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NEWS THIS WEEK 10 Falco gets call for United Nations peacekeeping mission 11 French budget plan applies brake to Rafale deliveries. Bombardier builds for CSeries future 12 Comac calm as C919 first flight slips. Laser project offers DELICAT approach to turbulence 14 Airbus loses 747 advertising dispute AIR TRANSPORT 16 Norwegian plans Irish defection for long-haul division. Restructure plan could breach AA’s loan terms 17 Captain took control at under 400ft 18 JetBlue sweetens its premium offers for trans-US fliers. Irkut solidifies design for new MC-21 twinjet NEWS FOCUS 21 Conversion loses its appeal DEFENCE 22 Senate limbers up to shoot down Afghan procurements. BAE reveals Typhoon ambitions for Saudi Arabia

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23 Upgraded MiG-29 heads for home with Polish air force. First Turkish A400M edges forwards 24 Cuts rouse USAF future combat fears. USN may keep X-47B demonstrators out of museum for prolonged testing

BUSINESS AVIATION 26 Citation X hits high speed despite programme delay. Antonov gives new lift to An-2 biplane 29 Cessna slowdown hits delivery total. Wheels Up pledges King Air loyalty with record buy GENERAL AVIATION 30 Zeppelin bets on Goodyear deal to inflate its fortunes


40 Growing bigger slowly Output of high-capacity aircraft at Airbus and Boeing has been limited while sales of fuel-efficient twinjets continued to rise


36 TAIWAN FIGHTERS Falling behind As China’s airborne might continues to grow, a fighter upgrade programme may be the best Taipei can hope for 38 LABACE PREVIEW Business as usual Latin America remains a beacon of light for the corporate jet industry, despite the fact some countries seem to be faltering

TECHNOLOGY 31 To trim skin drag, turn on jetstream. Wrights return with new take on wing-warping BUSINESS 32 Enders’ Dassault question

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES After meeting Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary at the budget carrier’s Dublin headquarters, operations and safety editor David Learmount (centre) took a 737 jumpseat ride to Ryanair’s Portuguese base at Faro with chief pilot Ray Conway, (left), while Faro base captain Klaus Wegner (right) shared flying duties. “With four of us in the cockpit we were a bit shoehorned in,” says David, “but it was good to see how they handled the flight.” Whatever one may think of its take on luggage, he adds, nobody should doubt Ryanair’s commitment to safety.


The DEW Line tells us the Russian air force will receive its first Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA stealth fighter this quarter, for flight tests this year and service entry in 2016. Meanwhile, the Lockheed Martin F-35B completed its 500th vertical landing and is set to resume sea trials in a push to enter US Marine Corps service in 2015. And, Japan launched a small aircraft carrier – just the thing for F-35Bs. Online chat has safety editor David Learmount more worried about “the degree to which airline pilots are losing faith in their ability to fly ordinary manoeuvres and visual traffic patterns, because they practically never have to do it”. On The Ariel View, read about 3D printers, guns and havoc at security agencies. Hyperbola outlines European Space Agency hopes that Reaction Engines could turn its Skylon idea into a full launch system in the early 2020s. Find all these items at


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School’s out

Washington budget-wrangling has forced the US Air Force to suspend training of its future elite officer corps. Careers will suffer – and so will the effectiveness of the entire military machine

arlier this year, the US Air Force was forced to suspend flight operations at nine fighter and four bomber squadrons due to an artificial budgetary crisis manufactured in the halls of Congress. Worse, the USAF was forced to shut down, temporarily, its elite Weapons School and operational test and evaluation units at Nellis AFB, Nevada, where most of its tactical experts and future leaders are produced. Money-shuffling restored flight operations, but in training the damage will not so easily be undone. At the Weapons School, an entire class of the best aviators that the USAF has to offer had their opportunity to attend the elite institution cancelled. Many of those officers will not have a second chance, given the rigid career path of an air force officer. Many others had a critically important graduation war game disrupted by the stand-down – meaning that they will lack experience gained by their peers.

The USAF will have to deal with the effects of the stand-down for the next seven to 10 years While the immediate impact will be felt by those officers whose careers were disrupted, the air force as a whole will feel the sting in the coming years as gaps open up in key operational leadership roles. Although the pause was not lengthy, the service will be short more than 100 Weapons School graduates by year-end. Those officers would have filled vital instructor slots at operational squadrons as their predecessors move on to the test community and to squadron and wing leadership positions. Combat commands will also be short-

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handed as Weapons School graduates fill many of the air warfare staff positions at air operations centres around the world. The USAF will have to deal with the effects of the stand-down for the next seven to 10 years, while the gap works its way through the system. Matters will only get worse if there are additional stand-downs as a result of further bickering among legislators. An inevitable result of shutting down the Weapons School is that the institution’s instructor pilots, who are a repository of air power expertise, will lose their edge. That loss will be felt not only within the service, but across the entire US Department of Defense as air force effectiveness erodes over time – reducing its ability to contribute to the Pentagon’s fighting strength. While equipment is important, ultimately it is the man or woman in the cockpit who makes air power effective. If the nation neglects training, all the fancy toys in the world will not make an iota of difference. O See Defence P24

Postponing the inevitable W

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hen Comac quietly let slip that the C919’s first flight has been pushed back a year to the end of 2015, few observers were surprised. Although they would not dream of saying anything outright, Western suppliers have long hinted that the Chinese airframer was running behind schedule, and that major programme decisions are still to be made. Moreover, Comac’s track record does little to enhance confidence. The ARJ21 regional jet, a programme that began some 11 years ago, is still undergoing flight tests and certification trials. Comac, however, has been candid about its inexperience. It is unrealistic, it says, to compare it with mature players such as Boeing and Airbus. It also admits it lacks

the necessary manpower, knowledge and infrastructure to be fully competitive in today’s aerospace industry. The ARJ21 and C919 will never be the most competitive aircraft, but are critical stepping stones for China’s long-term ambition to become an aerospace powerhouse. The precious knowledge and experience it is gaining will prove invaluable on future programmes. The C919 will encounter further delays. Even after it takes flight it faces daunting certification challenges. Nonetheless, Beijing’s determination to get a commercial jet flying, together with its deep pockets, means that despite the naysayers, Comac remains a company to watch out for in future. O See This Week P12 13-19 August 2013 | Flight International | 9


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DELIVERY The United Arab Emirates has received its last of three A330 multi-role tanker transports from Airbus Military, with its air force’s first five crews also having completed their training. Based at Al Ain, the type will provide in-flight refuelling for Dassault Mirage 2000-9 and Lockheed Martin F-16E/F combat aircraft, and also has a cabin configured for up to 256 passengers.


AIRFRAMES Airbus has handed development and production of the A350-1000’s outboard flap to Fokker Aerostructures. The -1000 has a larger wing than the -900 and -800, for which Fokker is already supplying the flap section, and requires a different high-lift design. Airbus is already co-operating with Fokker in Bremen, where testing of highlift devices for the A350 has previously been carried out. Initial delivery of the -1000’s flap components is due in 2015, says Fokker.


MISSILES MBDA is within months of concluding Storm Shadow cruise missile deliveries for the Royal Saudi Air Force’s upgraded Panavia Tornado strike aircraft. “Under the Tornado Sustainment Programme, further Storm Shadow missiles were delivered in the first half of 2013, with final deliveries due by the end of the year,” says 37.5% stakeholder BAE Systems. A follow-on weapons contract worth £600 million ($930 million) was signed in March, it adds, “with deliveries expected to commence in 2014”.


ROTORCRAFT Belgium has accepted its first of four NH Industries NH90 helicopters in the NFH naval configuration, with the Westland Sea King replacement due to enter operational service next year. The nation is also acquiring four NH90 tactical transport helicopters, the first of which was delivered in December 2012.

FIRST ABERDEEN-BASED EC225 RETURNS TO SERVICE ROTORCRAFT CHC Scotia has become the first of the three Aberdeen, Scotland-based operators of Eurocopter EC225s to return the type to service following its effective grounding last year due to a fault with a gearbox component. The Super Puma performed its first overwater flight since October last year on 6 August to an oil installation in the North Sea. No offshore workers were on board, but passengers included executives from CHC’s oil company customer. The helicopter remained on the rig overnight before making a further flight the following day as part of the operator’s plan to reassure passengers about the robustness and safety of the modifications applied to the 19-seat rotorcraft.

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AIRPORTS Fire destroyed Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta airport’s international arrivals building last week, forcing a temporary suspension of services. Passengers were evacuated, and there was no loss of life. Kenya Airports Authority has yet to identify the cause of the blaze, which occurred early in the morning of 7 August, and assess the effectiveness of the response. Domestic departure areas have been converted to serve as a temporary international terminal, and some domestic services have been operating from Kenya Airways cargo facilities. The country’s transport and infrastructure secretary, Michael Kamau, says other airports in the region have offered capacity to ease any capacity problems.

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Falco gets call for UN peacekeeping Unmanned system set to support Democratic Republic of Congo mission by monitoring movements of armed groups


elex ES is to supply a Falco unmanned air system to support UN peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, under a potentially fiveyear deal. The UN on 1 August confirmed that its Department of Peacekeeping Operations has selected the European supplier for a requirement to support the MONUSCO mission. “The deployment of the UAV is planned in coming weeks,” the organisation says, while describing the activity as a “trial use”. “The use of unarmed UAVs will allow UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to monitor the movements of armed groups and protect the civilian population more efficiently, particularly in the country’s eastern region,” the UN says. “The UAV will be operated by the contractor under the strict control and security of the UN, with all data provided exclusively to the peacekeeping mission concerned.” Selected in July, following an evaluation process conducted by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the Falco is “capable of carrying a range of payloads,

including several types of highresolution sensors,” the UN says. Its choice follows a process during which 25 suppliers from 11 nations sent representatives to the African nation, it adds. The UN on 5 August valued its contract with Selex at €10 million ($13 million) per year for an initial three-year period, with an option to extend the arrangement by a further two years. Selex confirms the UN announcement about its selection for the requirement, but declines to comment further about the deal or equipment package. The company has previously supplied its baseline Falco to customers including Pakistan, with the UAS having a 490kg (1,080lb) maximum take-off weight, including a 70kg payload, and an operating endurance of up to 14h. An enhanced Falco Evo variant is also in development. Headquartered in Kinshasa, the MONUSCO force comprises more than 20,400 personnel, including almost 18,500 troops from 50 countries. For full coverage of the AUVSI unmanned vehicles show, visit


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eliveries of the Dassault Rafale fighter, Airbus Military A400M transport and A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) to France could be slowed significantly over the next six years, if the nation’s newly proposed military planning law is adopted. Outlined by defence minister Jean Yves Le-Drian on 2 August, the suggested spending plan for 2014-19 would slow deliveries of the Rafale to a combined 26 aircraft for the French air force and navy. While a significant reduction from the 11 examples currently being produced per annum, the fall could be accommodated if potential export sales are finalised. A Dassaultled team is still negotiating the terms for a planned 126-unit order for India, with the type also on offer to nations including Brazil, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. The draft document says 15 A400Ms would be handed over to the French air force within the same period, including only two of a planned three this year. The slower-than-expected rate of introduction would be partly managed by upgrading the service’s current 14 Lockheed Martin C-130H transports. A programme to acquire 12

A330 MRTTs would be launched in 2014, the defence ministry says, but only two would be in use by the end of 2019. Eurocopter would deliver 42 NH Industries NH90s and 16 HAD-standard Tiger attack helicopters, and upgrade earlier HAPconfiguration examples of the latter. Twelve General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Reaper unmanned air vehicles would also be introduced, with the first potentially to be delivered in late 2013, with 14 tactical UAVs also to be bought. Paris will, meanwhile, continue to give priority to an Anglo-French project to design an operational unmanned combat

air system for longer-term use. Upgrades would be performed on six Dassault Mirage 2000D strike aircraft and four ATL-2 Atlantique maritime patrol aircraft, with the latter to be the first examples from a planned 15-aircraft project that would extend operations of the type beyond 2030. Worth €190 billion ($254 billion), the proposed six-year spending package will be examined by French parliamentarians following the summer recess, with a final version to be adopted before 31 December. O Read the latest news on cuts to global defence budgets at


Bombardier builds for CSeries future hile first flight of the CSeries test aircraft remains vaguely scheduled for the “coming weeks”, Bombardier has announced progress in another critical area of the programme. Construction has begun on the new CSeries final assembly plant that is sized to support production of at least 120 aircraft per year, Bombardier says. The 667,000ft² (62,000m²) factory doubles the company’s industrial complex in Mirabel, where it also builds CRJ regional jets.

The first seven CS100 and CS300 flight test aircraft and the first production models are being assembled in a modified and retooled CRJ assembly building.

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Bombardier plans to move to the new expanded and dedicated CSeries factory after construction is completed in mid-2014. The new factory will house a single final assembly line for the CSeries with seven positions. The line can support a production rate of up to 12 aircraft per month at peak output. Although the firm order backlog remains only 177 aircraft, officials have discussed the possibility of opening a second line if demand calls for raising output to up 20 per month. O

yanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has named the five airlines he expects to be the only major players left in the European market of the future. Air France, British Airways, EasyJet and Lufthansa join O’Leary’s Irish budget carrier on his shortlist. He reckons Ryanair still has a long way to go toward reaching its full potential in Europe, and is casting his eye further afield: long-haul low-cost services to the USA are a possibility, he says, but only if Europe and America sign a full open-skies deal. As it strives to maximise European business, Ryanair is exploring the potential of adding new bases to the 57 it already operates across the continent, with a focus on airports larger than the “secondary or tertiary” ones it already serves.

Cologne and Dortmund have approached [Ryanair] with incentives to operate there O’Leary confirms that German airports Cologne and Dortmund have approached his airline with incentives to operate there as services by Air Berlin are cut back. Network contraction by rivals is also creating opportunities in Spain and Italy, says O’Leary, while even busy airports such as London Gatwick – to which Ryanair operates, but at which it does not have a base – have slots at certain times of the day amenable to non-time-sensitive flights serving holiday destinations. As for adding transatlantic services, O’Leary sketches out a vision of operating 30-40 long-range twinjets of the size of the Airbus A330 or Boeing 787, but notes an obstacle: lack of aircraft availability due to the order backlog created by Gulf airlines’ expansion. O

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Comac calm as C919 first flight slips Inexperienced manufacturer admits to struggles with schedule management but insists 90-month target is still possible irst flight of Comac’s developmental C919 airliner has been pushed back until the end of 2015 as the inexperienced Chinese airframer grapples with production challenges surrounding the allnew twinjet. Zhang Yanzhong, the chairman of an advisory committee steering the C919 programme, confirms the slippage of the maiden sortie from 2014 to the end of the following year. Zhang says that Comac is starting the C919 project from scratch and that its inexperience and weak technological foundation means that it cannot be compared with mature players such as Boeing and Airbus.

“In fact, if the C919 can have its first flight within 90 months of [starting] development, that will be a feat,” says Zhang. He adds that the C919 has not had “major setbacks” and is progressing as scheduled. Zhang argues that the movement of the first flight date is not a delay because the 90-month development timeline it previously outlined should start from 2008, when Comac was established, and not from 2006 when the project was first announced. The delay to the C919’s first flight means that entry into service is also likely to be pushed back. Zhang does not provide more detail on the issues the pro-



The C919’s maiden flight has been pushed back to the end of 2015 gramme needs to overcome. However, he highlights quality and schedule management as areas Comac needs to master. He says Comac has little experience


Delivery ushers in assembly of first iron bird test cell Eaton and Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing’s (SAMC) Chinese joint venture has delivered the first batch of conveyance tubes to Comac for its C919 narrowbody twinjet. The delivery, made on 29 July, means that the joint-venture business is the first supplier to deliver components for the C919, says Comac.

“Some of these parts have been installed on to the iron bird, while some are still waiting for other parts so they can be installed together,” says Eaton. Eaton and SAMC set up the joint venture in mid-2011 to focus on the design, development, manufacturing and support of fuel and hydraulic

conveyance systems for the C919. Comac confirms that the installation of parts on to the C919 iron bird ground rig has started, although it does not provide further details. To speed up the development and test process, the airframer is planning to use two iron birds to mount equipment for static tests. O

of working with a multitude of domestic and foreign suppliers and needs to ensure that they work well together and that progress is kept on track. The C919 has entered the engineering development phase, as detailed design work continues. The focus has moved from engineering design to development, including component and system integration, flight test and certification. To date, Comac has garnered 380 commitments for its C919, mostly from Chinese airlines and leasing companies. O Keep track of the development of Comac’s all-new twinjet at


Laser project offers DELICAT approach to turbulence uropean researchers are trialling a laser-based system to detect clear air turbulence in an aircraft’s flightpath. A Cessna Citation II research aircraft has been modified by the Dutch national aerospace laboratory NLR and will conduct test flights with the demonstrator system from Amsterdam across Europe until the end of August. The equipment – which involves light-detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology – has been developed by Germany’s aerospace research institute DLR as part of the EU’s DELICAT (demonstration of LIDAR-based clear air

turbulence detection) project. The system projects ultraviolet light ahead of the aircraft to determine atmospheric parameters – such as air density and the speed of moving air – by measuring how light is scattered by reflection from air molecules.



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High-altitude turbulence can be generated at the boundary of jet streams where air masses – which may move in different directions at different speeds – build up waves. This cannot be detected by weather radar equipment. The researchers are evaluating short- and long-range measurements. The former assess air speed 50-300m (165-985ft) ahead of the aircraft, which could be used for flight-control inputs to mitigate the effect of turbulence. Longrange measurements should determine turbulence at 10-30km (516nm), allowing flightcrew to offer an early warning to passengers.

Around 40% of turbulence-related aircraft accidents are caused by clear air turbulence. DLR says the weather phenomenon is set to rise because of climate change. Part of the trial is to compare the observational data from the LIDAR system with measurements of the actual turbulence the research aircraft encounters, to refine the models it uses. DLR says the long-term goal is to develop an integrated detection system to avoid clear air turbulence. The DELICAT project involves 12 research partners from seven European countries and runs until March 2014. O


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Airbus loses 747 advertising dispute UK watchdog rejects suggestion Boeing misled customers by ignoring seat density in claim of better fuel burn than A380 irbus has failed to convince advertising monitors to castigate Boeing for publishing claims that its 747-8 achieves better fuel burn per seat than the A380. Two specific Airbus complaints about the advertisement – which appeared in Flight International – have been dismissed by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority. Boeing had claimed that the 747-8 was 8% more efficient than the A380 and had a 26% trip-cost advantage. Airbus had objected to the efficiency claim on the grounds that Boeing was using a 467-seat configuration for the 747-8 against a 555-seat layout for the A380. The European airframer argued that, to achieve the same comfort standard as the A380, the rival 747-8 would have to be fitted with only 405 seats – and that this would increase the perseat fuel burn. But the advertising authority points out that the Boeing claim referred simply to the basic fuelburn figure, not the cabin comfort. “Regardless of any difference



The 747-8I has struggled to attract airline customers in comfort standards, we considered it was reasonable to make the comparison based on standard seating layouts of the aircraft,” it states in its adjudication. It says the specialist target audience for the advertisement would also be familiar with the modelling and assumptions on which the claims were based. Potential customers would “understand” that the “highly customisable” nature of the aircraft would mean efficiency claims would be subject to “considerable variability”, it adds, depending on a carrier’s specified layout. Boeing’s trip-cost claim was

based on an industry-standard cash aircraft-related operating cost methodology, applied over a 6,000nm (11,100km) route. A generic flight profile for the route indicated the 747-8 would burn around 121t of fuel, compared with 157t for the A380. This method laid down assumptions about the technical parameters of the aircraft being compared, and used an established process to ensure configurations were consistent – tailored to the customer’s particular operation, including specific route profiles, if it supplied the necessary data. These performance character-

istics were only summarised by the advertisement, the adjudication rules. Customers were unlikely to buy the jet without seeking more information on the potential advantages of the aircraft, based on their own specific requirements, it adds. “For these reasons we concluded that the [advertisement] was unlikely to mislead.” Boeing says it welcomes the dismissal of the “unfounded complaints”. Airbus says it stands by its claim that “fair fuel-burn per seat comparisons” need to take into account cabin configurations and passenger comfort levels. “The Boeing seating assumptions are as outdated and obsolete as the 747,” says John Leahy, chief salesman at Airbus. “We note that Boeing continues trying to mislead the public by claiming a ‘standard layout’ that actually has never been sold or installed on any of their aircraft.” O See how British Airways plans to add the A380 to its fleet at

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Norwegian plans Irish defection for long-haul division Subsidiary American Eagle operates the ERJ-140s and -145s

Low-cost carrier looks beyond home country as it attempts to enhance competitiveness through use of non-EU labour


candinavian low-cost carrier Norwegian is applying for a permanent Irish air operator’s certificate for its new long-haul division, as the airline prepares for the first intercontinental deployment of its Boeing 787 on 15 August. The Irish Aviation Authority has already issued a temporary AOC for Norwegian’s long-haul operation, which launched on 30 May with two wet-leased Airbus A340s, and operates flights to New York’s JFK airport and Bangkok. But that certificate – which is also being used to operate the airline’s single 787 – will expire by year-end. However, the Oslo-based carrier is now “in the process” of applying for a permanent AOC in Ireland to be able to employ international crew members. The airline wants to recruit flight attendants from Thailand, which will not be possible if the aircraft is registered at the carrier’s home base as Norwegian law prohibits the employment of staff from outside the European Economic Area.


Restructure plan could breach AA’s loan terms

Norwegian says it would like to run all its aircraft from Norway, but the country’s strict rules and regulations reduce its competitiveness against other carriers operating in more liberal jurisdictions. The carrier says it had been considering a number of different countries, including Sweden, in which to base the long-haul division, before it eventually settled on Ireland. Indications are that if the permanent Irish AOC is granted, then the carrier will also have to move the headquarters of the long-haul business to Ireland as it is not legally possible for a Norway-based airline to permanently operate aircraft under another country’s AOC. Although declining to elaborate, save to say it is considering the corporate switch, it stresses that the move applies only to the long-haul operation and not the group’s mainstay short-haul business. The first of eight 787-8s ordered by Norwegian was delivered at the end of June. The aircraft has been deployed on European routes for pilot familiarisation. O


merican Airlines’ current reorganisation plan could lead to almost 180 Embraer regional jets being repossessed by Brazil’s export credit agency, BNDES, unless the two parties can reach an agreement on revised loan terms. According to court documents filed by BNDES’s financing arm FINAME with the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on 2 August, the restructuring effort could be considered a “non-conforming plan” under the amended loan agreement between the pair that was approved by the court last year. In which case, BNDES warns, the loan could be terminated and result in the bank repossessing the 59 ERJ-140 and 118 ERJ-145 aircraft covered by the deal, the filing states. Additionally, American would have to pay back $127 million in outstanding debt. The aircraft in question make up the majority of the fleet of the

carrier’s regional subsidiary, American Eagle Airlines. “[While] the parties seem to have agreed on how to resolve the issues, it remains to be seen whether all of the financing parties’ concerns will be satisfactorily addressed in any further amended version of the [restructuring] plan,” says BNDES. Final financing terms for the 177 jets must be agreed on or after the date that the reorganisation plan is confirmed by the court, according to the filing. A hearing is scheduled to discuss the reorganisation plan in New York on 15 August. Approval is key to American’s planned merger with US Airways, to which the court has previously agreed. Under the terms of the amended loan, it reduced the outstanding $1.75 billion in debt for 216 regional jets by 38% to $1.08 billion. American declined to comment when contacted. O


July deals push Airbus closer to 1,000-order mark



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K carrier EasyJet’s order for 135 Airbus A320s contributed to 174 additional aircraft logged on the airframer’s books in July. Airbus delivered 347 aircraft during the first seven months of 2013, compared with 326 in the same period last year. EasyJet’s firm deal, which includes 100 A320neo twinjets, increased Airbus’s gross order total to 932, with a net figure of 892 after cancellations and changes.

Lessors CIT and ILFC added 20 A321s and three A319s in July, while smaller single-aisle orders came from Nepal Airlines, Syphax Airlines and a private customer. In the long-haul sector Airbus secured an A330 option conversion from Turkish Airlines and formally booked SriLankan Airlines’ order for four A350-900s. Deliveries included nine A380s, 63 A330s – including six freighters – and 275 single-aisle jets. O


JetBlue sweetens its premium offer for trans-US fliers


Captain took controls at under 400ft T

he captain of the Southwest Airlines’ Boeing 737-700 that suffered a nose-gear collapse during landing at New York’s LaGuardia airport on 22 July took over control when the aircraft was at an altitude of less than 400ft (122m). Contained in an investigation update from the US National Transportation Safety Board released on 6 August, the revelation provides an insight into the ightcrew’s behaviour as they made their approach to the airport’s runway 4. Operating as Southwest ight 345 from Nashville, Tennessee, to LaGuardia, says the NTSB, the narrowbody “proceeded on the approach when, at a point below 400ft, there was an exchange of control of the airplane and the captain became the ying pilot and made the landingâ€?. The en-route phase of the ight was uneventful, but the aircraft cir-

cled for about 15min before landing because of weather conditions in the New York area, says the report. The ďŹ rst ofďŹ cer ew the aircraft and the captain monitored as the aircraft descended on an ILS approach to the runway, with the crew establishing visual contact with the airďŹ eld when they were 8-16km (4-9nm) away. The aircraft maintained the correct speed, course and glideslope until it was at an altitude of between 200-400ft, it says. Additionally, the crew reported a tailwind of about 11kt at 1,000ft and an 11kt headwind on the runway. Following the change in command, the 737 touched the runway nose ďŹ rst, at a 3Ëš downward pitch, while travelling at 133kt, the board says. The twinjet then slid on its nose for 19s along 663m (2,175ft) of the runway. No mechanical problems or


Investigation into Southwest nose-gear collapse reveals change in command during final moments of 737’s descent

The aircraft slid on its nose for 19s along 633m of the runway malfunctions have been found, says the NTSB, and a preliminary examination indicates the nose gear collapsed as a result of stress overload. The heavy landing caused the 737’s nose-gear to collapse rear-


Narrowbodies undamaged following Asian excursions A pair of Boeing 737s experienced runway excursions at airports in Thailand and Japan on 6 August, although both twinjets escaped undamaged from the incidents. At 17:25 local time an -800 (HS-DBM) operated by Thai low-cost carrier Nok Air slid off the runway during a rejected take-off at Trang airport in rain and strong wind. As the aircraft slowed, it veered to

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the right and came to a stop on soft ground adjacent to the runway. There was no reported damage to the jet, and all 142 passengers and crew were able to disembark using mobile stairs. The second incident involved a Korean Air 737-900 (HL7599) at Japan’s Niigata airport. Operating as flight KE763 on the Seoul IncheonNiigata route, the aircraft exited the

runway on landing at 19:11 local time. Images show the aircraft resting on a grassy slope. Weather data at the time of the incident indicates good visibility, with light 3kt winds from the northeast. All 106 passengers and nine crew on board exited the aircraft safely via stairs. The carrier says there is no damage to the aircraft. O

wards and into the forward fuselage and damaged electrical equipment in the electronics bay beneath the ightdeck. The NTSB says the captain had accumulated more than 12,000h – including more than 7,000h as pilot-in-command – of which 7,900h were on the type, the board says. The ďŹ rst ofďŹ cer, meanwhile, had 5,200h, including 4,000h as pilot-in-command and 1,100 hours on 737s, although none as pilot-in-command. The 737 involved is a 2000built airframe bearing the registration N763SW and powered by CFM International CFM56 engines. O Keep up with safety issues in aviation online by logging on to 

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Irkut solidifies designs for new MC-21 twinjet

The airline will start receiving A321s from the end of this year INTERIORS JON HEMMERDINGER WASHINGTON DC

JetBlue sweetens its premium offer for trans-US fliers Carrier hopes installation of lie-flat seating and private suites on A321s from 2014 will boost its market share


ew York-based JetBlue Airways has revealed more details of the premium seating it intends to install on transcontinental operations using Airbus A321s, in a move it hopes will “reinvent” the market. The carrier confirms Northern Irish manufacturer Thompson Aero Seating will supply the lieflat seats, which extend to 203cm (80in), for its A321s operating between New York John F Kennedy International airport and both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Although JetBlue will receive the first of its A321s later this year, the lie-flat seats will only be installed on aircraft arriving in 2014. The lie-flat seats will be installed in a two-by-two configuration in rows one, three and five. These will be complemented by private suites with closing doors fitted in rows two and four. JetBlue claims it will be the only carrier on the route to offer private suites, helping to “reinvent” the transcontinental flying experience. A memo to employees from Robin Hayes, the airline’s chief

commercial officer, says JetBlue’s yields have underperformed competitors on the JFK-Los Angeles and JFK-San Francisco routes because it lacks a first- or business-class offering. “These routes have razor-thin margins, and it is becoming harder to compete with airlines that can subsidise their economy cabins with first-class sales,” writes Hayes. “I’m confident we’ve succeeded in creating a uniquely JetBlue experience that will not just attract fliers from other airlines, but create a new breed of premium customers,” he says. In addition, JetBlue says it will refresh its economy product in 2014 with slimmer seats, a new entertainment system with 25cmwide televisions and USB power ports accessible to all customers. The first four A321s to arrive this year will have 190 economy seats and will operate on routes to Florida and the Caribbean, while the A321s scheduled to arrive next year will be configured with 16 lie-flat seats and 143 economy seats. O

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evelopment of the Irkut MC-21 narrowbody has passed from the computer-aided design stage to a solid modelling and testing phase, in which blueprints will be produced for the aircraft’s construction. The Russian airframer’s president, Oleg Demchenko, says the development team at the IAZ plant in Irkutsk should complete this work within six months. “We’ve already released a working design draft for the airframe,” he says. “In August, we’ll finish similar packages for major systems. Designers and engineers will bolt them up and conduct optimisation testing.” He adds: “Next year will be the

most crucial period for the MC-21 programme. Apart from building several prototype models in 2014, we’ll also need to recruit and train personnel ahead of launching serial production.” Irkut says it has purchased all the necessary equipment – including the assembly line – to serially produce MC-21s, and will commence installation shortly. “All in all, we remain on schedule with the project’s major milestones,” says Demchenko. He is confident that the first prototype of the Pratt & Whitney PW1400G-powered narrowbody will fly in 2015, and that certification and delivery will follow in 2017. O


Zest attracts regulator’s gaze


ow-cost carrier Zest Air has been placed under “heightened surveillance” by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) following a spate of recent flight cancellations. In July alone Zest cancelled over 30 flights, attributing many to “mechanical aircraft problems” and “aircraft situations”, CAAP says. “We suspect it’s some problem with their maintenance policy. The flight cancellations are affecting passengers – especially tourists,” says the authority. CAAP has not grounded the airline, it stresses, but Zest is

under “heightened surveillance”. The authority will additionally check the airline’s maintenance regime to see whether it has been following “normal procedures”. “We’re strictly monitoring their activities. So far, we have not found any irregularities,” says CAAP. Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database records the carrier as operating a fleet of 15 aircraft – one Airbus A319, 11 A320s and three Xian Aircraft MA60s, with an average age of 11 years. Zest operates mainly domestic services within the Philippines, as well as routes to China and South Korea. O




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Industry leaders gather for strategic high-level conferences in Singapore As the organiser, Experia Events, gears up to host the biggest Airshow in Asia next year, top leaders of the aerospace and defence industry will once again be gathering at Singapore Airshow 2014 (11-16 February 2014) to attend the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit and the Asia Pacific Security Conference, held concurrently on 10 February 2014.

