Kaplanian Report – August 2022


                       Boeing Plans P-8 Deliveries to New Zealand, Germany & South Korea


Boeing says it will complete deliveries of the company’s P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to New Zealand, Germany and South Korea over the next two years.  Boeing says on July 7, that the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) will receive its P-8s this year, while South Korea’s will arrive in 2023.  Aircraft destined for Germany will be ready in 2024.

New Zealand committed to purchasing four P-8s to replace the RNZF’s aging fleet of six Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion patrol aircraft.  Across the Tasman Sea, neighboring Australia already operates 12 Poseidons.

Germany plans to buy five P-8s, while south Korea will acquire six; both nations will use the Poseidon to phase out fleets of older P-3 Orions.

On July 7 the newest P-8 took to the skies over Puget Sound, bringing the total number of P-8s delivered to 150.  “There are now 150 P-8s around the world delivering an unmatched capability to our global Customers,” said Stu Voboril, vice president and program manager, P-8 Programs.

Amassing more than 450,000 mishap-free flight hours, the global P-8 fleet includes 112 aircraft delivered to the U.S. Navy, 12 to Australia, 12 to India, 9 to the United Kingdom and 5 to Norway.

Boeing P-8 Program senior manager Perry Yaw said the P-8 production line currently has a backlog stretching until 2025, with a program total of 183 aircraft ordered.

Yaw adds that Canada is Boeing’s next major focus for overseas sales.  In February, the company officially responded to a bid from the Canadian armed forces for a long-range maritime patrol aircraft.

Dubbed the Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft (CMMA), the program aims to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force(RCAF) fleet of Lockheed CP-140 Aurora turboprops.  The CP-140 is based on a P-3 Airframe.  The RCAF operates 15 Auroras, according to the FlightGlobal 2022 World Air Forces guide.

Source: Boeing, Picture Boeing.

Boeing Orders & Deliveries for June

Boeing won orders for 50 airplanes in June, including 49 MAX, of which 48 were sold to customers not immediately disclosed. The one public purchaser was American Airlines.

On the delivery side Boeing delivered 51 airplanes in June to bring its first-half tally to 216 jets, up 38% from the same period last year.  The deliveries included six wide-body commercial freighters; for the 12th consecutive month, there were no 787 deliveries.

Source: Boeing                  


                             Airbus & CFM Collaborate on Open Fan Engine Architecture


The Flight Test Demonstrator aims to mature and accelerate the development of advanced propulsion technologies, as part of CFM’s Revolutionary innovation for Sustainable Engine (RISE) demonstration program, on board an Airbus A380.  The test campaign will be performed in the second half of this decade from the Airbus Flight Test facility in Toulouse, France.  Ahead of the A380 test flights, CFM will perform engine ground tests, along with flight test validation at GE Aviation’s Flight Test Operations center in Victorville, CA,USA.

The flight test program will achieve several objectives that could contribute to future engine and aircraft efficiency improvements, including: enhanced understanding of engine/wing integration and aerodynamic performance as well as propulsive system efficiency gains; validating performance benefits, including better fuel efficiency that would provide a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to today’s most efficient engines; evaluating acoustic models; and ensuring compatibility with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuels(SAF).

“ New propulsion technologies will play an important role in achieving aviation’s net aero objectives, along with new aircraft designs and sustainable energy sources,” said Sabine Klauke, Airbus chief technical officer.  ”By evaluating, maturing and validating open fan engine architecture using dedicated flight test demonstrator, we are collaboratively making yet another significant contribution to the advancement of technology bricks that enable us to reach our industry-wide decarbonization targets”.

“The CFM RISE Program is all about pushing the technology envelope, redefining the art of the possible, and helping to achieve more sustainable long-term growth for our industry,” said Gael Meheust, President and CEO of CFM International.

Source: Airbus, CFM International, Image Airbus

Airbus Orders& Deliveries For June

Qantas Airways has firmed its order for a dozen Airbus A350-1000s & secured an agreement for another seven A350 freighters, from an undisclosed customer.  In addition two A350 freighters were recently identified for Silk Way Airline, and a single A330-900 for Delta Air Lines.

As part of its fleet modernization, The Australian flag -carrier has also signed for 20 A321neos and 20 A220-300s.

Airbus recorded firm net orders for 259 aircraft over the first half of the year, with 314 single-aisle jets and 25 A350s.

It delivered a total of 297 aircraft in the six-month period to June 30, among them 29 A350s and 13 A330s plus 230 A320neo-family jets and 25 A220s.

Source: Airbus             



SAF Test Flight

Pratt & Whitney and Embraer have completed the first flight test on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with an E195-E2 regional jet.

The aircraft performed a 70 minute flight from Vero Beach airport, in Florida, with one  PW1900G engine running on 100% SAF.  It follows two days of ground testing at Fort Lauderdale airport, says P&W.

