Boeing, Avolon finalize a deal for 75 737 MAX airplanes

Boeing and Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, have finalized an order for 75 737 MAX airplanes. The confirmed order is for 55 MAX 8s and 20 MAX 10s, with options for 20 additional MAX 8s.

The agreement, announced as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the 2017 Paris Air Show, is valued at nearly $11 billion at list prices including the 75 firm and 20 option aircraft.

Launched at the 2017 Paris Air Show, the MAX 10 will have the lowest seat-mile cost of any single-aisle airplane. The new airplanes will bolster Avolon’s airplane portfolio to meet growing customer demand in the narrow-body market segment.

Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Avolon is one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing firms, with an owned, managed and committed fleet of 915 aircraft as of September 30, 2017. Avolon also has the youngest owned fleet amongst the top three lessors and an order book of exclusively new technology aircraft.

 

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Wizz Air signs a MOU for 146 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

Wizz Air's first Airbus A321

Wizz Air Holdings Plc, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced on November 15, 2017 that, following a competitive selection process, it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus S.A.S. relating to the purchase of a further 146 Airbus A320neo family aircraft (72 A320neo and 74 A321neo). While deliveries will start in 2022, the bulk of the aircraft will be delivered in 2025 and 2026, following on from the delivery of the 110 Airbus A321neo aircraft ordered by Wizz Air in 2015. Under the Memorandum of Understanding Wizz Air has the right to substitute a number of the A320neo aircraft with the Airbus A321neo and vice versa, depending on its future requirements.

This new order, if approved by Wizz Air’s shareholders, would bring Wizz Air’s outstanding orders with Airbus to 282 aircraft, including also 8 Airbus A320ceo and 18 Airbus A321ceo aircraft, deliveries of which will continue to early 2019, and 110 Airbus A321neo aircraft, deliveries of which are planned to start in 2019 and continue through to the end of 2024.

Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL D-AVXI (HA-LXA) (msn 6848) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 929984.

Piedmont Airlines passenger service agents to protest low wages outside PHL, CLT and PHX International Airports

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The union representing the Pidemont Airlines (2nd) passenger service agents have made this announcement:

Piedmont Airlines passenger service agents, members of the Communications Workers of America, will picket Piedmont operations at Philadelphia International Airport; Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, AZ on Monday, Nov. 20.

Agents are frustrated that contract negotiations have been dragging on for the past year, and are calling for the airline to get serious about negotiating a fair contract.

CWA represents 4,600 Piedmont agents nationwide, as well as 3,800 agents at Envoy and 14,000 passenger service agents at American Airlines.

Agents and allies are demonstrating their determination to get a fair contract and end the pay gap between regional airlines and mainline carriers. Despite extensive job responsibilities and long hours, Piedmont agents’ pay is less than half of the pay of mainline agents’ pay.

What: Protest and leafleting outside Piedmont operations at PHL, CLT and PHX.

When: Protest will be held on Monday, Nov. 20, in PHL from 8 am-11 am and 2 pm-5 pm; in CLT from 7 am-1 pm, and in PHX from 10 am-11:30 am. (all events are local time.)

Why: Piedmont agents help connect American Airlines passengers to their destinations every day and are proud of their contribution to American’s success. But Piedmont has been stalling and dragging its feet in negotiating a fair contract with the workers who help make it successful.

Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N328EN (msn 281) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402765.

Thomas Cook Airlines UK quietly retires its last two Boeing 767-300s

Type Retired: November 2, 2017

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) has quietly stopped operating its last two 326-seat Boeing 767-300s (G-DAJC and G-TCCB). Both aircraft have not operated since November 2, 2017 and are now parked at Manchester minus any titles.

The airline has not made any official announcement.

Sister airline Condor of Germany will continue to operate the type.

Copyright Photo: Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Thomas Cook.com) Boeing 767-31K ER WL G-DAJC (msn 27206) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 913330.

