Saturday, June 24, 2017

Thunderbird F-16D flips upside down during landing incident in Dayton Read

A F-16D assigned to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerobatic team had a mishap while landing at Dayton IAP on Jun. 23rd. Pilot, Capt. E. Gonsalves, was bringing aircraft maintainer, TSgt. K. Cordova, on a familiarization flight during the incident.

Both were said to have been trapped in the aircraft for nearly two hours before being rescued. Both are said to be in good condition. The team has decided to cancel its performance at Vectren Dayton Air Show for today and will evaluate whether to fly on Jun. 25th. (Source:, 24-Jun-2017)

Austal USA receives contract to built a littoral combat ship for USN

Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama, is being awarded a not-to-exceed Congressional cost cap of $584.2 million fixed-price-incentive firm target contract (N00024-17-C-2301) for the construction of a littoral combat ship (LCS), to include associated cost-plus-fixed-fee LCS class services and related material, and firm-fixed-price integrated data environment support. 

The contract also includes options for the construction of additional LCS, class services, and post-delivery availability support. Work is expected to be completed by December 2022. The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 23-Jun-2017)

RAFO takes delivery of its first Eurofighter Typhoon

The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has taken delivery of its first Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. The arrival of the first aircraft, one of a batch of 12 scheduled to be delivered to Oman, was reportedly marked with a ceremony in the presence of the Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman, Air Vice-Marshal Mattar bin Ali bin Mattar Al Obaidani, at Adam Air Base, Oman. (Source:, 23-Jun-2017)

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Turkish Stars for 2017 Malta International Airshow

The renowned Turkish aerobatic team, The Turkish Stars be showing off their magnificence in the Maltese skies for the first time ever in the history of the Malta International Airshow. 

The team performs its displays with seven supersonic fighter jets, the Canadair NF-5s, which had been obtained from the Royal Netherlands Air Force. This makes the Turkish Stars one of the very few national aerobatics teams to perform with supersonic aircraft. 
Twelve F-5s are available to the team. 

The team makes use of C-130 Hercules, C-160 Transall or the newly acquired Airbus A400M support aircraft, as support aircraft. The Team is stationed at the Konya Air Base of 3rd Main Jet Base Group Command.

The Mission of the Turkish Stars is to represent the Turkish Air Force on a National and International platform, and also to represent the Republic of Turkey abroad. The team was formed on November 7, 1992 and was named the Turkish Stars on January 11, 1993.

Coincidentally this year the team is also celebrating its 25th year making the debut much more something to look forward to, as we celebrate this prestigious milestone together.

The team was originally scheduled to feature in the 2014 edition but due to last minute changes their participation had to be postponed. 

The Malta Aviation Society, organisers of the Malta International Airshow is honored and thrilled with to host the Turkish Air Force Aerobatic Team, Turkish Stars. (Source:, 23-Jun-2017)

Tibet Financial Leasing signs MoU for 20 A321neos

Tibet Financial Leasing signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 20 Airbus A321neos at the Paris Airshow to meet strong market demand for more modern and fuel-efficient aircraft. (Source: Airbus, 22-Jun-2017)

Stellwagen signs a firm order for 12 C295s, plus 12 options

Aviation financier and lessor Stellwagen, a 100% subsidiary of Acasta Enterprises Inc. (Acasta), a Canadian public company (AEF), has signed a firm order for 12 Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft in the first sale to a leasing company achieved by Airbus Defence and Space. 

The agreement, which includes options for a further 12 aircraft, positions Stellwagen to address civil markets including the humanitarian sector, freight operators in austere environments, and government agencies such as search and rescue services. (Source: Airbus, 21-Jun-2017)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Iran Airtour signs MoU for 45 A320neo aircraft

Tehran based Iran Airtour Airlines, has become Airbus' newest customer for the A320neo Family after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 45 aircraft at the Paris Air Show. Celebrating 45 years since establishment, the carrier now has been added to Airbus' list of new customers. (Source: Airbus, 22-Jun-2017)

AirAsia signs an agreement to order an additional 14 A320ceo

AirAsia has signed an agreement with Airbus to order an additional 14 A320ceo aircraft to meet higher than expected near-term growth on the carrier’s regional network. The contract, which is subject to AirAsia board approval, was announced at the Paris Air Show today. (Source: Airbus, 22-Jun-2017)

Zagros Airlines signs a MoU for 28 new Airbus aircraft

Zagros Airlines, one of the leading domestic airlines in Iran, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus at the 52nd Le Bourget Paris for the acquisition of 28 new aircraft, covering 20 A320neo and 8 A330neo aircraft. (Source: Airbus, 22-Jun-2017)

Ruili Airlines signs MoU 20 737 MAX airplanes

Boeing and Ruili Airlines today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 20 737 MAX airplanes at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The airplanes, valued at approximately $2.2 billion at current list prices, will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared. (Source: Boeing, 22-Jun-2017)

Boeing unveils Tassili Airlines as the undisclosed customer for three B738s

Boeing and Tassili Airlines today announced an order for three Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes, valued at over $294 million at list prices, at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The order was previously attributed to an undisclosed customer on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website. (Source: Boeing, 22-Jun-2017)

Undisclosed major airline signs for up to 175 737 MAX 8s

Boeing has signed an agreement with an undisclosed major airline customer for 125 737 MAX 8 airplanes, valued at more than $14 billion at list prices. The agreement also includes purchase rights for an additional 50 airplanes. The agreement will be reflected on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website once finalized. (Source: Boeing, 22-Jun-2017)

