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    Delta agreement for A321neos lifts Airbus orders in April


    Airbus recorded orders for 48 aircraft in April, including 25 A321neos for Delta Air Lines and 22 for lessor Avolon. But the Avolon order – for 14 A321neos and eight A320neos – appears to be a rejig of a previous agreement. Airbus listed 22 cancellations for the month and ...

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    Long-haul ‘tipping point’ not likely before mid-2022: Airbus chief


    Airbus is not expecting to see a notable upward shift in the long-haul market until the middle of 2022, as it prepares to begin ramping-up single-aisle production. Speaking during the Atlantic Council EU-US Future Forum on 6 May, Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury said the crisis impact had been ...

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    Airbus chief sees single-aisle ‘triopoly’ with China as early as end-decade


    Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury believes its single-aisle duopoly with Boeing could transform into a three-way competition by the end of the decade if China progresses strongly with its Comac C919. Speaking during the Atlantic Council EU-US Future Forum on 6 May, Faury said such a development was “not ...

  • GTLK Europe A321P2F-c-EFW

    Irish lessor GTLK Europe to take A321 converted freighters


    Irish-based lessor GTLK Europe is to acquire four Airbus A321 converted freighters, induction for which will commence this year. The aircraft will undergo modification by the EFW joint venture which is run by ST Engineering and Airbus. GTLK Europe is affiliated with the Russian state leasing company GTLK, ...

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    Airbus announces death of civil fly-by-wire pioneer Ziegler


    Airbus has announced the death of engineering icon Bernard Ziegler, the figure it credits with driving introduction of the commercial digital fly-by-wire technology which became a fundamental characteristic of the airframer’s aircraft. While Ziegler’s legacy – the use of sidestick controls and the software which provided flight-envelope protection – ...

  • 777-300ER freighter-c-IAI

    Israel Aerospace to set up 777 freighter conversion line in Seoul


    Israel Aerospace Industries is intending to establish a Boeing 777 passenger-to-freighter conversion facility in South Korea, specialising in both -200LR and -300ER modification. The company has reached a preliminary agreement with Sharp Technics K and Seoul’s Incheon airport regarding the plan. IAI says it aims to convert six ...

  • ZeroAvia crash-c-Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue

    ZeroAvia: System integrity 'maintained' during test aircraft accident


    Hydrogen-electric propulsion specialist ZeroAvia believes its ambitions to develop larger commercial aircraft will not be adversely affected, as it probes the accident which badly damaged its single-engined test airframe. The six-seat modified Piper M350 was wrecked as it landed in a field near the UK’s Cranfield airport on 29 ...

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    Airbus parks second Beluga as larger XL variant takes over


    Airbus has parked a second A300-600ST Beluga transport following the introduction of the higher-capacity BelugaXL. The airframer withdrew one of its five -600STs – the Beluga 2 aircraft, F-GSTB – last October, placing it into temporary storage. Airbus tells FlightGlobal that it has similarly stored another aircraft, Beluga ...

  • A350-900-c-Airbus

    Airbus signals intention to address ‘weak’ presence in freighter market


    Airbus has signalled that it intends to reinforce its participation in the freight sector, after admitting that it has a relatively poor presence in the market. The airframer only has a single dedicated freighter, the A330-200F, in its aircraft range, having previously ceased production of the older A300-600F and ...

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    Airbus yet to decide on future of Cadiz aerostructures site


    Airbus is yet to clarify the future of its Spanish plant at Puerto Real in the Cadiz region, following the decision on re-organisation of its aerostructures business in France and Germany. The Puerto Real facility depends heavily on twin-aisle production, manufacturing horizontal stabiliser boxes for the Airbus A350 and ...

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    Faradair names former Boeing figure Tinseth to lead hybrid-aircraft advisory board


    UK electric aircraft start-up Faradair has recruited former Boeing commercial aircraft vice-president of marketing Randy Tinseth to head its advisory board. It has also signed up former EasyJet executive Tony Anderson to the panel. Faradair says it has made the appointments to “help steer the company through its ...

  • Airbus A350 at Oshkosh

    Airbus commercial aircraft earnings improve over first quarter


    Airbus’s commercial aircraft earnings improved over the first quarter, despite a 4% fall in revenues for the division. The airframer turned in EBIT earnings of €343 million ($416 million) for the three months to 31 March, on revenues of €7.27 billion. Its adjusted EBIT reached €533 million, compared ...

  • A330 Airbus LHT cargo-c-Airbus

    Airbus and LHT to develop A330 temporary pallet-cargo interior


    Airbus is to develop a temporary A330 cargo-transport scheme enabling operators of the twinjets to remove seats and carry industry-standard pallets on the main deck. The scheme will be developed through a supplemental type certificate in co-operation with German maintenance and modification specialist Lufthansa Technik. Airbus says the ...

  • Silk way 777

    Azerbaijan’s Silk Way signs for five Boeing 777 freighters


    Silk Way West Airlines has placed an order for five Boeing 777 Freighters, the Azerbaijani carrier’s first commitment for the long-haul twinjet.

  • LMS-901-c-Baikal Engineering

    Baikal completes airframe of utility aircraft to replace An-2


    Russia’s Baikal Engineering has completed manufacture of a prototype airframe for the LMS-901 utility aircraft, which is intended as a replacement for the Antonov An-2. The aircraft is being designed to transport up to 2t of payload with a range of 800nm (1,500km) and a cruising speed of 160kt. ...

  • First A320neo delivery to Air Cairo

    Air Cairo receives its first A320neo


    Air Cairo has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, which joins the Egyptian low-cost carrier’s all-Airbus fleet of seven aircraft.

  • Qantas A350-1000 title-c-Airbus

    Airbus formally lists highest-weight A350-1000 at 319t


    Airbus has formally listed its highest weight variant for the A350-1000, which will have a maximum take-off weight of 319t. This version of the twinjet, designated as weight variant WV006, is 3t heavier than the previous 316t variants WV002 and WV011. Fuel capacity of the new variant remains ...

  • Etihad Airways A380 - Louvre Abu Dhabi LRi

    ​Etihad to ground A380s ‘indefinitely’


    Etihad has decided to ground its entire fleet of 10 Airbus A380s “indefinitely”, as it remodels its fleet around the Boeing 787 and A350-1000, chief executive Tony Douglas has disclosed.

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    Emirates’ Clark sees heightened regulatory scrutiny delaying 777X


    Tighter regulatory attention on Boeing following the 737 Max crisis is causing delays to its 777X programme and could contribute to Emirates switching its orders to the 787, the carrier’s president Tim Clark has warned.

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    Airbus to turn aerostructures operations into wholly-owned integrated arms


    Airbus is to create two integrated aerostructures assembly companies in France and Germany as part of a transformation of its industrial activities. Instead of having the organisations act as suppliers to the airframer they will be wholly-owned by Airbus and become an integrated part of the company’s operations. ...