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Total Aircraft order at Singapore Airshow 2024

Total Aircraft order at Singapore Airshow 2024

The Singapore Airshow 2024 has emerged as a pivotal event in the aviation industry, marked by a flurry of groundbreaking agreements and strategic partnerships. Among the highlights of this year’s event are the remarkable orders placed by prominent airlines and manufacturers, heralding a new era of growth and advancement in commercial aviation.

Boeing, Airbus, and COMAC, among others, have unveiled substantial orders, underscoring the confidence in their cutting-edge aircraft offerings. These orders not only signify a significant investment in the future of air travel but also reflect the evolving dynamics of the global aviation market. Let us delve into the details of the notable orders announced at the Singapore Airshow 2024, encompassing a diverse range of aircraft types and strategic objectives.

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Total Airbus Orders: A330neo-23, A350F-5

Vietjet emerged as a key player at the Singapore Airshow with its substantial order of 20 A330neo widebody aircraft. This strategic move underscores Vietjet’s commitment to expanding its fleet and enhancing its network capabilities.

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STARLUX Elevates Cargo Fleet: STARLUX Airlines, representing Taiwan on the global stage, made a significant investment in Airbus aircraft, with a firm order for five state-of-the-art A350F freighters and three additional A330neo widebody aircraft. This strategic move aligns with STARLUX Airlines’ vision of modernizing its fleet and expanding its operational capabilities to meet evolving market demands.

Total Boeing Orders: 787 Dreamliners: 49

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Boeing Expands Dreamliner Fleet: Boeing, in a monumental move, joins forces with Thai Airways and Royal Brunei Airlines to unveil orders for a total of 49 787 Dreamliners, underscoring a shared vision for fleet expansion and network growth. Thai Airways commits to 45 Dreamliners, while Royal Brunei Airlines secures four, affirming the Dreamliner’s unparalleled capabilities and market appeal.

Total COMAC Orders: C919: 40, ARJ21:16

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Tibet Airlines committed to acquiring 40 units of the C919 plateau variant and 10 units of the ARJ21 plateau variant, demonstrating confidence in COMAC’s innovative aircraft solutions.

Additionally, the collaboration between COMAC and the Henan Civil Aviation Development & Investment Group resulted in a separate agreement for six specialized aircraft derived from the ARJ21 platform. These variants, tailored for firefighting, medical services, and emergency management, reflect a strategic partnership aimed at enhancing aviation capabilities and addressing diverse operational needs.

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As a key platform for meetings and collaborations, Singapore Airshow also saw several major
announcements made during the four trade days, including several focused on meeting
decarbonization targets. Airbus showcased its commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050,
advocating for accelerated progress in sustainable aviation fuel production and unveiling plans in an agreement with TotalEnergies, which will supply Airbus with SAF (sustainable aviation fuel) for more than half of its needs in Europe. Airbus also announced plans for a hydrogen-powered aircraft slated for operational debut by 2035.

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Air India’s B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

Air India's B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

In a poignant moment marking the end of an era in aviation history, Air India’s iconic Boeing 747 aircraft, affectionately known as the ‘Queen of the Skies,’ embarked on its ultimate journey from Mumbai’s international airport.

The departure, bound for Plainfield, USA, where it will undergo dismantling and part-stripping under the ownership of American AerSale, signals the closure of a storied chapter for the airline.

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Once revered for transporting dignitaries ranging from prime ministers to presidents, the Boeing 747 has etched itself into aviation lore. Yet, as airlines worldwide pivot towards more contemporary and cost-effective aircraft, Air India’s decision to bid farewell to its remaining Boeing 747s reflects the pragmatic realities of today’s aviation landscape.

The sale of these majestic planes to AerSale represents a strategic move by Tata Group, Air India’s new custodian, towards optimizing operational efficiency and embracing modern industry standards. Out of the four aircraft sold, two will be repurposed into freighters, while the remaining pair will be meticulously disassembled to salvage valuable components.

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The final flight from Mumbai witnessed a touching tribute as pilots performed a traditional ‘Wing Wave,’ symbolizing the conclusion of the Boeing 747‘s distinguished service with Air India. This poignant gesture encapsulates the deep sentiment attached to the aircraft’s departure and its significant contribution to the airline’s legacy.

As the Boeing 747 embarks on its journey to Plainfield, USA, nostalgia permeates the air, evoking memories of its maiden flight on March 22, 1971. Over five decades, Air India operated a total of 25 Boeing 747s, each leaving an indelible mark on the annals of aviation history.

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British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus

British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus
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British Airways made its way back to Abu Dhabi, landing at Zayed International Airport. Following a four-year break in service, both crew and passengers were greeted with enthusiasm.

In the summer of 2024, British Airways plans to launch a daily route, utilising a Boeing 787-9, from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi. The new route enhances ties between the UAE and the UK and expands  vast worldwide network, catering to passengers who may be visiting friends and family or travelling for business.

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Arriving in Abu Dhabi at 08.30+1, flight BA073 to Abu Dhabi leaves London Heathrow at 22.25. Departing at 10.10 and landing at London Heathrow at 15.20 is the inbound flight (BA072).

The chief executive officer and managing director of Abu Dhabi Airports, Elena Sorlini, stated: “We are delighted to welcome British Airways to Zayed International Airport. Their daily schedule is expected to improve connectivity and stimulate travel and business.” Visitors may experience the dynamic capital of the United Arab Emirates like never before at our brand-new, award-winning, state-of-the-art terminal, where they will be welcomed with the best kind of Emirati hospitality.”

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Flight schedule:

London Heathrow (LHR) to Zayed International (AUH)All times are local
 
SeasonFlight numberDeparting LHRArriving AUHFlight numberDeparting AUHArriving LHR
Summer ‘24BA7322:2508:30+1BA7210:1015:20
Winter ‘24BA7322:2509:30+1BA7211:1015:20

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FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain’s seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain's seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

A viral video capturing a startling moment aboard a United Airlines charter flight from Denver to Toronto has triggered a federal investigation.

The footage, initially shared on social media by Hensley Meulens, the hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies baseball team, depicts a member of the coaching staff seated in one of the pilot seats while the aircraft was in mid-flight.

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In his caption, Meulens expressed gratitude to the captain and first officer for allowing him this unusual experience. The video, filmed by another passenger, reveals the cockpit door open, and at one point, a third passenger briefly enters the flight deck. Alarmingly, during this time, the captain was absent from the cockpit.

Despite the flight being a private charter operated by United Airlines, company and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations strictly prohibit passengers from entering the cockpit during flight or leaving the flight deck unsecured.

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United Airlines swiftly responded, expressing deep concern over the incident. A spokesperson emphasized that the video depicted an unauthorized person in the flight deck at cruising altitude with the autopilot engaged, constituting a clear violation of safety and operational policies.

The FAA confirmed that it is actively investigating the incident, highlighting that unauthorized access to the flight deck during flight is a violation of federal regulations. The agency assured that it is taking the matter seriously and will conduct a thorough examination to ensure compliance with aviation safety standards.

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