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.
09 Dec 2013
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
A disused Cold War US air base stands frozen in time, harking back to that 20th century era of mutually assured destruction
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.
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.
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.
The Spanish air force plans to operate just 14 of its future 27 A400Ms, but also wants to introduce three new A330 tankers.
04 Dec 2013
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sharklets fitted to EasyJet Airbus A320s are delivering greater fuel-efficiency benefits than the airline foresaw.
Initial flight-data recorder analysis indicates that the pilots of the Tatarstan Boeing 737-500 which crashed at Kazan pushed the aircraft into a steep dive after the jet pitched up during a go-around.
China's AVIC has revealed performance and accuracy details about a supersonic cruise missile reportedly dubbed an “aircraft carrier killer”.
Abu Dhabi Aviation has signed a letter of intent to order two Bombardier Q400s at the Dubai Airshow.
EasyJet is to retender 95% of its maintenance and engineering spend by 2015 in a bid to gain "meaningful savings".
Emirates is gaining confidence that the Airbus A350 will meet the airline’s expectations, after being encouraged by the state of the test-flight programme.
Air Algerie is intending to take three Airbus A330s as part of the airline’s fleet-renewal programme.
Raytheon is seeing strong interest Middle Eastern countries in new radar technology that could better identify wake vortexes from large aircraft, such as the Airbus A380, and increase runway capacity.
Emirates Airline believes that its input in shaping the Boeing 777X, far from ‘Emiratising’ the twinjet, will turn it into a best-selling platform.
Iraqi Airways has signed a letter of intent to take up to 16 Bombardier CS300s at the Dubai Airshow.
Boeing and Abu Dhabi’s Tawazun Precision Industries will establish a production facility to produce metal parts and eventually subassemblies for defence and commercial aerospace projects.
Thai carrier Nok is to become the launch customer of Bombardier's extra seating capacity option for the Q400 after placing a firm order for two of the type.
Dubai World Central, new home of the air show, is fast becoming the city’s hub for business aviation too.
Boeing foresees strong market potential for military aircraft derived from its commercial aircraft.
The Engine Alliance joint venture is studying sweeping design changes for the GP7200 – up to a new centreline engine – in response to demands for better performance from top Airbus A380 customer Emirates.
Lockheed Martin believes that its status as the original manufacturer of the world’s F-16 fleet gives it an edge in the competitive market to upgrade the venerable type.
Airbus Military’s Dubai debutant A400M might have reached the international market too late to vie for the Middle East region’s recent investment in large transport aircraft, but the company hopes to “reverse this situation very soon”.
Lufthansa Technik expects base maintenance to become a key growth driver in the Middle East and would consider setting up a facility in the region with a local partner, the German MRO specialist says.
Embraer is confident that it will announce more orders for its current generation of E-Jets, even as sales efforts on the E2 series ramp up.
Air Serbia is to acquire ten of the Airbus A320neos ordered by shareholder Etihad Airways earlier during the Dubai air show for its own fleet renewal.
An Alenia/ATK team will modify six Italian air force transports into MC-27J Pretorian gunships and command and control aircraft, opening the export market for large armed cargo aircraft for the first time.
Piaggio Aero has flown a technology demonstrator of its P.1HH HammerHead unmanned air vehicle for the first time – releasing video of the 14 November maiden sortie at the show yesterday.
The world’s biggest Boeing Business Jet operator, Royal Jet, is opening its doors to Airbus and Bombardier to challenge Seattle for a deal to replace its entire fleet by 2020.
Pilatus’s first business jet, the PC-24, got off to a flying start at the show yesterday with a letter of intent from Falcon Aviation Services, the Abu Dhabi-based helicopter and business jet operator.
Air Tahiti has taken delivery of its first ATR 42-600 turboprop.
Sweden expects to know by no later than the fourth quarter of 2014 whether the Swiss public will clear a planned acquisition of 22 Saab Gripen E fighters.
18 Nov 2013
Boeing has used the Dubai air show to formally launch a modified Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet for the maritime surveillance role.
Eurocopter is claiming a pair of time-to-climb records for its developmental EC175 super-medium helicopter as it pursues certification for the type in early 2014.
The last moments of the ill-fated Tatarstan Air Boeing 737-500 appear to have been captured on Kazan airport's security cameras.
Lockheed Martin has demonstrated a new system that allows the unmanned K-Max helicopter to pick up a load of cargo with no human intervention on the ground.
MBDA secured a new deal at the Dubai air show linked to the dual-mode Brimstone air-to-surface missile used by the UK Royal Air Force’s Panavia Tornado GR4s, as it also seeks export deals for the design.
Royal Brunei Airlines’ new Boeing 787-8s have been very well received by passengers on its regional network, so much so that it may revise its plans only to use them on longhaul services.
Boeing has outlined the development schedule for its 777X programme, which is aimed for a service-entry in 2020.
ATR is still awaiting shareholder approval to launch a 90-seat turboprop, which is planned to enter service towards the end of the decade.
Jet Aviation Basel has picked Rockwell Collins' Venue cabin management and entertainment system and its Airshow 3D moving map system for an Airbus A340CJ VVIP business jet.
One of the most sophisticated derivatives of the Boeing 737 ever flown is making its international show debut this week, with the US Navy’s new P-8A being put through its paces during the daily flying display.
Global Aerospace Logistics is making a big impression at the Dubai Airshow – the centrepiece of its stand is a larger-than-life model of a Eurocopter Super Puma, featuring meeting rooms and a VIP lounge in the “cockpit”.
Start-up carrier Libyan Wings is to take three Airbus A350-900s and four A320neos for its operations.
Air Cote d'Ivoire has placed a conditional order for two Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s and two options at the Dubai air show.
Boeing broke all the records for launching a new jetliner. Airbus scored a super-jumbo-sized order for the A380. And both aircraft makers combined to shatter the one-day order record at an air show by compiling orders and commitments for a whopping 623 aircraft from four airlines.
Aircraft lessor GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has placed an order for five ATR 72-600s together with options for five more turboprops during the Dubai Air Show.
Colombia’s air force is planning to bolster its combat capabilities, with the purchase of an additional squadron of fighter aircraft.
Russia’s emergencies ministry has confirmed 50 fatalities from the accident at Kazan involving a Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737-500.
Cassidian used the opening day of the Dubai air show to detail its plans to in 2015 fly a sub-scale demonstrator intended to prove future unmanned air system technologies.
Forty-four passengers and six crew were on board a Boeing 737-500 which has crashed at Kazan in the republic of Tatarstan.
17 Nov 2013
Expectations that the United Arab Emirates could confirm an order for the Eurofighter Typhoon before the end of the Dubai air show appear to have been played down by a senior UK government official.
Bahrain’s interest in acquiring the Eurofighter Typhoon appears to be building further, with UK defence secretary Philip Hammond having met with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah at the Dubai air show to discuss the potential deal.
Bombardier is seeing more interest in the CSeries as its flight and ground test programmes move towards the 200 hour milestone.
Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways is ordering 40 A350-900s and 10 -1000s, plus 36 A320neo-family twinjets.
Qatar Airways is ordering up to 13 Airbus A330-200 freighters.
Raytheon is promoting its developmental Pyros small tactical munition at the Dubai for the first time.
Lufthansa Technik is developing a new intensive care patient transport unit (PTU) in partnership with Swiss medical aircraft interior specialist Aerolite Max Bucher.
Boeing has formally launched its new 777X family with orders and commitments by four airlines for 259 aircraft at the Dubai air show today.
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