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                Embraer Delivers 1,000th E-Jet


Embraer delivered the 1,000th E-Jet production aircraft during a ceremony held at the Company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos. The E175 was handed over to Republic Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings Inc., which will operate the aircraft on behalf of American Eagle. The delivery is part of Republic’s order for 47 E175s that was announced at the beginning of 2013.  The contract also includes options to buy another 47 aircraft....  more







                     Small Planet Airlines is preparing for 2014: aircraft fleet to be complemented by three Airbus A320s      


After a successful summer holiday season of 2013 Small Planet Airlines is returning two of its oldest aircraft to the owners. Instead of these aircraft, the company has signed agreements regarding 3 newer Airbus A320-220 aircraft. In total, the fleet of the airline will be comprised of 10 aircraft next year, one of which will be a stand-by unit.

At the end of August Small Planet Airlines signed agreements with Aircastle and CIT Aerospace to lease 3 Airbus A320-220 aircraft. From next spring one of them will be based in Lithuania, another one in Poland and the third one will be a backup aircraft.


We are already preparing for the next season. We signed the agreements regarding additional three A320s with deliveries in February, March and April 2014. This will ensure that the start of the next season will be smooth”, - CEO of Small Planet Airlines Vytautas Kaikaris said.


According to Mr. Kaikaris, the backup aircraft will allow to protect the passengers in case of irregularities much more quickly than before thus reducing potential long delays significantly.


When our fleet was comprised of 3-4 aircraft, a backup unit was a luxury which we couldn’t afford. However, as the company is expanding, a backup aircraft will not only increase the level of our services, but also is a financially sound decision. The fact that we have leased a backup aircraft gives us a considerable competitive advantage over other smaller airlines”, - commented the CEO of Small Planet Airlines.


The lease of new Airbus A320 aircraft is in line with fleet renewal strategy of Small Planet Airlines. In three years the company reduced the number of Boeing 737-300 aircraft from 4 to 1, whereas the number of Airbus A320s grew from 2 to 9 as the airline rapidly expanded in the UK, France and Poland.

Due to the advanced technology, comfort of passengers and flight economy, Airbus A320 is the most popular narrow-body aircraft produced by Airbus. It has up to 180 seats and can travel 5700 km distance by reaching the maximum speed of 900 km/h.



               Breitling Jet Team completes twelve-month Asian Tour


The Breitling Jet Team is the first civilian Jet display team to complete a tour encompassing Asia, Russia and Europe.

Navigating 40,000 kilometers the equivalent distance of the world’s circumference the Breitling Jet Team, consisting of seven L-39C Albatros jets has set a world first taking their unique and polished performance to new audiences in China, South East Asia, South Korea, Japan, Moscow, and Eastern Europe.

The seven highly experienced pilots negotiated challenging transits over the mountains of Mongolia, jungles of Borneo, South China Seas and the Gobi Desert to name but a few. A full time team of seven technicians worked around the clock and in temperatures from -18 to +45 degrees to keep the aircraft in top-flight condition and allow the pilots to consistently pull high G and high-speed maneuvers. The team respected for their precision and reliability performed all expected 28 displays and delighted crowds of over 5.5 million.

As well as experiencing new cultures the team met new friends on the ground and in the air such as the prestigious national aerobatic teams; Chinese August 1st team, South Korea Black Eagles, Indonesian Jupiter team, Malaysian Smokey Bandits, Thai Blue phoenix, and the Russian Knights.

From the aerial perspective the team enjoyed flying low and in close formation over some of the world’s most iconic and notorious landmarks including: Petronas Towers, Borobudur Temple in Indonesia, Mount Fuji, the Great Wall of China and the historic city of Prague.

As a special welcome back into European skies the team was greeted by two Swiss Air Force F/A-18 supersonic fighter jets and escorted across Swiss air space. After basing their operations in foreign countries for the past 12 months the pilots are enjoying having their aircraft back in Dijon.


            Sukhoi, Ilyushin Finance confirm order for 20 Superjets


20 Superjet 100Sukhoi and Ilyushin Finance have firmed up an order for 20 Superjet 100 aircraft that was first announced at the Paris air show in June.

The Ilyushin Finance order involves two contracts, Sukhoi said in a statement. The first contract with the lessor covers five Superjet 100LR aircraft with 103 seats and deliveries are set to commence at the end of 2015.

The second contract covers 15 Superjet 100s in its basic configuration, with these aircraft to be deployed with carriers in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

"[The] Sukhoi Superjet 100 LR version differs from the Basic in several respects: it can reach 4,578km [2,470nm] and has an increased take-off weight - up to 49.45 tons compensated by the strengthened wing," says Sukhoi. "The SSJ100 LR is equipped with a PowerJet SaM146 engine with a 5% increased thrust compared to SSJ100 Basic version."

The Russian government will provide financing assistance for the deliveries.

"This support is provided by the government to banks extending credits to customers buying Russian products."     more


Polish Aviation Day - the card from the historical Polish aviation calendar

RWD-6 aircraftSince 1993 the date 28 of August is known in Poland as a National Aviation Day , common holiday for civil aviation, military and aerospace industry and it was established to commemorate the victory of Captain Franciszka Żwirki and Engineer Stanisława Wigury in Challenge Touring Aircraft 1932 Competition (Challenge International des Avions de Tourisme) in Berlin ... more





Travel Service Finalize Order for Three 737 MAXs


Travel Service Boeing 737  Travel Service Boeing 737 Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Travel Service have finalized an order for three 737 MAX 8s, valued at $301.5 million at list prices. The Czech Republic-based carrier originally announced a commitment to purchase the 737 MAX in June during the 2013 Paris Air Show. Today’s announcement brings the total number of orders to date for the 737 MAX to 1,498 airplanes.  more






           AIR TATTOO Shines in the sun


THE SHOW with something for everyone: that was the verdict after crowds at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds enjoyed a feast of flying and static displays, plus a range of new and exciting entertainment on the ground.   more







            Stronger Global air traffic results in 2013 H1 largely driven  by the development in the Middle East


Throughout the first five months of 2013 the global air passenger traffic was further showing signs of a healthy recovery, climbing up by 4.5% in comparison to the same period in 2012. While in terms of market growth the Asian-Pacific region along with Europe and North America still remain on the outskirts, the growth in the international air passenger demand had been mostly supported by the emerging markets with the Middle East at the lead.... more .





          Marek Szufa - „Blue sky Mark „ 


This year, on June 18 falls the second anniversary of Marek Szufa death - an outstanding polish pilot who during the air show in Plock dropped his machine to the Wisła river....

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       Tadeusz Wrona - master landing with the release of Polish pilot



It was 1st November 2011, when Boeing 767 flying from Newark in New Jersey was approaching to the Okecie airport in Warsaw, and over 220 passengers, eleven-man crew and crowds of people in front of TVs caught their breath. Weighed almost 130 tones machine was coming down without slided out landing gear... more