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September 8, 2014, 11:44 AM

Boeing finally answered Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary’s call for a higher-capacity 737 Max 8 with last Monday morning’s official launch of the 737 Max 200 and, in the process, won a commitment for as many as 200 airplanes.

September 8, 2014, 10:55 AM

The Jamaica Defense Force today is expected to resume efforts to locate wreckage from the Daher-Socata TBM900 that crashed into the Caribbean Sea around 14 miles off the northeast coast of Jamaica shortly after 2 p.m. on September 5. Jamaican search efforts were suspended late on September 7 because of weather, and earlier that day the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search operations, which had involved a C-130, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and the cutter Webber.

September 8, 2014, 9:33 AM

The second Bombardier CSeries CS100 flight-test vehicle returned to the air on September 7 after more than a three-month hiatus. FTV2 took off at 6:10 p.m.

September 7, 2014, 1:20 AM

Santiago, Chile-based Aerocardal Limitada is the first service provider in Latin America to be accepted into the Air Elite Network. Aerocardal, an FBO with its own tank farm and fuel trucks, is now World Fuel Services’ preferred ground handler and fuel distributor for business aviation at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. Its newly renovated facility, which is open 24/7, has a 7,700-sq-ft terminal, one of the largest in Latin America.

September 7, 2014, 1:10 AM

Calgary-based WestJet Encore signed a firm order for five Bombardier Q400s in late July, raising its order total for the type to 30. The latest deal, valued at $167 million, involved the conversion of five options booked by parent company WestJet with its original order for the type in July 2012. Plans call for the airplanes to help support WestJet’s expansion into the eastern part of Canada, where it currently operates a base out of Toronto.

September 7, 2014, 12:55 AM

Atlantic Aviation has completed a $1.325 million renovation of its ramp at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, one of the service provider’s top three busiest bases. The 16-acre project was intended to upgrade its McCarran ramp to recognized standards. It addressed leveling issues and repaired distressed areas with a covering of new asphalt. An existing drainage ditch was filled in to accommodate additional aircraft parking and a new drainage system was installed during the course of the project’s two phases, which took three weeks in total to complete.

September 7, 2014, 12:50 AM

Japan’s Amakusa Airlines expects to become the country’s first ATR 42 operator under the terms of a lease deal it signed in late July with Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC). The letter of intent calls for the Kumamoto Prefecture-based regional airline to take the aircraft, a new ATR 42-600, in the fourth quarter of next year. The announcement followed NAC’s firm order at the Farnborough airshow for 25 ATR 42-600s. NAC also took options on 50 of the turboprops, raising the potential value of the deal to more than $1.55 billion.

September 7, 2014, 12:45 AM

When the FAA implemented more rigorous minimum standards (the “1,500-hour ATP” rule) for airline first officers last year, many in the industry expressed concern about a shortage of pilots meeting the requirement. Under the new regulation first officers must hold an ATP certificate, which requires 1,500 hours total time. Previously, first officers were required to have only a commercial pilot certificate, which requires just 250 hours of flight time.

September 7, 2014, 12:35 AM

Aurigny Air Services plans to start new service between its base in Guernsey in the Channel Islands and London City Airport on September 8, starting with a wet-leased Fokker 50 turboprop. Plans call for two round trips each week with the Fokker for four to eight weeks, at which time Aurigny expects to start flying a newly sourced ATR on the route.

September 7, 2014, 12:20 AM

Authorities at the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority in Indiana have approved a contract to construct a new $4 million FBO facility at Fort Wayne International Airport. Set for completion late next year, the new 12,000-sq-ft facility will eventually supplant the current Atlantic Aviation facility, destined for removal when the service provider’s lease expires in January 2016 to make room for expansion of the airline terminal. The airport has yet to determine whether it will operate the new facility itself or bring in an established service provider to manage it under contract.

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