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  • Helvetic E195-E2

    Helvetic converts E2 order to larger variant


    Swiss operator Helvetic Airways is to switch part of its order for Embraer regional jets to the larger E195-E2 variant. Helvetic will configure the aircraft with 134 seats, in a single-class layout, compared with the 110 seats of its E190-E2s. The airline had originally ordered 12 E190-E2s, powered ...

  • Volga-Dnepr Il-76

    Volga-Dnepr Group overhaul to bring three freight airlines together


    Russian outsize freight specialist Volga-Dnepr Group is preparing to undergo a restructuring to improve management efficiency across its business divisions. Volga-Dnepr has revamped its board of directors and discussed a new strategy to transform the business into a “monocompany”, it states. This would “optimise” the group’s operating divisions, ...

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    In response to Atlas crash, NTSB urges fixes to pilot training records


    Atlas Air flight 3591 crashed outside Houston in 2019 after the first officer, due partly to sensory illusion, improperly reacted to inadvertent activation of the aircraft’s go-around mode.

  • Astral 747

    Doncaster Sheffield runway shuts after cargo 747 excursion


    Doncaster Sheffield airport in the UK has been forced to close its runway after a Boeing 747-400F ran onto rough ground. The aircraft – bearing the Icelandic registration TF-AMU – is pictured on social media with its nose-gear and main landing-gear in the grass. It bears the logo ...

  • Southwest Max
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    737 Max certification remains urgent for Boeing even as new-jet demand sags


    Among Boeing’s various challenges, getting the 737 Max certificated still takes top prize – even though the coronavirus downturn has eroded demand for new jets

  • Wizz A321neo

    Wizz Air’s Abu Dhabi division sets out initial route network


    Wizz Air’s new Middle Eastern operation is to focus initially on the eastern Mediterranean and Caucasus when it commences services in October. The new venture, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, will station two Airbus A321neo in the United Arab Emirates capital. But this fleet will be expanded to six ...

  • SAA A330

    Government tries to divide SAA pilots as creditor vote looms


    South Africa’s government is appealing to individual South African Airways pilots to break from their union’s position and accept voluntary severance packages, as the beleaguered airline faces a critical creditor vote on its proposed rescue. Cockpit union SAAPA has put forward alternative proposals intended to reduce retrenchments and increase ...

  • El Al

    El Al faces class-action suit alleging unpaid ticket refunds


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is facing a lawsuit over allegations that it failed to reimburse customers for cancelled flights, and did not inform the public about their right to receive a refund. The class-action suit has been brought before a district court by all passengers who were due to ...

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    American pilots review Boeing’s latest Max training draft


    American Airlines’ pilot union is now reviewing Boeing’s latest 737 Max pilot training draft – a document the union describes as vastly more thorough than previous drafts.

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    SAA pilots seeking ‘unaffordable’ staff retention: government


    South African Airways pilots have sought to more than halve the proposed number of employee retrenchments, and instead retain almost 3,100 personnel for the carrier’s relaunch, according to the country’s government. But the proposal has been dismissed by the department of public enterprises, which insists it is “not prepared ...

  • Comac ARJ21 tails Big Three

    Why Comac is playing long game with ARJ21


    Measuring the success of China’s first domestically developed regional jet is not as easy as it seems.

  • PD-35 nacelle

    Laminar-flow nacelle being explored for PD-35 engine


    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. ...

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    Air China completes its maiden ARJ21 service


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

  • A320 sidestick

    Pilots’ dual-control obstructed A320’s collision-avoidance manoeuvres


    Dual-control inputs from a Condor Airbus A320’s pilots badly obstructed its response to collision-avoidance orders during a low-altitude conflict, investigators have determined. The incident culminated in a serious air-proximity encounter and a terrain alert, shortly after departure from Kavala airport in Greece on 16 August 2018. After the ...

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    Canadian aerospace groups appeal for federal aid


    The Canadian aerospace industry is appealing for federal aid after the Canadian government released an economic stabilisation plan that makes no mention of the aerospace sector.

  • Icelandair Boeing 737 Max

    Tentative Icelandair cabin crew deal falls through


    Cabin crew members at Icelandair Group have voted against a provisional collective bargaining agreement that was struck between the airline and flight attendant union FFI in June. The carrier says it will “evaluate its options” after union members “declined” the pact, an important part of its restructuring plan. ...

  • ZeroAvia M350

    Forget batteries, is hydrogen the holy grail for carbon-free commercial aviation?


    While full-electric power may be feasible for short-range urban air mobility designs, a different energy source will be required for larger commercial jets. 

  • NAIA

    Coronavirus outbreak scuppers proposal to develop Manila airport


    A group of local conglomerates have withdrawn their proposal to develop Manila Ninoy Aquino International airport, citing the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the aviation industry Known as the NAIA consortium, the group comprises entities from at least six local conglomerates. Among them are JG Summit Holdings ...

  • Trent 900

    Rolls-Royce lays out expectations for ‘subdued’ long-haul market


    Rolls-Royce is expecting widebody engine flying hours to recover to around 70% of last year’s levels during 2021, while engine deliveries will remain depressed. It forecasts a 55% overall decline in engine flying hours for widebody aircraft over the course of this year, after a 50% drop in the ...

  • Boom Supersonic's XB-1

    Boom plans October XB-1 rollout as Aerion advances clean fuel project


    US aerospace startups are progressing supersonic civil aircraft projects, with Boom Supersonic planning the rollout of a demonstrator aircraft this year and Aerion Supersonic launching an effort to help develop clean synthetic fuel.