The FAA has issued Boeing certification for the 747-8 Intercontinental, the company’s newest and largest passenger airplane, clearing the way for first delivery to launch customer Lufthansa “early next year,” the company announced this afternoon.
Private Nigerian operator Arik Air confirmed here it is a previously unidentified customer for seven Boeing 737-800s that will bring its fleet to 17 aircraft, of which three will be longer -900 variants. Arik Air also has on order five Boeing 777-300ERs and seven 787-9s (for which deliveries are being renegotiated to a
later date than the previously agreed 2013).
Bombardier continued its deliberate penetration of South and Central America last month with an order from Mexico’s AeroLineas MesoAmericanas (ALMA) for a pair of CRJ900s. Based in Guadalajara, ALMA began operations in June last year and already flies 15 fifty-seat CRJ200s to 25 Mexican destinations. The order came on the heels of a separate deal to deliver four Q400 turboprops to Arik Air of Nigeria.
South Korea’s first regional airline, Jeju Air, plans to launch service this month with the first of five 74-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprops. The airline also holds options on an additional three Q400s. Young-Shin Chang, chairman of Jeju Air’s holding company, Aekyung Group, and Sang-Kil Joo, president of Jeju Air, in late April accepted delivery of the first airplane during a ceremony held in Downsview, Ontario.
Arik Air, Nigeria’s new airline, took a solid step forward last month when it accepted delivery of the first two Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets in Africa in ceremonies at the Canadian manufacturer’s assembly plant in Mirabel, Quebec. Arik Air took over the defunct Nigeria Airways center in Lagos in April and is rebuilding the facilities there as its base.