Canadian airline WestJet has placed an order for 14 additional Boeing 737-700NGs, the manufacturer and airline each announced today. The Calgary-based, low-fare airline also announced plans to reschedule delivery of 16 of the single-aisle airplanes already on order, to “provide for a smoother aircraft delivery schedule and a more flexible fleet plan.” WestJet flies an all-Boeing fleet of 81 Next-Generation 737s.
Pilots spend an extraordinary amount of time worrying about their jobs, and this is understandable, given the dramatic cutbacks in business aircraft travel during the current recession. The loss of pilot, mechanic and flight operation jobs is unprecedented, and thus it is not surprising that pilots often discuss ways to save their operations money.
The Qantas Group has reduced its firm order for 65 Boeing 787-9s by 15 airplanes, delayed first delivery of the type by three years and suspended delivery of its order for fifteen 787-8s for four years, the Australian flag carrier said in a statement today.
Cooling down somewhat from a red-hot commercial start at this year’s Paris Air Show, Airbus yesterday won a pair of modest but significant firm orders–one from Filipino airline Zest Airways for its first new Airbus A320 and the other from French private airline Aigle Azur for a single A319.
AirAsiaX has placed firm orders for 10 Airbus A350-900 airliners. The Malaysian carrier will use the new widebodys to connect its Asian hub in Kuala Lumpur with cities in Europe and Australia. The value of the deal was not confirmed but at list prices it would be approximately $2.4 billion.
Exactly two decades ago, the consortium that was to become International Aero Engines (Hall 5, Stand B10) was formed to build an engine, the V2500, to compete with CFM International’s CFM56 to power the Airbus A320. Since then, IAE has won itself a half-share of the world’s biggest civil market for aero engines and this year will mark delivery of the 4,000th engine and 50 million hours of service on the A320 series.
West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Greenjets last month launched a shared-ride charter jet membership service as a more environmental and economical way to use private jets. One-year memberships begin at $1,440 and fixed per-seat costs for a one-way New York to Florida charter flight start at $1,800 with a Black card membership.
Business aviation is set to recover from its downturn this year, according to a company that spends much of its time monitoring traffic at the London-area airports.
First Class Cars (Booth No. 792) achieved a 30-percent increase in its business aviation-related ground transportation operations during 2008 (with more than 9,000 separate trips) and is projecting a further 20 percent growth this year.
Boeing Capital and Grupo Mexicana today announced they have entered a lease agreement covering 25 Boeing 717-200s for use by the airline group’s MexicanaClick operation. Under the terms of the contract, MexicanaClick will begin receiving the 717s from Boeing Capital later this month and launch service early next month, according to a Boeing Commercial Airplanes spokesman, making it the first North American 717 operator outside the U.S.
The FAA yesterday reached a settlement with Southwest Airlines that reduces the civil penalty it proposed to levy against the carrier on March 6 last year from $10.2 million to $7.5 million. The agency proposed the penalty after it found that Southwest operated 46 airplanes on 59,791 flights without performing mandatory inspections for fuselage fatigue cracking.