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IndiGo secures sale-and-leaseback deal on 14 new Airbus A320neo family jets

Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo has come to a sale-and-leaseback agreement with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) for 14 LEAP-powered Airbus A320neo-family aircraft. Under the agreement, seven A320neo and seven A321neo aircraft are scheduled to be delivered between the fourth quarter of 2021 and the middle of 2022. Currently India’s largest airline (by both passengers carried

First of Japan’s RQ-4B Global Hawk surveillance drones takes flight

The Northrop Grumman-built unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have completed inaugural flight tests ahead of their delivery to Japan. Defence prime Northrop Grumman announced it successfully completed the first test flight of Japan’s RQ-4B Global Hawk last Wednesday (15 April). The UAV was procured by the Japanese Ministry of Defence in 2014, and is expected to

South Korea introduces digital vaccine passports

South Korea announced on Thursday that it will issue digital COVID-19 ‘vaccine passports’ to all citizens who have received their vaccine, in a major step that could see the return of international travel. The concept of digitised health credentials has been touted in the industry for many months, with many believing it to be the

MAX update: United lodges new order, China moves on recertification

United Airlines has announced the order of 25 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and moved up the delivery of existing orders, in a win for beleaguered planemaker Boeing. The airline has placed the new order for delivery of 25 of the fuel-efficient MAX jets in 2023, banking on steadily increasing demand for air travel, particularly

Korean Air to take over rival Asiana and subsidiaries

The Hanjin Group, owner of South Korean flag-carrier Korean Air, has said it will buy out its smaller embattled rival Asiana Airlines in a $1.6 billion deal that will see the airline join the ranks of the world’s largest carriers. The deal will be funded in part by investment from Korea Development Bank, with the

Singapore adds new dates for A380 pop-up restaurant as demand surges

Due to overwhelming demand, Singapore Airlines has now added new dates for its parked A380 pop-up restaurant experience. The airline previously announced that tickets for its A380 restaurant experience offering, which included both lunch and dinner time slots on 24 and 25 October, sold out within 30 minutes of bookings being made live.  The airline


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