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  • A350F title-c-Airbus

    Airbus accentuates calibre of customers to illustrate A350F confidence


    Airbus had assumed Boeing would offer a 777X freighter derivative to counter the A350F, but believes its own twinjet cargo variant will have the edge over its rival. The A350F was unveiled in mid-2021 and secured its first customers in November last year. Airbus had recorded firm orders for 18 ...

  • NIAR WERX first 777-300ER for conversion to freighter
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    NIAR WERX to name customers for cargo-converted 777-300ER as project advances


    The Wichita team developing a Boeing 777-300ER converted freighter intends this month to announce multiple launch customers for the project, and is on track to begin manufacturing components within weeks.

  • Jordi Boto-c-EFW

    Conversion venture EFW names new chief executive


    Freighter conversion venture EFW has named chief operating officer Jordi Boto as its new chief executive, succeeding the veteran Andreas Sperl. Sperl, whose career has included serving as Airbus chief financial officer, has stepped down from his post and left the company, says EFW. Source: EFW Boto’s career ...

  • CR929 family-c-United Aircraft

    Sino-Russian CR929 to be another casualty of Ukraine invasion


    As Russia’s aerospace sector reels under sanctions following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, a longer-term victim is likely to be the ambitious CR929 widebody, jointly developed by China and Russia. 

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    MC-21 serial production delay forces Russia to look at fuel subsidy for older types


    Russia’s government is expecting serial production of the Irkut MC-21 to be pushed back by up to two years, and has outlined optimistic plans to ramp-up output of older, and less fuel-efficient, aircraft types in the interim. During a briefing that followed a presidential meeting on the state of the ...

  • 737-800BCF-c-Boeing

    ASL follow-on deal for 737-800 converted freighters set to double fleet


    ASL Aviation Holdings is ordering up to 20 more Boeing 737-800 converted freighters, to be modified by the US airframer. The aircraft will be allocated to ASL’s airlines in Ireland, France and Belgium as well as joint-venture operations in Asia. Conversion work will commence in the second quarter of next ...

  • MC-21-300 composite wing-c-Rostec

    Russian composite wingbox for MC-21 passes strength tests


    Russian airframer Irkut has completed strength testing of the MC-21 wingbox, constructed from domestic composites, demonstrating that its performance corresponds to analytical predictions. Irkut conducted the maiden flight of the MC-21-300 with a Russian composite wing on 25 December last year. The aircraft involved was numbered 73361. Testing of the ...

  • Ted Colbert Stephanie Pope-c-Boeing

    Boeing names new leaders for defence, space and global services arms


    Boeing has named a new Defense, Space and Security chief executive, Ted Colbert, who steps into the role having formerly led the Boeing Global Services division. Colbert is succeeding Leanne Caret who is to retire after 35 years with the US aerospace firm, including the last six years heading Defense, ...

  • A380 SAF flight-c-Airbus

    A380 testbed conducts flights with wholly-sustainable fuel


    Airbus has used its A380 test aircraft, MSN1, to carry out a flight using wholly-sustainable aviation fuel. The aircraft flew from Toulouse on 25 March with one of its Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines powered by 100% sustainable fuel. Airbus says the duration of the flight was around 3h. The aircraft ...

  • MC-21 Irkut

    MC-21, Tu-204 and Superjet among types affected by EASA certificate suspension


    Several Russian aircraft types have formally had type certificates suspended by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency as part of the package of sanctions on the country’s aviation industry. EASA has suspended the certificates of the Tupolev Tu-204-120CE – the Rolls-Royce RB211-powered version of the twinjet, which features Honeywell avionics ...

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    FlyBig picks Twin Otter to boost Indian regional connectivity


    Indian charter operator FlyBig has signed a letter of intent covering the purchase of up to 10 De Havilland Canada Twin Otter Series 400 turboprops.

  • Morocco IAI agreement-c-IAI

    IAI explores aerospace co-operation with Morocco under new pact


    Moroccan and Israeli representatives have reached a provisional agreement over co-operation in the aerospace sector, which is likely to explore initiatives on aerostructures and cabin interiors. The memorandum of understanding was signed during a meeting in Rabat between the Moroccan trade and industry minister, Ryad Mezzour, and Israel Aerospace Industries ...

  • B737 Max 8 cockpit-c-Max Kingsley-Jones FlighGlobal

    EASA demands rigour in crew behaviour assumptions during aircraft certification


    Europe’s air transport safety regulator is underlining the important of human factors consideration in the design of large aircraft and their systems by putting forward a structured methodology to validate assumptions about expected flight crew behaviour. The methodology is being put forward in a proposed certification memorandum by the European ...

  • Tu-214-c-Tupolev

    United Aircraft discusses reviving passenger Tu-214 production to fill capacity gap


    United Aircraft is examining the potential to increase Tupolev Tu-214 production in order to help meet demand for new aircraft in Russia following the sanctions imposed on the country’s air transport industry. Russian deputy prime minister Yuri Borisov visited the production facility in Kazan on 22 March, to discuss whether ...

  • PD-8 nacelle test title-c-Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute

    PD-8 engine’s nacelle undergoes windtunnel testing


    Russian researchers are continuing development work on the new Irkut Superjet 100 variant, the SSJ-New, with tests on nacelles for the domestically-built engine. The SSJ-New will be powered by the Aviadvigtel PD-8, a derivative of the PD-14 designed for the Irkut MC-21-310. Moscow’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute has been assessing the ...

  • EcoPulse-c-Airbus

    Airbus explores high-voltage battery potential for non-propulsive roles


    Airbus is aiming to explore high-voltage battery behaviour during test flights of an electric light aircraft this year, with the aim of applying the technology to ‘micro-hybridisation’ – the use of battery power in a supportive, rather than propulsive, role for larger aircraft types. The low energy density of lithium-ion ...

  • SmartLynx Cargo A330 title-c-SmartLynx

    SmartLynx to take A330 converted freighters through ATSG agreement


    Wet-lease specialist SmartLynx Airlines is to introduce converted Airbus A330-300 freighters, stepping up to the long-haul jets having already started bringing in A321 cargo aircraft. The company has agreed with Air Transport Services Group to acquire six modified A330s under a six-year lease. SmartLynx will take delivery of the first ...

  • SIA A350F-c-Airbus

    Airbus long-haul activity weakens but A220 sales prove buoyant


    Airbus’s long-haul orders sank further into negative territory during February, although strong single-aisle sales – particularly for the A220 – left the airframer with positive net orders for the first two months of the year. Twenty A330-900s assigned to unidentified customers have been removed, Airbus’s latest backlog figures reveal. Although ...

  • Embraer 190

    Embraer launches E190/195 freighter conversion programme


    Embraer has launched a passenger to freighter conversion programme for its E190 and E195 regional jets and is targeting an entry into service in early 2024.

  • PD-8-c-Rostec

    Testing nears for PD-8 engine’s gearbox components


    Russia’s United Engine has manufactured key components for the drive system of the Aviadvigatel PD-8 engine, intended for the latest version of Irkut’s Superjet 100. The standard Superjet – originally produced by Sukhoi’s civil aviation division and since absorbed into the Irkut operation – is fitted with PowerJet SaM146 engines. ...