All Aircraft programmes articles

  • BOC Max

    BOC Aviation cancels orders for 30 737 Max jets


    Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation has cancelled an order for 30 Boeing 737 Max jets, and intends to defer delivery of others. It has not disclosed the extent of the deferral nor the number of jets involved. But BOC Aviation says it has signed commitments with customers for all ...

  • A350-900 head-on

    Airbus not expecting significant changes in production rates: Faury


    Airbus is not expecting to make substantial adjustments to its production rates for the foreseeable future, following the cuts to monthly output it disclosed in early April. The airframer has brought monthly single-aisle production down from 60 to 40 aircraft, while the twin-aisle rate has fallen from 9.5 to ...

  • Airbus A330neo

    Airbus to cut global workforce by 15,000 personnel


    Airbus is set to cut its workforce by 15,000 personnel by summer next year, as part of its response to the downturn in the air transport sector. These cuts will include 5,100 positions in Germany, another 5,000 in France, and 1,700 in the UK. The measures affect subsidiaries including ...

  • 737 Max

    Boeing 737 Max takes off on first FAA recertification flight


    Boeing’s beleaguered 737 Max aircraft has taken a big step towards recertification more than 15 months after it was grounded, as it launched on its first official recertification flight.

  • Comac ARJ21 tails Big Three

    China’s ‘Big Three’ carriers receive first ARJ21s


    China’s three largest carriers — Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines —each took delivery of their first Comac ARJ21 regional jets, and will be taking three more examples by year end. Comac handed over the aircraft to the three carriers on 28 June, hailing what it ...

  • MC-21 lead

    Fourth MC-21 flight-test aircraft emerges from painting


    Irkut’s fourth flight-test MC-21-300 has emerged from painting in Ulyanovsk and returned to join the rest of the certification fleet in Moscow. The aircraft, numbered 73056 and fitted with Pratt Whitney PW1400G engines, was transferred to Moscow’s Ramenskoye airfield on 25 June. Source: Irkut ...

  • EU Japan

    EU-Japan pact enables mutual certification recognition


    Japanese and European representatives have reached a bilateral agreement on civil aviation safety, through which each side will recognise and accept the other’s regulatory approvals. The agreement will enable reciprocal acceptance of certificates and findings of compliance by either side’s approval organisations and competent authorities. Its primary objective ...

  • Zhuk SST

    Russian researchers start drawing up new supersonic jet concept


    Russian researchers have embarked on preliminary investigations into development of a civil supersonic aircraft, nearly four decades after the Tupolev Tu-144 programme ended. The work is being undertaken by the Zhukovsky Institute, a federal collective national research organisation which includes several centres – among them the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute, ...

  • DHL 767

    DHL orders freighter conversion of 767s


    Germany’s DHL International is ordering conversion of up to four Boeing 767-300ERs to freighters to gain additional cargo capacity in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The twinjets are set to be converted at the facilities of Israel Aerospace Industries. Neither DHL nor IAI has detailed the airframes ...


    Mitsubishi Aircraft development chief, global marketing head among departures in shake-up


    Mitsubishi Aircraft’s recently-announced organisational shake-up has seen the departure of at least two high-profile executives — its chief development officer and its global marketing and strategy head. The airframer on 15 June announced that it was shifting its focus from global development to achieving type certification for its SpaceJet ...

  • Il-114 fuselage join

    Fuselage join begins for first Il-114-300


    Fuselage mating has commenced for the first Ilyushin Il-114-300 to be manufactured using serial production technology. The aircraft is being assembled at the Lukhovitsky plant of RSK MiG near Moscow. Joining of the fuselage sections is being performed on an automated rig specially designed and built for the ...

  • MC-21

    Latest MC-21 test aircraft flown to Ulyanovsk for painting


    Irkut has transferred its fourth MC-21-300 flight-test aircraft to Ulyanovsk to undergo painting, six months after it first flew. The aircraft, fitted with Pratt Whitney PW1400G engines, carried out its maiden flight in December last year and was moved to Moscow Ramenskoye to join the rest of ...

  • Air France A350

    French government puts jobs and environment first in €15bn aerospace bailout


    France’s government has unveiled a €15 billion financial support programme for the aerospace sector, intended to save jobs and transform smaller businesses while underscoring the need for environmental progress. The government states that support – which includes the funding already unveiled for Air France-KLM Group – will be a ...

  • IndiGo

    Airbus delivers 24 aircraft during zero-order May


    Airbus managed to deliver 24 aircraft during May, although the manufacturer took no new orders for the entire month. But it also recorded no cancellations in May which meant overall net orders remained at 299 for the first five months of the year. It delivered four long-haul aircraft ...

  • PW1100G on A320neo.

    SMBC chief expects new aircraft to be favoured in recovery despite cheap fuel


    SMBC Aviation Capital chief executive Peter Barrett expects airlines will resist the temptation to favour older, less-efficient aircraft over new metal in the current low-fuel-price environment as capacity is restored in the recovery.

  • Peter Barrett SMBC

    ​SMBC Max deferrals linked to programme’s ‘challenge’, not coronavirus


    SMBC Aviation Capital is the latest customer to reach agreement with Boeing around deferral of 737 Max deliveries

  • B747F-lufthansa-c-Frankfurt Airport

    Why freighter strategy is a loaded question for Boeing


    Seattle faces some crucial decisions if it is to sustain its dominance in the freight sector

  • A330neo

    A330neo approved with intermediate take-off weight hike


    Airbus appears to have secured regulatory approval for an intermediate maximum take-off weight increase on the A330-900. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has listed two weight variants of a 245t version – designated WV910 and WV911 – on the aircraft’s type certificate. Airbus has been developing higher-weight ...

  • Boeing 747-8F Freighter

    ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747


    Manufacturer evaluates whether to commit to extending production of 747-8 Freighter

  • CRJ fuselage manufacture

    Bombardier expects minimal impact from Belfast plant fire


    Bombardier Aerospace is confident of avoid any significant impact on customer deliveries following a fire at its Belfast facilities. The aircraft manufacturer says the fire, which broke out on 24 March, was contained within one area of the plant. “While there is damage to some machinery and a ...