Aircraft News - Africa / Middle East.
Boeing has secured over USD$10 billion of plane orders from Arab carriers in the last three years fueled by growth in passenger traffic and an economic boom, a senior company official said on Sunday. The plane manufacturer was also engaged in negotiations with undisclosed Arab carriers for major orders this year, Monson (Lee Monson, senior vice president, Middle East and Africa) said, declining to give details. Boeing also made a deal last week worth USD$2.26 billion with the Kuwaiti aircraft leasing firm Alafco to sell 12 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner planes, and six Boeing 737-800 planes, he said. May 20, 2007 Boeing, Royal Jordanian Boeing and Royal Jordanian today announced an order for Boeing's highly sought-after Boeing 787 Dreamliner, confirming two unidentified customer purchases previously listed on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries Web site. The announcement was made at the World Economic Forum, an event sanctioned by the Jordanian royal family and held at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center on Jordan's Dead Sea. Royal Jordanian is the first Middle East airline to announce an order for Boeing's 787. The airline also intends to take an additional eight Boeing 787s on lease. May 20, 2007
EgyptAir Express took delivery of its first Embraer E-170. The new EgyptAir subsidiary ordered six E-170s in September plus six options and plans to use the regional jets in single-class configuration with 76 seats primarily for domestic services. May 16, 2007
Kenya Airways, Boeing
Kenya Airways 737 Crash Pilot Took Off Despite Storm Warning. The pilot of a Kenya Airways plane that crashed in Cameroon this month decided to take off in stormy weather while other flights waited for conditions to improve, Cameroon's civil aviation chief said on Tuesday. Cameroon has launched an investigation into the crash of the six-month-old Boeing 737-800, which crashed into swampy jungle not far from Douala Airport shortly after taking off around midnight on May 4-5. All 114 people on board were killed. May 15, 2007
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May 14, 2007
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