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Some-fin special – sharklets on display

Nice picture from Airbus here of its three A320-family test aircraft all sporting the sharklet wing tip modifications. Certification for the A320 fitted with the fuel-saving upgrade was achieved earlier this week.

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Skinny blokes in lycra

Although this took place last week, what with Bradley Wiggins (the chap in yellow at the front of the picture) winning Le Tour and the Olympic road race looming this weekend, it seems worthy of publication. This is the start of last thursday’s stage from Blagnac for which Airbus wheeled out a number of aircraft […]

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Coming together (at last) – final assembly of first A350

Much as the title suggests, Airbus’s newest airliner is slowly coming together at Toulouse and final assembly of the first aircraft has begun. Credit: Airbus

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In by a nose – Bombardier’s first CSeries takes shape

Bombardier has released the first photo of the forward fuselage structure of FTV1 (Flight Test Vehicle), its first CSeries CS100, currently under fabrication at its facilities in Mirabel, Quebec. The aircraft is expected to fly in late 2012 or early 2013. Credit: Bombardier

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So, farewell, then F-22

A sad day in aviation history yesterday (no, not Southwest’s order for the 737 Max) as the final Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor rolled off the manufacturer’s Marietta, Georgia production line. The fifth-generation fighter has been in production since 1997. Credit: Lockheed Martin

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What happens to American’s orders?

Just to keep the American Airlines Chapter 11 theme going for a bit longer, it’s worth bearing in mind the carrier’s huge order backlog. The consenus appears to be that the orders won’t be affected by the bankruptcy, although that of course may change. Included within the tally are 141 Boeing 737NGs – not unlike […]

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Green Lufthansa A380 departing Toulouse

Yannick Delamarre took this photo of a ‘green’ Lufthansa A380 departing Toulouse on a flight test 22 January last year. The A380-841, s/n 041, carries test registration F-WWAF and was re-registerd for Lufthansa as D-AIMB, Yannick says. In recent Lufthansa news, Lufthansa has been forced to postpone its planned commercial biofuel flights by at least […]

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737 in Dreamliner livery

Today’s image comes from Boeing and depicts a Lion Air 737-900ER in the manufacturer’s house (“Dreamliner”) livery.In related 737 news, as Boeing weighs taking production rates of the popular 737 beyond the 38 per month officials have announced, to 42 a month (41 for the commercial 737 and one for the 737-based P-8A Poseidon), consideration […]

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Airbus A320 final assembly line

Below is a photo of the Airbus A320 final assembly line in Toulouse, France Hamburg, Germany.The A320 along with Boeing’s 737 are due for a decision this year on whether the respective jets should be re-engined. We evaluate the progress and options in this article. (Photo: Airbus)

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Flight International 28 Sept-4 Oct: PC-6 flight test

This week Flightglobal publication Flight International asks if an avionics upgrade can equip Pilatus’s versatile PC-6 veteran to last another 50 years. Pilot Pete Collins takes the aircraft to Swiss skies and reports back. On the cover is Pilatus PC-6 pictured over Switzerland in a photo by Pilatus. The venerable PC-6 is known for its […]

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