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  • MC-21 Arkhangelsk-c-Irkut

    MC-21 transferred to northern Russia for natural icing test flights


    One of the Irkut MC-21-300 test aircraft has been flown to Arkhangelsk in northern Russia to undergo natural icing certification tests. The aircraft, number 73051, is the same jet that was involved in a runway excursion at Moscow Zhukovsky in January while it was performing simulated single-engine approaches. ...

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    Cryogenic tank among features tested for Russian 50-seat proposal


    Characteristics of a proposed Russian 50-seat twin-engined turboprop are being refined after a series of windtunnel tests which to explore configurations including a potential external cryogenic fuel tank. The light convertible aircraft – intended to operate with both passenger and freight layouts – has been subjected to a series ...

  • A220-300-c-Airbus

    Airbus extracts more range from A220-300 with further weight increase


    Airbus is to offer a further range increase on the A220-300 towards the middle of this year, with a 1t hike in the twinjet’s maximum take-off weight. It will take the MTOW of the -300, the larger of the A220 variants, to 70.9t from the current 69.9t and will ...

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    France’s Aura Aero unveils 19-seat electric aircraft development plan


    French aerospace firm Aura Aero is intending to develop a 19-seat electric-powered regional aircraft, as it looks to certify its two-seat Integral R light single. Aura Aero says the 19-seat project, to address the embryonic low-carbon transport sector, is supported by the Occitanie region. It unveiled the plan ...

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    Zig-zag microrelief on wings could reduce stall risk


    Russian researchers are testing a wing surface modification with vortex generators aimed at reducing the risk of airflow separation and stall at high angles of attack. The work is being conducted at Moscow’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute and centres on surface microrelief featuring a zig-zag of vortex generators manufactured from ...

  • Boeing 787-10

    FAA tightens regulatory scrutiny of 787 programme


    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has tightened scrutiny on Boeing’s production of its 787 widebody, by stripping the airframer of its authority to sign off four newly-produced jets. 

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    Final production Airbus A380 departs Toulouse for Hamburg outfitting


    Airbus has flown the last production A380 from Toulouse to its Hamburg Finkenwerder plant for completion ahead of its delivery to Emirates. The flight of the aircraft, MSN272, took place on 17 March a little more than two years after Airbus opted to cease production of the double-deck type. ...

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    CR929 windtunnel tests focus on twinjet’s wing-tip configuration


    Aerodynamic analysis of the Chinese-Russian long-haul CRAIC CR929 twinjet is progressing, with windtunnel tests to examine wing designs for the type. Models of the CR929 have undergone windtunnel testing at the Moscow Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute, with previous studies looking at cruise characteristics of different wing options and the effects ...

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    Vietnam mulls airspace permission for 737 Max


    The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) is proposing to allow the Boeing 737 Max transit through the country’s airspace, paving the way for a possible lifting of the aircraft’s grounding.

  • A350-900-c-Airbus

    A350-900s to remain exclusively Trent-powered until at least 2030


    Rolls-Royce has secured an exclusive position on the Airbus A350-900 for the remainder of the decade, ruling out any immediate prospect of a rival engine manufacturer entering the market for twinjet. The agreement means the Trent XWB will remain the sole powerplant on the A350 until at least 2030. ...

  • Wideroe electric aircraft-c-Rolls-Royce

    Wideroe and Rolls-Royce pursue all-electric aircraft based on Tecnam design


    Norwegian regional carrier Wideroe has linked up with Rolls-Royce and aeronautics firm Tecnam to develop an all-electric passenger aircraft within the next five years. The aircraft would be suited to the commuter air transport market and enter service in 2026. Wideroe has previously expressed interest in electric regional ...

  • Smartwings Boeing 737 Max 8
    In depth

    Which airlines have returned the Boeing 737 Max to service?


    Two years since its grounding and nearly four months since the FAA cleared the type for a return to the skies, thirteen carriers are now flying the Boeing 737 Max on revenue services, including Alaska Airlines, which debuted operations with the type at the start of March.

  • ATR-72-600-2

    Leonardo anticipates slight recovery from ATR in 2021


    Turboprop joint venture ATR should hand over at least 20 aircraft this year as regional carriers begin a slow recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.

  • Boeing Walsh Max
    In depth

    A timeline of how Boeing 737 Max went from grounding to service return


    A timeline of the twists and turns since the type’s grounding two year ago as Boeing, regulators and operators worked to return the Max to service

  • Max grounded in Washington
    In depth

    Two years on: How the 737 Max grounding changed Boeing and the industry


    Two years since its global grounding, airlines are now steadily returning their Boeing 737 Max aircraft to commercial operations following the FAA’s regulatory green light late last year. But during a tumultuous period for the industry as a whole, the impact for the manufacturer, its customers and regulators has stretched far beyond simply returning the type to service.

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    KAL-ASD secures 737 Max winglet contract extension


    Korean Air’s aerospace division (KAL-ASD) has disclosed a contract extension for the production of winglets for the Boeing 737 Max. 

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    China shifts spotlight on domestic aerospace industry


    China will double down on support for its domestic commercial aerospace industry in its development plans for the next five years, as part of efforts to wean off reliance on Western technology. 

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    US-EU strive to ‘reset’ relationship by suspending tariffs in Airbus-Boeing row


    European Union regulators have agreed to a temporary suspension of tariffs in the long-running Airbus-Boeing dispute over civil aircraft subsidies, a four-month hiatus which will lift tariffs on aircraft and non-aircraft imports. The dispute was initiated by the US government in 2004 but, with the spat having moved from ...

  • Norwegian A320neo-c-Airbus

    Norwegian mass cancellation pushes Airbus into negative net orders


    Airbus has newly-recorded cancellations of 92 aircraft, pushing the airframer far into negative net order territory after the first two months of this year. The cancelled aircraft comprise a pair of A350-900s plus 59 A320neo and 30 A321neo jets. Scandinavian budget carrier Norwegian accounted for almost all of ...

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    AVIC AG600 commences aerial firefighting capability testing


    China’s Avic has begun test flights involving its in-development AG600 amphibian aircraft for firefighting capabilities, following its first successful flight over sea last year.