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  • E195-E2 London City landing-c-Embraer

    E195-E2 secures steep-approach clearance for London City airport


    Embraer’s largest re-engined E-Jet, the 195-E2, has secured certification to conduct the steep approach into London City airport. The twinjet obtained the approval from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. It complements a similar EASA clearance for the smaller E190-E2 achieved two years ago. London City has a short runway ...

  • A350 assembly-c-Airbus

    Airbus vows to take lessons from A320neo ramp-up when raising A350 rate


    Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury is confident that the airframer can justify and manage the ramp-up of A350 production back to its pre-crisis level in 2026. The company is looking to restore a 10-per-month production rate for the widebody twinjet family. “We have secured a number of orders, we have ...

  • UpNext Citation VII-c-Airbus

    Airbus UpNext flies Citation test aircraft which will evolve into morphing-wing demonstrator


    Airbus innovation arm UpNext has conducted an initial test flight with a modified Cessna Citation VII which will ultimately serve as the platform for advanced wing technology. UpNext is aiming to develop a biomimicry-based morphing wing to maximise aerodynamic efficiency and reduce fuel-burn. Airbus says the Citation – with a ...

  • A350-1000-c-Airbus

    Airbus aims to restore A350 programme’s 10-per-month production rate


    Airbus is aiming to hike production of the A350 to 10 aircraft per month in 2026, returning to pre-crisis levels, while continuing to seek a four-per-month rate for the A330 in 2024. The airframer had previously disclosed that it was looking to take monthly A350 production to nine at the ...

  • Comac Stand

    Comac confirms ‘C929’ moniker as widebody enters ‘detailed design’ stage


    Comac’s in-development C929 widebody programme appears to be progressing, despite the Chinese airframer having quietly dropped its Russian joint-venture partner.   

  • Il-96-400M first flight front-on-c-United Aircraft

    Stretched Ilyushin Il-96-400M carries out maiden flight


    Russia’s United Aircraft has carried out the maiden flight of its Ilyushin Il-96-400M, a stretched and modernised version of the four-engined airliner. The Il-96-400M – rolled out in the aerospace firm’s corporate livery earlier this year – took off from Voronezh on 1 November for a 26min sortie. United Aircraft ...

  • ARJ21 freighters

    Comac delivers first ARJ21 converted freighters


    Comac has delivered its first pair of ARJ21 converted freighters, as the airframer hails the “solid step forward” for China’s aerospace sector. 

  • MC-21-310-c-Rostec

    Russian developer starts shipping domestically-built avionics for MC-21


    Russian state technology corporation Rostec has shipped the first domestically-built avionics equipment for the Yakovlev MC-21. The equipment – system control panels and lighting for the cockpit – has been developed by radio-electronic specialist KRET’s Ulyanovsk instrumentation design bureau. Russia’s government has been pursuing a programme of import substitution, to ...

  • A350-1000-c-Airbus

    Airbus details range expectations from latest A350-1000 weight increase


    Airbus expects the range of its A350-1000 to increase by around 180nm following a hike in the twinjet’s maximum take-off weight. The airframer is raising the take-off weight to 322t – an increase of 3t – and says this will stretch the aircraft’s range to some 8,900nm at maximum passenger ...

  • Air Inuit 737-800-c-Air Inuit

    Air Inuit’s 737-800 freighters to be converted by Aeronautical Engineers


    Canadian operator Air Inuit has selected US-based Aeronautical Engineers to convert three Boeing 737-800s into freighter configuration. The carrier had disclosed earlier this year that it planned to take three 737-800s to replace older 737-200s. Two of the three aircraft will be converted into a combi configuration. Aeronautical Engineers has ...

  • A350-1000-c-Airbus

    EASA indicates A350-1000 take-off weight hiked to 322t


    Airbus has hiked the maximum take-off weight for the A350-1000 by 3t, to a total of 322t, regulatory documents indicate. The airframer’s documentation for the twinjet lists the MTOW of the -1000’s highest weight variant as 319t. But the Europe Union Aviation Safety Agency revised its type certificate data on ...

  • PD-8 pylon test-c-TsAGI

    SJ-100 pylon for PD-8 engine undergoes windtunnel testing


    Russian aerospace researchers are conducting windtunnel testing of the engine pylon for the Yakovlev SJ-100 version to be powered by domestically-built engines. The new model will feature Aviadvigatel PD-8 powerplants instead of the PowerJet SaM146 used previously. Yakovlev carried out a maiden flight of the SJ-100 in August but the ...

  • Spirit 737 assembly-c-Spirit AeroSystems

    Boeing to inject cash into Spirit AeroSystems under new deal to lift deliveries


    Boeing has reached an agreement with struggling aerostructures firm Spirit AeroSystems under which it will provide a funding boost to stabilise and support future 737 Max and 787s production rate rises.

  • Faury and Scherer-c-Airbus

    Airbus rejigs management after restoring dedicated commercial aircraft leadership


    Airbus is rejigging its management teams following its decision to restore the role of a dedicated commercial aircraft chief and appoint Christian Scherer to the post. Scherer will oversee an initial team of eight including Sabine Klauke as head of engineering, Philippe Mhun as head of programmes and services, and ...

  • A321XLR test flight noise measurement-c-Airbus

    A321XLR test flight simulates in-service operations


    Airbus has completed a test-flight of its A321XLR with a complement of 200 people on board, simulating real-life in-service conditions. The flight, lasting 6h 12min, took place on 5 October, starting and ending in Toulouse. Airbus says 167 employees of the airframer, as well as 33 other occupants – specialists, ...

  • A321P2F-c-Airbus

    EASA cancels stricter fatigue regime for EFW A321 freighters after calculation error


    Europe’s safety regulator has cancelled a directive tightening time limits to check Airbus A321 converted freighters for potential fatigue cracks in the centre wing-box area. The 12 September directive had emerged after stress and load calculations for A321 freighters were performed by conversion specialist EFW. These calculations had been prompted ...

  • C919-c-N509FZ Creative Commons

    China Eastern signs for 100 more C919s with deliveries running beyond 2030


    China Eastern Airlines is to purchase another 100 Comac C919 twinjets, with deliveries of the aircraft set to commence next year. Five aircraft will be handed over in 2024, with another 10 in each year from 2025-27, rising to 15 over 2028-30, with the final 20 arriving in 2031. The ...

  • Christian Scherer-c-Airbus

    Airbus splits corporate and commercial aircraft leadership as Scherer takes key post


    Airbus is splitting the roles of chief executive and head of commercial aircraft, appointing Christian Scherer – currently chief commercial officer – to the latter role. Scherer will take on a position which has been held by chief executive Guillaume Faury for the past five years. But Faury says that, ...

  • 777-300ERSF-c-IAI

    IAI to establish 777-300ER freighter conversion line in Arizona


    Israel Aerospace Industries is set to establish a US-based Boeing 777-300ER freighter conversion line in Arizona from next year. The company has reached a 15-year agreement under which Ascent Aviation Services will carry out the modification work on the twinjet type at its facilities in Marana. Two lines of 777-300ER ...

  • Britten Norman Islander

    Supply chain troubles push Britten-Norman into the red


    B-N Group, the parent company of UK aircraft manufacturer Britten-Norman, has blamed “extremely challenging” market conditions for a £3.6 million ($4.45 million) loss revealed in its latest accounts.