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The Mitsubishi MRJ is trying to get to Moses Lake again. Currently the aircraft in Sapporo, the airport code of its location is CTS.  Take a look at the chart to see what the route looks like. Continue reading

How far can it really go?  Bombardier specs say the CS300 can fly 3,300NM. That is a good distance for a small aircraft.  Right now BBA508, a CS300, is on its way from Wichita, Kansas to Keflavik in Iceland – non-stop.  The distance is 3,478NM. Continue reading

The South China Sea fracas is about to see another ratchet. China’s interests in bolstering its claims (dismissed by the International Tribunal and ignored by China) will have a new tool, the AG600.

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The China People’s Daily wryly noted the AG600 can reach the most remote parts of China.  This aircraft clearly is going to play a role to the remote “islands” that are in much dispute.  Even though the aircraft is behind schedule, its emergence sends an ominous regional signal.  Ostensibly a civilian aircraft, the AG600 clearly has dual use capabilities.

With a range of 4,500km the AG600 (also known as the TA600) can cover a wide area.  From Hainan’s Haikou Meilan International Airport the AG600 can easily go anywhere in China’s areas of interest.  Is there any wonder India bought the Japanese ShinMaywa?  There is a possibility that other nations bordering… Continue reading

The Airbus A321 has been doing a lot of winning lately.  Air Lease Corporation announced placements of six new Airbus A321neo aircraft with Azores Airlines. The CFM leap 1A engine-powered aircraft from ALC’s order book with Airbus will deliver between 4Q17 and early 2021.  The new ALC A321neo aircraft will replace Azores Airlines’ A310 fleet.

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Airbus’ announcement was more detailed:”Azores airlines which is fully owned by Sociedade Açoreana de Transportes Aéreos (SATA) is modernizing its short-haul and transatlantic fleet with the A321neo and by 2019 with the longer range A321LR. The decision follows a growth strategy to expand into new transatlantic routes.”

What makes this particular selection interesting?  Air travel across the Atlantic between African islands and the US exists now.  TACV is the airline and it is based in Cabo Verde.  This is a group of islands off the African… Continue reading

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