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Ryanair cabin crew unions in five countries call for strike Sept. 28
Unions representing Ryanair cabin crew in five countries announced a 24-hour strike starting at midnight Sept. 28, as part of ongoing calls for the airline to adhere to local labor laws and contracts.

United 787 to make SFO-Zurich biofuel flight
A United Airlines Boeing 787 will fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Zurich on Sept. 14-15 powered by a blend of biojet fuel derived from carinata, an oilseed crop that can be grown in rotation with food crops. The General Electric GENx-powered 787 will use a blend of 30% biofuel with conventional jet fuel. The biojet was produced by the former AltAir Fuels refinery in California, acquired in March by World Energy.

Air Lease CEO: Boeing considers NMA engine options
Air Lease Corp. (ALC) executive chairman Steven Udvar-Házy said Boeing is carefully weighing engine options for the US manufacturer’s new mid-market aircraft (NMA)—dubbed the 797—with a potential go-ahead for the program expected in mid-2019.

Airbus appoints ATR exec Scherer as CCO after Schulz resigns
Airbus is facing more leadership turmoil after chief commercial officer Eric Schulz resigned Sept. 13. The Toulouse-based manufacturer said in a statement that Schulz “decided to leave the company for personal reasons” without elaborating further.

Nigeria’s Air Peace orders 10 MAX 8s to expand operations
Nigeria’s Air Peace has ordered 10 Boeing 737 MAX 8s during a signing ceremony in Lagos. Air Peace operates Boeing 737s between major cities in Central and West Africa. The airline, which recently added 777s to its fleet, is looking to soon launch its international flight operations.

FAA advises pilots to use caution in Iranian airspace
The FAA this month issued updated guidance advising US aircraft operators to exercise caution when flying within or adjacent to the Tehran Flight Information Region (FIR) because of military activities in the Middle East region. The FAA published Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) KICZ A0016/18 on Sept. 9; it will reevaluate the notice in one year.

Interjet backtracks after indicating plan to sell Superjets
Mexican airline Interjet has walked back comments that indicated it planned to sell its Sukhoi Superjet fleet, stressing that it intends to continue operating the regional airliners, despite several mechanical issues in recent years. "The Sukhoi Superjet 100 has been an integral part of Interjet's success, and we will continue to operate this aircraft," says Interjet, following FlightGlobal's report that the airline was in talks with Sukhoi to sell its Superjet fleet.

​Axle fatigue crack led Ryanair 737 to lose nose-wheel
UK investigators have determined that a fatigue crack in the nose-gear axle of a Ryanair Boeing 737-800 caused one of the wheels to detach on take-off from London Stansted. The left axle of the inner cylinder failed as the jet (EI-DLV) turned onto runway 22 in preparation for a departure to Copenhagen on 15 September last year. It diverted to East Midlands airport.

Air France, Joon schedule new destinations for 2019
Air France will fly from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, from March 2019 for the summer season while its sister hybrid airline Joon will launch new services to Quito, Ecuador from May 2019. Air France will operate an 224-seat Airbus A330 (36 business, 21 premium economy and 167 economy-class seats) on the new Dallas route, its 13th between Paris and US destinations.

Peach to resume all international flights at Osaka Kansai
Peach will resume all international services from Osaka Kansai International airport on 14 September, as more of the airport’s facilities recover from floods that hit it on 4 September. The budget carrier has been operating limited domestic and international flights since 7 September, but will be the first airline to resume all international services from the facility.

Garuda Indonesia appoints new CEO in leadership reshuffle
Garuda Indonesia’s board has appointed a new CEO as part of a new leadership rearrangement, replacing current leader Pahala Mansury. The new president and CEO is I Gusti Ngurah Askhara Danadiputra, who is more commonly known as Ari Askhara. Askhara is currently the CEO of state-owned sea-port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III. According to his LinkedIn bio, he was CFO of Garuda from December 2014 to April 2016.

Hawaiian accelerates 767 retirements with Beijing exit
Hawaiian Airlines has moved forward the retirement of its Boeing 767 fleet by about a quarter, following its decision to exit the Beijing market in October. The Honolulu-based carrier will remove its last 767-300ER early in the first quarter of 2019, chief executive Peter Ingram says on the sidelines of the Airlines for America (A4A) Summit in Washington DC today.

ST Engineering to acquire GE's nacelle unit
GE Aviation is to divest its Middle River Aircraft Systems nacelle division to ST Engineering. The Singaporean group says its US subsidiary, Vision Technologies Aerospace, will acquire all the shares of MRAS for a "base purchase price" of $630 million.

US government clears potential Korean P-8A buy
The US State Department has cleared the potential sale of six Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to South Korea. The package is valued at $2.1 billion, says the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. In addition to the aircraft and their engines, which are based on the 737 airliner, the package includes a range of mission systems, support, and training.

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