support and assistance on overhaul workscoping and component repair licenses, comprehensive material support and training.


ILFC closes $1.5bn senior secured term loan

March 7, 2014 · 78 Views

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has closed a new senior secured term loan of $1.5 billion. The loan will bear interest at LIBOR plus 275 basis points with a 0.75% LIBOR floor, is priced at 99.5% of par value, and will mature in 2021. The collateral used to support the transaction has an initial weighted average age of 9.1 years. It will be secured primarily by a first priority-perfected lien on the equity of certain of ILFC’s subsidiaries, which directly or indirectly own a pool of aircraft and related leases. ILFC plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including purchasing aircraft and supporting the company’s liquidity cushion.


Airbus Commercial reports another year of financial improvement

February 26, 2014 · 78 Views

In 2013, Airbus achieved a new industry record of 1,619 gross commercial orders (FY 2012: 914 gross orders) with net orders of 1,503 aircraft (FY 2012: 833 net orders), excluding ATR. Gross orders comprised 1,253 A320 Family aircraft, 77 A330s, 239 A350 XWBs and 50 A380s. Fourth-quarter orders included Emirates Airline’s agreement for 50 A380s and Etihad Airways’ order for 50 A350 XWBs, 36 A320neos and one A330-200F. Airbus Military (now part of Airbus Defence and Space) received 17 net orders (FY 2012: 32 net orders). Airbus’ net order intake increased sharply to €202.3bn (FY 2012: €88.9bn). At the end of 2013, Airbus’ consolidated order book was valued at €647.4bn (year-end 2012: €525.5bn). The Airbus Commercial backlog was worth €627.1bn (year-end 2012: €505.3bn), comprising 5,559 Airbus aircraft (year-end 2012: 4,682 units) and representing over eight years of production. Airbus Military’s order book was worth €20.8bn (year-end 2012: €21.1bn). Airbus series aircraft deliveries increased to 626 aircraft (FY 2012: 588 aircraft, including three A330s without revenue recognition). Airbus Military delivered 31 aircraft (FY 2012: 29 aircraft). Airbus’ consolidated revenues increased seven percent to €42,012m (FY 2012: €39,273m), reflecting higher commercial and military aircraft deliveries. The Division’s consolidated EBIT rose to €1,710m (FY 2012: €1,252m). Airbus Commercial’s revenues rose to €39,889m (FY 2012: €37,624m). The Airbus Commercial reported EBIT was €1,595m (FY 2012: €1,147m) with the EBIT before one-off at €2,216m (FY 2012: €1,669m). Airbus Commercial’s EBIT before one-off benefitted from the improved operational performance, including favourable volume, some better pricing and an improvement in A380 losses. It also included higher A350 XWB programme support costs. Revenues at Airbus Military rose to €2,893m (FY 2012: €2,131m), driven by the A400M ramp-up and higher volumes from both light and medium transport planes and tankers. The EBIT at Airbus Military was €166m (FY 2012: €93m).


Boeing Commercial Airplanes reports full year revenue of $53bn

January 29, 2014 · 74 Views

Boeing Commercial Airplanes fourth-quarter revenue increased to $14.7bn and full-year revenue increased to a record $53bn on higher delivery volume. Fourth-quarter operating margin improved to 10.3% and full-year operating margin grew to 10.9% on the higher volume, favorable delivery mix and continued strong operating performance. During the quarter, the company launched the 777X with 259 orders and commitments. During the year, the 787 program completed first flight of the 787-9, successfully launched the 787-10 and began operating at a 10 per month production rate in final assembly. The 737 program delivered at a record production rate of 38 per month and has won nearly 1,800 firm orders for the 737 MAX since launch. In 2013, a record 648 commercial aircraft were delivered. In January 2014, the company reached an eight-year contract extension through 2024 with the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 (IAM). Commercial Airplanes booked 465 net orders during the quarter and 1,355 during the year. Backlog remains strong with 5,080 airplanes valued at a record $374 billion.


A350 XWB in Bolivia for high altitude testing

January 9, 2014 · 65 Views

The A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, is in Bolivia where it will perform a series of tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz. Cochabamba is around 8,300 feet above sea level, and La Paz is one of the world’s highest airports at 13,300 feet. Operations at such high altitude airfields are particularly demanding on aircraft engines, Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and systems. The aim of these trials is to demonstrate and validate the full functionality of engines, systems, materials as well as to assess the overall aircraft behaviour under these extreme conditions. A number of take-offs with all engines operating and with simulated engine failures are being performed at each of the airfields to collect data on engine operating characteristics and validate the aircraft take-off performance. The autopilot behaviour will also be evaluated during automatic landings and go-arounds. Since the A350 XWB’s first flight with MSN1 on June 14th 2013, over 800 flight test hours have been performed in close to 200 test flights by both MSN1 and MSN3. In total the A350 XWB flight test campaign will accumulate around 2,500 flight hours with the fleet of five aircraft. The rigorous flight testing will lead to the certification of the A350-900 by the European EASA and US FAA airworthiness authorities, prior to entry into service in Q4 2014.


