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    Korean Air becomes the third operator of the Bombardier CSeries. They just took delivery of their first CS300 aircraft which would be their first of 10 they have on order from the Canadian airframer. The delivery represents the 15th CSeries delivery so far for the year for Bombardier. Korean Air has been waiting a while for deliveries to start as they placed their order at the 2011 Paris Airshow.

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    Viva Air, the Latin America low cost carrier group owned by Irelandia Aviation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 50 A320 Family aircraft, comprising 35 A320neo and 15 A320ceo. The agreement paves the way for the group’s airlines VivaColombia and Viva Air Peru to base its fleet renewal and network growth on the A320 Family.

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    Two more MRJ90 jets are set to soon join the flight test program next year. These ones will appear slightly differently in paint scheme, sporting the MRJ90 logo on the tail and at this point being all-white. Some changes were made to the MRJ design and these extra test aircraft are being built to conform to the certification related to those changes. The new aircraft are expected to zero-in on high-intensity radiated field and electromagnetic interference tests, functionality and reliability, passenger comfort and operational evaluation. The flight-test articles that will fully complete the certification of the MRJ will be 6 with these extra two aircraft. The existing planes engaged in the test program have already logged more than 1,500 hours of test flying. Originally, the MRJ program was to conclude at 2,500 flight hours but the new design changes necessitated an extra 500 hours and therefore will bring the total to 3,000 flight hours and that also means the program has now reached the halfway point. Deliveries are expected to commence in 2020 where customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) will be first in line.

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    Airbus delivered the first “New Singapore Airlines A380” with an upgraded and improved cabin that elevates the passenger experience to new heights – the result of four years of development and a significant investment by the airline. The milestone delivery involves the first of five new double-deck Airbus A380s that Singapore Airlines is adding to its fleet, and the $850 million spent by the carrier in developing the new cabin clearly underscores the airline’s ongoing and full commitment to Airbus’ flagship jetliner.

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    Azores Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft. The airline, fully owned by SATA (Sociedade Açoreana de Transportes Aéreos) becomes the first Portuguese operator to receive a member of the best-selling A320neo Family. The aircraft, on lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC), was delivered during a ceremony held at the Airbus Hamburg site. It is the first of six that the airline plans to lease from ALC.

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    Pegasus Airlines, the leading Low-Cost-Carrier (LCC) in Turkey, has placed an order for 25 A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration). This comes on top of 18 A321neo and 57 A320neos already on order, bringing Pegasus Airlines’ total firm order to 100 Airbus A320 Family aircraft. Pegasus’ selection to move to an all-Airbus fleet reflects its strategy to grow its domestic as well as its international network with the best middle-of-the-market aircraft available.

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    Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) recently announced orders for (4) 787-9 Dreamliners – valued at $1.1 billion at list prices – that will enable Morocco's flag carrier to expand international service. The orders, previously listed as unidentified on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website, include two 787s purchased in December 2016 and two purchased this month. Royal Air Maroc, which has already taken delivery of five 787-8s, will grow its fleet of fuel-efficient 787s to a total of nine airplanes. Royal Air Maroc flies 787s on international routes from Casablanca to North America, South America, the Middle East and Europe, and with the additional airplanes plans to expand service to these areas.

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    The first customer-bound Airbus A350-1000 won't be delivered this year as intended. The launch customer for the largest model in the A350 series is Qatar Airways. They have agreed to have it delivered early in the new year although Airbus does not shed light on what is the cause for the delay except to suggest that the aircraft is in final preparation phase for service entry. Qatar might be having a bit of a dejavu moment now after they have experienced lots of trouble with their orders for the Airbus A320Neo. They too were the launch customer for that model but deferred it and that allowed Lufthansa to take over the launch customer status.

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    Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and EgyptAir Holding Company announced recently that the parties have executed a firm agreement for the sale and purchase of
    12 CS300 aircraft along with purchase rights for an additional 12 CS300 aircraft. EgyptAir’s Letter of Intent (LOI) was previously announced on November 14 during the 2017 Dubai Air Show. “As we look back at the C Series successful entry in service, we are thrilled that its many achievements are paving the way to further success. Welcoming EgyptAir to the family of C Series operators is another landmark moment for Bombardier,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The aircraft is performing exceptionally well, the industry recognizes the C Series as best in class, and this order from another well-established airline is testament to its tremendous value.”

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    Airbus has rolled out the first unit of their A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex). The aircraft is a higher-capacity A321neo and powered by CFM International Leap 1A powerplants. Ground tests are expected imminently in preparation for the first flight in the coming weeks. The first customer A321neo ACF is timetabled for mid-2018.

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    Air Astana has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft. The aircraft is actually a lease from Lessor AerCap. Two more A321neos are expected for this airline along with an A320neo -this is expected to be delivered this year-. The A321neo for Air Astana is configured with 151 economy class seats and 28 business class seats.

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    Turkish Airlines recently signed an MoU with Airbus to acquire 20 A350-900s, plus five options.The agreement was signed at the Élysée Palace, Paris, during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s official visit to France with French President Emmanuel Macron. Turkish Airlines board chairman İlker Aycı said the order is expected to, “play a key role in our growing business in the years to come ... the increased business volume for the local Turkish supplier industry by Airbus will be a great gain for the sector.”

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    China is set to make a monumental order from Airbus if talks between French President Emmanuel Macron and the Chinese Xi Jinping hold. They are looking to finalize an order for 184 Airbus aircraft, namely from the A320family. At this stage we are not sure if the announcement entails brand new orders or orders that have been made from an undisclosed customer. Either way deliveries are expected to go to 13 airlines starting in 2019. Many of the aircraft will be the Airbus A320neo.

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    The first Airbus BelugaXL transporter aircraft rolled out recently. The jet is yet to be fitted with its powerplants -twin Trent 700s-. The airframer says that it will build five of these aircraft which are a bit longer than the original Beluga's based on the A300 platform. The jet is expected to take to the skies by mid-year.

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