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GE Honda Aero Engines has cleared the long-awaited airworthiness milestone for the HF120 turbofan, allowing aircraft maker Honda Aircraft to accelerate efforts to certificate the HA-420 HondaJet and enter operational service next year.
13 Dec 2013
Bond Air Services, the operator at the centre of the probe into the EC135T2 crash in Glasgow, says it has identified "a number" of helicopters with a fuel indication problem, following its precautionary grounding of the type on 11 December.
Norway's parliament on 11 December authorised the latest tranche of spending on its acquisition of 52 Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.
The UK’s first A400M has entered final assembly at Airbus Military’s San Pablo site in Seville, Spain, ahead of the type’s scheduled delivery to the Royal Air Force from September 2014.
Airbus is to freeze concept work for the A350-1000 by the end of this month, and shift to a more detailed design stage in the new year.
Flightglobal and UBM Live have struck a deal under which the Network USA event will be merged into Routes Americas.
Singapore’s defence minister has reaffirmed the nation’s interest in the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), but says there is no great rush to order the type.
Kazakhstan's flag carrier Air Astana has taken delivery of two new Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, with a third to arrive in 2014.
Union leaders have rejected Boeing’s latest offer to build the 777X in the Seattle area, even as the company considers competing bids from 22 states for 54 sites.
Ethiopian Airlines expects to have completed by Christmas the repair of a Boeing 787 damaged in a fire incident at London Heathrow airport in July.
12 Dec 2013
Textron AirLand has launched an at least two-year certification programme for its low-cost Scorpion strike aircraft.
The UK National Police Air Service (NPAS) has mandated that all police-operated EC135s fly with more fuel on board and increase minimum operational fuel levels, in the light of an unspecified technical error that has seen Bond Air Services ground its 22-strong fleet of the type.
India’s bid to put a spacecraft into orbit on Mars continues on track, following successful completion of the planned first major trajectory correction manoeuvre following the Mangalyaan mission’s boost away from Earth orbit.
Bond Air Services is temporarily grounding its fleet of 22 Eurocopter EC135T2 and P2 helicopters after an unspecified fault was discovered yesterday on an example operated for North-West Air Ambulance.
Bombardier and Embraer will split an order by the newly-merged parent company of American Airlines and US Airways for 90 76-seat regional jets.
Iraq has signed a $1.1 billion contract for 24 Korea Aerospace Industries T-50 advanced jet trainers, giving the South Korean firm its second international customer for the type.
Air India has dismissed recent media reports that its Boeing 787 fleet was grounded recently for software upgrade work.
Australia will extend its lease of Israel Aerospace Industries Heron unmanned air vehicles used in Afghanistan.
American Airlines is considering splitting its long-expected large regional jet order between Bombardier and Embraer, a source tells Flightglobal.
Partnering with Boeing to bid for the US Air Force’s T-X trainer programme is the latest step in Saab’s global expansion strategy.
11 Dec 2013
Air Canada announced an order for up to 109 Boeing 737 Max aircraft today, in a deal valued at $6.5 billion at list prices.
Russia is to build a new lightweight fighter, deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin told parliamentary deputies on 11 December.
The Indian air force has retired the last of its MiG-21FL fighters from operational service.
The pilots of the Asiana Boeing 777-200ER that crashed 6 July in San Francisco made a number of changes to the aircraft’s autopilot system in the moments prior to the crash, according to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Bell Helicopter has selected Lafayette Regional airport in Louisiana as the assembly base for its Short Light Single. The decision follows a highly competitive, five-month selection process in which a number of sites in Canada, Mexico and the US were “seriously considered”, it says.
Eurocopter has secured a launch customer for the law enforcement variant of its updated EC145T2, with an order for six examples from the Baden Württemberg state police.
Monarch Airlines chief executive Iain Rawlinson says the carrier’s fleet renewal programme is a "three-horse race", with an order for 20 Bombardier CSeries airliners a distinct possibility.
French investigators are looking into a low-altitude incident involving a Turkish-registered aircraft which descended to less than 50ft above runway height while still 3nm from landing.
Eurocopter's backlog for its still-to-be certificated EC175 looks set to grow in the coming days with the likely firming of a pair of options for the 7.5t helicopter.
