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  • CALC ARJ21 signing

    ​CALC orders 30 ARJ21s with Indonesian carrier TransNusa


    China Aircraft Leasing has placed an order for 30 Comac ARJ21 aircraft with an Indonesian airline, in which CALC and two of its most senior executives have a 49% stake, as a co-buyer.

  • SpaceJet-c-MitsubishiAircaft

    Aerolease cancels SpaceJet orders amid programme freeze


    US-based lessor Aerolease Aviation has cancelled its commitments for Mitsubishi Aircraft’s SpaceJet programme, the airframer has disclosed. 

  • Avic MA700

    Will US military end user list clip MA700’s wings?


    The Avic MA700 turboprop finds itself in an awkward situation after airframer Xian Aircraft showed up on the US government’s Military End User list. With progress on the aircraft at a glacial pace, could the US government’s move seal the MA700’s fate? 

  • Titan A321P2F-c-EFW

    UK’s Titan receives first of three converted A321 freighters


    UK operator Titan Airways’ is to introduce three Airbus A321 converted freighters to its fleet, with the first one newly redelivered from modification specialists ST Engineering and EFW. Powered by CFM International CFM56 engines, the aircraft, MSN1238, was originally delivered to MyTravel Airways in 2000, and subsequently operated by ...

  • Katherine Bennett-c-HVM Catapult

    Airbus UK's Bennett to head technology initiative HVM Catapult


    Airbus senior vice-president Katherine Bennett is to step down from heading the airframer’s UK division, to lead HVM Catapult, a specialist organisation developed to provide a manufacturing gateway for promising technologies. Bennett, who will succeed retiring chief executive Dick Elsy later this year, says the organisation will contribute to ...

  • A330neo 251t-c-Airbus

    US hits Europe with new tariffs on aircraft parts


    The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has placed new tariffs on aircraft manufacturing parts as well as some alcohol products from the European Union in an ongoing transatlantic spat about aerospace subsidies.

  • A350-900 head-on

    Airbus relieved over post-Brexit deal but yet to analyse details


    Airbus is yet to assess the consequences of the newly-agreed future relationship between the UK and the European Union. But it believes the “potential disruption” which would have arisen from failure to reach a post-Brexit agreement “has been avoided”. Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury says he “welcomes” the ...

  • 787 factory Everett

    Boeing to speed up transfer of 787 production to South Carolina: reports


    Boeing is reportedly speeding up the transfer of all 787 aircraft production to its North Charleston, South Carolina plant.

  • Yak-40 electric motor-c-CIAM

    Yak-40 fitted with propeller for superconducting motor test


    Russian researchers are planning to test-fly a Yakovlev Yak-40 modified with a superconducting electric motor and propeller mounted on the trijet’s nose. The Moscow-based Central Institute of Aviation Motors expects the first flights to be carried out in 2021. Siberian aeronautical research centre SibNIA, located in Novosibirsk, installed ...

  • A321F-c-Vallair

    Vallair A321s to undergo freighter conversion in China


    Airbus A321 converted freighter pioneer Vallair has disclosed that nine of the type will undergo modification in China, at the ST Engineering facility in Guangzhou. The initial aircraft to be converted will be MSN1017, a CFM International CFM56-powered twinjet which was originally delivered to First Choice Airways in 1999. ...

  • 737 Max 9-c-Boeing

    Senate probe: 737 Max test pilots ‘coached’ to fit assumptions on MCAS reaction time


    US Senate committee investigators believe Boeing and the US FAA tried to re-affirm controversial assumptions over pilot response times during 737 Max recertification, by pre-determining the outcome of tests on crew reactions to a runaway stabiliser. The Senate committee on commerce, science and transportation has found that Boeing “inappropriately ...

  • Mitsubishi-SpaceJet-M90

    Mitsubishi Aircraft reportedly cuts 95% of staff


    Beleaguered Mitsubishi Aircraft, whose flagship SpaceJet programme is effectively frozen amid cost cutting, is reported to have slashed 95% of its employees.

  • Airbus W-IFE-c-Bluebox Aviation Systems

    Titan A321LR is first with Airbus’s line-fit wireless IFE system


    Airbus has delivered its first aircraft, an A321LR to Titan Airways, fitted with a line-fit in-flight entertainment system based on wireless communications architecture. The system features embedded servers and routers, wi-fi access points, and a software platform. Airbus says the open-software architecture provides airlines with the flexibility to ...

  • Il-114-300 ff-c-Rostec

    Il-114-300’s first lift-off marks second Russian maiden flight in two days


    United Aircraft’s modernised Ilyushin Il-114-300 has carried out its maiden flight, a day after the first flight of the Russian-powered version of the Irkut MC-21. The twin-engined Il-114-300 lifted off from Moscow’s Zhukovsky airfield on 16 December, says state technology firm Rostec. Three crew members – two pilots ...

  • Airbus H2 pods-c-Airbus

    Airbus explores self-contained fuel-cell propulsors for zero-emission aircraft


    Airbus is preparing a patent application for a distributed pod-based configuration for a hydrogen fuel-cell powerplants, which it is exploring as a possibility to overcome the problems of scaling up the technology to large transport aircraft. While smaller propeller-driven aircraft, up to around 20 seats, can take advantage of ...

  • c919

    After landmark ARJ21 deliveries, Comac hopes to break fresh ground in new year


    Having secured relative success in the domestic market for its ARJ21 regional jet programme, Chinese airframer Comac will inevitably turn its attention to its C919 narrowbody, as it hopes to complete certification and delivery in the new year. 

  • ATR-FedEx-1

    FedEx takes first line-built ATR 72-600 Freighter


    ATR has handed over the first of 30 factory-built ATR 72-600 Freighters to launch customer FedEx Express, with the twin-turboprop to make its commercial debut on European routes in the coming weeks.

  • MC-21-310 first flight-c-Irkut

    MC-21 with Russian-built PD-14 engines carries out maiden flight


    Irkut has carried out the maiden flight of the MC-21-310, the version of the twinjet powered by Russian-built Aviadvigatel PD-14 engines. The flight – with aircraft number 73055 – took place from Irkutsk aviation plant’s airfield on 15 December and lasted about 1h 25min. It was crewed by ...

  • A350 XWB-c-Rolls-Royce

    Rolls-Royce continues Trent XWB blade-wear tests


    Rolls-Royce has completed inspections of high-cycle Trent XWB-84 engines for premature wear on intermediate-pressure compressor blades, but has yet to fully determine the cause.

  • c919

    ‘Sledgehammer’ sanctions on Comac will harm US more: think-tank


    A senior advisor at a US think-tank has criticised potential sanctions against Chinese airframer Comac as being more detrimental to the US aerospace industry than their intended target, China.