All Aircraft programmes articles – Page 3

  • 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 ...

  • Il-96-400M overview

    Tail and pylon assembly nears for initial Il-96-400M


    United Aircraft is set to begin mating of the tail and engine pylons for the first Ilyushin Il-96-400M, which is undergoing assembly at the Voronezh-based VASO plant. The aircraft is a longer, modernised variant of the Il-96-300 incorporating a 9.35m (30.7ft) stretch of the fuselage. United Aircraft says ...

  • Fuselage Il-114-300 index

    Final assembly nears for initial MiG-built Il-114-300


    United Aircraft is preparing to transfer primary structures for an initial Ilyushin Il-114-300 to the final assembly line at RSK MiG’s Lukhovistsy plant near Moscow. The manufacturer is describing the initial aircraft as a ”prototype” being built using serial-production technologies. Three fuselage sections for this aircraft have been ...

  • Airbus A380 Air France

    Air France terminates A380 fleet with immediate effect


    Air France has accelerated plans to phase out its Airbus A380 fleet and will retire the aircraft immediately rather than in 2022 as previously scheduled.

  • Trent XWB - Rolls-Royce

    Rolls-Royce to cut 9,000 jobs largely in civil aerospace


    Rolls-Royce is expecting to have to axe around 9,000 personnel – about 17% of its global workforce – in the aftermath of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Its civil aerospace division will be “predominantly” affected, it says, following the severe deterioration of the air transport market. ...

  • UR-CRL

    Peruvian air force adds third 737 to transport fleet


    Peru has placed a contract worth $3.75 million with Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based D&S Aviation for the supply of a second-hand Boeing 737-300 for the country’s air force.


    Delays, budget cuts, and then some: SpaceJet confronts new realities


    Nearly a year after a high-profile rebranding, Mitsubishi’s SpaceJet programme faces an existential crisis of sorts. It has suffered a major budget cut, and development of a 76-seat variant has been put on the backburner. What does this mean for Japan’s flagship regional aircraft programme? 

  • Mitsubishi-SpaceJet-M90

    Mitsubishi to halve SpaceJet budget, review M100 development


    Mitsubishi Aircraft’s parent company will review the development of a 76-seater variant of its regional jet programme nearly a year after its launch, as full-year losses related to the programme widened. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will also halve the budget allocated for the SpaceJet regional aircraft programme to Y60 ...

  • Luftwaffe A350

    First German government A350 arrives for outfitting in Hamburg


    Airbus has transferred the first of three A350-900s for the federal German government to Hamburg for outfitting at the Lufthansa Technik facility. The aircraft flew from the airframer’s Hamburg Finkenwerder plant to the city’s main international airport on 7 May. It bears the civil registration D-AGAF but will ...

  • A350-900 head-on

    Airbus delivered nearly 100 fewer aircraft over first four months


    Airbus delivered just 14 aircraft during April as the full effects of the coronavirus crisis on its production operation became evident, a total down by 80% on the 70 deliveries achieved in the same month last year. The airframer registered only a single order – for nine A320neo-family jets ...

  • FedEx Airbus A380-800F

    Years after cancellation, A380 freighter’s time may have come


    FedEx’s crystal ball was clearly having an off-day when it churned out predictions for the Airbus A380 freighter 15 years ago. The US express cargo giant, once the launch operator of the A380F, expected to take delivery of the aircraft in 2008, enthused about a -900 stretched cargo variant, and forecast that passenger-to-freighter A380s would arrive by 2020.

  • Rolls-Royce Trent XWB assembly

    Rolls-Royce prepares to cut workforce as civil engine outlook slumps


    Rolls-Royce is expecting to detail to its personnel, by the end of May, the impact on the size of its civil aerospace workforce as it adapts to the collapse in air transport demand. It expects to deliver just 250 widebody aircraft engines this year, compared with its previous estimate ...

  • A380F head

    A380 finally lands freighter role with LHT modification


    German maintenance specialist Lufthansa Technik is working on a conversion for an Airbus A380 as part of its effort to offer temporary passenger-to-cargo modification services. Lufthansa Technik has not identified the customer but states that it has been awarded the technical and engineering task to support the “operational change” ...

  • Igor Vinogradov

    Irkut announces death of key Superjet and MC-21 certification figure


    Russian airframer Irkut has announced the death of senior civil aircraft certification figure Igor Vinogradov. Vinogradov had been instrumental in advancing certification of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 which Irkut subsequently absorbed into its product line through the establishment of a regional aircraft division. He was also active in ...