For the test flight, both companies made use of 100% vegetable ail-based HEFA-SPK (hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids synthetic paraffin kerosene)fuel acquired from USA-based World Energy.

P&W engines and Embraer aircraft can operate with SAF blended up to 50%.  Work is ongoing to allow PW1100G-family engines to be able to operate at 100% SAF.  P&W, in March, announced it was teaming up with Air BP on the use of 100% SAF for engine testing and research.  Under the agreement, both parties intend to work together to explore a “viable supply” of full-SAF for engine and propulsion tests through 2024.

Sources: Embraer, P&W, Picture P&W

                        RoyalJet expands Its Five-Star Fleet with a Premium BBJ

RoyalJet BBJ

RoyalJet Abu Dhabi has added yet another Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) to its fleet taking total number of BBJs to 12.

This makes RoyalJet the largest BBJ Operator in the World. The aircraft was acquired by the group in early 2022 and is now ready for charter after undergoing upgrades and technology enhancements in Basel, Switzerland over the past few months.

This BBJ boasts 23 passengers VVIP interior with forward crew rest area, master bedroom with private lavatory and shoer, and a mid-cabin open-plan lounge.

Source:  RoyalJet                                           


  Air Arabia JVs Set for Take-Off

Fly Arno

Sharjah-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Air Arabia aims to have its two joint venture (JV) airlines in Armenia and Pakistan flying by the middle of this year.

The company has now allocated two newly leased Airbus A320neos to Fly Arna, while three will go to Pakistan-based Fly Jinnah.

Air Arabia is setting up the new Armenian national carrier, Fly Arna in conjunction with the Armenian National Interests Fund.  While in Pakistan, it is creating Fly Jinnah, with Karachi-based conglomerate Lakson Group.

Air Arabia’s CEO, Adel Ali, said that he hopes Fly Arna will be in the air by May and Fly Jinnah in June of next year.

Armenia has not had a national airline for several years.  Fly Arna has not yet announced its initial destinations, but these are likely to concentrate initially on Central Asia.

Pakistan has shortage of airlines serving its 200 million-strong population; domestic routes will be Karachi-based Fly Jinnah’s first priority before the airline expands internationally.

Air Arabia is looking at acquiring more A321 in the next batch; the airline has a small number of A321LRs at present.

Source: Air Arabia, Picture Fly Arna

                                           Qatar Airways Wins ‘Airline of The Year’


Qatar Airways has won ‘Airline of the Year’ at the AirlineRatings Awards.  It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’ and took home the “Best Business Class’ award.

This is the second year running that Qatar Airways has scooped the top prize and the fourth year in a row to take home the ‘Best Business Class’ award.

The AirlineRatings ‘Airline of the year” award acknowledges the best that aviation has to offer, with focus on product innovations strong route network and overall safety.  All AirlineRatings awards are given based on strict assessment criteria put together by industry professionals with extensive expertise and experience in the aviation field.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: Winning these awards are another ringing endorsement of everything that we stand for as an airline, Qatar Airways is fully committed to providing an unrivaled customer experience.  Our goal is to deliver excellence and once again securing the ‘Airline of the year’,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’ and ‘Best Business Class’ demonstrates that we continue to lead the industry as passengers return to the skies.  As we increase our global network to over 150 destinations, we also recently reported our most successful financial results ever with profit of $1.54 billion, confirming the airline as an all-round strong performer that is hugely popular with our passengers.”

Source: Qatar Airways, Picture Qatar Airways

                                  Greater Bay Airlines Gets Airborne in Low-Key Launch

Greater Bay Airlines

Hong Kong start-up Greater Bay Airlines has officially taken to the skies, though its long-awaited launch was made with little fanfare.

On July 23rd, the carrier operated its inaugural flight to Bangkok, operated by a Boeing 737-800. Greater Bay, which did not issue a media statement to mark its launch, intends to operate twice-weekly flights to the Thai capital, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The launch comes as travel restrictions still persist in Hong Kong, though the city’s government is slowly easing curbs

It also comes nearly half a year after it clinched its operation license, which paved the way for it to start commercial flights.   In October 2021 the carrier clinched its AOC, and stated its intensions to operate to Bangkok, Phuket as well as Singapore.

It had applied and received regulatory approval to operate more than 100 routes across Asia-Pacific, with the majority of them to mainland China.  Other countries include Japan,Thailand and South Korea. Greater Bay currently has two 737s in its fleet and will take a third example this year.

Source:  ch-aviation, Picture Wikimedia Commons

                                Bonza Set For Launch As First MAX Takes Flight



Australia’s newest airline Bonza is step closer to launch, after its first Boeing 737 MAX jet was spotted sporting freshly-painted Bonza livery in Seattle.  Bonza is a new airline based by 777 Partners of Miami that is preparing to launch operations this month to underserved markets in Australia.

