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Threading the celestial needle: Catching the Great American Eclipse at 35,000 feet

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A first look at the New England Patriots new Boeing 767-300

The New England Patriots have acquired two ex-American Airlines Boeing 767-323 ER wide-body airliners for team travel. Two aircraft will afford the team the option of a back-up aircraft.

The Patriots become the first NFL team to have a fully-dedicated fleet.

Both aircraft will have only first class seats.

The tail fin sports five Lombardi championship trophies.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 767-323 ER N36NE (msn 25193) is the former N366AA with American Airlines. It is being prepared at San Bernardino, CA.

BRA operates its last SAAB 2000 revenue flight

On June 25, 2017 BRA – Braathens Regional Airlines (Stockholm-Bromma) flew for the last time with the SAAB 2000. The last flight was operated from Stockholm-Bromma to Umeå.

On landing the crew was met by the tradtional water cannon salute.

The company replaced its older SAAB 2000s with newer ATR 72s.

BRA serves 13 destinations in Sweden.

Copyright Photo: Andreas. SAAB 2000 SE-MFM (msn 022) departs from Umea Airport.

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Boeing and Norwegian announce a Flight Training Agreement, orders two more 737 MAX 8s

Boeing and Norwegian announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show that the carrier has selected Boeing to provide all its flight training needs.

Last year at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow, Norwegian committed to Global Fleet Care (formerly known as GoldCare) coverage for its 737 MAX fleet and expanded coverage for the airline’s entire 787 fleet. These services agreements represented the largest commercial services order in Boeing history.

This announcement extends this further to now include all its flight training requirements across its Boeing fleet. In July, the work conducted under this contract will reside in Boeing Global Services, a new dedicated services business focused on the needs of global defense, space and commercial customers.

Boeing and Norwegian also announced an order for two additional 737 MAX 8s at the 2017 Paris Air Show. Valued at $225 million at current list prices, Norwegian now has 110 unfilled orders for 737 MAX 8s.

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TUI Group converts 18 orders to the Boeing 737 MAX 10

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Boeing and TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism business, on June 19, 2017 announced its selection of 18 737 MAX 10s at the 2017 Paris Air Show. TUI Group already had 70 unfilled orders for the 737 MAX and will convert 18 of these existing orders to the 737 MAX 10. The leisure group is the first European operator to select the latest member of the 737 MAX family of airplanes.

TUI Group aims to operate Europe’s most carbon efficient airlines and has committed to reduce the carbon intensity of its operations by a further 10 percent by 2020.

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The 737 MAX 10 is the largest member of the 737 airplane family, the world’s best-selling jetliner family.

The MAX 10 will be the most profitable single-aisle airplane, offering the lowest seat-mile cost ever in a commercial aircraft. The 737 MAX 10 has more range than today’s Next-Generation 737s and substantial fuel efficiency and economic advantages over heavier competing models, including five percent lower trip cost and five percent lower seat-mile cost.

Like Boeing’s other 737 MAX models, the MAX 10 incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays, and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

Along with the 737 MAX, TUI Group has unfilled orders for four 787-9 Dreamliners.  The Group also has 50 options for the 737 MAX and has converted 10 of these to the 737 MAX 10.  The Group will take delivery of its first 737 MAX aircraft in January 2018.

TUI Group, domiciled in Hanover and Berlin, is the largest integrated tourism group worldwide.  The Group operates six airlines across Europe and operates approximately 150 medium and long-haul aircraft, including more than 100 Next-Generation 737s and 15 787s.  TUI serves more than 20 million customers in 180 destinations around the world, employing more than 67,000 people.

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GECAS orders 20 Boeing 737 MAX 10s

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Boeing and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric [NYSE: GE], today announced an order for 20 737 MAX 10s at the Paris Air Show, converting 20 of its current MAX orders to the larger MAX 10.

GECAS has 170 737 MAX airplanes on order, the largest of any aircraft leasing company.

Like all of Boeing’s 737 MAX models, the MAX 10 incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, the Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays, and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history.