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ATR makes 900th delivery

Regional turboprop specialist ATR has delivered its 900th aircraft - and expects to break the 1,000 barrier within two years.ATR's second largest customer, Brazil's Trip Linhas Aereas, took delivery of the milestone ATR 72-500 at a ceremony at the airframer's headquarters in Toulouse.Trip Linhas Aereas operates 12 ATR 42-300/320s, three...
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Business aircraft jet hampered by large used aircraft inventory

Elevated used inventory, attractive used pricing and macro uncertainty continue to hold down demand for new business jets, says the latest business jet monthly report by JPMorgan Equity Research.The US analyst concedes that "OEMs are eating further into their backlogs, and if these don't stabilise in the coming quarters, further...
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Gulfstream proclaims success in G650 dive test

Gulfstream says its first prototype G650 business jet has successfully passed high-speed flutter testing, a key hurdle in meeting the planned certification of the 7,000nm (13,000km) range, fly-by-wire, Rolls-Royce BR725-powered twinjet next year.Flutter testing uses exciters to input disturbances ranging in frequency from 2Hz to 58Hz to the wings, tail...
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Facebook Charter

US charter company Desert Jet has launched what it claims is the first air charter quoting programme accessible via the Facebook social medial platform."This quoting tool provides quick and easy access via Facebook to instant charter quotes for Desert Jet's entire charter fleet, as well as the ability to request...
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Founder of Robinson Helicopter retires

Frank Robinson, 80, launched the Torrance company in 1973 and built it into the world's biggest manufacturer of civilian helicopters. His son, Kurt, will succeed him as chairman and president. Frank Robinson, founder of Robinson Helicopter Co. in Torrance, retired Wednesday as president and chairman of...
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EASA certifies modernised Dornier 228NG

Europe's safety regulator has certified the Dorner 228NG turboprop, manufacturer RUAG's extensively-modified version of the twin-engined 228 airframe.RUAG is preparing delivery of the first aircraft to its Japanese launch customer, having formally received the type certificate for the 228NG from the European Aviation Safety Agency today, two-and-a-half years after starting...
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Boeing delivers 800th airplane to China

Boeing Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and Air China celebrated the delivery of the 800th Boeing airplane for China, a Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 to Air China.Deputy administrator of CAAC, Wang Changshun said, “Boeing and China have had a long-standing and productive partnership since 1972 and Boeing has broad cooperation...
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BAA settles airport pay dispute on worse terms than BA

BAA said on Tuesday it had offered 8,400 security, fire-fighting and ground handling staff a 2pc pay rise for this year plus a guaranteed bonus of at least £500. The staff, who earn average salaries of £27,300, can earn a further £400 in bonuses if airports reach 110pc of target...
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Boeing gets OK to start 787 pilot training courses

Boeing Co. said Monday it's been given approval by the Federal Aviation Administration to start pilot training courses for its new 787.The Chicago company called the approval a "significant milestone" as it ramps up to start flight training.With the 787 pilot training courses, pilots can transition to the new airplane...
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Airline premium ticket demand jumps again in June

The number of passengers buying premium airline tickets jumped again in June, as economic recovery kept first and business seats filled, the airline industry association IATA said on Monday.But there are signs that growth slowed in the second quarter as economic activity returned to pre-crisis levels, the International Air Transport...
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