All Aircraft programmes articles – Page 6

  • China Southern A350

    Airbus sees indications of gradual Chinese traffic recovery


    Airbus believes there are initial signs of air transport recovery from the coronavirus outbreak in China, from where the first contagion wave spread. Its Tianjin facility had briefly shut production when the outbreak emerged, but has since resumed manufacturing, although Chinese airline operations remain significantly affected. Speaking during ...

  • A350-1000

    Airbus assessing production impact as outbreak pressure intensifies


    Airbus is evaluating potential impact of the coronavirus outbreak on production, particularly for twin-aisle aircraft, and acknowledges that it might have to store aircraft as tightening restrictions obstruct deliveries. But the airframer is emphasising that it retains a strong backlog, especially in the single-aisle sector, which will help to ...

  • A330-800 Airbus

    A330-800 test aircraft deployed to transport coronavirus supplies


    Airbus has been deploying an A330-800 test aircraft to assist with coronavirus protection measures, using it to transport some 2 million masks from Tianjin in China to Europe, where they will be distributed to French and Spanish authorities. The airframer disclosed the measure as it prepares to restart – ...


    Mitsubishi Aircraft adds new directors to board


    Mitsubishi Aircraft will see yet another round of management changes, as it doubles down on certificating its SpaceJet M90 regional jet programme. Two current senior vice presidents in the Japanese airframer will be promoted to directors of its board, effective 1 April. Keisuke Masutani will oversee global governance ...

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    Latest SpaceJet M90 test aircraft embarks on first flight


    Mitsubishi Aircraft’s SpaceJet M90 flight-test vehicle 10 took off on its maiden sortie on 18 March. The aircraft, FTV10, registered JA26MJ, took off from Nagoya and conducted a series of performance tests over the Pacific Ocean. Two hours later, the aircraft returned to Nagoya. Source: Mitsubishi ...

  • Blended body

    Windtunnel tests to start on new Russian blended-body concept


    Russian analysts have developed an improved model for a proposed blended-body twinjet passenger aircraft, which is to be submitted for research and testing. Studies of potential “flying wing” configurations have been examined for several years, using models with various tail and engine designs, says the Moscow-based Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute. ...

  • MC-21 fourth aircraft

    Fourth MC-21 flown to Moscow test centre


    Russian airframer Irkut has flown its fourth flight-test MC-21-300 to Moscow to participate in the certification campaign for the twinjet. The aircraft, fitted with Pratt Whitney PW1400G engines, was ferried with a crew of two pilots to the Gromov institute at Zhukhovsky airfield. It has been ...

  • SIA's first A350 on final assembly line

    Airbus halting French and Spanish production for four days


    Airbus is to halt production across its French and Spanish facilities for four days to give the company time to implement strict hygiene measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The airframer says the decision follows introduction of new procedures in both countries intended to contain the illness. ...

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    How the 737 Max grounding changed commercial aerospace


    One year has passed since regulators grounded the Boeing 737 Max in the wake of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, setting in motion events that transformed the aerospace industry.

  • Max grounded in Washington
    In depth

    Tarnished Max brand presents major challenge for Boeing


    Facing its 737 Max crisis, Boeing is sailing in uncharted brand management seas

  • Max on ground
    In depth

    Why restarting Max production is just the start of Boeing's delivery challenges


    Between its huge order backlog and the fact that its customers’ only alternative, Airbus, is booked solid for years, restarting Max production is just the first hurdle for Boeing

  • Southwest Boeing 737 Max
    In depth

    Timeline of the twists and turns in the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max


    On 13 March 2019 the US essentially completed the global grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, following two fatal crashes involving the type in the space of five months.

  • Getafe

    Airbus worker at Spanish plant treated for coronavirus


    Airbus has advised a number of workers at its Spanish Getafe plant to take quarantine precautions after a coronavirus diagnosis for one of the facility’s employees. The airframer says it has advised a 14-day self-quarantine for those who have been in direct contact with the worker, who is receiving ...

  • AB podcast March

    Airline Business podcast: Airlines reel from coronavirus impact, plus latest on Boeing 737 Max


    Join executive editor Graham Dunn and managing editor Lewis Harper as they discuss the spiralling impact of the coronavirus, which has been described by IATA as a “crisis” for the airline industry. Graham and Lewis consider markets across the world, including Italy’s, which has joined those in Asia and ...

  • 737 Max cockpit
    In depth

    Does Boeing design fix need to go beyond 737 Max?


    After two fatal crashes and a grounding, extensive remedial work should fix the 737 Max; now Boeing must also rethink the basic design philosophy underpinning its future aircraft

  • ARJ21_Pudong

    Comac opens second ARJ21 production line


    Comac has ramped up production of its ARJ21 regional jet after opening a second production line at Shanghai’s Pudong International airport. The new production line is located at the Comac final assembly centre in Pudong, the same facility where C919 is assembled. Plans for the second production line ...

  • SpaceJet M90 FTV10

    Coronavirus to keep M90 FTV10 first flight a quiet affair


    Mitsubishi Aircraft is planning for a low-key first flight of the SpaceJet M90 Flight Test Vehicle 10 (FTV10), owing to government policy to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The company adds that the aircraft is “in final preparations for its first flight, which we will announce in the coming ...

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    Ethiopian 737 Max pilots battled intense pitch and trim forces


    Investigators probing the fatal Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max accident have given additional insight into a crucial period during which the crew, having temporarily stopped the aircraft from automatically nosing down, struggled vainly to regain pitch and trim control. In an interim update into the 10 March 2019 crash ...

  • electric aircraft

    Norwegian authorities aim for electric aircraft debut by 2030


    Norwegian authorities have drawn up a programme for introduction of electric aircraft, as part of a national transport plan to published in spring next year and put to the country’s parliament. Air navigation service Avinor and the Norwegian civil aviation administration have set out objectives including the initial operation ...

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    What Flybe’s demise means for the Dash 8


    Flybe’s collapse is a serious blow for De Havilland Canada’s Dash 8-400 programme as the UK regional carrier was the turboprop’s largest operator.