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  • PICTURE: Vietnam A350 performs maiden flight

    News | 02 Jun 2015 08:11 | David Kaminski-Morrow

    Airbus has started test flights with a second customer’s A350-900, with the first jet for Vietnam Airlines having completed its maiden sortie.
  • Work under way on all A350-1000 test aircraft

    News | 01 Jun 2015 11:12 | David Kaminski-Morrow

    ​Airbus has commenced work on all three development aircraft for the A350-1000 test campaign, as it expects to begin final assembly in the first quarter of next year.
  • OPINION: Supply chain faces difficult decisions

    News | 01 Jun 2015 07:53 | Flight International

    ​To John Leahy, consultants who warn of a perilous orders bubble are the equivalent of armchair generals, spouting sceptically on an army’s military achievements from the comfort of their firesides while the real generals do the hard work of winning the war. “They don’t know what they’re talking about,” he scorns.
  • Airbus shifting to pulse-line assembly for A320 wings

    News | 31 May 2015 18:13 | David Kaminski-Morrow

    ​Airbus is shifting its A320-family wing production concept away from static assembly to a semi-automated pulse-line to improve efficiency ahead of transition to A320neo production.
  • A330-based Beluga to have larger cross-section

    News | 29 May 2015 14:21 | David Kaminski-Morrow

    ​Airbus’s new A330-based high-capacity transport, designed to replace the A300-600ST Beluga fleet, will provide a 12% increase in payload.
  • ​PICTURES: Vietnam Airlines in big-twin double debut

    News | 02 Jun 2015 21:41 | Max Kingsley-Jones

    Flight-testing is under way in the USA and Europe of two new-generation widebody twinjet types for Vietnam Airlines.
  • Sanction-hit missile firm bids to distance itself from MH17

    News | 02 Jun 2015 14:14

    Russian defence manufacturer Almaz-Antey is seeking to relieve European Commission sanctions on the company by putting forward a case that its weapons were not responsible for the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine.
  • Frontier orders 12 more A320 family jets

    News | 02 Jun 2015 13:27 | Ghim-Lay Yeo

    ​Denver-based Frontier Airlines has ordered 12 Airbus A320 family aircraft, comprising 10 A321 and two A320 current generation jets.
  • PICTURE: Vietnam A350 performs maiden flight

    News | 02 Jun 2015 08:11 | David Kaminski-Morrow

    Airbus has started test flights with a second customer’s A350-900, with the first jet for Vietnam Airlines having completed its maiden sortie.
  • Alaska to exercise E175 options with SkyWest

    News | 01 Jun 2015 17:43 | Edward Russell

    ​Alaska Air Group will exercise its eight options for the Embraer 175 with SkyWest Airlines, says chief executive Brad Tilden.
  • Dassault rolls-out first Falcon 5X

    News | 02 Jun 2015 11:08 | Kate Sarsfield

    Dassault has rolled-out its Falcon 5X at a ceremony at its 60-year-old final assembly facility in Bordeaux-Mérignac, southwest France.
  • Pacific weather forces Solar Impulse divert to Nagoya

    News | 01 Jun 2015 11:52 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Weather has forced a major change to the Solar Impulse round-the-world flight plan, with a five-day leg from Nanjing to Hawaii ending with an unscheduled stop in Nagoya, Japan.
  • Gulfstream says G150 future must "play out"

    News | 26 May 2015 18:47 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Gulfstream executives stopped short of fully committing to the midsize market sector for the long-term, as the 10-year-old G150 now faces two new rivals with no replacement yet identified.
  • DAE sells StandardAero

    News | 26 May 2015 17:05 | Murdo Morrison

    ​Dubai Aerospace Enterprise’s ambition to become a global giant with businesses in several expanding industry sectors has effectively ended with the sale of its only overseas subsidiary, StandardAero, one of the biggest and oldest names in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of business jets and their engines.
  • OPINION: Why business jet builders must keep their nerve

    News | 22 May 2015 15:00 | Flight International

    ​Business jet buyers are a fickle lot. Most airlines expect a new commercial aircraft to provide reliable service for at least 12 years before a replacement is even considered. But the average owner of a corporate aircraft starts looking for an upgrade in about half that time.
  • ​Northrop unveils OpenPod as USAF seeks F-15 IRST

    News | 02 Jun 2015 20:46 | James Drew

    Northrop Grumman has responded to US Air Force interest in an infrared search and track (IRST) capability for its F-15C Eagle by unveiling OpenPod, a reconfigurable sensor pod which the company says is already being flight tested on a tactical military aircraft. Northrop’s system would employ an IRST system produced by Italy’s Selex ES, owned by Finmeccanica.
  • Japan raises E-2D acquisition to four aircraft

    News | 02 Jun 2015 14:28 | Stephen Trimble

    The Japanese government intends to buy four Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft rather than one, a US military agency says.
  • BAE to study common weapon launcher for Typhoon

    News | 01 Jun 2015 11:14 | Beth Stevenson

    Under a UK Ministry of Defence-sponsored feasibility study, BAE Systems has been contracted to research the possibility of adding a common weapon launcher on to the Eurofighter Typhoon.
  • Boeing 767-2C tanker airframe resumes airworthiness flights

    News | 29 May 2015 23:57 | James Drew

    The first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus test tanker has returned to the skies over the US state of Washington with a four-and-a-half-hour airworthiness flight on Thursday and another flight late on Friday, the company says.
  • Marine Corps F-35Bs depart USS Wasp after carrier tests

    News | 29 May 2015 23:02 | James Drew

    Six US Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighters have departed the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp following a one-and-a-half-week trial that included 108 test sorties and an F135 engine delivery from a V-22 Osprey as the first combat fighter squadron stationed in Yuma, Arizona, prepares to declare initial operational capability this July.
  • Airbus has introduced a raft of new technology into the A350, but Toulouse's big twin still retains the vibe and handling qualities of its older fly-by-wire siblings.

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