Boeing Begins Build On New Zealand’s First P-8A Aircraft

Sailboat at sea, aerial view

On March 17, 2022, Boeing P-8A team members and Spirit AeroSystems employees have laid the keel beam for New Zealand’s first P-8A.  This process, also ‘keeling’, was done at the Spirit AeroSystems facility where all Boeing 737 fuselages, nacelles and pylons are designed and built.  Keel is an important production milestone during the build of any ship or aircraft and represents the cornerstone of this latest P-8.

Rosemary Banks, New Zealand’s ambassador to the United States, was on hand to witness the keeling and said, ”Today’s keeling ceremony is the beginning of a new era for New Zealand’s maritime patrol and response capability.  Our four P-8A Poseidons will better equip our defense forces to extend their reach into the Pacific and beyond, working with our partners and friends.”

An aircraft keel runs the length of the fuselage belly.  Due to the innovative in-line approach to the build of commercial derivative aircraft pioneered on the P-8A, the keel beam on a P-8A is different from the typical 737 keel beam.  The P-8 keel includes unique aspects of the P-8 configuration, such as the integration of an internal weapons bay.

The panel and other fuselage components will be completed on Spirit’s existing 737 production line.  Spirit will ship the P-8A fuselage to Boeing Commercial Airplanes facility in Renton, Washington, for final assembly.  After that, Boeing Defense, Space & Security employees will install mission systems and complete testing prior to delivery to New Zealand later this year.

In total, four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft will eventually replace New Zealand’s current fleet of six aging P-3K2 Orion aircraft, providing advanced capabilities to maintain situational awareness in neighboring waters on and below surface of the ocean.

Source: Boeing, Picture Boeing

                                    Boeing March Orders and Deliveries

Boeing did land notable sales in March.  Those included new orders for 47 737 Max; among them 32 jets ordered by lessor Air Lease, 14 ordered by unidentified customers and one Boeing Business Jet(BBJ), also ordered by an unnamed buyer.  Additionally,Boeing took orders for six 777Fs from DHL in March.

Boeing delivered 41 aircraft in March, including 37 737 Max, one Boeing Business Jet, two 737NG-based P-8 surveillance jets to the US Navy, one P-8 to South Korea’s Navy, one 767F to FedEx, one 767-based KC-46 tanker and one 777F to China Airlines of Taiwan.

Source: Boeing



                       A380 Testbed Conducts Flights with Wholly-sustainable Fuel


Airbus has used its A380 test aircraft, MSN1, to carry out a flight using wholly-sustainable aviation fuel. The aircraft flew from Toulouse on March 25 with one of its Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines powered by 100% sustainable fuel. The duration of the flight was around 3 hours.

The aircraft was supplied with 27t of the fuel by Total Energies.  It was produced near LeHavre and sourced from hydro-processed esters and fatty acids free of aromatics and sulphur, primarily consisting of used cooking oils well as other waste fats.

Airbus conducted another flight with the same aircraft, operating Toulouse-Nice on March 29, to assess the performance of the fuel during take-off and landing.

This is the third Airbus aircraft type to fly on 100% SAF over the course of 12 months; the first was an Airbus A350 in March 2021, followed by an A319neo single-aisle aircraft in October 2021.

Source: Airbus,Picture Airbus

                             Airbus March YTD Orders And Deliveries

Airbus lost a fifth of outstanding orders for its A330neo long-haul jet in March.  The plane’s largest customer went through restructuring, but it won sales elsewhere for more than 100 of its smaller jets.

AirAsia X cancelled 63 of the A330-900 version of the A330neo an upgrade the long-established A330 widebody models as well as 10 smaller A321neo aircraft.

On April 8 Airbus said it had sold a total of 253 jets in the first quarter or a net total of 83 after cancellations.

Source: Airbus       



                         Bombardier Delivers 100th Global 7500 to Vista Jet


On March 29th, Bombardier celebrated the delivery of the 100th Global 7500 during a ceremony at its Laurent Beaudoin Completion Center in Montreal.   The milestone aircraft was handed over to  VistaJet, which now counts 10 of the 7,700nm twinsets in its fleet and expects to have 17 of them by year end.

“I am thrilled to celebrate the 100th delivery of the global 7500 with our valued customer, VistaJet,” said Bombardier chairman and CEO Eric Martel.

“VistaJet recognized early on that this aircraft would transform the business jet industry and the enormous success of Bombardier’s Global 7500 in transforming the private aviation industry.  I would like to thank our teams in Montreal, Toronto, and Wichita for designing, building, and testing this amazing feat of technology.”

VistaJet founder and Chairman Thomas Flohr said his company will continue to expand its Global 7500 fleet to meet the growing demand for ultra-long-range flights.

“Our enhanced product offering on board the Global 7500 also guarantees that our clients, whether business or leisure travelers, are given the best and most seamless flying experience,” he added.

“We look forward to welcoming more members and supporting the business world as our growing fleet of Global 7500s opens a new era for long-haul private travel.” 

Source: Bombardier, Picture Bombardier

                     FlyExclusive to Purchase Up to 30 Citation CJ3+ Twinjets


Exclusive Jets, operating as FlyExclusive, has entered an agreement with Textron Aviation to purchase up to 30 Cessna Citation CJ+ light twinsets, The Wichita airframer announced on April 6th.  Under the agreement, charter operator flyExclusive expects to take delivery of the first five CJ3+3s in 2023, with an option to purchase more of the type for deliveries through 2025.

According to Textron Aviation, the order is expected to support flyExclusive’s Jet Club, partner, and new fractional program. The Kinston, North Carolina-based Part 135 operator is one of the largest Citation operators in the world.  Fly Exclusive’s fleet of 85 light, midsize, super-midsize, and large-cabin jets include CitationXs, Svereigns, ExelXLSs, CJ3, and Encores.  The list price of a CJ3+ is $9.91 million without customization.

Source: Textron Aviation,Picture Textron Aviation                                                                


GE Aviation Achieves 400 Million Flight Hours & 37 Years On-Time-Delivery


GE Aviation recently achieved 400 million flight hours and 37 years of onetime delivery of their navigation database to airlines globally.

GE’s navigation database (NDB) provides worldwide coverage and access to more than 18,000 airports.  Each NDB is customized for the customer and allowed the ability to include their own tailored terminal procedures and company routes from GE navigation database and test them against (flight Management  systems) FMS  flight planning and predictions software.  GE’s experts provide 24 hour per day, seven days a week customer service.

GE’s flight management system (FMS) assists military and airline flight crew in managing and optimizing a flight from takeoff to landing.  Included in GE’s FMS advancements are the TrueCource providing connectivity and new software architecture allowing FMS functions to be developed as modular components for ease of update.

“We are grateful to have the dedicated team, technology and experience to enable us to produce and make 150,000 navigation database deliveries to our airline customers,” said Jeremy Barbour, general manager, Connected Aircraft for GE Aviation.

“This support of our flight management system portfolio provides a range of capability and functionality for an airline’s navigation data requirements.” 

GE Aviation’s flight management software provides increased situational awareness and operation efficiencies on more than 14,000 aircraft – including Airbus A320/330/340/A330 MRTT, Boeing 737(all variants), P-8, E-6B, USAF E-4, C-130, LM-100J and KC-46 certified their flight management system in 1984.

Source: Ge Aviation, Picture GE aviation 

             Avelo Airlines And Collins Aerospace Sign Comprehensive Wheel And Brake Agreement

On March 31, 2022, Avelo Airlines and Collins Aerospace announced an agreement to retrofit Avelo’s fleet of Boeing Next-Generation(NG) 737 aircraft with new wheels and carbon brakes.  The comprehensive agreement includes wheel and carbon brake maintenance services and logistics support for the new airline.

“Collins’ broad capabilities made them the right partner for Avelo,” said Avelo Airlines Head of Technical Operations Gary Martin.

“Delivering a reliable, on-time experience for customers is a top priority.  Avelo’s partnership with Collins ensures we will continue to live up to that commitment.”

Collins’ 737NG brake features the company’s advanced DURACARB carbon friction material that delivers an average of 35% longer brake life over competing carbon materials, allowing for decreased maintenance time and increased cost savings.  Collins wheels and Carbon brakes have been selected on more than 3,000 737NG and 737 MAX aircraft to date.

Avelo currently operates six 737NG aircraft.  Three 737-800s serve the airline’s West Coast network based at Los Angeles’ most popular airport Hollywood-Burbank Airport(BUR).

Additionally, three 737-700s serve Avelo’s East Coast network based at Southern Connecticut’s most convenient airport Tweed-New Haven(HVN).Avelo expects to take delivery of nine additional 737NG aircraft this year, expanding the airline’s fleet to 15 airplanes by the end of this year.

Source: Avelo Airlines, Picture Avelo Airlines

Southwest Airlines Opens New Technical Operations Hanger Facility at Denver International Airport


Southwest Airlines opens new $100 million ,130,000 maintenance hanger at the Denver International Airport.  The new facility was unveiled at a grand opening celebration on March 24, 2022, attended by over 300 people, including Southwest CCO Mike Van de Ven, Denver Mayor Michal Hancock, and Airport CEO, Philip Washington.

The new technical operations center can house up to three Boeing 737 inside with an apron area for an additional eight outside.  The facility was designed to support variable technical operations and network fleet management.

The airline is one of the largest employers in the city with nearly 5,000 based in Denver.  In addition, Southwest will begin moving into the first of 16-gate expansion on C concourse in the next few months.  Once completed, Southwest will have the ability to use up to 40 gates, the most gates it has at any airport it serves.

Source: Southwest Airlines,Picture Southwest Airlines

                    Joramco Announces Maintenance Agreement with Ryanair

Joramco, the Amman, Jordan, based maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider and the engineering arm of Dubai AeroSpace Enterprise(DAE) announced on April 13, 2022, a 5-year heavy maintenance a agreement with Ryanair.   It will see the airline utilizing up to 6 heavy maintenance bay slots at its facility in Amman.  Ryanair uses a mix of internal facilities and external suppliers to conduct its heavy maintenance and this agreement will ensure its requirements are more than met as it grows its fleet to over 600 aircraft over the coming years.

Commenting on the deal, Joramco’s Chief Executive Officer, Fraser Currie said:  “We are delighted that Ryanair has selected Joramco to be its trusted MRO provider as Ryanair grows its fleet.  This long term partnership is a result of Joramco’s world-class expertise and efficient services.  This growth comes after completion of another successful winter season with Ryanair.  This deal is a significant factor in its strategic growth and rod map which is expected to see an increase in Joramco’s footprint.”

Speaking on the impact of this announcement, Ryanair’s Director of operations, Neal McMahon, said: “Our 5-year growth plan will grow our fleet to over 600 aircraft and we are pleased to extend and enhance our agreement with Joramco who have been providing ad-hoc maintenance for our fleet for the past 3 years.  This agreement will allow Ryanair to utilize up to 6 heavy maintenance slots, with aircraft coming in nose to tail for the next 5 winter seasons”.

Source: Joramco



  • BOC Aviation repossesses a Boeing 747-8 freighter leased to Russia’s AirBrideCargo flown to California from Hong Kong.  A U.S. judge signed an order allowing the lessor BOC Aviation Ltd to repossess it.
  • Turkish Airlines will begin uninterrupted service to Istanbul on the 27th of this month from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Turkish to SEA

  • Air Lease, one of the world’s leading aircraft lessors, has ordered another 32 Boeing 737 Max, the deal includes 737 Max 8s and Max 9s.
  • Eurowings Lufthansa Group’s low-cost unit has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo.
  • BOC Aviation lessor based in Singapore placed an order for 80 Airbus A320neo-family jets, the largest single order placed by the company.
  • Air Canada is acquiring 26 Airbus A321XLRs, emerging as the undisclosed customer behind an order for six of the jets in the airframes’s backlog.

Air Canada

  • flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has been recognized at this year’s Aviation Achievement Awards in two categories.  Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer was named CEO of the Year and the carrier was awarded Low-Cost Airline of the Year.
  • Air Tahiti Nui will begin flying to Seattle-Tacoma beginning on October 4, 2022, in partnership with Alaska Airlines.

Air Tahiti

Sources: Boc Aviation, Air Canada, Air Lease, Turkish Airlines, FlightGlobal, Air Tahiti Nui


A.P. Moller- Maersk Launches Maersk Air Cargo In Response to Customers, Global Air Cargo Needs

Maersk logo

On April 8, 2022, A.P Moller—Maersk announced Maersk Air Cargo as the company’s main airfreight offering serving the logistics needs of its clients with integrated logistics.

At the same time, Maersk chooses Denmark’s second largest airport, Billund, as its air freight hub for Maersk Air Cargo with daily flights creating several jobs in the region.

The new air freight company is the result of existing in-house aircraft operator, Star Air, which has transferred activities into Maersk Cargo, the new carrier supporting existing and new customers and and Maersk’s end to end logistics.

The process of transferring activities has received excellent support from customers, suppliers, employees and the Danish Civil Aviation Authority.

Maersk last operated from Island in 2005.  From the continent, Maersk Air Cargo will progressively deploy and operate a controlled capacity of five aircraft-two new Boeing 777Fs and three Boeing 767-300 cargo aircraft.  Three new Boeing 767-300 freighters will also added to the US-China operation, which will be initially handled by a third-party operator.  The new aircraft are expected to be operational from the second half of this year and onwards up to 2024.

Billund Airport looks forward to welcoming Maersk Air Cargo, which will also support the growth of the West Danish business community.

Source: Maersk Air Cargo

                               Air France-KLM Firms order for A350 Freighters


Air France-KLM Group has firmed its tentative order for four Airbus A350 freighters, a deal originally disclosed in December last year.

The aircraft are intended to provide additional cargo capacity at Air France, already an operator of A350 passenger variant.  Air France-KLM is taking up to eight A350Fs, of which four are the of the subject of the firm order.

Air France-KLM brings to four the number of firm customers for the A350F, alongside Air Lease, Singapore Airlines and CMA CGM, and takes the number of jets on order to 22.

Middle Eastern operator Etihad Airways has also signaled that it will acquire the cargo model.

Source: Air France-KLM,Picture Airbus

                                        Other Noteworthy News

                 Clamor for China Eastern Crash Theories Is At Odds with Reality

Few incidents prompt greater focus on the airline industry than a fatal air crash.

Following the tragic loss of a china Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 on Monday, March 21st, the scrutiny-informed or otherwise-has been intense, in general and particularly on social media.

The internet is awash with theories regarding the cause of the crash, notably including those carelessly based on imagery from computer reconstruction of an incident that happened 25 years earlier.  During such times, the commentators worth listening to tend to be those urging people to wait for further evidence to emerge.

So far, aside from flight-tracking data, the few fresh details released via official channels include acknowledgements of failed attempts by air traffic control to contact the aircraft as the incident occurred and of the damaged cockpit voice recorder being recovered.

One certainty is that in China’s huge aviation market, the incident marks the first fatal crash since 2010. And within the wider context of airline safety, the crash has occurred in an industry that has a remarkable safety records was reflected in IATA’s recent summary of 2021 data.  None of that is, of course, any comfort to those who have lost love ones in this crash.

As ever, commercial’s aviation license to connect the world is contingent on it doing everything within its power to establish why catastrophic incidents have occurred, before acting promptly on any recommendations.  The first part of the process may take some time.

As investigators continue their work, many commentators will already be tired of having to post out that the crash is unrelated to safety issues with the 737 Max program.  The requirement to do so undeniably reflects that the latter Program and Boeing’s reputation are still very much in the public consciousness, even as hundreds of Max jets fly without fanfare in markets around the world.

On the latter point, it is not unreasonable to question whether this crash might further extend the long wait for Max jets to fly again in China, on the ground of optics alone.

Source: This article was quoted in its entirety from FlightGlobal written by Lewis Harper on 24 March 2022



Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

Kaplanian Report – April 2022


             ANA Extends Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox for Entire Fleet

Boeing Maintenance Toolbox

Boeing announced at the recent Singapore Airshow that All Nippon Airways (ANA) has signed an extension for Boeing’s Maintenance Performance Toolbox for another five years.

