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  • S7 A321neo fire

    Probe opens into S7 A321neo start-up engine fire


    Russian investigators are probing an engine fire involving an Airbus A321neo which occurred as the aircraft was preparing to depart Novosibirsk. The twinjet – fitted with Pratt Whitney PW1100G powerplants – had been operating the S75783 service to the Vietnamese resort of Cam Ranh at about 01:30 ...

  • Thai 777-300ER

    FAA broadens emergency order in wake of 777 engine failure


    Operators of Boeing 777-300ERs are being ordered urgently to remove another batch of interstage seals from General Electric GE90 engines, following an uncontained failure last October. The failure involved a Thai Airways International 777-300ER which had been preparing to depart Bangkok for Zurich. While the US FAA has ...

  • Max grounded in Washington

    New 737 Max software issue arises during certification review


    Boeing has identified a problem with the software on the 737 Max designed to monitor the performance of other systems during aircraft startup, adding another hitch to the Max’s return-to-service.

  • A220

    Bombardier considers divestiture of A220 shares as programme costs increase


    Bombardier is “reassessing” its involvement in the Airbus-led partnership that owns the A220, citing the need for additional cash investment and lower-than-expected long-term profits.

  • Bek Air crash4

    Fatality-free aviation remains distant dream


    After an encouraging series of airline safety figures recorded around the middle of the last decade, some observers pondered whether the prospect of a fatality-free year could be a realistic short-term ambition for the industry.

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    China Aircraft Leasing orders 40 A320neos


    China Aircraft Leasing has placed an order for 40 Airbus A321neos. The lessor states in a stock exchange disclosure that the aircraft will be delivered in stages up to 2026. Chief executive, Mike Poon says: “We see enormous market appetite for this single-aisle aircraft with lower operational cost, ...

  • 737 Max 640

    US government panel calls for FAA certification improvements


    A committee established by the US Department of Transportation has determined that the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing properly followed FAA processes when approving the 737 Max. But the committee, commissioned last April following two 737 Max crashes, also finds the FAA’s processes need much improvement.

  • easyjet a320

    Intersection confusion cited in identical EasyJet take-off incidents


    Two identical serious take-off incidents within two weeks involving EasyJet Airbus A320s at Lisbon have spurred UK investigators to advise Portugal’s airports operator to stop using confusing terminology for runway departure positions. Both incidents involved the aircraft accelerating with insufficient thrust and becoming airborne close to the far end ...

  • 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 ...

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    Airliner deliveries soar to 13,000 aircraft through 2010s


    Shipments rise through 10-year period but Boeing 737 Max crisis dampens decade-end peformance

  • 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 ...

  • airbus 50 fleet

    Credit Suisse launches aviation financing subsidiary


    Credit Suisse says it has launched an aviation liquidity subsidiary which aims to assist actors in the aviation and air transport industry manage short-term transactions involving leased aircraft.

  • Air Canada's first A220

    A220 cost reductions on ‘track’ as Airbus seeks to make the Quebec programme profitable


    One year ago, Airbus executives in Canada laid out broad strokes of a plan to make the A220 a commercial success. Chief among the company’s goals: to boost A220 production, land sales with major airlines, reduce costs and, ultimately, make A220s profitable.

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    Air Canada unveils first A220-300 ahead of inaugural flight


    Air Canada unveiled its first Airbus A220-300 to reporters and business partners at a 15 January event, coming one day before it places the Quebec-made twin-jet into revenue service.

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    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 ...

  • bek air crash2

    Kazakh Fokker 100 crash modelled after icing emerges as prime suspect


    Investigators have commenced detailed mathematical modelling of a crashed Bek Air Fokker 100’s flightpath, after icing was identified as a leading suspect in the fatal accident. Preliminary findings from the accident inquiry, disclosed at a formal Kazakh government briefing, have found that the aircraft had been “partially treated” with ...

  • 737 Max

    Calhoun takes over as Boeing CEO with transparency pledge


    Longtime Boeing board member David Calhoun became chief executive of the Chicago-based company on 13 January, stepping into the spotlight amid a seething controversy while pledging to improve Boeing’s transparency and commitment to safety.

  • Airbus BelugaXL

    ​Airbus begins BelugaXL operations


    Airbus has started operating the first of the six BelugaXL high-capacity transports it is building to facilitate production ramp-up.

  • Flybe

    Pilots demand access to talks over Flybe's future


    UK pilots are alarmed and dismayed over indications that regional operator Flybe is holding urgent discussions over funding. The airline has so far refused to disclose details of the situation, or even confirm any reports, stating that it does not comment on “rumour or speculation”. But UK pilot ...