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    Comac C919 enters final flight test stage

    2020-11-28T02:30:00Z

    Comac has received the type inspection authorisation for its C919 narrowbody programme, paving the way for final flight testing and certification. 

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    MC-21-310 still on track for year-end first flight: minister

    2020-11-27T12:20:00Z

    Irkut’s first domestically-powered MC-21 twinjet is still on course to conduct its first flight by the end of this year, according to the Russian trade minister. Denis Maturov made the claim during a formal visit to the assembly plant in Irkutsk on 27 November. He was briefed on ...

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    China orders 737 Classic checks after cracks found on landing gear beam

    2020-11-27T10:54:00Z

    The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued a safety bulletin urging operators of Boeing 737-300/400/500 aircraft to have the main landing gear checked.

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    Embraer to allow ERJ-145 operators to install HEPA filters

    2020-11-27T02:30:00Z

    Embraer has issued a service bulletin allowing operators of its 50-seat ERJ-145 regional jet to install high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, with the first kits to be delivered by next month. The Brazilian airframer, which took five and a half months to develop the kit, adds that it is ...

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    Embraer solicits partners for potential turboprop but rules out alternative powertrain

    2020-11-26T17:22:00Z

    Embraer is likely to base any future turboprop airliner on the fuselage of its current E-Jet models and use conventional engines rather than any alternative propulsion system, the head of its commercial aviation unit indicates.

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    EASA expects to revoke 737 Max grounding in mid-January

    2020-11-24T16:31:00Z

    Europe’s air safety regulator expects to publish a final airworthiness directive on modification of the Boeing 737 Max in mid-January, which will mark the formal revocation of the grounding order imposed on the twinjet. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has published, on 24 November, a proposed directive on ...

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    Chinese bank CDB’s Irish lessor orders cargo conversion of A330s

    2020-11-23T18:22:00Z

    China Development Bank’s Irish leasing subsidiary CDB Aviation has ordered freighter conversion of a pair of Airbus A330-300s for operation in early 2022. The two aircraft will undergo cargo conversion at the Dresden-based EFW facility next year. CDB Aviation says the agreement to take the aircraft marks its ...

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    China in no hurry to return 737 Max to service

    2020-11-20T07:58:00Z

    China’s civil aviation authorities have reiterated comments made a month ago that there was “no set timetable” to lift the grounding of Boeing 737 Max. In comments reported by state broadcaster CCTV on 19 November, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) restated three key rules it laid out ...

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    Boeing buoyant about robust China market growth

    2020-11-12T04:07:00Z

    Boeing estimates Chinese carriers to require 8,600 new aircraft — at a pricetag of over $1.4 trillion — over the next 20 years, underscoring the airframer’s optimism about what it deems a key market.

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    Comac delivers first ARJ21 to China Express

    2020-11-11T02:42:00Z

    China Express Airlines has become the country’s seventh operator of the Comac ARJ21 regional aircraft, after taking delivery of its first example. 

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    Irkut rolls out first MC-21 with Russian PD-14 engines

    2020-11-10T17:14:00Z

    Russian airframer Irkut has rolled out the first MC-21 equipped with domestically-built Aviadvigatel PD-14 powerplants. The variant, designated the MC-21-310, is the alternative to the -300 which features Pratt Whitney PW1400G engines. Irkut has yet to fix a date for the maiden flight of the -310 ...

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    Laminar-flow PD-35 nacelle undergoes windtunnel test

    2020-11-09T19:22:00Z

    Russian analysts are testing the characteristics of a laminar-flow nacelle proposed for the high-thrust Aviadvigatel PD-35 engine. The PD-35 is a planned evolution of the PD-14 engine developed for the Irkut MC-21. It could potentially power the joint Russian-Chinese long-haul twinjet project, the CRAIC CR929. Moscow’s Central Aerohydrodynamic ...

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    Triumph completed G650 wing work sale to Gulfstream in August

    2020-11-06T22:25:00Z

    Aerospace company Triumph Group confirms that in August it completed a planned sale of G650 wing work Gulfstream for proceeds of $52 million.

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    October surge appears to take Airbus past 13,000 deliveries

    2020-11-06T18:27:00Z

    Airbus appears to have delivered its 13,000 th aircraft during October, although it has not identified the specific operator involved. The airframer delivered 72 aircraft over the course of the month, its highest monthly figure this year, taking its overall total for 2020 to 413. Airbus’s backlog ...

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    Single-aisle deals give Airbus highest monthly orders since March

    2020-11-06T17:43:00Z

    Airbus has recorded its largest number of orders in a single month since March, with agreements for 11 aircraft – all of them single-aisle jets. The airframer has listed orders for six A220-100s during October, including a pair for executive operator Comlux, following its unveiling of a business jet ...

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    Airbus receives initial ‘Airspace’ cabin entry area for A320neo

    2020-11-06T17:02:00Z

    Austrian aerospace firm FACC has delivered its first entrance area of the ‘Airspace’ interior configuration developed for the Airbus A320neo. FACC had been tasked with developing the door zone and overhead bins for the new interior layout two years ago. The Airspace cabin was introduced on the long-haul ...

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    UK fraud investigators probe Bombardier over Garuda Indonesia deals

    2020-11-05T18:11:00Z

    UK fraud investigators are probing aircraft manufacturer Bombardier over contracts relating to Asian carrier Garuda Indonesia. The Serious Fraud Office states that it is investigating the manufacturer over “suspected bribery and corruption” in connection with orders or agreements with Garuda. It has not elaborated on the probe, pointing ...

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    Spirit AeroSystems aims for 10-monthly 737 rate in early 2021

    2020-11-03T22:14:00Z

    Spirit AeroSystems intends to produce 737 fuselages at a rate of 10 monthly starting in January 2021 – a rate that would allow the company to burn down its inventory of finished fuselages.

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    Leap deliveries more than halved so far this year

    2020-10-30T07:19:00Z

    Deliveries of CFM International Leap engines more than halved across the first nine months of the year, falling to 622 against 1,316 in the same period a year earlier. French aerospace giant Safran, which is a 50:50 partner in the CFM joint venture with GE Aviation, says 172 Leap ...

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    Mitsubishi imposes ‘temporary pause’ on SpaceJet; certification work continues

    2020-10-30T05:36:00Z

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will further trim the budget of its troubled SpaceJet programme and “temporarily pause” most related activities, as it mulls a “possible programme restart”. Releasing its medium-term business plan for its 2021-23 fiscal years, MHI adds that it will, however, still carry on with type certification ...