Boeing, EL AL Israel Airlines Celebrate Delivery of First 787 Dreamliner

TEL AVIV, IsraelAug. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA], EL AL Israel Airlines and Air Lease Corporation are celebrating the delivery of the carrier’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner today.

EL AL leased the airplane through an agreement with Air Lease Corporation.


The 787-9 touched down in Tel Aviv today following a nonstop, 6,746 mile (10,856 km.) delivery flight from Paine Field, adjacent to Boeing’s factory in Everett, Wash.

“The arrival of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a day of pride and joy to all of us at EL AL,” said EL AL Chief Executive Officer David Maimon. “It is the highlight in the ongoing renewal of the EL AL fleet, which started a year and a half ago when we decided to order 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. We are happy to embark on a new journey with our first Dreamliner.”

“The arrival of the new airplanes will create a revolution in the customer experience. We have set a very high standard of service and product excellence in order to maintain our position as the first and preferred choice for passengers, travelling both to and from Israel,” said Maimon. “I am convinced that this significant procurement of 787s is a great opportunity for us to meet the highest levels expected. The Dreamliner will ensure our customers receive exceptional comfort, innovative technology, advanced aircraft and quality service.”

The 787 is a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 will provide EL AL with unmatched fuel efficiency and environmental performance, using 20 to 25 percent less fuel and with 20 to 25 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.

“We are honored to deliver the first 787 Dreamliner to our great partners at EL AL,” said Ray Conner, vice chairman, The Boeing Company. “The 787 Dreamliner will play a key role in the renewal of EL AL’s fleet and growing its network worldwide as it ushers in a new era for the airline, its employees and its customers around the globe.”

EL AL has been an all-Boeing carrier since taking delivery of its first new Boeing airplane in 1961 and currently operates a fleet of more than 40 airplanes including Next-Generation 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s.

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China Aviation Supplies Holding Company signs GTA for 140 Airbus aircraft

Airbus’ leading single- and twin-aisle aircraft meet the diverse needs of Chinese customers

China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) has signed with Airbus a General Terms Agreement (GTA) for the purchase of a total of 140 aircraft. The agreement comprises of 100 A320 Family aircraft and 40 A350 XWB Family aircraft, reflecting the strong demand of Chinese airlines in all market segments including domestic, low cost, regional and international long haul.


The GTA was signed in Berlin by Tom Enders, Airbus CEO, and Sun Bo, Executive Vice President of CAS, in the presence of visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“This is a great endorsement for our leading products in both single aisle and wide body segments”, said Tom Enders. “China is today one of the world’s most important markets for aviation, and we are honoured to support the development and rapid growth of China’s civil aviation with our competitive product portfolio.”


The world’s passenger aircraft fleet above 100 seats is set to more than double in the next 20 years to over 40,000 planes as traffic is forecast to grow at 4.4 percent per year. Emerging markets such as China continue to be an engine for growth, with domestic traffic to become the world’s largest market, according to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast 2017-2036.

By the end of May 2017, the in-service Airbus fleet with Chinese operators totaled some 1,440 aircraft, of which nearly 1,230 are A320 Family planes. The A350 XWB has received valuable endorsements from several Chinese customers. The unrivalled operational performance and cabin comfort of the A350 XWB will give Chinese airlines a competitive edge to attract more passengers on international routes.

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes customer announcements during 2017 Paris Air Show

BOC Aviation

(10) 737 MAX 10

$1.2 billion


(20) 737 MAX 10

CDB Aviation Lease Finance

(note: includes (6) MAX conversions)

(42) 737 MAX 8

(10) 737 MAX 10

(8) 787-9 Dreamliner

$7.4 billion

TUI Group*

(18) 737 MAX 10

Tibet Financial Leasing

(10) 737 MAX 8

(10) 737 MAX 10

$2.3 billion


(20) 737 MAX 10

$2.5 billion


(20) 737 MAX 10


(30) 787-9 Dreamliner

$8.1 billion


(20) 737 MAX 8

$2.2 billion


(2) 737 MAX 8

$225 million


(15) 737 MAX 8

Lion Air Group

(50) 737 MAX 10

$6.2 billion


(20) 737 MAX 10

$2.5 billion

Okay Airways

(8) 737 MAX 10
(7) 737 MAX 8
(5) 787-9 Dreamliner

$3.1 billion


(75) 737 MAX 8

$8.4 billion


(6) 737 MAX


(10) 737 MAX 8

(200 seats)

