Has Signed Firm Orders For 145 Aircraft, Plus 72 Options, Since
The Beginning Of The Year
Officials for European regional turboprop maker ATR say 2011 has
been a record year for sales, with 145 firm aircraft orders and an
additional 72 options since the beginning of the year. The value of
these orders is estimated at 3.2 billion dollars (4.8 billion
including the options). The previous record was in pre-recession
2007, with 113 firm orders and 26 options.
Luxembourg Airline Orders Four NextGen Turboprop Airliners
A firm order for four Q400 NextGen high-speed turboprop
airliners, which was announced on August 16, 2011, was placed by
Luxair, the national airline of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg,
Bombardier confirmed Thursday. The transaction also included
options on an additional four Q400 NextGen aircraft. As previously
announced, based on the Q400 NextGen aircraft list price, the firm
order contract is valued at approximately $126 million.
First A330-200 Freighter customer in Latin America
Avianca, part of the airline group AviancaTaca Holdings, has
signed a firm order for four Airbus A330-200 Freighter aircraft.
The new aircraft will be operated by Avianca's cargo subsidiary
Tampa. Avianca will announce its engine choice at a later date. The
new airplanes will replace Tampa's current cargo fleet and play a
key role in expanding Avianca's international cargo business.
Alliance Grows To 15 Members, Adds Taipei To Asian Hub
Global airline alliance Skyteam added China Airlines as its 15th
member at a joining ceremony held in Taipei Tuesday. The flag
passenger and cargo carrier of Taiwan, China Airlines becomes the
first Taiwanese airline to join SkyTeam.From its hub in Taipei,
China Airlines operates a diverse passenger and cargo network
throughout the wider Asia pacific region, North America and
This may be a first. With WiFi becoming more prevalent on
airliners, it's not surprising that someone has used Skype in
flight, but using the lav as an impromptu TV studio ... that may be
another thing entirely.
Carriers Say Anti-Terrorism Costs Are Taxpayers'
The airline industry, which two years ago was an active
proponent of user fees for general aviation, now finds itself on
the defensive against an Obama administration proposal to jack up
its own user fees by 50 percent to cover bloated airport security
costs. The proposal may bring a more serious look at the
cost/benefit of what is commonly called "security theater."