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  • YL-AAP A220-c-Air Baltic

    Air Baltic A220 inspected after landing incident in snowy Riga


    Latvian carrier Air Baltic is inspecting one of its Airbus A220-300s after a landing incident at Riga during poor weather. The incident involved the airline’s BT694 service from Paris Charles de Gaulle, which touched down on runway 18 at 23:17 on 8 March. According to Air Baltic the aircraft’s nose-wheel ...

  • Wreckers dismantle a SpaceJet M90 at Moses Lake on 8 March 2023

    SpaceJet test aircraft demolished at Moses Lake


    Wrecking crews dismantled one of Mitsubishi Aircraft’s SpaceJet prototype regional jets at Moses Lake on 8 March, physically and symbolically closing a chapter on Japan’s once-ambitious regional jet programme.

  • Ethiopian 737 Max wreckage

    FAA steps up hiring, Boeing oversight in response to 737 Max crashes


    Acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration Billy Nolen testified on Capitol Hill that he “can say categorically” the Boeing 737 Max is safe – and his agency is also taking steps to ensure its certification process for future aircraft is as well.

  • Taby Saab 2000F first flight-c-TAM

    Taby’s converted Saab 2000 freighter conducts maiden flight


    Swedish modification specialist Taby Air Maintenance has conducted the maiden flight of its new Saab 2000 freighter conversion. The aircraft was rolled out from the company’s Orebro airport facility on 6 March, the company says, and underwent a post-maintenance flight concentrated on system tests. TAM states that the turboprop has ...

  • Viva-c-Viva Air

    Colombian transport authority steps in to manage Viva Air re-organisation


    Colombia’s transportation superintendent, the oversight authority for the sector, has taken control of troubled budget airline Viva Air and is seeking to submit the carrier to a business recovery process. The superintendent states that the control decision sets out tasks including drawing up, within two days, an immediate improvement scheme ...

  • 737 Max 8 title-c-Boeing

    Qatar to start introducing 737 Max 8s on short-haul network


    Qatar Airways is to start introducing its own Boeing 737 Max jets, to support capacity growth in short-haul sectors. The airline says it recently had an “opportunity” to acquire a “small number” of 737 Max 8s, without elaborating on the details of the agreement. Qatar Airways says the twinjets – ...

  • Archer02

    Archer Aviation begins construction of manufacturing facility


    Archer Aviation has begun construction on its manufacturing facility in Georgia.

  • FedEx 767F. FedEx

    Boeing confirms 767 and KC-46 ‘quality’ problem


    Boeing confirms it has identified a “quality issue” affecting production of 767s and 767-based KC-46 military tankers, saying the issue requires it make fixes to production aircraft.

  • American 737 Max-c-American Airlines

    NTSB investigates runway incident involving American-Air Canada jets in Sarasota


    The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating yet another close call at a US airport, this time involving two passenger jets at Sarasota-Bradenton in Florida on 16 February.

  • Qatar A350

    Qatar Airways A350 and A321neo orders restored to Airbus backlog


    Qatar Airways’ order for 23 Airbus A350-1000s and 50 A321neos has been reinstated on the airframer’s backlog as part of its activity in February. Airbus had previously cancelled the orders during the legal row over skin-paint deterioration on Qatar’s A350 fleet. But the two sides eventually avoided a high-profile trial ...

  • Icelandair 737 Max-c-Icelandair

    Icelandair backs domestic sustainable fuel initiative with offtake agreement


    Icelandair is to support a domestic initiative to produce sustainable aviation fuel by provisionally agreeing to an offtake of the fuel. It has entered the memorandum of understanding with IdunnH2, a company established in 2020 which is developing a commercial-scale synthetic fuel facility in Helguvik Harbour, close to Icelandair’s base ...

  • 777-300ERSF title-c-IAI

    Cargojet pushes back 777 freighter conversions citing slowdown risk


    Canadian operator Cargojet is to defer freight conversion of several Boeing 777s and 767 in response to forecasts of slower global economic growth rates. It had been planning to introduce eight 777s to expand its international charter reach and reinforce its domestic network. Cargojet allocated four of these, all 777-200s, ...

  • US Air Force F-35A

    P&W lands new contract to support F135 production


    Pratt & Whitney (P&W) has landed another contract, this one worth $5.2 billion, to support its production of the F135 engines that power Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

  • f-35-fort-worth-c-lockheed-martin

    Lockheed resumes F-35 flights following December crash caused by ‘harmonic resonance’


    Lockheed Martin has resumed flights of company-owned, new production F-35 fighters following a nearly three-month pause after a crash at Fort Worth in December last year.

  • El Al 737-c-El Al

    El Al plots five-year fleet expansion including 737 replacement


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is considering options to increase its fleet by up to 13 aircraft to keep up with its targets for passenger traffic and market share over the next five years. It is aiming to align the expansion with plans to replace its older Boeing 737 jets from ...

  • Air Baltic A320 lease-c-Air Baltic

    Air Baltic leasing A320s to protect schedule from supply-chain snags


    Latvia’s Air Baltic is to underpin capacity for the summer by wet-leasing four Airbus A320s, aimed at protecting the airline’s flights from possible supply-chain problems. The twinjets, which will be supplied by charter carrier Avion Express, will be configured with an all-economy layout comprising 180 seats. Air Baltic operates a ...

  • Air Nostrum CRJ-c-Air Nostrum

    Air Nostrum-CityJet tie-up re-cleared by EU regulators


    Spanish carrier Air Nostrum’s joint-venture tie-up with Irish operator CityJet has been re-cleared by European competition regulators, more than three years after initially being approved. The two airlines disclosed plans to combine and form a new regional airline group in 2018, operating under a holding company and aiming to offer ...

  • Universal Dash 8 first fight 2 March 2023
    In depth

    ‘It’s a big deal’: Universal Hydrogen chief on hydrogen-retrofitted Dash 8’s first flight


    The first flight of a De Havilland Canada Dash 8-300 powered partly by a hydrogen fuel-cell propulsion system is just the beginning of start-up Universal Hydrogen’s strategy to decarbonise airline travel.

  • El Al 787-c-El Al

    Israel’s El Al returns to full-year profit


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has generated a full-year operating profit of $113 million, and ended the period with a net surplus of $109 million. The airline says it achieved a fourth-quarter net profit – a figure of $8.5 million – for the first time since 2015, although it points out ...

  • Ryanair 737-800-c-Shutterstock

    Indication of tailwind before 737 overran snowy shortened runway


    Meteorological data indicates that a Ryanair Boeing 737-800 was subject to a tailwind when it overran while landing on a runway covered with wet snow at Dortmund. The crew of the aircraft, arriving from London Stansted in reduced visibility on 5 December last year, had been informed that runway 06 ...