10 Dec 2013
Boeing expects its F/A-18 production line in St. Louis will keep humming for the foreseeable future despite mixed signals from the US Navy about acquiring additional aircraft.
Australia has accepted its first two Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin MH-60R shipborne helicopters.
Operators of Hawker midsize business jets have been warned by the US Federal Aviation Administration that failure to maintain aileron control systems correctly could lead to wing and aileron oscillations that have the potential to cause structural fatigue.
UK investigators are examining a Gulfstream G550 which damaged the instrument landing system at London Stansted airport during an early morning arrival, forcing a downgrade of the site's low-visibility capability...
EADS chief executive Tom Enders has called time on the “unwieldy” industrial structure in its Cassidian defence and Astrium space divisions, that has left the businesses unable to compete on cost when bidding for work outside their home markets.
Cathay Pacific unveiled the third edition of its ‘Spirit of Hong Kong’ livery at a ceremony on 9 December.
Hawker Pacific has sold the first Bell 407GX helicopter to a private Australian customer, for use in the VIP role.
Australian composites firm Quickstep has entered a $75 million memorandum of agreement with Lockheed Martin to provide 120 carbon-fibre wingflap sets for the C-130J tactical transport aircraft.
The Israeli air force will inaugurate a new mission training centre at its Hazor air base on 15 December.
The chairman of the US House of Representatives' main transportation committee introduced a bill to prohibit in-flight cell phone use on commercial flights today.
09 Dec 2013
EADS has presented plans to cut 5,800 positions across its defence and spaces businesses by the end of 2016 as part of a restructuring of these units.
Initial analysis shows that neither the main nor tail rotor of a police helicopter was rotating at the time the aircraft crashed through the roof of a public bar in Glasgow.
American Airlines and US Airways closed their merger today, a tumultuous nearly 10 months since they announced their plan to create the world’s largest carrier.
Gulf Air launched services between its Bahrain base and Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC) on 8 December.
The first Tranche 3 production example of the Eurofighter Typhoon performed its debut flight on 2 December, from BAE Systems’ Warton assembly site in Lancashire, the UK.
Kuwait Airways has moved a step closer to a fleet-renewal programme, having signed a tentative deal to acquire 10 Airbus A350-900s and 15 A320neos.
Antonov has conducted a demonstration of the rough-field capabilities of its An-148 regional jet, using a dirt runway at Odessa.
Virgin Galactic is holding to its plan to put its first fare-paying passengers into suborbital space in 2014, and expects to be armed with a Federal Aviation Administration operating licence during the first quarter of the year.
India’s Hindustan Aeronautics-built Tejas Mk 1 fighter has successfully destroyed a towed target with an infrared (IR) homing missile.
Elisra has been selected for the integration and delivery of its PAWS-2 passive airborne warning system equipment onboard the Saab Gripen fighter.
08 Dec 2013
Cessna has clinched Brazilian type certification for its TTx piston single five months after the high-performance aircraft – an upgraded version of Cessna's out-of-production 400 Corvalis TT – entered service.
06 Dec 2013
Engineering company Marenco Swisshelicopter has unveiled the first prototype of its SKYe SH09, and is preparing to fly the 2,500kg (5,500lb)-class, single-engined helicopter in the first quarter of 2014.
Russia’s federal Investigative Committee is putting pressure on the country’s aviation regulator Rosaviatsia over its licensing of flight training centres.
Alenia Aermacchi is continuing its efforts to broaden the appeal of its slow-selling C-27J Spartan tactical transport with the introduction of a new firefighting system that has recently been trialled by the Romanian air force.
Boeing and Saab will work together to develop a new advanced jet trainer for the planned T-X programme to replace the US Air Force's venerable Northrop T-38C Talon.
Brunei has received the first two of 12 Sikorsky S70i helicopters it has on order at the Brunei International Defence Exhibition.
EADS company Cassidian has delivered the Eurofighter programme’s 400th production aircraft, to the German air force.
05 Dec 2013
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a deal for American Airlines to transfer 17 slot pairs at New York LaGuardia airport to Southwest Airlines and Virgin America.
St Petersburg's Pulkovo airport has opened its new main passenger terminal in a bid to become a major hub in northwest Russia.
