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Airbus, UPS

UPS took delivery of its 53rd and final A300-600F earlier this month. Aug 16, 2006

Boeing, Centralwings

Centralwings added a sixth 737-400 and will lease a third 737-300. Aug 15, 2006

Boeing, Monarch Airlines

Boeing and Monarch Airlines of the United Kingdom announced today that the airline has ordered six Boeing 787-8 purchase rights for another four. The order is worth $916 million at list prices. With first delivery starting in 2010, the airline will use the new advanced, fuel-efficient 787s as the basis of its future long-haul operations. Monarch's current long-haul fleet comprises Boeing 767s, A300s and A330-200s. The Dreamliner's size, extended range and superior fuel efficiency make it ideally suited for Monarch Airlines' business model, which includes both scheduled and charter operations. Aug 18, 2006

Boeing, SilverJet

SilverJet, the soon to be launched Luton-based all-business class airline, has confirmed a Letter of Intent to secure two ex-ThomsonFly (formerly Britannia Airways) Boeing 767-200 aircraft. Delivery is scheduled for no later than March 2007 and October 2007 respectively. The airline is also in advanced negotiations for a further three similar aircraft, the first due by the end of October this year. Sicma Aeroseat has been contracted to supply its award winning new 75" flat beds for each of its aircraft. Laurence Hunt, chief executive, says that the airline plans to start operations in December 2006 flying daily from Luton's private jet terminal to Newark New York. Aug 19, 2006

Boeing, Thomsonfly

Thomsonfly said it will purchase two 737-300s and three new dash 800s, taking delivery in the first quarter of 2007. It also said it will sell two 767-200s to Silverjet, an all-business-class startup scheduled to commence operations at London Luton in December. Silverjet will take the aircraft in March and October 2007. Thomsonfly said it will dispose of two 737-500s next spring but offered no further details. It currently operates 47 Boeing aircraft. Aug 17, 2006


Boeing announced a 50/50 joint-venture agreement with VSMPO-AVISMA of Russia for the machining of titanium forgings for the 787. The companies have been working together since 1997 and signed an MOU on the titanium JV in April. VSMPO-AVISMA will perform rough machining in Verkhnaya Salda before final machining and processing is completed by Boeing in Portland, Ore. Aug 14, 2006

Lufthansa CityLine

Lufthansa CityLine is cutting 50-seat CRJs as larger jets arrive. LH CityLine introduced the first four of 12 84-seat CRJ900s into its fleet with a flight from Cologne-Bonn to Westerland.Deliveries will continue through November and the fleet will be based at Munich, Lufthansa's second hub. With the arrival of the CRJ900s, CityLine will phase out 20 of its 43 CRJ200s and reduce its total fleet from 81 aircraft to 73. Lufthansa CityLine will operate its 18 Avro RJ85s three years longer than expected, until 2012, and may even bring the fleet to 20. They will feed Frankfurt. Over the long term, however, LH Group will have to make a decision about replacing the approximately 60 RJs/BAe 146s operated by CityLine, Air Dolomiti, Swiss International Air Lines and Eurowings. Aug 16, 2006

Lufthansa CityLine is evaluating an order for new narrowbodies intended to replace not only the 146s but also its 737 Classics and older A320s. Some 60% of CityLine's business comprises feeder service to Franfurt and Munich, where it will lease Hangar 4 for CRJ900 maintenance. It has based eight aircraft in Hamburg, offering fares to European destinations starting from [euro]99 ($125.9) including taxes. Aug 16, 2006

Lufthansa Technik

Lufthansa Technik signed a five-year Total Component Support contract with Ural Airlines covering its six A320s. Aug 15, 2006

Monarch Airlines, Boeing

Monarch Airlines, the long established Luton-based carrier, now predominately a scheduled airline, has taken the Boeing route for its future aircraft requirements. Currently operating a mixed long haul fleet of Airbus A300, A330-200 and Boeing 767, the airline has opted for the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners with a firm order for six and option for a further four. First deliveries will start in 2010. To date, including Monarch, 32 customers have logged 420 orders and commitments for the new wide body, due to make its maiden flight next year. Aug 19, 2006
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