SINGAPORE AIRSHOW AVIATION LEADERSHIP SUMMIT Going into its 4th edition, the upcoming Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) 2014 is a full-day forum that focuses on the key issues affecting commercial aviation. This is especially timely given that commercial aviation marks its first 100 years on 1 January 2014. Governments, airlines and airports will convene at this C-Suite summit to examine the effects of counter-productive regulations on the industry and address the need to strike a new balance on how the industry is regulated; explore the various factors that could change global connectivity and the opportunities which are abound; as well as discuss the next steps for building a sustainable industry following the climate change discussions at the ICAO Assembly in September. The Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit is a unique forum that brings together policy makers, regulators, airlines, airports, air navigation service providers and manufacturers for frank discussions on the issues affecting the industry and is jointly organised by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Experia Events, IATA and the Singapore Ministry of Transport (MOT).

Some of the esteemed speakers at past Summits include: Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s Former Minister

Mentor Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Singapore’s Transport Minister Mr Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice President and European Commissioner for Transport Mr Roberto Kobeh González, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council President Mr Tony Tyler, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director-General and CEO Tony Tyler

ASIA PACIFIC SECURITY CONFERENCE The security environment in Asia is characterised by several key trends – the emergence of China as a regional military power and the uncertainty that this development injects into the regional security calculus; the growing volatility in the East and South China Seas; the ongoing nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula; and the as-yet unknown repercussions of the US rebalancing toward Asia. How these developments play out, and they interact with each other, will have an obvious impact on the future roles and requirements for airpower in the region. Additionally, the AsiaPacific’s strategic contours are defined significantly by modernised power projection capabilities, which are enabling most regional powers to overcome their traditional geographic limitations in meeting complex regional security challenges. While emerging strategic rivalries may not necessarily lead to instability and conflict, increasingly robust regional air and naval assets will certainly shape the prospects for friction over the next decade. In this context the Asia Pacific Security Conference 2014 at the Singapore Airshow next year will explore the continuity and change in East Asia’s security environment, both

through the lens of US-China strategic ambitions, as well as through the impact of emerging fifth-generation airpower capabilities. Expert speakers from around the world will deliberate on the future roles and requirements for airpower in the region as a result of these developments and how they interact with each other. The Asia Pacific Security Conference is a strategic platform for defense officials, military personnel, academics, analysts and industry leaders from around the world to exchange insights on security issues and to facilitate top-level discussions on shaping peace worldwide. The conference is co-organised by Experia Events and S Rajaratnam School of International Studies. Ambassador Barry Desker, Dean, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Attendance for both conferences is strictly by invitation only. If you would like to request an invitation, please submit the online request form on Requests for invitations will be reviewed by the organising committee. Flightglobal is proud to support Singapore Airshow 2014. Find us at stand no. P103

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Senate limbers up to shoot down Afghan procurements DEFENCE P22 ANALYSIS GREG WALDRON SINGAPORE

Conversion loses its appeal Global economic weakness and greater surface transport use contribute to overall reduction in freighter modifications

ontinuing weakness in the global cargo market is being blamed for a reduction in the number of freighter conversions in the first six months of 2013, with widebody and turboprop reconfigurations showing particular falls performing particularly badly. Overall, 28 passenger aircraft were converted to freighters in the period to 30 June 2013, down from 37 a year earlier, a fall of 25%, Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows. The fall since the first half of 2008, when 57 aircraft underwent conversion, is even more dramatic. Analysts have attributed the declining appetite for dedicated freighters to the weak global economy and shippers’ increasing use of surface transport. They also point to the 25t belly cargo capacity of the popular Boeing 777-300ER – double that of the Boeing 747-400 – as being particularly detrimental to demand for long-haul widebody freighters. Rob Morris, senior consultant at Flightglobal Ascend, says weak freight demand globally has caused the overall fleet of main deck freighters to fall by over 100 aircraft, or 7% of the total, since the end of 2007. This stems from airlines’ efforts to better match capacity with demand. “Passenger widebody fleets continue to grow and this delivers more belly-hold capacity into the market,” says Morris. “Thus, it seems airlines are not managing this reduction quickly enough as IATA’s latest traffic numbers show year-to-date capacity growth ahead of traffic in all regions other than the Middle East. “Capacity reduction inevitably results in the least efficient aircraft being removed from service first, and it is the passenger-to-freighter [P2F] aircraft that are suffering the most since they typically have worse payload-range and fuel-burn



DHL’s European Air Transport division operates a fleet of converted Airbus A300s performance than new builds.” Morris notes that the stored freighter fleet has grown by nearly 12% in the last two years. “Weak demand and relatively worse aircraft performance are the two key drivers behind the general reduction in demand for P2F conversions,” he says.

“Passenger widebody fleets continue to grow and this delivers more belly-hold capacity into the market” ROB MORRIS Senior consultant, Flightglobal Ascend

Conversions of widebody aircraft were particularly weak in the first half. In 2013, the only twinaisles to get new life as a freighter were four Airbus A300-600Rs for DHL-owned European Air Transport (EAT). Three of the aircraft are

operated by EAT, while the fourth is operated by Air Hong Kong. Narrowbody conversions, however, performed strongly in the sixmonth period, with 23 versus 17 a year earlier. FedEx converted nine Boeing 757-200s to freighters – part of a deal with United Airlines for 27 passenger jets – while a mix of other operators converted 14 Boeing 737-400s. The average age of aircraft that were converted to freighters in the first half was 19.9 years, slightly lower than the average of 20.4 years for the first half of 2012, Ascend data shows. However, the average age of conversions in the first six months of 2008 was 19 years. In the short term, Ascend’s Flightglobal Fleet Forecast predicts that new-build freighters will fulfil the requirement for new widebody lift. It suggests over 200 new-build widebody freighters such as the A330-200F, 767-300ERF, 747-8F and 777-200LRF will be delivered over the next five years.

“This delivery flow is expected to fulfil the majority of ‘new’ widebody demand that arises in that period and as a consequence we predict only around 70 widebody conversions in total through 2017,” says Morris. “Longer-term, as more robust freight traffic demand is expected to return, passenger aircraft feedstock becomes available and passenger aircraft values for older aircraft reduce, widebody conversions are expected to recover to average around 36 annually through 2023.” Between 2018 and 2023, Ascend forecasts that 50% of new widebody freighter demand will be filled by new aircraft, while the other 50% will be met by P2Fs, with conversions of A330s, 767s, and 777-200ERs achieving “reasonable” volumes in the coming 10 years. O Find out about Flightglobal’s Ascend advisory service at:

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BAE reveals Typhoon ambitions for Saudi Arabia A

gramme.” A £300 million deal signed in March will also cover “the construction of airfield facilities at King Fahd air base” in Taif.




hales UK maintains its proposal for the Royal Navy’s Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) programme will be affordable, quick to implement and offer lower risk than an active electronically scanned array-based solution being offered by Lockheed Martin. The offering from Thales is to adapt its Searchwater 2000 radar and Cerberus mission system from the RN’s current Westland Sea King 7s for use on upgraded AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin HM2 helicopters. “We are already providing the UK with a world-beating system on ASaC, so why don’t we just take it out, update it, adapt it to be hosted on the HM2 and – where it gives value for money – upgrade it for better performance?” says Matt Avison, Thales UK’s head of sales and business development for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The UK is expected to buy 10 roll-on, roll-off systems under the Crowsnest effort, for use as part of its carrier strike capability from 2020. “We could do quite a bit better,” Avison says. “The only issue is when we could get our hands on the old radar to update it.” O

Riyadh is acquiring 72 Eurofighters via its Project Salam order Saudi Arabia ordered its Typhoons in 2007, with deliveries from a first tranche of 24 UK-assembled examples completed in

2011. Four more have been transferred since April, and with talks about price escalation linked to configuration enhancements expected to be resolved before the close of 2013, “a further six are planned to be delivered by year-end”, BAE says. Additional business is anticipated, as “discussions on the provision of maintenance and upgrade facilities in-Kingdom, and further capability enhancement of the Typhoon aircraft remain on-going”. Longer term, it also hopes to sell Riyadh a second batch of the aircraft. O

Senate limbers up to shoot down Afghan procurements Spending bill proposing cutting Super Tucano and Mi-17 deals heads for full chamber vote


he appropriations committee of the US Senate has passed a $594 billion defence spending bill for fiscal year 2014 that eliminates funding to buy Sierra Nevada/Embraer Super Tucanos and Mil Mi-17 transport helicopters for Afghanistan. Following similar moves by the House of Representatives, which approved its version of the defence bill on 24 July, the Senate version now must come before the full chamber for a vote, and any differences must be worked out with the House chamber in a conference committee. Aimed at bolstering the capabilities of Afghanistan’s security forces before a planned US and international drawdown beginning next year, both programmes have been highly controversial. The Super Tucano contract was awarded by the US Air Force in February after a gruelling, three-year process. Beechcraft had proposed the AT-6 for the 20-aircraft light air support contract, and vowed to appeal to Congress to prevent Super Tucano sales from spread-

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Thales focuses Searchwater bid for Crowsnest

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nother six Eurofighter Typhoons will be delivered by BAE Systems to Saudi Arabia before the end of 2013, with the manufacturer confident of closing long-running price negotiations over its 72-aircraft Project Salam deal within the same period. Revealing new details about its Typhoon business with Riyadh in a six-month trading update on 1 August, the UK company says: “The first-half [figures] included an order in June, valued at approximately £1.8 billion [$2.8 billion], for follow-on support through to 2017 on the Salam Typhoon pro-

Kabul is expecting to increase the size of its Mi-17 inventory ing beyond Afghanistan. Sikorsky lobbied against the Mi-17 deal, which was also the target of a critical report by the military’s inspector general. Despite the cancellation threats, the Senate appropriations bill funds development of the USAF’s long range strike bomber and Boeing KC-46 tanker, and the navy’s Northrop Grumman MQ-4 Triton unmanned air system and Raytheon

next-generation jammer pod. Production of the Bell Boeing MV-22, Boeing AH-64 Apache, CH-47 Chinook and P-8A, Lockheed Martin C-130J and Northrop E-2D would also receive full funding under its proposal. The committee also approved the Pentagon’s requested purchase of Lockheed F-35s, but would limit funds in FY2015 “to maintain focus on developmental testing and software deliveries”. O




Upgraded MiG-29 heads for home with Polish air force

Northrop rattles SABR for wider F-16 upgrades


WZL-2 Military Aviation Works delivers first of 16 modernised aircraft under 2011 agreement oland’s air force has taken delivery of its first upgraded RAC MiG-29 from the nation’s WZL-2 Military Aviation Works. According to a refurbishment and overhaul deal signed in August 2011, the depot will modernise 13 single-seat MiG-29A fighters and three MiG-29UB trainers, assigned to the 23rd air base in Minsk Mazowiecki. Worth Zl126 million ($40 million) and being performed in co-operation with Israel Aerospace Industries, the deal also includes logistics support, and pilot and technician training. The first modernised MiG-29A was flown on 15 March, with 10 sorties logged during a test campaign by 24 April. This included performing avionics checks during day and night flights and strafing tests with the aircraft’s cannon. Accepted on 4 July, aircraft 89 was returned to Minsk Mazow-

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The fighters are being updated with open architecture avionics iecki on 29 July, by which time eight pilots and 57 technicians had completed their training. A second A-model example should be delivered late this month, with the remainder to arrive by August 2014. The first modernised trainer should be flown next January, and delivered from mid-year. In addition to work to extend total airframe life to 40 years, or 4,000 flight hours, the upgrade also introduces a new mission compu-

ter and open architecture avionics, including a multifunction colour display, INS/GPS navigation equipment, digital video recorder and a secure UHF/VHF radio. WZL-2 is also providing a new briefing and debriefing system, developed with IAI’s Lahav unit. Poland’s air force wants to continue operating the MiG-29 until 2028. It currently has 31 examples, with 15 of these assigned to its 22nd air base in Malbork. O

“We’re projecting … a potential market of about 1,500 aircraft worldwide”


First Turkish A400M edges forwards


urkey’s first A400M tactical transport has moved closer to delivery, having undergone its first engine runs and taxi trials at Airbus Military’s San Pablo final assembly site in Seville, Spain. One of 10 A400Ms on order for the Turkish air force, aircraft MSN9’s four Europrop International TP400-D6 turboprop engines were run simultaneously for the

first time on 29 July, and a first taxi trial was performed days later. “The aircraft will be transferred to the Airbus Military delivery centre in September,” says the company, which had previously outlined a plan to hand it over to the customer late the same month, following a debut flight scheduled during June. Deliveries of Turkey’s new military transports are due to

JOE ENSOR VP targeting systems, Northrop Grumman

be completed in 2018, according to the nation’s SSM defence procurement agency. Meanwhile, aircraft MSN7, the first of 174 A400Ms for Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Spain, Turkey and the UK, arrived at the French air force’s Orléans-Bricy air base on 2 August, having been accepted in Seville the previous day. O

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Aircraft MSN9 has performed its first taxi trials in Spain

ollowing its selection for the upgrade of almost 450 Lockheed Martin F-16s for the USA and Taiwan, Northrop Grumman believes a market exists to supply more than three times that volume of its Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR). “We think it’s a natural choice for upgrades around the world,” says Joe Ensor, vice-president of Northrop’s targeting systems division. “What we’re projecting is a potential market of about 1,500 aircraft worldwide.” Ensor expects those upgrades to be mostly for later-model Block 40 and Block 50 F-16s, but notes that the active electronically scanned array SABR will fit into older examples of the type. The new sensor could also be installed in further new-build F-16s assembled at Lockheed’s Fort Worth plant in Texas, he says, although Northrop’s mechanically-scanned APG-68(V)9 will remain in production.

Sharing much of its technology with the Northrop APG-77 and APG-81 radars found on the Lockheed F-22 and F-35, SABR will be initially installed on about 300 F-16s for the US Air Force and 146 for Taiwan. Once formally under contract, the company will require about two years to develop, integrate and test the sensor on the F-16, Ensor says. “This system exists – it is ready for flight today,” Ensor says, “but it needs to go through the normal testing and integration on to a production fleet aircraft.” Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database records almost 3,050 F-16s in active service with 24 nations. Iraq’s air force is also due to receive at least 12 examples from 2014. O

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Cuts rouse USAF future combat fears Loss of training opportunities and Weapons School graduates will leave gaps in capabilities and leadership, warn officials


Thirteen fighter and bomber squadrons were stood down ground nine fighter squadrons and four bomber squadrons, while other units were also forced to fly at far reduced readiness levels. While it recently managed to move enough money into its operations accounts to enable the sqaudrons to fly again, until at least 1 October, Field notes that aircrew skills are perishable, and that many aviators have lost their operating currency. One of the most damaging actions the USAF was forced to take

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urther spending cuts mandated by the Congressional sequestration law could severely damage the US Air Force’s longterm readiness if not averted, deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements Lt Gen Burton Field has warned. “It looks like our young folks will lose a lot of [training] experience that we’ve come to count on and accept as the way it is,” Field told an Air Force Associationsponsored event in Washington DC on 25 July. “It is no longer the way it is, and we’re trying to quantify that institutional risk and what effect that will have on both the tactical and operational expertise and competence of our future leaders.” Should the USAF be forced to implement further cuts like those required earlier this year, the consequences will be long lasting. From April, the service had to

was to shut down its elite Weapons School and operational test and evaluation units at Nellis AFB in Nevada, from June. “The most dire consequences associated with limited operations for the Weapons School is that we don’t produce graduates,” says its commandant, Lt Col Adrian Spain. “The 100-plus graduates that we will not produce in December [2013] will be a gap that we cannot replace; we will just have to deal

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USN may keep X-47B demonstrators out of museum for prolonged testing


he US Navy hopes to continue flying its two Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstrators (UCAS-D) into 2014, instead of retiring the prototypes as planned following their use during a campaign of arrested landings on board the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush in July.

“The two X-47B air vehicles will reside at [NAS Patuxent] River [in Maryland] while the UCAS programme continues to assess potential opportunities for additional test operations at Pax River and at-sea,” the US Naval Air Systems Command says. “These efforts will focus on reducing risks for the follow-on un-

manned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike programme and help the navy to better understand how to operate unmanned systems of this size in the areas of research and development.” Previous plans had called for the X-47Bs to become museum exhibits immediately following their UCAS-D test activity. O


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The UCAS-D programme included arrested landings

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with the effects for the next seven to 10 years until the gap works its way through the system.” Graduates are usually sent back to the combat air forces as a squadron’s chief instructor pilot, overseeing readiness and training standards. As the school has traditionally produced the USAF’s tactical experts and future leaders, Spain says the implications of a further potential stand-down are serious. “Within a few years, we will not be producing enough graduates to fill both unit-level assignments and the follow-on group/ wing/test/instructor positions,” he says. “It is important to remember that our graduates, in general, will immediately go to the field to help prepare frontline units for combat operations.” O

eron TP manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries is developing an aerial refuelling system to boost the flight performance of its medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle beyond a current limit of around 50h. Details have not been disclosed, but it is believed to also involve possible use of an unmanned tanker. In operational use with the Israeli air force and being offered to several potential export customers, the UAV can carry a variety of payloads and sensors, and has a maximum speed of 113kt (210km/h). Meanwhile, IAI’s Malat division is preparing for a first test flight with an undisclosed UAV powered by a heavy fuel engine, to determine the combination’s potential for use with series-production aircraft, or as an upgrade option for in-service systems. O

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First flight nears for Bombardier’s tardy Learjet 85


ombardier has narrowed the first flight window for the delayed Learjet 85 programme to sometime before the end of 2013. Unlike its sister CSeries commercial jet programme, Bombardier has never specified a month or a quarter as the target date for the maiden flight of the midsize, all-composite business aircraft. Entry-into-service was originally scheduled for late 2013, but problems with composite manufacturing set the programme back six to nine months to the third quarter of 2014. Bombardier chief executive Pierre Beaudoin reaffirmed on a second-quarter earnings teleconference with analysts and journalists that the issues with building the composites in Queretaro, Mexico, are resolved. “Today, that’s behind us,” Beaudoin says. “We’re getting ready for the first flights.” Notes published in the secondquarter financial statements indicate the first flight test vehicle, is “significantly advanced” in the final assembly process. The completed aircraft, with the wings joined to the fuselage, engines and horizontal stabiliser mounted to the airframe and landing gear installed, has already been painted, according to the statements. Still under way are “systems and flight test installations” while the main electrical distribution system is fully powered. Structural safety-of-flight testing of the complete airframe is still ongoing at the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University. Bombardier is also still seeking to certificate the manufacturing process for the Learjet 85 with the US Federal Aviation Administration. Suppliers, meanwhile, have completed 94% of safety-of-flight testing on individual components and systems in isolated test rigs, Bombardier says. O


Citation X hits high speed despite programme delay Test pilot praises performance of production-conforming twinjet on its maiden sortie


essna has flown the first production example of the new Citation X twin-engined jet, reaching a top speed of Mach 0.935 during the 3h 6min flight, the manufacturer announced. The eight-passenger, midsize jet – featuring upgrades such as Garmin G5000 avionics, autothrottles and a slightly longer cabin – is now scheduled for first delivery in early 2014. Gary Drummond, Cessna’s senior production test pilot, called

the first flight “flawless”. After take-off from Cessna’s base on the southwest side of Wichita, Kansas, the new Citation X climbed to 49,000ft (15,000m) to achieve the top speed and maintained an average cruise speed of M0.915 at 41,000ft. Drummond especially cited the performance of the new autothrottles as a significant improvement compared with the current Citation X model, which first appeared in 1996.



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The new midsize jet achieved Mach 0.935 on its first flight

“The auto-throttles on the X deliver flight performance advantages with greater situational awareness and reduced crew workload,” he says. Despite the maiden sortie of the first production model, Cessna’s certification effort for the new Citation X has slipped behind schedule. Originally earmarked for first delivery in the fourth quarter, Cessna parent Textron announced it would be delayed to early next year when it reported secondquarter earnings results in July. Textron chief executive Scott Donnelly blamed the slippage on delays with integrating common Garmin avionics across Cessna’s Citation M2, new Sovereign and the new X. The delays caused first deliveries of the M2 and Sovereign to slip to the end of the year, which had a knock-on effect on the new X’s schedule, Donnelly said. O


Antonov gives new life to An-2 biplane U

kraine’s Antonov has unveiled a new variant of its vintage An-2 utility biplane, designated the An-2-100, which is updated with a turboprop engine in a bid to rejuvenate the ageing design, hundreds of which continue to fly across the former Soviet republics and elsewhere. The company says it flew the first An-2-100, fitted with a Ukrainian-built Motor Sich MS-14 turboprop, for an hour on 10 July. The An-2-100 is also fitted with an Aerosila AV-17 threebladed reversible propeller in place of the previous four-bladed AV-2 unit. The new MS-14 engine and propeller installation is 200kg (441lb) lighter than the original engine, while it produces 1,500shp (1,120kW), up from 1,000shp in the original nine-cyl-

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inder radial piston engine. Conversion to the MS-14 engine is priced at “between $700,000 and $900,000”, says the manufacturer. Demand for a turboprop engine using kerosene is strong, Motor Sich says, in the face of rising costs for Avgas, which is no longer produced in the CIS countries. Antonov sees a considerable potential market for the An-2-100, as there are over 54 An-2s flying in Ukraine alone, with around 330 more still operating in Russia and up to another 1,200 grounded there. Further examples are operated across the region, says Antonov, listing 290 An-2s in Kazakhstan, 143 in Uzbekistan, 89 in Turkmenistan, 82 in Belarus, 63 in Azerbaijan, 30 in Kyrgyzstan, 13

in Moldova and 4 in Armenia. Antonov produced a turboprop variant of the An-2, known as the An-3, as far back as 1980, but the project gained little official interest and few were sold. Russia, meanwhile, has pursued its own An-2 turboprop modification. The SibNIA research instite fitted a Honeywell TPE331 turboprop and a Hartzell five-bladed propeller to an An-2 and successfully flew it “for around 40 hours”, the institute’s director, Vladimir Barsuk, said in August 2012. SibNIA claimed a significant improvement in take-off and landing performance and overall handling, as well as a reduction in empty weight. O Find out more on the Russian business aviation market at

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Cessna slowdown hits delivery total A

slowdown in Cessna’s light jet production dragged on the industry’s second-quarter delivery results, despite strong increases in large-cabin jets and non-agricultural turboprops, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Shipments of business jets and non-agricultural turboprops in the second quarter totalled 294 aircraft – a 4.2% year-on-year reduction. The decline was steepest in the light jet sector, after Cessna announced a production slowdown in the second quarter, which corporate officials blamed on lower demand at profitable margins. Cessna had previously delivered aircraft at depressed prices in order to keep production rates up. However, corporate executives at parent Textron decided at the beginning of the second quarter to only build aircraft to meet demand, at prices that are not heavily discounted. As a result, combined deliveries of Cessna’s entry-level Mustang, light Citation Jet (CJ) family and superlight XLS+ plummeted to 22 aircraft – 24 fewer than it handed over to customers in the second quarter of last year, GAMA data shows. Those declines overwhelmed higher deliveries in the same sector of Embraer’s entry-level Phenom 100 and light Phenom 300, which increased by 35% year-on-

year to 23 aircraft combined. Meanwhile, the industry’s hottest sector remained large and longrange jets. Boosted partly by the arrival of the Gulfstream G650, deliveries in the large-cabin sector increased by nearly 23% to 78 aircraft, compared with the same period last year, according to GAMA. Turboprop deliveries totalled 140 aircraft, but that number includes the combined deliveries of 49 cropdusters made by Air Tractor and Thrush Aircraft. In the non-agricultural segment, turboprop manufacturers reported shipping 91 aircraft – up by 9.5% from a year ago. Demand for midsize and supermidsize aircraft was knocked by the demise of Hawker-series business jet production. Last year, Hawker Beechcraft delivered seven Hawker 900XPs and two Hawker 4000s, but those lines were closed as the company re-emerged from bankruptcy as Beechcraft. The Hawker absence masked modest gains by Bombardier’s midsize Learjet 60XR and supermidsize Challenger 300, as well as Gulfstream’s midsize G150 and super-midsize G280 jets. Cessna did not deliver any Citation Sovereigns or Citation Xs in the quarter, as it waits to resume production after completing certification of major updates. O


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Up to 105 Beechcraft King Air 350is will be delivered under the deal ORDERS KATE SARSFIELD LONDON

Wheels Up pledges King Air loyalty with record buy L

ess than six months after emerging from bankruptcy, Beechcraft has made history by securing the largest general aviation propeller aircraft order, for up to 105 examples of its King Air 350i. The deal, awarded by start-up US operator Wheels Up, is valued at $1.4 billion, and includes a $600 million comprehensive maintenance programme for the twin-engined turboprops. Wheels Up is touted as a private aviation membership programme for North America and western Europe. The company was founded by trailblazer Kenny Dichter, who established Marquis Jet, the first 25h pre-paid charter card company. Wheels Up is scheduled to take delivery of 35 customised 350i turboprops between now and mid2015, “with the first nine deliveries to be made in 2013”, says Beechcraft. The programme will initially focus on the northeast US, but will be expanded “over the next two to three years”, Beechcraft adds. Speaking to Flight International, Dichter explains that the King Air order is intended to satisfy about 35-40% of the demand forecasted by Wheels Up for its travel services. A follow-on order for business jets will complete the start-up’s fleet, he says. The King Air is aimed at travellers on routes within a 600nm (1,110km) radius of their origin airport, Dichter says, where the twin-

engined turboprop enjoys a 50% operating cost advantage compared with a similarly-sized jet. The idea for the King Air purchase actually originated several years ago, when Dichter worked at NetJets alongside Bill Boisture, now chief executive of Beechcraft. “He and I would always talk about the King Air and what we could do if that asset was released to the aviation community,” Dichter says.

