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Aug 6, 2007

While six-month load factor remained strong at 75.7%, IATA DG and CEO Giovanni Bisignani warned that the industry will take delivery of 1,800 new aircraft in the next 18 months, including the A380, which represents a 10% growth in the installed fleet. Jul 31, 2007

IATA said Asia/Pacific airlines will receive 35% of the new aircraft, mainly in China and India. European carriers will take delivery of 26% and North American airlines 25%. Jul 31, 2007

AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines, Boeing

AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines is ordering up to 14 Boeing 737-800 airplanes. The Kiev-based carrier signed an order for seven 737s valued at $523 million at list prices, and secured purchase rights for another seven. AeroSvit will equip the 737-800s with fuel-saving Blended Winglets. This order marks AeroSvit's first direct purchase from Boeing since the carrier was founded in 1994. All-Boeing operator AeroSvit will gradually replace its fleet of 13 737 Classic airplanes with the Next-Generation 737s. AeroSvit operates three Boeing 767s on its long-haul services to destinations including Delhi, Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, Toronto and New York. Aug 3, 2007

Air France KLM , Bombardier, Embraer

Air France KLM is to order around forty regional jets 'in the near future', representing an investment of over 1 bln usd, French daily Les Echos reported without indicating its sources. The paper claimed that airline has asked Brazil's Embraer and Canada's Bombardier to submit offers for 70-100 seater aircraft, and intends to place 'at least twenty firm orders with the same amount of purchase options.' The order could be announced before the end of the month, and deliveries could start as of 2008, Les Echos said. Aug 2, 2007

Airbus

Airbus A380 received EASA and US FAA approval to operate on runways with a width of 45 m. or more, which is the standard at most airports around the world, Airbus said. The aircraft already has visited 45 airports and the manufacturer claimed that more than 70 will be ready for the A380 by 2011. Aug 2, 2007

Airbus, Boeing

Sue Payton, head of U.S. Air Force acquisitions, delivered bad news for Airbus this weekend, when she said the Air Force will not split its initial $40 billion order of 80 refueling tankers in a contract to be issued later this year. Aug 5, 2007

Atran. Antonov

An-12 freighter belonging to cargo carrier Atran crashed shortly after takeoff from Moscow Domodedovo early Sunday, killing all seven crew onboard. Flight 9655 was on its way to Omsk with nine tons of cargo but crashed and burned in a forest about 4 km. from the end of Runway 32C. The Ivchenko AI-20M-6-powered turboprop first flew in 1964, according to the Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network. It was Atran's first hull loss accident. Itar Tass news agency reported that weather conditions were "normal" at DME and that, according to Atran, the aircraft "underwent a serious technical examination in May." All three flight data recorders reportedly have been recovered. Founded in 1993, Atran is 25% owned by the Russian government and operates six An-12s, six IL-76Ts and three An-26s, Itar Tass reported. Jul 31, 2007

British Airways, Swiss International

British Airways is continuing to investigate an incident in which two of its passenger jets collided on the ground. No-one was hurt when a Washington DC-bound Boeing 777 reversed into the path of a Swiss International Airbus A321 which had just arrived at Heathrow Airport from Zurich. But the damage to the aircraft could run to as much as UK[pounds sterling]1 / USD2 million and there has been speculation that cost-cutting by BA led to the accident. It is thought that a wing of the Washington-bound aircraft, which was moving off its stand at Heathrow's Terminal 4 at the weekend, clipped the tail fin of the A321, which had 100 passengers aboard. The A321 is believed to have been shunted about 10ft. Jul 31, 2007

MNG Technic

MNG Technic signed agreements with Ukraine operator UM Air for a C check on a DC-9 and with British operator Flightline for an MD-83 C check. Jul 31, 2007

Montenegro Airlines, Embraer

Montenegro Airlines signed an agreement to lease two Embraer E-195s from GECAS. Deliveries are scheduled for May 2008 and May 2009. Aircraft will be configured with 116 seats in two classes--the first business class-equipped E-195s in Europe--and used on routes to Russia, the UK and Scandinavia, Embraer said. Aug 3, 2007

Moscow Domodedovo Airport, Antonov

Seven Die In Russian Cargo Plane Crash. All seven crew members died when an An-12 Russian cargo plane crashed soon after takeoff from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport early on Sunday, Itar-Tass news agency reported. It said the four-engine turboprop plane, bound for the Siberian city of Omsk, came down on open ground 4 km (2.5 miles) from the airport. The cause of the crash was not immediately known. Tass said the plane, which belonged to cargo carrier Atran, was built in 1964 but had been fully serviced in May. Crashes of elderly planes are not unusual in Russia, which has made upgrading its passenger and cargo fleet a political priority. Jul 30, 2007

PowerJet, Sukhoi, Snecma

PowerJet, the 50/50 joint venture between Snecma and NPO Saturn developing the engine for the Sukhoi Superjet, named Jean-Paul Ebanga chairman and CEO. He replaces Michel Dechelotte, who is moving to another position within Safran Group. Jul 30, 2007

Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce's Civil Aerospace segment ended the first half of 2007 with an order book worth [pounds sterling]28.1 billion, up from [pounds sterling]20 billion at the end of 2006. The company delivered 421 engines during the semester compared to 412 in the first six months of 2006 and recorded sales worth [pounds sterling]2.01 billion compared to [pounds sterling]1.79 billion in the year-ago period. Jul 30, 2007

Ryanair

Ryanair, Europe's largest no-frills airline, reported a 20 percent increase in first-quarter profits Tuesday and raised its full-year forecast, citing plans to ground some aircraft in the slower winter months. Its shares rose over 10 percent. Jul 31, 2007

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