French Navy FS Thetis recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy auxiliary vessel FS Thetis (A 785) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning for a visit of a few hours. This was her fifth port-call in Valletta this year. She was berthed at Wine wharf during her brief visit. (22-Jun-2017)

Japan Coast Guard signs order for three additional H225s

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for the purchase of three additional H225s. This new order will bring the JCG's total H225 fleet to nine units by February 2020. The JCG already placed an order for a sixth H225 in 2016, which will be delivered in 2018. Under the agreement, the three H225 helicopters will be used for security enforcement, Japanese territorial coastal activities, as well as disaster relief missions. (Source: Airbus Helicopter, 21-Jun-2017)

Wizz Air signs contract for ten additional A321ceos

Wizz Air Holdings plc, with its subsidiary Wizz Air, has signed a firm contract for 10 A321ceos. The aircraft will be powered by IAE International Aero Engines AG's V2500. Wizz Air's current fleet comprises 83 A320 family aircraft (64 A320 and 19 A321). The average aircraft age of 4.4 years is one of the youngest fleets of any major European airline. Wizz Air also has an order with Airbus for 110 new technology A321neo aircraft with advanced systems and engines for delivery from 2019. (Source: Airbus, 21-Jun-2017)

Hi Fly places its first direct firm order with Airbus for two A332s.

Hi Fly has placed its first direct firm order with Airbus for two A330-200s. Hi Fly is an all-Airbus operator and the two additional A330s will join its existing fleet of 14 Airbus widebody aircraft. The new A330s will feature a two-class cabin layout, seating 18 passengers in business and 256 in economy. (Source: Airbus, 21-Jun-2017)

Xiamen Airlines signs MoU for ten 737 MAX 10s

Boeing and Xiamen Airlines announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 2017 Paris Air Show today for ten 737 MAX 10 airplanes, valued at $1.2 billion at list prices. Xiamen Airlines will become one of the launch customers for the 737 MAX 10. (Source: Boeing, 21-Jun-2017)

EL AL Israel Airlines finalizes order for three additional 787 Dreamliners

Boeing and EL AL Israel Airlines today finalized an order for three 787 Dreamliners at the 2017 Paris Air Show, firming up additional commitments originally announced in 2015. Valued at more than $729 million at current list prices, the order includes two 787-8s and one 787-9. EL AL now has six unfilled orders for 787s, with lease agreements in place for a further seven Dreamliners. (Source: Boeing, 21-Jun-2017) 

ALC signs MoU 12 737 MAXs

Boeing and Air Lease Corp. (ALC) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 12 737 MAXs at the Paris Air Show. The MoU includes five 737 MAX 7s and seven 737 MAX 8s. The agreement will be reflected on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website once finalized. (Source: Boeing, 21-Jun-2017)

Ethiopian Airlines places repeat order for ten A359

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, has placed an order for ten additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Last June, Ethiopian Airlines became the first African carrier to operate the A350 when it took delivery of the first of 12 aircraft in order. Today the carrier operates a fleet of four A350s, two of which are on lease. 

Ethiopian Airlines' A359s are configured in a two class layout seating 30 passengers in Business Class and 313 in Economy Class. The spacious, quiet interior and mood lighting in the cabin contribute to superior levels of passenger comfort and well-being. (Source: Airbus, 20-Jun-2017)

Delta orders ten more A321s

After announcing orders for 30 incremental Airbus A321ceo aircraft just last month, Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.)-based Delta Air Lines has placed an order for ten more of the aircraft. The agreement was announced today at the Paris Air Show. Like previous Delta orders for the A321, the ten aircraft announced today are for the Current Engine Option version of the largest Airbus A320 Family member. Delta now has ordered a total of 122 A321s, each powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International. (Source: Airbus, 20-Jun-2017)

Viva Air signs MoU to 50 A320 Family aircraft

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. (Source: Airbus, 20-Jun-2017)

CDB Aviation signs MoU for 45 A320neo family aircraft

Dublin based CDB Aviation Lease Finance DAC (CDB Aviation) has become Airbus' latest customer for the A320neo signs a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 45 aircraft, consisting of 30 A320neos and 15 A321neos. Cabin configuration and engine choice will be made at a later date. In addition, 15 A320neo positions from CDB Aviation's previous order will be converted to A321neo aircraft. (Source: Airbus, 20-Jun-2017)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ethiopian Airlines commits to purchase two 777 Freighters

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines today announced a commitment to purchase two 777 Freighters at the 2017 Paris Air Show, valued at $651.4 million at list prices. The order will be reflected on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website once it has been finalized. The airline also announced an order for ten additional 737 MAX 8 airplanes, exercising options from their 2014 order. Ethiopian now has firm orders for 30 737 MAX 8s. The order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website. (Source: Boeing, 20-Jun-2017)

Japan Investment Adviser commits to order ten 737 MAX 8s

Boeing and Tokyo-based Japan Investment Adviser Co. Ltd. today announced at the Paris Air Show a commitment to purchase ten Boeing 737 MAX 8s. The commitment, valued at $1.12 billion at current list prices, will become JIA's first direct purchase of new airplanes. The order will be reflected on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website once it has been finalized. (Source: Boeing, 20-Jun-2017)