Maintenance Performance Toolbox allows operators to simplify their maintenance operations by enabling them to manage, distribute, process and view intelligent maintenance documentation in a uniform digital format through a single interface of aircraft manufacturer or engine type.

“The adoption of Maintenance Performance Toolbox is one example of how we have streamlined our maintenance processes through digital tools,” said  Hajime Kaneko, Vice President of the digital Transformation Portfolio Management Department at ANA.  “It has greatly reduced the complexity of managing maintenance to use the Maintenance Performance ToolBox to take advantage of those benefits.”

Today, nearly 350 airplane operators and their MRO providers rely on Maintenance Performance Toolbox to support their engineering and maintenance operations.  ANA and other airlines have deployed its full-fleet capabilities on maintaining their Boeing and non-Boeing aircraft.

“ANA was a development partner for Maintenance Performance Toolbox and was the first customer to go live with the platform’s full-fleet capability in 2013,” said Duane Wahking, Vice President of Digital Aviation Solutions for Boeing Global Services.   “We look forward to continuing to grow and improve Maintenance Performance Toolbox through our collaboration with ANA in support of streamlining their maintenance operations.”

Source: Boeing, Picture Boeing

                                                      Boeing Orders And Deliveries

Boeing landed orders for 37 commercial jets in February, including deals from Air Lease Corp for 18 737 Max, 14 from American Airlines and five first-generation 777 freighters from Ethiopian airlines.

Deliveries slowed to 15, broken down as follows: 15 737 Maxs one 777F to DHL and one 747-8F to UPS with no deliveries of 787s.

Source: Boeing                   


                 Airbus & CFM International to Pioneer Hydrogen Combustion Technology


Airbus has signed a partnership agreement with CFM International, a 50/50 joined company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, to collaborate on a hydrogen demonstration program that will take flight around the middle of this decade.

The program’s objective is to ground and flight test a direct combustion engine fueled by hydrogen, in preparation for entry-into-service of a zero-emission aircraft by 2035. The demonstration will use a A380 flying testbed with liquid hydrogen tanks prepared at Airbus facilities in France and Germany.  Airbus will also define the hydrogen propulsion system requirements, oversee flight testing, and provide the A380 platform to test the hydrogen combustion engine increase phase.

CFM International (CFM) will modify the combustor, fuel system, and control system of a GE Passport turbo fan to run on hydrogen. The engine, which is assembled in the US, was selected for this program because of its physical size, advanced turbo machine and fuel flow capability.  It will be mounted along the rear fuselage of the flying testbed to allow engine emissions, including contrails, to be monitored separately from those of the engines powering the aircraft.  CFM will execute an extensive ground test program ahead of the A380 flight test.

Airbus has a long-standing relationship with CFM and parent companies, GE Aviation and Safran Aircraft Engines; together, the partners have established a great track record of delivering high-performance products that meet the needs of airline customers.

Source: Airbus, Picture Airbus

                                                Airbus Orders And Deliveries

In February, Airbus delivered 55 aircraft to 35 customers.  Single-aisle deliveries in February totaled 40 A320 Family aircraft composed of 37 A320 NEO, plus 4 A220s and CEO.  On the wide body side, 7 were delivered, comprised of 2 A330 and the rest were A350s.  There were no orders registered for the month.

Source : Airbus     



                                 Tradewind Aviation Expands with 20 New PC-12 NGX

Tradewind Aviation has signed an order for 20 new PC-12 NGX, expanding its fleet of Pilatus PC-12 to 38.  The first single-engine turboprop is slated for delivery in the third quarter of this year, with the remaining orders scheduled to deliver over the next five years at a rate of 3 to 4 PC-12 NGX per year.

Tradewind Aviation, the market leader in regional air mobility, announces its firm order of 20 brand new PC-12 NGX single-engine turboprop aircraft.  The company has operated both on-demand private charter and scheduled “Shuttle” service throughout the US and Caribbean since 2001.  In addition to strengthening Tradewind’s long-standing relationship with the leading leading Swiss aerospace manufacturer, the purchase will enable the private aviation company to significantly grow and enhance its Pilatus fleet, benefiting both clientele and crew members alike.

The latest version of the PC-12, the NGX boasts a completely redesigned and modernized cabin, featuring larger windows and versatile BMW Designworks seating, making for a more enjoyable and productive passenger experience.

Its powerful, worldwide proven Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-E-series engine and advanced single-pilot avionics system automate the flight controls allowing for lower fuel burn and less noise.

Source: Pilatus

                           Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 6X Completes Cold Soak Trials

Falcon 6X

The Falcon 6X completed cold weather testing, passing another major milestone towards certification, expected later this year.

The test team of engineers consisting of technicians and pilots from Dassault Aviation and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada endured bone-chilling temperatures as low as -37 degrees C (-35 degrees F) during the long trial runs in Iqaluit, a tundra town in the far north of Canada.

“The Falcon 6X continues to impress us with its performance and reliability as we move through the certification process,” said Carlos Brent, Dassault executive vice president of Civil Aircraft.

“The aircraft operated flawlessly at the extreme temperatures an aircraft can be subjected in severest climate conditions.  That includes engines, systems and low-temperature maintainability requirements.”

All told, the 6X flight-test completed 50 hours of cold tests, as well as more than 220 flights and 650 flight hours.  Certification of the large-cabin twinjet is expected later this year.

Source: Dassault, Picture Dassault                                                                  


                           El Al Seals Codeshare With Moroccan Flag Carrier RAM

Royal Air Morac

Moroccan flag-carrier Royal Air Maroc has reached a codeshare agreement with Israeli counterpart El Al, tightening new ties between the two countries.

RAM inaugurated a service between its Casablanca hub and Tel Aviv on March 13.  It operated a Boeing 787 on the route’s flight AT 228, carrying a Moroccan delegation of cultural and economic figures.

The Oneworld alliance member RAM will operate the route four-times weekly initially before it rapidly in- creasing to five, the airline states.  “We offer our customers direct flights between the two countries in less than five hours and a unique travel experience aboard our aircraft,” says RAM chief Hamid Addou.

Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has since sealed a codeshare agreement with El Al, which takes immediate effect.

Source: FlightGlobal,Royal Air Maroc, Picture Royal Air Maroc 

                                      Rolls-Royce Ultrafan Reaches Milestone

Power Gearbox for UltraFan

Rolls-Royce has reached a key milestone in its UltraFan technology demonstrator program as the power gearbox (PGB) is dispatched from the company’s site in Germany.  The power gearbox, which has set a world aerospace power record on test, has been shipped to the UK where the first UltraFan engine demonstrator (UF001) is being assembled.

UltraFan offers a step change in gas turbine sustainability, saving 25% fuel compared with the first generation of Rolls-Royce Trent engines.  Critical to the performance is the PGB, which has planetary design and can transmit more power than an entire grid of Formula 1 cars when running at Maximum power.   On test it has delivered 87,000 horsepower of 64 megawatts-enough to  power a medium-sized city.

Cris Cholerton, President of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace, said: “This is a tremendous moment for everyone on the UltraFan program as we take another step forward with the dispatch of the power gearbox.  I am proud that we are creating better, more efficient gas turbines which will be an essential part of air travel for decades to come.” 

UltraFan is scalable for narrowbody or widebody aircrafts and is a key element of Rolls-Royce’s commitment to making aviation more sustainable.

Source: Rolls-Royce, Picture Rolls Royce

                                   Emirates Sets June 23 for Tel Aviv Service


Emirates has confirmed that it will be commencing daily services to Tel Aviv from June 23, 2022.  Emirates will operate its three-class Boeing 777-300ER on the route, featuring eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 304 spacious seats in Economy Class.

Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Airlines said: “We look forward to finally welcoming customers onboard our flights to and from Tel Aviv this summer, and offer them substantial connectivity to and through our Dubai hub as COVID Travel restrictions continue to ease around the world and more borders open up.  In addition to unlocking tremendous pent-up demand, Emirates’ debut into Israel will mean more choice for travelers as they return to the skies, and more opportunities for businesses to visit Dubai and beyond to our far reaching network of almost 130 destinations, alongside our signature hospitality and award-winning onboard experience.”

The new service to Tel Aviv will also provide 20 tons of cargo capacity on each flight, providing channels for Israeli businesses and start-ups to export products like pharmaceuticals, high tech goods, fruits and vegetables and other perishables.  The flights are also expected to transport manufacturing raw materials and components, semiconductors and e-commerce parcels into Israel.

Source: Emirates, Picture Emirates



  • Aviation Capital Group LLC has announced the delivery of 1 new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on long term lease to Icelandair.


  • JetBlue Airways Has ordered another 30 Airbus A220-300s to take its firm commitment for the type to 100.
  • Volotea will add six more Airbus A320s to its fleet this year as it continues to expand beyond its pre-Covid capacity.
  • Flydubai has signed a multi-year agreement for parts provisioning and Quick Engine Change (QEC) kits from Boeing to support all-Boeing Flydubai fleet.

flydubai Boeing 737 MAX

  • Griffin Global Asset Management announced the delivery of 1 Boeing 737Max 8 to ultra-low cost airline based in the Dominican Republic.
  • Swoop has announced it will grow its fleet from 10 to 16 aircraft with the acquisition of six new Boeing 737Max 8 aircraft


  • UPS Airlines made this announcement on March 17th, “Our final Boeing 747-8F, (N633UP), rolled out of the paint shop and will soon enter service after completing a conformity check verification pending FAA approval.”


Sources: Boeing, Flydubai, Griffin Global Asset Management, JetBlue, UPS Airlines


DHL & Singapore Airlines Ink New Agreement To Expand Partnership


DHL New Livery

On March 10, 2022, DHL Express, the world’s leading international express service provider, has entered into a Crew and Maintenance agreement(CM) with Singapore Airlines(SIA) to deploy five Boeing 777 Freighters.

This agreement marks a further step in DHL Express’ expansion of its intercontinental air network to meet customer demand in fast-growing international shipping markets.

Travis Cobb, Executive Vice President Global Network Operations &Aviation, DHL Express, said : “With the deployment of five Boeing 777 Freighters, we can expand our express service linking the Asia Pacific region with the Americas.  Following the pandemic, we see good prospects for strong growth in trans-Pacific trade lanes. By collaborating with Singapore Airlines, we see a unique chance to establish a long-lasting relationship with a long time partner who shares common values and operates at the highest standard.”

Based at Singapore’s Changi Airport and serving DHL’s South Asia Hub there, the freighters, which will sport a dual DHL-SIA livery, will be operated by SIA pilots on routes to the US via points in North Asia. SIA will also oversee the maintenance of these aircraft.

The initial agreement is set for more than four years with the opportunity for an extension.  As part of the agreement, the first aircraft delivery will be in July 2022, with the second in October 2022.  The remaining three aircraft are planned for delivery throughout 2023.

Sources: DHL,Singapore Airline,Pictures SIA

                                  Western Global Ordered Two 777Fs in January

Western Global

US cargo carrier Western Global Airlines is the previously undisclosed customer that ordered two Boeing 777Freighters in January.  Boeing disclosed the order earlier but had not named the customer until 16 February.  Boeing does not say when it intends to deliver the aircraft to Western Global.

“The addition of 777 Freighters will enable Western Global to continue its growth, providing increased capability and flexibility to its operations,” says Boeing senior vice-president of commercial sales and marketing Ihssane Mounir.

Western Global has also taken an option to purchase one more 777F.  Western Global’s existing fleet includes 21 jets: four 747-400Fs and 17 MD-11Fs, according to Cirium fleets data.

Source: Boeing, Picture Boeing



Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

Kaplanian Report – March 2022


                           Boeing Reaches Record $2 Billion in E-Commerce Sales


Boeing achieved an annual record for e-commerce parts sales last year with more than$2 billion in online orders.  Fueled by investment in digital tools, Boeing Distribution Inc.(formerly Avail), sold nearly 70,000 parts products through its e.commerce site to commercial and government customs, eclipsing pre-pandemic levels.  Commercial orders accounted for $1.5 billion sales, reflecting the continued recovery in the airline industry.

“Our $2 billion closeout to 2021 was a great capstone as the market heads to a stable recovery.” said Ted Colbert, president & chief executive officer, Boeing Global Services, at theSingapore Airshow on February 14th.  ”Our e-commerce capabilities are a great example of the digital solutions we provide to enable industry recovery and growth.  Our focus as always is on bringing value through our products and services, and we will continue to partner with our customers as they navigate the dynamic environment.”

Boeing Distribution Inc.’s online revenue last year was 15 % higher compared to pre-pandemic levels, while orders were 20 % higher.  The stronger sales came as the company rolled out new tools to improve the customer experience, including a new homepage, a live-chat feature, and online knowledge center.

The refreshed e-commerce parts website, which features over 500,000 products, saw five million visits from 50 countries last year.

Source: Boeing Global Services, Picture Boeing Global Services

                                         Boeing Logs 75 More Orders In January

Boeing kicked off 2022 with a positive order momentum, and padded its backlog during the month with orders for 75 jets, including for the Max and newly launched 777-8 Freighter.

Boeing’s deliveries in January came to 32 aircraft 27 737 Max Jets, a 777F plus four aircraft for military programs.  Deliveries of 787s remained paused in January due to manufacturing quality issues.

Source: Boeing                    


                           Airbus Setting up New Airline to Offer A300-600ST Beluga Fleet


Airbus has set up a new commercial outsize transport service intended to capitalize on the remaining flying life of its A300-600ST Beluga fleets, as it phases out the type from its main internal logistics operation.

The Airbus Beluga Transport service has already carried out its first work, with aircraft F-GSTC lifting a heavy helicopter from Marignane, near Marseille, to the Japanese city of Kobe at the end of last year.  This long-haul operation involved technical stops at Warsaw, Novosibirsk and Seoul.

The airframer is aiming to attract civil or military customers, not only in the aerospace industry, but the energy, space, maritime and humanitarian sectors.

Airbus Beluga Transport project Leader Clement Beaunis says the Beluga will be a complementary offering to the niche outsize market, which is served by aircraft types such as the Antonov An-124.

Beaunis says that, while the AN-124 is “very good at heavy payloads”, the Beluga, which has a 40t capability, can provide a large-diameter fuselage to handle tall and wide shipments, including engines, without the need to dismantle them.

Source: Airbus,Picture Airbus

                     Airbus Orders And Deliveries for January

Two Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1000s have been dropped from the airline’s backlog, the airframer’s latest official figures reveal.

Airbus’s backlog for January 2022 shows the number of Qatar A350-1000s on order has fallen from 42 to 40 leaving total orders for the -1000 from all customers on the A350 at 162.

Qatar Airways has taken delivery of all 34 A350-900s on order, but has only taken 19 A350-1000s so far.

It has listed new orders, including an agreement with US lessor Azorra Aviation, for 22 A220s, plus 14 A320neos and A321neos from two unidentified customers.

But the Qatar cancellations have pushed the airframer’s overall net orders into deficit for the first month of the year.  Airbus delivered 30 aircraft in January, comprising four A350s,24 A320neo-family jets and a pair of A220s.

Source: Airbus



                              8,000th Cessna Citation Delivered to Scotts Miracle-Gro

8,000 Cessna

Textron Aviation has delivered its 8,000th Cessna Citation, the airframer announced on February 15.  The milestone aircraft, a Citation Longitude, was delivered at a special ceremony at the OEM’s headquarters in Wichita to customer Scotts Miracle-Gro. The super-midsize twinjet is the fifth in the lawn-and-garden product manufacturer’s fleet.

“I, along with the members of our flight department, congratulate Textron Aviation on the delivery of its 8,000th Citation aircraft,” said Scotts CEO Jim Hagedom, who personally owns a Citation CJ4 and is a former U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot.  “Reaching this milestone is a credit to the Cessna brand.”

The first Citation 500 was delivered in 1972 to American Airlines.  Since then, more than 30 Citation models have been certified over more than 50-year history of the brand.  Six Citation models are in production, representing the light, midsize, and super-midsize categories of business jets: M2 Gen2, CJ4 Gen2, XLS Gen 2, Latitude, and Longitude.

“A milestone like this wouldn’t be possible without all the owners and operators who love to fly our aircraft,” said Textron Aviation president and CEO Ron Draper.  ”With more than 41 million flight hours across the globe, our customers continue to make Citation jets their aircraft of choice.”