“We would always talk about what we could do if [the King Air] was released to the aviation community” KENNY DICHTER Founder, Wheels Up

The landmark order comes at a critical time for Beechcraft, as the manufacturer seeks to re-establish itself as a business focused on its turboprop and piston-engined aircraft products. Wheels Up’s commitment will allow Beechcraft to have a “smooth cadence” of deliveries over the next two years, says Shawn Vick, executive vice-president of sales and marketing. O Additional reporting by Stephen Trimble in Washington Keep up with the latest orders in the business aviation sector:

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DELIVERY SURGE Cirrus parent company China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA) expects SR20/22 deliveries to reach a three-year high by the end of 2013 amid strong first-half results. The general aviation manufacturer, which acquired Wisconsin-based Cirrus in June 2011, says first half profit rose by 91% on a 36% increase in revenue. For the full year, CAIGA forecasts that Cirrus will deliver a total of 262 SR20s, SR22s and SR22Ts – nine more than last year – and reverse a six-year trend of steadily declining sales. Cirrus deliveries peaked in 2006 at 721 aircraft.

MINISPORT APPROVAL SkyCraft Airplanes has started production of its new SD-1 singleseat Minisport and expects American Society for Testing and Materials approval for the special light sport aircraft (S-LSA) in September. The Utah-based company is already accepting deposits for 2014 production aircraft.

JEPPESSEN CHARTS Jeppesen has entered into an agreement with Rockwell Collins to allow its charts and data to be automatically transferred electronically using the latter’s Ascend aircraft information manager system. The agreement enables pilots to receive Jeppesen’s electronic charts and flight management system wirelessly in their aircraft, along with navigation, performance and V-speed databases and checklist files.

EMBRY UPGRADES Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has installed angle of attack (AOA) indicators in its fleet of 61 Cessna 150 and 172 piston single training aircraft at its Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses. ERAU says the US Federal Aviation Administration recommends the use of AOAbased systems for GA aircraft for reducing fatal loss-of-control accidents in the approach and landing phase of flight.


SMA unveils six-cylinder piston engine F

rench engine manufacturer SMA has launched a new Jet-A-fueled engine aimed at high-end piston singles and twins such as the Cirrus SR22 and Beechcraft Baron. Certification is

earmarked for 2015, says the Safran-owned company. The turbocharged SR460 sixcylinder engine will produce 330400shp (250-300kW) and is a development of SMA’s certificated

SR305-230E four-cylinder engine, which will power Cessna’s Turbo Skylane JT-A. The $515,000, high-wing piston single is earmarked for certification and service entry this year. O


Zeppelin bets on Goodyear deal to inflate its fortunes

Tyre maker set to begin assembly of first of three modernised dirigibles under 2011 deal


irship manufacturer Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik (ZLT) is pinning its hopes on a partnership with tyre giant Goodyear to breathe new life into the company after a flat five years. The small German firm – founded in Count Zeppelin’s home town of Friedrichshafen in the 1990s to design a modern version of the early-20th-century icon – has begun shipping kits of its Zeppelin NT to the US company following a deal to licence-build three airships signed in 2011. Goodyear will complete assembly of the first of the airships at its factory in Ohio by the end of the year, ready for the summer 2014 flying season. Further versions will be produced in 2014 and 2015. The Zeppelins will carry Goodyear branding and replace blimps used for promotional purposes that are coming to the end of their working life, says Thomas Brandt, chief executive of ZLT. Brandt is confident the partnership with Goodyear will give ZLT a much-needed boost. The company has not manufactured any new airships since delivering its fourth example in 2008 to a Californian tourism operator that has since gone into liquidation, leading to ZLT taking back the airship. However, Brandt says ZLT is close to signing an Asian customer for that airship. After that, he is confident the company – owned by automotive components manufacturer ZF (a successor to the count’s original business) and the

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Potential uses for the airship include a sensor platform Zeppelin Foundation – can restart production at a rate of around two airships every three years. “Our shareholders have always taken a long view,” he says. “But we feel the market is picking up again and we are more optimistic than ever with the Goodyear deal that we can exploit what is a small, niche demand for airships. Goodyear is a huge brand in the USA and it is great exposure for the unique abilities of our design. Our goal remains to produce one every 18 months.” The Goodyear airships will have a newly certificated Garmin flightdeck. Brandt says the aim now is to fit off-the-shelf avionics systems rather than source individual cockpit components from a variety of manufacturers as before. “There are some specific displays with an airship – such as helium management – but gener-

ally we want to install equipment that can be more easily maintained,” he says. ZLT’s subsidiary DZR operates two Zeppelins. One is used mainly to fly around 12,000 passengers a year in 2h voyages over Lake Constance, next to ZLT’s factory in Friedrichshafen. The other has been leased to a variety of organisations which have used it for climate research, surveying and leisure. In August, it will be taking tourists over Versailles, near Paris. The 75m (246ft)-long, eighttonne Zeppelin NT comprises an 8,430m3 (300,000ft3) heliumfilled hull, held in place by a rigid inner aluminium and carbonfibre frame to which the 12seat gondola is attached, along with rudders and three vectoring 200hp (147kW) Lycoming IO-360 piston engines. The first example flew in 2001. O



High-speed air from simple bellows device may open path to slashing boundary layer friction in wings and blades


E researchers are claiming a world-record for the speed of an air jet, with a laboratory gadget measuring about 75mm square by 3mm thick putting out air at 220m/s, or about Mach 0.7. The synthetic jet actuator (SJA), which looks like a pair of credit cards and works like bellows, opens and closes as fast as 150 times per second and consumes “minimal” power, according to Sayed Saddoughi, principal engineer at GE’s Aero-Thermal & Mechanical Systems laboratory in upstate New York. The small size of these devices, combined with a robustness proven over billions of cycles in the laboratory, may open a path to active flow control. Injecting fastmoving air into the fluid flow over a surface is well known to dramati-

cally reduce boundary layer drag, but practical barriers to creating a system for cutting drag over an aircraft wing have proved daunting. An active flow control system might be able to cut skin drag by as much as 30%. Energy can be injected into the flow by air or plasma jets, or even “twitching” existing control surfaces. However, while some laboratory work has been encouraging, drag reduction tends to come at a prohibitive cost in terms of power consumption and mechanical wear. And, the physics of surface drag calls not for blanket flow enhancement, but rapid response to local, and fleeting, points of turbulence. GE’s devices may overcome the mechanical wear problem. Their motive force comes from a couple of slivers of piezoelectric ceramic,


To trim skin drag, turn on jetstream The jet actuator uses rapid flutters to pump out air at 220m/s which change shape when an electric charge is applied, so the SJAs, or “dual piezoelectric cooling jets”, effectively have no moving parts. “They are the highest TRL [technology readiness level] devices we have,” says Saddoughi. Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force used a version of GE’s SJA’s to demonstrate reduction of aeroacoustic vibration on F-16 fins in 2005, and Saddoughi has been able to show drag reduction over the hull of a ship model in his lab. Lots of testing has also been done on wind turbine blades, he adds: “I can see an intelligent blade incorporating these devices.” Although Saddoughi stresses his laboratory work is merely a precursor to any attempts to incorporate the devices into aerodynamic surfaces, he is optimistic they could be

used to practical effect. GE, he adds, is most likely to look first to its own area of competence; aircraft engines offer several opportunities for internal drag reduction. Saddoughi’s goal is to see his air jets fly. However, the first realworld application may be far more mundane. GE’s piezoelectric cooling jets move as much air as a simple fan twice their size at half the power consumption, and are cheaper to make, so it is no surprise to learn the technology has been licensed to a Japanese maker of computer components which is looking to replace laptop cooling fans. GE estimates that the switch could extend laptop battery life for up to 30 minutes. That’s not as dramatic as slashing airliner fuel burn, but for many people it would be a miracle all the same. O


Wrights return with new take on ‘wing-warping’ he US Air Force Research Laboratory and Lockheed Martin have kicked off research into active aeroelastic control technology, which if proved practical might translate into thinner, lighter and better optimised wings with a higher aspect ratio than is possible with the rigid wings that have characterised most powered flight to-date. The initial 20-flight, $18 million USAF programme covers development of the unmanned X-56 and acquisition of two of the Lockheed Martin-built airframes along with three sets of fibreglass highaspect ratio aeroelastic wings and one “stiff” wing. Initial flights, including a 26 July data-gathering sortie, are using the stiff wing. Later flights will use the lighter, more flexible fibreglass wings. These are detachable because of the high-risk

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X-56 programme goal is to enhance control by affecting wing flex nature of the testing, and the aircraft has a built-in parachute to hopefully prevent total loss of an airframe if there is an accident. NASA will take possession of the two X-56s and four sets of detachable wings later this year to continue the research. It is also developing its own wings for the aircraft and will fly its own stiff wing “next spring”, says Gary Martin, NASA’s fixed-wing project manager at the Dryden Flight Test

Center at Edwards AFB. Later, NASA will add its own sensors, which it is developing along with another wing, to fly towards the end of the five-year programme. The objective is to embed sensors in the X-56’s wings to detect flutter and gust loads and counter the resulting bending and twisting with the aircraft’s control surfaces. Eventually, real-time control of those flexing movements might be possible.

“This programme came out of studies and technology development that were geared towards a future intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability,” says Pete Flick, AFRL programme manager. Martin adds that the technology could also be applied to commercial aircraft that might enter service after 2035. Controlling wing flex was a key to the Wright brothers’ success. Their 1901 and 1902 gliders and history-making 1903 “Flyer” had no moveable control surfaces, but rather mimicked birds by “wing warping”. Modern aircraft soon opted for rigid wings with spoilers or ailerons. Fully morphing wings would close the gap to birds’ efficiency and subtle control, but remain beyond the reach of available materials. The X-56 project, however, may open a half-way solution. O

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Enders’ Dassault question

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One active shareholder wants to push over the last big legacy of EADS’s statist origins


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The Wichita-based aerostructures maker will divest two sites in Oklahoma responsible for potentially more than $1 billion in forward losses announced in the last two years, including a new second-quarter pre-tax charge estimated at between $350 million and $400 million. The move came as Spirit postponed release of second-quarter earnings, likely to show a 13% revenue rise to $1.52 billion, as auditors have not completed their review.

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ow that EADS has shaken off the chains of French and German state ownership and turned itself into the normal company its investors have long wanted it to be, its shareholders – one of them, anyway – want it to behave like a normal company too. As 1%-plus holder The Children’s Investment Fund Management (TCI) sums it up, that means to “run the company for profits and the interest of public shareholders” – like itself. To that end, in a letter to EADS boss Tom Enders, TCI partner Ben Walker has called for EADS to sell its stake in Dassault Aviation, maker of Falcon business jets, Rafale fighters and an icon of French industry. Walker argues that EADS’s 46.32% share is a “poor use of EADS capital [which] provides no synergies and has limited strategic value”. Walker reckons that stake is worth around €4 billion ($5.3 billion), equal to more than 10% of EADS’s market capitalisation. Proceeds should go back to shareholders, he tells Enders, by share buyback or a special dividend. In Dassault, Walker sees exposure to the over-supplied business jet market and declining defence budgets. His reasoning is hard to dispute. Unfortunately, however normal EADS may now be in general, through Dassault it remains a prisoner of a failed French industrial policy that is proving hard to kill. The EADS stake is a legacy of 1980s Mitterrand government nationalisation. Marcel Dassault refused to sell, but compromised by DASSAULT AT A GLANCE Revenue* Operating income* Order backlog

€3.94 billion €547 million €7.99 billion**


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50.55% 46.32% 3.13%

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The tycoon won a $10 million suit in London’s High Court against GE leasing unit GECAS over repossession of seven Airbus A320s, which had been purchased by nowdefunct German carrier Blue Wings, in which Lebedev owned a stake. The court found that a GE subsidiary, which had already agreed to lease the A320s to US budget carrier JetBlue, bought them at an auction which unfairly denied Lebedev’s representatives a chance to bid.

European fighter, not made by EADS divesting a non-controlling stake to government-owned Aérospatiale, which went on to be the French component of EADS. Enders can be taken as agreeing with Walker. But alas, there are no obvious ways to resolve the Dassault question. A heavy 3% of Dassault Aviation shares are publicly traded, but for all intents and purposes it is controlled by its founding family. EADS cannot sell without French government approval, and Paris would almost certainly veto a sale outside of France. Shareholders of any large French corporation would surely do a Walker and lay a big “non” on any plan to buy a minority stake in Dassault. As for the cash-strapped French government, it has already slashed its Rafale order over the next six years from 66 to just 26, as part of wide-ranging defence cuts. Dassault has so far remained quiet, but €4 billion is more than a year’s revenue. One suggestion made is for EADS to buy the rest of Dassault Aviation, and then sell off Falcon. EADS could afford it, and the defence side of Dassault includes its leadership of the Neuron technology demonstration unmanned fighter programme, in which EADS is only minority a partner. That solution is a non-starter, and not only because the Dassault family would surely never sell out. Marcel Dassault got his start making propellers during the

First World War and went on to become one of the great innovators in aviation. But after 1945 he had to start over again, having spent the Second World War in a German prison camp because he refused to give his company to the Nazis. That moral stand does much to explain a fierce devotion to Dassault Aviation that is literally palpable among employees even today. Falcon and fighters are both in the blood; to separate them could kill the company.

BIGGER PROBLEMS Jefferies equity analyst Sandy Morris sees the problem in the context of a bigger question. The French aerospace industry probably needs consolidation, but there is no clear path to accommodating the interests of France, Dassault, Safran, Thales (of which Dassault owns around a quarter) and other, smaller players. EADS, too, is part of that matrix. As Morris observes, knocking over any of these “dominoes” would set the others rocking. Thus, whatever the logic driving EADS shareholders, the Dassault question “is not at the top of anybody’s agenda”. Indeed, he says, the only reason anybody is asking the question now is that EADS has been so successful over the past couple years at resolving its own governance issues and sorting out programmes like the A400M. Such is the price of success. O

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Stofan: NASA chief scientist NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver will be leaving next month to head up the Air Line Pilots Association in Washington DC. Separately, the space agency has appointed planetary geologist Ellen Stofan as chief scientist, effective 25 August. Stofan worked at NASA from 1991 to 2000, holding senior science positions at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and conducts research on the geology of Venus, Mars, Saturn’s moon Titan and Earth. Most recently, she was VP of Proxemy Research in Maryland and honorary professor in the department of


AIRCRAFT Russian fixed-wing industry group United Aircraft saw first-half pre-tax profits increase six-fold to Rb605 million ($18.4 million) with help from increasing Sukhoi Superjet 100 deliveries, aircraft finance and income from Russian federal research programmes. The Ilyushin, MiG, Sukhoi and Tupolev parent, which is also involved in programmes such as the Irkut MC-21, saw revenue fall by 15.9% to Rb2.72 billion, by Russian accounting standards, owing to “non-uniformity of the production cycle”, but expects fullyear sales to match 2012’s at about Rb11.5-12.0 billion.


FIRST HALF At systems maker Meggitt, a strong first half in civil aircraft original equipment sales and a second-quarter recovery in civil aftermarket lifted first-half civil sector sales by 4% to £365 million ($561 million), offsetting a 1% decline to £305 million in military sales. In line with earlier guidance, Meggitt expects civil OE revenue to grow at an average of 7-8% and civil aftermarket revenue at an average of 8-9% over the medium term, while military revenue will show a modest decline in 2013 and 2014 before a return to growth.


DEFENCE ELECTRONICS ITT Exelis will drop the “ITT” from its name from November. The former ITT defence division has used both names by agreement with its former parent since that company’s break-up into three independent companies in 2011. First-half revenue was down 13% to $2.44 billion and restructuring charges of $62 million put further pressure on pre-tax profit, which fell by 28% to $184 million. Exelis retains its expectations of full-year sales of $5-5.1 billion, down by about 8% on 2012.

Weiss: Skunk Works boss

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Earth sciences at University College London. Lockheed Martin Advanced Strike and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance programme leader Rob Weiss has been promoted to head the company’s Skunk Works research arm, also known as Aeronautics Advanced Development Programs. Reporting to Weiss will be Al Romig (VP engineering and advanced systems), John Larson (VP operations and production programmes) and Ron Bessire (VP programme and technology integration). Nexcelle programmes director Michel Abella is now president.

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COMPONENTS Aerospace segment revenue for valves maker Circor gained 2% in the first half to $75.5 million, but operating profit slumped 37% to $4.59 million. Second-quarter orders were down by 6% to $26.9 million, but Circor ended the half with a 1% year-on-year backlog increase, to $151.9 million.


MANUFACTURING Los Angeles aerostructures and components maker Ducommun posted a 7.3% rise to $10.1 million in first-half pre-tax profit as sales edged down 1% to $367.4 million. The company, which nearly doubled revenue with its $338 million acquisition in 2011 of LaBarge electronics, also paid down $7.5 million debt during the half. It took on some $390 million debt plus a $60 million revolving facility in connection with the LaBarge deal.


BUSINESS AVIATION Flight support and aftermarket services provider BBA Aviation posted a 14% rise in first-half pre-tax profits to $63.2 million on a 2% rise in sales to $1.11 billion; flight support sales were up slightly, offsetting a dip in aftermarket, which the company described as “strong results against broadly flat markets”.


AIRLINES European regulators have cleared the proposed US Airways-American Airlines merger on condition that slots be released on the London-Philadelphia route, where the European Commission found that American’s transatlantic venture with British Airways and Iberia would lead to a monopoly.

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FALLING BEHIND Taiwan’s once impressive defence capabilities are now very much in the shadow of China’s growing airborne military might. A fighter upgrade programme may be the best the republic can hope for



isitors to the most recent editions of the Taipei Aerospace & Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE) in 2011 and China’s Zhuhai air show in 2012 will have a keen awareness of the almost insurmountable challenges facing Taiwan’s fighter fleet. The TADTE show occupied one hall in a modest-sized exhibition centre in downtown Taipei. A much bigger hall next door was occupied by a comic book and toy fair. Outside the conference centre, Taiwanese teenagers dressed as comic book characters outnumbered the industry executives and military personnel attending TADTE. The Taiwanese military occupied half of the defence show; the rest was left for a handful of Taiwanese aerospace companies and a smattering of Western defence contractors. Boeing, notably, was a no-show. The entire event could be explored in just five minutes. Zhuhai, by contrast, has evolved into a vast air show. In 2012, as was the case two years earlier, several halls were packed with models of current and future Chinese military and commercial aircraft. Other exhibits were dedicated to advanced sensors such as infrared search and track systems and active electroni-

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cally scanned array (AESA) radars. Massive interactive displays illustrated capabilities such as integrated command and control, and how Chinese forces would overwhelm the defences of enemy warships with co-ordinated barrages of missiles launched from ground, air and sea platforms. Overhead, indigenous fighters such as the Chengdu J-10 and Chengdu/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 roared through flying displays. Fortunately a war between Taiwan and China seems highly unlikely. Trade ties between the pair run deep, and Taiwanese companies are among the mainland’s most active investors. Since the resumption of direct flights in 2005, the number of services between the mainland and Taipei has exploded. According to Flightglobal’s Capstats database, in 2005 Chinese and Taiwanese carriers offered 42.8 million available seat kilometres (ASKs) on direct flights. By 2012, ASKs between Chinese destinations and Taipei had risen tenfold to 5.3 billion.

“The numbers gap between Taiwan and China has evolved into a yawning chasm” DANIEL DARLING Military markets analyst, Forecast International

Nonetheless, Beijing has never (and probably never will) renounce its right to use force to regain Taiwan, which it views as a breakaway province. Relations between Beijing and Taipei are always in danger of chilling over the issue of Taiwanese independence. A major emphasis of Beijing’s defence planning is centred on antiaccess/area denial (A2/AD) doctrine and systems. These would play a key role in keeping Taipei’s key ally, the USA, at bay until China achieved its objectives in a conflict with Taiwan. It is in this context that the deterrent value of Taiwan’s air force is slowly withering.

QUANTITY NOT QUALITY “Viewed in quantitative terms the Taiwanese air force, with about 300 combat aircraft, is one of the strongest in the region,” says Daniel Darling, Europe & Asia/Pacific Rim military markets analyst at consultancy Forecast International. “The size of the force, however, belies some underlying weaknesses. To begin with, all the aircraft in the Taiwanese fighter inventory were delivered in the late 1990s or earlier. As a result, the airframes on many of these aircraft are increasingly becoming exhausted. Further, the numbers gap between Taiwan and China has evolved into a yawning chasm as China continues to build up a fighter fleet that currently exceeds 800 combat aircraft.”


Taiwan’s F-16s will be fitted with Northrop Grumman AESA radars This a far cry from the 1990s, when Taiwan’s air force was a potent deterrent. It possessed new fleets of Lockheed Martin F-16A/B and Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters, backed by the locally produced Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (AIDC) F-CK-1 Ching Kuo that entered service in the middle of the decade. These were backed by Northrop Grumman E-2C airborne early warning and control system aircraft and other support types. One bright spot for Taipei is a planned upgrade programme for its 145 F-16A/Bs, which will see the type receive a new AESA radar and other improvements. The AESA radar will be Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar, which Lockheed recently selected over the Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar in a competition to upgrade hundreds of US Air Force F-16s, and Taiwan’s examples, with AESA sets. AIDC and Lockheed will undertake the upgrade programme, which will commence in 2016. Taiwan also hopes to supplement this force with 66 brand-new F-16C/Ds, but thus far Washington has stonewalled the deal. Rupert Hammond-Chambers is the president of the US-Taiwan Business Council (USTBC) and a staunch advocate of the F-16C/D sale. “Taiwan remains in need of up to 66 new F-16C/Ds to replace its retiring [Northrop]

Kuang-Lei Wang

F-5s and its under-utilised Mirage 2000s,” he says. “That requirement will become even more acute as a squadron [24] of Taiwan’s F-16s come off line for upgrade starting at the end of 2016. The USTBC calculates that Taiwan will have no more than 73 operational F-16A/Bs during the upgrade programme between 2016 and 2023 if the Taiwan air force maintains its 70% operational rate for the aircraft. In the formative years of the programme they will not have passed through the upgrade process and [will] be less capable.”

WANING ASSURANCE Hammond-Chambers notes that several members of the House of Representatives are in favour of the F-16C/D sale. The deal also has support from the Washington think-tank community, and what he refers to as “discreet support” from the USAF. “In opposition is the [Obama] administration,” he says. “[Former defence secretary] Leon Panetta indicated in 2011 that the Chinese had been given a ‘heads-up’ about the upgrade programme along with the decision not to proceed with the new buy. This was a pivotal moment because it represented a break of one of the Six Assurances, as well as telegraphed to the Chinese that the USA was now not prepared to follow through on full military support for Taiwan as required under the Taiwan Relations Act. The Obama administration and the second-term Bush administration feared the Chinese tantrum that might follow a sale.” Established in 1982 between Washington and Beijing, the Six Assurances provide a framework for the two governments to deal with the sensitive issue of Taiwan. Critically, Washington is not obliged to consult with Beijing regarding arms sales with Taiwan. The other good news for the Taiwan air force is the upgrade programme for its F-CK-1s. In a recent interview with Flight International, CH Lee, vice-president of military business development at AIDC, said the enhancement is going well. Lee says that “66 or 67” aircraft have received the modifications so far. The programme improves the aircraft’s avionics, with the key element being the addition of colour displays in the cockpit. The work also improves the type’s mechanically scanned radar, giving it better capability to deal with electronic countermeasures. The aircraft can carry more advanced weapons, while its range is also improved through the addition of conformal fuel tanks. After this batch is upgraded, the company will move to phase two, in which Taipei’s remaining 56 F-CK-1s will be modified. The entire fleet should be operating at the new standard by 2015-2016, with the work extending its service life by 20 years. “The upgrades will reduce pilot workload while improving situational awareness,” says Lee.

TAIWAN AIR FORCE Combat Aircraft

F/RF-5E F-16A F-CK-1 Mirage 2000-5EI



22 116 101 47

Special Mission

Beech 1900 (Calibration) C-130H (EW) E-2K

2 1 6


C-27J C-130H

6 (TBC) 19

Combat Helicopter

EC225 S-70/UH-60A

3 16

Training Aircraft/Helicopters

AT-3 F-CK-1B F-5F F-16B Mirage 2000-5DI T-34

51 25 25 28 9 37

SOURCE: Flightglobal Ascend Online Fleets, MiliCAS databases

Forecast’s Darling too believes that the game is not entirely up for Taiwan. He says its pilots are very well trained – particularly those who have participated in the USAF’s fighter training programme at Luke AFB in Arizona. He adds that the F-16 AESA upgrade will, eventually, make these aircraft considerably more effective against potential rivals across the Straits of Taiwan.

TACTICAL DILEMMA Still, the challenges facing Taiwan’s fighter fleet grow ever more daunting. One that Darling and other experts point to is Beijing’s desire to acquire Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile system. The S-400 has sufficient range to cover Taiwanese air space, creating a precarious tactical dilemma for Taipei. Taipei’s only real option is to keep pushing for new US aircraft. In the longer term, it is interested in Lockheed’s F-35B short take-off and vertical landing variant of the joint Strike Fighter, but the chances of it obtaining the stealthy type are at best remote. At the last TADTE a defence industry executive mused that Taiwan would immediately buy 150 Boeing F-15E Strike Eagles, Dassault Rafales or Eurofighter Typhoons, if only given the opportunity. China’s ever rising power, however, means this month’s TADTE will be even sleepier than in 2011. A few Western defence firms might be in evidence, but don’t count on them to be pitching fighters. O To access defence news and analysis from around the world, including unique pictures and video, visit

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Limited space at São Paulo’s Conghonas airport is responsible for the densely packed aircraft on the show’s static display


Latin America remains a beacon of light for the corporate jet industry, delivering solid annual growth. But on the eve of LABACE, some countries appear to be faltering STEPHEN TRIMBLE WASHINGTON DC

To the business aviation industry, Brazil stood out when it was needed most in the immediate aftermath of the global financial crisis. While North American and European economies were in disarray, Brazil’s economic output rose by 7% in 2010, which fuelled a new spending spree on business jets. But Brazil’s economy lost its steam in 2011 and then stagnated in 2012. When economic growth in

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ith an airport infrastructure that is in many cases derelict, if not simply absent, Latin America seems, at first glance, to be an unlikely market for business aviation. Indeed, many of the crews flying aircraft into Congonhas airport in Brazil for the static display at the 10th Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) will endure a gauntlet routing, landing first at secondary airports to wait until a rare slot opens at São Paulo’s busiest – and usually jammed – domestic airport. But the global industry’s biggest players are only too pleased to return to the largest venue for business aviation in Latin America, which is rapidly becoming the most reliable, fastestgrowing market in the world. Even the financial changes in Brazil – South America’s biggest economy – are not affecting interest in LABACE, which begins on 12 August.

the first quarter of 2013 again fell below expectations, the “B” in the BRIC economic cluster suddenly faced a crisis of confidence. The jitters exploded into widespread public unrest in early June, as initial protests over rising bus fares ignited waves of public demonstrations on a wide variety of complaints. LABACE opens against the backdrop of continued demonstrations around Brazil’s major cities, including São Paulo. Nonetheless, the event ranks among the most festive gatherings in the business aviation industry’s schedule. The exhibit halls do not open until noon, and remain occupied well into the night, as business meetings during the day give way after dark to live salsa bands entertaining between the densely packed jets. And despite the public turbulence in Brazil, LABACE is likely to be as celebratory as ever, as the overall Latin American market continues its steady growth – albeit with blips affecting individual countries. As the industry waits for Europe and North America to fully recover from the 2008 financial crisis, Latin America’s fleet growth rate of 6% last year looks ideal.

