• MSN5 A350 take-off

    A350 obtains Russian certification ahead of Aeroflot delivery


    Airbus has secured type certification for the A350-900 from Russian authorities, ahead of the delivery of the type to flag-carrier Aeroflot. Russian air transport regulator Rosaviatsia’s official documentation shows the type certificate was drawn up on 13 December. Airbus says the approval is an “important step” and has ...

  • A350 ATTOL

    A350-1000 demonstrates vision-based automatic take-off


    Airbus has demonstrated a fully-automated A350-1000 take-off using a vision-based system which tracks the runway centreline and rotates the aircraft without side-stick input from the pilot. The initial departure with the test system was carried out at Toulouse on 18 December and the crew of five performed eight flights ...

  • Boeing's Renton plant
    In depth

    Max effect drags down overall sales and deliveries in 2019


    Boeing’s pain across both orders and production significantly impacts overall metrics in the mainline airliner sector 

  • A320 production

    Airbus still burdened by end-of-year delivery rush


    Airbus deliveries for the final month of last year indicate that the airframer has yet to restore the smooth production rates it achieved in the first half of the decade. While December has typically been relatively busy in terms of Airbus output, it managed to keep the proportion of ...

  • A350-900

    Hong Kong Airlines and Synergy among 33 A350 cancellations


    Airbus has revealed cancellations for 33 A350s, all the -900 variant, in its end-of-year backlog revision. Analysis of the airframer’s figures indicate eight aircraft have been struck from Hong Kong Airlines, whose A350 commitment has fallen from 13 to five – three of which have already been delivered. ...

  • A330neo landing Airbus

    Airbus reveals order for 40 A330neos


    Airbus has revealed an order for 40 A330neo jets was placed in the last month of 2019, helping to lift the re-engined type’s net total for the year. The order, placed on 23 December, is attributed to an unidentified customer. Airbus’s full-year backlog data shows that the agreement ...

  • A330neo - Airbus

    Airbus achieves 768 net orders, 863 deliveries, for 2019


    Airbus has disclosed that it took 768 net orders last year and delivered a total of 863 aircraft, up on the previous year’s 800. The deliveries included 112 A350s – of which 25 were the larger -1000 variant – plus 53 A330s and eight A380s. It says the ...

  • Il-96-400M

    Wings mated to flight-test Il-96-400M


    Ilyushin has transferred the first test-flight Il-96-400M airframe to a final assembly line where it will be fitted with control systems and its cabin interior. Fuselage mating and attachment of the primary wing structure is complete. The prototype of the four-engined transport is intended to be finished before ...

  • A350-1000

    Airbus set to offer A350 with dimmable windows


    Airbus is intending to offer electronically-dimmable windows as an option on A350s, and plans to disclose more details at the Aircraft Interiors Expo at the end of March. The airframer does not currently use such technology in its aircraft range, unlike Boeing which fits dimmable windows on its 787s. ...

  • Electronically-dimmable windows

    Airbus in line to offer dimmable windows: supplier


    Airbus is offering electronically-dimmable windows on its aircraft, according to a Michigan-based supplier of the technology. Gentex Corporation disclosed the development during the CES2020 consumer technology show in Las Vegas. It says that Airbus is “now offering” the technology on its aircraft, although neither party has indicated which ...

  • b737-max-inflight-c-Boeing

    How crucial single-aisle strategies a decade ago will shape the 2020s


    Deciding how best to use emerging engine technologies to counter new entrants and meet customer demand in the single-aisle segment were to prove among the biggest calls Airbus and Boeing made in the last decade

  • BOC Aviation A321 neo

    BOC Aviation orders 18 A320neos


    BOC Aviation has placed an order for 18 Airbus A320neo family aircraft, scheduled for delivery in 2022 and 2023.

  • Fourth flight-test MC-21

    Fourth test MC-21 carries out maiden flight


    Russian airframer Irkut has conducted the maiden flight of its fourth MC-21-300 test aircraft, with a Christmas Day departure from the assembly facility in Irkutsk.

  • SSJ winglets1

    Severstal takes delivery of winglet-equipped Superjet 100


    Sukhoi’s civil aircraft division has delivered the first Superjet 100 with the ‘sabrelet’ winglet modification to Russian carrier Severstal Aircompany, following approval from the federal regulator. The aircraft (RA-89135) features a new winglet intended to generate a 4% reduction in fuel costs. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft says it has ...

  • Air Caraibes Airbus A350-1000

    Air Caraibes takes delivery of first Airbus A350-1000


    Air Caraibes has taken delivery of its first of three Airbus A350-1000s it has on order.

  • Norwegian Max

    Norwegian eyes Max compensation deal by year-end


    Norwegian is hopeful it can reach an agreement with Boeing on compensation for its grounded 737 Max fleet by the end of the year.

  • Mitsubishi-SpaceJet-M90
    In depth

    SpaceJet programme’s star rises


    This was to have been the year for Mitsubishi Aircraft’s SpaceJet programme, formerly known as the MRJ.

  • Il-114-300 panels Aviastar

    Initial Il-114-300 panels produced by Aviastar


    Initial fuselage panels for the modernised version of the Ilyushin Il-114 turboprop have been manufactured by the Aviastar production plant in Ulyanovsk. The Il-114-300 is an upgraded derivative of the original design, and is being developed to address Russian demand for regional air transport. Aviastar says the first ...

  • A350 touchscreen 1

    China Eastern receives first A350 with cockpit touchscreens


    China Eastern Airlines has taken delivery of the first Airbus A350 to be fitted with a touchscreen option for the large displays in the aircraft’s cockpit. The initial aircraft to receive the option is an A350-900, MSN373, which is registered B-30CW. FlightGlobal had reported last year that Airbus ...

  • First A320neo for the Philippines’ Cebu Pacific

    Cebu Pacific firms order for 15 A320neo jets


    Cebu Pacific Air has firmed an order for 15 A320neo family aircraft, including up to 10 A321XLRs.