Bonza, Australia’s only independent low-cost airlines has thrown out the rule book as they reveal their first-ever uniform.  The ‘wear it your way’ range, featuring Australian aviation’s first-ever-on trend white custom sneakers and cotton t-shirts, allows Bonza legends to let their individual personalities shine with various “mix and match” options.

“ Our brief was clear.  Create a uniform that Bonza legends will wear with pride.  We know airline uniforms are the land that time forgot and we wanted to change that with our partners at total Image Group,” said Carly Povey, Chief Commercial Officer at Bonza.

The airline took delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max 8 in July registration number VH-UJT.  Bonza is gearing up to begin flying on 27 routes to 17 destinations as soon as September.

Sources: 777 Partners, Boeing, Australian Aviation, Picture Boeing      


  • Saltchuk Aviation Boeing and Saltchuk Aviation have announced the airline group placed an order for up to four more 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighters.
  • BBAM Limited Partnership have announced the lessor is growing its 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) fleet with a firm order for nine more 737-800BCF.
  • Armenian & Georgian Airlines Armenia airline and its partner Georgian Airlines from Georgia, have placed an order for three Boeing 737-800BSF as part of the group’s plan to add more dedicated cargo airplanes to its operations in the Caucasus region.
  • Alaska Airlines has accelerated the retirement of its remaining A320s in the fourth quarter.  Chief Financial Officer Shane Tackett said it during the quarter earning call.

Alaska Airlines

  • ANA Holdings Japan’s largest airline finalized an order for 20 737Max 8 and took an option for ten more and selected the 777-8 Freighter.


  • Boeing has opened its largest Asia-Pacific distribution center in Brisbane, Australia to support key business areas.  The center is located in Murarrie near Brisbane Airport.

Boeing opens distribution center

  • New Zealand’s first 737NG P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft has emerged from the paint shop at Boeing’s Renton facility in Washington.

Poseidon for New Zealand

  • Icelandair has entered a pact with Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation to lease two 737Max 8s.
  • Ethiopian Airlines has switched four A350-900 orders to A50-1000; thus becoming the first African operator for the -1000 type.
  • Jetstar Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo featuring the airline’s refreshed livery.


Sources: Boeing, Alaska Airlines, ANA, Icelandair,

                                              AIR CARGO

                      Cargolux Commits to Order 777-8 Freighters        


Boeing has secured a commitment from freight airline Cargolux to order 777-8 freighters, which the Luxembourg-based carrier intends to use as 747-400 replacements.

Boeing disclosed the deal, which falls short of a firm order, on July 21 during the Farnborough air show.

Boeing senior vice-President of commercial sales and marketing Ihssane Mounir says he hopes to convert the commitment into a firm order in the coming weeks.  “We will be working over the next several weeks to do the documentation for the commitment, and wrap it up,” Mounir says.

Boeing says Cargolux “selected the 777-8 Freighter as a preferred solution to replace its 747-400 fleet”. Neither company has disclosed how many of Boeing’s in-development 777-8F Cargolux might purchase.

“We will work with them to define how many, and when,” Mounir says.  ”I expect in the next several weeks we will firm that up.”

Boeing launched the freighter 777-8F development program in January, with first delivery scheduled for 2027.

Source: Boeing, Picture Boeing


                         Lion Air Group ‘still committed’ to 737 MAX: Chairman


Lion Air Group chairman Rusdi Kirana has reiterated the airline group’ commitment to the Boeing 737 Max, with is Batik Air Malaysia unit set to take its first 737Max9 aircraft in early 2023.

Kirana was speaking at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on July 11, announcing the rebranding of the airline unit Milando Air to Batik Air Malaysia, as well as the official re-entry of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft into its fleet.

Indonesia-based Lion Air Group, which also includes Lion Air, Super Air Jet and Batik Air of Indonesia, as well as Thai Lion Air, has more than 200 Max aircraft – a mix of Max 8s and Max 9s on order.  Kirana, who was responding to a question from FlightGlobal, says the airline group is looking to continue operations of the type, some of which have already returned to service in Indonesia.

Boeing did a lot of work to make sure that the 737 Max is safe for travel…we have more than 200 aircraft on order with Boeing, and we will still take delivery of them because…we will need more aircraft as demand comes back…to reduce ticket prices,” Kirana says.

His comments come as Batik Air Malaysia looks to have 17 Max 8s in its fleet by year-end.  The Airline has four in operation now, operating them to destinations farther afield, including Pakistan and Australia.

Indonesia was among the last few countries around the world to re-certify the aircraft following the grounding.

According to Kirana, Indonesia’s Lion Air has about 100 aircraft or about 80% of its operational fleet flying now, including 737 Max aircraft.

Source: Lion Air, FlightGlobalPicture Alfred Chua/FlightGlobal


Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

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