Firefly welcomes first ATR 72-600

July 5, 2013 · 64 Views

Firefly, Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary carrier has taken ownership of its first brand-new ATR 72-600. The aircraft is the first of 20 latest generation firm ATRs, plus 16 options, ordered by Malaysia Airlines in December 2012. Firefly currently operates 12 ATR 72-500s, and with the arrival of the new ATR 72-600s will almost triple its exclusively ATR 72 aircraft fleet, taking the total to over 30 aircraft.


GE’s Passport engine begins first full engine test

June 26, 2013 · 40 Views

Certification testing is underway on the first Passport development engine at GE Aviation’s Peebles Testing Operation in Ohio. The engine began ground testing on June 24th and ran for more than three hours, reaching more than 18,000 lbs. of standard day sea-level takeoff thrust. Eight Passport engines and one core will be involved in the engine certification program. Flight testing on GE’s flying testbed is scheduled for 2014. Engine certification is expected in 2015. The Passport engine certification program follows three years of validation testing. GE Aviation has conducted validation tests on the fan blisk design, including two fan blade-out rig tests, ingestion tests and a fan aero rig test to demonstrate fan efficiency. Testing is complete on the third eCore demonstrator, and GE has accumulated more than 300 hours of testing on eCore demonstrators to date.


Rolls-Royce wins order from CIT to power 23 aircraft

May 22, 2013 · 53 Views

Rolls-Royce has won an order from US leasing company CIT Aerospace for Trent XWB engines, to power ten Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and Trent 700 engines to power 13 Airbus A330 aircraft. The Trent XWB engines will power ten CIT A350 aircraft that were announced in January 2013 which were in addition to five A350 XWB aircraft already on order. The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the Airbus A350, is the fastest selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,200 already sold. The engine variant that will power the A350-800 and -900 was awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification in February. The engine will power the first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB this year and the aircraft’s first in-service flight in 2014.


AviaAM Leasing delivers 6 aircraft to Russian regional carriers

January 13, 2014 · 22 Views

AviaAM Leasing, a WSE listed global aviation holding company engaged in commercial aircraft acquisition, leasing and sales has been successfully developing its cooperation with airlines from the CIS region. AviaAM Leasing has delivered one Boeing 737-500 aircraft to Aurora Airlines, two Bombardier CRJ200s and two Airbus A321-200s to Yamal Airlines as well as one Boeing 737-800 Next Generation to Orenburg Airlines. In cooperation with the newly established regional Russian airlines brand Aurora – a subsidiary of Aeroflot – AviaAM Leasing has successfully delivered a Boeing 737-500 aircraft to the carrier’s habitual base at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport (UUS), Russia in support of the carrier’s expanding activities in the Far East region of the Russian Federation. The aircraft is adhering to Aurora’s fleet under a 5-year long operational leasing arrangement.


AVINCO appoints Henri de Sulzer Wart as Vice President Commercial

January 13, 2014 · 31 Views

AVINCO has further expanded its team with the appointment of former Airbus Vice President Contracts for the Middle East, Henri de Sulzer Wart as Vice President Commercial. Henri de Sulzer Wart spent his entire career in EADS starting in the design office in Toulouse before moving to Airbus in finance then in commercial departments. Based in Dubai from 2000 to 2011 he was responsible for contracts negotiation with airlines around the Persian Gulf and was general manager of the Airbus Dubai office and Vice President Contracts Middle East.


ATR concludes Global Maintenance Agreements with 15 airlines covering more than 160 ATR aircraft

January 13, 2014 · 23 Views

ATR Customer Support activities achieved outstanding results in 2013. The European regional aircraft manufacturer has signed this year 15 Global Maintenance Agreements (GMA) covering a total fleet of more than 160 additional aircraft. The cumulated value of all these contracts is over US$330m. This escalating success is due to ATR’s determination to build its own unique support solution, which efficiency gains today strong confidence of ATR operators all over the world. It is the result of a working investment policy oriented to develop activities related to the maintenance on- and off-aircraft. Among the GMAs signed this year, there are the Colombia-based carrier Avianca with 15 aircraft, the Indonesian national carrier Garuda with 25 aircraft and the important renewal and extension of the Brazilian Azul/Trip with a fleet of about 60 aircraft. These major deals, along with all the other GMA contracts of the year, highlight the ATR’s commitment to offer its operators more proximity and on-demand tailored services.


