GECAS orders five Bombardier Q400 turboprops

GECAS DHC-8-400 (Bombardier)(LR)

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (Montreal and Toronto) has announced that lessor GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has signed a firm purchase agreement for five Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) NextGen aircraft and has also taken options on an additional 10 Q400 NextGen aircraft.

Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $160 million US. The value could increase to $448 million US should GECAS exercise all its options.

Image: Bombardier.

Boeing delivers the first 787-9 Dreamliner to Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) yesterday (December 31) took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The pictured stretched 787-9 A6-BLA (msn 39646) was handed over to the fast-growing United Arab Emirates carrier. Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing delivered Etihad Airways’ first 787-9 Dreamliner sporting the airline’s new “Facets of Abu Dhabi” livery which was revealed at a ceremony earlier this year. The colors are reminiscent of the desert landscape, inspired by the culture, Islamic design and architecture motifs of the United Arab Emirates.

The airplane is the first of the 71 Dreamliners that the national airline of the United Arab Emirates has on order which includes 41 787-9s and 30 787-10s. Etihad Airways will also be the first airline in the Middle East to operate the 787-9.

The 787-9 can carry 280 passengers 8,300 nautical miles (15,372 kilometers). The 787-10, launched in June 2013 and in development now, will fly 323 passengers up to 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 kilometers), or more than 90 percent of the world’s twin-aisle routes.

As of November 30, 2014, 58 customers have ordered 1,055 787s.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris/ The pictured 787-9 N1009N (msn 39646) became A6-BLA on the hand over.

Etihad Airways aircraft slide show:

Happy New Year to all of our loyal contributors, editors, photographers and readers

Happy New Year Fireworks (ASC)(LRW)

As we enter 2015 in the different parts of the world, I would like to thank the loyal contributors, assistant and contributing editors, staff photographers and of course, all of the loyal readers of World Airline News. Without you, this would not be possible. Our goal is to record the history of the world’s airlines with the best photography.

2014 was a very successful year for World Airline News. Readership of this news blog tripled in 2014 and we expect this trend to continue in 2015. All readers are encouraged to send us any news, photos or videos from your part of the world.

On behalf on the WAN staff, we wish you the most successful and healthful year in 2015. Thank you for reading this news blog.


Photo: Ariel Shocron.

Bruce Drum

Managing Editor

World Airline News

2014 in Review: Some of the airlines we lost in 2014

We lost the following airlines in 2014, with some changing names (all photo are from the photo library, please click on the photo for the full-size view and the photo credit):

Air Armenia (suspended operations on October 29, currently talking with new investors to relaunch operations in 2015)

Air One (ceased operations on October 30, assets merged into Alitalia)

Air Uganda (ceased operations on July 17 after its AOC was revoked)

AirTran Airways (operated its last flight on December 28, assets merged into Southwest Airlines)

Alitalia (2nd) (Compagnie Aerea Italiana) (technically the second version of Alitalia ends today and the new ownership takes over tomorrow). Assets transferred to Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana)

American Connection – Chautauqua Airlines (ended operations on August 19)

Bingo Airways (shut down on June 15)

CCA – Central Connect Airlines (ended operations on June 30)

Dobrolet (2nd) (shut down on August 4 due to western sanctions against Russia)

Era Alaska (Era Aviation) (became Ravn Alaska)

Eznis Airways (ceased operations on May 22)

Fly Olympic (Sweden) (shut down on July 29)

Fly Romania (Tend Air) (cancelled all flights on August 19 and declared bankruptcy on September 29)

Gambia Bird Airlines (as reported, suspended all operations on December 30)

go! (Mesa Air Group) (ended operations on March 31)

Greenland Express (denim Air) (quit flying on September 18)

JAL Express (JAL officially ended the subsidiary on September 30)

JetKonnect (parent Jet Airways ended the brand and subsidiary on November 30)

Lakeshore Express (ceased operations on April 1 – no joke)

Livingston Compagnia Aerea (2nd) (stopped trying on October 6)

Mandala Airlines (Tiger Airways Indonesia) (the Tigerair brand did not help, shut down on July 1 after many years)

North American Airlines (4th) (this historic airline shut down on April 29)

Our Airline (became Nauru Airlines on August 1)

PAL Airlines (ceased operating on August 4)

PEOPLExpress (Vision) 737-400 (14)(Grd)(Peoplexpress)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress (2nd) (Vision Airlines) (the virtual airline using the iconic name ceased operating September 26 after almost three months)

Polet Flight (Polet Airlines) (suspended operations on November 24)

Pullmantur Air (became Wamos Air on December 17)

RAK Airways (rakairways) (stopped again, for the last time on January 1)

Sky Aero ( (Kenya) (stopped in September)

Skywings Asia Airlines (Cambodia) (ceased operations on November 30)

Small Planet Airlines (Italy) (the subsidiary quit on January 17)

Tigerair Mandala (see Mandala) (stopped trading on July 1)

TMA Cargo (2nd) (the second version of TMA shut down in September 2014)

Transmile Air Services (suspended operations in 2014 but hopes to come back)

Trawel fly

Valuair (the name was quietly retired on October 26)

Vincent Aviation (Australia) (the Australia division shut down on May 28)

World Airways (an iconic name for many years stopped on March 26)


Is Cyprus Airways facing a shut down in 2015?

Cyprus Airways‘ (Larnaca) management may be wanting that 2014 never ends. The airline could be facing a very uncertain future in 2015.

According to the Cyprus Mail, “Cyprus Airways could face imminent closure after the holidays if it fails to produce a credible restructuring program and prove its financial viability to the government, Kathimerini newspaper reported.”

The newspaper added further, “The airline must by January 8, 2015 present fully audited 2014 results to authorities, and provide evidence that it is a going concern for it to be allowed to continue to operate, Phileleftheros said in an unsourced report.”

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

The airline and the government are under review by the European Commission for alleged state aid in 2012 and again in 2013. The EC is expected to rule in 2015 if this alleged state aid violated EU rules.

The government of Cyprus controls 93.67 percent of the company’s shares.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/ The Cyprus Airways fleet has shrunk to just six Airbus A320s. Airbus A320-232 5B-DCJ (msn 2108) arrives in Zurich.

Cyprus Airways aircraft slide show:

Aviation Safety Network: American Airlines flight 251 blows its right main tires on landing at Rio de Janeiro

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) flight AA 251 from the Dallas/Fort Worth to Rio de Janeiro (Galeao) landed at Galeao on December 30 with the pictured Boeing 767-323 ER N380AN (msn 25449). The flight apparently blew one or more right main gear tires on landing and according to the Aviation Safety Network and this video, taxied to the gate. The aircraft did receive some damage according to ASN.

Video: Jose Nonato Coutinho.

American Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery): AG Slide Show

Aeroflot to launch two new routes on January 2

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) on January 2, 2015 will launch the Moscow — Murmansk — Moscow and Moscow — Arkhangelsk — Moscow routes.

Aeroflot will provide two daily flights to each city on Airbus A320s from Sheremetyevo Airport Terminal D.

Copyright Photo: SPA/ Aeroflot Russian Airlines’ Airbus A320-214 VQ-BBC (msn 3835) arrives in London (Heathrow).

Aeroflot Russian Airlines aircraft slide show: