China Southern to finalize an order for 30 Boeing Next-Generation 737s and 50 737 MAX airplanes

China Southern Airlines Boeing 737-81B WL B-1916 (msn 41315) HNL (Ivan K. Nishimura). Image: 924133.

China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) is planning to finalize a large order with Boeing for up to 80 737 jets.

Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing is pleased that China Southern Airlines has announced a commitment to purchase 80 737s. The commitment includes a combination of 30 Next-Generation 737s and 50 737 MAX airplanes, valued at $8.38 billion at current list prices.

The order will be posted on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-81B WL B-1916 (msn 41315) taxies through Honolulu on delivery.

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Alaska Airlines partners with Boeing and the Port of Seattle on a plan to supply sustainable aviation biofuel at SeaTac Airport

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Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma), the Port of Seattle and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) are partnering to move toward a significant environmental goal: powering all flights by all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation biofuel. SeaTac is the first U.S. airport to lay out a long-term roadmap to incorporate aviation biofuel into its infrastructure in a cost-effective, efficient manner.

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At the SeaTac fuel farm (above) today, executives for the port, Alaska Airlines, and Boeing signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to launch a $250,000 Biofuel Infrastructure Feasibility Study that will assess costs and infrastructure necessary to deliver a blend of aviation biofuel and conventional jet fuel to aircraft at Sea-Tac, a crucial step toward routine biofuel use in the future.

The partners’ longer-term plan is to incorporate significant quantities of biofuel into SeaTac’s fuel infrastructure, which is used by all 26 airlines and more than 380,000 flights annually at the airport. SeaTac is the 13th busiest airport in the U.S. and will serve over 42 million domestic and international passengers this year.

Joe Sprague, senior vice president of communications and external relations for Alaska Airlines, Sea-Tac’s largest carrier and leader of the airport’s fueling consortium, said the airline wants to incorporate biofuel into flight operations at one or more of its hubs by 2020, with SeaTac as a first choice for the Seattle-based airline.

The Port of Seattle will manage the $250,000 study as the biofuel roadmapping process and, as SeaTac Airport’s governing authority, would handle the engineering and integration of biofuel infrastructure on Port property such as the airport’s fuel farm. An RFP for the infrastructure study will be issued in the spring of 2016, and the study is expected to be completed by late 2016. Currently, aviation biofuels are not produced in Washington state and must be imported by truck, rail or barge.

Boeing, which partners globally to develop and commercialize sustainable aviation biofuel, is providing expertise about approaches to develop a regional biofuel supply chain to serve the airport, including fuel types, fuel producers, processing technologies and integration with airplanes.

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Approved “drop-in” aviation biofuel is blended directly with regular petroleum-based jet fuel and used in airplanes without any changes to the aircraft or engines. Using sustainably produced biofuel reduces lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions by 50 to 80 percent compared to conventional petroleum fuel, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Since 2011, when biofuel was approved for commercial aviation, airlines have conducted more than 2,000 passenger flights with a blend of biofuel and conventional petroleum jet fuel.

The Port’s Century Agenda Goal is to reduce aircraft-related carbon emissions at Sea-Tac Airport by 25% by 2037. The key strategy to reduce these emissions is through aviation biofuel. Historically, the Port has been a leader in supporting research and development of aviation biofuels, and as models of other international airports and airlines using biofuel emerge, Sea-Tac is also developing a market-support role.

In the past five years, Alaska Airlines has become a leader in the pursuit of finding a sustainable supply of biofuels. In 2011, Alaska was the first airline to fly multiple flights using a 20 percent blend of sustainable aviation biofuel made from used cooking oil and waste animal fat.

In the next year, Alaska will partner with Gevo, Inc. to fly the first ever commercial flight on alcohol-to-jet fuel. In addition, as a partner in the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewable Alliance (NARA), Alaska plans to fly a demonstration flight next year using a new aviation biofuel made from forest-industry waste. Fuel for both demonstration flights must first be independently certified.