Acro Aircraft Seating to supply Spirit Airlines with 30 shipsets of its Superlight seat

January 13, 2014 · 37 Views

UK-based passenger aircraft seat manufacturer Acro Aircraft Seating has signed an agreement with low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines to supply 30 shipsets of its Superlight seat. The deal which is worth an estimated £6m marks the company’s second major US client and equates to 5000 economy class seats including retrofitting five Spirit Airlines’ Airbus A319 aircraft this spring and installation on 25 new A321 and A320 deliveries from 2015.


A350 XWB passes ultimate load wing test

January 13, 2014 · 13 Views

Airbus successfully performed the ultimate load test of the A350 XWB’s wing in December 2013, applying loads up to 1.5 times higher than those the aircraft would ever encounter in its entire in-service life. At ultimate load, the A350 XWB wingtip deflection exceeds five metres. This test was performed on the A350 XWB static test airframe that was built specifically to demonstrate the structural integrity of the airframe. The strains induced into the airframe are measured and monitored in real time using more than ten thousand measurement channels. The huge volume of data recorded is analysed and correlated to the structural computer models which have been used to design the airframe. Airbus already passed the last of the ultimate load tests for the A350 XWB fuselage in early December 2013. These successful ultimate load tests are important milestones for type certification and another step on the road entry into service of the A350 XWB in Q4 2014.


Airbus delivers 626 aircraft in 2013

January 13, 2014 · 21 Views

Airbus exceeded commercial targets in 2013, achieving a new record of 626 aircraft deliveries (493 A320 Family aircraft, 108 A330, 25 A380) to 93 customers (15 new) and a new industry record of 1619 gross orders (377 A320ceo, 876 A320neo, 77 A330, 239 A350 XWB, 50 A380) beating the previous record in 2011 by 11 aircraft. The year was also Airbus’ most valuable gross order intake (List price US$ 240.5 billion). By year end, the backlog had climbed to an industry wide record of 5,559 aircraft, valued at US$ 809 billion at list prices, or eight years production. Aircraft deliveries in 2013 were up for the 12th year in a row, beating the initial target and surpassing the previous record set in 2012 (588) by an additional 38 aircraft. At 2013 year end, Airbus commanded 51% gross market share (aircraft above 100 seats). Decisions by customers to move towards larger aircraft in all segments (A321, A330-300, A350-1000 and A380) is having a positive result on revenues, complementing Airbus’ lead in both single aisle and widebody aircraft markets. During the year the A320neo surpassed 2,600 orders while strong sales of the A320ceo continued with more than 1,000 sold since the NEO was launched. The A350 XWB had significant commercial breakthroughs especially with a first order from Japan, and the A380 coninued to dominate the Very Large Aircraft market with 50 new orders.


Arjan Meijer appointed Managing Director, KLM UK Engineering

January 13, 2014 · 40 Views

Arjan Meijer has been appointed Managing Director of KLM UK Engineering Limited, a KLM subsidiary operating within the AFI KLM E&M network and specializing in maintenance solutions for regional and narrow-body aircraft fleets.


Boeing awards Liebherr-Aerospace new contract for KC-46A tanker program

January 13, 2014 · 87 Views

Boeing Commercial Aircraft has selected Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS, Toulouse (France), to design, develop, supply and service the Nitrogen-Enriched Air Inerting System (NEAIS) regulation valves for the KC-46A tanker program. The KC-46A is a multi-role tanker derivative of Boeing’s successful 767 aircraft. Boeing has been selected by the US Air Force to deliver 179 of the next-generation aerial refueling tankers. The airplane will feature additional systems compared to the Boeing 767, most notably additional fuel tanks and related safety systems. Liebherr’s regulation valves, highly reliable, weight-optimized pneumatic valves, control the air ducted to the system that inerts the fuel tanks as the fuel gradually leaves the tank. Thus fuel fume-igniting conditions are prevented. The components that had been developed for commercial aviation and have a proven in-service track record, were specifically adapted to the demanding requirements of this special mission aircraft. It is the third time that Boeing has selected Liebherr for a critical system. Liebherr previously designed air conditioning system, the engine bleed air system and the anti-ice system for the Boeing 747-8 as well as the Boeing 777-200 LR auxiliary fuel tank pressurization system.


AWAS delivers one A320 passenger aircraft to new customer Lucky Air

January 13, 2014 · 97 Views

AWAS announced today that it has delivered one A320-200 passenger aircraft to new customer Lucky Air. This aircraft comes from AWAS’ existing portfolio. Lucky Air provides domestic services across China from its base Kunming, the 7th largest airport in China serving a target market of leisure customers. The majority shareholder of Lucky Air is Hainan Airlines.