Although the causes of the fatal 29 November crash of the Police Scotland Eurocopter EC135T2 in Glasgow are as-yet unknown, analysis of the type's accident history suggest a helicopter that has, so far at least, a strong safety record.
Airbus and Rolls-Royce aim to boost the market appeal of the A340-600 with reconfiguration and support initiatives that address operating costs.
An Airbus Military A400M has received fuel in-flight for the first time, with one of the programme's three development aircraft having achieved the milestone behind a French air force Dassault-Breguet C160 Transall.
Russia’s newest military transport aircraft, the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A, has completed an initial flight-test programme and has now returned to its maker Aviastar SP for subsequent modifications.
Russia's defence ministry has signed a deal worth over Rb100 million ($3 million) with Kazan-based Eniks for delivery of 34 short-range surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
International fuel supplier Air BP has extended its Sterling Reward cashback loyalty card scheme to its UK customers. London Biggin Hill airport has been selected as the first UK base to offer the rewards.
Flybe is cut an additional 10 year-round and 14 summer-only services next year, following its decision to withdraw from six London Gatwick routes.
Pakistan International Airlines has contracted Lufthansa Technik to support the engines powering its Airbus A310 and ATR 42 fleets.
FL Technics is opening line maintenance stations in Georgia, Ukraine and Libya.
Airbus is edging towards a record year for net orders, after it ended November with a total of 1,314 – barely 100 short of its all-time high.
VisionAire Jets is hoping to secure around $20 million funding before the end of the year for its Vantage entry-level jet programme, and says it is also in discussions with a Saudi Arabian company to secure further significant investment.
Russia’s federal aviation authority is looking to ground Tatarstan Airlines after an inspection of the carrier discovered a number of operational problems.
BAE Systems has delivered its last of more than 300 McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms to have been modified for use as aerial targets by the US Air Force.
Hainan Airlines has received approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to set up a new carrier in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region, together with the investment arm of the local government.
Mesa Air Group has signed a $350 million OnPoint maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) agreement with General Electric for its CF34-8 engine fleet.
04 Dec 2013
Air Canada has signed an agreement with Rockwell Collins to provide avionics support and asset management for its 37 Boeing 787s that will enter service next year.
The Spanish air force plans to operate just 14 of its future 27 A400Ms, but also wants to introduce three new A330 tankers.
Air Canada’s new Boeing 787-8s will feature three cabins with 251 seats, the carrier revealed today.
Iraqi Airways has signed a firm order to acquire up to 16 Bombardier CS300s, following a letter of intent signed for the order at the Dubai air show in November.
An Austrian unmanned air systems entrepreneur with a novel take on the problem of combining vertical lift with fast horizontal flight has unveiled a fully automated air taxi concept that promises fly-anywhere capability and 6-10h endurance from a heavy fuel engine.
Oneworld alliance carrier Qatar Airways is to open a new US connection with non-stop daily services to Dallas-Fort Worth from the beginning of July next year.
Deliveries of the new Eurocopter EC175 to initial customers appears to be set for the latter half of 2014, despite certification still being scheduled for “early” next year.
Russian legislation aimed at limiting the age of Western-built aircraft in the country appears to counter the position of investigators probing the Tatarstan Boeing 737-500 crash.
Russian legislators are looking to ban domestic airlines from operating foreign aircraft built more than 15 years ago.
Senior executives from Bombardier and Comac have met to evaluate the progress of their collaboration on the CSeries and C919 and to discuss the next phase of their joint efforts.
For unmanned air systems makers looking to exploit a latent US civil market, technical hurdles are increasingly the least challenging aspect of establishing a viable business.
Amazon.com’s plan to deliver packages using unmanned aircraft has generated plenty of publicity, and raised questions over practicality.
South Korea could obtain 14 used Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters from US army forces stationed in the country.
Mozambique's LAM has leased a Boeing 737 to operate its flight schedule following the fatal crash of an Embraer 190 on 29 November in Namibia.
03 Dec 2013
SR Technics is to co-operate with Garuda’s technical division to provide component support on Airbus A330s and current-generation Boeing 737s for customers in southeast Asia.
Sparsely-populated North Dakota already has one of the strongest economies in the US, thanks to an ongoing oil boom.
