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    Airbus embarks on A321XLR flight-test campaign with maiden sortie


    Airbus has commenced the flight-test campaign for its long-range A321XLR variant after the initial prototype lifted off from Hamburg Finkenwerder. The aircraft, powered by CFM International Leap-1A engines, took off at about 11:05 on 15 June. It is carrying a crew of five, comprising two experimental test pilots and three ...

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    Otto Celera push-prop in line for ZeroAvia hydrogen-electric engine


    Hydrogen-electric propulsion specialist ZeroAvia is to develop a powertrain for Otto Aviation, which has been test-flying a prototype of its low-emissions Celera 500L aircraft. ZeroAvia says it will collaborate with California-based Otto to integrate the ZA600 zero-emission powertrain on the type. It says the tie-up means the Celera could be ...

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    Airbus set to fly A321XLR in mid-June


    Airbus is aiming to conduct the first flight of its long-range A321XLR from its Hamburg Finkenwerder plant on 15 June. The aircraft, which has been undergoing pre-flight simulation and ground checks, was rolled out in its test-flight livery last month. Airbus has scheduled a first flight event for 15 June, ...

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    Connect Airlines plots expansion with up to 100 hydrogen-powered ATR 72s


    Proposed US start-up carrier Connect Airlines is ordering 75 converted ATR 72-600 turboprops, which will be fitted with hydrogen-fuelled powertrains. The firm agreement with Universal Hydrogen also covers an additional 25 converted aircraft. Universal Hydrogen was founded by former Airbus chief technology officer Paul Eremenko, and has an advisory board ...

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    Turkish A350 agreement becomes highlight of Airbus activity in May


    Turkish Airlines provided the highlight for Airbus orders during May, following through on its indication that it would take additional A350s. The airframer has recorded an order for four A350-900s from the carrier, in a month of relatively little activity. Turkish Airlines had signalled in May that it would commit ...

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    Wizz Air to explore hydrogen fleet operations through Airbus collaboration


    Central European budget carrier Wizz Air is to explore the potential for hydrogen-powered aircraft operations under an agreement with Airbus. The two sides have signed a memorandum covering analysis of hydrogen operations, intended to provide the carrier with a “deeper understanding” of how such aircraft could change its business model, ...

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    Airbus and Qatar Airways should encourage regulator to rethink A350 position: judge


    Airbus and Qatar Airways should co-operate to persuade the Qatari civil aviation authority to adopt a different position regarding the grounding of the airline’s A350s, the judge overseeing the two sides’ legal dispute has stated. In a detailed ruling which followed the latest High Court session on 26 May, the ...

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    Embraer accelerates Brazilian renewable electricity commitment


    Embraer has accelerated an energy-purchase plan which will ensure that all the electricity it acquires in Brazil will be drawn from renewable sources. It has brought forward this plan by a year and will achieve it from 2024 rather than the original commitment of 2025. Two-thirds of the total electric ...

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    Judge rules Airbus-Qatar A350 case must head for early trial


    Airbus’s legal clash with Qatar Airways over A350 skin-paint degradation appears likely to go to trial in summer 2023, after a judge ruled that the case should be tried at the earliest opportunity. Qatar Airways is claiming a degree of success from securing the expedited hearing but the airframer – ...

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    EASA lays out preliminary framework for supersonic aircraft noise and emissions


    European regulators are preparing an initial environmental-protection certification framework aimed at addressing the emergence of new supersonic transport aircraft designs towards the end of this decade. The measures are being laid out in an advanced notice of proposals by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. EASA states that a new ...

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    Airbus to set up UK hydrogen technology centre for zero-emission aircraft


    Airbus is to establish a specialist hydrogen technology centre in the UK to advance its efforts to put a zero-emission aircraft into service by the middle of next decade. The Zero Emission Development Centre, complementing its UK research platforms as well as work in Spain, France and Germany, will be ...

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    P&WC recruits H55 to supply battery for hybrid-electric demonstrator


    Pratt & Whitney Canada has chosen a battery system supplier for its regional hybrid-electric flight demonstrator programme, tying up with Swiss specialist H55. The engine manufacturer is engaged in a government-backed project – partnering with De Havilland Aircraft and Collins Aerospace – to create a regional aircraft, based on the ...

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    Windtunnel tests examine stability of new Russian 44-seat ‘Ladoga’ turboprop


    Windtunnel tests have been conducted on the Russian 44-seat regional turboprop under development by Ural civil aviation plant UZGA. The low-speed windtunnel and airflow-visualisation tests on the high-wing twin-engined aircraft – formerly the TVRS-44 but subsequently named ‘Ladoga’ – have been carried out at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute. Researchers have ...

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    ATR powers ahead with hybrid-electric Evo


    Manufacturer kicks off feasibility studies for new hybrid-electric turboprop variant to deliver 20% fuel-burn saving, with new model to arrive before the end of the decade.

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    First customer C919 conducts maiden test flight


    China’s first Comac C919 bound for a customer has carried out its first test flight, with a 3h sortie from Shanghai. The twinjet, powered by CFM International Leap-1C engines, lifted off from Pudong airport at 06:52 on 14 May. Comac says the aircraft (B-001J) flew for 3h 2min, and that ...

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    Rolls-Royce hopeful on more 787 wins for Trent 1000 as durability issues fade


    Rolls-Royce is hopeful that it can increase the market share of its Trent 1000 on the Boeing 787 now that the engine’s durability issues are, in its view, behind it.

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    Cargojet turns to IAI for freighter conversion of 777-300ERs


    Canadian operator Cargojet has signed for conversion of four Boeing 777-300ERs into freighters, through an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries. The Israeli firm has been developing a freighter modification for the twinjet type, a programme initiated in co-operation with US lessor GECAS – since acquired by AerCap. Cargojet is taking ...

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    Venturi targets 2030 for arrival of all-electric 44-seater


    Dutch start-up Venturi Aviation remains confident that it can bring to market by 2030 a 44-seat, all-electric regional aircraft which will be more competitive than those offered by the sector’s incumbents, despite the range limitations imposed by battery technology.

  • STOL ATR 42 first flight title-c-ATR

    Short take-off ATR 42 variant carries out maiden flight


    Turboprop manufacturer ATR has conducted the maiden flight of a short take-off variant of its ATR 42-600 from Francazal airport near Toulouse. The 30- to 50-seat aircraft, designated the 42-600S, is designed to operate to and from reduced-length runways. ATR says the aircraft (F-WWLY) departed Francazal at 10:00 on 11 ...

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    PD-8 nears installation on Il-76 testbed as bench work wraps up


    Russian state technology firm Rostec is edging towards flying the Aviadvigatel PD-8 prototype engine on an Ilyushin Il-76 testbed, following completion of bench tests. The PD-8 is intended as an alternative powerplant on the Irkut Superjet 100, as well as an engine for the Beriev Be-200 amphibian. Rostec says the ...