Global Air Fleet releases latest transactions

January 13, 2014 · 44 Views

Global Air Fleet reported the sale of two B737-400F and lease purchase of one B737-400F to Swiftair in Spain. The cargo conversion door chosen was the PEMCO STC. First delivery of the B737-400F is February 10th, 2014.

Global Air Fleet sold one B737-400F to Rio Air Cargo in Brazil. The cargo conversion door chosen was the PEMCO STC. First delivery of the B737-400F is January 29th, 2014.

Global Air Fleet also announced the lease of one B767-200ER to Asian Air in Thailand for 3 years for international flights starting January 27th, 2014.


PEMCO announces Boeing 737 PTF partnership in Latin America

January 14, 2014 · 22 Views

PEMCO World Air Services announced a new Boeing 737 freighter conversion partnership with COOPESA (Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales R.L.) in San Jose, Costa Rica. PEMCO’s expansion into Central America provides additional freighter conversion capacity to meet extraordinary demand for PEMCO’s market-leading B737-300 & -400 freighters – the only 737 freighter designed, built, certified and supported utilizing Boeing design data to ensure the reliability and effectiveness of the cargo modification. COOPESA’s technical expertise and competitive financials, combined with its great location and culture make PEMCO’s newest passenger-to-freighter conversion operation a compelling option, particularly for Latin American markets.


AviaAM Leasing delivers Boeing 737 to Belavia

January 14, 2014 · 20 Views

AviaAM Leasing, a WSE listed global aviation holding company, signed an aircraft leasing agreement with Belavia, the flag carrier of Belarus. Under the agreement, AviaAM Leasing has already delivered the first Boeing 737-300 aircraft to the carrier’s base at Minsk National Airport. Prior to delivering the aircraft to Belavia, AviaAM Leasing has conducted comprehensive maintenance works, provided necessary CAMO support as well as changed the aircraft livery to the colours and graphics of the Belarusian national airlines. Boeing 737-300 has been delivered to Belavia under the operational lease arrangement. This is the 7th Boeing 737-300 and the 13th Boeing 737 Classic aircraft in Belavia’s fleet. AviaAM Leasing is expecting to enhance its cooperation with the new CIS customer in the nearest future.


Dean Baldwin Painting puts its money where its facility is

January 14, 2014 · 27 Views

Dean Baldwin Painting reported that the construction to upgrade the Roswell facility is underway. Plans to improve and upgrade the facility were a year in the making and included erecting six walls of steel and girder construction to replace the curtain dividers, new air handling and heating equipment in the B767 bay and a new waste water treatment plant. Barbara Baldwin, CEO and owner of this privately held company, will be investing nearly $1.5m to upgrade the Roswell operation combined with a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant Development Funding administered by the City of Roswell. The Roswell, New Mexico facility has 165,000 ft² divided into six independent aircraft strip and paint bays with offices and employee areas. This location provides jobs to more than 160 families with plans to add more jobs in the future.


Wheels Up selects AVMOSYS Software to support high-tech, high-touch service

January 14, 2014 · 30 Views

Wheels Up, the revolutionary membership-based private aviation company, has chosen ARGUS International’s AVMOSYS software to manage customers’ flight-related activity. Wheels Up offers a member experience in a high-tech and high-touch manner that would only be possible by pairing the industry’s most attentive member services team with AVMOSYS’ enterprise management software. AVMOSYS was designed and built to quickly, efficiently, and accurately manage the many variables of the private aviation experience, and allow each member of an aviation organization to interface with the system in a personalized manner, based on their individual roles and responsibilities.


Vx CAPITAL selects AEI’s B737-400SF for SPEC conversion

January 14, 2014 · 6 Views

Aeronautical Engineers reported that Vx Capital Partners have selected AEI to provide their first B737-400SF passenger to freighter conversion. The aircraft is a standard gross weight B737-400 (MSN 25109) built in 1994 and will undergo freighter modification at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Commercial Jet, in Miami Florida.


American Eagle Airlines to change name to Envoy

January 14, 2014 · 15 Views

American Eagle Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group anounced that the company will be changing its name to Envoy in spring 2014. This change is being made to give the company its own distinct identity and eliminate the confusion between the company’s current name and American Eagle, the regional flying brand of American Airlines. With the formation of American Airlines Group, the 10 carriers currently providing regional service for the legacy American and US Airways networks will all eventually fly under the American Eagle brand.


Boeing, Alaska Airlines announce order for two 737-900ERs

January 14, 2014 · 19 Views

Boeing and Alaska Airlines completed Boeing’s first firm airplane order of 2014 for two additional 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The agreement, worth $192m at current list prices, coincides with the direct delivery of the 100th next-Generation 737 airplane to Alaska Airlines.