Category: US & Canada

Beijing Warns US Over B-1 Bomber Flying Over East China Sea

China’s People’s Liberation Army is not warmly embracing a US Air Force B-1 Bomber flying through international airspace over the East China Sea. The PLA put the US on notice after issuing a warning to the Pentagon for sending a military aircraft over the disputed East China Sea, a pair of US officials told Fox […]

The (Avoidable) Cost of Leasing

New research suggests that many airlines would improve profitability by leasing more aircraft. Sylvain Bourjade and Catherine Muller-Vibes of Toulouse Business School analysed 16 years of data from different types of carrier, and found that “the optimal leasing level… is significantly higher than the proportion of leased aircraft in the worldwide global fleets”. One area […]

Boeing Sets Date for First 787-10 Flight

Boeing has set a date for taking its first 787-10 on its maiden sortie. The airframer announced that it has plans to fly the jetliner on March 31, subject to weather conditions and further operational factors. The aircraft was rolled out of the production line last month, the same day President Donald Trump visited Boeing […]

United to Retire 747 in October

United Airlines will retire its last Boeing 747-400 in “late October” after nearly half a century with the carrier. The Chicago-based carrier will “displace” its last 747 pilots on 30 October, it said in a crew resources update to pilots on 17 March. However, it does not set a date for the venerable jumbo jet’s […]

AAR To Service IndiGo A320 Landing Gears

U.S. aftermarket specialist AAR has signed an agreement with Indian carrier IndiGo to provide support for landing gear overhaul services on its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. The contract will cover up to 49 landing gear full ship sets, as well as assemblies and subassemblies, over a five-year period. It expands on an existing component […]

Seven Nations to Join Israel in Biggest Air Drill in Country’s History

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is set to host one of the most complex air exercises ever later this year, featuring 100 aircraft and hundreds of airmen. India, Greece, Poland, France, Italy, the US and Germany will participate in the two-week Blue Flag air exercises, held every other year. “It will be a massive exercise; […]

BOC Aviation Orders 13 New Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft

BOC Aviation Limited (“BOC Aviation”) announced that it has ordered 13 new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. “Airlines are attracted by the 737 MAX 8’s lower operating costs and fuel efficiency, and we are delighted to announce the inclusion of these additional aircraft as we build our future delivery pipeline,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and […]

US Electronics Ban To Affect 18,000 Daily Passengers

The US government’s latest air travel security measures could impact nearly 18,000 daily passengers travelling on some 50 routes to the USA from 10 foreign airports. In addition, flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia will also be subjected to similar new security provisions, says UK authorities. The US […]

Boeing Delivers 450th Next-Generation 737-800 to Ryanair

Boeing and Ryanair celebrated the delivery of the airline’s 450th Next-Generation 737-800. This significant milestone has been reached in less than two decades, with the Irish low-cost carrier taking an average delivery of 25 737-800s per year since 1999. “Ryanair is proud to partner with Boeing and has operated an all-Boeing fleet since 1994, said […]

US Forbids Any Device Larger Than Cellphone On Airlines From 13 Countries

US authorities have secretly required airlines from 13 nations to forbid passengers from carrying any electronic or electrical device larger than a cellphone. The new edict was distributed in an email described as “confidential” from the US transportation safety administration (TSA) on Monday. The requirement forbids passengers from bringing laptops, iPads, Kindles and even cameras […]