The G450 remains popular in the region


SLUGGISH STATS The overall figures mask individual trends, however. Brazil, for example, was unable to maintain the 14.6% fleet growth reported in 2011. Although deliveries slowed, the number of Brazil-registered business aircraft still increased at a respectable clip of 8.7% in 2012, Ascend data shows. In Mexico, the fleet increased by 5.8% in 2012, a fall of 0.8 percentage points on the previous year’s rate. Business aircraft deliveries tend to lag macroeconomic trends by roughly a year or more, so the continued unrest and sluggishness seen in Brazil and Mexico may well carry over into 2013 and beyond. “I’d have to think that in the next year, we’ll see fewer deliveries to Mexico and Brazil, but Venzuela and Argentina are picking up that slack so it will stay kind of constant,” Foley says. The fastest-growing segment of the fleet in Latin America is in the large-cabin segment, which jumped by 12.5% in 2012 to 307, Foley says. Unsurprisingly, of the three expected product debuts at LABACE, two of them fall into that sector: Gulfstream will display its super-long-range G650 and the super-midsize G280, along with the rest of its product range. The third debutant is the midsize Embraer Legacy 500, which remains in an extended flight test and development phase. “Over the past five years we’ve not quite doubled our fleet in Latin America, but it’s pretty close,” says Scott Neal, Gulfstream’s senior vice-president for worldwide sales and marketing. In fact, Gulfstream appears to be growing faster than any other company in the large-cabin segment. Gulfstream has delivered 24 G550s to the region in the past five years, four more than its two competitors in the long-range,

Beechcraft says it expects to sell around 45 King Airs in Latin America this year large-cabin segment combined, according to Flightglobal Ascend. In the large-cabin market, Gulfstream has delivered 11 G450s to Latin America since 2008, only one fewer than its three competitors combined, the data shows.

“We’re focused on the region and we’re making some investments” SCOTT NEAL SVP, worldwide sales and marketing, Gulfstream

“We may be growing a little faster than our competitors,” Neal says. “We’re focused on the region and we’re making some investments [there].” Indeed, Gulfstream is developing a significant presence in Brazil, which is its base for providing support and marketing to the rest of South America. Competitors, including Dassault and Bombardier, have followed a similar path in recent years, increasing their footprints in the region. In the past 12 months, Gulfstream has converted a 2,230m2 (24,000ft2) former Jet Aviation site into Gulfstream Brazil, a full-service maintenance centre. It has stocked the facility with an inventory of spares worth more than $20 million. It has also appointed a product support manager and a regional sales vicepresident for Latin America during the past year, augmenting three field service representatives already based in Brazil. “I think the investments we’re making in terms of people, parts and money and facilities and some of the personnel moves that we have made really show our commitment to Latin American and to Brazil in particular,” Neal says.


Amazingly, Latin America has continued to expand since 2012 even as its two largest economies – Brazil and Mexico – have faltered, says Brian Foley, founder of the business aviation consultancy Brian Foley Associates. Foley credits the recent expansion partly to fast-growing economies of other countries in the region. The stock market in Venezuela, for example, has risen 176% year-to-date, while its fleet of business aircraft increased by 7% in 2012, or 1.8 percentage points more than in 2011, according to the Flightglobal Ascend Online database. “There’s this changing of the guard going on where you have one country leading for a couple of years and then another one picking up the slack when the first one slows down,” Foley says. “As a result, with last year being kind of a ho-hum year as far as deliveries go, the [region’s] business jet fleet still grew 6%, which is pretty significant.”

As Gulfstream and other manufacturers seek to expand on growth, other manufacturers are seeking to regroup. Beechcraft, for instance, appears at LABACE for the first time since emerging from bankruptcy in February, having shed its jet product lines and refocused on turboprop and piston products, such as the King Air.

KING AIR COMEBACK In the Latin American market, Beechcraft is still making up lost ground, despite being the leader by market share. Deliveries of King Airs to Latin American countries peaked at 49 aircraft in 2008. Five years later, Beechcraft shipped only 17 King Airs to the region, according to Flightglobal Ascend. It has been a similar story for most turboprop manufacturers in Latin America since 2008. Beechcraft, however, is confident it will be able to to reverse the declines of the past five years very quickly. “This year in Latin America we should sell about 45 King Airs,” says Keith Nadolski, Beechcraft’s president of sales for the Americas region. Beechcraft is investing heavily in the region as well, having opened new service centres in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico in the past year. The company is looking to expand still further, Nadolski says. “We know where our airplanes are and now it’s just a matter of how we provide world-class services in those areas,” he says. “We’re looking to expand our service centre capabilities throughout all of Latin America where we can, where it makes sense.” O Follow the fortunes of business aviation companies from all over the world with news and analysis at

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The global in-service fleet of A380s has inched upwards, but output of high-capacity aircraft at both Airbus and Boeing has been limited while sales of fuel-efficient twinjets continued to rise



irbus’s A330 maintained its strong position in the twin-aisle sector, global fleet trends show, while its A320 family narrowed the trailing gap behind Boeing’s popular 737. The A330 population increased by nearly 11% as Boeing’s rival 787 began to establish a presence in the mid-size market, according to Flightglobal’s latest annual airliner census. Production of the A330 has increased to 10 aircraft per month and – with a handover to Cathay Pacific in July – became one of a

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small number of long-haul types to reach 1,000 deliveries. Although Boeing’s 737NG family expanded by a faster rate than that of the A320, the difference between the number of singleaisle jets in the world fleet from each of the two major manufacturers narrowed to around 300 aircraft. This was due to the depletion of the oldervariant 737s, their numbers falling by about 15%, while the figures also revealed a 5% drop in another older-generation type, the Boeing MD-80, and its related airframes. Over the first six months of 2013 Airbus de-

livered 233 A320-family aircraft, compared with Boeing’s figure of 218 737s. Airbus is producing A320s at 42 per month, a rate that Boeing intends to match in 2014 as it raises output from the current figure of 38.

BOEING 777 GROWTH The global fleet of Boeing 777s, already past the 1,000-delivery mark, continued to increase strongly with a rise of more than 8%, while the 757 and 767 fleets were largely unchanged. Fuel-efficient large twinjets continued to erode the requirement for four-engined aircraft, notably the out-of-production A340 –


TOP 10 FLEETS – MAINLINE AIRCRAFT In-service fleet 2013 2012

Manufacturer & aircraft family

Airbus A320 family Boeing 737-600/700/800/900 Boeing 737-200/300/400/500 Boeing 777 Airbus A330 Boeing 757 Boeing 767 Boeing 717/MD-80/DC-9 Boeing 747 Airbus A340

5,171 4,236 1,227 1,093 928 853 820 799 629 299


4,765 3,850 1,441 1,010 838 854 830 841 672 310

8.5% 10.0% -14.9% 8.2% 10.7% -0.1% -1.2% -5.0% -6.4% -3.5%

Manufacturer & aircraft family

In-service fleet 2013 2012


Embraer 170/175/190/195 Bombardier CRJ100/200 Embraer ERJ-135/140/145 Bombardier CRJ700/900/1000 ATR 72 Bombardier Dash 8-100/200/300 Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 Beechcraft 1900 ATR 42 De Havilland Canada Twin Otter

918 724 682 600 503 472 390 375 278 276

10.2% -6.6% -1.3% 1.5% 4.8% 1.3% 6.3% -3.1% -5.4% -2.1%

SOURCE: Ascend Online Fleets. Data for 10 July 2013 vs 10 July 2012


833 775 691 591 480 466 367 387 294 282

Source: Ascend Online Fleets. Data for 10 July 2013 vs 10 July 2012


Europe 25%

North America 32%

Asia-Pacific 25%

Latin America and Caribbean 8%

Middle East 4% Africa 6%

SOURCE: Ascend Online Fleets (July 2013)


Deliveries of Airbus’s A380 reached 105 aircraft by mid-year


Aeroflot has phased out its older Russian types

the population of which fell by 3.5% – while delivery of new 747-8s could not offset a decline of more than 6% across the 747 range. The 747 fleet has been hit not only by fuel costs but also by the weakness in the cargo sector. While deliveries of Airbus’s A380 had reached 105 aircraft by mid-year, the type still accounts for only a fraction of the global mainline fleet. The impact of jet fuel prices, which have fluctuated around a level of $125 per barrel for several months, is reflected in the census’s regional fleet data. Fifty-seat jets have dropped away – the

Bombardier CRJ200 population shows a notable fall – while the census illustrates the trend towards higher-capacity types, with growth particularly strong in the 70- and 90seat jet segment. Embraer’s E-Jet family led this expansion but demand in the 70-seat turboprop sector, dominated by the Bombardier Q400 and the ATR 72, was also evident. The census puts the number of stored aircraft at its highest level for three years, since the cull of older, inefficient types undertaken in the wake of the fuel-price spike in 2008. Unsurprisingly the ageing types – includ- gg 13-19 August 2013 | Flight International | 41


The 737-800 China Eastern received in March marked Boeing’s 1,000th delivery to the country

gg ing the MD-80 and older 737s – are the main candidates to be relegated to storage, although the number of A320s in service has also contributed to an increasing proportion of parked airframes. Some 8% of the parked aircraft recorded by the census were less than 10 years old, although this fraction does not appear unusual compared with levels over the past five years. Airbus delivered its 8,000th aircraft in early August and the airframer’s backlog stood at more than 5,100 jets halfway through the year, with Boeing’s approaching 4,500. Around 80% of each manufacturer’s backlog comprises single-aisle types and both have generated strong orders for their respective re-engined variants, the A320neo and 737 Max. The backlog for the current A320 is lower than that for the 737, reflecting the earlier cutover to the A320neo and consequent low slot availability.

REGIONAL RIVALS The figures contrast with the relatively low number of orders for the Bombardier CSeries but, while the type is ranked behind the Comac C919 and Irkut MC-21, development of the CSeries is far more advanced and its orderbook more diverse and robust than those of the Chinese and Russian types. Meanwhile, despite its belated service entry, and the subsequent high-profile technical problems, the Boeing 787 has not surrendered its position at the top of the twinaisle backlog list, although the Airbus A350 has capitalised on these delays to make up substantial ground on its rival – not least by gaining traction on orders for the largest family member, the A350-1000. Airbus and Boeing have notched up production rates on their A330, 777 and 767 pro-

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Airbus A320ceo 22% Boeing 737 Max 18%

Airbus A320neo 28%

Bombardier CSeries 2% SOURCE: Ascend Online Fleets (July 2013)

Comac C919 3%

Irkut MC-21 2%

Airbus A350 28%

Boeing 777 14%

Boeing 787 36%

Airbus A330 11%

Boeing 747 2%

SOURCE: Ascend Online Fleets (July 2013)

Airbus A380 7%

Boeing 767 2%




North America

Unknown area







Asia Pacific


Latin America and Caribbean

Middle East

SOURCE: Ascend Online Fleets (July 2013)

grammes. But the need to address wing-rib bracket repairs on the A380 and the dearth of sales for the 747-8 slowed the rates for the airframers’ high-capacity output. Asia-Pacific and North American customers account for the highest backlog demand, with Airbus stronger in the former and Boeing in the latter. The Asia-Pacific region has drawn level with Europe in terms of the global fleet distribution, the census indicates. While the former Soviet states were once off-limits to Western-built types, the census illustrates the drive by the region’s carriers – prompted by costs as well as noise restrictions – to modernise their fleets with US and European jets.

Five years ago the Tupolev Tu-154 was still the mainstay, with the Antonov An-24 and An-26 significant in the regional markets, although the availability of older 737s was changing the make-up of the country’s fleets. But the winding-down of Tu-154 operations, with no immediate Russian-built successor, combined with easier access to Western types has enabled the A320 and 737 to take over as the main short- and medium-haul transports in the area. Deliveries of the Antonov An-148 and Sukhoi Superjet 100 in the domestic market are still far short of comparable levels. O Download a complete digital version of the latest world airliner census for free from our website at

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EXPLANATORY NOTES This census data covers all commercial jet and turboprop-powered transport aircraft in service or on firm order with airlines worldwide, excluding aircraft that carry fewer than 14 passengers or equivalent cargo. It records the fleets of Western, Chinese-built and Russia/CIS/Ukraine-built airliners. The tables have been compiled by Flightglobal Insight using Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database. The information is correct up to July 2013 and excludes nonairline operators, such as leasing companies and the military. Aircraft are listed in alphabetical order, first by manufacturer and then type. Operators are listed by region, with any aircraft variant in brackets next to the operator’s name. Fleet data comprises the in-service fleet and, where applicable, the outstanding firm orders in parentheses in the right-hand column.

On the Ascend database, an airliner is defined as being “in service” if it is “active” (in other words accumulating flying hours). An aircraft is classified as “parked” if it is known to be inactive – for example, if it is grounded because of airworthiness requirements or in storage – and when flying hours for three consecutive months are reported as zero. Aircraft undergoing maintenance or awaiting conversion are also counted as being parked. The region is dictated by operator base and does not necessarily indicate the area of operation. Options and letters of intent (where a firm contract has not been signed) are not included. Orders by, and aircraft with, leasing companies and holding companies such as China Aviation Supplies are excluded, unless a confirmed end-user is known – in which case the aircraft is shown against the airline concerned. Operators’ fleets include leased aircraft.

Abbreviations AF all freight BDDF Bedek special freighter C combi or convertible CF convertible freighter ER extended range F freighter LR long range PC package carrier PCF precision converted freighter (757) PF package freighter QC quick change SF special freighter SP special performance SR short range

GLOBAL AIRLINER FLEET BY TYPE AND OPERATOR AIRBUS A300 Africa CEIBA Intercontinental (B) Egyptair (600) Egyptair (B) Sudan Airways (600) Tristar Air (B) Tunisair (600)

234 9 1 2 1 2 1 2

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Air Hong Kong (600) China Eastern Airlines (600) Global Charter Services (B) Global Jet Airlines (600) Iran Air (600) Iran Air (B) Kuwait Airways (600) Mahan Air (600) Mahan Air (B) Maximus Air (600) Silk Road Cargo Business (600) Thai Airways International (600) TMA (600) Uzbekistan Airways (600)

10 6 1 2 3 9 5 13 4 1 1 5 1 2



Airbus Transport International (600) Alpha Express Airlines (B) European Air Transport (600) MNG Airlines (600) MNG Airlines (B) Monarch Airlines (600) Solinair (B) ULS Airlines Cargo (B)

5 1 16 3 2 3 1 3

North/South America AeroUnion (B) FedEx (600) UPS Airlines (600)

AIRBUS A310 Africa

Ghadames Air Transport (300) Services Air (300F)

Asia, Australia & Middle East Ariana Afghan Airlines (300) Biman Bangladesh Airlines (320) Iran Air (300) Jordan Aviation (220) Kuwait Airways (300) Mahan Air (300) Pakistan International Airlines (300) Pakistan International Airlines (320) Royal Jordanian (300) Royal Jordanian (300F) United Airways (320) Uzbekistan Airways (320) Yemenia (320)


128 4 71 53

84 2 1 1

31 2 2 1 1 3 6 4 3 1 2 2 1 3


Hi Fly (300) S7 Airlines (300) SATA International (300) SATA International (320) TAROM (320) Turkish Airlines (THY) (300F) ULS Airlines Cargo (300F) White (300)

1 1 3 1 1 1 3 1

North/South America


Air Transat (300) FedEx (200F) FedEx (220F) FedEx (300F) FedEx (320F)

9 12 4 2 12

AIRBUS A318 Europe

47 24

Air France British Airways TAROM

18 2 4

North/South America


Avianca Avianca (Brazil) Frontier Airlines

10 12 1

AIRBUS A319 Africa Afriqiyah Airways Air Cote d'Ivoire Air Mauritius Air Namibia Fastjet Tanzania First Nation Airways Gambia Bird South African Airways Syphax Airlines Tunisair

1,263 (87) 32 3 2 2 4 2 2 1 11 2 3

Asia, Australia & Middle East

244 (17)

Air Astana Air China Air India Air Macau Airblue Bangkok Airways Capital Airlines Cebu Pacific Air Chengdu Airlines China Aviation Supplies China Eastern Airlines China Southern Airlines Chongqing Airlines Druk Air Etihad Airways Gulf Air Hunnu Air Lucky Air Myanmar Airways International

1 30 24 5 4 10 25 10 3 (1) 21 (8) 40 4 3 (1) 2 (3) 2 3 2

Philippine Airlines Royal Brunei Airlines Royal Jordanian SEAIR Shenzhen Airlines Sichuan Airlines SilkAir Tibet Airlines West Air (China) Zest Air


Adria Airways Aegean Airlines Aer Lingus Aeroflot Russian Airlines Aigle Azur Air France Air Malta airberlin Alitalia Atlantic Airways (Faroe Islands) Atlasjet Airlines Austrian Avion Express Azerbaijan Airlines B&H Airlines Belair Belle Air Belle Air Europe British Airways Brussels Airlines Bulgaria Air Croatia Airlines CSA Czech Airlines Cyprus Airways Donavia EasyJet EasyJet Switzerland Finnair FlyGeorgia Germania Germanwings Hamburg Airways Hamburg International Helvetic Airways AG Iberia JAT Airways Lufthansa Niki Olympic Air Rossiya S7 Airlines SAS Swiss TAP Portugal

4 2 4 2 5 19 (3) 6 8 (1) 4 1

546 (21)

2 1 4 15 4 41 4 2 22 2 1 7 1 3 2 2 3 1 43 14 3 4 (4) 9 2 5 138 15 9 1 7 38 (2) 2 2 1 13 (2) (8) 33 (1) 4 2 16 20 4 5 19

Tatarstan Air Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Turkish Airlines Ural Airlines Vueling Airlines

4 1 14 1 4

North/South America

441 (49)

Aerogal Air Canada Air Canada Rouge Allegiant Air Avianca Avianca (Brazil) AviancaTaca Group Cubana Delta Air Lines Frontier Airlines LAN Airlines LAN Peru Sky Airline Spirit Airlines TACA Costa Rica TACA International Airlines TACA Peru TAM Linhas Aereas TAME United Airlines US Airways Virgin America Volaris

AIRBUS A319NEO Asia, Australia & Middle East Qatar Airways

6 36 2 2 11 4 (18) 1 57 (5) 35 4 (3) 22 11 29 3 6 (6) 1 27 4 55 (16) 93 (1) 10 22

(35) (6) (6)

North/South America


Avianca Frontier Airlines

(9) (20)

AIRBUS A320 Africa

3,063 (1,001) 88 (28)

Afriqiyah Airways Air Algerie Air Arabia Egypt Air Arabia Maroc Air Cairo Air Zimbabwe Almasria Universal Airlines CAA - Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation Egyptair Eritrean Airlines Ghadames Air Transport Libyan Airlines Nesma Airlines Nile Air Nouvelair Tunisie Senegal Airlines South African Airways Sudan Airways

6 1 2 4 4 1 3 3 13 1 2 8 3 2 8 3 2 (20) 2

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Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Travel Service Airlines Travel Service Hungary Turkish Airlines Ural Airlines Virgin Atlantic Vladivostok Air Vueling Airlines Wind Rose Aviation Company Wizz Air Wizz Air Ukraine Wow Air Yamal Airlines


North/South America

China's Sichuan Airlines has 32 Airbus A320s in its fleet, with four more on order Syphax Airlines Tarco Air Tunisair

3 (3) 1 16 (5)

Asia, Australia & Middle East

1,296 (604)

Air Arabia Air Astana Air Bishkek Air Busan Air China Air India Air Macau Air New Zealand AirAsia AirAsia Japan AirAsia Philippines Airblue AirCalin All Nippon Airways Ariana Afghan Airlines Asiana Airlines ATA Air Atrak Air Bangkok Airways Capital Airlines Cebu Pacific Air Chengdu Airlines China Aviation Supplies China Eastern Airlines China Eastern Airlines Jiangsu China Southern Airlines Chongqing Airlines Citilink Dragonair East Air Etihad Airways GoAir Golden Myanmar Airlines Gulf Air Hainan Airlines Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong Express Airways IndiGo Indonesia Air Transport Indonesia AirAsia Iran Air Iraqi Airways Israir Jazeera Airways Jetstar Jetstar Asia Jetstar Hong Kong Jetstar Japan Jetstar Pacific Airlines Jordan Aviation Juneyao Airlines Kam Air Kingfisher Airlines Kuwait Airways

26 (27) 7 (2) 1 1 29 (5) 21 2 18 (9) 67 (73) 5 (2) 2 (3) 2 (15) 1 18 1 10 2 1 5 18 (4) 25 (17) 7 (2) 116 (27) 21 96 (18) 6 22 (17) 15 (1) 1 17 (8) 15 (5) 1 16 (4) 8 (15) 2 69 (28) 1 24 (8) 5 3 2 (1) 7 (2) 53 (24) 16 (17) 13 (12) 5 1 31 (2) 1 (67) 3

Lao Airlines Lion Air Lucky Air LUK Aero Mahan Air Maldivian Middle East Airlines Mihin Lanka Myanmar Airways International Nasair Nepal Airlines PAL Express Peach Petra Airlines Philippine Airlines Qatar Airways Qeshm Airlines RAK Airways Royal Brunei Airlines Royal Falcon Airlines Royal Jordanian Royal Wings Safi Airways Saudia SEAIR Shaheen Air International Shenzhen Airlines Sichuan Airlines SilkAir Skywings Asia Airlines Solomon Airlines Spring Airlines SriLankan Airlines Star Flyer Syrianair Thai AirAsia Thai Smile Tianjin Airlines Tigerair Tigerair Australia Tigerair Mandala TransAsia Airways Uzbekistan Airways ValuAir VietJet Air Virgin Australia Regional Airlines West Air (China) Yemenia Zest Air


Adria Airways Aegean Airlines Aer Lingus Aeroflot Russian Airlines Aigle Azur Air Corsica Air France Air Malta

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4 (60) 3 1 1 1 10 1 5 13 (20) (2) 12 9 (11) 1 15 31 (1) 3 2 4 1 6 1 2 35 3 2 57 (8) 32 (4) 17 (1) 1 1 37 (2) 8 10 (3) 5 29 (5) 6 (14) 5 21 (14) 11 (8) 9 (25) 4 9 1 8 (3) 2 6 2 (8) 10

904 (202)

1 25 (5) 30 51 (10) 6 5 52 (5) 6

Air Mediterranee Air Moldova Air One Air Via Air Berlin Alitalia Anadolu Jet Astra Airlines Atlasjet Airlines Austrian Aviatrans K Azerbaijan Airlines Belair Belle Air Belle Air Europe BH Air Bingo Airways Blue Air British Airways Brussels Airlines Bulgaria Air Condor Corendon Airlines Croatia Airlines CSA Czech Airlines Cyprus Airways EasyJet EasyJet Switzerland Edelweiss Air Finnair FlyGeorgia Freebird Airlines Hamburg Airways Iberia Iberia Express Jet2 Khors Aircompany Kolavia - MetroJet Livingston Compagnia Aerea Lufthansa Meridiana Monarch Airlines Niki Nordwind Airlines Onur Air Orbest Rossiya S7 Airlines SAS SATA International Small Planet Airlines (Lithuania) Small Planet Airlines (Poland) Smartlynx Smartlynx Estonia Swiss Tailwind Airlines TAP Portugal Thomas Cook Airlines

1 2 9 2 22 (1) 48 (2) 3 1 3 16 2 7 6 2 1 3 2 1 48 (9) 5 3 13 1 2 6 (7) 7 53 (14) 7 4 10 1 6 3 12 (3) 15 1 1 2 4 58 (45) 7 10 12 (1) 1 12 3 9 17 (23) 7 4 3 4 1 1 24 1 17 7

Aerogal Air Canada Air Canada Jetz Avianca Avianca (Brazil) Cubana Delta Air Lines FlyAruba Frontier Airlines Interjet JetBlue Airways LAN Airlines LAN Argentina LAN Colombia LAN Ecuador Mexicana POPBrasil Sky Airline Spirit Airlines TACA Costa Rica TACA International Airlines TACA Peru TAM Linhas Aereas TAME United Airlines US Airways Virgin America VivaColombia Volaris

AIRBUS A320NEO Africa Syphax Airlines

4 2 5 1 28 19 (7) 4 6 67 4 41 (69) 3 (1) 4 7

775 (167)

2 36 5 33 (2) 6 2 69 (2) 1 17 39 (2) 127 (14) 38 (36) 11 5 6 (4) 1 5 19 (42) 9 10 (1) 1 90 (13) 5 97 (14) 72 (10) 43 (10) 5 21 (17)

(1,315) (3)


Asia, Australia & Middle East


AirAsia Citilink GoAir Gulf Air IndiGo Jetstar Lion Air Middle East Airlines Qatar Airways

(264) (35) (72) (10) (150) (78) (109) (5) (30)



Lufthansa Norwegian Pegasus Airlines SAS Transaero Airlines Turkish Airlines (THY)

(60) (100) (57) (30) (8) (4)

North/South America


AviancaTaca Group Frontier Airlines Interjet JetBlue Airways LAN Airlines Spirit Airlines TAM Linhas Aereas Virgin America Volaris

(20) (60) (40) (40) (20) (45) (15) (30) (30)

AIRBUS A321 Africa

797 (386) 7 (9)

Almasria Universal Airlines (200) Egyptair (200) Nile Air (200) Nouvelair Tunisie (200)

1 4 (9) 2

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325 (142)

Air Astana (200) Air Busan (200) Air China (200) Air India (200) Air Macau (100) Air Macau (200) Asian Wings Airways (100) Asiana Airlines (100) Asiana Airlines (200) Cambodia Angkor Air (200) China Eastern Airlines (200) China Eastern Airlines Jiangsu (200) China Southern Airlines (200) Dragonair (200) Etihad Airways (200) Eva Air (200) Gulf Air (200) IndiGo (200) Iraqi Airways (200) Jetstar (200) Juneyao Airlines (200) Middle East Airlines (200) Mihin Lanka (200) Philippine Airlines (200) Qatar Airways (200) Royal Jordanian (200) Saudia (200) Sichuan Airlines (100) Sichuan Airlines (200) TransAsia Airways (100) TransAsia Airways (200) Vietnam Airlines (200)


4 4 41 (11) 20 2 5 (2) 1 2 20 (2) 4 25 (14) 6 61 (18) 6 (10) 4 (8) 4 (20) 2 6 1 (4) 4 2 (34) 12 4 15 2 19 (3) 5 (6) 44 (10)

355 (95)

Aegean Airlines (200) 4 Aer Lingus (200) 3 Aeroflot Russian Airlines (200) 21 (5) Aigle Azur (200) 3 Air France (100) 5 Air France (200) 20 Air Mediterranee (100) 4 Air Mediterranee (200) 2 Air Berlin (200) 12 (11) Alitalia (100) 20 Atlasjet Airlines (100) 2 Atlasjet Airlines (200) 9 Austrian (100) 3 Austrian (200) 3 British Airways (200) 18 Condor (200) 2 EasyJet (200) (1) Finnair (200) 6 (5) Freebird Airlines (200) 2 Germania (200) (2) GreenJet Airlines (100) 1 Iberia (200) 18 Kolavia - MetroJet (200) 6 Lufthansa (100) 20 Lufthansa (200) 42 (2) Monarch Airlines (200) 21 (2) Niki (200) 4 Nordwind Airlines (200) 7 Novair (200) 3 Onur Air (100) 2 Onur Air (200) 8 SAS (200) 8 Swiss (100) 6 Swiss (200) 2 (1) TAP Portugal (200) 3 Thomas Cook Airlines (200) 4 (8) Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia (200) 6 (12) Turkish Airlines (200) 40 (26) Ural Airlines (200) 10 UTair (200) (20) Wind Rose Aviation Company (200) 5

North/South America Air Canada (200) JetBlue Airways (200) LAN Airlines (200) Spirit Airlines (200)

110 (140)

10 (30) (10) 2 (30)

TACA Costa Rica (200) TACA International Airlines (200) TACA Peru (200) TAM Linhas Aereas (200) US Airways (200)