Source:  Textron Aviation



                                       Korean Air Introduces Its First Boeing 737-Max 8


Korean Air announced that its first Boeing 737 Max 8 was delivered to Incheon Airport on February 13.  The newly introduced Boeing 737 Max 8 is scheduled to begin flying March 1, after undergoing standard safety procedures such as an airworthiness test.

Kicking off with its first delivery of the 737 Max 8, Korean Air is slated to receive a total of six aircraft this year.  In November 2015, Korean Air signed an agreement to acquire 30 737 Max 8s.  Korean will fly the aircraft in a two-class,146-seat configuration, which includes eight premium seats.

South Korean regulators cleared the path to restoring Boeing Max services in November 2021, following the types global grounding.  The 737 Max 8 has demonstrated high operational reliability, with a 99.38% performance over the 898,737 flight hours logged so far.

Source: Korean Air, picture Korean Air 

                                 SIA Places $2.8 Billion Order for GE9X Engines


Singapore Airlines has signed an order for 22 additional GE9X engines, which will power its fleet of Boeing 777-9s.

The contract, announced at the Singapore Airshow, also includes a long-term engine services contract, and adds to an initial order for 40 GE9X first announced in 2017.  It is valued at $2.8 billion at list price, states GE aviation.

SIA has 31 777-9 aircraft on order, and will be the first in the Asia-Pacific region to operate the type.  There are two other Asian operators with orders for the 777X: Cathay Pacific of Hong Kong as well as All Nippon Airways in Japan.

Lau Hwa Peng, SIA’s senior vice president of engineering says: “the cutting edge technologies that have gone into the Boeing 777-9 and GE9X engines will help SIA to increase our operating efficiencies, lower our fuel burn, and materially reduce our carbon emissions.  This will reinforce SIA’s position as a leading global airline, and enable us to capture future growth opportunities.”

Source: GE Aviation, Boeing Picture

               Kenya Airways Signs For Boeing Landing Gear Exchange Services

Boeing and Kenya Airways have signed an MoU for landing gear exchange services.  Boeing will provide nine landing gear chipsets wherever and whenever needed to support the Kenya Airways 787 fleet, enabling more efficient and cost-effective maintenance operations.

“The customer is key in all our operations and this program will help is continue to offer world class customer service.   It will safeguard our operations and minimize disruptions to our guests,” commented Evans Kihara, technical director at Kenya Airways.  ”This allows us to plan our cash outflow in advance and at the same time enables us to work with Boeing to ensure that our network schedule integrity is achieved, bringing the much-desired predictability to our guests.”

“This is just one example of how we can bring value to our customers through solutions tailored to meet their specific needs -in this case, an increase in Kenya Airways’ 787 maintenance efficiency and cost effectiveness.” said Anbessie Yitbarek, vice president of commercial services sales and marketing for Boeing.

“We look forward to implementing these programs with Kenya Airways, and continuing our long-standing relationship for many years to come.”

Sources: Kenya Airways,Boeing,Air International 



  • Viva Aerobus took delivery of the first of four A321neo leased from AMBC Aviation Capital in Hamburg on February 28th.
  • Jaramco Amman-based maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) has extended its agreement with the global delivery company DHL to cover heavy checks on four of DHL’s Airbus A300-600 wide -bodied aircraft.

DHL Welcome Post-hr

  • Norwegian Scandinavian budget carrier agreed to lease 18 737s, including several Max variants from AerCap to build is fleet over the next two summer seasons.
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  • Alaska Airlines has switched its 737 Max order, adding the smaller 737Max 8 & the largest 737 Max 10 to its fleet.  The move will see Alaska exercise all its options, bringing the fleet size to 145.  The new breakdown of the fleet will see 60 737 Max 10s,70 Max 9s, and 15 Max 8s.
  • WestJet Group & Sunwing announced on March 2nd that they have reached a definitive agreement that WestJet Group of companies will acquire Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines.
  • Corendon Airlines of Turkey will take nine Boeing 737 Max jets from US Lessor Air Lease.  The airline will receive five 737Max 8 in the spring of this year and the rest to follow in the first quarter of 2023.


  • Etihad Airways has selected Boeing to provide the airline with the Jeppesen FliteDeck Advisor digital solution for the carrier’s 787 Dreamliner fleet.


  •   BOC Aviation Limited has announced it has agreed to purchase 11 new Boeing 737 Max-8 from Boeing for lease to Lynx Air.

Sources: Alaska Airlines, WestJet, Norwegian, FlightGlobal, Jaramco, DHL, Boeing, Etihad


                        Ethiopian Signs An MOU For Five Boeing 777-8 F Freighters


On March 4th, Boeing and its longstanding customer Ethiopian Airlines, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) with the intent to purchase of five 777-8 Freighters, the industry’s newest, most capable and most fuel-efficient twin-engine freighter.

The MOU to order the 777-8 Freighter will enable Ethiopian Airlines to meet the expanding global cargo demand fro its hub in Addis Ababa and position the carrier for long-term sustainable growth.

Boeing launched the new 777-8 Freighter in January of this year and has already booked 34 firm orders for the model, which features the advanced technology from the new 777X family and proven performance of the market-leading 777 Freighter.  With payload capacity nearly identical to the 747-400 Freighter and 30% improvement in Fuel Efficiency, emissions and operating costs, the 777-8 Freighter will enable a more sustainable and profitable business for operators.

Source: Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines, Picture Boeing


                 Italian Prosecutors To Wrap Probe On Boeing 787 Parts by July

The new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner taxis on the runway during it's first flight at the Charleston International Airport in North Charleston

Prosecutors investigating suspected flawed parts produced by Italian company for the Boeing787 Dreamliner are expected to wrap up probe by July; when they will say if the alleged defects could threaten the airplane safety, two sources said.

A team of independent experts appointed by the prosecutors in analyzing the components and their impact on the overall airworthiness of the aircraft, the sources close to the matter told Reuters.

The experts are currently focusing on the bigger components, including titanium parts that help secure the aircraft’s floor, which were removed in Italy from around 30 fuselages intended for Boeing 787 airplanes, a third source said.

Boeing said some 787 Dreamliner parts supplied by Italy’s Manufacturing Process  Specification(MPS) had been improperly manufactured, marking the latest in a series of industrial snags to hit the wide-body aircraft.

MPS and its now-bankrupt predecessor company Process Speciali had supplied floor fittings, spaces, brackets and clips to Italian aerospace group Leonardo, which makes two fuselage sections for the Boeing 787 at its plant in Grottaglie, near Brindisi.  Both Leonardo and Boeing have dropped MPS from their Supplier’ list.

In December of last year, prosecutors ordered the seizure of titanium and aluminum parts supplied by MPS and its Predecessor from Leonardo’s Grottaglie plant.

Initial results of the investigation launched by Brindisi prosecutors suggest that MPS and Process Speciali produced more than 4,000 flawed parts between 2016 and 2021 for the Boeing 787, the prosecutors said in a confidential report seen by Reuters in December.

Prosecutors allege that MPS or Process Speciali made parts using titanium and aluminum of different quality and origin from those ordered by the customer, breaching the relevant technical specifications.

Eight individuals, including the former head of MPS and former head of Processi Speciali, are under investigation for fraud and for actions threatening the safety of air transport.

Source: Reuters,Picture of Dreamliner Boeing.


Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

Kaplanian Report – February 2022

                                   ON THE BOEING FRONT

Boeing Launches 777-8 Freighter to Serve Growing Demand for Cargo


On January 31, Boeing launched the new 777-8 freighter and expanded its market-leading 777X and freighter families of jetliners with an order for up to 50 aircraft from one of the world’s largest cargo carriers, Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways will be the 777-8 Freighter launch customer with a firm order for 34 jets and options for 16 more, a total purchase that would be worth than $20 billion at current list prices and largest freighter commitment in Boeing history by value.

Featuring advanced technology from the new 777X family and proven performance of the market-leading 777 Freighter, the 777-8 Freighter will be the largest, longest-range and most capable twin-engine freighter in the industry.

With payload capacity nearly identical two the 747-400 Freighter and 25% improvement infield efficiency, emissions and operating costs, the 777-8 Freighter will enable a more sustainable and profitable business for operators.

As part of the agreement, Qatar Airways will convert 20 of its 60 777x family orders to the 777-8 Freighter. Qatar Airways is also ordering two current 777 Freighters to capitalize on the buoyant air cargo market. Customers from around the world have ordered more than 300 777 Freighters since the program began in 2005.

Source: Boeing, Picture Boeing

                             ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

                        Airbus to Lead Creation of Aircraft Lifecycle Center in China


Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tarmac Aerosave and the city of Chengdu to create the first sustainable aircraft lifecycle service center in China. The agreement will cover activities such as aircraft parking and storage, maintenance, upgrades, conversions, dismantling, and recycling services for various aircraft types.

The sides plan to sign a formal agreement on cooperation in mid-2022, in time to allow the start of operations at the end of 2023, subject to relevant regulatory approvals.

“This is another concrete contribution to the aviation industry’s quest for sustainability, supporting the principle of a circular economy in line with Airbus’ purpose to pioneer sustainable aerospace,” said Airbus Customer Services senior v-p Klaus Roewe.

“This unique center will support the expansion of Airbus’s aviation services while enabling the implementation of China’s Green Industry’ strategy.”

Tarmac Aerosave will bring 15 years of experience in aircraft dismantling to the project. Located in the same center, Airbus subsidiary Satair will acquire aging aircraft and distribute the resulting used parts to complete the full scope of lifecycle services. The facility will cover a surface area of 690,000 square meters and have a storage capacity of 125 aircraft.

Source: Airbus, Image Airbus             


                       Royaljet Group Expands Its Fleet with BBJ Acquisition

RoyalJet BBJ

RoyalJet has expanded its growing fleet with the acquisition of another Boeing Business Jet(BBJ). The purchase transaction was completed recently and the aircraft is currently undergoing technological and communications upgrades in Basel, Switzerland. It is expected to enter service with RoyalJet and be available for charter globally in April of this year.

Rob DiCastri, CEO of RoyalJet said “Fleet expansion, renewal and upgrade are integral elements of our ongoing customer experience transformation, allowing us to continue to provide an even more exceptional experience to our guests.” 

This Boeing Business Jet has 23 passenger VVIP interior with forward crew rest area for long journeys, and aft private master bedroom with private lavatory and shoer, and a mid-cabin open plan VVIP lounge. It has been finished with state of the art materials and custom configuration designed for functionality and maximum comfort and can sleep up to 12 in VVIP lie-flat seats and its queen sized bed.

This aircraft will also become the longest range BBJ in RoyalJet’s fleet, with auxiliary fuel tanks giving it the capability to fly non-stop for more than 12 hours and reach almost any destination globally with one short fuel stop. It will be the 14th aircraft in RoyalJet’s fleet, which will now include 11 BBJs— already by far the largest fleet of the type.

Source: RoyalJet, photo RoyalJet                                                                      



Czech carrier Smartwings has conducted a Boeing 737 Max service to Antarctica, landing the aircraft at the troll airfield on January 26. The airline says the Max 8 twinjet (OK-SWB) is the first from the re-engined family to arrive in Antarctica.  Troll station is sited on the edge of Antarctica closet to southern Africa.

Operated by the Norwegian Polar Institute, it has a 3,000m runway located at 1,232m altitude.

Smartwings says the aircraft departed Oslo, with a stop in the city of N’Djamena in Chad, before proceeding to Cape Town and then onwards to the polar region. 

“The runway surface was specifically prepared, the braking action measured by Norwegian Polar Institute prior to operation,” says the carrier. 

It adds that the crew comprising three experienced captains received continuous weather updates and report’s availability via datalink and satellite phone communications.  “The preparations took many months, the flight and landing went smoothly”, says Smartwings captain and flight director Tomas Nevole. Arctic survival training formed part of the preparatory work. 

Approval had to be obtained from Czech authorities to operate to trolls, it is an isolated airfield with no alternates. Smartwings says the aircraft was parked in Antarctica for 2 hours before taking off for the return journey. 

Sources: FlightGlobal,SmartWings,Picture Smatwings


                    ‘Fly Arna’ Armenia’s National Airlines Unveils Visual Brand Identity


The Armenian National Intersts Fund(ANIF) and Air Arabia Group, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) operator, revealed the visual brand identity of ‘Fly Arna’, Armenia’s national airline to be launched by their joint venture company.

The brand name ‘Arna’ is derived from Company’s official name Armenian National Airlines’ with ‘AR’ taken from Armenian, ’N’ from National and ‘A’ from Airlines. Chosen following a public competition, the name ‘Fly Arna’ was identified to be the most inclusive and reflective of the spirit of the joint venture company to transform the aviation sector of the country.

With its colors inspired by the Armenia flag, the ‘Fly Arna’ logo and brand identity was designed to reflect the young, modern and a value-driven national airline that strive to become the most accessible and sensible choice for air travel in Armenia and beyond.

David Papazian, CEO of ANIF, said: ‘Fly Arna’ s brand identity is truly reflective of the inspiring spirit and ethos of Armenia. Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia, said: “Fly Arna’s visual identity launch is an important progress in the journey towards the launch of the airline”.

‘Fly Arna’ follows Air Arabia Group’s successful low-cost model, taking Zvartnots/International Airport(EVN) in Yerevan as its base. The Airline Operation certificate (AOC) process has started and more details the launch date, fleet, and destination network will be announced in due course.

Source: The Armenian National Interests Fund, picture Fly Arna 

Ethiopian Resumes Boeing MAX Flights


Ethiopian Airlines has today (February 1) brought the 737 Max back into service, almost three years after a fatal crash of one of its aircraft prompted the global grounding of the type. The Star Alliance carrier had at the end of last year said it planned to return the type to service in February.

Ethiopian Airline chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam reiterates that the carrier’s decision to restore services with the Max comes after its recertification by regulators around the world and following the return to service of the type by 36 operators.

US regulators cleared the Max to fly again in November 2020, and Brazilian airline GOL was the first to bring the aircraft back into service the following month. China and Indonesian regulators, two of the jurisdictions to clear the type, have both now paved the way for the Max to return to service.

“In line with our initially stated commitment to become among the last airlines to return the Boeing 737 Max, we have taken enough time to monitor the design modification work and more than 20 months of rigorous recertification process. We have ensured that our pilots, engineers, aircraft technicians and cabin crew are confident of the safety of the fleet,” says GebreMariam.

Ethiopian notes the MAX has carried out more than 349,000 commercial flights and close to 900,000 total flight hours since the resumption of its operation a year ago.

The Airline executives and chairman, as well government officials and Boeing executives, were on board the first flight alongside customers.

Ethiopian Airlines has four Max aircraft in its fleet and further 25 on order-some of which will be delivered this year.

Source: Ethiopian,Picture Ethiopian


  • Cayman Airways takes delivery of its 4th Boeing 737 Max-8 on January 20th. The delivery flight was flown by Captain Perry Panton and first Officer Troy McCoy.

Cayman Airways

  • Lynx Air’s first painted Boeing 737 Max 8 has come out of the paint shop at Boeing pending delivery.
  • AJW Group an independent aircraft component parts, repair and supply chin solutions provider, and Honeywell, have announced a worldwide sole distributor agreement.
  • Caribbean Airlines has carried out its initial revenue flight with the fleet’s first Boeing 737 Max 8 on January 14, 2022.


  • US DOT has approved Scandinavian long-haul operator Norse Atlantic Airways’ application to operate scheduled and chartered service between Europe and the USA.
  • Southwest Airlines has selected Miami-based iAero Thrust to perform engine MRO and test services on CFM56 engines powering its Boeing 737NG fleet.
  • American Airlines Group said on Wednesday, February 2nd, it has agreed to by an additional 23 737 Max 8 aircraft from Boeing by exercising existing purchase options and deferring the delivery of some 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
  • Icelandair is to lease another pair 737 Max jets from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise to raise its capacity for the summer season.

