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    China Express details delivery schedule of initial 50 domestic jets


    China Express Airlines has detailed its agreement to take 100 domestically-built jets, with at least 50 set to be Comac ARJ21s. It had previously disclosed, in June, provisional plans to acquire a mix of ARJ21s and Comac C919s. China Express says that “all or part” of the balance ...

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    ​Air Lease boss stands by plan to keep Max orders and ‘not panic’


    Boeing’s 737 Max is “going to have a role” in meeting airlines’ future narrowbody needs, and lessors “can be very helpful” in ensuring the airframer is able to place the aircraft once it is cleared to fly again, Air Lease chief executive John Plueger has predicted. Speaking during the ...

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    US start-up GlobalX tentatively signs for Vallair A321 freighters


    US company Global Crossing Airlines is intending to lease 10 converted Airbus A321 freighters from the asset management specialist Vallair, the launch customer for the modification. Vallair says the preliminary agreement – still a letter of intent – is the “most significant deal” for the narrowbody freighter. Miami-based ...

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    Irkut progresses with MC-21 domestic composites and engines


    Russia’s air transport regulator has accepted applications to approve major structural changes to the Irkut MC-21, centred not only on the installation of Aviadvigatel PD-14 engines but also the use of domestically-produced composite structures. Rosaviatsia’s chief, Alexander Neradko, said that this work is being carried out as a “priority”, ...

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    A330 joins exclusive club of 1,500 twin-aisle deliveries


    Airbus’s A330 has become the first of the European airframer’s twin-aisle aircraft to reach 1,500 deliveries, a mark only previously achieved by two Boeing widebody models. Delta Air Lines received two A330-900s last month – on 21 and 23 September – which respectively represented the 1,500 th and ...

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    Unresponsive aileron puzzle emerges after Dash 8-400 cable incident


    Investigators are attempting to understand the reason behind unresponsive ailerons on De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 turboprops, an anomaly discovered during a separate probe into an aileron cable break on a Flybe aircraft. The cable break, involving the left-hand aileron, occurred on Flybe’s G-FLBE during a service from Newquay ...

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    Uganda Airlines’ first A330-800 emerges in full colours


    Airbus has rolled out the first A330-800 for Uganda Airlines, following completion of the twinjet’s livery painting. The aircraft, MSN1977, has been shown off in the full colour scheme. Uganda Airlines ordered two of the aircraft last year. The A330-800 is the smaller of the two A330neo variants. ...

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    The factors at play as 737 Max closes in on operational return


    As controversial narrowbody nears FAA recertification, Max Kingsley-Jones, senior consultant at Ascend by Cirium, outlines key issues around jet’s revival.

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    EASA readies draft airworthiness directive for 737 Max


    European regulators will next month publish a draft airworthiness directive (AD) which should enable the Boeing 737 Max to return to service in the bloc before year-end.

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    Why Boeing might shift where it manufactures jets


    Amid the troubles of 2020, Boeing’s strategy for returning to past heights remains unclear, with open questions about the company’s product strategy and future production footprint.

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    Russia strives to create local supply chains for its modern airliners


    Sanctions mean manufacturer Irkut is looking to domestic industry to provide an alternative source of components for the MC-21 and Superjet 100

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    Challenges aplenty for established regional airliner manufacturers


    Abandoned by Boeing and seeing its European market turn elsewhere, Embraer and De Havilland Canada have problems beyond those directly caused by the Covid-19 crisis, while ATR is hoping a new freighter programme will lift the gloom of a fading orderbook

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    How commercial airliner programmes and their manufacturers have dealt with crisis


    A look at how Airbus and Boeing, regional aircraft manufacturers and those leading airliner programmes in China, Japan and Russia have adapted to the major challenges the pandemic and associated collapse in air travel has caused the sector

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    Asian airframers tread diverging paths through the crisis


    The coronavirus outbreak, which upended nearly everything in the aerospace industry, has fuelled the diverging trajectory Asian airframers Comac and Mitsubishi Aircraft are taking. 

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    A320 family continues to deliver for Airbus as widebodies stall


    The airframer is struggling to find customers for its A330 and A350 families, but narrowbody production will continue at 40 units per month. However, plans to add production capacity by turning the former A380 facility in Toulouse into a dedicated assembly line for the A321neo are on hold

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    Wet-lease operator SmartLynx to introduce A321 freighters


    Wet-lease and charter specialist SmartLynx’s Maltese division is to lease a pair of Airbus A321s which have been converted to freighters. SmartLynx Malta says it will lease the twinjets – MSN891 and MSN1017 – from Vallair in order to enter the freighter market. It adds that it holding ...

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    Civil aircraft subsidies: EU fails to persuade WTO of case for higher penalties


    While the European Union, in its transatlantic civil aircraft subsidy dispute, had sought World Trade Organization authorisation to impose a higher penalty than the $7.5 billion awarded to the US government, it ultimately failed to convince the WTO of its case. Over the course of the long-running dispute the ...

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    EU can impose $4bn penalty in transatlantic aircraft subsidies row


    European Union authorities have secured the right to impose almost $4 billion in tariffs on US imports, including aircraft, in retaliation for harm arising from US government subsidies to Boeing. The decision from the World Trade Organization arbitrator, issued on 13 October, states that the level of countermeasures “commensurate ...

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    Airbus deliveries reach monthly high but orders stay quiet


    Airbus achieved deliveries of 57 aircraft during September, although order activity remained practically non-existent. Its delivery figure is the highest for any single month so far in 2020, exceeding the 55 achieved in February, just before the onset of the air transport crisis. The only order change registered ...

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    A320neo line adapts to five digits for MSN10000 delivery


    Lebanese flag-carrier Middle East Airlines has taken delivery of the first Airbus A320-family aircraft to have been assigned a five-digit serial number, with the handover of an A321neo bearing MSN10000. While the aircraft is not the 10,000 th A320 to be transferred to a customer – that milestone ...