Archive | March, 2012

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Lufthansa pegs Dulles as first 747-8 destination (update1)

Lufthansa has announced Washington, DC’s Dulles International Airport will be the German airline’s first destination for its 747-8 Intercontinental, which will be delivered around April 23, according to Lufthansa Technik. The company did not specify a date for the aircraft’s planned daily operation from it Frankfurt base to Dulles, but will replace its 747-400 on […]

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From the engine beat: JAL’s (twin) 787 delivery, Trent 999/1000, PW1500G pushes into cert

JAL take first (and second) 787 on March 25 Japan Airlines, second customer for the 787, will contractually take delivery of its first 787 on March 25 before a flyaway departure to Tokyo the following day. The final regulatory hurdle before delivery was cleared earlier this week when the Federal Aviation Administration gave final approvals […]

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Udvar-Hazy weighs in on 737 Max, 787-10X, E-198 E-Jet revamp

SCOTTSDALE — A busy first day at ISTAT is currently in the book and we had an opportunity to sit down with Air Lease CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy, who weighed in on a variety of topics. For a year-by-year comparison, make sure to re-read our interview with Udvar-Hazy from ISTAT 2011. 737 Max ‘not a long-term […]

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Photo of Note: Bombardier’s first CSeries flight test aircraft

SCOTTSDALE — Bombardier released today the first photo of the forward fuselage structure of FTV1, its first CSeries CS100 flight test vehicle, currently under fabrication at its facilities in Mirabel, Quebec. The aircraft is expected to fly in late 2012 or early 2013. Photo Credit Bombardier

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ISTAT 2012 and a snapshot of instantaneous industry speed

SCOTTSDALE – The International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading has significantly cemented itself as the closest thing the industry has to a US air show. The two-day conference avoids the static aircraft displays and sprawling exhibition halls, opting for a cattle auction-style format that sees airframers, engine-makers and lessors addressing the assembled delegates.  With nearly […]

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JAL preps to be Boeing’s second 787 customer as delivery nears

Japan Airlines is preparing to become the second 787 customer, as Boeing nears imminent certification of GEnx-1B engines and a restart of deliveries that were stalled in early February by required repairs following improper shim installation in its aft fuselages.  The airline has completed both route proving and maintenance training following a quiet visit of […]

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Boeing’s third-generation 777 maps closely to 737′s evolution

This week’s Flight International cover story offers the most comprehensive look yet at Boeing’s 777X concept, the third generation 777 with its new carbon fiber wing and emerging engine battle between incumbent General Electric, Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney.  If its conceptual performance goals are achieved, Boeing believes that the 777-9X could become the most […]

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Movie Monday – March 12 – Flight Testing 787

Boeing has compiled its flight test footage for an expanded look at the 787′s certification campaign. The 11 minute look inside the 787-8′s trials is a technical overview at the battery of evaluations the aircraft went through from December 2009 to August 2011, including flutter, rejected takeoff, crosswind testing, as well as velocity minimum unstick […]

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Boeing’s first 787, seen from space, in retirement

View Larger Map In early December, an orbiting satellite snapped updated photos of the flight line at Palmdale Regional Airport in southern California, catching the ZA001, the first 787, shortly after ferrying from Boeing Field on December 1 for long-term storage. As you can see, one of the two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000s had already been removed […]

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Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney set to take on GE to power 777X

The existence of a 2011 request for proposal to GE, Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney has now been officially confirmed, as Rolls and P&W have shared preliminary details of its planned 90,000 to 100,000lb thrust class engines to power Boeing’s 777X concept. General Electric, which is the exclusive engine supplier on the 777-300ER, -200LR and […]

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