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12 Apr

American Goes For 787s In $12 billion Fleet Update

American Airlines has chosen Boeing 787s to replace older aircraft as it doubles its Dreamliner fleet. American has ordered 47 aircraft, 22 787-8s and 25 787-9s, to add to an existing order of 42, with 35 of those already delivered. The new order is valued at USD$12.3 billion at current list prices. The order includes options on a further 28 787s, and will make American the largest 787 customer in the Western Hemisphere, Boeing said. The 787-8s will be delivered from 2020 and the 787-9s from 2023. American will use the new order to replace older aircraft, with the 787-8s replacing 767-300s and the 787-9s replacing Airbus A330-300s and 777-200s. The airline also announced it had agreed with Airbus to cancel its order for 22 A350s, originally placed by US Airways. American’s President Robert Isom said “This was a difficult decision between the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 and A330neo and we thank both manufacturers for their aggressive efforts to earn more of American’s business. In the end, our goal to simplify our fleet made the 787 a more compelling choice.” The airline also reached an agreement with Boeing to defer the delivery of 40 737 MAX aircraft due to arrive between 2020 and 2022. “The revised delivery schedule will better align with planned retirements of other narrow-body aircraft,” American said in a statement.

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12 Apr

8 Aircraft Damaged As High Winds Topple Hangar at Hobby Airport

Straight-line winds are to blame for an aircraft hangar that toppled onto several private planes early Wednesday. A burst of high winds caused an aircraft hangar at Houston's Hobby Airport to collapse, damaging eight private aircraft. The collapse happened just after midnight at the Jet Aviation hangar, located at West Monroe Road and Scranton Street. Officials said four private planes were inside the hangar, and four others were outside when straight-line winds as high as 60 miles per hour toppled the building, KTRK reported. No one was inside at the time of the incident. The Houston saw a band of intense storms roll through the Houston area, with northern communities seeing the first flashes of lightning at about 9:30 p.m., before a second band hit communities south of downtown, including Hobby Airport, at about 11 p.m. Damages to the eight aircraft are calculated to be in the millions. - Patch

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12 Apr

Singapore Airlines ranked best airline in the world by TripAdvisor

Singapore Airlines was named the number one airline in the world in the annual Travellers’ Choice Awards by travel site TripAdvisor. In a press release on Monday (Apr 9), TripAdvisor said that the national carrier was also recognised as the world's best first class and economy carrier. Qatar Airways was rated the best business class carrier, while Air New Zealand was ranked the highest for premium economy class. Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong said the national carrier was "honoured" to receive the title of best airline in the world. "The award is a validation of the hard work and dedication of our thousands of staff all around the world, who focus their attention every day on ensuring that Singapore Airlines remains competitive on a global level," he added. Award winners were determined among 69 airlines using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of airline reviews and ratings submitted by travellers worldwide, over a 12-month period on TripAdvisor Flights, according to the American travel site. - channelnewsasia

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