Icelandic Air

Sources: AJW Group, Boeing, FlightGlobal, American Airline, Icelandair, Caribbean, Southwest Airlines


                           Airbus Slots A350F Between Twinjet Family’s Passenger Models


Airbus has confirmed that the A350 freighter will be 3m( 9 ft) shorter than the A350-1000 but 4m(13 ft) than the -900. The airframer puts the A350F’s overall length at 70.8m (232ft) compared with the 73.79m (242ft) of the -1000 ,but the wing span remains the same. Diagrams from Airbus indicate that the frame reduction is forward of the wing.

Airbus gives the range of the new freighter as 4,700nm (8700km) and confirms the maximum payload at 109t. The aircraft will have a maximum take-off weight of 319t, matching of the heaviest-1000 weight variant, and a maximum landing weight of 250t.

Its cargo hold will be capable of accommodating 30 AM containers or pallets on the main deck, plus 12 pallets of 40 LD3 containers on the lower deck.

Singapore Airlines, Air France, lessor Air Lease and cargo operator CMA CGM have all signed up either firmly or provisionally as customers for the new aircraft. They will be fitted with an aft cargo door and powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

“The A350 leverages all benefits of the A350 to help large wide body freight operators make a clean start towards a more sustainable and profitable future,” says Airbus.

Source: Airbus, picture Airbus

Qatar Cargo to Replace Entire ULD Fleet With Safran’s Fire Resistant Containers


Qatar Airways cargo announced that it is replacing its entire Unit Load Device (ULD) with fire resistant containers becoming the first carrier to do so.

This follows the International Air Transport Association(IATA) recent launch of its new industry certification—the Center of Excellence for Independent Validatars (CEIV) Lithium Battery—to improve the safe handling and transport of lithium batteries across the supply chain.

Qatar Airways has taken delivery of the initial batch of containers on September of 2021. The airline will replace its entire fleet of more than 10,000 ULDs with this unique container design, aiming to exchange 70% of the units during 2022, the airline said.

Safran Cabin’s newly developed Fire Resistant Containers are designed to resist a lithium-based fire for 6 hours, and are equipped with an innovative SEN (Secure, Ergonomic, and Non-Velcro) door made of high impact resistant materials and without the use of Velcro, making the container easy to maintain and optimizing the cost of ownership. Pascal Piveteau, EVP Cargo& Catering division from Safran Cabin welcomed the partnership with Qatar.

Sources: Safran Cabin, Qatar Airways, Picture Qatar

                                  China Airlines Orders Four More 777Fs

UT Air 737-800 air to air

China Airlines has placed an order for four additional Boeing 777 freighters, with deliveries slated to begin from 2023. The announcement will take the total number of 777Fs in the Taiwanese carrier’s fleet to 10 examples by 2024.

“The ongoing fleet acquisition program will boost operating performance by balancing network development and market movements against the aircraft replacement schedule,” states China Airlines, which also operates 18 747-400 freighters.

The airline took delivery of its first 777F in 2020, and now operates three examples. It states that two more are slated to be relived this year-end, another in 2023.

With passenger travel demanding the doldrums amid travel restrictions, China Airlines has pivoted to what it calls “cargo-centric business model”. In 2021, the airline mounted around 540 cargo flights a month, averaging 120 flights weekly.

Source: China Airlines, Boeing, Picture China Airlines


 Researched and Compiled by : 

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor  

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian  

Kaplanian Report – January 2022


                           2021 Marks the 25-Year Anniversary of Boeing Business Jets


The company established the first BBJ concept in 1996.  The program targeted a rich market of ultra-wealthy customers who wanted bigger, more comfortable business jets.

Boeing has a long history of manufacturing aircraft for commercial and private use but eventually combined the two products into an official line of business jets.

The first Boeing Business Jets concepts were imagined in 1996 by Phil Condit, president of Boeing, and Jack Welch, chairman & CEO of General Electric as a joint venture project.  Their first proposal was based on the Next-Generation 737-700 jet.

The plane could fly over 7,000 miles nonstop, connecting cities like New York to Tokyo and London to Johannesburg & offered ample cabin space.

The Program officially was launched in July 2, 1996, and the first BBJ, a 737-700 aircraft, was rolled out of the production line in Renton on July 26,1998.  The plane took its first flight on September 4th, 1998, captained by Mike Hewett and Mike Carriker and certified by the FAA and EASA on October 30th, 1998.

The First two BBJ737s were delivered the week on Nov. 23, 1998, with one going to General Electric and the other going to an undisclosed customer.  The best selling jets, based on the 737, were offered in the following three variants:

BBJ1 based on the 737-700

BBJ2 based on the 737-800

BBJ3 based on the 737-900ER

In 2014, Boeing launched the Boeing MAX business jet family, which offered lower cabin altitude, advanced-fuel saving systems and enhanced passenger comfort.

The three variants offered were as follows:

BBJ MAX 7 based on the 737 MAX 7

BBJ MAX 8 based on the 737 MAX 8

BBJ MAX 9 based on the 737 MAX 9

Since the launch the BBJ1, Boeing has added many aircraft types to the BBJ line like the 787, 777 and the 747-8.

Source: Boeing,Picture Boeing

                                     More Boeing 737 Max Slowly Returning to Service


Ethiopian Airlines intends to resume operations with Boeing 737 Max 8 jets next month.  The Addis Ababa-based carrier said on December 27th that it is in the “final stage” of returning the type to service, with first flight expected on February 1st.

Cirium fleets data shows Ethiopian has four 737 Max 8 jets in storage, with 25 on order.

Indonesia has lifted the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, becoming the latest Major Asia-Pacific jurisdiction to clear the type for return to service.

In a December 27th letter to Garuda, Indonesia and Lion Airlines, director general of civil aviation Novie Riyanto said the grounding was lifted, pending modifications to flight controls and indication/recording systems.

“DGCA Indonesia’s decision is an important milestone toward safely returning the 737 Max to service in Indonesia,” says Boeing.  “Boeing continues to work with regulators and customers to return the airplane to service worldwide”.

Sources: Ethiopian, Boeing,FlightGlobal



         Airbus Completes Formation of French Aerostructures Business


Airbus has formed a new French aerostructures business called Airbus Atlantic, a part of the airframer’s previously disclosed plan to reorganize its structures-manufacturing operations.

Established on January 1, 2022, Airbus Atlantic encompasses global operations of Airbus subsidiary Stelia Aerospace and Airbus-managed French aerostructures operations in Nantes and Montoir-de Bretagne, which is near Saint-Nazaire, the European airframer said on January 3rd.

Airbus, in April of last year, disclosed its intention to consolidate its aerostructures operations into two companies – one in France and one in Germany.  Airbus Atlantic is the new French operation.

Airbus Atlantic will be an essential element in the group’s value chain and will play a key role with regard to the aero structure supply chain.

Airbus has said the new German entity will combine its operations in Stade and Hamburg with Airbus-subsidiary Premium Aerotec’s operations Nordenham, Bremen and Augsburg.  Airbus assembles A320s in Hamburg, its German headquarters, producing vertical stabilizer and carbon fiber reinforced plastics in Stade. The premium Aerotec division produces fuselage sections, bulkheads and components for doors, floors and landing gears.

Airbus has not disclosed more details about the new German company.

Source: Airbus, picture Stelia Aerospace          



                       Jet Aviation Delivers its First 787-8 VVIP Completion

Jet Aviation handed over its first Boeing 787-8 with a VVIP cabin interior completion to an undisclosed customer.  Finishing the work on schedule, Jet Aviation took delivery of the green Boeing 787 at its completion center in Basel, Switzerland, in October 2019.

The company installed a low-weight, quiet cabin that was conceptualized by an external design studio and included a number of complex features engineered and produced in-house, Jet Aviation said.

“The exceptionally low cabin noise Jet Aviation achieved on this aircraft is a culmination of long-term collaborative research and development between us, universities, OEMs, and partner companies,” said Enrique Garrido Bosch, completion program director for the program.

Jet Aviation was able to keep the aircraft under target weight and maintain its schedule using existing EASA supplemental type certificate (STC) for certifying interior installations on Boeing 787s, added Jeremie Caillet, senior v-p of regional operations EMEA.  The STC was the first of its kind for a  completions center, he added.

Source: Jet Aviation


                              Gulfstream G500 & G600 Demonstrate Steep Approach


Both aircraft successfully demonstrated steep-approach landings into London City Airport in England, as well as Lugano Airport and Sion Airport in Switzerland.

The  Milestone demonstrations of low-speed handling and short-field landing capability were celebrated with new city-pair record run.

Following official Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) steep-approach certification, anticipated this year, the G500 and G600 will gain access to challenging airports such as London City, which requires the certification due to its short runway and stringent noise-abatement requirements, as well as Lugano and similar airports located in the mountainous region of Switzerland.  Lugano’s short runway, situated in the mouth of a valley, requires an extremely steep approach.

“The takeoff and landing performance we demonstrated in Europe was key in the process of securing customers’ access to even more locations worldwide, saving them even more valuable hours per year,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.   “ Our customers already benefit from GulfStream’s high-speed performance advantage when flying, the investment we’ve made in flight testing and continuous improvement delivers even more value with increased flexibility.”

Source: Gulfstream, Picture Gulfstream                                                                    


                                   Emirates Receives Its 123rd A380 Delivery


Emirates was the first airline to announce an order for the A380 at the 2000 Farnborough Air Show when the aircraft was marketed as the A3XX.  This was followed with a firm commitment and additional order for 15 more units at the 2001 Dubai Air Show, a bold statement just six weeks after the events of 9/11 challenged the industry like never before.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “The A380 is truly special aircraft in so many ways.  For Emirates, it gave us the opportunity to redefine the travel experience, efficiently serve demand at slot-constrained airports and bolster our network growth.  The A380 will remain Emirates’ flagship product for the coming years, and a vital pillar of our network plans.

“The aircraft we are receiving today features our latest cabin products including Premium Economy.  Compare it to our very first A380 delivered in 2008 and you will see a myriad of enhancements and upgrades invested in ensuring that the Emirates A380 experience is unparalleled.  We like to thank Airbus and all program partners for enabling us to push the envelope to introduce many innovative industry firsts, and importantly, deliver the best product for Emirates’ Customers.”

Source: Emirates,Picture Emirates

       CDB Aviation Completes the Deliveries of 15 New Boeing Aircraft To United Airlines


CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co. Ltd., has announced the completion of deliveries of a fleet of fifteen new Boeing aircraft to U.S.-based United Airlines Holdings, Inc. The sale and leaseback transaction covered a fleet of two 787-9 Dreamliners and thirteen 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which were delivered between 2020 and 2021.

The two 787-9s are powered by General Electric GEnx engines and configured in a 257 seat layout with new Polaris and Premium Plus cabins.  As air travel returns, these wide body aircraft are expected to deliver the advantages of lower fuel consumption and efficient economics to open new routes and markets.

The thirteen 737 MAX 8s aircraft, powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1B engines, feature a total of 166 seats in a 2-cabin layout.  The MAXs are operated on the carrier’s short-and medium-haul missions, delivering a reduced environmental impact and an enhanced passenger experience as United advances its long-term strategy to further entrench domestic operations.

Source: CDB Aviation, picture CDB aviation

                           Allegiant Confirms Major Order for Boeing’s 737 Max


Allegiant Travel, parent of US ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air, has ordered 50 Boeing Max jets and took options to acquire a further 50, with deliveries starting in 2023.

The Las Vegas-based company will acquire both 737 Max 7s and 737 Max 8-200s – a high-density variant of the baseline Max 8, Allegiant said on January 5th.

The deal is a major win for Boeing and notable in that Allegiant has aligned itself with the US manufacturer.  Currently, Allegiant Air flies only Airbus A320-family jets.

“Our approach to the fleet has always been opportunistic, and this exciting transaction with Boeing is no exception,” says Allegiant chief executive Maurice Gallagher.

Allegiant has long been known for jumping on attractive aircraft acquisition deals as they arise.  The airline company has not specified how it will split the order between Max 7s and Max 8-200s.  Deliveries will continue in 2024 and 2025, Allegiant says.

Allegiant also contracted with engine maker CFM International to maintain the jets’ Leap 1B turbofans for 12 years, it says.

Sources: Boeing, Allegiant, picture Boeing

                            Garmin Secures Flight Deck for Electric Airliner

es-19_united Garmin

Garmin has added electric aircraft developer Heart Aerospace to the list of customers for its G3000 integrated flight deck, making further inroads into avionics supply for new-technology aircraft manufacturers.

The G3000 suite will be fitted into Heart’s 19-seat ES-19 regional airliner, which has a conditional order for 100 aircraft from United Airlines and an option for an additional 100.  With a range of 250 miles, the ES-19 is powered entirely by batteries and electric motors and expected to enter service in 2026.

Headquartered in Sweden at Gothenburg’s Save Airport, Heart has partnered with Spain’s Aero Nova to build the ES-19’s aluminum airframe.  The ES-19 features four propulsion units mounted on a high wing, a T-tail empennage, and retractable landing gear.

The G3000 avionics include high-resolution flight displays and touchscreen controllers that support navigation, communication, and flight sensor solutions and integrates seamlessly into the ES-19, aircraft systems, according to Garmin.

“We are confident in Heart’s practical, market-driven approach to expanding the regional air transport market with the introduction of the first all-electric airliner,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin v-p of aviation and marketing, ”whose lower operating costs have the potential to enable more universal access to air travel and broader network of short-haul flights.”

Source: Heart Aerospace,Picture Heart Aerospace      



  • HAECO MRO firm has completed cabin reconfiguration work on its first Aeroflot Boeing 777-300ER. The new configuration takes total capacity to 427 seats, up from 402 previously, says HAECO.
  • China Regulator says there is still a huge amount of testing to be done for the home grown narrow body C919 aircraft to be certified.
  • Finnair Oneworld alliance carrier is to open a new US gateway by operating services to Seattle on June 1st.


  • Canada’s Flair Airlines plans to double the size of its fleet over the next two years through the addition of 14 Boeing 737 Max 8s beginning this year.
  • Iraqi Airways has taken delivery of its first out of five A220-300 aircraft from Mirabel, Canada. Upon entry into service, Iraqi will become the first airline to operate the A220 in the Middle East region.


  • The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has received the last of its nine Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft, with the twinjet having landed at its Lossiemouth base in Scotland on January 11th.

RAF Poseidon

  • US Lessor Azorra has signed for 22 Airbus A220s which include a pair of ACJ TwoTwenty business jet variants.
  • Airbus, Boeing Deliveries and orders in 2021 Airbus managed to exceed its full-year target after handing over a total of 611 jets last year and Boeing wins the annual jet order on adjusted basis.  Shares in Boeing rose around 2% after the closely watched data showed it ended 2021 with 535 net orders after cancellations and conversations that were partially offset by regular accounting adjustments.  Gross orders were 909.  Airbus sold 771 airplanes in 2021, giving it a total of 507 after cancellations, almost twice its 2020 level.  Boeing largely met analyst expectations on aircraft deliveries, handing over 340 aircraft to customers in 2021, up from 157 in 2020.
  • Irkut has secured initial Russian type certification for the MC-21-300 twinjet, four-and-a half years after the aircraft’s maiden flight.The MC-21-300 variant is powered by Pratt &Whitney PW1400G engines.


  • Senior plc, an international manufacturer of high technology components and systems announced on January 11 that it was awarded new multi-year contracts from Boeing to supply both floor beam assemblies for the 767 and quadrant assemblies for flight-control systems on the 737 and 777.

Sources:  FlightGlobal,Emirates,Boeing ,Airbus, Finnair, Iraqi Airways.


                                                     UPS Orders 19 More 767 Freighters


Express package specialist UPS has ordered another 19 Boeing 767 Freighters, handing another win to the US airframer at a time of robust demand for air cargo.  Deliveries will run from 2023 to 2025.

The orders come in a “record-breaking year for Boeing freighter sales”, Boeing says.  ”In 2021, air cargo demand has surged due to an expansion of e-commerce and express cargo markets.”

Boeing has taken orders fo 80 new freighters and for “more than” 80 passenger-to-freighter aircraft conversions in 2021, it adds.

UPS is among Boeing’s top freighter customers.  The airline’s fleet includes 75 757Fs, 79 767Fs, 12 747-400FS and 26 747-8Fs.  It also operates 42 MD-11Fs and 52 Airbus A300Fs, according to Cirium fleets data.

