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- WestJet & Virgin Atlantic Codeshare Agreement.
Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic and Canadian Airline WestJet have begun their codeshare agreement process, which came into effect on Tuesday 19th November. - This brand new codeshare will see Virgin Atlantic's number places on WestJet flights to 32 destinations in Canada.
Flights include Calgary, Toronto, Halifax and Vancouver from London Gatwick as international destinations, and domestic destinations include Deer Lake, Edmonton, Montreal, and Quebec.
- Azul & Alitalia Codeshare Agreement.
Struggling Italian carrier Alitalia and Brazil's Azul have signed a codeshare agreement which will increase route options for both airlines. - Alitalia will be able to offer new routes on the other side of the Atlantic, which are operated by Azul. - Azul has been trying to expand to trans-Atlantic operations recently, and this codeshare partnership will bring that goal closer.
- Etihad to test Boeing's 787 Environmental Greenliner Demonstration Aircraft.
Manufacturer Boeing has teamed up with Etihad to build and operate a Boeing 787 which is designed to test new, greener technologies. The aircraft will be called the "Greenliner", and the design partnership was announced last weekend at the Dubai Air Show 2019.
The Boeing 787-9 or 787-10 variants will be used, however the decision on what one has not been decided yet. - The Boeing 787 already has a great environmental capability at the moment, with good fuel efficiency, composite structure, low carbon emissions, and white-sheet design. - The aircraft will operate commercial flights as per usual but could be taken out of its scheduled rotation for any means of upgrades or performance evaluated.
- United Airlines Grounding Boeing 737 MAX Until March.
United Airlines has grounded the Boeing 737 MAX until March, following suite from Southwest & American Airlines. - This would mean that the Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded in the United States for a year, since the fatal crash in March 2019. It is expected that around 3,500 flights will be canceled due to this extension of the grounding.
- LATAM's Departure from oneWorld.
LATAM has announced that they will be departing from the oneWorld Alliance by October 2020. Due to their recent partnership with Delta Air Lines, it is best for the airline to leave, since it would be conflicting interests of the airline to stay in with one of Delta's rival airlines, American Airlines.
- Airbus' Possibility To Develop A350neo.
Airbus has a pretty decent range of aircraft already, however in recent reports, Airbus has been searching for a potential engine supplier for a re-engined Airbus A350 aircraft.
The current Airbus A350 aircraft has enabled airlines to launch ultra-long-haul flights, such as Singapore to New York, and many airlines have experimented with launching new products on the aircraft.
"As a leading aircraft manufacturer, we are always looking into advancing our aircraft/offerings to the benefit of our customers, keep our aircraft on the leading edge, and enhancing value. There is no pressure as the A350 is today the aircraft of choice (given its unprecedented track record and excellent customer feedback). This is also thanks to the engine."
- Emirates Orders 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
During the Dubai Air Show the previous weekend, Emirates ordered 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, with a list value of USD$8.8 billion. - Previously in 2017, Emirates placed a tentative order for 40 Boeing 787-10's, but the deal never went through due to an order for 150 Boeing 777X's fell through with the slow development and launching of the new aircraft. - Although this new order has gone through, Emirates will still be receiving some Boeing 777X's too.
"I am pleased to announce a firm order for 30 Boeing Dreamliners. This is an important investment and addition to our future fleet and it reflects Emirates' continued efforts to provide the best quality air transport services to our customers. The 787's will complement our fleet mix by expanding our operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range, and deployment. We are also pleased to reaffirm our commitment to the Boeing 777X programme and look forward to its entry into service."
- GECAS Orders 20 Airbus A321XLR & 12 A330neo.
GE Capital Aviation Servies (GECAS), which is an aircraft leasing firm has announced that it has signed a firm order for 12 Airbus A330neos, and 20 Airbus A321XLRs. These aircraft, once delivered will be leased to airlines around the world, and the confirmation of this deal was made public at the Dubai Air Show last weekend.
- Flynas Orders 10 Airbus A321XLR.
