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14 Nov 2022

North American Aviation Newsletter

Avelo announces opening of its fifth base in Raleigh-Durham

At Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) Avelo Airlines announced it will launch its fifth base on February 2, 2023. A single Boeing 737-700/800 will be based there initially, with a second to follow later in the quarter. The airline will launch six new routes to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Fort Myers (RSW), Orlando (MCO), Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ), Tampa (TPA), and West Palm Beach (PBI).Avelo Airlines Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy said, "RDU, say hello to more growth! Our Triangle-area Customers tell us they have loved flying Avelo since we took flight at RDU last May. Our six new nonstop Florida routes are just the beginning. Establishing RDU as Avelo's fifth base will enable us to bring affordable and convenient nonstop access to even more destinations. We appreciate the warm reception Avelo has received from Raleigh, Durham and surrounding areas – we look forward to bolstering our presence in this vibrant community with the opening of Avelo's new base here in February."

Aviation Capital Group Announces Delivery of One Boeing 737-9 MAX to Copa Airlines

A new Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft was delivered to Copa Airlines as part of a long-term lease, according to an announcement from Aviation Capital Group. The ninth Boeing aircraft that ACG is now leasing to Copa Airlines is a Boeing 737 MAX powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines. This aircraft was purchased as part of a multi-aircraft sale-and-leaseback deal between ACG and Copa Airlines.

Emirates expands its order book with five new Boeing 777-200LR freighters

Emirates has confirmed that it has placed a definitive order for 5 new Boeing 777-200LR cargo aircraft, of which 2 will be delivered in 2024 and the other 3 in 2025. The deal, which at list prices is worth more than $ 1.7 billion. Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer Stan Deal, said “We value the trust that Emirates has repeatedly placed in its all-Boeing freighter fleet. The expansion of Emirates’ fleet with these additional fuel-efficient 777 Freighters will enable the airline to support its growing cargo market demand, transporting goods rapidly and efficiently from origin to destination in the Middle East and around the world.”

Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines are Selected by Royal Jordanian to Power Up to 30 Aircraft

Royal Jordanian Airlines has chosen up to 30 of the most recent generation, single-aisle aircraft powered by GTF engines to replace its complete narrow body and regional jet fleet over the next three to five years, according to a press release from Pratt & Whitney. For up to 20 new Airbus A320neo family aircraft, including A320neo and A321neo types, the airline has chosen GTF engines. In addition, Royal Jordanian will debut up to 10 Embraer E-Jets E2 aircraft, including the E190-E2 and E195-E2 types, powered by GTF. A deal for long-term engine maintenance has also been reached between Royal Jordanian and Pratt & Whitney. Deliveries of aircraft are anticipated to start in late 2023.

Silk Way West Airlines and Boeing Announce an Order for 777-8 Freighters

The agreement between Boeing and Silk Way West Airlines for the purchase of two 777-8 Freighters, with options for an additional two, has been finalized. More than 50 orders have been placed for the new 777-8 Freighter since it was introduced by Boeing in January 2022. While offering 30% higher fuel efficiency, emissions, and operating expenses per tonne than the 747-400 Freighter, the 777-8 Freighter has approximately equal payload and range capabilities.

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