Demand for freighter aircraft has boomed in recent years, partly because airlines grounded many wide body passenger jets during the pandemic, resulting in less capacity for cargo in the bellies of passenger aircraft.  Boeing predicts demand for air cargo to increase 4% annually over the next 20years.

Sources: UPS, Cirium fleets data, Boeing Picture Boeing

                           Atlas Air Worldwide Orders Another Four 777-LRFs


US air cargo company Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has ordered four freighters, handing  the airframer another in a string of recent freighter wins.

Atlas expects to receive the first of the jets in November, with the remaining three aircraft to arrive in 2023, the New York-based company said on January 6.

Long-time Boeing customer Atlas, which owns several airlines and an aircraft leasing company, ordered the four freighters in December but waited until this month to dispose the news.

The additional 777Fs will help Atlas “capitalise on strong demand for dedicated airfreight capacity”, says the company’s chief executive John Dietrich.

Also in 2022, Atlas intends to receive from Boeing four new 747-8Fs—the last of that type Boeing expects to produce.

Atlas and its subsidiaries have more than 100 Boeing jets, including 737-800Fs, 747-400Fs, 747-8Fs, 767Fs and 14 777Fs, according to the company and Cirium data.  The carriers also operate Boeing passenger aircraft.

Customers ordering Boeing freighters in recent months include FedEx, Lufthansa Cargo, Maersk and Silk Way West.

Sources: Atlas Air, Boeing, Picture Boeing



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Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

Kaplanian Report – December 2021


                        Boeing’s 777X Hitting Performance Goals

Boeing’s 777-9 is meeting performance expectations and the company still expects to begin delivering the jets in late 2023, despite repeated delays and close scrutiny by regulators.

The 777-9 makes its international debut at the Dubai air show; the flight test airplane made a nearly 15-hour nonstop flight from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Dubai. It was the first international flight and longest flight to date for the 777X as it continues to undergo a rigorous test program.

“The airplane is performing well and in-line with our customer commitments,” Boeing chief executive David Calhoun said on October 27. “We will validate these results. Nothing at this moment in time… has suggested that the 777-9 plan isn’t workable,” he adds.

Boeing’s late-2023 timeline reflects the federal Aviation Administration’s closer review of the jet, which has already included what Calhoun calls “pauses”. He says the PAA has taken the position of ”Boeing, get your house in order before we run this test.” 

Boeing remains confident on the current timeline of its 777X. The four-aircraft 777x fleet has now accumulated 1,700h across 600 flights and is “doing well and seeing it performing as predicted”, says pre-Dubai air show briefing Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president for commercial sales and marketing.

Separately, Calhoun says Boeing is “evaluating the timing of launching a freighter version of the 777X”, though he provided no details.

Source: Boeing


   A380 Reprieve Would Have Worsened Airbus Pandemic Strain: Faury

Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury believes the airframes’s pandemic-related predicament over the last 18 months would have been far worse had it not independently opted to terminate the A380 program.

Emirates has become the latest to scrap early-delivery aircraft, after tying up with a recycling firm to assist with dismantling its first A380. The jet was delivered in July 2008. Initial aircraft for Singapore Airlines and Air France have also been broken up.

Airbus halted the A380 program in February 2019, one of the final acts of Faury’s predecessor Tom Enders, after Emirates – which was single-handedly keeping the program afloat – slashed its backlog for the type. 

“Honestly, with the benefit of hindsight and it’s always easier to be smart afterwards, we stopped it ahead of Covid, and it was really the right thing to do,” Faury tells FlightGlobal.  “We’d have been in much more difficult spot with the A380 still in full swing in the midst of Covid.”

“I think what was important for the Airbus decision to terminate the A380 was size of the market for that product and the evolution of technology that gives an edge to the long-range twin-engined wide body,” says Faury.

Source: Airbus, FlightGlobal


                GulfStream to Open Mesa Service Center in Arizona


Gulfstream Aerospace plans to build a 225,000 sq-ft service center at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, the Savannah, Georgia airframes’s first facility in Arizona.

Gulfstream officials “have looked long and hard to find the right place to build” such a facility, Gulf Stream president Mark Burns said during an announcement on Tuesday November 9th.

A more than $70 million investment, the new service center will create more than 200 jobs and expand Gulfstream’s MRO capabilities in the western U.S. It follows recent company-owned service center expansions in Savannah; Van Nuys, California; Forth Worth, Texas: Palm Beach, Florida; Appleton, Wisconsin; and Farnborough, England. The Mesa facility is expected to open in 2023. 

The company is working with the airport authority to use green power from the airport’s electrical utility, in addition to installing solar panels. ”In the past decades our fleet has grown, we have invested to create a network of modern facilities to provide customers with outstanding service and support when and where they need it,” said Burns.

Source: Gulfstream Aerospace,Image Gulfstream      

            De Havilland Resumes Dash 8 Work Following Strike 

De Havilland

Following a three-month workforce strike, Canadian airframer De Havilland Canada has resumed Dash 8-400 completion work-but only temporarily.

The Company still intends to move forward with previously announced plan to shatter its Dash 8 manufacturing facility in Toronto, then restart production at a different site when market conditions improve, De Havilland said on November 8th. 

The company has restarted the work of “ completing aircraft currently under production”, it says. The restart comes after members of union UNFor ratified a contract on October 26.

Workers at De Havilland’s site in the Downview section of Toronto started striking in July, a move the union attributed partly to job uncertainty. 

De Havilland’s parent acquired the Dash 8 operation from Bombardier in 2019, but De Havilland’s lease at the site is set to expire this year. Earlier this year, citing the pandemic, De Havilland said it would stop Dash 8-400 production after existing orders are filled. That process is now starting.

De Havilland Canada will also begin the process of decommissioning the facility,” De Havilland said on November 8. The manufacturing equipment will be decommissioned and stored while De Havilland Canada reviews future production opportunities.” De Havilland has not said how much longer the site will remain active or how many undelivered Dash8s it has on hand. Cirium data shows that De Havilland holds unfilled orders for eight Dash 8-400s.

The Company aims to resume new aircraft production at a new site at the earliest possible time, subject to market demand the company adds.

Source: De Havilland, Picture De Havilland


                            GE9X Clears Dust-Ingestion Test Milestone


GE Aviation has completed dust-ingestion testing on its new GE9X engine for the Boeing 777X, as the propulsion specialist eyes a potential third application for the wide body turbofan.

Performed at the manufacturer’s facility in Peebles, Ohio, the trial saw the 110,000lb – thrust-class power plant run for a total of 1,600 cycles while a stream of dust particles was injected into the engine. 

“We really put it to the test,”says Karl Sheldon, program manager for the GE9X. But borescope inspections of the turbofan after 1,500 cycles”looked really good”, particularly the hot section”. “That is why we were able to extend the test for a 100 cycles beyond what we had planned.”

A full module and component tear-down will be performed over the coming weeks to verify the initial findings, he adds, with the results available in early 2022.

GE obtained US certification  for the GE9X in September 2020 and Sheldon says the next step is a 3,000-cycle ETOPS test at Peebles which should complete in the first half of next year.

In addition, the company continues to work towards european certification for the engine; Sheldon anticipates the milestone in late this year or early next year.

Further out, he sees the likely application for the GE9X on a freighter version of the 777X.

Meanwhile, GE is still waiting for the exact specifications from Boeing for the smaller but longer-range-8 variant of the 777X before defining the exact thrust requirements for the GE9X on that aircraft, says Sheldon. 

Source: GE Aviation 

                             Boeing Delivers Norway’s First P8-A Poseidon 

The Boeing Company

First Norway P-8 Poseidon Delivery at the Museum of Flight – November 18, 2021

Boeing delivered Norway’s first P-8A maritime patrol aircraft on 18 November at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field. The Royal Norwegian Air Force has ordered five of the type. The Country’s P-8A scheduled to begin maritime patrol duties from Evenes Air Station in Norway’s high north in two years, says Boeing.

P-8As are submarine-and ship-hunting aircraft that carry a small arsenal of torpedoes, anti-ship missiles and radar for tracking targets.

“Norway is responsible for large maritime areas in a strategically important part of the world, and the new P-8A Poseidon will represent a tremendous improvement in our ability to both protect our sovereignty and understand developments in these areas,” says Matte Sorfonden, director general of the Norwegian Defense Material Agency.

The P-8A has a 737-800 fuselage mated with a 737-900ER wing. Boeing says the aircraft has 86% parts commonality with Commercial 737NGs. Borrowing from the airliner’s supply chain helps keep a lid on support costs.

Many navies and air forces are replacing aging turboprop Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft with P-8As. In the case of Norway, five Poseidons will replace its fleet of six P-3 Orions and two Dassault DA-20 Jet Falcons.  Boeing says Norway’s four remaining P-8As are in advanced stages of production and are scheduled to be delivered in 2022.

Norway’s first P-8A is the 142th example of the type delivered. Other operators include the Indian navy, the Royal Australian Air Force, UK Royal Air Force and US Navy. Boeing says initial deliveries of the Poseidon to the Royal New Zealand Air Force, South Korean navy and German navy will take place in 2022, 2023 and 2024 respectively.

Source: Boeing,Picture Boeing

                           Indian Start-Up Akasa Air Signs for 72 Boeing 737 Max Jets


Indian start-up carrier Akasa Air has placed firm orders for 72 Boeing 737 Max aircraft including some for the higher- density Max 8-200.  The order was announced November 16 at the Dubai air show.

Plans for the carrier first emerged in October, as Akasa outlined its intention to begin flights in the summer of 2022.

Akasa chief executive Vinay Dube says: “We believe that the new 737 Max airplane will support our aim of running not just a cost-efficient, reliable and affordable airline, but also an environmentally friendly company.

“India is one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in the world with an unparalleled potential.  We are already witnessing a strong recovery in air travel and see decades of growth ahead of us.”

Dude is the former chief executive of Jet Airways, which operated Boeing 737 Max aircraft prior to its collapse two years ago.  SpiceJet is the only active Max operator in India.

While no specific breakdown has been given on how many of the 737-8s will be the higher density version, Boeing vice-president commercial marketing Darren Hulst said it would be a “significant number” of both.

Source: Boeing


    New Canadian Low-Cost Carrier Lynx Air To Launch In Early 2022

Lynx Air

A new Canadian ultra-low- cost carrier called Lynx Air is set to launch flight operations the first quarter of 2022.

The Calgary-headquartered company was formerly called Enerjet, which offered charter flights serving Canada’s oil and gas industry.

The carrier says on November 16 that it changed its name, appointed its management team and plans to announce its schedule “soon”. It’s looking to replicate in Canada the low-cost model which has revolutionized air travel across Europe and the United States, offering low fares, flexibility and choice.

“We believe that there are people in Canada who can’t afford travel or travel as much as they would like to, and what to do is to make travel accessible to everyone in Canada,” chief executive Merren McArther said on November 17.

Lynx will launch operations with three Boeing Max 8, which McArther says will be delivered in the first quarter of 2022. The aircraft will have a single class configuration with 189 seats. The carrier hopes to grow to 46 jets in the next seven years.

“ Boeing’s newest 737 aircraft enables the lowest cost operation of any aircraft in its market segment, making it a great fit for Lynx Air’s ultra low-cost business model,” said Brad McMullen, Senior Vice President of Sales, North America, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. ”Passengers can feel confident in Lynx Air’s choice of model fleet, knowing this latest generation of aircraft are designed to offer the greatest flexibility, reliability and efficiency in the single-aisle market.”

McArther says the airline’s goal is not to grab market share from rival carriers. Rather, the company wants to tap into the still pent-up demand following the almost-two-year coronavirus crisis that kept travelers at home.

Source: Lynx Air, Aviation Pros, Picture Lynx Air


  • Collins Aerospace has entered into a long-term agreement to support Japan Airlines’ (JAL) fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft through its Dispatch flight hour program. Dispatch guarantees the availability of high-performance avionics and communications assets to customers around the globe.
  • Safran has signed agreements with VietJet Air and Bamboo Airways worth $2.3 billion related to engines for 50 Airbus A321neos and thirty Boeing 787-9s.


  • Cayman Airways to relaunch the New York route this month using their new Boeing 737 Max 8 jet and retires the last 737-300.

Cayman 737-8 MAX 8 VP-CIW (07)(Grd) MIA (BD)(46)-625x417

  • VietJet Air has confirmed it will lease up to three Airbus A330s, as a part of fleet development plans.
  • Singapore Airlines expects to resume 737 MAX flights before the end of this year.
  • AerCap has completed its acquisition of US leasing giant GECAS, a transaction which gives General Electric around a 46% shareholding in AerCap.
  • Ryanair 737 Max 8-200 fleet stands at 20 jets and exceeds expectations and expects to have over 65 of the new variant in its group fleet by summer of 2022.

  *Flybe takes delivery of its first De Havilland Canada Dash8-400 twin turboprop at its new Birmingham airport home. The aircraft is the first of the type leased from Nordic Aviation Capital.


Sources: Ryanair, Collins Aerospace, Safran, Airbus, Singapore Airlines, Cayman Airways, FlightGlobal.


                       ATSG Selects Boeing for Next Converted Freighter

767-300BCF freighter

Air Transport Services Group, Inc., the world’s largest lessor of 767-300 converted freighters, has contracted with Boeing for the conversion of four aircraft to 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighters(BCF).

“Our continued confidence in the 767-300 platform, now coupled with the services and support of the OEM, reinforces our commitment to deliver best-in class reliable services to our customers,” said Mike Berger, chief commercial officer of ATSG. ”We’re proud to partner with Boeing as we expand our fleet to meet growing demand and look forward to future growth together.”

The 767-300BCF now has more than 100 orders and commitments around the globe, providing wide body converted freighter capability to meet market demand, and building on a record year for customer orders of Boeing’s family of freighters.

“We are honored that ATSG has decided to make to make the 767-300BCF an integral part of their fleet expansion strategy, supporting customers looking to capitalize on strong e-commerce demand,” said Jens Steinhagen, director of Boeing Converted Freighters. ”As the OEM, Boeing has the original design data, robust supply chains, and dependable delivery schedules that benefit BCF customer such as ATSG. With that OEM advantage, we stand ready to meet ATSG’s needs by bringing forward market-leading 767-300BCFs into its fleet.” 

ATSG is a global leader in cargo leasing, operating a fleet of 106 Boeing aircraft, including more than ninety 767 converted freighter.

Source: Boeing, Picture Boeing

                            CMA CGM Second to Commit to A350 Freighter


French logistics firm CMA CGM Group has become the second customer for the new Airbus A350 freighter after signing a memorandum of understanding covering the purchase of four of the type. The aircraft will be operated by the group’s recently launched cargo unit CMA CGM Air Cargo.

The Commitment, which Airbus expects to be finalized soon, comes days after Air Lease placed the first provisional order for the type during the Dubai air show. Air Lease is taking seven A350Fs.

CMA CGM already operates five A330-200Fs. In September, the French firm also detailed plans to add a pair of Boeing 777 Freighters.

Source: CMA CGM Group


 Researched and Compiled by : 

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor  

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian  

Kaplanian Report – November 2021


  Boeing 737 MAX Test Flight for China A Success

Boeing Co’s 737 MAX test flight for China’s aviation regulator in August was successful and Boeing hopes a two-year grounding will be lifted this year, the head of Boeing’s china said.

“It went off without a hitch,” Boeing China President Sherry Carbary of the test flight, speaking on the sidelines of Airshow China, the country’s biggest air show. 

Boeing working with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) as it sifts through data and finalists reports before deciding whether the plane can be returned to service, Carbary said.  

The ban, which has been lifted in the West and several Asian countries, could be eased in China around November, people close to the matter have told Reuters.

“We are hopeful it will happen by the end of the year,” Carbary said, declining to be more specific. ”It is up to CAAC. But WE can tell you we are doing all we can to support them and we’re encouraged about how closely they are working with the US.”

The company’s China sales have also been hobbled by U.S. China trade tensions.

