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    Airline Business Index shows industry nearing three-quarters of pre-Covid size


    The latest Airline Business Index shows the global airline industry is nearing three-quarters of its pre-Covid size, driven by rapidly returning passengers and revenue in the third quarter. The overall score of 72 (2019 = 100) represents an increase of six from the score on 30 June 2021, 12 ...

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    Hi Fly details pioneering A340 flight to Antarctic runway


    Wet-lease operator Hi Fly has detailed its landing of an Airbus A340-300 on an Antarctic ice runway, the first time the four-engined type has carried out such an operation. The Maltese-registered aircraft (9H-SOL) conducted the flight from Cape Town to the runway at Wolf’s Fang – a distance of some ...

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    Indigo, Air Lease and Akasa drive Dubai air show order commitments past 500


    Major commitments for Airbus aircraft from airline investor Indigo Partners for its low-cost carriers and Air Lease, as well as from Indian start-up Akasa Air for Boeing Max 8s drove the bulk of the more than 500 aircraft order and option commitments announced during the first three days of the Dubai air show.

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    A350F timeline in ‘right place’ for single-pilot operations: Faury


    Airbus is not specifically linking its new A350F to single-pilot operations, but it acknowledges that the entry-into-service schedule coincides with the timeline for testing initial concepts – and that it could serve as a platform. US lessor Air Lease has become the launch customer for the freighter, a five-frame shrink ...

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    Wizz signals plans to commit to further A321neo expansion


    Central European budget carrier Wizz Air could further increase its Airbus A321neo commitment next year, having taken options and rights on a further 94 jets, on top of the 102 ordered as part of the Indigo Partners deal. Wizz Air is to take delivery of most of the newly-ordered 75 ...

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    Airbus to pitch A350 freighter against 777F and 747F


    Airbus’s proposed A350 freighter will be slightly shorter than the A350-1000, with five frames being removed from the basic structure, and the twinjet will be fitted with an aft main cargo door. Chief commercial officer Christian Scherer disclosed the basic configuration to FlightGlobal during a 13 November forecast briefing. The ...

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    How Guillaume Faury is readying Airbus for better times


    Although the indusry has yet to fully emerge from the Covid-19 downturn, Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury explains why he thinks higher production rates are justified, and how the A350 freighter will capture demand. Meanwhile, he outlines why the company’s helicopter and defence businesses are still vital parts of the group, while planning for a low-carbon future.

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    US Army teams autonomous Black Hawk with drones in air assault experiments


    The service is exploring how automated flight technologies, developed by DARPA, might allow its utility helicopters to fly faster, further and lower to the ground – or even without any human pilots in the cockpit at all.

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    A350s operate transatlantic formation flight to test potential for cutting fuel-burn


    Airbus has carried out a transatlantic test flight with an A350-900 and A350-1000 in a bid to demonstrate the potential fuel savings achievable when aircraft operate in formation. Performed on 9 November the Toulouse-Montreal flights involved the A350-900 operating as the lead, and the -1000 following, with a separation of ...

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    Aerospace industry’s rebound may be hindered by state of suppliers


    Although the big players in aerospace are looking to increase production rates and bounce back from 2020’s horrific downturn, global shortages of labour and materials have the potential to throw that recovery off course.

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    What might COP26 mean for the airline industry?


    On the eve of the UN climate change conference COP26, the airline industry is braced to discover what the eventual outcomes will mean for its growth path.

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    Cathay recovery still uncertain, amid prolonged border closures, fresh competition


    More than a year after a massive restructuring, Hong Kong’s embattled Cathay Pacific looks to enter 2022 with its recovery in jeopardy, as the city’s international borders remain tightly shut, and new competition takes shape in its home turf.

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    Aerospace firms see near-term pain, long-term gain from vaccine mandate


    Several aerospace manufacturers are anticipating dismissal of employees who refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, worsening the industry’s labour shortage in the short term.

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    General Atomics developing lasers, missile interceptors to protect its UAVs


    General Atomics, known for unmanned air vehicles that for decades conducted armed reconnaissance over Iraq and Afghanistan, is attempting to retool its aircraft with a futuristic arsenal of weapons, including lasers and missile interceptors.

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    Who foots the bill for aviation's environmental transformation?


    Commercial aviation is promising to re-invent itself as a less-polluting industry, with 2050 as a goal to reach net-zero carbon. But no-one has worked out who picks up the tab.

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    As Asia travel recovery commences, China keeps the walls up


    As Asia-Pacific tentatively starts opening to international air travel, Beijing’s tough ‘Zero-Covid’ approach means an air travel recovery will be anything but complete for airlines.

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    Cabin virus transmission risk ‘extremely low’: ICAO conference paper


    Risk of coronavirus transmission on board aircraft is lower than that for most other indoor environments, according to a paper presented to a high-level ICAO conference on aviation recovery from the pandemic. The ICAO conference – running from 12-22 October – is aiming to reach a global consensus on a ...

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    Honda Aircraft unveils 10-passenger HondaJet 2600 concept


    Honda Aircraft has unveiled a new business jet concept intended to sit at the upper end of the light-jet segment but have sufficient range and size to enable it to compete in the mid-size market.

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    Boeing nears 60 freighter orders with 777F deals in September


    Boeing has taken freighter orders this year to 59 with an agreement for six more 777Fs in September, and disclosed a repeat order for 737 Max jets from investment firm 777 Partners. The six additional freighters include one for FedEx and five for unidentified customers. They bring the total number ...

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    Pratt & Whitney’s GatorWorks to 3D print entire jet engine


    The first time Pratt & Whitney’s GatorWorks attempted to 3D-print a combustor for the miniature TJ-150 jet engine, the results were anything but perfect. Lessons learned, the West Palm Beach, Florida-based outfit is now taking additive manufacturing one step further: attempting to produce a TJ-150 turbine entirely out of 3D-printed parts.