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  • SSJ-New-c-United Aircraft

    First prototype SSJ-New handed over to flight-test station


    Irkut’s first prototype SSJ-New has been formally transferred to the flight-test station, for a series of assessments ahead of its maiden sortie. Ground tests have commenced on the twinjet, an updated version of the Superjet 100 featuring a greater number of Russian-built components. Aerospace firm United Aircraft says the aircraft ...

  • P-VOLT-c-Tecnam

    Tecnam studies predicted significant range reduction for P-Volt as batteries aged


    Tecnam paused the development of its all-electric P-Volt over fears that battery performance would degrade so quickly that within weeks the nine-passenger aircraft would be reduced to flying routes of under 40nm (74km). Announcing the move on 13 June, the Italian airframer said that batteries were not sufficiently mature, and ...

  • Flat bulkhead 737-800-c-Aeronautical Engineers

    Flat-bulkhead 737-800 converted to freighter by US specialist


    US modification specialist Aeronautical Engineers has converted a Boeing 737-800 – one with a flat aft pressure bulkhead – into a freighter, its first adaptation of the variant manufactured with this feature. The aircraft, serial number 30146, was originally delivered to Garuda Indonesia in 2010. Aeronautical Engineers claims it is ...

  • A350-c-Airbus

    Airbus trims 20-year global fleet outlook as sustainability drives aircraft replacement


    Airbus’s latest 20-year market forecast expects that the overall global fleet in 2042 will be smaller than the 2038 fleet predicted in its outlook four years ago. The airframer puts the worldwide fleet for 2042 at 46,560 aircraft – down by more than 1,100 on the figure it had originally ...

  • Wideroe Tecnam

    Tecnam pauses P-Volt on battery concerns


    Italian airframer Tecnam has paused development of its all-electric P-Volt aircraft citing a lack of certainty around improvements in battery performance to deliver a “viable” product.

  • Delta A330neo-c-Airbus

    Airbus net orders unchanged as cancellations offset May activity


    Airbus’s net orders for the year remained unchanged during May, as additional agreements were offset by cancellations. Delta Air Lines took a single A330-900, and the only other activity comprised orders for 16 A320neos – seven for lessor BOC Aviation and nine for an undisclosed customer. But the modest gain ...

  • SSJ production-c-Rostec

    Initial SSJ-New prototype to retain SaM146 engines for maiden flight


    Russian airframer Irkut’s first SSJ-New twinjet is nearing initial flight tests, although the first aircraft will still be equipped with PowerJet SaM146 engines rather than domestically-built powerplants. The decision to retain the SaM146 for the maiden flight is intended to “speed up” the test programme, says state technology corporation Rostec. ...

  • Airspace 2035-c-Airbus

    Airbus unveils new cabin concepts as sustainability shapes 2035 vision


    Airbus has unveiled the central pillars for shaping future aircraft cabin interiors from 2035, focusing on achieving sustainability through smart systems and biomimicry, while not compromising on passenger comfort. The airframer says its Cabin Vision 2035+ aims to use biomimicry to design lightweight internal structures, and harness traceability to recycle ...

  • First China Eastern C919

    China Eastern schedules C919 commercial debut on 28 May


    China Eastern Airlines appears set to operate the first commercial flight of the Comac C919 twinjet in the coming days, some five months after taking delivery of the aircraft. 

  • Challenge Group 767-c-Challenge Group

    Challenge Group lands investment package for 767 conversions


    Maltese-based air freight and logistics specialist Challenge Group is receiving investment supporting its acquisition and cargo conversion of a batch of Boeing 767-300ERs. Investec Aviation Finance is providing just over €60 million ($64 million) for the purchase and modification of four 767s. Challenge Group operates carrier divisions in Israel – ...

  • SSJ-New-c-TsAGI

    Russia’s SSJ-New edges towards serial production


    Serial production of the Irkut SSJ-New, the domestically-modified variant of the Superjet 100, is scheduled to commence next year, Russian state technology corporation Rostec insists. Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov says prototypes of the SSJ-New are being assembled at the Irkut plant in Komsomolsk, while certification structural testing of an SSJ-New ...

  • RocktonES30 second-c-Heart Aerospace

    Rockton chief outlines lessor’s role in decarbonisation push


    Swedish ‘boutique lessor’ Rockton is eyeing an emerging market for low-carbon aviation as it completes its transition from an investor in traditional regional turboprops.

  • MC-21 PD-14-c-Irkut

    United Aircraft aims to build MC-21 engine nacelle plant in Voronezh


    Russia’s United Aircraft is looking to establish a new production centre in Voronezh, specialising in engine nacelles for the Aviadvigatel PD-14 and PD-8 powerplants. These engines have been developed for the Irkut MC-21 and SSJ-New programmes. United Aircraft states that its Ilyushin division has reached an agreement with the government ...

  • TV-117ST-01-c-United Engine

    Il-114-300 set for high-speed flight tests following engine certification


    United Engine’s Klimov division aims to produce several powerplants this year for Ilyushin Il-114-300 high-speed flight testing. Russian federal air transport authority Rosaviatsia has recently approved the Klimov TV7-117ST-01 engine for operation at altitudes of 6,000m (19,700ft) and speeds up to 297kt. This is the regime for the next planned ...

  • LMS-901 spin modelling title-c-TsAGI

    Spin and stall characteristics modelled for Russia’s LMS-901 certification


    Russian airframer UZGA’s LMS-901 Baikal has been undergoing high angle-of-attack and spin modelling at Moscow’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute, as part of certification preparation. The Baikal is a single-engined utility aircraft intended for regional connectivity to remote areas, replacing older types such as the Antonov An-2. As part of its development, ...

  • Sichuan A330-300P2F title-c-CDB Aviation

    Sichuan Airlines receives first Chinese A330-300 converted freighter


    Chinese operator Sichuan Airlines has taken delivery of the country’s first converted Airbus A330-300 freighter, through lessor CDB Aviation. The twinjet – powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines – was modified by the EFW joint venture and Shanghair Technologies Aerospace Company at a facility in Shanghai Pudong. “Introduction of this ...

  • Navis A340 conversion-c-Avensis Aviation

    German start-up USC looks to operate A340s including converted freighters


    German-based start-up operator USC is intending to operate Airbus A340 converted freighters, and has reached an agreement on the modification with the UK’s Avensis Aviation. USC is located in Frankfurt and aims to serve long-range routes with A340-300s and -600s from this summer. It is intending initially to conduct wet-lease ...

  • Flydubai 737 suite-c-Flydubai

    Boeing seeks US approval for mini-suite installations on 737 Max


    Boeing is seeking authorisation to fit mini-suites to its 737 Max range, similar to those already approved in other aircraft types. The airframer states that it is proposing to install up to 32 of the suites – each featuring its own privacy door – on the Max 7 up to ...

  • mammoth 777-c-mammoth freighters

    Mammoth 777 conversions to feature personnel area behind cockpit


    US aerospace firm Mammoth Freighters has detailed plans for a supernumerary personnel area behind the cockpit of its converted Boeing 777 cargo aircraft. The company, which is aiming to offer conversion of 777-200LR and -300ER twinjets, is seeking US FAA approval for the four-person zone. This will bring maximum occupancy ...

  • A330-800 first flight landing 2

    Private customer to take single A330-800


    Airbus recorded an order from a private customer for a single A330-800 in April, during an otherwise relatively quiet month of activity. The agreement marks the first A330neo order for this year, and a rare deal for the -800 variant. It brings to 12 the total number of A330-800s taken ...