Saturday, April 30, 2016

Air Vallee F50 lands at Catania with nose-gear up

An Air Vallee Fokker 50 (SE-LEZ) on behalf of Flexflight, performing flight W2-1908 from Rimini to Catania (Italy) with 18 passengers and three crew, was on approach to Catania when the crew could not lower the nose gear and went around at 1034lt (0834z). The aircraft entered a hold at 3000 feet for about 45 minutes to work the related checklists without success. 

A subsequent low approach confirmed the nose gear was not in place forcing the crew to prepare the aircraft for a nose gear up landing. The aircraft landed on its main gear about one hour after the first approach, the crew kept the nose up as long as practicable, shut the engines down and lowered the nose onto the runway, the aircraft skidded to a stop on the runway on its nose. The occupants evacuated onto the runway, there were no injuries. (Source, 30-Apr-2016)

Delta Air Lines places an order for 37 A321s

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has placed an order for 37 A321ceo aircraft. This order follows previous Delta orders for the Current Engine Option version of the largest Airbus A320 Family member in 2013 and 2014. Delta took delivery of its first A321 in March 2016. Including that aircraft and today’s announcement, Delta has ordered a total of 82 A321s. Each will be powered by CFM56  engines from CFM International. (Source: Airbus, 29-Apr-2016)

Friday, April 29, 2016

China Eastern Airlines signs a purchase agreement for 20 A359s

China Eastern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900 aircraft, making the airline the latest customer for the aircraft. China Eastern Airlines operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with nearly 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising A320 Family and A330 Family. (Source: Airbus, 29-Apr-2016)

Philippine Airlines signs a firm order for six A359s, plus six options

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has finalised a purchase agreement with Airbus covering the firm order of six A350-900s, plus six options. The contract firms up a Memorandum of Understanding announced earlier this year during the Singapore Airshow. The A350 XWB will become the flagship of PAL’s future long haul fleet and will be configured with a premium three class layout. (Source: Airbus, 29-Apr-2016)

Delta Air Lines signs order for 75 CS100s, plus 50 options

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Delta Air Lines, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia (Delta Air Lines) announced today that the parties have executed a firm agreement for the sale and purchase of 75 CS100 aircraft with options for an additional 50 CS100 aircraft. Delta Air Lines may elect to convert a number of these aircraft into CS-300 at a later date. Based on the list price of the CS100 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$5.6 billion. (Source: Bombardier, 28-Apr-2016)

China Eastern Airlines finalizes an order for 15 787-9 Dreamliners

Boeing and China Eastern Airlines today finalized an order for 15 787-9 Dreamliners. The order, valued at nearly $4 billion at current list prices, strengthens China Eastern's expanding long-haul fleet. China Eastern plans to operate the new 787-9s on routes between China, North America and Europe, bolstering its competitiveness in the international long-haul market.  (Source: Boeing, 28-Apr-2016)

Air Cote D’Ivoire orders two A320neos and two A320s

Air Cote D’Ivoire, the national airline of Ivory Coast, has signed a firm order for two A320neo and two A320 aircraft. The agreement makes Air Cote D’Ivoire the first African airline to order the A320neo. The airline’s first purchase agreement directly with Airbus also makes Air Cote D’Ivoire a new customer. The airline has selected CFM engines for their A320 fleet. Air Cote D’Ivoire currently operates five Airbus aircraft on lease. The aircraft will feature a two-class cabin layout. (Source: Airbus, 28-Apr-2016)

TAME E190 overruns runway on landing at Cuenca

A TAME Embraer 190 (HC-COX), performing flight EQ-173 from Quito to Cuenca (Ecuador) with 87 passengers and six crew, landed on Cuenca's RWY 23 at about 0800lt (1300z) but overran the end of the runway and came to a stop on soft ground about 70m feet past the runway end facing opposite to landing direction with both main gear collapsed. The aircraft was evacuated. There were no injuries, the aircraft received substantial damage however. (Source: avherald,com, 28-Apr-2016)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ingalls SB starts construction of destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. for USN