Norwegian manufacturer Kongsberg is targeting a "substantial" market for its in-development Joint Strike Missile (JSM) to be utilised on current-generation fighter platforms such as the Boeing F-18 and Saab Gripen E, alongside its eventual intended deployment on the Lockheed Martin F-35.
Boeing is nothing if not resilient. One month after receiving a black eye when South Korea decided not to obtain the F-15 Silent Eagle for its 60 aircraft F-X III requirement, the US airframer changed tack, pitching an aircraft it dubs the “Advanced F-15” at October’s Seoul air show.
An earlier version of this article erroneously suggested that the flights would be operated by TUI.
Boeing has selected GKN as a winglet supplier for the 737 Max programme.
Air Canada is expected to seek board approval for an order of Airbus A320neo family aircraft on 11 December.
02 Dec 2013
A top Bombardier executives says the Learjet 85 is close to making its maiden flight, but he stopped short of saying the composite aircraft will meet the company’s goal of a first flight by the end of the year.
Components and systems manufacturer Senior has purchased Thermal Engineering of Royston, Hertfordshire, UK for £21.8 million ($35.7 million) cash plus £6.5 million in debt.
Initial high-altitude tests of Bombardier’s new CSeries aircraft will be conducted in the manufacturer’s first flight test vehicle, not the soon-to-fly second flight test aircraft, says the company.
Accident investigators have confirmed that the pilot of the Eurocopter EC135T2 that crashed through the roof of a busy Glasgow pub did not make an emergency call before impact.
Investigations continue into the crash of a Eurocopter EC135T2 helicopter operated by Scottish police that crashed through the roof of a busy city centre pub in Glasgow at 22:25 on Friday, 29 November, killing at least nine people and at one point hospitalising more than 30.
Mozambique carrier LAM has released information indicating that the captain of the Embraer 190 that crashed en route to Luanda on 29 November was experienced on the type.
Mozambique carrier LAM has confirmed the loss of all 27 passengers onboard the Embraer 190 aircraft which crashed en-route to Luanda.
30 Nov 2013
Investigations have begun into the fatal crash of a Eurocopter EC135T2 helicopter operated by police Scotland crashed on the roof of a busy city centre pub in Glasgow.
Elbit Systems is building a distributed simulation centre at the Israeli air force's Hazerim air base, to train for using Alenia Aermacchi M-346 trainer.
29 Nov 2013
Pilots of the Tatarstan Boeing 737-300 which crashed during a go-around at Kazan received sink-rate and “pull up” orders from the ground-proximity warning system as it entered its fatal descent.
Avincis, the parent company of UK helicopter operator Bond Aviation Services and Spain's Inaer, has reported group turnover of €168 million for the quarter ended 30 September, broadly flat compared to the same period a year earlier.
Kongsberg and Boeing have completed a successful fit check of the Norwegian manufacturer's developmental Joint Strike Missile (JSM) on to a F/A-18F Super Hornet.
Canadian safety authorities have ordered modification of Bombardier Q400 nose-wheel steering systems after a latent design deficiency was discovered during a pushback incident.
Bangkok Airways has signed an agreement for nine ATR 72-600s, sources close to the discussions say.
Turbomeca has performed the first run of its new Ardiden 3C helicopter engine which has been jointly developed with China's AVIC Engine.
28 Nov 2013
MBDA’s Storm Shadow cruise missile has been flown with a Eurofighter Typhoon for the first time.
Israel's defence ministry is evaluating a plan that could allow it to lease Boeing 767-based KC-46A tankers as replacements for the converted Boeing 707s now used by its air force.
Analyst and AEA Aviation Leadership Summit speaker Chris Tarry examines key issues and obstacles confronting airline managers seeking to improve financial performance
An independent Scotland would operate Typhoon fighters, C-130J transports, maritime patrol aircraft and utility helicopters, the SNP says.
The Association of European Airlines has had a makeover. The long-serving industry body is unveiling its new slimmed-down shape during its first open-door annual general meeting, where chief executive Athar Husain Khan is showcasing a much more outwardly-focused organisation which aims to shout its messages from the rooftops.
Vancouver, Canada-based CHC Helicopter has formalised its order, originally announced in September, for nine Sikorsky S-92 helicopters with a further 15 aircraft covered by options.