$1.2 billion

Azerbaijan Airlines

(4) 787-9 Dreamliner

$1.1 billion


(35) 737 MAX
(15) 737 MAX 10

$5.8 billion


(100) 737 MAX 10


(4) 777-300ER

$1.4 billion

Japan Investment Adviser

(10) 737 MAX 8

$1.1 billion

Ethiopian Airlines**

(10) 737 MAX 8

Ethiopian Airlines

(2) 777 Freighters

$651 million


(5) 737 MAX 7
(7) 737 MAX 8

$1.2 billion


(2) 787-8 Dreamliner
(1) 787-9 Dreamliner

$729 million

Mauritania Airlines**

(1) 737 MAX 8

Donghai Airlines*

(10) 737 MAX 10

Malaysia Airlines*

(10) 737 MAX 10

Xiamen Airlines

(10) 737 MAX 10

$1.2 billion

Copa Airlines*

(15) 737 MAX 10


(3) Next Generation


Unidentified major
airline customer

(125) 737 MAX 8

$14.1 billion


(15) 737 MAX 10


(20) 737 MAX 8

$2.2 billion

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Israel Airlines Finalize Order for Three Additional 787 Dreamliners

LE BOURGET, France, June 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) 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.

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“Firming up these three 787 Dreamliners that were part of the 787 deal announced in 2015 is an important step in the continuity of our relationship between EL AL and Boeing,” said David Maimon, president and chief executive officer, EL AL Israel Airlines. “The Dreamliner is the most innovative and efficient aircraft ever built and will take EL AL to a new era, providing our passengers with an unparalleled flight experience.”

The 787 is a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 will provide EL AL with unmatched fuel efficiency and environmental performance, using 20 percent less fuel and with 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.

“We look forward to delivering EL AL’s first Dreamliner in August and are honored that it continues to place its confidence in our products,” said Ray Conner, vice chairman, The Boeing Company.  “We have a special relationship with EL AL that spans more than half a century and are certain that the 787 is the right airplane to usher in a new era for EL AL and its customers, providing new world class passenger comfort, more range, capacity and flexibility from its base in Tel Aviv.”

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EL AL has been an all-Boeing carrier since taking delivery of its first new Boeing airplane in 1961 and currently operates a fleet of more than 40 airplanes including Next-Generation 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s. The Tel Aviv based carrier is set to take delivery of its first 787-9 later this summer.

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Copa Airlines Announce Selection of 15 737 MAX 10s

LE BOURGET, France, June 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Copa Airlines today announced an order for 15 737 MAX 10s at the 2017 Paris Airshow. With this announcement, Copa is one of the launch customers for the 737 MAX 10 airplane and will be the first airline in Latin America to operate the newest addition to the 737 MAX family.

Today’s order is a conversion from a previous order of 737 MAX aircraft.

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“Due to the long-term success we’ve had operating the Next-Generation 737, we had placed a sizable order of 737 MAX aircraft for our future, and the 737 MAX 10 provides additional flexibility for certain segments of our network,” said Ahmad Zamany, Copa Airlines Vice President of Technical Operations.

Copa Airlines will use the airplanes to replace existing airplanes and support the carrier’s plans for strategic growth. Copa will be the first airline in the region to operate the 737 MAX on deep South American and North American routes. The 737 MAX 10’s operating economics and passenger comfort are ideally suited to Copa’s route network.

“We are thrilled that Copa is one of the launch customers for the 737 MAX 10,” said Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737 MAX 10 will be the most profitable single-aisle airplane with the lowest seat costs ever and will help Copa grow their business and win market share in the competitive single-aisle market.”

Copa Airlines allows passengers to make fast and convenient connections to 75 destinations in 31 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean through its Hub of the Americas in Panama City, the most internationally connected airline hub in the region. For the last four consecutive years, FlightStats has recognized Copa as “Best Airline in Latin America” for its on-time performance and service quality, and, for the last two consecutive years, the “Second Best in The World,” by OAG.