AIRBUS A321NEO Asia, Australia & Middle East Arkia Cebu Pacific Air Lion Air Middle East Airlines Philippine Airlines Qatar Airways TransAsia Airways


Lufthansa Pegasus Airlines Turkish Airlines

2 2 (6) 1 10 (37) 83 (27)

(401) (140) (4) (30) (65) (5) (10) (14) (12)


(40) (18) (53)

North/South America


American Airlines Avianca Hawaiian Airlines

(130) (4) (16)

AIRBUS A330-200 Africa

450 (61) 27 (9)

Afriqiyah Airways Air Algerie Air Mauritius Air Namibia Air Seychelles Arik Air Egyptair Libyan Airlines South African Airways Syphax Airlines Tunisair

2 (1) 6 2 (2) 2 1 7 1 (3) 5 1 (3)

Asia, Australia & Middle East Air China Air India AirCalin China Eastern Airlines China Southern Airlines Emirates Airline Etihad Airways Eva Air Fiji Airways Garuda Indonesia Gulf Air Hainan Airlines Hong Kong Airlines Iraqi Airways Jet Airways Jetstar Jordan Aviation Kingfisher Airlines Korean Air Middle East Airlines Oman Air Qantas Qatar Airways Royal Jordanian Saudia Shanghai Airlines Sichuan Airlines SriLankan Airlines Vietnam Airlines Virgin Australia Yemenia


Aer Lingus Aeroflot Russian Airlines Air Europa Air France Air Greenland Air Berlin Alitalia Brussels Airlines Corsair Edelweiss Air Hi Fly KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

242 (31)

27 (3) 2 2 15 (4) 16 23 18 (2) 11 2 (1) 10 (1) 6 9 6 1 7 (5) 10 1 (15) 8 4 4 10 16 3 1 2 4 7 9 6 2

Monarch Airlines TAP Portugal Thomas Cook Airlines Turkish Airlines (THY) XL Airways France

North/South America Air Caraibes Air Transat Avianca Delta Air Lines Hawaiian Airlines TACA Peru TAM Linhas Aereas TAME US Airways

AIRBUS A330-200F Asia, Australia & Middle East Etihad Airways Hong Kong Airlines Malaysia Airlines Qatar Airways Yangtze River Express

2 12 4 8 3

72 (21)

1 8 9 (6) 11 13 (9) 1 19 1 9 (6)

23 (9) 14 (1) 3 (1) 4 3 3 1


6 (4)

MNG Airlines Turkish Airlines (THY)

(3) 6 (1)

North/South America Avianca Cargo

AIRBUS A330-300 Africa Afriqiyah Airways Egyptair

Asia, Australia & Middle East Air China AirAsia X Asiana Airlines Cathay Pacific Cebu Pacific Air China Airlines China Eastern Airlines China Eastern Yunnan China Southern Airlines Dragonair Etihad Airways Eva Air Garuda Indonesia Gulf Air Hainan Airlines Hong Kong Airlines Jet Airways Korean Air Malaysia Airlines Oman Air Philippine Airlines Qantas Qatar Airways Saudia Shaheen Air International Sichuan Airlines Singapore Airlines Skymark Airlines SriLankan Airlines Thai Airways International

3 (4)

3 (4)

454 (151) 4 (3) (2) 4 (1)

292 (125) 10 (3) 12 (16) 12 (2) 37 (11) 1 (3) 22 12 3 10 (4) 17 6 3 6 (18) (6) 5 4 (3) 4 15 (6) 12 (3) 3 (3) 8 (20) 10 13 12 (4) 3 1 (2) 22 (12) (3) (6) 27

TransAsia Airways


Aer Lingus Aeroflot Russian Airlines Air Europa Brussels Airlines Corsair CSA Czech Airlines Edelweiss Air Finnair Iberia Ifly KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Lufthansa Orbest SAS Swiss Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Turkish Airlines (THY) Virgin Atlantic XL Airways France

North/South America Air Canada Air Caraibes Air Transat Delta Air Lines US Airways

AIRBUS A340-200 Africa South African Airways

Asia, Australia & Middle East Royal Jordanian

North/South America Aerolineas Argentinas


112 (23)

4 17 2 5 2 1 2 8 4 (4) 2 4 18 (1) 1 4 13 (1) 3 10 (17) 10 2

46 8 4 4 21 9

9 1 1

4 4

4 4

AIRBUS A340-300 Africa

176 18

Air Madagascar Air Mauritius Air Namibia South African Airways

2 6 2 8

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Air China Air Tahiti Nui Airblue Cathay Pacific China Airlines Emirates Airline Iran Aseman Airlines Kuwait Airways Mahan Air Philippine Airlines Saudia SriLankan Airlines

3 5 2 11 6 4 1 4 2 6 2 6



Air France Finnair Hi Fly Iberia Lufthansa Norwegian SAS Swiss

13 7 1 12 24 2 7 15

109 3 5 11 15 1 14 12 3 2 1 1 12


Asia, Australia & Middle East

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TAP Portugal Turkish Airlines Virgin Atlantic

4 7 4

North/South America


Aerolineas Argentinas LAN Airlines Surinam Airways

6 3 1

AIRBUS A340-500 Africa Arik Air

Asia, Australia & Middle East Emirates Airline Etihad Airways Singapore Airlines


Azerbaijan Airlines

AIRBUS A340-600 Africa South African Airways

Asia, Australia & Middle East China Eastern Airlines Etihad Airways Hainan Airlines Qatar Airways Thai Airways International

22 2 2

18 9 4 5



Air France British Airways Lufthansa Transaero Airlines Virgin Atlantic

25 5 7 3 4 6

Hi Fly Malta Iberia Lufthansa Virgin Atlantic

1 17 24 15

(81) (4) (4)

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Asiana Airlines Kingfisher Airlines Yemenia

(8) (5) (10)



Aeroflot Russian Airlines Alitalia

(18) (12)

North/South America


Hawaiian Airlines US Airways

(6) (18)

AIRBUS A350-900 Africa Afriqiyah Airways Ethiopian Airlines

Asia, Australia & Middle East Air China AirAsia X Asiana Airlines Cathay Pacific China Airlines Emirates Airline Hong Kong Airlines Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines Thai Airways International Vietnam Airlines

(396) (22) (10) (12)


(10) (10) (12) (22) (14) (50) (15) (43) (70) (12) (14)



Aer Lingus Aeroflot Russian Airlines Air France Finnair TAP Portugal

(9) (4) (25) (11) (12)

North/South America


Avianca (Brazil) TAM Linhas Aereas US Airways

(10) (27) (4)

AIRBUS A350-1000 Asia, Australia & Middle East Asiana Airlines Cathay Pacific Emirates Airline Etihad Airways Qatar Airways

(140) (105) (10) (26) (20) (12) (37)

North/South America


United Airlines


AIRBUS A380 Africa

Asiana Airlines China Southern Airlines Emirates Airline Etihad Airways Hong Kong Airlines Kingfisher Airlines Korean Air Malaysia Airlines Qantas Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines Skymark Airlines Thai Airways International



Libyan Airlines

Asia, Australia & Middle East


91 9


AIRBUS A350-800 Africa

Air Austral

106 (155) (2)

ANTONOV AN-12 Africa Green Flag Aviation Kata Transportation Company Sky Guinee Airlines Transliz Aviation


87 (121)

(6) 5 35 (55) (10) (10) (5) 6 (4) 6 12 (8) (10) 19 (5) (6) 4 (2)

19 (32)

8 (4) 1 (11) 10 (7) (4) (6)

66 6 1 1 1 3

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Asia Airways ATMA Avialeasing Aviation Company East Wing Jayawijaya Dirgantara TAPC Aviatrans

3 3 1 1 1 2


Aerovis Airlines Air Armenia Atran Ayk Avia Azal Avia Cargo Cavok Air Irkutsk Aircraft Plant Kosmos Airlines Meridian Moskovia Airlines Motor Sich Airlines Ridge Airways Ruby Star SAT Airlines Shovkoviy Shlyah Silk Way Airlines Taron Avia Ukraine Air Alliance

ANTONOV AN-24 Africa Alfa Airlines Filair Suhura Airways

49 5 3 3 1 1 4 3 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 3 4

137 3 1 1 1

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Air Koryo Avia Jaynar East Horizon Airlines Kam Air SCAT Trast Aero

5 3 1 1 15 1


Air Urga Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise Angara Airlines Buryat Airlines Chukotavia Iraero Airlines Izhavia Udmurtia Katekavia Khabarovsk Airlines KrasAvia Motor Sich Airlines Polar Airlines Progress TsSKB Aviakompania Pskov Avia

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104 9 4 6 5 1 8 3 9 6 4 2 8 1 4

SAT Airlines Tomskavia UTair Express Yakutia Airlines Yamal Airlines

North/South America Cubana

ANTONOV AN-26 Africa Air Kasai Alfa Airlines Badr Airlines Ben Air Blue Airlines Brise Air Cetraca Air Service Dove Air Services El Magal Aviation Filair Gloria Airways GR Avia Green Flag Aviation Kata Transportation Company Libyan Air Cargo Mango Mat Marsland Services Air Suhura Airways Tracep Congo Aviation Transom Airways Turbot Air Cargo

Asia, Australia & Middle East Asia Airways InterIsland Airlines Kam Air Manunggal Air Safat Airlines Sky Way Air Tajik Air Trast Aero

2 5 22 4 1

4 4

162 28 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

15 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 6



Aim Air Air Bright Air Sirin Air Urga Air West Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise Angara Airlines Antonov Airlines Artel Starateley Amur Aviavilsa Chukotavia CityLine Hungary EXIN Genex Iraero Airlines KAPO Avia - Gorbunova Katekavia Khabarovsk Airlines Kostroma Air Enterprise KrasAvia Meridian Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise Polar Airlines Progress TsSKB Aviakompania Pskov Avia RAF-AVIA Sky Wind South Airlines (Armenia) Tomskavia UTair Cargo UTair Express Valan International Cargo Charter Yakutia Airlines Yamal Airlines

3 2 1 10 1 1 3 1 2 2 3 2 4 2 8 4 1 3 3 4 2 2 3 2 4 5 1 3 1 4 2 1 1 1

North/South America


Aer Caribe Aerogaviota Amazon Sky ATSA

3 11 1 1

Cubana SADELCA SELVA Colombia Servicaribe Express Solar Cargo

4 1 3 1 2

ANTONOV AN-32 Africa

24 7

Airjet Angola Guicango Tarco Air Valan International Cargo (South Africa)

1 2 2 2

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Air Manas AirMark Asia (Singapore) Trast Aero

1 1 2



Air Armenia Ayk Avia KrasAvia

1 2 2

North/South America


Aer Caribe ATSA - Aero Transporte SA SADELCA Transaer Peru

3 1 1 3

ANTONOV AN-38 Europe

5 5

Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise Vostok Airlines

2 3

ANTONOV AN-72/74 Africa Badr Airlines

Asia, Australia & Middle East Yas Air

23 1 1

2 2



Antonov Airlines Ayk Avia Cavok Air FGUAP MCHS Rossii Motor Sich Airlines Shar Ink South Airlines (Armenia) Uktus Avia Company UTair Cargo

1 3 1 2 1 2 3 1 6

ANTONOV AN-124 Europe

22 22

Antonov Airlines Maximus Airlines Polet Airlines Volga-Dnepr Airlines

7 1 4 10

ANTONOV AN-140 Asia, Australia & Middle East HESA - Persian Gulf Airlines

10 6 6



Motor Sich Airlines Yakutia Airlines

2 2

ANTONOV AN-148 Asia, Australia & Middle East Air Koryo

15 (3) 1 (1) 1 (1)


14 (2)

Angara Airlines Polet Airlines Rossiya - Russian Airlines Ukraine International Airlines

ANTONOV AN-158 Asia, Australia & Middle East Air Koryo

3 (2) 2 6 3

1 (3) (1) (1)

North/South America

1 (2)


1 (2)

ANTONOV AN-225 Europe

1 1

Antonov Airlines


ATR 42 Africa

273 (17) 31 (4)

Afric Aviation (300) Air Botswana (500) Air Madagascar (300) Air Madagascar (500) Antrak Air (300) CEIBA Intercontinental (500) Equaflight Service (300)

1 3 1 1 1 1 1

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Air Bagan (300) Air Caledonie (500) Air India Regional (300) Air Mandalay (300) Air Niugini (300F) Air Tahiti (500) Air Tahiti (600) Buddha Air (300) Druk Air (500) FMI Air Charter (300) Gatari Air Service (500) Indonesia Air Transport (300) Indonesia Air Transport (500) Island Transvoyager (500) Jhonlin Air Transport (600) Kalstar Aviation (300) Nusantara Air Charter (500) Oman Air (500) Pacific Sun (500) Pakistan International Airlines (500) Toll Priority (300F) Trigana Air (300) Villa Air (500)


Aer Arann Regional (300) Air Contractors (300F) Aviavilsa (300F) Blue Islands (300) Blue Islands (500) Canary Fly (300) CSA Czech Airlines (500) DAT - Danish Air Transport (300) DAT - Danish Air Transport (500) DOT LT (300F) DOT LT (500) Farnair Switzerland (300) Farnair Switzerland (300F) Flybe Nordic (500) Helitt (300) Hop! (300) Hop! (500) Lease Fly (300F) Melilla Airlines (300) Mistral Air (300F) Nordavia - Regional Airlines (500) Swiftair (300F) Taimyr Air - NordStar (500) Taimyr Air - NordStar (600) TAROM (500) UTair (300) UTair Ukraine (300)

North/South America

Aerocaribbean (300) Aerogaviota (500) Aeromar Airlines (300) Aeromar Airlines (500) Air Antilles Express (500) Air Saint-Pierre (500) Aviateca (300) Calm Air (300) Cape Air (300) DHL de Guatemala (300F) DHL Ecuador (300F) Dutch Antilles Express (300) Empire Airlines (300F) First Air (300)

1 1 2 3 1 2 2 (2) (2) 4 2 1 1 2

51 (3)

2 1 7 1 1 3 (3) 3 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 1 2 2 6 2 6 2

80 (5)

4 5 1 2 1 1 4 4 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 13 1 1 1 1 6 4 (5) 7 9 5

Islena Airlines (300) La Costena (300) LIAT (600) LTA (300) MAP Linhas Aereas (300) Mountain Air Cargo (300F) Pascan Aviation (300) SATENA (500) SBA Airlines (300) TAME xpress (500) Total Linhas Aereas (500) TRIP (300) TRIP (500) Vensecar Internacional (300F) West Wind Aviation (300)

ATR 72 Africa

Afric Aviation (200) Air Algerie (500) Air Austral (500) Air Botswana (500) Air Kasai (200) Air Madagascar (500) Air Mauritius (500) Antrak Air (200) Antrak Air (500) CEIBA Intercontinental (500) Fly540 Angola (200) Fly540 Angola (500) Fly540 Ghana (500) Overland Airways (200) Precision Air (500) Precision Air (600) Royal Air Maroc Express (600) Senegal Airlines (200) Solenta Aviation (200F) TACV - Cabo Verde Airlines (500) Tunisair Express (200) Tunisair Express (500)

Asia, Australia & Middle East Air Bagan (200) Air Bagan (500) Air Caledonie (500) Air KBZ (500) Air KBZ (600) Air Mandalay (200) Air Niugini (200F) Air Tahiti (500) Air Tahiti (600) Air Vanuatu (500) Arkia (500) Asian Wings Airways (500) Bangkok Airways (500) Berjaya Air (500) Berjaya Air (600) Buddha Air (500) Cambodia Angkor Air (500)

5 1 (5) 1 2 11 2 5 4 3 3 1 9 1 4

503 (177) 50 (1) 1 12 3 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 5 (1) 4 1 2 2 1 2

196 (94)

1 1 2 4 2 2 1 7 (4) 1 5 2 8 2 (2) 3 2

Cebu Pacific Air (500) FireFly (500) FireFly (600) Golden Myanmar Airlines (600) Iran Aseman Airlines (200) Iran Aseman Airlines (500) Israir (500) Jet Airways (500) JetKonnect (500) JetKonnect (600) Kalstar Aviation (600) Lao Airlines (500) Lao Airlines (600) Malindo Air (600) MASWings (500) MASWings (600) Mount Cook Airline (500) Mount Cook Airline (600) Myanma Airways (200) Myanma Airways (500) Nok Air (200) Nok Air (500) Pelita Air Service (500) Syrianair (500) TransAsia Airways (500) TransAsia Airways (600) Trigana Air (200) UNI Air (600) United Airways (200) Vasco - Vietnam Air Service Co (500) Vietnam Airlines (500) Villa Air (600) Virgin Australia (500) Virgin Australia (600) Wings Air (500) Wings Air (600) Yangon Airways (200)


Aer Arann Regional (200) Aer Arann Regional (500) Aer Arann Regional (600) Air Contractors (200F) Air Corsica (500) Air Dolomiti (500) Air Europa (200) Air Nostrum (600) Alsie Express (500) Anadolu Jet (500) Aurigny Air Services (200) Aurigny Air Services (500) B&H Airlines (200) Belle Air (500) Binter Canarias (200) Binter Canarias (500) Blue1 (500) BoraJet (500) Bornholmerflyet (200)

8 12 1 (9) (2) 1 2 2 11 3 1 1 (1) 4 2 (2) 1 (1) 10 (10) 11 3 (4) 2 1 2 2 1 2 9 (9) 3 4 (6) 1 2 12 1 6 6 (10) 20 4 (34) 2

162 (18)

4 3 1 (7) 11 6 5 1 5 (5) 1 2 1 2 2 2 3 9 2 3 1

Braathens Regional (500) Canair (500) CSA Czech Airlines (500) Danube Wings (200) Darwin Airline (200) Danish Air Transport (200) DOT LT (200) Eurolot (200) Farnair Switzerland (200F) Flybe Nordic (500) Helitt (200) Hop! (200) Hop! (500) InterSky (200) InterSky (600) JAT Airways (200) JAT Airways (500) SAS (200) SAS (600) Swiftair (200) Swiftair (200F) Swiftair (500) TAROM (500) UTair (500) UTair Ukraine (500)

North/South America

3 5 3 1 1 2 1 5 11 12 2 2 8 1 2 4 1 2 (6) 2 6 2 2 15 5

95 (64)

Aerocaribbean (200) 4 Aeromar Airlines (600) 1 (1) Air Caraibes (500) 3 Air Caraibes (600) (1) Avianca (600) 1 (7) AviancaTaca Group (600) (7) Azul (600) 22 (10) BQB Lineas Aereas (500) 3 Calm Air (200) 1 Calm Air (200F) 1 Caribbean Airlines (600) 5 (4) Conviasa (200) 2 Dutch Antilles Express (200) 1 Empire Airlines (200F) 7 First Air (200) 1 First Air (200F) 1 Island Air (200) 4 LIAT (600) 2 (2) Morningstar Air Express (200F) 1 Mountain Air Cargo (200F) 8 Passaredo Transportes Aereos (500) 2 Passaredo Transportes Aereos (600) 4 (20) SATENA (500) 2 TRIP (500) 14 TRIP (600) 5 (12)

BAE (HS) 748 Africa

748 Air Services (Srs 2B) Avro Express (Srs 2B) CHC Stellavia (Srs 2A) Planes For Africa (Srs 2A)

23 7 1 1 1 1

111 (5)

3 4 4 10 3 1 3 8 2 1 1 1 9 9

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Federal Air (300) Halcyonair Cabo Verde Airways (300) Libyan Airlines (500) Overland Airways (300) Precision Air (300) Precision Air (500) Precision Air (600) Royal Air Maroc Express (600) Solenta Aviation (300F) Solenta Aviation (500) TACV - Cabo Verde Airlines (500) Tiko Air (300) Tropical Air (300)

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1 1 1

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Bismillah Airlines (Srs 2A) East Horizon Airlines (Srs 2B) Easy Fly Express (Srs 2A)

2 1 1

North/South America


Air Creebec (Srs 2A) Air Inuit (Srs 2A) Air North (Srs 2A) Calm Air (Srs 2B) Wasaya Airways (Srs 2A)

2 2 4 1 3

BAE 146 Africa

Air Annobon (300) Air Botswana (100) Air Libya (200) Air Libya (300) Cronos Airlines (200) Cronos Airlines (300) Daallo Airlines (200) Starbow (200) Starbow (300)

75 14 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 3

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Avia Traffic Company (200) Aviastar Mandiri (200) Mahan Air (300) Manunggal Air (100) National Jet Express (100) National Jet Express (100QT) National Jet Express (200) National Jet Express (300) National Jet Express (300QT) Nusantara Air Charter (200) Skyjet Airlines (200) Vincent Aviation (200)

2 2 7 2 2 1 2 2 3 1 1 1


Astra Airlines (300) Pan Air (200QT) Pan Air (300QT) Titan Airways (200QC) TNT Airways (200QT) TNT Airways (300QT) WDL (200) WDL (300)

23 2 6 2 1 2 6 3 1

North/South America


Aerovias DAP (200) North Cariboo Air (200) Star Peru (100) Star Peru (200) Star Peru (200QT) Star Peru (300)

2 1 2 4 1 2

BAE ATP Asia, Australia & Middle East Deraya Air Taxi (Freighter)

36 1 1



Yeti Airlines

Atlantic Airlines (Freighter) NextJet West Air Europe (Freighter) West Air Luxembourg (Freighter)

11 4 7 13



Eastern Airways Sky Express

16 3


112 4

Proflight Zambia


Asia, Australia & Middle East


Airwork (NZ) Brindabella Airlines Vincent Aviation

2 3 3


Airlink (Finland) AIS Airlines Avies Blue Islands DirektFlyg Eagle Air Iceland Linksair Sky Express Sky Net Airline Sun-Air of Scandinavia

North/South America Ad Maiora Lineas Aereas ADA - Aerolinea de Antioquia Aerochaco Aerolineas Mas Aerolineas SOSA AeroPacifico Briko Air Services BVI Airways EasySky Integra Air Kavok Airlines Northwestern Air Pascan Aviation Proflight SAP SARPA Starlink Aviation Sundance Air (Venezuela) Sunrise Airways Tortug Air Transmandu - Transportes Aereos Manduca Venezolana West Wind Aviation

BAE JETSTREAM 41 Africa Airjet Angola Airlink Airlink (Freighter) Proflight Zambia

Asia, Australia & Middle East Brindabella Airlines Eastern SkyJets

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30 2 3 5 3 8 3 2 1 1 2

70 1 7 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 4 2 8 9 1 6 7 4 1 2 1 3 2 3

54 13

North/South America Easyfly

BAE SYSTEMS AVRO RJ Africa Air Botswana (RJ85) Air Libya (RJ100) Airlink (RJ85)


12 12

101 14 2 2 10

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Mahan Air (RJ100) Mahan Air (RJ85) National Jet Express (RJ100) Nusantara Air Charter (RJ100) Qeshm Airlines (RJ100) Qeshm Airlines (RJ85) Uzbekistan Airways (RJ85)

4 2 5 1 3 1 2



Atlantic Airways (Faroe Islands) (RJ100) Atlantic Airways (Faroe Islands) (RJ85) Brussels Airlines (RJ100) Brussels Airlines (RJ85) Cityjet (RJ85) Khors Aircompany (RJ85) Malmo Aviation (RJ100) Malmo Aviation (RJ85) Swiss European Air Lines (RJ100) Titan Airways (RJ100)

1 1 12 1 19 1 9 3 20 1

North/South America Aerovias DAP (RJ85)

BEECH 1900C Africa

Air Burundi (C-1) Air Katanga (C) Air Traffic Nairobi (C-1) Air Tropiques (C) ALS Limited (C) ALS Limited (C-1) CemAir (C-1) Eagle Air (C-1) Federal Air (C-1) Safari Air Express (C-1) SafariLink (C-1)



118 13 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Simrik Airlines (C-1) Vincent Aviation (Australia) (C-1)

2 2



2 8 1 2

Atlantique Air Assistance (C-1) Chalair Aviation (C-1) Serair Transworld Press (C) Serair Transworld Press (C-1)

North/South America

1 1 1 3


2 1

ACE Air Cargo (C-1) Alpine Air Express (C)

5 10


Alpine Air Express (C-1) Ameriflight (C) Ameriflight (C-1) ATSA (C) Corporate Air (C) Corporate Air (C-1) Freight Runners Express (C) Freight Runners Express (C-1) Frontier Flying Service (C-1) Hageland Aviation Services (C-1) Keewatin Air (C-1) Martinaire (C-1) Northern Thunderbird Air (C-1) Pacific Coastal Airlines (C) Pacific Coastal Airlines (C-1) Pineapple Air (C) Pronto Airways (C-1) Regional Air (C-1) SAEREO (C) SAP (C-1) Skylink Express (C) Skylink Express (C-1) Suburban Air Freight (C) Suburban Air Freight (C-1) West Wind Aviation (C-1)

BEECH 1900D Africa

Air Express Algeria Air Namibia Air Traffic Nairobi ALS Limited Blue Bird Aviation CemAir DHL Aviation Federal Air Nouvelle Air Affaires Gabon Overland Airways Solenta Aviation SonAir Sophia Airlines Star Aviation Tassili Airlines

1 11 14 1 1 3 1 2 6 3 2 3 2 6 1 2 4 1 1 1 5 4 2 2 1

234 49 2 1 1 3 1 6 2 1 1 2 12 11 1 2 3

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Air Link Air Mantra Air South Charter Buddha Air Eagle Airways Indonesia Air Transport Korea Express Air Myanma Airways Pol Air Vincent Aviation (Australia)

1 1 2 3 18 1 2 2 1 3


Chalair Aviation Farnair Hungary Hex' Air Medavia PGA Express Twin Jet Zimex Aviation

23 6 1 2 2 2 9 1

North/South America


Aeroeste Air Creebec Air Georgian Air Labrador Air Tindi ATSA Bering Air Central Mountain Air ERA Aviation (Alaska) EVAS Air Charters Evergreen Helicopters of Alaska Great Lakes Airlines Kenn Borek Air Maverick Airlines North Cariboo Air North Wright Airways Northern Thunderbird Air Osprey Wings

1 1 16 1 1 2 2 12 3 7 1 28 1 3 7 1 2 2

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BEECH B99 Europe

Nightexpress (99)

North/South America Air Turks & Caicos (B99) Alpine Air Express (99) Alpine Air Express (99A) Alpine Air Express (B99) Alpine Air Express (C99) Ameriflight (99) Ameriflight (B99) Ameriflight (C99) Bemidji Aviation (99) Bemidji Aviation (99A) Bemidji Aviation (C99) Courtesy Air (C99) Freight Runners Express (99) Freight Runners Express (99A) Freight Runners Express (B99) North Wright Airways (99) North Wright Airways (99A) Northwestern Air (99) Perimeter Airlines (99) Pineapple Air (C99) Prams Air (99A) Suburban Air Freight (99) Suburban Air Freight (B99) Summit Air Charters (99) Wiggins Airways (99) Wiggins Airways (99A) Wiggins Airways (B99) Wiggins Airways (C99)

BOEING 717-200 Asia, Australia & Middle East QantasLink Turkmenistan Airlines

1 15 8 1 2 1 6 3

117 1 1

116 2 2 2 3 5 1 11 45 3 2 6 2 5 4 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 3 2 4 2

148 19 13 6



Blue1 Volotea

9 14

North/South America Hawaiian Airlines Southwest Airlines

BOEING 727-100 Africa Gomair (QC)

106 18 88

5 1 1

North/South America


Aerosucre Colombia (F) Lineas Aereas Suramericanas (C) Lineas Aereas Suramericanas (F)

1 2 1

BOEING 727-200 Africa

Africa Charter Airline (F) African Express Airways (F) Air Libya Allied Air Cargo (F) Associated Aviation (F) Emirate Touch Aviation Services (F) Services Air (F)

Asia, Australia & Middle East

Ariana Afghan Airlines Iran Aseman Airlines Iran Aseman Airlines (F) K-Mile Air (F) Lankan Cargo (F) Majestic Air Cargo (F) Neptune Air (F) Omega Aircompany (F) SKA Air & Logistics (SkyLink Arabia) (F) SNAS Aviation (F) Transmile Air (F)