Source: Reuters

Boeing Sets up Two 767 Freighter Conversion Lines with GAMECO

Guagzhou-based GAMECO will open two Boeing 767 passenger -to- freighter production lines, becoming the first MRO provider in China to join the Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) program for the 767-300.

The announcement, made during the 2021 edition of Airshow Chinain Zhuhai, will also see GAMECO become China’s first MRO provider to run conversion lines for both the 737-800, as well as the 767-300. 

The Chinese MRO first began work on the 737-800BCFs in late 2019, and steadily ramped up production capacity by opening two more lines in its Guangzhou base.  The 767 conversion lines will also be sited in Gangzhou, says GAMECO chief Norbert Marx. “The introduction of the 767-300BCF program further grows GAMECO’s regional presence and enhances our strategic focus around meeting customer demand. We will open the 767-300BCF conversion lines inner new hanger.” Marx adds.

Source: Boeing,  



             Airbus Seeks More Performance and Efficiency from Wings

Airbus confirmed towards the end of September it has been working on what it calls an “extra performing wing” that will be able to adapt its shape, span, and surface during flight. The completely new design of the wing aims to generate additional operating efficiencies and reduce fuel burn and carbon dioxide emissions. A scaled demonstrator integrated on a Cessna VII business jet is scheduled to fly by the middle of the decade, Airbus chief technical officer Sabine Klauke said during the company’s sustainability summit at its Toulouse headquarters.

The project is running in tandem with Airbus’s Wing of Tomorrow (WoT) research program, which focuses on exploring new materials, new technologies in aerodynamics and wing architecture, plus how wing manufacturing and industrialization can be improved to meet future demand. The extra-performance wing demonstrator project focuses on accelerating and validating technologies that will improve and optimize wing aerodynamics and performance for any future aircraft. The two projects are completely complementary, stressed Klauke, noting they both contribute to the company’s decarbonation roadmap.

“Airbus is continuously investigating parallel and complementary solutions such as infrastructure, flight operations, and aircraft structure,” she said. The extra-performing wing technologies are inspired by biomimicry, stimulating the wings and feathers of a soaring. Various technology bricks will be investigated to enable the active control of the new wing, including gust sensors, pop-up spoilers or plates that are rapidly deflected perpendicular to airflow, multifunctional trailing edges that dynamically change wing surface in flight, and a semi-aeroelastic hinge.

Britain’s multi-technology tier one aerospace supplier GKN Aerospace delivered the wing’s composite fixed trailing edge from its UK-based global technology center in Bristol to Airbus’s wing-production plant in Broughton. ”The manufacturing of the first composite fixed trailing edge under the WoT program is great achievement,” said John Pritchard, GKN’s civil airframe president.

“We are proud to be on board of Airbus’ WoT research program. The manufacturing of lighter, stronger, and low maintenance composite wing structures will contribute to the sustainability goals of the aerospace industry and help shape the future of flight.”

Source: Airbus


Regional/Business Jets

      Italy Continues Commitment to Piaggio with an Order for Six P180s

Italy has formalized an order for six Piaggio Aerospace P180 Avanti Evo turbo- props for the country’s armed forces. Signed by defense minister Lorenzo Guerni on October 1st, the commitment is valued at $198 million.

The deal also includes the provision of a P180 full flight simulator and continued maintenance of the Rolls-Royce Viper engines powering the The Aeramacchi MB-339s operated by the Italian Force’s Frecce Tricolore display team.

Piaggio Aerospace has been in extraordinary administration—a form of business rescue—since 2018, with a sale process down to a final bidder. Notably, these six aircraft bring the total order portfolio of the P180, including private customers, to 20 units. 

Vincenzo Nicastro, Piaggio Aerospace’s commissioner, says the order shows the Italian government fulfilling its commitment to the company’s turnaround.

Source: Piaggio Aerospace

           Florida-based VIP Completions Refurbished Boeing 767 Business Jet


Florida-based VIP Completions is taking on what it said is its biggest project yet: a comprehensive interior and exterior refurbishment of a Boeing 767 business jet. Delivery of the refurbished aircraft is scheduled before the end of this year.

The Cabin has been divided into six spaces, the cornerstone of which is the main lounge. It is equipped with an 80-inch video monitors DJ station with an “audiophile-caliber” sound system, and a full dining table. Other spaces include a master bedroom with a queen-size bed and a suite bathroom and two lounge areas that can be converted to bedrooms.

With seating for 33 passengers, the cabin sleeps 16. Two galleys, conference room and seating for eight; plus four lavatories, two with showers round out the new cabin. A custom cabin management system controls high-speed controls, high-speed internet, high definition audio and LED lighting. The aircraft’s exterior features a paint scheme of black, white, and pearl colors accented by a carbon fiber effect on the cowlings.

“While we have successfully completed VIP wide body projects in the past, including multiple BBJs, 757s and others; this project is the biggest in our company’s history,” said VIP Completions president Ben Shirazi.

“Beyond its size and the potential that it offers, the 767 stands out from other VIP wide body platforms because of its range, altitude, and speed capabilities.”

Source: VIP Completions, Picture VIP Completions


                    Tata Confirms Selection As Winning Air India Bidder


Executives from Indian conglomerate Tata Sons have confirmed the group has won the bidding for struggling national carrier Air India.

“I am confident the Tata Group will restore the glory of Air India”, said a gracious Singh SpiceJet founder Ajay Singh who submitted the other bid for the flag carrier.

Statement from Tata Sons chairman N. Chandrasekaren call it “a historic moment, and it will be a rare privilege for our Group to own and operate the country’s flag-bearer airline.” He paid tribute to J.R.D. Tata, whom he called a “pioneer of Indian aviation, whose memory we cherish.”

Air India becomes Tata’s third airline acquisition. It holds a majority stake in full-service Vistara with Singapore Airlines and AirAsia India with Malaysian AirAsia.

Once the sale closes by the end of the year, Tata will get  full its profitable subsidiary Air India Express. 50 percent of its share of the joint venture with Singapore Airport Terminal Services, which provides handling services across airports in India.

Air India’s fleet consists of a mix of 117 wide-and narrow-body aircraft and Air India Express flies 24 Boeing 737-800s. In 2020, Air India flew 63 million passengers, giving it a 26 percent market share on 172 domestic routes. It operates 70 international routes, more than any other Indian carrier. More than two-thirds of its consolidated revenues come from the international market.

Sources: Tata Bros, AIM, FlightGlobal

             Japan Clears ANA to Switch Pilots Between A320s & A380s


Japanese operator All Nippon Airways is introducing mixed-fleet flying between the Airbus A380 and A320 family, enabling crews to switch between long-and short haul operations.

ANA will be the first carrier to bring in the capability between the types, following clearance from the Japanese civil aviation regulator. The carrier has three A380s, which were introduced to operate services to Hawaii, as well as some 40 A320-family jets.

Airbus mixed-fleet flying enables pilots to be cleared to operate more than one type from the airframes’s range-allowing crews to be utilized more efficiently. “It also enables airlines to interchange differently-sized aircraft at short notice without crew-scheduling difficulties, allowing them to better match aircraft capacity to passenger demand,” says Airbus.

Source: All Nippon Airways, Picture Airbus

   Flyr to Take up to 10 Boeing 737 Max-8 Aircraft From Air Lease 


Norwegian start-up has signed a letter of intent to lease six new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from US lessor Air Lease next year. The first aircraft will be delivered early next year and the carrier aims to have all six aircraft in service during the first half of 2022. Flyr has also taken options on four more aircraft for delivery in 2023.

“The decision to choose the latest generation of brand-new Boeing aircraft is in line with the authorities’ goal of a more sustainable development in aviation,” Flyr chief executive Toje Wikstrom Frislid says.

Flyr launched flights at the end of June, initially on domestic flights, using a Boeing 737-800. The airline in August launched its first international flights, serving Alicante, Nice and Malaga. Cirium fleets data shows the airline operates four 737-800s.

Source: Air Lease Corp., Picture Flyr


  • Flair Airline will add four new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to its fleet in April and May 2022. The additional planes should help Flair to grow its spring schedule by 33%, according to the airline’s statement on October 19, 2021.
  • Alitalia sells the brand to ITA-Italia Transporto Aereo, including the domain http://www.Alitalia.com  for 90 million euros.
  • Icelandair is considering adding up to three more Boeing 737 Max 8s to its fleet to provide additional capacity ahead of next year’s summer season.
  • Bonza, a new low-cost carrier named Bonza aims to commence services with Boeing 737 Max aircraft in Australia next year.


  • India Navy is continuing to expand its long-range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare capabilities with the delivery of the country’s 11th P-8I.


  • Alaska Airlines to add the former SunExpress Airlines of Germany. The aircraft is 737 Max 9 as the airline elected to cancel its order for any Max aircraft.
  • TUI Group travel group to amalgamate its five individual airlines under a single leadership, bundling key functions together in order to streamline operations.
  • Gulf Air started direct twice weekly flight from Bahrain to Tel Aviv on September 30th.
  • Recaro Aircraft Seating is to equip Qatar Airways with its brand new CL3810 economy class seat. Starting at the end of 2022, twenty shipsets of the CL3810 will be installed on the new A321neo fleet.
  • Spirit Airlines is sticking with Pratt & Whitney geared turbofans to power at least another incoming Airbus A320neo- family jets


Sources: Alaska Airlines, Gulf Air, Boeing, Recaro Aircraft Seating, Spirit Airlines


                     Europe’s Last MD-11 Exits Lufthansa Cargo Service


Lufthansa Cargo’s last Boeing MD-11 freighter completed its final service with European carrier on October 17, before its sale to US operator Western Global Airlines.

It marks the end of service for the three-engine type at Lufthansa Cargo after more than 23 years in the carrier’s fleet and also likely end of MD-11 operations with any carrier based outside the USA.

“We are very grateful to our MD-11f fleet for over two decades of loyal service,” says Lufthansa Cargo chief executive Dorothea von Boxberg.”The decisive factor for the introduction of the MD-11F at Lufthansa Cargo in the late nineties was significantly better fuel efficiency compared to the wide body freighter previously used.In the future we will rely on the twin-engine Boeing 777F for the same reason.”

The only registered MD11F to a carrier outside the USA a single Saudia freighter which is in storage and due to be retired in December of this year.

With the departure of its final MD-11, Lufthansa Cargo becomes an all-Boeing 777 Freighter operator, with 11 of the type in service, according to Cirium.

Source: Lufthansa, Picture Lufthansa

     CMA CGM to Supplement New Air Cargo Fleet With 777Fs 


French logistics firm CMA CGM Group is supplementing its new air cargo operation with a pair of Boeing 777-200LRFs. The company is to purchase the two General Electric GE90-powered aircraft having previously established the new division with a fleet of Airbus A330-200 Fs.

CMA CGM Air cargo was set up in February this year and started in services in March. It expanded from an initial service on the Liege-Chicago route to include routes to New York,Atlanta and Dubai.

CMA CGM says the 777Fs will give the carrier “flexibility” as its air freight network broadens. Boeing has secured total orders for 272 777Fs.

Source: CMA CGM, Picture CMA CGM Group           


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Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor  

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian  

Kaplanian Report October 2021


 Boeing Reaches $1 Billion in Online Orders in Record Time for the Company


The milestone was driven by e-commerce advancements and increased demand from commercial services customers, indicating the continued market recovery from the impact of COViD-19.

“We’re seeing innovation accelerated by necessity across our services business as the aerospace industry emerges from one of the toughest periods we’ve faced,” said Ted Colbert, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Global Services.  “The aftermarket supply chain solutions Boeing provides, such as parts support, are essential service for our customers as they emerge from the pandemic. The digital advancement that we’re driving enables us to be nimble in our response to uneven recovery and simplify how Boeing supports our customers.”

As of 2021, customers are now able to purchase from all product lines on the Boeing Distribution,Inc.(formerly Aviall) online parts page. Previously, there were portions of the aftermarket parts offerings that were only available via phone or email purchasing.

A concentrated effort by Boeing’s distribution and technology teams accelerated reaching the milestone by enabling customers to use e-commerce online purchasing, increasing the digital customer navigation and live chat functionality, is focused on simplifying transactions and solving for issues that typically cause challenges when buying online.

Aftermarket customers can access more than 16 million parts with Boeing, as well as 24/7 technical expertise and support on spare parts issues.

As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 160 countries.  As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact.

Source: Boeing,Picture BoeingGlobal Services distribution center


Ethiopian Airlines & Boeing Have Signed Strategic MOU to Position Ethiopia as Africa’s Aviation Hubs   


Ethiopian Airlines Group and the Boeing company have signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) on positioning Ethiopia as an aviation hub for Africa.  Building on the two parties’ seventy years of shared history in aviation, the MoU aims at positioning Ethiopia as Africa’s aviation hub.

Boeing has recognized Ethiopian as a global aviation leader in the continent.  The MoU is indicative of Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines interest to establish a mutually beneficial world class aviation partnership.  To realize their shared vision, Ethiopian and Boeing have agreed to work in partnership in areas of  strategic collaboration namely: Industrial Development, Advanced Aviation Training, Educational Partnership, and Leadership Development in a span of three years.  To this effect, joint multidisciplinary teams have been established to implement the strategic partnership and important milestones have already been registered.

Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO Of Ethiopian said,”I am very much thrilled not only to sign this historic MoU with our long-standing partner,Boeing but also to the implementation of milestones.We have been working in collaboration with Boeing on different large-scale projects in aviation for more than 70 years to serve the continent of Africa and this partnership expands and builds our ability in multiple fields.  I have a firm conviction that with our dedication in its implementation, the MoU will successfully attain its goal of positioning Ethiopia as the Continent’s aviation hub.  We highly value the critical role of our American partner companies in accomplishing our goals and we will continue to work with key American aviation players like Boeing, GE, Pratt and Whitney and Collins Aerospace in our journey towards excellence in Aviation.”

Source: Ethiopian, picture Boeing



                               Airbus’ New Single-Aisle Airspace Cabin


The German airline, Lufthansa, has started operations with its first A320neo aircraft featuring Airbus’ new Single-Aisle Aerospace cabin.  In doing so the airline becomes the first operator in Europe to introduce the new Airspace cabin features for passengers on board A320 Family aircraft.  In 2018, Lufthansa Group, a long time A320 Family customer, chose to equip more than 80 of its new A320 Family aircraft on order from Airbus with AirSpace cabins.

The new Airspace features include: slimmer sidewall panels for extra personal space at shoulder level; better views through the windows with their redesigned bezel and completely integrated window shades; the largest overhead bins for 60% more bags; the latest full LED lighting technologies; LED-lit entrance area; and new lavatories with hygienic touches features and antimicrobial surfaces.

“Lufthansa has once again made a choice of innovation and passenger appeal, raising the bar for the flying public at large to experience next-level, Airbus leading innovations”, said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International.  “I am delighted to welcome one of our long term partners, Lufthansa, to become the first European operator for the A320neo Family Airspace cabin.  I cannot east to fly on one of these aircraft.”

Lufthansa has been operating the A320-family since the 1980s and has been the very first operator of the A321 and A320neo. The airline group is one of the biggest Airbus operators worldwide.

Sources: Lufthansa,Airbus.Air 101,Picture Airbus          



Worlds Largest Business Jet Set Two Transatlantic Speed Records

Largest Business jet

Announcing an air-speed record from Savannah, Georgia, to Doha, Qatar.  Until you consider the context: This was the world’s largest business jet flying 6,711 nautical miles nonstop at Mach 0.88, or 675 mph, for 13 hours and 16 minutes, on first international flight.  Then it becomes a corporate milestone.

Gulfsream’s new G700 then set another city-pair record from Doha to Paris, flying 2,953 nautical miles at an average speed of Mach 0.90 (690.5 mph) for 6 hours and 15 minutes before retiring to headquarters in Savannah.

Beyond the “records”, the transatlantic flights of Gulfstream’s new ultra-long-range jet shows the business-jet world and potential buyers that the aircraft lives up to the publicity it has attracted since being announced in 2019.  Plus, Doha, the capital of Qatar was more than Gulfstream just throwing a dart on the map: Qatar Airways Group is the launch customer and plans to take delivery of the first G700, which has a list price of $78 million, next year.