 

Montenegro Airlines to add two routes to Germany in 2018

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Montenengro Airlines (Tivat) is planning to add two twice-weekly Embraer 195 routes from Tivat to both Leipzig/Halle and Munich starting on May 3, 2018.

Montenegro Airlines operates scheduled flights to Zurich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Rome, Paris, Ljubljana, Vienna, Belgrade, Moscow, Lyon, Copenhagen, London and Saint Petersburg successfully establishing an air bridge between Montenegro and Europe.

In addition to scheduled flights, the company also operate charters to many destinations, including: Helsinki, Tel Aviv, Linz, Bratislava, Nantes, Bari, Naples and others.

The Montenegro Airlines fleet consists of three Embraer 195s and two Fokker 100s.

Top Copyright Photo: Montenegro Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) 4O-AOC (msn 19000358) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 905989.

Route Map:

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IndiGo takes delivery of its first ATR 72-600

IndiGo's first ATR 72-600, delivered on November 17, 2017

IndiGo, India’s largest airline by market share, on November 17, 2017 took delivery of its first ATR 72-600. The airline and ATR announced earlier this year an agreement for the acquisition of 50 ATR 72-600s. This delivery represents a major step in the airline’s ambitious plan to further develop its fleet with the introduction of fuel-efficient and cost-effective ATR 72-600s, thus expanding its regional footprint and bringing air connectivity to smaller Indian airports and communities.

The introduction of the new ATR fleet goes in line with the Indian government’s Regional Connectivity Scheme, which aims to boost economic development, employment and tourism by connecting small and remote cities. Under this scheme 100 new airports are expected to be created in the next three years.

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IndiGo plans to put the new type into revenue service on December 21, 2017 on the following routes:

Our brand-new fleet of ATRs is flying to more of India. Bookings now open for the below sectors:-

Flight Number Origin Destination Departure Arrival Starts Starting Fare*
6E 7107 Bengaluru Tirupati 9:40 10:35 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7121 Bengaluru Rajahmundry 10:45 12:30 16-Jan-18 1999 Book Now
6E 7125 Chennai Rajahmundry 17:55 19:40 16-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7102 Chennai Mangalore 11:35 13:30 21-Dec-17 1499 Book Now
6E 7101 Hyderabad Mangalore 6:40 8:40 21-Dec-17 1999 Book Now
6E 7103 Hyderabad Nagpur 16:15 18:10 21-Dec-17 1999 Book Now
6E 7105 Hyderabad Tirupati 6:25 7:50 9-Jan-18 1999 Book Now
6E 7112 Hyderabad Tirupati 12:40 14:05 9-Jan-18 1999 Book Now
6E 7116 Hyderabad Tirupati 19:25 20:50 9-Jan-18 1999 Book Now
6E 7118 Hyderabad Rajahmundry 7:05 8:20 16-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7123 Hyderabad Rajahmundry 14:35 15:50 16-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7101 Mangalore Chennai 9:05 11:05 21-Dec-17 1499 Book Now
6E 7102 Mangalore Hyderabad 13:50 15:40 21-Dec-17 1499 Book Now
6E 7104 Nagpur Hyderabad 18:30 20:25 21-Dec-17 1999 Book Now
6E 7119 Rajahmundry Bengaluru 8:40 10:25 16-Jan-18 1999 Book Now
6E 7124 Rajahmundry Chennai 16:10 17:35 16-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7122 Rajahmundry Hyderabad 12:50 14:05 16-Jan-18 999 Book Now
6E 7126 Rajahmundry Hyderabad 20:10 21:25 16-Jan-18 999 Book Now
6E 7106 Tirupati Bengaluru 8:10 9:15 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7113 Tirupati Bengaluru 14:45 15:50 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7108 Tirupati Hyderabad 10:55 12:05 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7115 Tirupati Hyderabad 17:35 18:50 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7117 Tirupati Hyderabad 21:10 22:35 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now

 

Top Copyright Photo: IndiGo Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEF (VT-IYA) (msn 1457) TLS (EuroSpot). Image: 939920.