Monthly Archives: September 2023

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Air Canada signs firm order for 18 787-10s

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Air Canada has placed a firm order with Boeing for 18 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft. Deliveries of the new aircraft are scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2025 with the last aircraft scheduled for delivery in Q1 2027. The 787-10s will be used to replace older, less efficient wide-body aircraft currently in the Air Canada fleet. The agreement also includes options for another 12 787-10 aircraft, which the airline says will provide flexibility for growth to meet future customer demand. “Air Canada has made investing in the passenger experience a core priority. Our experience shows customers greatly enjoy flying.

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Air France – KLM Group To Place Order For 50 Airbus A350s

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Earlier today, the Air France-KLM Group announced its intentions to purchase 50 next-generation Airbus A350 aircraft.

Adding more next-generation Airbus widebodies

The Air France-KLM Group, which includes the two flag carriers and Transavia, is renewing its widebody fleet. Just a few hours ago, the group announced it would order 50 Airbus A350s, with options for 40 more. The order would make the group the world’s largest operator of the aircraft, with several already in operation by Air France. Though the variant and airline breakdowns are unavailable, the airline group revealed the new purchase will include the -900 and -1000.

According to the group, the first deliveries are expected in 2026 and will go through 2030. The purchase has not been finalized but will include purchase rights for an additional 40 aircraft that can be exercised.

Fleet renewal and sustainability were cited as the primary reasons for the new purchase, as the airline group needs to replace aging Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s. Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith said,

Smith highlighted the significance of the A350 since joining Air France’s fleet in 2019, saying its track record is excellent and the aircraft has been extremely popular among passengers and crew.

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FAA Issues Notification Over Fake CFM Engine Parts

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Various airlines have fallen victim to CFM’s dubious parts.

More airlines are coming forward to report fake parts in their CFM engines. American Airlines has become the latest casualty of the scandal surrounding AOG Technics regarding false safety documents for dubious parts fitted to engines operated on Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reiterated that the documents provided were falsified, and earlier this month, it issued an unapproved parts notification (UPN) for the parts supplied by AOG without approval. The FAA said,

“If these bushings are installed or found in existing aircraft parts inventories, the FAA recommends that they be removed and quarantined to prevent installation until a determination can be made regarding their eligibility for installation.”