The flight gave Qatar Executive a chance to show off the Gulstream flagship with fully outfitted interior at a press conference in Doha.

Source: Gulfstream, Pictures Gulfstream ,Robb Report,Qatar Executive                                                                    


                       Turkish Aerospace Awarded Two Major Contracts


Turkish Aerospace (TUSAS) has been awarded two contracts by Spirit AeroSystems.  Turkish Aerospace will manufacture and supply Section 48 Tail Feather for Boeing 737 MAX 8 and over 400 parts and sub-assemblies for various Boeing platforms.

Further to the contracts, ongoing work packages with Spirit AeroSystems for manufacturing and supplying 2125 parts and sub-assemblies for various platforms including 737, 747 and 777 has been extended to 2028.

Temel Kotil, President And CEO, Turkish Aerospace, commented about the about the agreement and said, ”our company continues to be among the manufacturers that have proven in the field of aerostructure with its half a century experience.”

“In this context, while we continue to produce indigenous and national projects in the field of aviation industry in our country, we also carry out high-quality crucial productions for the world’s leading aerial platform manufacturers.  We are delighted for the agreement including work packages of the B737 Max-8 section 48—Tail Feather and various other sub-assemblies for Spirit AeroSystems which will be used on Boeing platforms.”

Source: Turkish Aerospace, Spirit AeroSystems, Picture Turkish Aerospace

                   Brand name Unveiled for Air Arabia’s New Armenian Budget Carrier


Armenia’s newly -created national budget carrier is to be be branded Fly Arna, following an open canvassing of the country’s citizen for suggestions.

Fly Arna is being established by the Armenian National Interests Fund through a joint venture with Middle Eastern low-cost operator Air Arabia Group.  Arna is the name acronym for “Armenian National Airline”.

The carrier has yet to disclose details of its fleet and networks well as the timeframe for starting operations.

Air Arabia says over 500 suggestions for the new carrier’s name were received after the competition opened in July and the airline’s board made the final selection.

“It is both inspiring and a sign of shared vision of successful endeavor,” says Armenian National Interests Fund chief David Papazian.

“Despite the current challenges of the pandemic, we are confident the new opportunity that exists for “Fly Arna” to deliver a winning proposition that will benefit the nation and our people.”

Source: Armenian National Interests Fund, Picture Yerevan Airport

                            Helvetic Initiates E190-E2 Services at London City


Swiss carrier Helvetic Airways has conducted the first commercial service with an Embraer 190-E2 into London City airport, following approval for the type to carry out steep-approach landings.  The E190-E2 secured steep-approach certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency in May of this year.

The re-engined E2 family is equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW1900G engines and the improved fuel-burn brings more distant destinations from London City—such as Moscow, Casablanca and Istanbul—into range,Says Embraer.

The initial aircraft (HB-AZG) arrived at London City on September 2nd, as the LX456 service from Zurich, operated on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines.

London City chief Operating officer operating officer Alison FitzGerald says the E2’s arrival is a “significant milestone” in the drive to introduce lower-noise and lower-emissions types to the downtown airport.

Source: Helvetic Airways,Picture Helvetic Airways 

               Korean Air to Retire A380s in Five Years, 747-8Is in 10: CEO

Korean Air plans to entirely exit four-engined passenger aircraft with the next ten years.  The carrier’s plans for the Airbus 380 and Boeing 747-8I fleets were confirmed by chief executive Walter Cho in an interview with FlightGlobal.

“The A380s will be leaving Korean Air’s fleet within five years, and the Boeing 747-8I fleet will also follow suit within ten years,” says Cho.

According to Korean’s second quarter results presentation, it has 10 A380s and 10 747-8Is.  The presentation also shows that the 747-400 is no longer a part of Korean’s operational fleet.

Cirium fleets data suggests that nine of the A380s and eight of the 747-8Is are in storage; the age of the A380s is 9.3 years, while that of the 747-8Is is 5.2 years.

Korean will also inherit six Asiana Airlines A380s when its acquisition of the rival airline is completed, likely in a few years.   Korean’s A380 are powered by the Engine Alliance GP7200, while Asiana’s are powered by Rolls Royce Trent 900.  All six of Asiana’s A380 are in storage.

As for its other wide bodies, Korean operates 26 777-300ERs with an average age of 7.3 years.  It also has orders for 10 787-9 (adding to the 10 in its current inventory) and 20 787-10s.  It has not, however , placed any orders for the developmental 777-9.

“I believe the Boeing 777 is one of the most successful aircraft in aviation history”, says Cho.  If asked, I would say the B777-300ER is my favorite model.  While I haven’t out the Boeing 777X, there are some points that still need verification.  I may consider it after that, but I don’t think we’ll have a large demand for new aircraft for some time as we already have significant number of aircraft in operations or on order.” 

Sources: Korean Air,FlightGlobal,Picture Korean Air



  • Emirates is bringing forward to November the delivery of the final three Airbus A380s it has on order.  They are the last of the ultra-large aircraft to be produced.Emirates
  • Malaysia and Singapore are the latest countries to lift the ban on the Boeing 737 MAX, nine months after the resumption of operations in North America.
  • Eastern Airlines will launch a dedicated freighter business with 35 Boeing 777s acquired for modification, using its own cargo conversion tailored for volume-driven express operators.
  • United Aircraft of Russia has conducted the maiden flight of its latest IIyushin II-96-300, the second of the type to start flight-testing this year.        

United Aircraft of Russia

  • Aviation Capital Group announced the delivery of one new Airbus A321neo aircraft on long-term lease to S7 Airlines of Russia.


  • Vietnam the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) is proposing to lift the operational ban on the Boeing 737 Max, and expects China and Indonesia to do the same by the end of September of the Year Award competition.  The airline’s Care First program was recognized for its holistic approach in bringing exceptional protection and comfort to customers during the pandemic.
  • Play Icelandic start-up has firmed plans to lease three Airbus A320neos and one A321neo from aircraft lessor GECAS.


  • Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways will sign a deal valued at nearly $2 billion with General Electric to purchase GEnx engines to power Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Sources: FlightGlobal, Korean Air, Vietnam Civil Aviation of Vietnam, GECAS, Aviation Capital Group, Eastern Airlines


     FedEx Express Expands to Paine Field in North Seattle Market


FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp, will expand its Seattle-area operations with a new ramp operation at Paine Field Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Washington in the fall of this year.  It will occupy the former “Dreamlifter Operations Center”.

A new daily Boeing 757 flight will operate Monday through Friday between Paine Field and the FedEx World hub in Memphis, Tenn., offering north Seattle-area customers in 37 Zip codes extended pickup times by up to two hours.  The new flight will also offer earlier market delivery times, additional dry ice capabilities, and increased overall market capacity.

“We are proud to grow our presence and enhance our services in the north Seattle market by expanding operations to Paine Field”, said Tim Wertner, senior vice president U.S. Operations west.  FedEx will occupy a 19.24-acre,68,745-square foot facility, and the grounds offer the ability to expand with additional gates.

Source: FedEx, Picture FedEx

US Firm Mammoth to offer 777-200LR and _300 ER Freighter Conversions


US based firm Mammoth Freighters, has joined the line-up of companies aiming to offer Boeing 777 cargo conversions, with a portfolio covering the long-range-200LR and-300ER models.

The company intends to begin modification of an 777-200LR-converting it to a -200LRMF in the second quarter of 2022. Mammoth expects US FAA approval for the supplementary type certificate in the second half of 2023.

“Design and engineering for the 777-200LRMF program is well underway with tooling and parts already in fabrication,” it says.

Mammoth has already sourced a feedstock of 10 777-200LRS from Delta Air Lines.  The -200LR was developed as passenger aircraft but the airframe also serves as the platform for Boeing’s new-build 777F.

It estimates that the-200LRMF will have a payload capability of 105t and puts the -300ERMF’s at just under 100t.

The Florida-based company says it is supported by private investment funds associated with Fortress Investment Group.

Both the -200LR and-300ER are powered by General Electric GE90 engines and Mammoth co-chief Bill Tarpley says these aircraft are “renowned for having superior operating economics” compared with older Boeing 747-400s and MD-11s.

Source: FlightGlobal, Picture Mammoth Freighters


Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com 

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 


Kaplanian Report – September 2021




Boeing 737 Max 7 took of from Seattle Boeing Field on August 4th and headed to China, where the jet will participate in work related to that country’s 737 Max certification, an industry source says.

The airliner arrived in China on Saturday morning, August 6th, after making stops in Honolulu and Guam to begin validation trials aimed at clearing the aircraft to resume commercial  operations in the country.

Approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China(CAAC) the aircraft ( tail number N7201S) is registered to the manufacturer. It is expected to be prepared to start flight tests with CAAC officials on August 11. Testing in China already began.

Flight-tracking website Flightradar24 showed the 737 Max 7 plane taking off from Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, with no destination listed, flying in a south-easterly direction and landed in Zhoushan, the site of a Boeing factory designed to install plane interiors.

Boeing declined to comment on the flights, but sources familiar with the operation confirmed to Bloomberg that its purpose was to position the Max for validation trials in China. The CAAC has not issued an official statement on reports that it is preparing to evaluate the aircraft.

Boeing has already delivered around 100 of the new Max aircraft to China, but these cannot fly commercially until the CAAC has given approval.

Sources: Bloomberg, Flightglobal, Air International,Photo Boeing


Collins’ Enhanced Vision Sensor to Be Integrated into A320


Collins Aerospace’s next-generation Enhanced Sensor has been selected to be integrated in Airbus’ Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS). EFVS will become a selectable option on Airbus commercial aircraft, expanding approach capability and increasing flight situational awareness during reduced visibility conditions.

The EFVS option, with the collins EVS sensor, will be offered first on the A320 aircraft, with the intention to offer this solution on other platforms in the future.

The sensor uses multiple infrared and visible light cameras to “see through poor visibility conditions” better than the human eye. When the pilots view this camera video on head-up displays, it allows them to better identify the runway environment in all weather conditions—helping pilots overcome many flight disruptions often created by fog or precipitation. In addition, because the technology enables pilots to reduce delays on runway and in the air, it actively reduces the amount of carbon emissions created by the aircraft. The next-generation EVS sensor will also be available for retrofit on existing in-service Airbus aircraft.

Source: Collins Aerospace,Picture Collins Aerospace,Airbus



Dassault Books First Orders for Falcon 10X


Dassault Aviation has already racked up sales of its Falcon 10X following the new ultra-long-range twinjet’s unveiling in May.

Eric Trappier, the french airframes’s chief executive, told a July half-year results briefing that the 7,500nm (13,900km-range) business jet has “ received a lot of client interest” and “first orders have already arrived”.

Dassault does not break out order intake by model, but during the first half it booked commitments for 25 Falcon business jets’ significant rise on the five deals recorded in the same period last year.

“The market is really becoming this new aircraft,” he says, which will be delivered from 2025. Trappier sees the market for business jets as showing signs of improvement, particularly in the USA, although there is pressure on pricing  

Source: Dassault Aviation,Picture Dassault Aviation 


Skywest Orders 16 More Embraer E175s 


U.S. regional airline SkyWest has placed a firm order for 16 Embraer 175s for operation under its partnership with Delta Air Lines, the companies revealed on August 10. Embraer plans to deliver the first 76-seat, three-class jets in Delta livery in mid-2022 and accept the entire allotment by the end of the year.  The Brazilian manufacturer places the value of the contract at $ $798.4 million.

SkyWest plans to replace 16 of the Bombardier CRJ900s that it owns or has financed with new E175s. Now flying under SkyWest’s Delta contract, the CRJ900s carry expiration dates ranging from the second half of 2022 to early 2023. The airline added that it is evaluating the effect of the displacement of the CRJ900s, including a potential non-cash impairment charge. 

“The E175 is the backbone of the North American regional market and as the industry begins to emerge from the pandemic, we are seeing growing long-term demand for the rightsized aircraft to deliver profitable domestic connectivity,” said v-p of sales and marketing of the Americas Mark Neely.

Source: Embraer, Picture Embraer   




    Parker Hannifin to Acquire Meggitt 

Aerospace mergers are back, with US manufacturer Parker Hannifin revealing plans to nearly double the size of its aerospace systems business by acquiring UK-based aerospace company Meggitt for $8.8 billion in cash.

The deal, which the companies hope to close in the third quarter of 2022, marks a revival of merger activity in an aerospace industry badly depressed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Analysts view the takeover as sensible, noting the already-merged state of the aerospace industry and that the companies each make a broad range of aerospace products.

“The planned acquisition also reveals that some aerospace companies remain flush with cash despite the downturn”, says Richard Aboulafia, aerospace analyst with Teal Group.

“Meggitt and Parker are complementary across diverse portfolios of products, and will thus expand and develop core product lines, and add new capabilities and enable innovations on more-electric, low-carbon and other key technologies,” the companies say.

Meggitt produces a variety of aircraft components, including brakes, fire and safety systems, power and sensing systems, composites and polymer seals.

Its products are found on military and unmanned aircraft, as well as on civil aircraft such as Boeing 737s and 787s, Airbus A220s, A330s and A350s, Comac’s ARJ21, DeHavilland Dash 8 turboprops, and Cessna, Dassault and Gulfstream business jets.

At the end of 2020, the UK company had some 9,000 employees, including 2,305 in the UK and 4,871 in the USA. It generated $2.3 billion in 2020 revenue, losing $436 million.The companies note that 70% of Meggitt’s revenue comes from selling products for which it is sole supplier.

Source: FlightGlobal

        Italian National Carrier ITA Secures Operating Certificate 


ITA( Italia Transport Aereo)on August 16, 2021, started operating test flights using Airbus A330-202 EI-EJN as the AOC proving aircraft. The new airline has completed the certification process for obtaining its AOC-Air Operators Certificate and Transport Passengers License.

Issue of the certificate and license means the carrier will be able to start selling tickets. ITA aims To commence services in October, initially with a fleet of 52 aircraft, increasing to 78 next year. It has already indicated that it wants to acquire the Alitalia name.

The Civil Aviation Authority ENAC president Pierluigi say he hopes the new airline will be able to contribute “in a decisive way” to overcoming the problems caused by the pandemic and supporting a “restart” of the air transport sector.

He adds that ENAC will monitor ITA’s operational start-up and ensure that it complies with passenger rights requirements and other public interests.

Sources: World Airline News,FlightGlobal,Picture ITA

            US Export Bank Backs Turkish Airlines’ $ 833m Purchase of Boeing Jets


The USA’s export-credit agency has agreed to guarantees $833 million in financing for the the acquisition by Turkish Airlines of an undisclosed number of Boeing 737 Max and 787s.

The Export-Input Bank of the United States disclosed the guarantees on August 2nd, though the finance agency has provided few details.

The Ex-IMBank’s board of directors approved “ $832.5 million in loan guarantees to support exports of Boeing 787-9 aircraft, 737 Max 8 aircraft, respectively, to Turkish Airlines in Istanbul”, the credit agency says.

It did not disclose the number of jets those funds will finance. Neither Boeing nor Turkish Airlines responded to a request for comment. The bank could not be reached for comment.

Turkish Airlines holds unfilled orders with Boeing for 10 787-9s and nine 737 Max, according to Boeing’s figures. “These are solid transactions at a critical time, and they provide a reasonable assurance of repayment,” says EX-IM Bank’s acting first vice-president James Cruise. The agency’s support for aircraft export deals is “especially needed at this time because of the significant financial impact of Covid-19”, adds acting president James Burrows.

Source: US Import Export Bank


Alaska Orders Another 12 737 Max 9s


Alaska Airlines has ordered 12 Boeing 737 Max 9s and taken 25 new purchase options-a deal handing another needed win to Boeing’s rebounding narrowbody program. The 12 orders were converted from Purchase options by Alaska, which expects to receive the jets in 2023 and 2024. The new order brings Alask’s total outstanding number of 737 Max 9 to 88 jets.The carrier already has five 737 Max in service.

Alaska’s updated fleet plan called for the Seattle-based airline to receive 12 737 Max 9s in 2021, 31 in 2022, and 32 in 2023 and 18 in 2024.

The Airline has made several changes to its Max orders in recent months. Until late last year,Alaska held orders for 32 737 Max9s and options for another 37.

