Archive | November, 2011

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Boeing’s first 787, ZA001 to be decommissioned Thursday

Thursday, December 1, ZA001 will ferry to Palmdale, California. It will be the aircraft’s last flight for a while, as the first 787 will be decommissioned as a test aircraft, Boeing confirms.  Its Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines will be removed and it will remain in long-term storage before finding its way to a permanent spot […]

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Breaking: 737 MAX to be built in Renton as IAM and Boeing arrange sweeping deal (Update2)

Just breaking now, The Seattle Times reports that the IAM and Boeing have reached a sweeping deal to place the 737 Max final assembly line in Renton, having secured a new four-year contract as well as a settlement of the National Labor Relations Board complaint against the company’s second 787 final assembly line in Charleston. […]

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Video: Sharklet-equipped A320 completes first flight (Update1)

Airbus just announced that A320 MSN001 – fitted with Sharklets – has completed its first flight from its Toulouse, France base. Video of the flight itself isn’t yet available, though Airbus has released footage of the installation process of the new fuel-saving wingtip treatments. Photo Credit Airbus

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GEnx-powered 787 certification, Air India delivery to slide to 2012

US Federal Aviation Administration certification of the General Electric GEnx-1B-powered 787 is set to slide to early 2012 due to the lack of availability of a production aircraft to satisfy final regulatory requirements, sources confirm. While Boeing has completed a portion of its extended operations (ETOPS) and functionality and reliability (F&R) testing on a Block […]

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What will happen to American’s unfilled aircraft orders? (Update1)

After months of speculation about its seemingly impending bankruptcy, American Airlines officially filed Chapter 11 protection this morning to restructure its business. The filing comes after years of network issues, hemorrhaging cash and labor disputes, as well as ordering massive amounts of aircraft – perhaps more than any other airline in the world. According to Boeing […]

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Airbus looks to Sharklet structure to lay A320neo groundwork

Following last week’s roll-out of the first Airbus A320 fitted with Sharklets – and the new addition of its shark teeth – there were a lot of questions about what modifications were required to actually fit the new winglets to the narrowbody.  The extent of the modifications made to A320 MSN001 should provide an indication […]

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Video Blog: The lesser-seen face of business aviation (jumping from a perfectly good airplane)

Part Two in a series on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop. Read Part One. BOULDER CITY — Journalists are advised never to get emotionally entangled in a story, and certainly not physically. Though this assignment found your correspondent unavoidably invested. I’m about to get thrown out of a perfectly good aircraft with five […]

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Photo of Note: First Premium Aerotec A350 section heads for St. Nazaire (Update1)

Spotters in Hamburg captured A350 forward fuselage Section 13/14 being loaded into the Beluga SuperTransporter on Monday. The four-panel Section 13/14 is fabricated and assembled by Premium Aerotec in Nordenham, Germany, another wholly-owned EADS subsidiary and sent by boat to Hamburg for equipping.  UPDATE: Pictured in the photo is MSN1. Judging by the photograph, the section […]

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A320′s sharkets latest in Airbus quest for narrowbody winglets

The original A320 prototype rolled out of a hangar in Toulouse this morning, sporting Airbus-designed winglets or “sharkets”, which will enter service with Air New Zealand starting next year. The coming flight test evaluations represent a near-final configuration in a long series of evaluations undertaken by Airbus to take its original wing fence design and […]

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Rolls-Royce advances toward Trent XWB flight test aboard A380

TOULOUSE — The familiar Rolls-Royce Trent 900 flying in the number two engine position under the wing of the first A380 has been replaced by Trent XWB as the engine-maker and Airbus are approaching the start of the powerplant’s 175h flight test program.  With 1,200h of testing accumulated across eight engines at test facilities in five […]

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