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  • A350F-c-Airbus

    Airbus rounds off year with A350 freighter and A330neo orders


    Airbus long-haul activity picked up slightly in the closing weeks of last year, with the airframer recording an order for four A350 freighters from an undisclosed customer. It also booked 10 A330neos from lessor Avolon and a pair of A350-900s from a client identified simply as ‘financial institutions’ during December. ...

  • bartini windtunnel title-c-TsAGI

    Bartini eVTOL undergoes windtunnel tests in Moscow


    Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute has been supporting development of a tiltrotor eVTOL through windtunnel testing. The Bartini Design proposal has four 10-bladed rotary fans – two fore and two aft – and is intended to convey two to four passengers at speeds up to 160kt, and have a range of ...

  • eVTOL-c-Rolls-Royce

    Complexity of eVTOL designs leads EASA to study modelling for certification support


    Europe’s safety regulator is to explore the expanded use of modelling and simulation to support certification of future eVTOL aircraft, given that the broad variation in designs makes assessment by flight-testing alone impractical. Part of a wider programme evaluating the effects of digital transformation on aviation processes, the project aims ...

  • MC-21-310-c-Rostec

    Russian regulator approves domestic wing and engines for MC-21


    Russian civil aviation regulators have approved the switch to a domestically-produced composite wing and engine on the Irkut MC-21. Irkut has developed the -310 variant of the MC-21 which is powered by the Aviadvigatel PD-14 engine, while Russian industry is also supplying composite wing components to replace foreign-built equivalents on ...

  • Bluebird 737 freighter-c-AviaAM Leasing

    AviaAM takes another pair of 737-800s for freighter conversion


    Lessor AviaAM Leasing is acquiring another pair of Boeing 737-800s which will undergo passenger-to-freighter conversion. The company has identified the twinjets as MSN29769 and MSN28225 – respectively 1998 and 1999 airframes. They were formerly operated by carriers including Caribbean Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and SunExpress. AviaAM says the aircraft will take ...

  • A321XLR first flight-c-Airbus

    A321XLR tank must ensure no serious fuel-fire risk in survivable accidents


    Airbus’s rear centre tank for the A321XLR must be designed such that no fuel is released near the fuselage or engines in quantities sufficient to start a serious fire, in the event of a survivable crash, the European safety regulator has proposed. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency says current ...

  • ASL ATR-c-ASL Airlines

    ASL to explore remote-pilot freighter potential with US autonomy specialist


    Irish-based operator ASL Aviation Holdings is to explore concepts for autonomous aircraft operation, and their initial application to freighter aircraft, under a collaboration with a US specialist. ASL has disclosed a tie-up with California’s Reliable Robotics under which the two sides will seek to implement a remotely-operated aircraft system in ...

  • BA better world-c-British Airways

    BA sees no place in network for sub-70-seat zero-emission aircraft


    British Airways is unlikely to invest in zero-emission aircraft with fewer than 70 seats in order to prove their viability, preferring to wait until a solution is found for narrowbody-sized jets, according to the carrier’s sustainability chief.

  • A321XLR-c-Airbus

    Airbus puts A321XLR to long-haul test with 13h European flight


    Airbus has conducted an A321XLR test-flight with a duration of more than 13h as part of its development programme for the long-range twinjet. The airframe departed Toulouse shortly after 08:00 on 13 December. It flew a wide circuit initially heading towards the UK and Ireland, before crossing to Norway and ...

  • Fresson ANZ-c Cranfield Aerospace Solutions

    Air New Zealand reveals four partners for low-emission aircraft trials


    Air New Zealand has selected four aircraft providers – Beta Technologies, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, Eviation, and VoltAero – for its Mission NextGen programme, which will see the carrier perform commercial demonstration flights of low-emission aircraft from 2026.

  • MC-21-310-c-Irkut

    Electronic rig explores avionics-engine interaction for Russian-powered MC-21


    Analysts have embarked on ‘electronic bird’ testing of the Irkut MC-21-310’s interface with its Aviadvigatel PD-14 engines in line with import-substitution efforts. Foreign-built control panels in the cockpit are being replaced with Russian-produced equivalents, and these are undergoing integration tests, says the state aviation system research institute GosNIIAS. Substitution has ...

  • A321XLR test flight-c-Airbus

    US FAA requires A321XLR fire resistance in vicinity of rear fuel tank


    US regulators have laid out formal requirements for the Airbus A321XLR’s lower fuselage, in the vicinity of the rear centre fuel tank, to be resistant to fire penetration.

  • A320neo-c-Airbus

    Airbus struggles to repeat previous end-of-year delivery feats


    Airbus’s admission that it will probably miss its commercial aircraft delivery target for this year is an indication of the supply-chain issues and other difficulties encountered by the airframer as it attempts to ramp-up production. The target of 700 aircraft was relatively modest, considering that it was far exceeding 800 ...

  • mc-21 rossiya-c-United Aircraft

    Landing-gear analysis rounds off MC-21 static testing


    Russian researchers have completed static testing of the Irkut MC-21 twinjet, after reaching the end of a final series of load cycles. Over the course of the tests the airframe has been subjected to loads substantially exceeding those encountered in operation. The Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute in Moscow says the airframe ...

  • Last 747 cr Boeing:Paul Weatherman

    Boeing closes chapter on 747 programme with final jumbo roll-out


    The final Boeing 747 has left the airframer’s Everett facility, marking the end of an era for an aircraft programme that Boeing says has “truly changed the world”.

  • Airbus UpNext eXtra Performance Wing-c-Airbus

    Airbus UpNext readies Citation VII for tests of morphing wing


    Airbus UpNext, the airframer’s innovations arm, will early next year begin flight tests of a Cessna Citation VII business jet that it will eventually modify with a wing that can automatically change shape in flight.

  • Embraer E195-E2

    Embraer flags undisclosed order for five E195-E2s


    Embraer has secured a firm order from an undisclosed airline for five E195-E2 regional jets.

  • Comac C919_Weibo

    Comac clinches C919 production certificate


    The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has awarded Comac’s C919 programme its production certificate, paving the way for mass production of the type.

  • Rossiya MC-21-c-Rossiya

    Prototype MC-21s to carry Rossiya livery during training programme


    Irkut has painted an MC-21 twinjet in the colour scheme of Aeroflot Group carrier Rossiya, the first airline set to receive the type. The aircraft was painted at a facility in Ulyanovsk. Rossiya was designated as the main operator of Russian-built aircraft under a re-organisation by Aeroflot Group prior to ...

  • SSJ-New title-c-TsAGI

    SSJ-New undergoes windtunnel tests to confirm PD-8 nacelle performance


    Researchers have completed the latest round of windtunnel testing for the Irkut SSJ-New, which is fitted with Aviadvigatel PD-8 engines. The work by Moscow’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute focused on the twinjet’s aerodynamic characteristics with the PD-8 nacelles. Irkut’s Superjet 100 is fitted with the Franco-Russian PowerJet SaM146 but the SSJ-New ...