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Air France's first A350 completed its maiden test flight in Toulouse on Aug. 27. (Photo: Airbus)

Air France Welcomes 11th Airbus A350 As It Prepares for Winter Schedule Increases

In September 2019, Air France took delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB, the first aircraft of the then initial order of 28 of the type. Subsequently, in November of the same year, Air France decided to place an additional order for another 10 A350-900s, taking the total order to the current 38. The decision for the new A350 orders was made on account of the airline's initiative to renew its fleet, with the new-generation aircraft slated to replace its…

Aeroflot Adds New A320neo, Works Toward Further Domestic Recovery

Russian national carrier Aeroflot announced on Tuesday it had welcomed its first Airbus A320neo to its young fleet, becoming the first airline to operate the aircraft type in Russia. The new aircraft — registered in the airline's home country as VP-BPQ and bearing the name of Anatoly Dobrynin, a Russian…

Airbus Sends Off Last Toulouse-Built A380

The Airbus A380 has departed Toulouse, France, for the final time, 15 years after being unveiled to the world as Airbus' challenge to the Boeing 747. The aircraft, carrying MSN (Manufacturers Serial Number) 272, will eventually be delivered to Emirates. The airframe itself was first spotted back in September 2020…

Breeze Airways Takes First E190 From Nordic Aviation Capital

One of the newest airlines in the United States has taken another major step towards its first flight. Start-up carrier Breeze Airways has taken delivery of its first Embraer E190 aircraft from Nordic Aviation Capital. In December 2020, the airline took its first Embraer 195 aircraft, registered N190BZ, from Elevate…

Qatar Airways Welcomes Trio of 777 Freighters

The travel demand slump in the airline industry is continuing into the new year as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. While airlines observe a slight rise due to the holiday season, the gains are small, marginal and temporary. Air travel demand levels are not expected to return to pre-COVID-19…

JetBlue Receives Its First A220-300 Aircraft

2020 was like no other year for aviation. The industry faced several, daunting obstacles, and COVID-19 forced each airline to revise its policies. Also, the carriers encountered different, detrimental losses and had to reevaluate route networks according to travel demand. However, airlines can pave the pathway for new opportunities and…

Uganda Airlines Takes Delivery of its First Airbus A330-800neo

With the familiarity of big global airlines putting orders and taking deliveries, some exciting news comes from one of Africa's newest carriers. Uganda Airlines, the national carrier of Uganda, has taken delivery of its first of the two Airbus A330neos ordered by the airline. The new version of the best-selling…

How Airbus’ First US-Assembled A220 Impacts the Industry

Five months after Airbus inaugurated its newly completed, comprehensive hangar – designed to handle the final assembly line for the A220 commercial aircraft – in Mobile, Ala., the major aircraft manufacturer officially delivered its first-ever U.S. built A220 to Delta. potentially paving the pathway for evolving its production capabilities and…

Delta Embraces New Widebody Aircraft Despite Global Pandemic

It may seem as though there is not much to celebrate about within the aviation industry as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the airlines. Despite many airlines resuming flights and even inaugurating some unique routes, especially within the U.S., travel demand levels prior to the global pandemic will not…

British Airways Takes Delivery of First 787-10

British Airways accepted delivery of its’ first 787-10 over the weekend, the first of the “Dash 10” model for the carrier. The new Dreamliner departed Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina production facility on Saturday for its seven-hour maiden voyage across the Atlantic. The aircraft arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport on…