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    Russian cargo veteran Isaikin withdraws from outsize specialist Volga-Dnepr


    Russian outsize freight carrier Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ veteran founder, Alexei Isaikin, has withdrawn from the company’s shareholders. The carrier states that Isaikin, who has worked in the aviation sector for 45 years, is transferring control to the company’s management. Volga-Dnepr Airlines was founded in 1990 and carries out charter air cargo ...

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    IATA to press for ICAO review of pilot upper age limits


    IATA is seeking a review of commercial pilot age limits to help relieve forecast demand for cockpit crews. It has submitted a paper to the upcoming ICAO Assembly which refers to the age limit of 65 imposed on pilots by the Chicago Convention. The paper urges ICAO to examine the ...

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    MC-21 model reflecting domestic-composite wing undergoes flutter tests


    Russian analysts are conducting tests with an Irkut MC-21-300 model with wings representative of those created with domestically-sourced composites. The research at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute is intended to explore the potential for flutter on the twinjet. Irkut and RSK MiG have assisted with development of the 1:7-scale model which ...

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    El Al to consider wet-leases and more 787s to address capacity shortfall


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is to explore the possibility of additional Boeing 787s from the second half of next year, once it completes introduction of its current fleet. The airline has 15 of the type – comprising 12 787-9s and three 787-8s – and it is expecting to receive one ...

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    Dreamliner deliveries resume but capacity constraints remain


    Boeing’s much-awaited resumption of 787 deliveries on Wednesday provided a welcome boost for the manufacturer and Dreamliner customers who have been facing operational headaches caused by the aircraft delays. American Airlines became the first airline to take delivery of a 787 since US regulators gave Boeing the green light to ...

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    TUI 737 tail-strike pilot’s training interrupted by pandemic


    UK investigators believe pandemic-related interruptions to a first officer’s flight training probably contributed to a Boeing 737-800 tail-strike incident on take-off from Manchester earlier this year. The first officer rotated the TUI Airways jet too rapidly on departure from runway 23R, causing the tail to contact the ground, and the ...

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    El Al works to restore activity levels as recovery gains traction


    Israeli carrier El Al made a pre-tax loss of $90 million for the first half of the year, although a tax gain pushed the airline into a net profit of $34 million. The airline generated revenues of nearly $799 million over the six months to 30 June. El Al says ...

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    Airbus operational single-aisle fleet passes 10,000


    Airbus A220s have helped lift the airframer’s total global operational single-aisle fleet into five figures, according to the company’s latest backlog data. Its official single-aisle fleet total passed the 10,000 mark in July 2022. Almost three-quarters of these aircraft – some 7,466 – were older A320-family jets, including just over ...

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    Siberia’s KrasAvia to acquire LMS-901 fleet for regional connectivity


    Siberian operator KrasAvia has entered a provisional agreement to acquire 10 UZGA LMS-901 multi-purpose aircraft. Deliveries of the Russian-built, single-engined high-wing type will commence in 2025 and run to 2029. KrasAvia says it will become “one of the first customers” for the new aircraft in Russia as a result of ...

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    Profitable Air Arabia progresses with new joint-venture carriers


    Middle Eastern budget carrier Air Arabia’s new Armenian operator Fly Arna commenced operations in July. The Yerevan-based operation obtained its air operator’s certificate in June and subsequently opened services to the Egyptian resorts of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh. Air Arabia also states that it has reached an “advanced stage” of ...

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    Archer completes preliminary design review of four-seat ‘Midnight’


    Electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developer Archer Aviation has published an image of its piloted four-seat production aircraft, which it’s named “Midnight”.

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    Joby expands military partnership in eVTOL development


    The California developer of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft says a modification to its existing contract under the US Air Force’s Agility Prime programme is worth $45 million.

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    United pays first installment of $10m to Archer for air taxis


    United Airlines has paid air-taxi developer Archer Aviation $10 million in a first instalment on its conditional order with the start-up, representing what the companies say is a “watershed moment” for the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) industry.

  • ALIA-250-c-Beta Technologies

    Beta ALIA becomes latest eVTOL to secure Bristow custom


    Helicopter operator Bristow Group is ordering up to 55 eVTOL aircraft, further cementing its venture into the emerging electric aviation sector. The company has signed for US firm Beta Technologies’ ALIA-250 which will be capable of accommodating a pilot and five passengers. Bristow’s agreement for five firm and 50 optioned ...

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    TUI blames UK flight-disruption costs for third-quarter losses


    Leisure company TUI would have generated positive third-quarter earnings but for the operational disruption to its flights, mainly at UK airports, during the period. TUI puts the cost of flight disruption at €75 million ($76 million) but states that the resulting EBIT loss of €27 million for the three months ...

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    Avianca seeks urgent integration of financially-pressured Viva


    Colombian operator Avianca is seeking to accelerate closer ties with Latin American low-cost carrier Viva, in order to protect the budget airline. Avianca has requested authorisation from the Colombian civil aviation regulator to integrate Viva over concerns about Viva’s ability to compete in the face of increased financial pressures. Viva ...

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    Boeing notches 130 new orders in July, delivers 26 jets


    Boeing landed new orders for 130 aircraft in July, most of which were 737 airframes, with four cancellations.

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: August 2022 update


    Our regular examination of the latest global data for several key airline market indicators, including traffic and capacity in passenger and cargo markets, in-service and stored fleets, jet fuel costs, and share price trends for the world’s largest groups.

  • MC-21-300 icing test-c-United Aircraft

    Pratt-powered MC-21 engines swapped to pursue PD-14 certification


    Russian airframer Irkut is preparing to conduct test flights with an MC-21-300 whose engines are being swapped from foreign-built to domestically-built powerplants. The aircraft, number 73051, was originally an MC-21-300 variant fitted with Pratt & Whitney PW1400G engines. But Russian state technology firm Rostec says the aircraft will be tested ...

  • China Southern A321neo-c-Airbus

    Chinese carriers help lift Airbus net orders by nearly 400 aircraft


    Airbus has added nearly 400 net orders to its total for the year, following a strong July, and includes the large agreement for aircraft from four Chinese carriers. These Chinese operators are collectively taking 196 A321neos, plus 82 A320neos and 14 A319neos. Airbus also recorded 39 A321neo orders from LATAM, ...