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September 30, 2011

ATR Reports New Annual Sales Record

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.

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Luxair Confirmed As Previously Unidentified Customer For Q400

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.

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Avianca Signs Firm Order for 4 Airbus A330 Freighter Aircraft

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.

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China Airlines Joins Skyteam

Alliance Grows To 15 Members, Adds Taipei To Asian Hub Network

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 Europe.

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Journalist Skypes From Airliner Lav

Time Magazine Editor Appeared On MSNBC In Flight

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.

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Airlines Fight Higher User Fees

Carriers Say Anti-Terrorism Costs Are Taxpayers' Responsibility

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."

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