Saudi Arabian low-cost carrier Flynas has confirmed an order of 10 Airbus A321XLR at the Dubai Air Show. The order has a list value of $1.42 billion and deliveries of these aircraft are expected to begin in 2025.
- easyJet to Increase Airbus A320 Order.
easyJet has somewhat confirmed its plans to expand and have increased their fleet with the addition of 12 new Airbus A320neo aircraft. The airline has also stated that they want to expand into the holiday market, offering more than just flights, which they already do.
"We have built a brand new organisation, from the ground up, to replace the previously outsourced commission-based model, so we can directly sell to customers and grow our business quickly and at scale."
- Air Senegal Orders 8 Airbus A220.
Air Senegal has expressed interest in ordering 8 Airbus A220 at the Dubai Air Show. - They have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, and are expected to receive two aircraft per year from 2021, and will be flying to Lagos, London, and Geneva. - Air Senegal's CEO Mr. Ibrahima Kane said:
"These new 220 aircraft will contribute to developing our long-haul network to Europe and our regional network in Africa. Combined with our recent A330neo aircraft, this new Airbus fleet reveals Air Senegal's ambition to offer the best travel experience for our passengers."
- Air Astana Signs Intent for 30 Boeing 737 MAX.
Kazakhstan's flag carrier, Air Astana has signed a letter of intent for 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at the Dubai Air Show. The list value of this order is $3.6 billion. - With a current fleet of 31 aircraft, this order will double their fleet size, and they already have 27 aircraft due to be delivered over the next few years. - The new fleet is speculated to enter service in 2021.
- EgyptAir to Lease 2 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
EgyptAir will be leasing two Boeing 787 Dreamliners from AerCap, with deliveries happening in 2021, and 2022 respectively.
- SunExpress Orders 10 Boeing 737 MAX 8.
During the Dubai Air Show, Turkish carrier SunExpress locked in an order for 10 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which brings their total order with Boeing to 42 aircraft.
"We have a long-standing, strong and trustful relationship with Boeing and thus we decided to turn our option into an order. We stand behind our strategic decision to phase the 737 MAX into our fleet for all of its economic and ecological advantages, mid- and long-term."
- Airbus Wins Air Arabia Order of 120 Airbus A320 Family Aircraft.
Air Arabia has sealed their deal for 120 Airbus A320 family aircraft, including an order for 73 Airbus A320neo variants, and 23 Airbus A321XLR.
"The addition of the A320neo, A321neo, and A321XLR complements our existing fleet and allows us to expand our service to farther and newer destinations while remaining loyal to our low-cost business model. We look forward to working with Airbus and receiving the first delivery."
- Emirates' Deal for 50 Airbus A350.
Emirates has inked a deal for 50 Airbus A350-900 XWB's during the Dubai Air Show. The order coming to a value of USD$16 billion, the aircraft is said to be a good fit for operations for the Middle Eastern carrier and will feature the airlines brand new premium economy class.
- Biman Bangladesh Orders 2 787-9 Dreamliners.
Biman Bangladesh has announced an order for two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, which will add to the airlines' current fleet of four Boeing 787-8's. The list price is $585 million.
- Juneayo's First Fifth Freedom Destination.
Chinese Airline Juneayo Airlines has announced that it will be flying to Manchester in the United Kingdom, beginning March 2020, and will operate three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be used to operate the route and will be making a stop in Helsinki before heading over to Manchester.
- ANA Announces Huge Global Expansion.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced that it will be adding 12 new routes for the summer season, departing from Tokyo Haneda International Airport, the airlines' hub airport. The destinations are as follows: Washington DC, Houston, San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle, Delhi, Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Shenzhen, Stockholm, and Qingdao.
- British Airways' First Boeing 787-10 Route.
British Airways will be flying its first Boeing 787-10 to Atlanta first. The aircraft will be delivered in January, and a further 8 expected to be delivered in 2020.
- Virgin Atlantic Announces Airbus A350 Routes.
Virgin Atlantic will be introducing a second daily flight from London Heathrow to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi for Summer 2020.
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