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Flightglobal | January 21, 2019
SMBC Aviation Capital has signed an agreement with Airbus for the purchase of 65 narrowbody aircraft in a deal valued at $7.4 billion at today’s list prices. The order is for 50 A320neos and 15 A321neos, and runs alongside a conversion of 15 previously-ordered A320neos to A321neos, giving SMBC a total of 30 of the larger variant.SMBC had originally ordered 110 A320neos in 2014. By the close of 2018, it had already switched a pair of these to A321neos. Its figures indicate that, once the ne...
Simple Flying | January 13, 2020
Gulf Air has partnered up with Etihad to share benefits across both loyalty programs. Members of Etihad Guest, the loyalty program of Etihad, can now use their membership to redeem benefits across Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain. Likewise, those frequent flyer members of Gulf Air’s Falconflyer program can now use their points across Etihad’s vast network....
FlightGlobal | January 13, 2020
Airbus has started operating the first of the six BelugaXL high-capacity transports it is building to facilitate production ramp-up. The A330-based aircraft completed its first operational flight on 9 January, says the airframer. EASA certification was secured in November 2019, following a test campaign of more than 700h across some 200 flights since the first in July 2018. All six BelugaXL freighters will be operating by the end of 2023, Airbus indicates. The Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered aircr...
Scandinavian carrier Braathens Regional Airlines has axed a long-standing order for Airbus A220s, and plans to wet-lease Embraer 190s for regional jet operations. BRA evolved from the merger of Malmo Aviation with other carrier operations and inherited the order for 10 Bombardier CSeries jets originally placed by Malmo in 2011. Malmo Aviation, through an associated lessor, had been one of the first four customers to order the CSeries – signing for five CS300s and five CS100s – with p...
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