104 12 1 1 1 3 1 1 4

25 3 3 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 3 7

North/South America


Aerosucre Colombia (F )


Air Class Lineas Aereas (F) Amerijet International (F) Asia Pacific Airlines (F) Cargojet Airways (F) CV Cargo (F) Gulf & Caribbean Air (F) Kalitta Charters II (F) Kalitta Charters II (RE) Kelowna Flightcraft (F) Lineas Aereas Suramericanas (F) PanAir Cargo (F) Rio Linhas Aereas (F) Total Linhas Aereas (F) Vensecar Internacional (F)

BOEING 737 MAX Asia, Australia & Middle East Lion Air SilkAir Virgin Australia

1 5 3 10 1 3 7 1 12 5 1 6 6 3

(958) (255) (201) (31) (23)



Icelandair Norwegian Turkish Airlines

(16) (100) (50)

North/South America


Aeromexico Alaska Airlines American Airlines GOL Southwest Airlines United Airlines

(60) (37) (100) (60) (180) (100)

BOEING 737-200 Africa Africa Charter Airline (C) Africa Charter Airline (F) Air Libya Air Tanzania Air Zimbabwe Allegiance Airways - Gabon Blue Sky Airways Canadian Airways Congo Daallo Airlines Gomair Gomair (F) Interair JedAir (C) Jubba Airways Karinou Airlines Pegase Aviation (QC) Proflight Zambia Star Air Cargo Sun Air TAAG Angola Airlines Trans Air Congo

140 31 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 4 2 2 4

Asia, Australia & Middle East


AIRFAST Indonesia AVE.COM East Air Express Air Gading Sari Aviation Services (C) Gading Sari Aviation Services (F) Iraqi Airways Jayawijaya Dirgantara (200QC) RPX Airlines (C) Seair International (C) Sriwijaya Air Transmile Air (F) Tri MG Airlines (C) Trigana Air Vision Air International (QC)

1 2 1 3 1 1 2 1 2 1 11 1 1 3 1


JAT Airways SAT Airlines South Airlines (Armenia) (QC)

Aloha Air Cargo (QC) ARjet Airlines Avior Airlines Canadian North Canadian North (C) Conviasa Danaus Lineas Aereas Estelar Latinoamerica First Air First Air (C) First Air (QC) Global Air Magnicharters Nolinor Aviation (C) Nolinor Aviation (QC) Northeast Bolivian Airlines Northern Air Cargo (F) PAL Airlines Peruvian Airlines Rutaca Sierra Pacific Airlines Sinami Sky Airline Venezolana

1 1 6 3 5 2 2 3 4 2 1 3 2 2 1 1 3 2 5 6 2 1 3 4

BOEING 737-300 Africa

547 34

Air Madagascar Alexandria Airlines Chanchangi Airlines Comair (South Africa) ECAir Jubba Airways Kenya Airways Kenya Airways (SF) Korongo Airlines Mango Precision Air Royal Air Maroc (SF) Safair (QC) Skypower Express Airways (SF) South African Airways (SF) Star Air Cargo Tarco Air Trans Air Congo Tunisair (QC)

3 1 1 7 2 1 4 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 1

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Air Bishkek Air China Air New Zealand Air Post (SF) Airwork (NZ) (SF) AVE.COM Avia Traffic Company Capital Airlines Cardig Air (SF) China Eastern Airlines

1 4 10 1 1 1 3 1 3 5

China Eastern Yunnan China Postal Airlines (QC) China Postal Airlines (SF) China Southern Airlines Citilink Donghai Airlines (SF) East Air Eastern SkyJets Express Air Express Freighters Australia (SF) Garuda Indonesia Global Jet Airlines Hainan Airlines Indonesia AirAsia Jordan Aviation Kyrgyzstan Lion Air Loong Air (SF) Mena Aerospace (SF) Merpati Neptune Air (SF) Okay Airways (SF) Orient Thai Airlines Our Airline Pakistan International Airlines SCAT SF Airlines (SF) Shandong Airlines Sky Aviation Somon Air Sriwijaya Air Tajik Air Toll Priority (SF) Tri MG Airlines (SF) Trigana Air (QC) Trigana Air (SF) Turkmenistan Airlines Wings of Lebanon Yangtze River Express (QC) Yangtze River Express (SF)


Air Bucharest Air Contractors Air Italy Air Onix Airlines Air Baltic Atlantic Airlines (SF) Belavia Blue Air Bluebird Cargo (SF) Blu-Express Cargo Air (SF) Corendon Airlines Europe Airpost (QC) Europe Airpost (SF) Georgian Star International

11 2 8 14 6 6 1 2 3 4 2 2 3 1 4 1 2 2 2 4 2 1 3 3 3 3 2 5 1 2 12 1 3 1 1 2 3 1 4 10

153 1 1 2 1 8 2 6 1 4 2 3 1 8 2 1

YU-ANW is one of seven Boeing 737-300s flown by Jat Airways


1 2 1

North/South America


Aerosucre Colombia (F) Air Inuit (C) Air Inuit (QC) Air North Air North (C) Aloha Air Cargo (C)

1 1 1 1 1 3


Pineapple Air SEARCA Colombia Silver Airways Sky Bahamas Transporte Aereo De Colombia Transwest Air Wasaya Airways West Wind Aviation

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Grand Cru Airlines JAT Airways Jet Time Jet Time (QC) Jet2 Jet2 (QC) Jet2 (SF) Jetairfly Lufthansa Mistral Air (QC) Norwegian Small Planet Airlines (Italy) Small Planet Airlines (Lithuania) Small Planet Airlines (Poland) Swiftair (SF) Taimyr Air - NordStar TAROM Titan Airways (QC) Titan Airways (SF) TNT Airways (SF) Transaero Airlines Ukraine International Airlines Ukraine International Airlines (SF) Vista Georgia

1 7 5 2 22 8 1 1 15 4 10 1 2 1 6 1 4 3 1 4 4 5 1 1

North/South America


Boliviana de Aviacion Canadian North Cayman Airways Conviasa Estafeta Carga Aerea (SF) Estelar Latinoamerica Magnicharters Northern Air Cargo (SF) PAL Airlines Peruvian Airlines Sideral Air Cargo (SF) Southwest Airlines Surinam Airways Tiara Air Vision Airlines VivaAerobus

8 5 4 2 4 1 7 2 2 3 1 121 3 1 1 22

BOEING 737-400 Africa

AeroContractors Allied Air Cargo (SF) Buraq Air Comair (South Africa) Jubba Airways Kulula Marsland Med-View Airline Safair ( Combi) South African Airways (SF) Westair Benin

Asia, Australia & Middle East Air Busan Air Incheon (SF) Alliance Airlines AlNaser Airlines Ariana Afghan Airlines China Postal Airlines (SF) Citilink City Airways East Air Eastern SkyJets FireFly Gading Sari Aviation Services (SF) Global Jet Airlines Hainan Airlines Japan TransOcean Air Kyrgyzstan Lao Central Airlines Lion Air Malaysia Airlines Merpati Orient Thai Airlines Qantas Royal Falcon Airlines SF Airlines (SF) Shaheen Air International

319 26 6 1 2 8 1 2 1 2 1 1 1

118 4 1 1 1 2 8 1 3 1 2 2 2 1 2 14 1 2 2 28 4 2 5 1 2 8

Solaseed Air Sriwijaya Air Thai Airways International Toll Priority (SF) Wat Phnom Airlines


Air Contractors (SF) AlbaStar Atran (SF) Blue Air Blue Panorama Airlines Bluebird Airways Bluebird Cargo (SF) Blu-Express British Airways Carpatair Donavia Enter Air Europe Airpost (SF) Globus Jet Time Jetairfly LOT Charters LOT Polish Airlines Mistral Air MNG Airlines (SF) Moskovia Airlines Orenair Pegasus Airlines Sam Air SAS Tailwind Airlines Tatarstan Air TNT Airways (SF) Transaero Airlines Ukraine International Airlines UTair Yamal Airlines

6 5 5 1 1


3 3 2 4 2 1 1 2 19 1 3 8 2 4 1 2 1 2 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 4 1 9 5 4 6 3

North/South America


Aerocaribbean Air North Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines ( Combi) Alaska Airlines (SF) First Air Flair Airlines Miami Air International Sideral Air Cargo (SF) Sky King US Airways Vision Airlines Xtra Airways

1 1 24 5 1 2 3 2 1 3 22 2 5

BOEING 737-500 Africa

AeroContractors Alexandria Airlines Badr Airlines Buraq Air Egyptair Linhas Aereas de Mocambique Marsland Mauritania Airlines International Nova Airways RwandAir Tarco Air Tunisair

216 23

6 1 1 1 4 1 1 2 1 2 1 2

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Air Busan Air Do ANA Wings Express Air Garuda Indonesia Kalstar Aviation Kyrgyzstan Merpati SCAT Sriwijaya Air Tajik Air

2 6 16 2 4 1 1 1 3 12 2


Air Mediterranee

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Air Onix Airlines Air Baltic Airzena - Georgian Airways Belavia Blue Air Blu-Express Donavia Lufthansa Nordavia SAS SAT Airlines Tatarstan Air Transaero Airlines Ukraine International Airlines UTair Vista Georgia Yamal Airlines

2 5 1 6 1 1 1 20 9 5 1 1 14 10 33 1 6

North/South America


Air North Bahamasair Peruvian Airlines Southwest Airlines

2 2 1 19

BOEING 737-600 Africa Air Algerie Tunisair

Europe SAS

North/South America WestJet

BOEING 737-700 Africa Arik Air ASKY Airlines Camair Co Ethiopian Airlines Kenya Airways Mauritania Airlines International Royal Air Maroc RwandAir SonAir TAAG Angola Airlines TAAG Angola Airlines (IGW QC)

Asia, Australia & Middle East Air China Air Do Air Niugini All Nippon Airways All Nippon Airways (ER) China Eastern Airlines China Eastern Yunnan China Southern Airlines China United Airlines Eastar Jet El Al Fiji Airways Hainan Airlines Hebei Airlines Iraqi Airways Jet Airways JetKonnect Kunming Airlines Lucky Air Oman Air Regent Airways Shandong Airlines Shanghai Airlines Shenzhen Airlines Turkmenistan Airlines Virgin Australia Xiamen Airlines


Aeroflot Air Italy Air Berlin Airzena - Georgian Airways Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise Anadolu Jet Europe Airpost Gazpromavia

53 12

5 7





1,053 (144) 39 9 3 2 5 4 1 6 2 2 4 1

205 (5)

20 (1) 3 1 13 2 10 (2) 28 36 10 5 2 1 3 (1) 4 2 7 5 9 9 2 1 3 8 (1) 1 2 3 15

132 (16)

(13) 3 15 1 1 10 2 2

Germania Jet Time Jetairfly KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Luxair Moskovia Airlines Primera Air Scandinavia SAS Smartwings TAROM Transaero Airlines Transavia Airlines TUIfly Turkish Airlines Yakutia Airlines

8 6 4 18 3 2 2 26 2 4 5 10 (3) 4 4

North/South America

677 (123)

Aerolineas Argentinas Aeromexico Alaska Airlines Copa Airlines Copa Airlines Colombia Delta Air Lines Enerjet GOL LAN Colombia Southwest Airlines Sun Country Airlines United Airlines VRG WestJet

22 28 17 14 4 10 3 24 6 426 (92) 7 36 (1) 11 69 (30)

BOEING 737-800 Africa

2,903 (1,178) 125 (22)

Air Algerie Air Austral Arik Air Buraq Air Comair (South Africa) Egyptair Ethiopian Airlines Kenya Airways Kulula Mango Midwest Airlines (Egypt) Royal Air Maroc RwandAir South African Airways TACV - Cabo Verde Airlines Tassili Airlines

Asia, Australia & Middle East

Air China Air India Express Air Niugini Air Vanuatu All Nippon Airways Biman Bangladesh Airlines Chang An Airlines China Airlines China Eastern Airlines China Eastern Yunnan China Southern Airlines China United Airlines China Xinhua Airlines Dalian Airlines Eastar Jet El Al Fiji Airways FlyDubai Garuda Indonesia Grand China Air Hainan Airlines Hebei Airlines Iraqi Airways JAL Express Japan Airlines Jeju Air Jet Airways JetConnect JetKonnect Jin Air Korean Air

17 2 4 (8) 2 (4) 20 9 (4) 5 9 6 (1) 30 (5) 2 13 2 4

1,167 (465) 87 (35) 21 1 1 22 (9) 2 (2) 4 13 (1) 19 (54) 6 85 (44) 13 7 5 4 15 3 30 (21) 59 (22) 3 80 (6) 4 (30) 38 11 (1) 13 (5) 44 (39) 8 8 9 20

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3 (2) 17 (13) 7 42 (26) 2 (3) 12 8 (9) 15 (6) 2 59 (8) 54 (6) 40 (6) 48 (8) (23) 31 6 (2) 2 32 (29) 4 4 (1) 5 59 (39) 10 1 69 (15)


871 (421)

Aeroflot Russian Airlines Aerosvit Airlines Air Europa Air Italy Air Berlin Anadolu Jet Arkefly Astra Airlines Corendon Airlines Corendon Dutch Airlines Enter Air Globus Jet2 Jetairfly Kharkiv Airlines KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Luxair Neos Norwegian Orenair Pegasus Airlines Primera Air Scandinavia Ryanair S7 Airlines SAS Smartwings SunExpress SunExpress Germany Taimyr Air - NordStar TAROM Thomson Airways Transaero Airlines Transavia Airlines Transavia France Travel Service Airlines Travel Service Hungary Travel Service Poland Travel Service Slovakia TUIfly TUIFly Nordic AB Turkish Airlines (THY) Ukraine International Airlines UTair UTair Ukraine XL Airways France Yakutia Airlines

(29) (5) 18 (17) 2 35 (32) 18 5 1 7 3 4 9 8 14 1 22 (2) 2 (1) 6 65 (64) 19 40 (4) 5 303 (175) (8) 27 (2) 3 27 9 9 1 34 14 (12) 27 (2) 12 17 1 1 2 24 (5) 6 45 (30) 8 9 (33) 3 2 3

North/South America Aerolineas Argentinas Aeromexico Air Jamaica Alaska Airlines American Airlines Canjet Airlines Caribbean Airlines

740 (270)

4 (11) 17 (6) 3 61 213 (93) 5 12

Copa Airlines Delta Air Lines Gol Miami Air International Southwest Airlines Sun Country Airlines Sunwing Airlines United Airlines VRG WestJet

BOEING 737-900 Asia, Australia & Middle East Batik Air (ER) El Al (ER) Jet Airways Jet Airways (ER) JetKonnect (ER) Korean Air Korean Air (ER) Lion Air (ER) Malindo Air (ER) Oman Air (ER) Shenzhen Airlines Somon Air (ER) SpiceJet (ER)


Aeroflot Russian Airlines (ER) KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Turkish Airlines (THY) (ER) UTair (ER)

North/South America Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines (ER) Delta Air Lines (ER) United Airlines United Airlines (ER)

BOEING 747-100 Asia, Australia & Middle East Iran Air (100B)

BOEING 747-200 Africa Kabo Air (200B)

42 (29) 73 84 (73) 5 43 (45) 10 8 (1) 130 9 21 (12)

227 (353) 116 (114) 4 (6) 2 1 3 16 6 67 (101) 4 (5) 5 2 6 (2)

15 (20)

(8) 5 10 (5) (7)

96 (219)

12 8 (30) (100) 12 64 (89)

1 1 1

31 3 3

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Cargo Air Lines (200C/F) Cargo Air Lines (200F) El Al (200F) Iran Air (200B Combi) Midex Airlines (200F) Rayyan Air (200F) Rayyan Air (200SF) Saudia (200F) Saudia (200SF) Uni-Top Airlines (200F) Uni-Top Airlines (200SF) Vision Air International (200F)

1 1 1 3 3 1 1 1 2 1 2 1



Aerospace One (200C) Jet-Star (200F)

1 1

North/South America


Kalitta Air (200F) Kalitta Air (200SF)

3 5

BOEING 747-300 Africa MaxAir

14 4 4

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Mahan Air (Combi) Orient Thai Airlines Pakistan International Airlines

2 2 4



Transaero Airlines


BOEING 747-400 Africa Kabo Air MaxAir Royal Air Maroc

Asia, Australia & Middle East Air China Air China (Combi) Air China Cargo (BCF) Air China Cargo (F)

535 3

1 1 1


4 1 5 3

Air China Cargo (SF) Air Hong Kong (BCF) Air India Air New Zealand All Nippon Airways (D) Asiana Airlines Asiana Airlines (Combi) Asiana Airlines (F) Asiana Airlines (SF) Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific (BCF) Cathay Pacific (ERF) Cathay Pacific (F) China Airlines China Airlines (F) China Cargo Airlines (BCF) China Cargo Airlines (ERF) China Cargo Airlines (F) China Southern Airlines (F) El Al El Al (F) Emirates Airline (ERF) Etihad Airways (ERF) Etihad Airways (F) Eva Air Eva Air (Combi) Eva Air (F) Eva Air (SF) Fiji Airways Garuda Indonesia Iraqi Airways Korean Air Korean Air (BCF) Korean Air (ERF) Korean Air (F) Lion Air Malaysia Airlines (F) Nasair Nasair (Combi) Nippon Cargo Airlines (F) Orient Thai Airlines Philippine Airlines Philippine Airlines (Combi) Qantas Qantas (ER) Qantas (F) Saudia Saudia (BCF) Saudia (F) Saudia (SF) Singapore Airlines (F) Thai Airways International Thai Airways International (BCF) Yangtze River Express (SF)


Air France Air France (Combi) Air France (ERF) AirBridgeCargo (ERF) AirBridgeCargo (F) British Airways Cargolux (BCF) Cargolux (F) Cargolux Italia (F) Corsair KLM Royal Dutch Airlines KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Combi) Lufthansa Lufthansa (Combi) Martinair (BCF) Martinair (ERF) myCARGO Airlines (SF) Pullmantur Air Silk Way Airlines (F) TNT Airways (ERF) TNT Airways (F) Transaero Airlines Virgin Atlantic

North/South America Atlas Air

2 3 4 2 4 2 2 4 6 14 1 6 6 13 18 1 2 2 2 6 1 3 1 1 3 2 3 6 2 2 2 15 4 8 9 2 2 1 1 7 3 4 1 10 6 3 14 2 1 3 11 15 2 3


6 1 3 5 3 52 2 8 1 4 5 17 17 1 1 3 1 4 3 1 1 19 12



Atlas Air (BCF) Atlas Air (F) Atlas Air (LCF) Delta Air Lines Evergreen International Airlines (BCF) Evergreen International Airlines (SF) Kalitta Air (BCF) Kalitta Air (ERF) National Airlines (BCF) Polar Air Cargo (F) Southern Air (ERF) Southern Air (SF) United Airlines UPS Airlines (BCF) UPS Airlines (F) World Airways (SF)

BOEING 747-8 Africa

2 10 4 16 2 1 6 1 2 6 1 2 24 2 11 2

44 (49) (2)

Arik Air (8I)

Asia, Australia & Middle East Air China (8I) Cathay Pacific (8F) Etihad Airways (8F) Korean Air (8F) Korean Air (8I) Nippon Cargo Airlines (8F) Saudia (8F)


AirBridgeCargo (8F) Cargolux (8F) Global Supply Systems (8F) Lufthansa (8I)

North/South America Atlas Air (8F) Polar Air Cargo (8F)


17 (29)

(5) 9 (4) 1 3 (4) (5) 2 (11) 2

22 (18)

3 (2) 8 (5) 3 8 (11)

5 3 2

BOEING 747SP Asia, Australia & Middle East

2 2

Iran Air Saudia

1 1

BOEING 757-200 Africa ECAir Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopian Airlines (PF) Ethiopian Airlines (SF) TACV - Cabo Verde Airlines

800 11

1 7 1 1 1

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Air Astana Air China Air Niugini Blue Dart Aviation (SF) China Cargo Airlines (SF) China Southern Airlines DHL International Aviation EEMEA (SF) Mega Maldives Airlines Nepal Airlines Nepal Airlines (Combi) Safi Airways SCAT SF Airlines (SF) Shanghai Airlines Sunday Airlines Tajik Air Tasman Cargo Airlines (SF) Turkmenistan Airlines Uzbekistan Airways Xiamen Airlines

5 4 1 5 2 12 3 1 1 1 1 2 7 10 2 2 1 4 5 6


Aegean Airlines Air Bashkortostan Air Baltic Azerbaijan Airlines Cygnus Air (SF) DHL Air (SF) European Air Transport (PF) European Air Transport (SF) Finnair Icelandair Icelandair (PF) Icelandair (SF)


1 1 1 4 2 22 1 10 4 17 1 2

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Ifly Ikar Airlines Jet2 Monarch Airlines Nordwind Airlines OpenSkies Privilege Style Thomas Cook Airlines Thomson Airways Titan Airways TNT Airways (Combi) TNT Airways (SF) UTair VIM Airlines Yakutia Airlines Yakutia Airlines (PF)

5 3 11 3 4 3 2 13 16 2 1 1 9 5 4 1

North/South America


Allegiant Air American Airlines ATI - Air Transport International (Combi) ATI - Air Transport International (SF) Cargojet Airways (SF) Delta Air Lines DHL Aero Expreso (SF) FedEx (SF) Fly Jamaica Morningstar Air Express (SF) National Airlines SBA Airlines United Airlines UPS Airlines (PF) US Airways

6 97 1 4 1 146 3 68 1 5 1 3 130 75 24

BOEING 757-300 Asia, Australia & Middle East Arkia

55 2




Condor Icelandair Thomas Cook Airlines

13 1 2

North/South America


Delta Air Lines United Airlines

16 21

BOEING 767-200 Africa

102 4

Air Zimbabwe (ER) Eritrean Airlines (ER) FlyCongo (ERM) Interair (ERM)

1 1 1 1

Asia, Australia & Middle East


1 1 2 1 1 2

1 1



Air Italy (ER) Star Air (EMSF) Star Air (ERSF) Star Air (SF) Transaero Airlines (ER) UTair (ER)

1 1 4 6 1 3

North/South America


ABX Air (ERSF) ABX Air (SF) Aeromexico (ER) American Airlines (ER) Amerijet International (SF) ATI - Air Transport International (SF) Atlas Air (EMSF) Boliviana de Aviacion (ER) Cargojet Airways (ERSF) Cargojet Airways (SF) Dynamic Airways First Air (SF) Omni Air International (ER) US Airways (ER)

1 28 4 12 3 3 5 1 1 1 1 1 1 10

BOEING 767-300 Africa

Air Algerie Air Madagascar (ER) Camair Co (ER) Ethiopian Airlines (ER) Kenya Airways (ER) Royal Air Maroc (ER) Tradecraft Air Nigeria

Asia, Australia & Middle East

682 (53) 29

3 1 1 12 6 5 1

191 (4)

Air Astana (ER) Air Do Air Do (ER) Air Japan (ER BCF) Air Japan (ERF) Air New Zealand (ER) Air Niugini (ER) All Nippon Airways All Nippon Airways (ER) Asiana Airlines Asiana Airlines (ERF) Business Air (ER) China Eastern Airlines (ER) El Al (ER) Express Freighters Australia (ERF) Hainan Airlines (ER) Iraqi Airways (ER) Japan Airlines Japan Airlines (ER) Mega Maldives Airlines (ER) MIAT - Mongolian Airlines (ER)

2 (4) 2 2 7 2 5 3 24 26 7 1 5 3 6 1 3 2 16 32 2 3

Orient Thai Airlines Orient Thai Airlines (ER) Qantas (ER) Shanghai Airlines TMA (ERSF) Uzbekistan Airways (ER)


Aeroflot Russian Airlines (ER) Air Italy (ER) Arkefly (ER) Austrian (ER) Azerbaijan Airlines (ER) Blue Panorama Airlines (ER) British Airways (ER) Condor (ER) DHL Air (ERF) euroAtlantic airways (ER) Jetairfly (ER) LOT Polish Airlines (ER) Neos (ER) Nordwind Airlines (ER) Rossiya - Russian Airlines (ER) S7 Airlines (ER) SAS (ER) Silk Way Airlines (ERF) Thomas Cook Airlines (ER) Thomson Airways (ER) Titan Airways (ER) Transaero Airlines (ER) TUIFly Nordic (ER)

North/South America

2 2 20 4 1 8

SBA Airlines (ER) TAM Cargo (ERF) TAM Linhas Aereas (ER) United Airlines (ER) UPS Airlines (ERF)

5 2 5 6 2 2 21 12 4 2 2 2 2 10 3 2 1 2 3 8 1 12 2

Delta Air Lines United Airlines

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37 37

BOEING 777-200/200ER Africa Egyptair (ER) Kenya Airways (ER) TAAG Angola Airlines (ER)

Asia, Australia & Middle East Air China Air New Zealand (ER) All Nippon Airways All Nippon Airways (ER) Asiana Airlines (ER) Cathay Pacific China Southern Airlines China Southern Airlines (ER) El Al (ER) Emirates Airline Emirates Airline (ER) Japan Airlines Japan Airlines (ER) Korean Air (ER) Kuwait Airways (ER) Malaysia Airlines (ER) Pakistan International Airlines (ER) Royal Brunei Airlines (ER) Saudia (ER) Scoot (ER) Singapore Airlines (ER) Thai Airways International Thai Airways International (ER) Vietnam Airlines (ER)

351 (49)

ABX Air (ERSF) Aeromexico (ER) Air Canada (ER) Air Canada Rouge (ER) American Airlines (ER) ATI - Air Transport International (ERSF) Atlas Air (ER) Avianca Cargo (ERF) Caribbean Airlines (ER) Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines (ER) FedEx (ERF) Florida West International Airways (ERF) Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Airlines (ER) LAN Airlines (ER) LAN Argentina (ER) LAN Cargo (ERF) LAN Cargo Colombia (ERF) LAN Colombia (ER) MasAir (ERF) North American Airlines (ER) Omni Air International (ER) Polar Air Cargo (ERF)

2 4 6 35 56 (3)

BOEING 767-400ER North/South America


5 2 28 2 58 2 3 1 2 15 58 (46) 2 3 11 34 2 2 2 3 2 5 4 2


Air France (ER) Alitalia (ER) Austrian (ER) British Airways British Airways (ER) EuroAtlantic airways (ER) KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (ER) Nordwind Airlines (ER) Orenair (ER) Transaero Airlines Transaero Airlines (ER)

North/South America

Aeromexico (ER) American Airlines (ER) Delta Air Lines (ER) Omni Air International (ER) United Airlines United Airlines (ER)

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El Al (ER) Jet Asia Airways Jet Asia Airways (ER) Jet Asia Airways (ERM) Jordan Aviation (EM) Jordan Aviation (ER)

Kam Air Safi Airways (ER)

21 16

(496) 9

2 4 3

238 10 8 16 12 12 5 4 4 6 3 6 15 11 18 2 16 4 4 23 5 30 8 6 10

114 25 10 4 3 43 1 15 2 3 2 6


4 47 8 2 19 55

BOEING 777-200LR Africa

53 (2) 8

Air Austral CEIBA Intercontinental Ethiopian Airlines

1 1 6

Asia, Australia & Middle East

29 (2)

Air India Emirates Airline Iraqi Airways Pakistan International Airlines Qatar Airways Turkmenistan Airlines

7 10 1 2 9 (2)

North/South America


Air Canada Delta Air Lines

6 10

BOEING 777-300 Asia, Australia & Middle East

60 55

All Nippon Airways Cathay Pacific Emirates Airline Japan Airlines Korean Air

7 12 12 7 4

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Transaero Airlines

BOEING 777-300ER Africa Air Austral Egyptair Ethiopian Airlines Kenya Airways TAAG Angola Airlines

7 6



408 (241) 10 (7) 2 6 (2) (2) 2 (3)

Asia, Australia & Middle East

300 (169)

Air China Air India Air New Zealand All Nippon Airways Biman Bangladesh Airlines Cathay Pacific China Airlines Emirates Airline Etihad Airways Eva Air Garuda Indonesia Japan Airlines Jet Airways Korean Air Pakistan International Airlines Philippine Airlines Qatar Airways Saudia Singapore Airlines Thai Airways International Virgin Australia International