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division on Apr. 27th marked the start of fabrication for the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) for the U.S. Navy. The start of fabrication signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut. DDG 121 is the third of five DDG 51 destroyers the company was awarded in June 2013. The five-ship contract, part of a multi-year procurement in the DDG 51 program, allows Ingalls to build ships more efficiently by buying bulk material and moving the skilled workforce from ship to ship. (Source:, 28-Apr-2016)

Alitalia studying possible stake in Air Malta

Following months of speculation about a possible tie-up with Etihad Airways, Alitalia has come forward and announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the board of directors of Air Malta and the Government of Malta to complete a comprehensive due diligence with the possible intention of becoming a 49% shareholder in the Maltese airline. Alitalia is 49% owned by Etihad.

"There are strong cultural and commercial bonds between Italy and Malta, and this MOU is a first and important step, but we will only make a decision once we have completed an exhaustive examination of a possible deal," Alitalia’s CEO C. Ball said. "We will need to establish unequivocally that a deal with Air Malta will not undermine the progress of our three year turnaround programme, or prejudice our financial position."

Ball added that with Alitalia on track to attain profitability by 2017, there was need to consider future plans hence the interest in Air Malta. As such, given Malta's proximity to Italy, Alitalia will study how Air Malta can compliment Alitalia's strategic growth plans especially in areas such as southern Italy.

"The future of the commercial aviation industry has to be one of consolidation, and for us to prosper we must examine opportunities where we believe we can offer a wider reach for our customers," he said.

Air Malta Chairwoman M. Micallef said the negotiations were at an early stage and the state-owned company would cease talks with other airlines now that an MOU with Alitalia has been signed. The carrier hopes to conclude the due diligence by the end of July, following which the Boards of Alitalia and Air Malta will then make a decision on whether to proceed with an undertaking. (SourceL, 27-Apr-2016)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Xiamen Airlines finalizes an order for ten B738s

Boeing and Xiamen Airlines have finalized an order for ten Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, valued at $960 million at list prices, will be posted on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared. (Source: Boeing, 26-Apr-2016)

Chorus signs firm purchase agreement for up to ten CRJ9s

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc. (Chorus) has signed a firm purchase agreement for five CR-J900 aircraft. The order also includes purchase rights for an additional five CR-J900 aircraft. Once delivered, the five firm-ordered aircraft will be operated by Jazz Aviation LP (Jazz), also a subsidiary of Chorus, under the Air Canada Express banner. Based on the list price of the CRJ-900 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$229 million and could increase to US$467 million US, should Chorus exercise all its purchase rights.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Unidentified customer Trident Jet orders four additional CRJ-900s

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today disclosed that Trident Jet (Jersey) Ltd. is the previously unidentified customer that signed the firm purchase agreement for eight CR-J900 aircraft and six options announced in Oct. 2015. The aircraft are assigned to and operated by CityJet on a wet lease basis on behalf of Scandinavian Airlines. Additionally, Bombardier announced today that Trident Jet (Jersey) Ltd. has exercised four of its options also to be operated by CityJet. Based on the list price of the CRJ900 aircraft, the value of the exercised options for four CRJ900 aircraft is approximately US$183.9 million. (Source: Bombardier, 25-Apr-2016)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Mitsubishi X-2 stealth-fighter demonstrator carries out its maiden flight

Japan has successfully carried out today the first test of its stealth jet. The plane took off from Nagoya Airfield (Komaki Airport) in Aichi Prefecture at around 0850lt on Friday (2350z on Thursday) and landed safely at Gifu Air Field in Gifu Prefecture at 0913lt (0013z), Defense Ministry Program Manager Hirofumi Doi told Bloomberg by phone. The plane cost about $366 million to develop, according to Japan’s Defense Ministry. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. led the developers' team. According to Doi, the ministry will study data from the Friday test flight and decide on further developments of the fifth generation stealth fighter. (Source:, 22-Apr-2016)

HondaJet enters European market with first aircraft delivery

Honda Aircraft Company has delivered its first HondaJet into Europe. The announcement was made during a ceremonial delivery at AERO 2016. The first HondaJet to enter service in Europe will be operated by Rheinland Air Service the exclusive HondaJet dealer for Central Europe.

