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  • Slon
    News

    Stability tests conducted on proposed An-124 successor

    2020-07-14T09:56:00Z

    Researchers have analysed low-speed behaviour of a proposed successor to the Antonov An-124 heavy freighter, and are set to assess its aerodynamics in cruise. The proposed aircraft, dubbed ‘Slon’, would be powered by Aviadvigatel PD-35 engines, and have a payload capability of 180t and a range of 3,800nm. ...

  • CR929 cockpit + cabin mock-up Zhuhai air show 2018
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    CR929 faces delays amid Beijing, Moscow differences

    2020-07-13T05:44:00Z

    Russia has disclosed that the Sino-Russian CR929 widebody programme will make its first delivery in 2028-2029, in what appears to be another round of delays in the programme’s production timeline. Russian media reports cite Irkut chief Ravil Khakimov as saying that the delivery timeline will move to the right, ...

  • PD-35 nacelle
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    Laminar-flow nacelle being explored for PD-35 engine

    2020-07-10T11:58:00Z

    Russian researchers are exploring the use of laminar flow to improve the aerodynamic efficiency of nacelles for the planned Aviadvigatel PD-35 engine. The PD-35 is a higher-thrust evolution of the PD-14 – the powerplant for the Irkut MC-21 – and intended for the proposed Russian-Chinese long-haul CRAIC CR929 twinjet. ...

  • Comac_ARJ21
    News

    Air China completes its maiden ARJ21 service

    2020-07-10T11:26:00Z

    Air China has completed its maiden flight of a Comac ARJ21 regional jet on the domestic routing from Beijing Capital airport to Xilinhot.

  • Iberia A350
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    Airbus deliveries halve in the first six months

    2020-07-08T18:56:00Z

    Airbus delivered 196 aircraft over the first six months of the year, half the figure of 389 it had achieved at the same point in 2019. The figure means the airframer managed to hand over 36 aircraft during the month. These included four A350-900s for Iberia, Air France ...

  • Sukhoi Superjet 100
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    Superjet starts flight tests with domestic inertial navigation system

    2020-07-08T12:39:00Z

    Irkut has commenced testing of a domestically-built inertial navigation system which will feature on a modified version of the Superjet 100. The system – known as the BINS-2015 – is intended to replace the foreign-supplied equipment used on serial Superjet aircraft. Irkut, which has absorbed the Sukhoi civil ...

  • British Airways 747-400 2
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    IBA highlights four-engined widebody pain as airliner values decline

    2020-07-08T11:44:00Z

    Aviation consultancy IBA has outlined adjustments to all its commercial airliner market values to reflect the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Older four-engined widebodies and the Boeing 737 Max are among the worst affected, while “uncertainty” hangs over the Airbus A380.

  • ATR 42-600 demo in China
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    ATR 42-600 commences Chinese certification testing

    2020-07-06T17:51:00Z

    ATR has embarked on flight testing to obtain Chinese certification for its ATR 42-600 turboprop. The airframer says the initial 3h test was conducted from Toulouse’s Francazal airport, which is located some 10km south of the city’s main Blagnac airport. China’s civil aviation administration CAAC co-operated with the ...

  • Comac_ARJ21
    Analysis

    ‘Big Three’ service debut marks ARJ21’s day in the sun

    2020-07-06T02:39:00Z

    It was a sight to behold: three Comac ARJ21 regional jets, parked side by side, the liveries of China’s three largest carriers dramatically reflected on a large puddle of water. When the ‘Big Three’ Chinese carriers - Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines - each took ...

  • BOC Max
    News

    BOC Aviation cancels orders for 30 737 Max jets

    2020-07-01T16:35:00Z

    Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation has cancelled an order for 30 Boeing 737 Max jets, and intends to defer delivery of others. It has not disclosed the extent of the deferral nor the number of jets involved. But BOC Aviation says it has signed commitments with customers for all ...

  • A350-900 head-on
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    Airbus not expecting significant changes in production rates: Faury

    2020-06-30T19:19:00Z

    Airbus is not expecting to make substantial adjustments to its production rates for the foreseeable future, following the cuts to monthly output it disclosed in early April. The airframer has brought monthly single-aisle production down from 60 to 40 aircraft, while the twin-aisle rate has fallen from 9.5 to ...

  • Airbus A330neo
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    Airbus to cut global workforce by 15,000 personnel

    2020-06-30T17:42:00Z

    Airbus is set to cut its workforce by 15,000 personnel by summer next year, as part of its response to the downturn in the air transport sector. These cuts will include 5,100 positions in Germany, another 5,000 in France, and 1,700 in the UK. The measures affect subsidiaries including ...

  • 737 Max
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    Boeing 737 Max takes off on first FAA recertification flight

    2020-06-29T17:42:00Z

    Boeing’s beleaguered 737 Max aircraft has taken a big step towards recertification more than 15 months after it was grounded, as it launched on its first official recertification flight.

  • Comac ARJ21 tails Big Three
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    China’s ‘Big Three’ carriers receive first ARJ21s

    2020-06-29T02:09:00Z

    China’s three largest carriers — Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines —each took delivery of their first Comac ARJ21 regional jets, and will be taking three more examples by year end. Comac handed over the aircraft to the three carriers on 28 June, hailing what it ...

  • MC-21 lead
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    Fourth MC-21 flight-test aircraft emerges from painting

    2020-06-25T11:34:00Z

    Irkut’s fourth flight-test MC-21-300 has emerged from painting in Ulyanovsk and returned to join the rest of the certification fleet in Moscow. The aircraft, numbered 73056 and fitted with Pratt Whitney PW1400G engines, was transferred to Moscow’s Ramenskoye airfield on 25 June. Source: Irkut ...

  • EU Japan
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    EU-Japan pact enables mutual certification recognition

    2020-06-23T06:36:00Z

    Japanese and European representatives have reached a bilateral agreement on civil aviation safety, through which each side will recognise and accept the other’s regulatory approvals. The agreement will enable reciprocal acceptance of certificates and findings of compliance by either side’s approval organisations and competent authorities. Its primary objective ...

  • Zhuk SST
    News

    Russian researchers start drawing up new supersonic jet concept

    2020-06-22T19:46:00Z

    Russian researchers have embarked on preliminary investigations into development of a civil supersonic aircraft, nearly four decades after the Tupolev Tu-144 programme ended. The work is being undertaken by the Zhukovsky Institute, a federal collective national research organisation which includes several centres – among them the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute, ...

  • DHL 767
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    DHL orders freighter conversion of 767s

    2020-06-22T08:04:00Z

    Germany’s DHL International is ordering conversion of up to four Boeing 767-300ERs to freighters to gain additional cargo capacity in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The twinjets are set to be converted at the facilities of Israel Aerospace Industries. Neither DHL nor IAI has detailed the airframes ...

  • MITSUBISHI MRJ-SPACEJET c AirTeamImages
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    Mitsubishi Aircraft development chief, global marketing head among departures in shake-up

    2020-06-17T07:44:00Z

    Mitsubishi Aircraft’s recently-announced organisational shake-up has seen the departure of at least two high-profile executives — its chief development officer and its global marketing and strategy head. The airframer on 15 June announced that it was shifting its focus from global development to achieving type certification for its SpaceJet ...

  • Il-114 fuselage join
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    Fuselage join begins for first Il-114-300

    2020-06-10T16:33:00Z

    Fuselage mating has commenced for the first Ilyushin Il-114-300 to be manufactured using serial production technology. The aircraft is being assembled at the Lukhovitsky plant of RSK MiG near Moscow. Joining of the fuselage sections is being performed on an automated rig specially designed and built for the ...