In December 2020, the airline said it had revamped its agreements with Boeing to include 68 Max9 orders and 53 options. Since then, Alaska has converted 25 of those options to firm orders and taken 25 new options.

Source: Alaska Airlines,Picture Alaska Airlines


  • Delta Air Lines has ordered another 30 Airbus A321neos, bringing its total firm orders for the Airbus’ narrowbody to 155 aircraft, deliveries of which are scheduled to start in the first half of 2022.
  • Japan Airlines signed an engine services agreement with GE, aviation, covering the CFM56-7B turbofans that power its Boeing 737-800s.

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  • Emirates is marking the UAE’s 50th anniversary with the unveiling of special liveries to commemorate the nation’s Golden Jubilee.
  • Lufthansa enters the Armenian market already serviced by subsidiaries Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines. The airline will operate flights between Frankfurt and Yerevan with three frequencies per week.
  • Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) and Etihad Engineering have agreed to partner on two new Passenger to Freighter(P2F) conversion lines for Boeing 777-300ERs in Abu Dhabi as demand for cargo capacity continues to surge amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • El Al has deferred delivery of its final Boeing at least until the end of this year, as it holds discussions on financing the twinjet.


  • Rolls-Royce has delivered the 100th Pearl 15 turbofan to Bombardier for Global 5500/6500, reaching the milestone a little more than three years after unveiling the Pearl family and less than two years after the engine entered service.

Rolls Pearl 15

  • Sun Country Airlines is prepared to buy aircraft – even if it does not yet need them – to meet its goal of having 50 passenger aircraft by the end of 2023.
  • India regulators have cleared the country’s carriers to resume operations with Boeing 737 Max aircraft.
  • SpiceJet expects to resume operations by the end of this month, though it acknowledges that the ultimate decision rests with the country’s regulators.


Sources: Emirates,Rolls-Royce,El Al,Japan Airlines,FlightGlobal,Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa


    Kargo Xpress to Lease two B737-800 BCFs From GECAS


Kargo Xpress, the freight-focused start-up subsidiary of M Jets International, will lease two 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters(BCF) from GECAS.

The first aircraft is set to be delivered to the Malaysia-based carrier in October this year, followed by the second one in December.

Kargo Xpress began scheduled flights with a single Boeing 737-400F in June this year. The added capacity from the GECAS-leased aircraft will enable the carrier to provide “fast, timely and efficient delivery of goods” as it expands its footprint to include Northern China and Western India, as well as operating on thinner, underserved routes.

Gunasekar Mariappan, managing director of M Jets International, commented:”Kargo Xpress appreciates the close working relationship with GECAS to induct our initial two 737-800 BCFs.”

“We are focused on developing a robust, reliable, cost-effective network within Asia, centered around a fleet of 737 freighters.Our goal is to be the provider of choice for express e-commerce shipments, as well as point-to point delivery, trans-shipment and light-truck services for our time-to-market sensitive customers with Asia.”

Richard Greener, senior vice president and manager of GECAS cargo, added: “Thanks to its versatility, efficiency, and reliability, the 737-800BCF is well suited to Kargo Xpress’ planned growth strategy. At GECAS Cargo, we are pleased to support Kargo Xpress as they look to develop more routes and expand their operations.”

Earlier this year,GECAS announced a deal to lease out six of its B737-800BCFs to Russian carrier Atran and four to an unidentified customer. Currently, 40 of GECAS’  B737-800BCFs are in operation.

Source : GECAS Cargo, Kargo Xpress, Picture GECAS 


Researched and Compiled by : 

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor  

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian  

Kaplanian Report – August 2021


                                            Boeing 737 MAX 10 Makes Maiden Flight

Boeing 737 MAX 10 Makes Maiden Flight

Under clear skies, Boeing’s Max 10 took off at 10:07 a.m. on June 18 from Renton Municipal airport and landed at 12:38 p.m. at Boeing Field in Seattle.

“The airplane performed beautifully,” said 737 Chief Pilot Capt.  Jennifer Henderson.  ”The profile we flew allowed us to test the airplane’s systems, flight controls and handling qualities, all of which checked out exactly as we expected”.

The largest and last of four Max variants to extend the Max 9’s length by 66 inches.  Other changes include minor wing changes to accommodate the airplane’s levered 777-style main landing gear and a four-inch wider mid-exit door to allow the extra 12 passengers, bringing maximum capacity to 230.

When Boeing officially launched the 737 Max 10 during the first day of the Paris Air show, its direct competitor, the Airbus A321neo, had just a month earlier entered service with its first operator following a period of considerable sales momentum.  At the time, Boeing billed the Max 10 as a lighter, more fuel-efficient answer to the Airbus product, whose larger engines produced 25 percent more thrust than its U.S. rival’s offering; while allowing eventual variants namely the A321LR and A321XLR to provide Atlantic range.  However, Boeing said its prospective airline customers preferred the lighter, shorter-range Max type for 361 examples from 16 customers during the show.

On June 29, 2021, United Airlines announced the carrier will expand its 737 order book by purchasing additional 200 Max jets, including 150 for for the largest member of the family, the 737 Max 10, and 50 for the airplane that serves the heart of the single-aisle market, the 737 MAX 8.

Boeing expects to deliver the first Max 10 in 2023, some three years later than originally anticipated.

Sources: Boeing,United Airlines,Picture Boeing



                                  Airbus Starts Receiving A321XLR Forward Fuselage Sections


Airbus has received the first A321XLR fuselage sections to be manufactured by aerostructures supplier Stelia Aerospace.  Stelia is responsible for the design and production of all forward fuselage sections of the long-range aircraft, including the cockpit, nose-gear bay, forward passenger exit section, and passenger cabin barrels.

Three of the six sections have been handed over by Stelia following manufacture at the company’s French facilities in Meaulte and Rochefort. Airbus is intending the A321XLR which will have a range of 4,700nm (8,700km) to enter service in 2023.

“The A321XLR requires modifications on all the sections, of the front fuselage, with reference to the previous versions, regarding the structure and equipment support,” adds the firm.

Several Stelia divisions and plants have contributed to the sections, including operations in Tunisia and Morocco, which have provided parts and sub-assemblies.

Source: Stelia Aerospace, FlightGlobal, Picture Stelia Aerospace           



                             RoyalJet adds Privately owned BBJ to its Fleet


RoyalJet, the Abu Dhabi owned and operated private aviation company, has added a privately owned Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) to its growing fleet of managed aircraft.  The aircraft has now been released back into service by Jet Aviation Basel after completion of extensive upgrades and maintenance.  The aircraft will continue to be based in both Europe and/or United Arab Emirates, where it will be operated for the owner and offered for charter to select customers.

The aircraft now has the longest flight range in its category on the market and is able to fly for up to 12 hours or 5000 nautical miles.  This is thanks to its configuration, increased fuel capacity, better wing configuration and reduced weight.

In addition to installing these new systems, Jet Aviation has upgraded the soundproofing to reduce in-flight noise levels, implemented a low cabin altitude modification and added humidifiers to reduce passenger fatigue on long flights, and upgraded various other interior elements.

This is the first BBJ, and possibly the first private aircraft globally to offer such high levels of on board air quality achieved by the new Needle Point BI-Polar ionization system provided by Aviation Clean Air.

Source: Arabian Aerospace, Picture RoyalJet

                                         Dassault Flies Third Falcon 6X


Dassault Aviation now has three Falcon 6x prototypes flying, with  latest example on June 24 having performed its maiden sortie from the airframes’s Merignac site near Bordeaux.

Fitted with a complete interior, MSN003(F-WAVE) made a 2 hour hop from Merignac to Dassault’s Istres flight-test center near Marseille, in the process climbing to 40,000 ft and traveling at Mach 0.85.

Certification for the ultra-widebody business jet is scheduled for 2022.So far, the program has accumulated 130 flight hours with two prototypes at a rate of two to three sorties each week since Falcon 6X’s maiden sortie on March 10.

“This latest flight is yet another sign of smooth progress we have been making with the 6X test program,” says Eric Trappier, Dassault chief executive.

A fourth aircraft will also be equipped with full cabin interior, currently being installed in Merignac.  It will conduct a two-month-long flight campaign to ensure maturity at service entry.

Source: Dassault Aviation,Picture Dassault Aviation                                                                     


      Air Arabia to Launch Armenian Budget Carrier with Investment Fund support


Middle Eastern budget carrier Air Arabia is to participate in launching a new low-cost carrier in Armenia, which will be based at the capital Yerevan.  Air Arabia has reached an agreement to form a joint venture company with the Armenian National Interests Fund.

It will use the low-cost business model on which Sharjah-based Air Arabia was built.  The carrier says it will shortly begin work to obtain an air operator’s certificate.

Air Arabia uses a fleet of Airbus A320-family jets.  But no details have been disclosed on the fleet, network or the timeline for initial flights for the Armenian operator.

Its name, however, will be chosen by Armenian citizens who are being invited to submit suggestions from which the successful candidate will be selected.

Armenian National Interests Fund is a state-owned organization which acts as a co-investor with industrial partners on large economy and infrastructure projects within the country.

“Over the course of the past decade, Armenia has recorded some impressive gains as its tourism industry begins to recognize its full potential,” says the fund.  It states that travel and tourism, in 2019, accounted for close to 12% of the pre-pandemic Armenian GDP.

Air Arabia group chief executive Adel Ali says there is “tremendous potential” with the Armenian air transport sector.

“This is an investment program of strategic importance and creates great opportunities for the development of aviation in Armenia”, said Tigran Avinyan Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia.

Source: Armenpress , Picture Armenpress

              Delta to Acquire 29 Used 737s and Seven Used A350s

Delta Air Lines will add 29 used Boeing 737-900ERs and seven used Airbus A350-900s to its fleet as passenger demand returns following the more than year long global health pandemic.

The Atlanta-based airline said on July 13th, that the aircraft will support its sustainability goals and fleet renewal strategy, and provide a better customer experience.  The aircraft are expected to be delivered by the first quarter of 2022.

“These aircraft are an investment in Delta’s future,” says the airline’s chief executive Ed Bastian.   ”As we look past the pandemic, Delta’s disciplined, innovative approach to fleet renewal positions us for growth as travel demand returns, while enhancing the customer experience and supporting sustainability commitments.”

Delta will lease the seven Airbus wide bodies from AerCap.  The lessor says the aircraft will be delivered in the third and fourth quarters of 2021.  All are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 engines.

The Majority of the 737-900ERs will be purchased outright from funds managed by aircraft financier Castlelake, while two 737-900ERs will also be financed through Castlelake, Delta says.  Those aircraft will be delivered by the first quarter of 2022.  The incoming 737s will bring Delta’s fleet to 159 aircraft.

Source: Delta Air Lines

                     Porter Airlines Acquiring Up to 80 Embraer E195-E2s

Porter Toronto

Porter Airlines is extending its service to destinations throughout North America with the introduction of up to 80 fuel-efficient Embraer E195-E2 aircraft to its fleet.  The planes have transcontinental range and will enter into service with Porter starting in the second half of 2022.

Porter is Embraer’s North American launch customer for the E2.  The total aircraft order is valued at up to $5.82 billion USD at current list prices, with 30 firm commitments and 50 purchase right options. The aircraft are being acquired by Porter Aircraft Leasing Corporations, sister company of Porter Airlines.

The ability to convert purchase rights to smaller E190-E2s is included in the agreement.  Porter intends to operate the E2s to popular destinations from Ottawa,Montreal,Halifax and Toronto Pearson International Airport and adding service to new North American cities.

Source: Porter Airlines,Picture Embraer




  • Air France-KLM  has launched a tender to renew the medium-haul fleets of Dutch unit KLM and French and Dutch arms of low-cost subsidiary Transavia for about 160 jets.
  • Bombardier is rolling out a Certified Preowned aircraft program that will offer customers “meticulously selected, inspected, and updated” Learjet, Challenger and Global jets, the Montreal-based manufacturer announced on July 8.
  • WestJet plans to launch a dedicated cargo service and expand its fleet of Boeing 737-800 freighters, the first is expected to be in service by the second quarter of 2022.


  • FlyDubai has cut to 172 the number of Boeing 737 Max aircraft it has on order; after cancelling 65 of its firm commitments to the type following a review of its post-pandemic fleet plans.
  • Norway’s first P-8A Poseidon rolled out of the paint shop in Renton, in Royal Norwegian Air Force Livery.


  • Ravn Alaska regional airline is considering a major expansion using Boeing 757s to launch flights from its home state to Asia and the Contiguous USA.
  • India Navy takes delivery of its 10th P-8I maritime patrol aircraft on July 14th.
  • Flyadeal has received the first of 30 Airbus A320neos it is taking via an order placed by parent Saudia in 2019.

Sources: Boeing, FlyDubai, WestJet, Bombardier, Air France-KLM


                              BBAM Orders Another 12 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters


US aircraft lessor BBAM Limited Partnership has ordered another 12 737-800 converted freighters, throwing further momentum behind the conversion program at a time of heighten air cargo demand.

Including orders and commitments, BBAM now holds agreements to acquire 31 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCFs), pushing Boeing’s total backlog of the type( including orders and commitments ) to more than 200, Boeing says on July 14.

IATA reported in in early July another strong month for  the air cargo segment, with airlines globally carrying 9.4% more cargo volume in May than the same month of pre-pandemic 2019.

BBAM’s order builds on a deal disclosed in January. That agreement included orders by BBAM for six 737-800BCFs, and six options.

Boeing launched the 737-800BCF program in 2016 and delivered the first aircraft in 2018.  The jet has 2,025 nm (3750km) range, 20,600kg (45,400lb) of maximum payload and capacity to carry 12 cargo containers, according to Boeing.

Source: Boeing,Picture Boeing

                         EVA Air to Take Delivery of Three New 777-200LRFs Within the Year

Eva Air Cargo

During a shareholders’ meeting on July 16, Eva Air Chairman Steve Lin said the company expects to receive three Boeing 777 freighters in the fourth quarter.

Although passenger volume has dropped significantly since the pandemic broke out last year, EVA Air has been able to shift its focus to the cargo market at a time when international air cargo demand has grown due to the tight capacity of container ships, Lin said.

On the cargo market, Lin expects demand to rise in the fourth quarter because major countries started increasing their economic activities. In addition, the fourth quarter has traditionally been a peak season for the cargo sector and many consumer electronic products, such as smartphones, are usually launched during this time, he added.

Cargo fares will remain favorable as demand for cargo space from Asia to Europe remains high,Lin Said.

Source : EVA Air, Picture EVA Air


Ryanair CEO Calls Boeing 737 Max8-20 Performance ‘Fantastic’

Ryanair Group CEO has described the initial performance of the 737 Max 8-200 as fantastic and said that the aircraft has met with glowing reviews from the airline’s crew and passengers.  The low-cost carrier took delivery of its first two 737 Max jets in June and the pair operated some 20 passenger flights from the group’s bases in London Stansted, Dublin, and Milan Gergamo.  Load factor averaged about 75 percent and not one passenger requested to change flights owing to lack of confidence in the safety of the type, O’Leary said.

“We think they deliver what Boeing promised—4 percent more seats compared with its 189-seat 737-800s but probably a 16 to 17 percent lower fuel consumption per seat and 40 percent less CO2 emissions,” he told AIN.

Ten more of the Max 8 subvariant will join the group’s fleet in July, O’Leary said, acknowledging that the plan marks an exception on its standard practice of not adding new aircraft during the peak summer season.  ”Because of the several delays we wanted to have 12 aircraft in the system before starting the pace of eight deliveries per month from September,” said O’Lear.  ”Between September and April 2022, we are taking delivery of 54 Max Gamechanger aircraft.  We bought three simulators and we trained all our pilots and cabin crew in the use of the new aircraft.  We want to start working them.”

Ryanair has 210 Max 8-200s on firm order.  Deliveries will run over the next four years and take the group’s fleet to around 600 aircraft by 2026 financial year.  The Max jets will fly for three of the four Ryanair subsidiaries namely Ryanair, Malta Air, and Poland based Buzz and feature their respective brands.

Source: Air International News/Ryanair


Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

Dassault Flies Third Falcon 6X