What’s up in the skies on November 14, 2018? Riyad-based Flynas received the first A320neo of Saudi Arabia. An USAF jet crashed during training. IATA sees the passenger growth slowing down in September. The expansion of Dubrovnik airport resumes after the end of high season. Spanish Binter will be the launch operator of the Embraer E2 in Europe.

Flynas, first Saudi airline to receive an A320neo

Flynas received the first of its 80 aircraft from the A320neo family that were ordered in January 2017. Deliveries should continue until 2026. The low-cost carrier is the first Saudi Arabian airline to acquire the A320neo, powered by CFM's LEAP-1A engines.

USAF trainer jet crashes, one pilot killed

A US Air Force T-38C Talon training aircraft crashed on November 13, 2018, on the Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB) in Texas, United States. One of the two pilots died, the other was injured, according to the official statement from the US military base. An investigation was open to identify the reasons behind the crash.

Passenger growth slowing down, says IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for September 2018, showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 5.5% compared to the same month in 2017. This was a slowdown from the 6.4% growth recorded in August year-over-year. Capacity climbed 5.8% and load factor slipped for the first time in eight months, down 0.3 percentage point compared to the year-earlier period, to 81.4%.

Dubrovnik airport resumes expansion during winter season

Following the conclusion of the summer season, the expansion project of Dubrovnik Airport (DBV), in Croatia, has resumed. The airstrip begins its second phase of expansion. A new parking lot is about to be built, as well as a new terminal for small general aviation, along with other improvements. Traffic will be slightly impacted. Last year, the airport had already seen the construction of a new major infrastructure: the Terminal C.

Binter, launch operator of Embraer E2 in Europe

The Spanish airline Binter Canarias placed an order for three firm and two optional E2s, a contract worth up to $342 million at list prices. This agreement was previously announced as a Letter of Intent with an “undisclosed customer” at the Farnborough Air Show in July 2018. The carrier will receive its first E2 in the second half of 2019, becoming the launch operator of the Brazilian aircraft in Europe.