Aurigny Airlines plans to order two or three Dornier 228s to replace its fleet of ageing Britten-Norman Trislanders, following a successful two-week trial, says the UK regional carrier's chief executive.
Russian authorities are putting the finishing touches to legislation designed to allow domestic carriers to hire foreign flightcrew.
Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris has signed an agreement to lease four new Airbus A320 aircraft from BOC Aviation.
Eurocopter has taken delivery of the first complete main fuselage for the EC225/EC725 helicopter produced by Dirgantara Indonesia, also known as Indonesian Aerospace (IAe).
Textron has released video footage showing taxi testing with its Scorpion demonstrator, just days before the type's expected first flight.
27 Nov 2013
Airbus Military has reduced the size of its "Grizzly" development fleet of A400M tactical transports to three, after retiring its first-flight example and placing another aircraft into storage.
The US Army’s first unit of Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, which have upgraded engines and new software, has achieved initial operating capability and is ready to be deployed, according to a 27 November Army media release.
For engineering consultancy Aertec, one key challenge these days for itself – and its clients – is an aerospace take on the environmental movement’s mantra, “think global, act local”. For a company that specialises not in product design, but in design of the factories and test regimes that support the industrialisation of those products, helping clients strike a satisfactory balance between dealing with issues inside the company and among their many suppliers has become a focus of its work.
American Airlines and US Airways plan to close their merger by 9 December, following approval of their revised plan by a US bankruptcy court today.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ordered operators of GE Aviation-powered Boeing 747-8s and 787s to avoid flying into ice crystal icing conditions.
Dassault is preparing to deliver the first Falcon 2000S to an Indian customer following certification of the super midsize business jet by the country’s civil aviation authority on 1 November.
Swiss investigators are looking into an Airbus A320 incident in which the jet conducted a short-runway departure with settings for a full-runway take-off.
Russian Helicopters has delivered a second Mil Mi-171 transport helicopter to Airfast Indonesia for use in the resources sector.
South Korea could, in the near future, impose 30-day flight suspension on local airlines involved in accidents.
Two US Air Force Boeing B-52 bombers flew over disputed islands off the coasts of Japan and China on 25 November, just days after China begin requiring aircraft flying in the area to register their flight path, according to reports.
26 Nov 2013
German engine specialist MTU is expecting significant growth for its civilian production and maintenance activities in 2014, but aims to improve profitability through cost cuts in the tens of millions of euros.
Boeing is to modify 737s to improve protection against potential freezing of elevator systems, after investigation into a near-stall by a Norwegian aircraft highlighted the risk of de-icing fluid contaminating power control units for the horizontal stabiliser.
Rolls-Royce's enhanced version of the Trent 900 for the Airbus A380 has passed a type test with the European Aviation Safety Agency, bringing the powerplant closer to certification.
British Airways' regional subsidiary, BA CityFlyer, is ordering another Embraer 190 for its London City-based operation.
Airbus’s new regional version of the A330 will be powered by a reduced-thrust version of the Rolls-Royce Trent 700, to be branded the Trent 700 Regional.
The Cambodian air force has taken delivery of 12 Harbin Z-9 utility helicopters.
China Airlines will modify its training syllabus to allow pilots to better manage dual bleed air faults following an incident aboard one of its Airbus A330-300s in June.
The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress about phase one of an upgrade for 134 South Korean Lockheed Martin F-16 C/D Block 52 aircraft, with the work to be conducted by BAE Systems.
Alenia Aermacchi, BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin UK have submitted offers for the Polish air force's advanced jet trainer (AJT) requirement.
Royal Air Force crews have started flying training sorties using the service’s newly-upgraded Eurocopter Puma HC2 transport helicopters.
Sikorsky could win a contract early next year to build the US Air Force’s next-generation combat rescue helicopter (CRH) — but only if the service receives adequate budget funding in the coming years.
25 Nov 2013
Northrop Grumman has delivered a second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the US Navy, just weeks after the first Fire Scout completed initial flight tests.
The Israeli-hosted "Blue Flag" multinational exercise has got under way, involving 50 fighter aircraft from the host nation, Greece, Italy and the USA.
Outsourcing and support services provider Babcock is in "exclusive discussions" about the possibility of creating a joint venture with regards to helicopter operator Avincis, which owns Bond Offshore Helicopters and Bond Air Services in the UK.
