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    C919 heads to Canada for cold-weather icing tests


    Canada will host Comac’s in-development C919 narrowbody for natural icing flight tests this year, as the programme inches closer to certification and service entry.

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    Airbus delivers 21 aircraft in quiet January


    Airbus’s activity for the first month of 2021 centred on deliveries, with 21 aircraft handed over during January. The airframer did not record any orders – or cancellations – over the course of the month. Its two long-haul aircraft deliveries comprised an A350-900 for Turkish Airlines and an ...

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    Airbus intends ETOPS for BelugaXL to support transatlantic operations


    Airbus is to seek extended twin-engined operations (ETOPS) approval for the BelugaXL outsize transporter, in order to support commercial services involving overwater flights. Three BelugaXLs, based on the A330, have been built, the most recent introduced in October 2020. Another three will be manufactured, the last two of which ...

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    MHI’s aerospace unit narrows nine-month loss


    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ (MHI) troubled SpaceJet programme cut its losses for the nine months to 31 December 2020, as developmental costs fell amid an ongoing programme freeze. 

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    Sine Draco seeks FAA approval for A321 freighter conversion


    Airbus A321 freighter conversion developer Sine Draco is formally seeking US FAA approval for the modification, and has recruited Sierra Nevada Corporation support arm 3S to assist with the regulatory compliance process. Sine Draco will be the owner of the supplemental type certificate for the converted aircraft, designated the ...

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    Airbus separates A321XLR aft-fuselage work to avoid disrupting assembly line


    Airbus is establishing a separate production line at its Hamburg Finkenwerder plant which will be dedicated to assembling the aft fuselage of the long-range A321XLR. This fuselage section is heavily modified from the regular A321neo, featuring a newly-designed integrated large rear centre tank and fuel-mangement system which will be ...

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    Ryanair summer fleet plans rest on 737-8200 certification


    Ryanair is hoping that, following restoration of the Boeing 737 Max in Europe, certification of the specific high-density 737-8200 variant will shortly follow, allowing it to build a fleet of the jets ahead of summer. The US FAA’s flight standardisation board conducted an analysis of changes introduced for the ...

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    Controlling out-of-trim 737 Max will not require ‘exceptional’ strength


    Critical to pilots’ acceptance of the Boeing 737 Max’s re-entry into service is the assurance that a serious out-of-trim situation can be easily resolved without the risk of manual controls becoming impossible to manipulate owing to aerodynamic forces. Not only will aircraft need to be modified but Max simulators ...

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    Boeing 737-10 processes to undergo revision after EASA’s Max scrutiny


    One crucial consequence of the Boeing 737 Max scrutiny is that development and certification work for the 737-10 will differ substantially from that of the earlier Max variants. Extensive analysis by the US FAA and European Union Aviation Safety Agency following the Max grounding two years ago has led ...

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    C919 completes cold-weather testing


    The Comac C919 narrowbody programme has completed cold-weather testing in China’s Inner Mongolia region.

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    Airbus to raise A320 production at slower pace than forecast


    Airbus is still intending to increase monthly A320 production, but at a slower rate than the originally-expected figure of 47 aircraft. It will raise A320-family monthly output from the current 40 aircraft to 43 in the third quarter, and 45 in the fourth. “Production rates will remain lower ...

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    UK regulator to issue separate directive approving 737 Max restoration


    While the European Union Aviation Safety Agency is aiming to recertify the Boeing 737 Max within a few days, its UK counterpart has yet to indicate whether it will deviate from the requirements when it issues its own approval. FlightGlobal understands that the UK Civil Aviation Authority intends to ...

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    Il-114-300 carries out second test flight after month-long hiatus


    United Aircraft has conducted a second test flight with the updated Ilyushin Il-114-300 turboprop, a month after the maiden sortie in mid-December. The twin-engined aircraft – numbered 54114, a modernised version of the original Il-114 airframe – took off from Moscow Zhukovsky with a crew of three, comprising two ...

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    Boeing more vulnerable to tariffs than Airbus: Udvar-Hazy


    Boeing needs to work to resolve the current tariff war with Airbus as the dispute threatens to further erode its market share versus its European competitor, Air Lease executive chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy has argued.

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    MC-21 suffers runway excursion during simulated single-engine failure


    One of the flight-test Irkut MC-21-300s has been involved in a runway excursion at Moscow Zhukovsky during an exercise simulating single-engine failure. Images from the scene show that aircraft 73051 – the first example of the aircraft to fly – has come to a halt on snow-covered ground. ...

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    Ukrainian armed forces to take three An-178s


    Antonov is to embark on production of three An-178 airlifters for the Ukrainian military, under a newly-agreed memorandum of co-operation. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, participating in an event to mark the pact, has also indicated that the government is interested in creating an airline this year which will use ...

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    Freighter line hands Boeing advantage in twin-aisle delivery contest


    While Airbus delivered far more aircraft overall than Boeing last year, the US airframer’s freighter activity meant it was able to hand over a greater number of twin-aisle models. Boeing’s freighter business contrasted sharply with that of Airbus, which has not sold a new-build cargo aircraft for nearly six ...

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    Airbus dismayed as US tariffs sting aircraft structure shipments


    Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury has reiterated the need for a negotiated settlement to the long-running transatlantic subsidies dispute, as the US government – in the final days of the Trump administration – prepares to put further sanctions in place. Speaking as the airframer unveiled its full-year 2020 order ...

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    Airbus cancellations include remaining A330Fs and AirAsia’s A350s


    Airbus’s cancellations for the final month of last year included 26 long-haul aircraft, among them 15 A350s and the last three A330 freighters in the airframer’s backlog. The cancellation of three outstanding A330-200Fs – ordered by Turkey’s MNG Airlines – means there is no current backlog for the type, ...

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    Airbus full-year deliveries fall by a third to 566 aircraft


    Airbus managed to deliver 566 aircraft last year, with a surge of 89 deliveries in the final month of 2020. The figure was nevertheless 34% down on the 863 it managed to hand over in the previous year, as the airframer’s activity suffered from the impact of the air ...