All Aircraft programmes articles – Page 9

  • 737 Max Leap-1B

    FAA sees close alignment with international regulators on Max design changes


    US administration’s chief expects solid approach to certification but less sure on timing of return-to-flight globally

  • 777X_takeoff

    FAA chief outlines possible rethink of derivative airliner certification


    Admnistrator Steve Dickson explains how 737 Max review could impact approval of major aircraft variants

  • Lufthansa A350

    Lufthansa appears to trim A350 orders


    German flag-carrier Lufthansa appears to have trimmed its Airbus A350-900 order, cutting two aircraft from its commitment. Lufthansa ordered 25 A350-900s in 2013 and supplemented this agreement last year with a deal for another 20. But Airbus’s latest backlog revision, covering January 2020, indicates the carrier has reduced ...

  • Max 9 take-off

    737 Max edging cautiously towards certification flights: FAA chief


    US FAA administrator Steve Dickson has indicated that the Boeing 737 Max could commence certification flights within a few weeks, although certain issues with the aircraft still need to be resolved. But speaking during a briefing at the US embassy in London on 6 February, he stressed that there ...

  • Air Lease A321XLR

    Firmed Air Lease and Spirit orders give Airbus a strong start to 2020


    Airbus has made a strong start to 2020 in terms of order activity, recording gross bookings for nearly 300 aircraft in the first month of the year. The airframer logged 103 orders from US lessor Air Lease – including 52 A321neos and 50 A220s, plus a single A350-900. ...

  • SpaceJet M90

    ​Fresh delay hits Mitsubishi’s beleaguered SpaceJet


    Mitsubishi Aircraft’s SpaceJet programme has suffered another major delay, with the first delivery slipping potentially a year or more from the current target. In its third-quarter results announcement, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the parent of Mitsubishi Aircraft, said that the “first commercial delivery of SpaceJet is expected to be ...

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    United president encouraged by Boeing NMA ‘blank sheet’


    United Airlines president Scott Kirby is encouraged that Boeing will go back to the drawing board for its proposed New Mid-market Airplane (NMA) widebody aircraft even as it remains mired in the grounding of 737 Max aircraft. “We are encouraged that Boeing is taking a blank sheet on ...

  • boeing building

    Boeing has no time to lose on NMA decision


    Industry experts say Boeing must move quickly towards making a decision on its new mid-market airplane (NMA), a project it has been talking about for years but was recently put on the back burner as it continues to deal with the fallout from the year-long 737 Max crisis.

  • A330neo

    Anti-corruption group presses for Airbus prosecutions


    Prosecutors should pursue Airbus executives alleged to have participated in bribery on behalf of the airframer, the anti-corruption organisation Transparency International is insisting. Airbus has settled a four-year investigation into the manufacturer through a deferred prosecution agreement which enabled the company to avoid a conviction, although the fraud probe ...

  • Tianjin_Airbus

    Airbus shuts Tianjin A320 final assembly amid coronavirus outbreak


    Airbus has closed its sole final assembly line in China, as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues its spread in and out of the country. The airframer says the Tianjin final assembly line, which produces A320-family aircraft, is currently closed. Airbus did not say when it intended to reopen the ...

  • 737 Max 9. 970x550px. Boeing.
    In depth

    Boeing needs to balance supply chain and customers


    Suppliers and customers are both suffering from the 737 Max’s grounding, but to restart production requires the manufacturer to manage a delecate balancing act. 

  • Enviro-c-Shutterstock

    Boeing plays down short-term electric airliner viability


    An all-electric or hybrid-engined aircraft capable of carrying the same number of passengers as a Boeing 737 is still decades away, the airframer believes, with smaller regional types arriving as a precursor only at some point in the 2030s.

  • A220-300 formation flight with A321LR
    In depth

    What Airbus has done since taking on the A220


    Just 18 months after Toulouse acquired the twin-jet from Bombardier, production of the A220 is ramping up steadily

  • Emissions

    Aviation coalition unveils five-pillar net-zero UK carbon strategy


    Members of an aviation coalition are outlining a five-pillar strategy to commit the UK industry to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, while accommodating a 70% growth in passenger numbers. But the coalition, Sustainable Aviation, warns that it will need investment and a partnership with the government, plus collaboration from ...

  • A220

    Airbus to hike maximum zero-fuel weight on A220


    Airbus is planning a further performance tweak to the A220 family by increasing the maximum zero-fuel weight and maximum landing weight of the twinjet. A220 programme manager Florent Massou tells FlightGlobal that the change will be introduced as an option on both variants of the aircraft – the -100 ...

  • A321XLR

    A321XLR to have optional anti-condensation system


    Airbus is to offer a Swedish-built anti-condensation product as an optional line-fit for its single-aisle family, aimed at the long-range A321XLR. The anti-condensation equipment, manufactured by CTT Systems, will be part of a broader optional moisture-control system. It will be aimed at the newly-launched A321XLR, the longest-range variant ...

  • Airbus A380 Spain W448

    Airbus fraud investigation ‘remains active’ as penalty details emerge


    Airbus has entered deferred prosecution arrangements with French, UK and US authorities as part of its €3.6 billion settlement of long-running investigation into allegations of corruption. The company will pay nearly €2.1 billion under a French agreement with the Parquet National Financier, plus €991 million to the UK authorities, ...

  • Wright 1

    EasyJet ‘electric aircraft’ partner aims to fly engine in 2023


    US firm Wright Electric is aiming to conduct ground tests next year, and flight tests in three years’ time, of a motor intended to provide propulsion for an electric airliner. The company is constructing a 1.5MW electric motor and a 3kV inverter – a system to convert direct to ...

  • American Eagle E175
    In depth

    Checklist concern emerges after E175 crew's pitch-trim battle


    US investigators have discovered chafed horizontal stabiliser control wiring on an American Eagle Embraer 175 involved in a serious mis-trim and pitch-control incident on departure from Atlanta. The pilots of the aircraft, operated by Republic Airways, were unable to engage the autopilot at 2,200ft and experienced difficulty in holding ...

  • Max grounded in Washington

    Will Boeing cancel the 737 Max?


    Rob Morris, global head of consultancy with Ascend by Cirium, provides an overview of the 737 Max programme and uses the data available to evaluate whether Boeing should cancel it.