13 (6) 12 (3) 5 (2) 19 2 (2) 32 (18) (10) 88 (63) 16 (3) 15 (6) 2 (9) 13 4 12 (6) 3 (5) 5 (1) 22 (5) 7 (13) 19 (8) 6 (9) 5


69 (45)

Aeroflot Russian Airlines Air France British Airways KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Swiss Turkish Airlines

4 (16) 37 (3) 6 (2) 8 (3) (6) 14 (15)

North/South America Air Canada American Airlines TAM Linhas Aereas

BOEING 777F Africa

Ethiopian Airlines

Asia, Australia & Middle East Cathay Pacific China Cargo Airlines China Southern Airlines Emirates Airline Etihad Airways Hong Kong Airlines Korean Air Qatar Airways


AeroLogic Air France Lufthansa Cargo TNT Airways

29 (20)

13 (4) 8 (12) 8 (4)

77 (48) 2 (4) 2 (4)

31 (30)

(8) 6 6 (6) 8 (5) 3 (6) 3 (2) 5 (3)

13 (5)

8 2 (5) 3

North/South America

31 (9)

FedEx LAN Cargo Southern Air

23 (9) 4 4

BOEING 787-8 Africa

68 (420) 4 (22)

Ethiopian Airlines Kenya Airways Royal Air Maroc

4 (9) (9) (4)

Asia, Australia & Middle East Air Astana Air India Air Niugini All Nippon Airways Biman Bangladesh Airlines China Southern Airlines Gulf Air Hainan Airlines Iraqi Airways

45 (186)

(3) 7 (20) (1) 20 (16) (4) 2 (8) (16) 1 (9) (10)

Although it has taken delivery of six 787-8s, Qatar Airways has a further 24 of the twinjets on order Japan Airlines Malindo Air Oman Air Qantas Qatar Airways Royal Brunei Airlines Royal Jordanian Scoot Thai Airways International Uzbekistan Airways


Aeroflot Air Europa Air Berlin Azerbaijan Airlines British Airways Icelandair LOT Polish Airlines Norwegian Thomson Airways Transaero Airlines Travel Service Airlines

North/South America Aeromexico Air Canada American Airlines Avianca Delta Air Lines LAN Airlines United Airlines

BOEING 787-9 Africa Arik Air

Asia, Australia & Middle East Air China Air New Zealand All Nippon Airways Arkia Etihad Airways Japan Airlines Jet Airways Korean Air Saudia Scoot Thai Airways International Vietnam Airlines

9 (16) (5) (6) (14) 6 (24) (5) (11) (10) (6) (2)

BOEING 787-10 Asia, Australia & Middle East

(26) (8) (18) (2) 2 (6) (1) 4 (4) 1 (7) 3 (10) (4) (1)

Eva Air (Freighter) Saudia (Freighter)

10 (87)

9 (125)

(9) (37) (12) (15) (18) 3 (19) 6 (15)

(311) (7) (7)


(15) (10) (30) (2) (41) (20) (10) (10) (8) (10) (2) (19)



Air France-KLM Group British Airways Virgin Atlantic

25 (16) (16)

North/South America


Aeromexico American Airlines LAN Airlines United Airlines

(6) (30) (10) (24)

Singapore Airlines

(50) (30) (30)

North/South America


United Airlines


BOEING MD-11 Africa Allied Air Cargo (Freighter) AV Cargo Airlines (Freighter) Ethiopian Airlines (Freighter)

Asia, Australia & Middle East

166 5

2 1 2

10 6 4



Aeroflot (Freighter) KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Lufthansa Cargo (Freighter) Martinair (CF) Martinair (Freighter) Nordic Global Airlines (Freighter)

2 6 18 3 3 4

North/South America

Centurion Air Cargo (Freighter) FedEx (Freighter) Sky Lease Cargo (Freighter) UPS Airlines (Freighter) World Airways World Airways (Freighter)

BOEING MD-80 Africa

African Express Airways (82) Afriqiyah Airways (83) Air Burkina (87) Air Memphis (83) Canadian Airways Congo (82) DANA Air (83) Global Aviation Operations (82)


4 64 5 38 3 1

511 11 2 1 2 1 1 3 1

Asia, Australia & Middle East


AIRFAST Indonesia (82) AIRFAST Indonesia (83) AlNaser Airlines (82) ATA Air (83) Caspian Airlines (82) Caspian Airlines (83) Far Eastern Air Transport (82) Far Eastern Air Transport (83) Iran Airtours (82) Kam Air (82) Kam Air (83) Kam Air (87) Kish Air (82) Kish Air (83) Orient Thai Airlines (82) Safi Airways (82) Taban Air (88) TAC Airlines (83)

2 1 1 6 1 4 4 3 11 1 2 2 4 3 1 1 5 1

United Airways (83) Zagros Airlines (82) Zagros Airlines (83)


Aviatrans K (83) Bluebird Airways (82) Bluebird Airways (83) Bravo Air (83) Bulgarian Air Charter (82) Bulgarian Air Charter (83) Danish Air Transport (83) Danish Air Transport (87) Khors Aircompany (83) Medallion Air (83) Meridiana (82) Meridiana (83) SAS (82) Small Planet Airlines (Italy) (83) Swiftair (83) Tend Air (82)

2 6 3


2 1 1 1 8 1 1 1 1 2 9 1 7 1 3 3

North/South America


Aeropostal (82) Allegiant Air (82) Allegiant Air (83) Allegiant Air (87) Allegiant Air (88) American Airlines (82) American Airlines (83) Ameristar Charters (83) Andes Lineas Aereas (83) Aserca Airlines (82) Aserca Airlines (83) Delta Air Lines (88) Dutch Antilles Express (83) Everts Air Alaska (82SF) Falcon Air Express (83) InselAir (82) InselAir (83) InselAir Aruba (82) LASER (81) Perla Airlines (83) Venezolana (82) Venezolana (83) World Atlantic Airlines (82) World Atlantic Airlines (83)

3 1 49 1 6 102 79 2 4 3 3 117 5 1 1 3 2 1 4 1 1 1 1 2

BOEING MD-90 Asia, Australia & Middle East Eva Air (30) Eva Air (30ER) Saudia (30) Uni Air (30) Uni Air (30ER)

72 12

1 4 1 5 1

North/South America


Delta Air Lines (30) Delta Air Lines (30ER)

59 1

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BOMBARDIER CRJ100/200 Africa

723 24

Air Burkina (200LR) Air Uganda (200LR) DAC Aviation East Africa (200ER) DAC Aviation East Africa (200LR) Fly540 (100ER) MGC Airlines (Matekane Air) (200B ER) Nova Airways (200ER) SA Express (200B ER) SA Express (200ER) SA Express (200LR) Senegal Airlines (100LR)

1 3 1 1 2 2 3 4 4 2 1

Asia, Australia & Middle East


China Express Airlines (200LR) Ibex Airlines (100LR) Ibex Airlines (200ER) J-Air (200ER) Sapsan (100ER) SCAT (200B LR) SCAT (200LR) Shandong Airlines (200ER) Shanghai Airlines (200ER)

4 2 2 9 1 2 3 5 3



Adria Airways (200LR) Air Nostrum (200ER) Airzena - Georgian Airways (100ER) Airzena - Georgian Airways (200LR) AK Bars Aero (200ER) AK Bars Aero (200LR) Belavia (100LR) Belavia (200ER) Belavia (200LR) Brit Air (100ER) Hop! (100ER) Iraero Airlines (100ER) Iraero Airlines (200LR) Rusline (100ER) Rusline (100LR) Rusline (200ER) Rusline (200LR) SAS (200ER) SAS (200LR) Severstal Aircompany (200ER) Severstal Aircompany (200LR) UTair (200LR) UTair Ukraine (200LR) West Air Europe (200PF Freighter) Yamal Airlines (200LR)

5 11 1 3 4 9 1 2 1 5 7 1 4 3 3 3 7 4 3 1 3 12 2 3 8



Hop! (701) Lufthansa CityLine (701ER)

15 19

North/South America

American Eagle Airlines (701ER) American Eagle Airlines (702ER) Conviasa (701ER) ExpressJet Airlines (701) ExpressJet Airlines (701ER) GoJet Airlines (701ER) GoJet Airlines (701LR) Jazz (705LR) Mesa Airlines (701ER) PSA Airlines (701ER) SkyWest Airlines (701) SkyWest Airlines (701ER) SkyWest Airlines (702ER)


Arik Air (ER) Libyan Airlines (ER) Libyan Airlines (LR) Petroleum Air Services (ER) RwandAir (ER) Tunisair Express (ER)

Asia, Australia & Middle East China Express Airlines (LR) Iraqi Airways (ER)


Adria Airways (ER) Adria Airways (LR) Air Nostrum (ER) Estonian Air (ER) Eurowings (LR) Lufthansa CityLine (ER) SAS (ER)


25 22 4 8 35 22 25 16 20 14 9 61 22

235 (41) 15

4 4 3 1 2 1


6 6

65 (1)

2 2 (1) 11 3 23 12 12

North/South America

143 (40)

ExpressJet Airlines (ER) Mesa Airlines (ER) Pinnacle Airlines (ER) SkyWest Airlines (ER)

28 40 41 (40) 34

BOMBARDIER CRJ1000 Africa Arik Air (ER)

34 (36) (3) (3)

Asia, Australia & Middle East

11 (7)

Garuda Indonesia (ER)

11 (7)


23 (26)

Air Nostrum (ER) Brit Air (EL) Hop! (EL)

10 (25) (1) 13

North/South America


Aerolineas SOSA (100ER) Aeromar Airlines (200ER) Air Wisconsin (200ER) Air Wisconsin (200LR) Amaszonas (200LR) Estafeta Carga Aerea (100PF Freighter) ExpressJet Airlines (200ER) ExpressJet Airlines (200LR) Go! (200ER) Go! (200LR) Jazz (100ER) Jazz (200ER) Jazz (200LR) Pinnacle Airlines (200LR) PSA Airlines (200LR) Regional 1 Airlines (200ER) SkyWest Airlines (100ER) SkyWest Airlines (200ER) SkyWest Airlines (200LR) Voyageur Airways (200ER) Voyageur Airways (200LR)

1 2 6 65 4 2 98 8 2 2 1 11 15 140 35 3 9 24 126 2 6

BOMBARDIER CSERIES Asia, Australia & Middle East


Asia, Australia & Middle East


Air Marshall Islands Air Niugini Airlines PNG Amakusa Airlines Asia Pacific Airline Maroomba Airlines

1 2 13 1 3 3

BOMBARDIER CRJ700 Africa SA Express (701)

Asia, Australia & Middle East Air India Regional (701) Air India Regional (701LR) Felix Airways (702ER) Ibex Airlines (702ER) Shandong Airlines (701ER)

331 (6) 2

12 (6)

2 1 2 (6) 5 2

Gulf Air (CS100) Korean Air (CS300)

(120) (20)

(10) (10)



Air Baltic (CS300) Malmo Aviation (CS100) Malmo Aviation (CS300) Odyssey Airlines (CS100) Swiss (CS100)

(10) (5) (5) (10) (30)

North/South America


Republic Airways Holdings (CS300)


BOMBARDIER DASH 8/Q100 Africa 748 Air Services Airkenya Aviation ALS Limited Blue Bird Aviation DAC Aviation East Africa Dove Air Services Fly540 SafariLink Southern Star Airlines

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199 20 2 1 7 3 3 1 1 1 1

RAC - Ryukyu Air Commuter Skippers Aviation Skytrans Solomon Airlines Yemenia

4 4 6 1 3



DAT - Danish Air Transport Medavia Olympic Air Wideroe

2 1 4 20

North/South America Air Creebec Air Inuit Canadian North ERA Aviation (Alaska) Hawkair Island Air Jazz LIAT North Cariboo Air Perimeter Airlines Piedmont Airlines Provincial Airlines Summit Air Charters Wasaya Airways

BOMBARDIER DASH 8/Q200 Africa Blue Bird Aviation DAC Aviation East Africa Tassili Airlines Trans Attico

Asia, Australia & Middle East Abu Dhabi Aviation Air Niugini Eastern Australia Airlines Maldivian Oriental Air Bridge


Air Greenland Air Iceland SAT Airlines SATA Air Acores Wideroe


10 2 4 8 3 3 35 3 2 3 32 3 2 1

75 7 1 1 4 1

15 2 4 5 2 2


5 2 2 2 3

North/South America


Berry Aviation Commutair LAN Colombia LC Peru Regional 1 Airlines

3 16 10 7 3

BOMBARDIER DASH 8/Q300 Africa AeroContractors Air Tanzania DAC Aviation East Africa Dove Air Services Nouvelle Air Affaires Gabon Petroleum Air Services Safari Express

192 12

1 1 2 1 1 5 1

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Abu Dhabi Aviation Air Nelson Air Niugini ANA Wings Eastern Australia Airlines Maldivian PAL Express Ryukyu Air Commuter Regent Airways Skippers Aviation Skytrans Uni Air Wings Air

1 23 4 1 16 3 4 1 2 6 3 8 2


InterSky Medavia SAT Airlines Wideroe

North/South America Air Creebec Air Inuit


3 2 3 8


1 9

Bahamasair Caribbean Airlines Central Mountain Air Commutair Jazz LIAT North Cariboo Air Perimeter Airlines Piedmont Airlines Provincial Airlines Regional 1 Airlines Voyageur Airways Wasaya Airways

BOMBARDIER DASH 8/Q400 Africa 748 Air Services AeroContractors Arik Air ASKY Airlines Blue Bird Aviation Blue Bird Aviation (PF) Ethiopian Airlines Heli Malongo Airways Mocambique EXpresso RwandAir SA Express Tassili Airlines

5 1 2 5 28 13 5 1 11 2 1 5 1

390 (36) 42 (5)

1 2 2 (4) 4 4 2 9 2 3 (1) 9 4

Asia, Australia & Middle East

88 (3)

Air Niugini ANA Wings Eznis Airways Japan Air Commuter PAL Express SpiceJet Sunstate Airlines

6 21 2 11 5 15 28 (3)


137 (7)

Air Baltic Augsburg Airways Brussels Airlines Croatia Airlines Eurolot Flybe LGW Luxair Olympic Air SATA Air Acores SkyWork Airlines Swiss Tyrolean Airways Widere Yakutia Airlines

11 (1) 7 5 6 8 (6) 41 10 6 10 4 3 1 13 9 3

North/South America

123 (21)

Horizon Air Jazz Porter Airlines Republic Airlines Sky Regional Airlines WestJet Encore

COMAC ARJ21-700 Asia, Australia & Middle East Chengdu Airlines Henan Airlines Myanmar Airways International Shandong Airlines Shanghai Airlines

48 (3) 21 25 22 5 2 (18)

(97) (97)

(30) (50) (2) (10) (5)

COMAC C919 Asia, Australia & Middle East

(55) (55)

Air China China Eastern Airlines China Southern Airlines Hainan Airlines Sichuan Airlines

(5) (5) (5) (20) (20)

CONVAIR 580 Asia, Australia & Middle East Air Chathams Air Freight NZ Air Freight NZ (5800) Skyforce Aviation

North/South America Air Tribe

32 10

3 4 1 2



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Gulf & Caribbean Air Gulf & Caribbean Air (5800) Kelowna Flightcraft Nolinor Aviation

6 5 4 5

CONVAIR 640 North/South America

5 5

Aeronaves TSM TransAir

4 1

DE HAVILLAND CANADA DASH 7 Africa Airkenya Aviation Petroleum Air Services

30 5 1 4

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Berjaya Air Pelita Air Service Pelita Air Service (C)

3 1 3



Air Greenland Air Greenland (C)

1 2

North/South America


Air Tindi Air Tindi (C) Linea Turistica Aereotuy Tli Cho Air (C) Trans Capital Air Trans Capital Air (C) Voyageur Airways

2 2 1 1 1 4 4

DE HAVILLAND CANADA TWIN OTTER 264 (27) Africa 27 (1) Air Madagascar (300) Air Seychelles (300) Air Seychelles (400 Viking) Airkenya Aviation (300) CHC Chad (300) Regional Air Services (300) SafariLink (300) SonAir (300) Star Aviation (300) Tunisavia (300)

Asia, Australia & Middle East Air Born (300) Air Loyaute (300) Air Loyaute (400 Viking) Air Moorea (300) Air Moorea (400 Viking) Air Vanuatu (300) AirCalin (300) AIRFAST Indonesia (300) AIRFAST Indonesia (400 Viking) Airlines PNG (200) Airlines PNG (300) Aviastar Mandiri (300) Iranian Naft Airlines (300) Lao Air (300) Maldivian Air Taxi (100) Maldivian Air Taxi (200) Maldivian Air Taxi (300) MASWings (300) MASWings (400 Viking) Meiya Air (400 Viking) Merpati (300) Nepal Airlines (300) Pacific Sun (300) Polynesian Airlines (300) Regent Airways (400 Viking) Solomon Airlines (300) Southwest Air (300) Tara Air (300) Trans Maldivian Airways (300) Trans Maldivian Airways (400 Viking) Trigana Air (300) Yemenia (300)


Isles of Scilly Skybus (300) Loganair (300) Norlandair (300) SeaBird Airlines (300) SeaBird Airlines (400 Viking) Zimex Aviation (300)

North/South America

3 3 1 (1) 3 2 1 1 9 2 2

105 (20)

4 3 (2) 2 (2) 1 2 3 2 (2) 1 8 5 1 1 1 1 17 3 (6) (5) 7 4 3 2 (1) 2 1 4 20 3 (2) 2 2

19 (6)

4 2 3 1 (6) 9


ADA - Aerolinea de Antioquia (300) 3 Aereo Ruta Maya (100) 1 Aereo Ruta Maya (300) 1 Aerovias DAP (300) 1 Air Antilles Express (300) 2 Air Inuit (300) 7 Air Labrador (300) 6 Air Panama (300) 2 Air Tindi (300) 5 Alberta Central Airways (300) 3 Alkan Air (300) 1 Blue Wing Airlines (200) 2 Cayman Airways Express (300) 2 Grand Canyon Airlines (300) 12 Gum Air (300) 2 Kenn Borek Air (100) 1 Kenn Borek Air (200) 1 Kenn Borek Air (300) 13 LC Peru (300) 2 NatureAir (300) 3 North Wright Airways (100) 1 North Wright Airways (300) 1 Osprey Wings (100) 1 Osprey Wings (200) 2 Osprey Wings (300) 2 Provincial Airlines (300) 5 SAP (100) 1 Seaborne Airlines (300) 5 Servicios Aereos de Los Andes S.A.C (300) 3 South Nahanni Airways (100) 1 Summit Air Charters (100) 1 Summit Air Charters (300) 2 SVG Air (300) 5 Transportes Aereos Petroleros SA 300) 1 Tli Cho Air (200) 1 Transwest Air (100) 2 Transwest Air (200) 2 West Coast Air (100) 2 West Coast Air (200) 1 Winair (Saint Maarten) (300) 4

DORNIER 228 Africa

Africas Connection (200) Air Traffic Nairobi (200) DANA (200) Equaflight Service (200) JetFly (200) Planes For Africa (100) Swala Aviation (200)

Asia, Australia & Middle East

62 (1) 11 2 4 1 1 1 1 1

25 (1)

Air Marshall Islands (200) 1 Daily Air (200) 4 Inter Island Airways (American Samoa) (200) 1 Island Aviation (200) 3 Island Transvoyager (200) 3 Jagson Airlines (200) 2 New Central Air Service (200) 3 New Central Air Service (Ruag) 1 (1) Northeast Shuttle (200) 2 Sita Air (200) 1 Solar Aviation (200) 2 Tara Air (200) 2

Express Air (100) Inter Island Airways (American Samoa) (100)


Air Alps (100) Loganair (100) Medavia (100) SkyWork Airlines (100) Sun-Air of Scandinavia (100) Welcome Air (100)

North/South America

ADA - Aerolinea de Antioquia (100) Aerocardal (100) Berry Aviation (100) Central Mountain Air (100) SATENA (100) Vision Airlines (100)

DORNIER 328JET Asia, Australia & Middle East Express Air


Air Vallee Sun-Air of Scandinavia

EADS CASA C212 Asia, Australia & Middle East Air Kiribati (200)

Asia, Australia & Middle East


2 8

6 1 1

Bering Air (200) Ryan Air (200)

1 4

EMBRAER 170 Africa Air Cote d'Ivoire (ST) Egyptair Express (LR) Kenya Airways (LR)

177 (7) 18 1 12 5

Asia, Australia & Middle East

37 (7)

Air Costa (AR) Airnorth (AR) Airnorth (LR) Fuji Dream Airlines (SE) Fuji Dream Airlines (SU) J-Air (ST) Saudia (LR) Star Aviation (LR)

2 1 3 2 1 13 (2) 15 (5)


Air Lituanica (ST) BA CityFlyer (ST) Estonian Air (ST) Flybe Nordic (ST) Hop! (LR) Hop! (ST) LOT Polish Airlines (LR) LOT Polish Airlines (ST) People's Vienna Line (LR)


1 6 3 2 6 9 6 4 1

North/South America


Aeromexico Connect (SU) Compass Airlines (LR) Republic Airlines (SU) SATENA (LR) Shuttle America (SE) Shuttle America (SU) TAME (LR)

3 6 21 1 39 12 2


3 1




4 1 1 1 1 6 4

DANA (100) Katanga Wings (100)

13 1

North/South America

EMBRAER 175 Asia, Australia & Middle East

44 4

1 2 3 2 6 1

1 1

2 4 1 1

DORNIER 328 Africa




Aero Cuahonte (200) Aerocardal (100) Aerocardal (200) AeroCon (200) Nomad Air (200) Summit Air Charters (200) Vision Airlines (200)

2 6 1 5 3 2

Calm Air Key Lime Air

Aero VIP (200) Arcus Air (200) Lufttransport (200) Lufttransport (Ruag)



North/South America


North/South America

5 1

Fuji Dream Airlines (ST) Oman Air (LR) Royal Jordanian (LR) Alitalia Cityliner (ST) Belavia (LR) Flybe (ST) LOT Polish Airlines (LR)

North/South America Aeromexico Connect (LR) Air Canada (LR) Compass Airlines (LR) Republic Airlines (Enhanced) Republic Airlines (LR) Shuttle America (LR)

155 (244) 11 (1) 4 (1) 4 3

38 (26)

15 2 9 (26) 12

106 (217) 1 7 36 (47) 38 16

Sky Regional Airlines (LR) SkyWest Airlines (E2) SkyWest Airlines (Enhanced) United Airlines (Enhanced)

EMBRAER 190 Africa

Air Nigeria (AR) Kenya Airways (AR) Linhas Aereas de Mocambique (AR)

Asia, Australia & Middle East Air Astana (LR) Air Costa (ST) Arkia (AR) China Southern Airlines (LR) Hebei Airlines (LR) Mandarin Airlines (AR) Myanma Airways (AR) Nasair (AR) Nasair (LR) Royal Jordanian (AR) Royal Jordanian (LR) Tianjin Airlines (LR) Virgin Australia (AR)


Air Dolomiti (LR) Air Europa (LR) Air Moldova (LR) Alitalia Cityliner (ST) Augsburg Airways (LR) Azerbaijan Airlines (AR) BA CityFlyer (SR) Bulgaria Air (AR) Bulgaria Air (ST) Flybe (LR) Flybe Nordic (LR) FlyNonstop (LR) Hop! (LR) Hop! (ST) Jetairfly (ST) KLM Cityhopper (ST) LGW (LR) LOT Polish Airlines (LR) Lufthansa CityLine (LR) Montenegro Airlines (LR) Niki (LR) Ukraine International Airlines (LR) Ukraine International Airlines (ST)

North/South America

Aeromexico Connect (LR) Air Canada (AR) Austral Lineas Aereas (AR) Azul (AR) Conviasa (AR) Copa Airlines (AR) Copa Airlines Colombia (AR) Copa Airlines Colombia (LR) JetBlue Airways (AR) Republic Airlines (AR) Republic Airlines (LR) TACA International Airlines (AR) TAME (AR) TRIP (AR) TRIP (LR) US Airways (AR)

8 (100) (40) (30)

585 (75) 16 (5)

(2) 13 (2) 3 (1)

124 (12)

7 (2) (1) 1 20 5 (2) 8 2 2 6 (7) 4 1 50 18

158 (3)

11 11 2 5 6 1 (3) 8 1 3 14 12 1 6 4 2 22 3 6 28 3 4 3 2

287 (55)

19 45 20 (2) 54 (19) 6 (7) 12 3 11 59 (25) 7 3 12 2 2 12 (2) 20

EMBRAER EMB-110 BANDEIRANTE 48 Africa 2 Starbow (P1)


Asia, Australia & Middle East


Air Rarotonga (P1) Air South Charter (P1) Payam Air (P1) Southwest Air (P1)

2 1 5 1

North/South America Abaete Linhas Aereas Abaete Linhas Aereas (E (J)) Aerocaribbean (P) Aeromas (P1) Aerotaxi (P) Air Creebec (P1) Cat Island Air (P1)


3 1 4 1 1 1 1

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EMBRAER EMB-120 BRASILIA Africa African Express Airways (ER) Air 26 Air 26 (ER) Air 26 (FC) Airjet Angola Airjet Angola (ER) Allegiance Airways - Gabon (ER) Associated Aviation Associated Aviation (ER) Diexim Expresso Diexim Expresso (ER) Guicango Kaya Airlines (ER) Mocambique EXpresso National Regionale Transport (ER)

2 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 4 1 5 3

132 20

1 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1


CM Airlines (P1) InselAir (P1) Kenn Borek Air (P1) LeAir Charter Services (P1) MAP Linhas Aereas (C) MAP Linhas Aereas (P1) META Linhas Aereas (P1) Pineapple Air (P1) Royal Air Freight (P1) Taxi Aereo Hercules Transportes Aereos Guatemaltecos (P1) Wiggins Airways (P1)

Embraer ERJ-145s make up the majority of Aeromexico Connect's fleet

Asia, Australia & Middle East


North/South America


Airnorth (ER) Network Aviation Australia (ER) Skippers Aviation (ER)

4 7 6

American Eagle Airlines (LR) Chautauqua Airlines (LR)

59 15

1 3 1 1 2 1 1 8

Africa World Airlines (LI) Air 26 (EP) Air Taraba (EU) Air Zimbabwe (LR) Airjet Angola (LR) Airlink (MP) ALS Limited (MP) Associated Aviation (LR) Diexim Expresso (MP) Mocambique EXpresso (MP) Punto Azul (EP) Punto Azul (MP) Solenta Aviation (LR)


Air Moldova BASe (ER) Flightline (Spain) Rusline Rusline (ER) Swiftair Swiftair (ER) Swiftair (FC)


North/South America


Aereo Calafia (ER) Air Amazonia Air Amazonia (ER) Air Turks & Caicos Air Turks & Caicos (ER) Albatros Airlines Ameriflight (FC) Berry Aviation Everts Air Alaska Everts Air Alaska (FC) Great Lakes Airlines Great Lakes Airlines (ER) Key Lime Air (ER) META Linhas Aereas SAEREO (ER) SAP SkyWest Airlines (ER) Transcarga International Airways (FC)

1 1 1 3 1 3 8 1 1 2 2 4 1 2 1 1 42 2

EMBRAER ERJ-135 Africa

52 21

Air 26 (LR) Air Namibia (ER) Airlink (LR) ALS Limited (LR) Equaflight Service (ER) Swaziland Airlink (LR)

2 4 10 2 1 2

Asia, Australia & Middle East JetGo Australia (LR)





bmi Regional (ER) Eastern Airways (ER) Pan Europeenne Air Service (LR) Regional (ER)

4 2 1 1

North/South America


American Eagle Airlines (LR) ExpressJet Airlines (LR)

11 9



EMBRAER ERJ-145 Africa

596 18

2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 3

Asia, Australia & Middle East


China Eastern Airlines (LI) China Eastern Airlines Jiangsu (LI) China Southern Airlines (LI) NovoAir (EU) Rotana Jet (MP) Tianjin Airlines (LI)

5 4 6 2 2 23



Air Europa (MP) BMI Regional (EP) BMI Regional (ER) BMI Regional (MP) Dniproavia (EP) Dniproavia (EU) Eastern Airways (EU) Eastern Airways (MP) Hop! (EP) Hop! (MP) Luxair (LU) Pan Europeenne Air Service (LR) PGA - Portugalia Airlines (EP) Wind Rose Aviation Company (LR)