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Delta to acquire Embraer 190s and more Boeing 737-900 ERs

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will add up to 20 Embraer 190 and 20 new Boeing 737-900 ER jets acquired through a new agreement with The Boeing Company.

The agreement is part of the airline’s continued strategy to improve its efficiency by adding additional 737-900 ERs and upgauging its mainline fleet with the nearly 100-seat, twin-engine E190 jets while reducing the use of small regional aircraft.

The order announced today offered Delta more compelling economics over a previously cancelled order that also included Boeing-held E190s.

Expected to begin flying in early 2017, Embraer’s unique cabin design in the E190 includes two-by-two seating throughout the Main Cabin, one-by-two in First Class, and large overhead bins and oversized windows.

The additional Boeing 737-900 ERs will bring the total in Delta’s fleet to 120 by 2019. The aircraft features large overhead bins and audio/video seatback entertainment with 20 seats in First Class, 21 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 139 seats in the Main Cabin.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-932 ER WL N827DN (msn 31938) is named for C.E. Woolman, Principal Founder and the First CEO of Delta Air Lines.

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EVA Air to lease four Boeing 787-9s and two 787-10s from ALC

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Air Lease Corporation (ALC) (Los Angeles) has announced long term lease agreements with EVA Air (Taipei) for four new Boeing 787-9s and two new Boeing 787-10s. These aircraft are from ALC’s Dreamliner order book with Boeing and will deliver from mid-2018 through early 2020. These placements will bring the number of new Boeing widebody aircraft that EVA Air will lease from ALC to ten, including four Boeing 777-300 ERs already contracted.

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United to add the San Francisco – Nashville route

United Airlines Airbus A319-131 N840UA (msn 1522) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930677.

United Airlines (Chicago) on May 5, 2016 will add a new daily route from its San Francisco hub. The SFO – Nashville route will be added with Airbus A319 aircraft per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-131 N840UA (msn 1522) approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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American to add six American Eagle routes

American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N115HQ (msn 17000182) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402723.

American Airlines Group (Dallas/Fort Worth) on April 5, 2016 is adding six new daily American Eagle-branded routes per Airline Route:

Charlotte – Madison (CRJ700s, PSA Airlines)

Chicago (O’Hare) – Norfolk (CRJ700s, Envoy Air)

Chicago (O’Hare) – Providence (CRJ700s, Envoy Air)

New York (LaGuardia) – Kansas City (ERJ 170s, Republic Airlines)

Washington (Reagan National) – Cleveland (CRJ200s, Air Wisconsin)

Washington (Reagan National) – Minneapolis/St. Paul (ERJ 170/175s, Republic Airlines)

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Republic Airlines’ (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N115HQ (msn 17000182) departs from the Charlotte hub.

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Air New Zealand lands in Houston

Air New Zealand flight NZ28 arrives in Houston to a kapa haka performance. (PRNewsFoto/Air New Zealand)

Air New Zealand flight NZ28 arrives in Houston to a kapa haka performance. (PRNewsFoto/Air New Zealand)

Air New Zealand’s (Auckland) inaugural flight to Houston touched down yesterday (December 15) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Flight NZ 28 departed Auckland at 6:30 pm on December 14 and arrived in Houston around 1:15pm local time.

The flight, operated by a Boeing 777-200 aircraft, was welcomed to Houston with a performance on the tarmac by a kapa haka group made up of Air New Zealand staff.

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This week ANZ marks 50 years of flying to the U.S.

Air New Zealand’s Star Alliance partner United Airlines, which has a large Houston-based hub, will code share into Houston from numerous North American cities. A global gateway city, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) provides nonstop service to nearly 200 airports around the globe (113 domestic U.S. destinations).

Air New Zealand will fly between Houston and Auckland up to five times per week, operating its fully-refurbished Boeing 777-200 ER.

With the addition of Houston, Air New Zealand offers direct service to New Zealand from five North American gateways, also including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Honolulu.

The inaugural flight from Houston to Auckland departed yesterday at 8:25 pm (2025) local time.

Photo: Air New Zealand.

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