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Cobham flies B717s for QantasLink for another ten years

Under a new contract, Cobham Aviation Services will fly Boeing 717 aircraft on behalf of QantasLink for a further 10 years.

Meanwhile, Qantas is looking to purchase (currently leased) Boeing 717s and the airline is looking for second-hand examples.

I will update my website MD-80.com as soon as possible with all relevant information, regarding the decision to extend the agreement for Boeing 717s for another ten years.

 

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Potential new #MD80-operator: ALK Airlines

Bulgarian company „ALK Airlines“ aims to start their services from Varna with at least two Fokker 100s and a single MD-80. I don´t have additional information about the current status nor detailed information regarding this airline.

UNI Air plans to retire last MD90 on 01JUN16

According to „Airline Route“, Taiwanese company UNI Air plans to retire their last MD-90 on June 1st, 2016 with the rotation Kaohsiung – Kinmen – Taipei Song Shan.

The last international flight will be conducted on May 31st, 2016 with a flight from Ningbo  to Kaohsiung as flight BR795. This service will be an EVA Air-flight with an MD-90 of UNI Air. The final MD-90-services means that the only remaining MD-90-operator with active passenger services will be Delta Air Lines.

UNI Air operated the MD-90 for close to two decades.

Up to 125 CSeries-jetliners for Delta as MD-88-replacement

Several sources claim that Delta is finalizing a huge order for up to 125 Bombardier CSeries-aircraft. It is very likely that the new aeroplanes will replace the MD-88-fleet. Delta continues to operate 115 venerable 149-seat MD-88s.

#Delta reportedly close to announce an order for narrowbodies

Delta Air Lines is reportedly looking to place an order „for dozens“ of new narrowbody aircraft. Potential candidates are Boeing 737s in addition for their currently operated 737s or the Bombardier C-Series. It appears that this new order will enable Delta to start the retirement of their MD-88-fleet.

Zagros Airlines #MD83 runway excursion at Mashhad, Iran

There are reports that an MD-83 operated by Iranian company Zagros Airlines suffered a runway excursion at Mashhad airport/Iran. It is believed that all passengers were able to escape the damaged aircraft. No further information are available at the moment.

Es existieren Berichte, das eine MD-83 der iranischen Fluggesellschaft Zagros Airlines in Mashhad/Iran über die Piste gerutscht ist. Anscheinend konnten alle Passagiere das beschädigte Flugzeug verlassen. Weitere Informationen liegen mir im Moment nicht vor.

#EVAAir retires last #MD90 from service – leaves #UNIAir as the remaining Taiwanese MD-90-operator

EVA Air retired their last MD-90 from service. I don´t have additional information about the retirement. Subsidiary UNI Air is now the remaining Taiwanese MD-90-operator but the days are also numbered due to the introduction of additional new aircraft.

EVA Air hat ihre letzte MD-90 ausgemustert. Weitere Informationen liegen mir nicht vor. Das Tochterunternehmen UNI Air setzt als verbleibende taiwanesische Fluggesellschaft weiterhin MD-90 ein. Deren Tagen sind aber ebenfalls mit Lieferung neuer Flugzeuge bald gezählt.

„Ukraine Air Alliance“ plans to add five MD-80-freighters

According to CH-aviation, “Ukraine Air Alliance” plans to add five MD-80-freighters “at some point in the future”. The airline currently operates eight  An-12s.

Laut CH-aviation plant “Ukraine Air Alliance” fünf MD-80-Frachter “irgendwann einmal” einzusetzen. Das Unternehmen setzt aktuell acht An-12 ein.

#Blue1 retires #B717 from revenue service – ends an era

It appears that Scandinavian Airlines currently operates  the last Boeing 717 revenue flight operated by Blue1 this evening.  Flight SK1768 departed Prague for Stockholm and the arrival could mean the official end of Boeing 717 revenue-services at SAS/Blue1.

Glaubt man mehrheitlichen Informationen, findet aktuell der letzte kommerzielle Einsatz einer Blue1 Boeing 717 im Dienste der SAS statt. Flug SK1768 ist von Prag nach Stockholm gestartet und die Ankunft wird sehr wahrscheinlich das Ende von kommerziellen Boeing 717-Flügen bei SAS/Blue1 bedeuten.

Far Eastern Air Transport to replace their MD80-fleet with Boeing 737-800s

There were reports in July 2015 that Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) decided to lease a single Boeing 737-800 for delivery in late spring of 2016. Additional articles now report that FAT aims to take 20 Boeing 737-800s to replace their eight-strong MD-82/-83-fleet. Most sources claim that the MD-80s will be replaced „from 2020“ onwards. This could mean that the first Boeing 737s will be used to expand their network and that these aircraft will augment the schedules currently done by MD-80s prior to the planned retirement of the Douglas-jetliners.

Updates on this developing story suggest that the MD-80-fleet will be retired by 2020 and not from 2020 onwards as earlier stated.

Es existierten Berichte im Juli 2015, dass Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) die Entscheidung traf, eine erste geleaste Boeing 737-800 im Spätfrühling 2016 einzuführen. Zusätzliche Artikel berichten nun, dass FAT planen, eine Flotte von zwanzig Boeing 737-800 aufzubauen und die bislang aus acht Flugzeugen bestehende MD-80-Flotte zu ersetzen. Die meisten Quellen weisen darauf hin, dass der Ersatz „ab 2020“ erfolgen soll. Dies könnte bedeuten, dass die ersten Boeing 737 für weiteres Wachstum des Streckennetzes genutzt werden und diese Flugzeuge das derzeit umgesetzte Flugprogramm der MD-80 unterstützen werden, bevor die Ausmusterung dieser Flugzeuge umgesetzt wird.

Aktuellere Informationen berichten mittlerweile, dass die MD-80-Flotte bis 2020 ausgemustert werden soll, nicht ab 2020.