Michimasa Fujino, president of Honda Aircraft Company, said: "Delivering the first HondaJet in Europe is a significant milestone in our journey to bring new value to the light jet market." (Source:, 21-Apr-2016)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Spanish Navy ESPS Numancia calls at Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy Santa Maria-class frigate ESPS Numancia (F 83) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Spanish frigate is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (21-Apr-2016)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Garuda Indonesia confirms an order for 14 A330-900neos

Garuda Indonesia has confirmed an order with Airbus for the purchase of 14 A330-900neo, the new re-engined version of the best-selling A330 widebody airliner, to support the company’s growth and business expansion in the future. The deal was signed at a ceremony in London in the presence of the President of Indonesia, His Excellency J. Widodo and British Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. D. Cameron MP. (Source: Airbus, 19-Apr-2016)

Embraer delivers its 1,000th business jet

Embraer Executive Jets achieved a new milestone today when Cleveland-based Flexjet took delivery of Embraer's 1,000th business jet, a Legacy 500. This significant landmark occurs a little more than a decade after the Company fully committed to the business aviation market, establishing a new standard by designing products that brought game-changing features and amenities from larger business jets to the entry-level segment. (Source: Embraer, 19-Apr-2016)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Register update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 
  • 9H-USM - Aerospool WT-9 Dynamic (c/n. K14/2008), registered to Aero Club Malta
Cancellation/s: none
  • 9H-AGI - ATR 72-212A (c/n. 808), registered to Akka MA1 Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 15-Apr-2016)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Russia orders 30 Yak-130s

The Russian Defense Ministry and Irkut Corporation, the country’s aircraft manufacturer, have sealed a contract for the supply of 30 Yak-130 combat training aircraft to the Russian Air Forces before the end of 2018, the ministry’s press service said. The respective contract was signed by Deputy Defense Minister Y. Borisov and Irkut Corp. President O. Demchenko, the statement specified. (Source:, 17-Apr-2016)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Boeing receives contract for 12 CH-47Fs for the Netherlands

Boeing was awarded a $308 million modification (P00042) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 (the Netherlands) for 12 CH-47F helicopters.  Work has an estimated completion date of Apr. 15th, 2016. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 14-Apr-2016)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Emirates orders two additional A380s

Emirates today announced it has placed an order with manufacturer Airbus for an additional two new A380 aircraft, to be delivered in the 4th quarter of 2017. Emirates already operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus A380s, with 75 in service and a further 65 on firm order. The additional two aircraft, to be powered by Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines will take Emirates’ total A380 order book to 142. (Source: Emirates, 13-Apr-2016)

Air Austral cancels order for two A380s

RĂ©union Island leisure carrier Air Austral has canceled an order for two Airbus A380s, which was placed in 2009. "We can confirm the cancellation of these two A380s, as our customer has had a change in strategy," an Airbus spokesperson in Toulouse confirmed to ATW. (Source:, 13-Apr-2016)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Horizon Air signs a firm order for 30 E175s, plus 33 options

Embraer and Horizon Air have signed a firm order for 30 E175 jets. The contract also includes options for another 33 aircraft of the same model. The value of the contract,is USD 2.8 billion, based on current list prices, if all the options are exercised. The deliveries will start in the second quarter of 2017 and the aircraft will fly exclusively for Alaska Airlines. (Source: Embraer, 12-Apr-2016)

Russian AF Mi-28N gunship crashes near Homs

A Russian Air Force Mil Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter has crashed in Syria while performing a flight near the city of Homs, the Defense Ministry's press-service reports. The ministry says the helicopter was not shot down. "Today at 01:29 msk a helicopter of Russian AF was involved in an accident, and two crewmen have died," the ministry said.

Reports from the crash site indicate the helicopter didn't come under fire, the press service added. A rescue operation recovered the pilots' bodies and took them to the Khmemim airbase. "A group of aircraft accident experts is working at the crash site. The cause of the accident is being investigated," the Defense Ministry said in a statement. "Nobody shot at the aircraft. This is probably a technical failure," Kremlin spokesman D. Peskov said. (Source:, 12-Apr-2016)