1 11 2 1 1 2 1 2 11 8 6 1 8 2

North/South America


ADI Charter Services (EP) ADI Charter Services (ER) Aeromexico Connect (EP) Aeromexico Connect (LR) Aeromexico Connect (MP) American Eagle Airlines (LR) Chautauqua Airlines (LR) ExpressJet Airlines (EP) ExpressJet Airlines (LR) ExpressJet Airlines (XR)

1 1 1 26 4 118 55 23 114 104

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IBC Airways (EP Freighter) SATENA (LR) Trans States Airlines (EP) Trans States Airlines (ER) Trans States Airlines (LR) Trans States Airlines (MP)

FAIRCHILD METRO/MERLIN Asia, Australia & Middle East Air Post (23) Air Post (III) Airnorth (23) Airwork (NZ) (III) Brindabella Airlines (III) Corporate Air (23) Real Tonga (III) Sharp Airlines (23) Sharp Airlines (III) Skippers Aviation (23) Toll Priority (23) Toll Priority (III) Toll Priority (l)


Aeronova (III) Benair (III) Binair Aero Service (23) Binair Aero Service (III) Binair Aero Service (Merlin IVC) Canary Fly (III) Canary Fly (Merlin IVA) CityLine Hungary (III) Epsilon Aviation SA (III) Flightline (Spain) (II) Flightline (Spain) (Merlin IVA) Swiftair (II) Swiftair Hellas (III) Zorex Air Transport (II)

North/South America

Aero Davinci Internacional (II) AeroCon (23) AeroCon (III) Aeronaves TSM (II) Aeronaves TSM (IIA) Aeronaves TSM (III) Aeronaves TSM (Merlin IV) Aeronaves TSM (Merlin IVC) Air Class Lineas Aereas (III) Amaszonas (23) Ameriflight (III) Ameriflight (l) Ameriflight (Merlin IVC) Baires Fly (II)

2 2 6 1 18 3

253 35

2 1 3 1 5 2 1 4 2 5 3 5 1


4 1 3 4 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 3 2


1 4 4 4 2 17 1 1 4 1 27 17 2 1

Baires Fly (III) Bearskin Airlines (23) Bearskin Airlines (III) Bemidji Aviation (III) Berry Aviation (II) Berry Aviation (IIA) Berry Aviation (III) Encore Air Cargo (III) IBC Airways (III) Key Lime Air Key Lime Air (II) Key Lime Air (III) McNeely Charter Service (III) McNeely Charter Service (Merlin IVC) Perimeter Airlines (II) Perimeter Airlines (III) Perimeter Airlines (Merlin IV) Provincial Airlines (III) Venexcargo (II) Vigo Jet (III) Western Air (III)

FOKKER 50 Africa

Blue Bird Aviation Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation Feeder Airlines Haajara Airline Kush Air Mid Airlines Sudan Airways

3 10 8 3 2 1 11 12 4 1 4 13 3 1 13 7 1 1 1 2 1

121 14

3 3 1 1 1 2 3

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Aero Mongolia Alliance Airlines Hunnu Air Indonesia Air Transport Iranian Naft Airlines Palestinian Airlines Qeshm Airlines Sky Aviation TransNusa Air Services Travel Air (PNG) Virgin Australia Regional Airlines

3 6 2 3 4 2 4 5 5 4 8



Air Iceland Air Baltic Amapola Flyg Amapola Flyg (Freighter) Blue Islands Denim Air ACMI Miniliner (Freighter) Minoan Air

6 3 2 12 1 2 2 3

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North/South America

1 12


3 1 10 3

Asia, Australia & Middle East

Total 17

Air Panama ATSA - Aero Transporte SA Avianca InselAir Aruba

FOKKER 70 Asia, Australia & Middle East

TOTAL 43 Total 8

Alliance Airlines SKA Air & Logistics (SkyLink Arabia) Vietnam Airlines


KLM cityhopper Tyrolean Airways

5 1 2

Total 35

26 9

FOKKER 100 Africa

TOTAL 157 Total 7

Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation IRS Airlines Kush Air

Asia, Australia & Middle East

Air Bagan Air Niugini Alliance Airlines Bek Air InvestAvia Airline Iran Air Iran Aseman Airlines Iranian Naft Airlines Kish Air Network Aviation Australia Pelita Air Service Qeshm Airlines Transwisata Air Virgin Australia Regional Airlines


Carpatair Excellent Air (Malta) Helvetic Airways AG Moldavian Airlines Montenegro Airlines PGA - Portugalia Airlines Trade Air Tyrolean Airways

1 5 1

Total 93

1 6 17 2 2 13 17 4 3 11 2 4 1 10

Total 39

2 1 6 1 5 6 3 15

North/South America

Total 18

Air Panama Avianca (Brazil) Dutch Antilles Express Mais Linhas Aereas

2 12 3 1

FOKKER F27 Africa

TOTAL 25 Total 4

Atlas Aviation (Kenya) (500) Lubumbashi Air Service (500) Safari Express Cargo (500) Sky Gabon (500)

1 1 1 1

Asia, Australia & Middle East

Total 9

Air Maleo (600) Air Post (500) Asialink Cargo Airlines (500) FitsAir (500RF) Jayawijaya Dirgantara (500RF)

2 2 2 2 1


Total 8

Miniliner (500) Miniliner Malta (400) WDL (600)

5 1 2

North/South America

Total 4

Air Panama (400) Air Panama (500) Air Panama (500F)

1 2 1

FOKKER F28 Africa

TOTAL 4 Total 1

Safari Air Express (4000)

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Total 3

Myanma Airways (4000) 1 Pelita Air Service (4000) 1 SKA Air & Logistics (SkyLink Arabia) (4000) 1

GAF NOMAD Asia, Australia & Middle East

Air Safaris & Services (NZ) (N24A)


TOTAL 2 Total 2 2

TOTAL 21 (10)

Lignes Aeriennes Congolaises (IV) Uganda Air Cargo (IV)

2 (2) (2) 2

19 (8)

Air Kiribati (II) 1 Air Vanuatu (IV) 2 China Flying Dragon General Aviation Co (E) 4 China Flying Dragon General Aviation Co (F) (2) China Flying Dragon General Aviation Co (II) 2 China Flying Dragon General Aviation Co (IV) 7 Nepal Airlines (E) (4) Real Tonga (IV) 1 (2) Ying An Airlines (E) 2


10 3

Central Air (D) Daallo Airlines (D) GR Avia (Il-20)

1 1 1

Asia, Australia & Middle East


Air Koryo (D) FitsAir (D Freighter) Omega Aircompany (D) Omega Aircompany (V) Trast Aero (V)

1 1 1 1 1


Grixona Air (D)



North/South America


Aerocaribbean (D Freighter)


ILYUSHIN IL-62 Asia, Australia & Middle East

8 4

Air Koryo (M) Air Trust Air Company (M)

3 1



FGUAP MCHS Rossii (M) KAPO Avia - Gorbunova (M Freighter)

1 3


Alfa Airlines (TD) Almajara Aviation (MD) Badr Airlines (TD) CEIBA Intercontinental (TD) El Dinder Aviation (TD) Global Air (TD) GR Avia GR Avia (T) GR Avia (TD) Green Flag Aviation (TD) Kush Aviation (MD) Kush Aviation (TD) Lina Congo (TD) Victoria Air (MD)

Asia, Australia & Middle East Air Almaty (T) Air Almaty (TD) Air Koryo (TD) Air Trust Air Company (TD) AlNaser Airlines (TD) Asia Airways (TD) Barash Aviation (TD) Click Airways (TD) Eastern Express (T) Eastern Express (TD) Jordan International Air Cargo (MF) Jordan International Air Cargo (TD) Khatlon Air (MD) Khatlon Air (TD) Pouya Air (TD) SilkLine Air (TD) Syrianair (T) TAPC Aviatrans (TD) Turkmenistan Airlines (TD) Uzbekistan Airways (TD)


Abakan-Avia (T) Abakan-Avia (TD) Aerotranscargo (T) Aerotranscargo (TD) Air Armenia (T) Air Armenia (TD) Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise (TD)

116 16

1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1


1 1 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 5


2 3 1 5 1 1 2

Aviacon Zitotrans (TD) Azal Avia Cargo (TD) Grixona Air (TD) Jet-Star (TD) Kosmos Airlines (TD) Maximus Airlines (TD) Ruby Star (MD) Russian Sky (TD) Shar ink (TD) Silk Way Airlines (MD) Silk Way Airlines (TD) Silk Way Airlines (TD-90) Trans Avia Export Cargo Airlines (MD) Trans Avia Export Cargo Airlines (TD) Volga-Dnepr Airlines (TD-90) Yuzhmashavia (TD) ZetAvia (T) ZetAvia (TD)

6 1 2 3 1 2 1 2 3 1 6 2 3 1 5 2 1 5


12 9

Aeroflot (300) Polet Airlines (400T)

6 3

North/South America


Cubana (300)


ILYUSHIN IL-114 Asia, Australia & Middle East Uzbekistan Airways

INDONESIAN AEROSPACE 212 Asia, Australia & Middle East

7 7 7

13 (1) 13 (1)

AIRFAST Indonesia (200) AIRFAST Indonesia (400) Merpati (200) Nusantara Buana Air (100) Nusantara Buana Air (200) Pelita Air Service (200) Sabang Merauke Raya Air Charter (200)

1 (1) 2 1 2 5 2

IRKUT MC-21 Europe

(50) (50)

Aeroflot (200) Aeroflot (300)

(15) (35)

LET L-410 Africa

Aeolus Air (UVP) African Air Service Commuter (UVP) Air Excel (Tanzania) (UVP) Air Express Algeria (UVP) Air Leone (UVP) Air Libya (UVP) Air Service Comores (UVP) Air Tropiques (UVP) Airfast Congo (UVP) Airjet Angola (UVP) Air-Tec Africa ACMI Leasing Air-Tec Africa ACMI Leasing (UVP) Blue Sky Aviation (UVP) Business Aviation of Congo (UVP) Busy Bee Congo (A) Cabo Verde Express (UVP) Cetraca Air Service (UVP) Comores Aviation (UVP) Cotair (UVP) Doren Air Congo (FG) Doren Air Congo (UVP) Eagle Air (UVP) Eastern Airways (Swaziland) (UVP) Feeder Airlines (UVP) Filair (UVP) Fourty Eight Aviation (UVP) GisAir (UVP) Gomair (UVP) Kin Avia (UVP) Kush Air (UVP) Mango Mat (UVP) Minair (UVP) Pan African (UVP) Sophia Airlines (UVP) Tropical Air (UVP) ZanAir (UVP)

Asia, Australia & Middle East Bek Air (UVP)

167 71

1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 14 3 2 2 3 1 1 2 1 1 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 1 1 1 1 1 1 2

KazAir West (UVP) Lao Central Airlines (UVP) Sky Horse Aviation (UVP) Sky Pasada (UVP) Tri MG Airlines (UVP) Zhezair (UVP)


1 1 1 1 1 1


Air Max (UVP) 2 Air Moldova (UVP) 1 Air Scorpio (UVP) 1 Arkhangelsk 2nd Aviation Enterprise (UVP) 4 Aviaexpress Aircompany (UVP) 2 Benair (UVP) 2 citywing (UVP) 3 Kazan Air Enterprise (UVP) 2 KrasAvia (UVP) 3 Orenburzhie - Airport Orenburg (UVP) 3 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Ent (UVP) 5 Polar Airlines (UVP) 4 Russian Post Airlines (UVP) 1 Silver Air (Czech Republic) (UVP) 1 Sprint Air (UVP) 1 Uktus Avia Company (UVP) 1 UTair Express (UVP) 2 Van Air Europe (UVP) 1 Yamal Airlines (UVP) 2

North/South America

Aereo Ruta Maya (UVP) Aero Caribe (UVP) Aerocaribe de Honduras (UVP) AeroDomca (UVP) Aeroeste (UVP) Aerolineas SOSA (UVP) AeroPacifico (UVP) Aeroservicios Toyco (UVP) Air Guyane Express (UVP) Brava Linhas Aereas (UVP) CM Airlines (UVP) Comeravia (UVP) SAP (UVP) SEARCA Colombia (UVP) Sundance Air (Venezuela) (UVP) TAA-Tourism Aereo Amazonas (UVP) TAC - Transporte Aereo De Colombia (UVP) Tortug Air (UVP) Transaven (UVP) Transporte Air Iglesias (UVP)

LOCKHEED C-130 Asia, Australia & Middle East Yemenia (H)

North/South America TAB Airlines (A)

LOCKHEED L-100 HERCULES Africa Air Algerie Safair TransAfrik Uganda Air Cargo

Asia, Australia & Middle East Lynden Air Cargo PNG


Air Contractors

North/South America First Air Lynden Air Cargo National Airlines Prescott Tepper Aviation


1 1 2 2 2 3 1 1 3 2 3 4 2 7 2 2 2 3 4 1

2 1 1



30 10 1 5 2 2






2 4 3 2 4

LOCKHEED L-1011 TRISTAR Asia, Australia & Middle East

3 3

Askari Aviation (500) Barq Aviation (100)

2 1

LOCKHEED L-188 ELECTRA North/South America Buffalo Airways (AF)

MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-3 Africa Mombasa Air Safari

1 1 1

7 1 1


North/South America



Cargo North


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MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-8 Africa Airlift International of Ghana (63C) Airlift International of Ghana (63CF) Stars Away Aviation (62AF) Trans Air Cargo Services (62C) Trans Air Cargo Services (73CF)

Asia, Australia & Middle East FitsAir (63CF)


10 7

1 2 1 2 1



North/South America


ATI - Air Transport International (62CF) ATI - Air Transport International (72CF)

1 1

MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-9-10 North/South America Ameristar Charters (15RC) Century Airlines (15MC) Kalitta Charters II (15RC) SkyWay Enterprises (15RC) USA Jet Airlines (15) USA Jet Airlines (15RC)

10 10 3 1 1 1 1 3


35 13

African Express Airways (32) Air Memphis (31) Armi Global Business Airways (33F) Astral Aviation (34CF) Exclusive Alliance (32) Exclusive Alliance (34CF) Ghadames Air Transport (31) Global Aviation Operations (32) Mistral Aviation (32) WDA - Wimbi Dira Airways (32) Will Airlift (32)

1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1

Asia, Australia & Middle East Star Air Aviation (32)



North/South America


Aeronaves TSM (32CF) Aeronaves TSM (33RC) Aeropostal Aserca Airlines (31) Aserca Airlines (32) Everts Air Alaska (33CF) Everts Air Alaska (33RC) Kalitta Charters II (33F) LASER (31) LASER (32) USA Jet Airlines (32CF) USA Jet Airlines (32F) USA Jet Airlines (33F)

2 4 1 4 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1

MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-9-50 North/South America

18 18

Aeropostal Delta Air Lines

1 17

MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-10 Asia, Australia & Middle East Biman Bangladesh Airlines (30)

69 1


North/South America


FedEx (10F) FedEx (30AF) FedEx (30F) Kelowna Flightcraft (30F) Solar Cargo (30F) TAB Airlines (30F)

47 7 8 4 1 1

MITSUBISHI MRJ Asia, Australia & Middle East All Nippon Airways

(165) (15)


North/South America


SkyWest Airlines Trans States Holdings

(100) (50)

NAMC YS-11 Asia, Australia & Middle East Fil-Asian Airways (500)

4 2


North/South America


Alcon (300F) Alcon (600F)

1 1

SAAB 2000 Europe

33 33

BA CityFlyer Braathens Regional

1 12

Darwin Airline Eastern Airways Polet Airlines

SAAB 340 Africa

Inter Iles Air (B)

8 7 5

241 1


Asia, Australia & Middle East


Air Rarotonga (A) Corporate Air (B) Eznis Airways (B) Happy Air (B) Hokkaido Air System (B) Japan Air Commuter (B) Kyrgyzstan (A) Legacy Air (A) Nok Mini (B) Pel-Air Aviation (A) Pel-Air Aviation (A Cargo) Rex - Regional Express (B) Vincent Aviation (Australia) (B)

1 3 4 1 3 11 1 1 6 1 3 47 4



ABC Air Hungary (A Cargo) Air Scorpio (A Cargo) Air Urga (B) AirEst (A Cargo) Braathens Regional (B) Central Connect Airlines (B) DOT LT (A) Fleet Air International (A Cargo) Loganair (A Cargo) Loganair (B) MRK Airlines (A) NextJet (A) NextJet (B) Polet Airlines (B) RAF-AVIA (A Cargo) Skytaxi (A) Solinair (A Cargo) Sprint Air (A) Sprint Air (A Cargo)

2 1 5 3 1 2 2 3 2 14 1 8 5 4 2 2 1 7 7

North/South America


Aerolineas SOSA (B) Air Panama (B) Aloha Air Cargo (A Cargo) Exec Direct Aviation (A Cargo) IBC Airways (A Cargo) Pacific Coastal Airlines (A) Penair (A Cargo) Penair (B) Provincial Airlines (A) Provincial Airlines (B) Seaborne Airlines (B) Silver Airways (B) Sky Bahamas (A) Sol Lineas Aereas (A) Sol Lineas Aereas (B) Transportes Aereos Guatemaltecos (A) Transwest Air (A) Transwest Air (B) Western Air (A)

1 2 2 1 8 5 2 13 2 2 3 25 3 3 2 1 1 2 4

SHORTS 330 Asia, Australia & Middle East Deraya Air Taxi (200) Freedom Air (Guam)

North/South America Air Cargo Carriers (200) Corporate Air (200) ERA Aviation (Alaska) McNeely Charter Service Mountain Air Cargo (200)

SHORTS 360 Africa

15 3

2 1


5 2 2 1 2

47 3

Benair (300) Nightexpress (300)

2 2

Air Cargo Carriers Comeravia Pacific Coastal Airlines Roblex Aviation (300) SAP SkyWay Enterprises Tiara Air TransAir (300)

12 1 1 3 1 6 2 7

Air Burundi Air Congo Asmara Airways Lignes Aeriennes Congolaises Massawa Airways National Airways Cameroon


13 6

ITAB - International Trans Air Business (3) Malu Aviation Malu Aviation (3) Swala Aviation Swala Aviation (3)

1 1 1 2 1

North/South America


Nomad Air (3) North Star Air Cargo North Star Air Cargo (3) Summit Air Charters (3)

3 1 2 1

SUKHOI SUPERJET 100 Asia, Australia & Middle East Kartika Airlines (B) Lao Central Airlines (B) Sky Aviation (B)


Aeroflot Russian Airlines (B) Blue Panorama Airlines (B) Gazpromavia (LR) Transaero Airlines (B) UTair (B) Yakutia Airlines (B)

North/South America Interjet (B)

TUPOLEV TU-134 Africa Dove Air Services (B)

13 (126) 2 (43)



25 1


Air Koryo (B) Kaz Air Trans JSC (M) Kyrgyzstan (M) Sayakhat (M) Tajik Air (M)

19 2 5 1 2 2 7

41 8

2 1 3 1 1



Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise (M) Belavia (M) Gazpromavia (M) Kosmos Airlines (M) Tatarstan Air (M) Turan Air (M) UTair (M) Yakutia Airlines (M)

6 3 4 3 2 2 10 3

TUPOLEV TU-204 Africa Cairo Aviation (120)

Asia, Australia & Middle East


2 1 2

Aviastar TU (100C) Red Wings Airlines (100) Transaero Airlines (100C) Transaero Airlines (214)


27 (4) 1 1

2 (4)

(4) 1 1

20 3 6 2 3

1 (1) 3 (3) (6) 1 (3)

25 (31)

Felix Airways Joy Air Kyrgyzstan Lao Airlines Mihin Lanka Nepal Airlines Okay Airways Real Tonga Tajik Air Ying An Airlines Zest Air

(6) 6 (4) (3) 4 (2) (2) 9 (4) 1 1 (1) 1 (9) 3



MRK Airlines


Bek Air East Kazakhstan Region Air Enterprise (K) Euro-Asia Air Euro-Asia Air (K) Semeyavia (K) Syrianair Syrianair (K) Zhetysu Aviakompania Zhetysu Aviakompania (K) Zhezair

2 1 2

TUPOLEV TU-154 Asia, Australia & Middle East

Asia, Australia & Middle East

9 (20) (4) (10) (6) (24) 2

11 (64)

Air Koryo (B) SAT Airlines (Kazakhstan) (A) Syrianair (B) Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise (B) Center-South Airlines (A) Center-South Airlines (B) Katekavia (A) Kosmos Airlines (A) UTair Express (A)

30 (51) 5 (13)

North/South America



XIAN MA60 Africa

(30) 1 (2) 1 (11)

Asia, Australia & Middle East

Deraya Air Taxi (300) Freedom Air (Guam) Freedom Air (Guam) (300)

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Cubana (100) Cubana (100C)

Asia, Australia & Middle East



North/South America


Air China Cargo (120F) Air Koryo (100) Air Koryo (300)


Vladivostok Air (300)

North/South America

1 1 1

Air Kasai (300) Air Seychelles (300) ITAB - International Trans Air Business

3 1 2


CDS Regional Express

YAKOVLEV YAK-40 Asia, Australia & Middle East



45 16

3 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1


Aerobratsk (K) AK Bars Aero (K) Amur Airlines Aviakompaniya SKOL Bylina Center-South Airlines (K) Constanta Airlines Gazpromavia Gazpromavia (K) Khabarovsk Airlines Khabarovsk Airlines (K) Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise (K) Severstal Aircompany Severstal Aircompany (K) Tulpar Air (K) UTair Yuzhmashavia (K)

North/South America Aerocaribbean

38 4

Asia, Australia & Middle East SCAT (D)


FGUAP MCHS Rossii (D) Gazpromavia (D) Grozny-Avia Grozny-Avia (D) Izhavia Udmurtia Izhavia Udmurtia (D) KrasAvia (D) Saravia Saravia (D) (D) Tatarstan Air (D) Tulpar Air (D) UTair (D)



YAKOVLEV YAK-42 Africa Tarco Air (D)

1 1 3 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1





1 4 1 5 1 5 1 1 6 1 1 2 4



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HEAD OFFICE, BALAKA, KURMITOLA, DHAKA-1229, BANGLADESH, PHONE: 8901600-14, 8901680-94, FAX: 88-02-8901558, Advertisement for Consultants Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited is looking for a Consultant for the Directorate of Marketing & Sales for 4­5 months to achieve the following: 1) Reorganize and refocus the Commercial team, to achieve and exceed some very demanding sales targets, and return the airline to profitability. 2) Help oversee and introduce a number of new commercial systems, including Revenue Management and Revenue Integrity, a Frequent Flyer Scheme, new Reservations System, introduce Social Networking, development of online bookings and associated products and services etc. 3) Help oversee and introduce a complete revision of interline agreements, and help implement 2­ 3 potential codeshares. 4) Oversee the development of new routes, and finetune route profitability modeling 5) Coach and train staff, to ensure a much improved ‘leave behind’ capability. Candidates mandatory requirements are: a) Minimum 10 years working in a senior commercial roles with a major international airline b) Recent Airline Sales Director or Commercial Director experience c) Experience of working in, and being successful in, difficult working environments, outside Europe and North America d) Minimum degree level Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited is looking for a Consultant for the Directorate of Customer Service for 4­5 months to achieve the following: 1) Complete review and overhaul of all customer service and ground operations activities, including the provision of ground handling services for other airlines, to achieve some very challenging Service Level Agreements (SLAs). 2) Complete overhaul of cabin crew inflight routines and services, to the highest international standards. 3) Oversee a major upgrade to inflight products and services, including catering, duty free, IFE, amenities etc 4) Help Biman achieve and sustain some very challenging punctuality improvement targets. 5) Oversee some innovative new products and services, both on the ground and in the air. Candidates mandatory requirements are: a) Minimum 10 years working in a customer service role with a major international airline b) Recent Customer Service management experience, at a very senior level c) Experience of managing both airports and cabin services activities d) Experience of working, and being successful in, difficult working environments, outside Europe and North America. Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited is looking for a Consultant for the Directorate of Finance for 4­5 months to achieve the following: a) Introduce (and set out revised procedures for) new Cost Accounting system, with associated decision making tools b) Oversee migration to a new Passenger Revenue Accounting system, and ensure system network connectivity. c) Introduce asset management and procurement systems and revised procedures d) Introduce new management information systems, both reporting and tailored decision­support e) Drive significant cost improvements from all of the above. Candidates mandatory requirements are: a) Minimum 10 years finance experience in a major airline b) Recent senior financial position at an airline c) Familiarity with cost and revenue accounting systems, as well as budgeting and reporting d) Experience of working, and being successful in, difficult working environments, outside Europe and North America. e) Accredited financial qualifications Interested individual or firm fulfilling the above­requirements are requested to send proposal along with supporting documents to email ID on or before 07 September 2013. A. H. M. Shafiul Bari, Manager Employment, Human Resource Department, Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited, Balaka Bhaban, Kurmitola, Dhaka­1229, Bangladesh. www.biman­


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Providing a vital island lifeline

Troyd Bowles is chief pilot with the Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS). After dreams of becoming a professional footballer failed to translate into reality, he instead answered an advertisement for a trainee pilot How did you start in aviation, and how did the Falklands job come about? It was a classic case of being in the right place at the right time. I had never seriously considered a career as a pilot, all I ever wanted to do was play football professionally. I had my chance at a career as a footballer when I was offered a trial by Port Vale FC in the summer of 1994. I didn’t make it through, however, and returned to the Falklands unsure of what I would do next. Within days of returning home, I heard an advertisement on the local radio seeking trainee pilots for the Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS). I decided to apply and was fortunate enough to be offered the position. I travelled to Air Services Training in Scotland in March 1995 to receive tuition, I returned in 1996 and have been flying with FIGAS ever since. What does the job involve? FIGAS is the only airline operating within the Falklands. We employ four pilots full time and one part time. FIGAS operates five Britten Norman Islanders and have a full engineering support section. The primary role of my job as chief pilot is general oversight of flight operations with emphasis on operating safely within a sometimes harsh and ever-changing environment. We provide a vital link for the outer island communities and remote settlements. The resident

Bowles’s passengers have ranged from the Royal Family to pigs and goats population rely on us for their transport to and from Stanley and we carry mail and freight to and from the settlements on a daily basis. We also carry out maritime patrol flights on behalf of the Falklands Fisheries Department, which involves flights of up to 6h duration, often more than 100 miles offshore over the South Atlantic. What is the best bit of the job? Undoubtedly, the best feature of my job is the flying. We are fortunate to operate mostly VFR in relatively quiet airspace over a large area of ruggedly beautiful land. FIGAS is a single pilot operation so I am entirely responsible for every decision during each flight, which provides an incredible feeling of freedom. And the most challenging? The weather must be tricky sometimes?

The weather can be very changeable and we often find ourselves flying in adverse conditions. The wind is the dominant weather issue for FIGAS, particularly in the summer. I often fly in winds in excess of 30kt, but all of our pilots are highly-trained in handling the conditions and are very experienced in flying in the Falklands. The one weather issue that stops us flying the most often is fog. The combination of the varied airstrips and changeable weather make the flying challenging, but they are also the factors that keep it interesting and enjoyable; summer and lots of still, clear days. Ever carried anything unusual? I have flown a huge variety of different people, animals and freight in my 17 years with FIGAS. I have carried members of the

Royal Family on several occasions, visiting members of parliament and a lot of Falklands war veterans and their families. Farming is a large part of Falklands life and we are often asked to carry farm animals, mostly dogs and cats along with the occasional pig or goat. On one memorable occasion, I even moved a foal that was only a few days old from one island to another. What is it like to live in the Falklands? The Falklands are beautiful, unspoiled islands where you cannot help but enjoy living. We are fortunate to live in a close-knit community that is safe and welcoming. The weather can be changeable, but is generally much better than perceived by the rest of the world. It is a wonderful place to live if you enjoy the outdoors with an abundance of wildlife on your doorstep. My football days are behind me, but I play golf most evenings and have represented the Falklands at the Island Games as part of the golf team on three occasions. ■ For more employee work experiences, pay a visit to

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