What's up in the sky? Aviation short news of November 6, 2018.

airBaltic A220-300 embarks on world tour

Airbus will fly an airBaltic A220-300 new-generation single-aisle aircraft to five cities in four countries as part of a world demonstration tour in November 2018.

The A220-300 will first attend the Zhuhai airshow (China) from November 5 until November 8 before flying to Chengdu on November 9. The aircraft will continue on its journey with a stopover in Koh Samui (Thailand) on November 10 before flying to Kathmandu (Nepal) on November 11. After that, the airBaltic A220 will go to Istanbul (Turkey) on November 12 before returning to its home base in Riga (Latvia) on November 14.

Show of force in the sky of China

To celebrate the opening of the Airshow China 2018, three Chengdu J-20s of the Chinese People's Liberation Army offered the public a flight demonstration.

While not much is known about the plane, the J-20 supposedly entered service in the Chinese Air Force in March 2017. It is a fifth-generation single-seat, twinjet multirole stealth fighter aircraft manufactured by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) of China.

The more modest training and light attack fighter aircraft, Hongdu L-15, was also on display at the airshow.

IATA advocates for aviation cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to strengthen cooperation between parties and governments in order to realize the potential of aviation across the region.

Aviation supports 2.4 million jobs and $130 billion in economic activity across the MENA region. That represents 3.3% of all employment and 4.4% of all GDP in the region.

“As aviation’s leaders we must work together and with governments to realize this potential,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, speaking at the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO) AGM in Cairo, Egypt.

United Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-10

United Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 on November 5, 2018. United is the first North American airline to take delivery of the 787-10, and the first airline in the world to have the entire family of 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners in its fleet.

The aircraft is expected to enter service between United's Los Angeles and Newark/New York hubs on January 7. The airline expects to take delivery of 14 787-10 aircraft.

American Airlines signs for 15 additional Embraer E175s

Embraer and American Airlines signed on November 5, 2018, a firm order for 15 E175 jets in a 76-seat configuration. The contract has a value of USD 705 million, based on current list prices, and will be included in Embraer’s 2018 fourth-quarter backlog. Deliveries will take place in 2020.

Combined with the airline’s previous orders for the E175, this new contract results in a total of 104 E175 jets for American Airlines since 2013. The most recent order took place in May 2018 for 15 aircraft.