The entire 737 MAX family has been designed to offer customers exceptional performance, flexibility and efficiency, with lower per-seat costs and an extended range that will open up new destinations in the single-aisle market.

Like Boeing’s other 737 MAX models, the MAX 10 incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays, and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

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Quick News – Paris Airshow June 2017 Edition


Airbus and Safran to market an “eTaxi” electric taxiing system for A320 Family

Following the completion of an extensive R&T phase, an electric taxiing solution, called “eTaxi”, has received ‘Authorisation To Market’ approval by Airbus and Safran, for application on the A320 Family. Depending on the airline feedback, the actual program could subsequently be launched in the near future. eTaxi’s electric motors in the main landing gear, powered by electricity from the APU (auxiliary power unit), would allow an aircraft fitted with it to taxi without using its jet engines or requiring airport tractors or tugs. eTaxi would provide airlines with a sustainable solution which combines savings on operating costs (including a reduction of around four percent in fuel costs, equal to several hundred thousand dollars per aircraft annually), independent movement on the ground (saving around two minutes of time on pushback), as well as ecological advantages such reduced carbon and NOx emissions, and less noise during taxiing.

EFW secures second A330-300P2F conversion contract from DHL Express

DHL Express has ordered an additional four firm and 10 optional A330-300 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between ST Aerospace and Airbus. This follows the launch contract for four similar A330-300P2F conversions that was also awarded by DHL Express in July last year. The first aircraft under the launch contract is currently undergoing conversion at EFW’s Dresden-based facilities, and is on track to be redelivered by the end of 2017. The A330P2F conversion programme, launched in 2012, is a collaboration between ST Aerospace, Airbus and EFW. ST Aerospace, as the programme and technical lead for the engineering development phase, is responsible for applying for the supplemental type certificates for the freighter conversions, from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the US Federal Aviation Administration. Aircraft OEM Airbus contributes to the programme with OEM data and certification support, while EFW leads the industrialisation phase and marketing for the freighter conversion programme.

Airbus selects Rockwell Collins for “FOMAX” program to digitally connect A320 aircraft and operators

Rockwell Collins has been selected by Airbus for the flight operations and maintenance exchanger (FOMAX) program on the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. FOMAX is a compact connectivity unit which collects aircraft maintenance and performance data and automatically sends it to ground-based operations and also to mobile applications used by flight crews. The unit also sends data automatically into efficiency applications such as weather, flight planning, logbooks, maintenance prediction and performance calculators, all of which bring improved new levels of productivity and value to airline operations. The FOMAX architecture facilities the Wi-Fi network for secure crew connectivity on the aircraft, as well as the cellular and terminal Wi-Fi equipment and interfaces with all major SATCOM connectivity types. FOMAX is a key airborne component of Airbus’ Skywise aviation data platform, launched at Le Bourget.

Airbus and Inmarsat partner for European Aviation Network broadband deployment

Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, has signed a collaborative agreement for its new European Aviation Network (EAN) inflight broadband service with Airbus. Under the strategic partnership, Airbus will offer airlines a specialist retrofit solution to deploy EAN – the world’s first integrated satellite and air-to-ground network dedicated to providing a true in-flight broadband experience for the European aviation industry – on the entire A320 family of aircraft. The Airbus retrofit solution consists of modification kits with all cabin network equipment required for EAN deployment. It also includes service bulletins (SBs) that detail the tasks and materials needed for installation and also certify the airworthiness of related modification work.

Malaysia Airlines signs two Flight Hour Services (FHS) Components support agreements with Airbus for its A350 XWB and A330 fleets

Malaysia Airlines has selected Services by Airbus to provide Flight Hour Services (FHS) Components support for its new fleet of six A350 XWB and existing fleet of 18 A330s. These long-term agreements cover guaranteed spare parts availability through an extensive scope of A350 XWB and A330 Line Replaceable Units (LRUs), maintenance and logistics services at Malaysia Airlines’ main base and selected outstations. To ensure continuously the highest level of operational performance, Malaysia Airlines will fully benefit from the FHS pool located in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, managed by Airbus.