Helibras, Eurocopter's Brazilian subsidiary, on 21 November performed the maiden sortie of the first EC725 to be entirely produced in-country, around two months ahead of schedule.
Mexican low-cost carrier will add a Sukhoi Superjet 100 simulator to its pilot training centre at Toluca International airport within a year, say executives.
As airlines look to widen their profit margins, aircraft maintenance is a line item where operators have opportunities to cut down on costs. Some of these airlines are finding substantial savings through used serviceable parts procured from a previously used engine and refurbished to the standard of a new part. Used especially in engine repairs, this material can save money on the airlines' cost of ownership.
Australia is continuing the process of tightening the rules governing helicopter flights in the wake of the fatal 18 August 2011 crash of a Eurocopter AS355F2 Twin Squirrel at Lake Eyre in South Australia.
Peru is poised to join the C-27J operators club, once Alenia Aermacchi has finalised a roughly €100 million ($135 million) contract to supply its air force with two of the tactical airlifters.
It should be no surprise that the Gulf’s mega-carriers – and Emirates in particular – played such a huge role in the launch of Boeing’s 777X family at November’s Dubai air show.
CAE and IndiGo parent company InterGlobe Enterprises have opened a new joint venture pilot training facility in India, and announced a new long-term training agreement with carrier GoAir.
Boeing and Korean Air have held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of a new aviation training facility being built at the Incheon Free Economic Zone.
Hawker Pacific has sold the first Bell 412EPI destined to an Australian customer, with the New South Wales police ordering one example.
Boeing will temporarily ban airlines from flying 747-8s and GE Aviation-powered 787s within 50nm of high-altitude, convective weather systems to prevent thrust loss caused by ice crystals build-up.
24 Nov 2013
The debate about the future of the US Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolts continues, with one of the creators of the aircraft programme insisting the US will lose its entire cadre of experienced close-air-support airmen if the service retires its battle-tested but ageing A-10s.
23 Nov 2013
The European Space Agency (ESA) racked up a triple success today with the launch of its three-satellite Swarm mission, a four-year quest to study the Earth’s magnetic field in unprecedented detail.
22 Nov 2013
The European Space Agency (ESA) expects to get its Galileo satellite navigation system deployment back on track to provide a functional service from early 2015, if final tests of the first two new-generation satellites go to plan.
The US Navy and Marine Corps are tapping industry for an all-environment small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) that weighs less than 13.6kg (30lb) but can fly for 8h, carrying both day and night video cameras.
LAN Peru and CAE have started operating a new Boeing 767 full-flight simulator in a training centre near Lima's Jorge Chavez International airport that opened in 2012.
Lockheed Martin still has hopes of seeing the United Arab Emirates replace its current fleet of C-130H Hercules and L-100 transports with new-generation C-130Js.
Australia’s first C-27J Spartan tactical transport has cleared the final assembly stage at Alenia Aermacchi’s Caselle site in Turin, Italy, the manufacturer has announced.
Bombardier is planning to set up a maintenance facility for commercial and business aircraft in Tianjin by 2016.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff has announced an intention to obtain 40 Lockheed Martin F-35A fighters under the F-X III requirement.
Cathay Pacific Airways has announced that Rupert Hogg will take over as chief operating officer of the carrier from March 2014.
Tigerair will be launching services from Singapore to Male, Maldives starting 24 January.
The amount of debt allocated to Washington Dulles International airport hinders United Airlines’ ability to expand its hub at the airport, says chief executive Jeff Smisek.
Northrop Grumman’s unmanned RQ-4 Block 40 Global Hawk has gone to “war” for the first time, according to the US Air Force.
21 Nov 2013
Ryanair is to open 12 new routes from London Stansted in April 2014.
The Gulf's mega-carriers are banking on continued double-digit growth into the next decade after a mind-boggling collective show of strength in aircraft orders at the Dubai air show.
Spanish carrier Iberia has rolled out its new livery and logo today on a new Airbus A330-300 aircraft after unveiling the rebranding scheme last month.
