Start-up AirAsia China considers the Comac C919

Malaysian carrier AirAsia announced last week that they have signed a joint venture agreement to launch a new Chinese start-up, AirAsia China. AirAsia representatives have hinted that the aircraft of choice for the new carrier would be Chinese manufactured COMAC C919.


AirAsia China is planned to be based in Zhengzhou, in the Henan Province of China, situated on the Yellow River. The venture is to run in partnership with the Everbright Group. The group already has operations in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, India and the Philippines.

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Air Canada outlines 737 MAX operations

Air Canada has outlined proposed plans for the deployment of two B737 MAX aircraft due to enter its fleet by the end of 2017. The new narrowbodies are likely to be used on routes from Victoria Int’l to Toronto Pearson and Montréal Trudeau as well as between Calgary and Halifax, as reported by Skies Magazine.

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737 MAX render in Air Canada’s old livery ©Boeing

The 737 MAX 8 is expected to replace the A320, whilst the 737 MAX 9 is expected to supplement the Airbus A321. Bombardier’s new C-Series aircraft are expected to replace Air Canada’s fleet of Airbus A319s and Embraer E-190s, starting in 2019.

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Qantas Airbus A380 returns to Los Angeles after Engine problems

On the 19th of May, the crew of Qantas flight QF94 were forced to shut down the Airbus A380’s outboard right hand side engine and return to Los Angeles Int’l after passengers reported a hearing loud bang and witnessed streaks of flames and sparks. None of the 480 people onboard were injured.

Qantas technicians inspecting the damaged engine

Flight QF94 departed Los Angeles 22:42 local time and was en route to Melbourne when the incident occured. The aircraft was around 800nm from Los Angeles, climbing from FL320 to a higher cruising altitude of FL340 when the loud bang was heard from one of the A380’s four Rolls-Royce Trent 972 engines.

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GE begins GE9X certification testing

Earlier this week, GE Aviation has began testing to gain certification for its brand new GE9X engine at its Peebles Test Operation (PTO) center. The GE9X will be the only engine to power the 777X family.

The FETT GE9X undergoing testing at one of GE’s facilities. Copyright: GE Aviation
The first round of certification tests are being conducted on the second GE9X production-configured engine.  To prepare for the certification program, trials of the first full engine to test (FETT) GE9X engine commenced in March 2016, generating critical data on the performance and design of the engine. Testing of the FETT concluded earlier this year with a series of preliminary natural-icing tests at PTO, where the GE9X ran more than 50 tests, accumulating 168 hours and 162 cycles.

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Aeroméxico Boeing 737 hits utility truck after landing at Los Angeles

On the 20th of May, an Aeroméxico Boeing 737 operating flight AM642 from Mexico City to Los Angeles, hit a utility truck while taxiing after landing, causing the vehicle to tip over.

Eight people have reportedly been injured, but nobody is in a critical condition. None of the 146 passengers and crew onboard were injured, but a passenger said he felt slight pain after leaving the aircraft.

Copyright: Joe Studley on Twitter.

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Jet2 A330 lease – all you need to know!

  • After several WordPress users commented on our earlier report requesting information, I thought it would be best to summarise all the facts about Jet2’s A330 operations in the coming months.
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G-VYGL undergoing crew training at Birmingham ©Peter Reoch

On the 18th of May, Airbus A330-243 G-VYGL (MSN 1555) arrived at Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC) in Jet2 colours to mark the start of a five month lease from AirTanker. The 327 seat airliner will allow Jet2 to add extra seats and capacity during the Summer 2017 season, in order to support their biggest ever Summer holidays and flights programme.

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Monarch Airlines takes delivery of first Boeing 737-800 aircraft

British carrier Monarch Airlines has received their first Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The single aisle twin jet will be used for crew familiarisation flights before the airline’s fleet of 737 MAX aircraft arrive in 2018.

Summer lease for crew familiarization for upcoming 737 MAX 8s
TC-AAY arriving at Birmingham ©Ian Bowley

Boeing 737-82R(WL) TC-AAY (MSN 40874) arrived at Birmingham Airport (BHX/EGBB) at 8:57 AM on the 18th of May, after a 3 hour 31 minute delivery flight from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW/LTFJ).

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