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    A321neo tail-strike after overwater approach spurs radio-altimeter logic tweak


    Airbus is aiming to introduce a revised radio altimeter after US investigators determined a logic glitch contributed to an A321neo tail-strike at Los Angeles. The Hawaiian Airlines aircraft had been conducting an overwater approach, in visual conditions, to Los Angeles’s runway 06R on 13 August 2018. According to ...

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    FAA mandates inspections for 737 Max flight control systems


    The Federal Aviation Administration has mandated that US airlines perform repeated inspections of aspects of Boeing 737 Max flight control systems.

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    David Curtis, head of Viking and De Havilland parent Longview, to retire


    David Curtis, executive chairman of Canadian aerospace company Longview Aviation Capital, will retire on 1 August, ending a nearly 40-year tenure during which Longview acquired major aircraft programmes including the Viking Air Twin Otter and De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Dash 8.

  • MC-21-300 icing test-c-United Aircraft

    Irkut outlines remaining tests for MC-21


    Irkut has identified evacuation and electrical discharge protection among outstanding tests for its MC-21-300 twinjet, as the aircraft edges towards certification.

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    Ground-effect electric vehicle draws attention of Channel ferry operator


    US developers of an electric ground-effect vehicle have attracted the interest of a French ferry operator, which is exploring its potential for high-speed sustainable overwater transport. Brittany Ferries says it has signed a letter of intent with the Boston-based start-up company Regent with a view to capitalising on commercial ...

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    Emirates full-year freight revenues surge despite fall in cargo volumes


    Surging demand for essential freight capacity meant Emirates’ cargo revenues rose by more than 50% over the last financial year. Emirates’ SkyCargo division turned in revenues of Dhs17.1 billion ($4.7 billion) for 2020-21 compared with the previous figure of Dhs11.2 billion. This was despite a fall of around ...

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    Start-up Play shows off distinctive livery on A321neo


    Icelandic start-up carrier Play’s first aircraft has emerged in the airline’s distinctive all-red livery. The aircraft, an Airbus A321neo, is fitted with CFM International Leap-1A powerplants. Reykjavik-based Play has obtained its air operator’s certificate and is intending to launch services in June. The carrier has listed seven ...

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    Cheap fuel killed propfan concepts decades ago. Can CFM’s revived concept endure?


    As before, experts agree propfans have real ability to bring significant efficiency gains to the next generation of commercial airliners – in this case, the jets Airbus and Boeing are expected to bring to market in the 2030s.

  • PD-35 section-d-United Engine

    Testing of crucial section for PD-35 engine set to begin this year


    Testing of the gas generator for Russia’s high-thrust Aviadvigatel PD-35 engine is set to commence in the autumn. The powerplant is a scaled-up derivative of the PD-14 developed for the Irkut MC-21. United Engine Corporation says the 35,000kg-thrust engine is intended for installation on long-haul twin-aisle aircraft. ...

  • A350-900 head-on

    End in sight for prolonged Airbus-Boeing dispute as US and EU agree funding framework


    Airbus is encouraged by plans to end the long-running transatlantic dispute over subsidies for large civil aircraft programmes through a series of steps outlined by a co-operative framework. European trade commissioner Vladis Dombrovskis has reached an “understanding” with US trade representative Katherine Tai intended to address bilateral issues through ...

  • Emirates 777-300ER-c-Emirates

    Emirates limits airline impairments to specific jets nearing retirement


    Emirates recorded an impairment of Dhs500 million ($136 million) in its full-year 2020-21 figures specifically relating to certain aircraft which it does not expect to return to service before they reach end-of-life or their leases expire. Over the course of the year the carrier took delivery of three A380s ...

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    Emirates Group unveils rare full-year loss and expects ‘patchy’ track to recovery


    Emirates Group slashed its workforce by nearly a third in response to the air transport crisis, the impact of which has driven the perennially-profitable operator to a rare full-year loss of Dhs22.1 billion ($6 billion). The airline division suffered a loss of Dhs20.3 billion, in contrast to its profit ...

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    Helvetic and SmartLynx open Basel bases for holiday routes


    Swiss carrier Helvetic Airways is to open a base at Basel airport, where it will station a pair of regional Embraer E-Jets for Mediterranean services. Helvetic says the Basel operation, which commences on 10 July, is its first from the airport. It will fly to the Spanish city of ...

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    Lufthansa eyes positive cash flow in Q2


    Lufthansa Group is reporting a significant surge in air travel bookings and predicting positive cash flow in the second quarter of 2021 thanks partly to its restructuring.

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    Royal Jordanian renegotiates leases to rein-in fleet costs


    Middle Eastern carrier Royal Jordanian has reached an agreement with one of its major lessors, and is negotiating with three others, in a bid to reduce the airline’s fleet costs. It says it hopes to finalise talks with the remaining lessors “shortly” and save around $40 million over the ...

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    The many challenges facing the air taxi vision


    Regulators could clear air taxi flights as soon as 2024, but questions about the business case remain unsettled

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    CFM launches open rotor demonstrator, promising 20% better fuel burn for mid-2030s applications


    CFM International has launched RISE – a new engine demonstrator programme featuring an open rotor architecture that promises to deliver a 20% fuel efficiency gain over today’s narrowbody powerplants.

  • ZEROe-c-Airbus

    Airbus to pursue liquid-hydrogen tank development at French and German sites


    Airbus is to pursue the manufacture of cryogenic tanks for hydrogen-based propulsion through the establishment of two development centres in Germany and France. The zero-emission centres – located in Bremen and Nantes – will aim to achieve “cost-competitive” tank manufacturing in support of the airframer’s ‘ZEROe’ programme, under which ...

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    Three airspeed incidents at Heathrow trigger alert over insect blockage


    UK safety regulators are urging pilots to pay close attention to speed checks during the take-off roll, after three incidents in three days at London Heathrow involving suspected pitot blockage by insects. The separate incidents – which occurred during 9-11 June – involved aircraft of different types, all of ...

  • Stobart Air-c-Stobart Air

    Parent of collapsed Stobart Air trying to place ATR fleet with other operators


    Irish regional carrier Stobart Air’s parent company, Esken, is attempting to redeploy its ATR turboprop fleet with other operators following the airline’s collapse. Esken halted its financial support to Stobart Air after cancelling a planned sale of the carrier to Isle of Man investment company Ettyl, when Ettyl’s funding ...