The European Space Agency’s newest rocket, Vega, is set for a busy launch schedule, with 10 flights planned over three years from late 2015. These flights, together with Vega’s first five launches – including the February 2012 maiden flight and a May 2013 launch that put Vega’s first commercial payload into orbit – form the European Space Agency’s so-called Vega Research and Technology Accompaniment campaign (VERTA), which seeks to establish Vega as an unsubsidised, cost-competitive vehicle to put scientific, Earth observation and even telecommunications satellites into orbit for European and non-European institutions and commercial customers.
Boeing has received the green light to start building AH-6i light attack helicopters for an undisclosed customer.
Fractional ownership operator NetJets Europe is gearing up to take delivery of its first Embraer Phenom 300, following a "‘successful" two-month demonstration tour of the light business jet across Europe.
The International Space Station celebrated its birthday on 20 November, 15 years after Russia launched the first module, Zarya.
The latest flurry of orders from Gulf carriers at the Dubai air show has again highlighted the huge demand for pilots and other aviation professionals in aviation’s fastest-growing regions.
The UAE has signed a five-year performance-based logistics deal with Abu Dhabi-based support specialist AMMROC.
Multinational collaboration was the key to Tekever’s pitch at the Dubai air show, with the Portuguese company’s new UK unit inviting discussion with Gulf-based industry.
Airbus says it is seeing 'strong interest' in its lower-weight variant of the A330-300 from carriers both in and out of China, and defends that the aircraft is "optimised" for busy regional routes.
SAS is to start seven new services between the end of March and mid-April 2014.
ATR is confident that a turboprop renaissance in the USA could soon come despite the recent resurgence of 70-seat regional jets in the country.
A JetBlue Airways Embraer 190 diverted to Orlando International airport today in an emergency landing after the aircraft's slide deployed into the front galley.
Aeromexico will launch new seasonal service from New York to Puerto Vallarta, and from New York to Los Cabos, on 16 January and 18 January respectively.
20 Nov 2013
Southwest Airlines will be the first US airline to offer passengers gate-to-gate wi-fi service after gaining an approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) throughout all phases of flight.
Air Works India Engineering is planning to grow its MRO business with an additional hangar and overhaul shop for Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop engines.
Sometimes, the best way forward is to begin with a statement of the obvious. Consider this: “Landing is a challenging aspect of flight because, to land safely, speed must be decreased to a value close to zero at touchdown.” No aviator would dispute that, possibly excepting carrier pilots accustomed to smacking the deck (albeit with a perilously thin safety margin).
Qatar Airways will open an Edinburgh-Doha route on 28 May 2014.
Boeing’s launch of the 777X meant it pushed Airbus firmly into second place during the Dubai air show, more than doubling its rival’s order total in terms of value and the number of aircraft.
With a major package of air-to-surface strike-related enhancements now being delivered, and flight tests also poised to begin with two cruise missile designs, the Typhoon is fully able to claim multi-role status, Eurofighter says.
Boeing says it is "insulting" for its competitor to push the reduced-weight Airbus A330 to the China market as a solution for congestion at airports in the country.
Bell Helicopter plans to certificate a wheeled landing gear modification of the Bell 429 light twin by the end of the year, chief executive John Garrison says.
Potential customers for the Bell Boeing V-22 tiltrotor are being urged to take advantage of spare delivery slots, which will be available during the US government’s next five-year contract for the type.
Abu Dhabi firm Adcom Industries has used this year’s show to unveil its major ambitions in the competitive UAV sector.
Dubai debutant Nextant Aerospace is confident of securing its first Middle East customer for the 400XTi conversion programme by the MEBA show next December.
Garuda Indonesia and Indian carrier Jet Airways have sealed a codesharing agreement.
Bombardier expects notable CSeries order book gains by mid-2014 as additional test flights demonstrate the performance and efficiency gains of the next-generation airliner, according to CSeries programme management director Sebastien Mullot.
19 Nov 2013
Bombardier is poised to complete more frequent CSeries test flights after completing the bulk of ground vibration tests on flight test vehicle one (FTV-1), says CSeries programme director Sebastien Mullot at the Scotiabank Transportation and Aerospace Conference 2013.
Finmeccanica has hit out against press speculation suggesting that India was on the verge of cancelling its controversial order for the 12 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters and maintains the deal is still on with an arbitration meeting due to take place in the coming days.
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