The Week in brief
Turkish Cargo will commence twice-weekly freighter flights to Mitiga Airport in Libya on January 8. The flights, which will be performed on A310 and A330-200 freighters, will be increased depending on demand. According to a company press release, Turkish is one of the first cargo carriers to resume flights into the country after the political upheaval.
Federal Express (China) Ltd. has granted Pteris Global Ltd. with a RMB16.6 million contract to construct a new parcel sorting system at Beijing Capital International Airport. The FedEx subsidiary will employ the system in the airport’s Beijing Gateway.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has extended its Part 121 Certification Consultant Agreement with JDA Aviation Technology Solutions through December 2013. This contract qualifies JDA to help entrant airlines achieve Part 121 certification.
Boeing revealed that it netted orders for 805 commercial aircraft in 2011, with the 737MAX and 777 leading the way in popularity. The aircraft manufacturer also delivered 477 aircraft from January to December, ending 2011 with a backlog of 3,771 unfilled commercial orders. In other news, Boeing is converting a 747-400 to a freighter on behalf of Evergreen International Airlines. The Boeing 747-400BC, which will enter Evergreen’s fleet later this year, marks the aircraft manufacturer’s 50th 747-400 conversion.
Volga-Dnepr Airlines has welcomed another modernized IL-76TD-90VD freighter to its fleet. This aircraft, which marks Volga-Dnepr’s fourth IL-76TD-90VD, recently made its maiden voyage from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport to Bahrain International Airport.
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