JetSMART becomes Services by Airbus’ first FHS-TSP customer in Latin America

JetSMART, a new Chilean low cost airline based in Santiago, has signed a Flight Hour Services – Tailored Support Package (FHS-TSP) contract with Airbus for the provision of full components support and fleet technical management services for its brand new A320 family aircraft. This five-year FHS-TSP contract guarantees spare parts availability through an extensive scope of A320 line replaceable units (LRUs), components repair, transportation and expendables provisioning together with fleet technical management (FTM) services where JetSMART will benefit from Airbus’ experience and expertise to optimise their aircraft maintenance and engineering operations. This latest selection by JetSMART marks an important step in Airbus’ FHS strategy to deploy engineering expertise in Latin America. Airbus FHS contracts have now been selected to cover more than 372 aircraft from operators of A320, A330, A380 and A350 XWB. JetSMART is the Chilean-based, ultra-low-cost carrier that was developed this year by private equity investment firm Indigo Partners LLC. Indigo has over 15 years of experience in global aviation. Currently, it has investments in Wizz Air (Europe), Volaris (Mexico) and Frontier Airlines (United States).

Interjet becomes customer of “Maintenance Mobility” and “Predictive Risk Management” services

Interjet has become customer for Airbus’ “Maintenance Mobility” including electronic Job Cards and “Predictive Risk Management” services following a contract recently signed with Airbus. Maintenance Mobility with electronic Job Cards allows the airline mechanics to have all of the technical information they need on iPads as well as full electronic job cards with electronic signature, hence effectively eliminating paper in maintenance operations. “Maintenance Mobility” and “Predictive Risk Management” are part of several services in the Smarter Fleet™ cloud-based services platform developed by Airbus. The agreement with Interjet covers the integration of the services into the airline’s information systems, including the maintenance information system (MIS), as well as the software and data hosting. The deployment will be accomplished step-by-step with Airbus experts working on-site with Interjet in order to spread the integration and manage change gradually.

Airbus supports the pilot training partnership between ENAC and Institut MERMOZ

French aviation school ENAC, together with Institut MERMOZ are partnering to provide a single theoretical ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot Licence) offer, for phases 1 & 2 of a cadet’s flight training curriculum, a major part of the flight training. The agreement supersedes their previously individual ATPLs textbooks collections with one brand new collection, taking the best practices from both. ENAC and Institut MERMOZ will also offer fully fledged e-learning services for theoritical ATPL. Airbus provides its aircraft images, logos and schemas within this ATPL, and has demonstrated its support by allowing them to state ‘in co-operation with Airbus’ and use the Airbus logo on the cover.

Airbus recognises suppliers for excellent in-service performance

On the occasion of the annual Airbus Suppliers Awards ceremony at the Paris Air Show, Airbus distributed Awards and Certificates to Systems & Equipment suppliers. Five suppliers obtained the top award: Airbus (avionics), Rockwell Collins (avionics), Thales avionics, Airbus (cabin electronics) / Kid-Systeme and Crane Aerospace. Their respective high performances were identified through Airbus’ annual Supplier Support Rating process, which this year captured in-service feedback from over 150 Airbus customers. Airbus takes the rating feedback as a basis to drive the suppliers’ support improvements by ensuring dedicated actions are launched by the suppliers. This benefits the operators of Airbus fleet all over the world. The next rating cycle will be launched in January 2018.

Services by Airbus now accessible via online portal and apps

Services by Airbus has launched a new dedicated portal designed for customers, available from any devices at the following address: Complementing Services by Airbus’ portfolio of products and services and the latest news, the portal allows customers to request a booking of a dry Full-Flight Simulator session or e-training. In the future the portal will also offer a private function to optimise services delivery by enabling eCommerce and a dashboard capacity.

NAVBLUE partners with Flightradar24 to launch N-tracking and Airbus digital eco-system is initiated

With the upcoming ICAO mandate leading to full Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) capability by 2021, NAVBLUE, the Airbus Flight Ops and ATM services company, reinforces its partnership with Flightradar24, following the last two years successful collaboration together, to provide aircraft operators with an innovative flight tracking solution, called N-Tracking. N-Tracking integrates different sources of information to track aircraft in the world based on the Flightradar24 ground receivers and ACARS. The solution will provide alerts in case of critical aircraft operations and a collaborative decision making information system for dispatcher to manage airport congestions, delays and turnarounds. NAVBLUE offering and all the industry will benefit in the near future from the Airbus collaboration with Spire and Flightradar24 to develop a surveillance digital eco-system fusing space and ground data to provide near real time global data.

