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    Aviage Systems secures FAA certification for 787 avionics MRO


    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certificated China’s Aviage Systems for Boeing 787 avionics work, paving the way for the company to expand into the international market.

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    FAA issues emergency airworthiness directive for PW4000


    The Federal Aviation Administration is requiring US operators to immediately conduct thermal-imaging inspections of fan blades on certain Pratt & Whitney engines after the recent PW4077 failure on a United Airlines flight.

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    EHang completes autonomous trial flights in Beijing


    Chinese urban air mobility start-up EHang has completed cold-weather test flights of its two-seater EH216 autonomous aerial vehicle over Beijing, as it embarks on a production capacity expansion.

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    US Air Force Research Lab starts building airborne laser weapon


    The US Air Force Research Laboratory is anticipating delivery later this month of the first major assembly of its Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator weapon.

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    Lockheed Martin confident F-35 operating cost will be reduced to $25,000 per hour


    The company is under pressure to deliver improvements to the aircraft’s reliability and operating costs as the jet’s leading customer, the US Air Force, considers cheaper alternatives such as the Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter or a clean-sheet 4.5-generation combat aircraft.

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    First USAF Boeing T-7A advanced trainer enters production


    The US Air Force jet is likely to roll out of Boeing’s St. Louis, Missouri factory in late 2021 or early 2022.

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    Scottish government selects preferred bidder for Prestwick airport


    Scotland’s cabinet secretary for transport has disclosed that a preferred bidder has been chosen for Glasgow Prestwick airport. Michael Matheson was responding to a question in parliament on 23 February regarding progress on returning the airport to the private sector. The government acquired the airport from New Zealand’s ...

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    KLM takes delivery of first Embraer 195-E2 jet


    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has taken delivery of its first Embraer 195-E2 jet for its Cityhopper subsidiary, as the carrier continues its fleet renewal with more efficient regional aircraft.

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    Boeing must ‘get house in order’ on 787 issues: Air Lease chief


    Boeing must “get its house in order”, by addressing immediate issues such as problems on the 787 production line, before Air Lease would be interested in ordering any new types the airframer plans to develop, the lessor’s chief executive John Plueger has warned.

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    Spirit AeroSystems cut 8,000 jobs and lost $870m in 2020


    Spirit AeroSystems swung to an $870 million loss in 2020, a year in which it slashed 8,000 commercial aerospace jobs and restructured its operations to align with markedly reduced production rates.

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    Confident Jazeera outlines plans to double fleet by 2025


    Kuwaiti carrier Jazeera Airways is looking to double its fleet over the next four to five years, confident that it has the resources to recover from the air transport crisis despite the heavy financial impact on its operations. Jazeera has turned in a full-year net loss of KD26.4 million ...

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    Volotea sees growth after switch to all-Airbus fleet


    European carrier Volotea could add four further Airbus narrowbodies to its fleet this summer to take to 19 the number it will operate after completing the withdrawal of its Boeing 717 fleet.

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    ​UK bookings surge on lockdown exit plan


    Airlines have seen a jump in UK ticket sales in the hours after the government published information on the national plan for exiting lockdown.

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    Small part of 777 fleet affected by PW4000 restrictions


    Regulatory action mandated by international civil aviation authorities after the 20 February failure of a Pratt & Whitney PW4000 on a United Airlines Boeing 777 affect a relatively small proportion of the 777 fleet.

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    Air Europa negotiates lease deferrals


    Lessors are discussing new rent-deferral arrangements with Air Europa as the Spanish carrier navigates towards fresh state-backed financial support, sources have told Cirium.

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    Gulf Air to make Singapore return in April


    Gulf Air is to launch a weekly service from Bahrain to Singapore in April, reviving a route it last operated more than a decade ago. The Bahraini carrier will deploy a Boeing 787-9 on the service to Singapore, which it describes as a ”boutique destination”. Source: ...

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    Lithuanian start-up carrier Heston ties up with lessor Genesis


    Irish-based lessor Genesis is supporting the establishment of a new Lithuanian charter and wet-lease carrier, Heston Airlines, in co-operation with consolidated aircraft trading and maintenance firm Heston Aviation. Heston Airlines is applying for a European air operator’s certificate and has obtained an initial Airbus A320, configured with 180 seats. ...

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    EASA shapes certification basis for Liberty ‘flying car’ gyroplane


    European safety authorities have finalised a certification basis for a convertible roadworthy rotorcraft, the PAL-V Liberty gyroplane, enabling its developer to accelerate compliance demonstration. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency says the certification specifications for rotorcraft are aimed primarily at helicopters and are “not fully adequate” to prescribe a ...

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    Qantas, Rex regional turf war heats up


    Australia’s Regional Express (Rex) has waged a war of words with arch-rival Qantas over the latter’s regional network expansion, as it prepares to commence mainline domestic operations in the coming weeks. 

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    NTSB says United engine failure caused by metal fatigue


    After a preliminary onsite exam, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says the engine failure on a United Airlines aircraft on 20 February was likely caused by metal fatigue.