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Boeing begins final assembly of the first 787-10 Dreamliner

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Boeing teammates in North Charleston, S.C., started final assembly of the first 787-10 Dreamliner, marking yet another on-time milestone for the development program.

The first 787-10 will cycle through Boeing South Carolina’s Final Assembly facility as all major sections are joined, interior and exterior components completed, power turned on and production tests begin.

The first 787-10 is expected to fly in 2017 and first delivery is scheduled for 2018.

The 787-10 is the third member of the super-efficient, passenger-pleasing 787 Dreamliner family. As a stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will retain 95 percent commonality while adding seats and cargo capacity, setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics – 25 percent better fuel per seat and emissions than the airplanes it will replace.

To date, Boeing has received 154 787-10 orders from nine customers.

Photo: Boeing.

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Air France takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing and AerCap, a global leader in aircraft leasing, on December 1, 2016, celebrated the delivery of the first 787 for Air France. The airplane, a 787-9, signifies the delivery of AerCap’s 50th Dreamliner and will be deployed on Air France’s Paris to Cairo route starting in January 2016. The airplane is also the 500th 787 produced on Boeing’s production lines.

 

The Air France-KLM Group has ordered a total of 18 787-9s and seven 787-10s, with an additional 12 787-9s leased through AerCap. The arrival of Air France’s first 787-9 in Paris today is part of the carrier’s continued renewal of its long-haul fleet.

Photos: Boeing. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBA (msn 38769) is pictured in action at Paine Field near Everett, WA on November 30, 2016.

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Kuwait Airways introduces a new livery on its first Boeing 777-300 ER

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Kuwait Airways is getting ready to take delivery of its first Boeing 777-300 ER. The first, the pictured Boeing 777-369 ER 9K-AOC (msn 62561), has been rolled out of the paint shop in a new livery and logo. The brand is being refreshed from the current 1993 livery with the new aircraft. Kuwait has 10 copies on order.

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All Images: Kuwait Airways.

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Donghai Airlines finalizes its order for five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

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Donghai Airlines and Boeing have announced the finalization of an order for five 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $1.32 billion at current list prices.

Shenzhen-based Donghai Airlines announced its intent to order 25 737 MAX 8s and five 787-9 Dreamliners in July at the Farnborough International Airshow. This 787-9 order comes just weeks after the carrier finalized its 737 MAX 8 order last month.

The 787-9 Dreamliner can fly 290 passengers up to 14,140 kilometers in a typical two-class configuration. The airplane will deliver unmatched fuel efficiency to Donghai airlines, enabling the carrier to expand the range and quantity of services on the long-haul market. The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passenger pleasing features such as large, dimmable windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Donghai Airlines started freighter operations in 2006. The carrier expanded to offer passenger services in 2014. Donghai Airlines currently has a fleet of 13 Boeing 737-800s serving for more than 10 cities across China. Donghai Airlines’ fleet is expected to reach 15 airplanes by the end of this year. With extended air route network, the Shenzhen-based carrier is making great efforts to build a modern medium-scale airline with high quality.

Image: Boeing.

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Copa Holdings launches low-cost Wingo in Colombia with 4 Boeing 737-700s

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Copa Holdings, parent company of Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia, has officially launched Wingo in Colombia. Wingo, which will begin operations on December 1, 2016 brings a low-cost/low-price offering, with flexible amenities to the market in Colombia and the region.

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Designed for travelers who prefer a simple and no-frills travel option, Wingo is a strategic response to dynamic market opportunities and a reflection of Copa Holdings’ experience and strength. Wingo adds a unique business model to Copa Holdings, whose full-service airline Copa Airlines offer the best connectivity through the Hub of the Americas in Panama City.

Wingo will operate administratively and functionally under Copa Airlines Colombian unit, with completely autonomous structures for its commercialization, distribution systems and customer service.

The “point-to-point” business model, with a simple organizational structure and low operating costs, allows Wingo to offer low prices and convenient payment methods, as well as the option for travelers to personalize their travel experience with the amenities and services they value during their flight.

Catalina M Bretón, who has more than 12 years of experience in strategic planning, corporate and commercial management in the airline industry, will lead Wingo, with the goal of making it a successful and growing venture. Eduardo Lombana, current CEO of Copa Colombia, will oversee operations, administration and finance of both Copa Airlines Colombian unit and Wingo.

Wingo will begin operations initially with service to 16 cities in 10 countries, including direct flights from Bogota to Cancun, Havana, Aruba, Punta Cana, Mexico City, San Andres, Panama City, Quito and Cartagena, among others. Most of these flights were previously operated under the Copa Colombia business model. A fleet of four Boeing 737-700 aircraft, each with single class seating capacity for 142 passengers, will cover the route network.

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ALC to lease six Boeing 737 MAX 8s to LOT Polish Airlines

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Air Lease Corporation has announced the placement of six new Boeing 737 MAX 8s with CFM Leap-1B engines on long-term lease to LOT Polish Airlines. In addition to the six firm lease placements, the agreement includes the option to lease five new 737 MAX 8s, to be confirmed by early 2017. All eleven aircraft are from ALC’s order book with Boeing.

Delivery of the first two firmly-contracted aircraft will begin in the fourth quarter of 2017, the next two in 2018, one in 2019, and the sixth aircraft will deliver in or before the first quarter of 2020. The optioned aircraft are expected to deliver in 2019 and 2020.

The new 737 MAX 8 aircraft will be used by LOT to increase frequencies and add new destinations on LOT’s extensive European and Eurasian route network.

LOT has one of the youngest fleets in Europe and was the first European airline to introduce into service the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. LOT estimates that in 2020 it will operate a total of approximately 70 aircraft, including 16 Dreamliners and approximately 15 new single-aisle planes with 150-plus seating capacity.

Photo: ALC.

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Greybull Capital finalizes its £165 million investment in Monarch Airlines

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Monarch Airlines on October 12, 2016 announced the biggest investment in its 48 year history, a £165 million ($202.4 million) investment from its majority shareholder, Greybull Capital.

As a result of this investment Monarch has successfully renewed its ATOL licences from the CAA for the next 12 months and funded future growth plans.

In October 2014, Monarch announced an order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft (above), with options for a further 15 planes. The first of these aircraft is due to be delivered in 2018.

The arrival of these state-of-the-art, fuel efficient aircraft in less than two years’ will enable Monarch to continue to provide passengers with a best in class inflight experience and allow the company to enjoy significant operational cost savings.

Andrew Swaffield, Chief Executive Officer of The Monarch Group, commented: “It is testament to the extensive effort by all parties, over the past weeks and months, that we are able to announce the largest investment in our 48-year history, as well as the renewal of our ATOL licences.

“I’d like to thank the CAA, our shareholders, partners, loyal customers and the team at Monarch for helping us to achieve this successful outcome. We are now firmly focused on the future as a stronger Monarch.”

Seabury Group LLC and Seabury Securities (UK) Ltd. served as financial advisor with respect to the recapitalisation.

Image: Boeing.

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