NAVBLUE appointed by Aviolinx as exclusive resell partner for its Airline Management System

NAVBLUE has signed a MoU with Aviolinx, a Swedish-based company specialised in software, communications and services to the airline industry, to appoint NAVBLUE as an exclusive resell partner for its solution called “RAIDO” – an airline management system. RAIDO covers aspects of airline management processes and handles the entire end-to-end planning and operation process in one single application using multi source of information and one database. RAIDO caters to types of airline business models, from national to low cost carriers, enabling airlines to efficiently manage operations and crew resources in both the long and short term. With RAIDO as a complement to NAVBLUE’s crew and flight-planning applications, NAVBLUE offers the state-of-the-art applications for Operation Control Centers to manage efficiently operations and giving operators the edge over the competition.

NAVBLUE partners with OpenAirlines on fuel-saving analytics solution

NAVBLUE has signed a MoU with OpenAirlines, a Toulouse-based company, to become a reseller partner for its solution called Skybreathe, a comprehensive fuel preservation solution for airlines. Skybreathe uses Big Data algorithms and automatically analyses the large amount of available data in flight data recorders to assess flights’ efficiency. Results of the analysis are displayed into an intuitive interface accessible from desk computer, laptops, tablets and mobile. Skybreathe will constitute the Optimize module of the Analytics by NAVBLUE suite, which will help operators to save more than two percent of fuel.

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Boeing Highlights Analytics Capability with Customer Orders, New Name

Boeing AnalytX recognizes aerospace industry’s most comprehensive suite of data-driven solutions

LE BOURGET, France, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today launched Boeing AnalytX, bringing together the work of more than 800 analytics experts across the company, who are focused on transforming data into actionable insights and customer solutions.

Boeing AnalytX unites existing analytics services and products across Boeing’s commercial, defense and services businesses, its research and information technology capabilities and its family of companies.

“The amount of data created today is unprecedented. But it’s not about the data on its own, it’s what you do with it,” said Ted Colbert, chief information officer and senior vice president of Information & Analytics at the Paris Air Show. “Through the products Boeing AnalytX powers, we are applying scientific processes to data to solve our customers’ most pressing problems today while creating a world of limitless possibilities for the future.”

As part of the launch, Boeing announced five agreements to provide customers with solutions powered by Boeing AnalytX. Agreements announced today include:


  • AirBridgeCargo signed an agreement to deploy Fuel Dashboard services across its entire fleet. Fuel Dashboard helps airlines reduce fuel consumption with total savings opportunities averaging over 4 percent. The tool is currently used on more than 1,500 airplanes around the globe.


  • China Airlines renewed a contract to provide Airplane Health Management’s analytics-based predictive alerts on its fleet of 737NG and 747 freighters. China Airlines utilizes AHM analytics in taking predictive maintenance actions that help them improve efficiency and lower operating costs.


  • Delta Air Lines signed a contract to use AHM on its Boeing 717 fleet. This agreement expands Delta’s use of AHM’s analytics-based predictive alerts to encompass Boeing airplanes across its 737, 747, 767 and 777 fleets.

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  • Korean Air signed an agreement with Boeing to provide AHM on its 787 and 777 fleet. Korean uses AHM’s predictive analytics alerts to reduce delays and cancellations by scheduling maintenance in a controlled manner, avoiding schedule disruptions.

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  • Turkish Airlines has added Jeppesen Fatigue Risk Management and Boeing Alertness Model tools through a new contract, to improve flight safety and working conditions for the airline’s pilots and cabin crew members.

“Boeing has been working with its customers for decades to turn data into real-world tools that transform their business, saving them time and money and improving passenger experiences,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Global Services.

“Around the world there are more than 4,300 airplanes covered by Boeing’s Airplane Health Management, sending data direct from the airplane to airlines’ operations and maintenance teams. For government customers we are reducing maintenance costs and increasing aircraft readiness through having the right information available at the right time. And our scientists are working every day to create the next product that turns data into deliverable solutions,” Deal added.

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