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Emirates Places Order for Airbus A350-900 XWBs

Emirates Airline has placed an order for 50 Airbus A350-900 XWB aircraft, in a deal totaling to up to $16 billion at list prices, which was announced on Monday at the Dubai Airshow. The signing took place at a special press event held between Airbus Chief Executive Officer, Guillaume Faury, and Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of the Emirates Group. Sheikh Ahmed said: “Today, we are pleased to sign a firm order for 50 A350 XWBs,…

Aircalin Returns Airbus A330neo After Cabin Odor Reports

Aircalin, a carrier based in the Pacific island of New Caledonia, has withdrawn one of its new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft from service and has sent it back to Toulouse, France for further inspection. The airline has reported that it sent the aircraft back after staff noticed a strong smell of…

Trip Report: Flying Business Class on Europe’s Best Regional Airline

In mid-June, Aegean Airlines was once again named Europe's Best Regional Airline for the ninth consecutive year by Skytrax World Airline Awards. Commonly referred to as the “Oscars of the aviation industry,” Skytrax has come under scrutiny on multiple occasions for the various awards it has handed out, including the…

Azul Receives First Airbus A321neo

Brazilian airline Azul received the first Airbus A321neo of Brazil. Configured with 214 seats and powered by CFM International's LEAP-1A engines, the aircraft is the first of 13 units ordered. The company will operate the A321neo on high-density domestic routes promising its customers a distinctive product, including larger luggage compartments,…

Europe Issues Type Certification to Airbus BelugaXL

Airbus announced on Wednesday that its BelugaXL airlifter was issued a type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The certification for the oversize aircraft follows a rigorous battery of flight-testing with the aircraft flying over 700 hours during the course of more than 200 flight tests. Airbus currently…

Airbus Ends October on a Strong Note

Airbus had a strong October and looks to be finishing off the year on a solid note, albeit a slight reduction in expected aircraft to be delivered. The airplane manufacturer clocked in a series of wins in October that left an already injured Boeing even further behind. Airbus reported 415…

VietJet Air Confirms New Aircraft Amid Third Quarter Success

Vietnam's low-cost carrier, VietJet Air, has announced its third-quarter financial statement, revealing air transport revenues and profit before taxes were VDN 10,415 billion ($448 million USD) and VDN 1,310 billion ($56 million USD), respectively. The figures showed an increase of 17 percent year-on-year with average load factors around 88 percent.…

Cebu Pacific Signs Firm Order for 16 A330neo Jets

On Monday, Airbus announced that Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific signed a firm order for 16 of their A330neo widebody jets. The deal is valued at $4.8 billion and represents the widebody portion of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Cebu Pacific and Airbus at the Paris Air Show in June…

Qatar Airways Celebrates 10 Years of Houston Service

This past March marked the 10th anniversary of Qatar Airways' Doha-Houston route. The Middle Eastern carrier first commenced service to the Energy Capital of the World in March 2009, only its third route to the U.S. at the time. Qatar Airways launched the route to Houston during a time of…

IndiGo Places Massive Firm Order for A320neo Jets

Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo has placed an order for 300 A320neo family aircraft in what has been labeled as one of Airbus' largest orders coming from a single carrier. The order is spread out in a mix of A320neos, A321neos and the recently launched A321XLR and is valued at a…