Programmes

  • JetSmart A321neo-c-Airbus
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    Airbus trebles net orders after Indigo Partners’ air show deal for A321neos

    2021-12-07T17:46:00Z

    Airbus nearly trebled its net order figure in November, largely as a result of the firm agreement for 255 A321neos from Indigo Partners. The order – spread across Wizz Air, Frontier Airlines, Volaris and JetSmart – lifted the airframer’s net total for this year from 125 to 368 aircraft. ITA ...

  • A321XLR at FAL title-c-Airbus
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    First of three flight-test A321XLRs nears roll-out after structural assembly

    2021-12-06T12:09:00Z

    Airbus is completing structural assembly of the first A321XLR, as the airframer prepares to commence flight-testing next year and maintain its entry-into-service target of 2023.

  • Sukhoi Su-57 taking off c UAC
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    United Aircraft seeks shareholder approval of merger with Sukhoi and MiG

    2021-12-02T12:16:00Z

    United Aircraft’s board has approved the merger of the company with Sukhoi and RSK MiG as part of the continuing restructuring of the Russian aerospace industry. Shareholders of United Aircraft will vote on the merger proposal in January next year. The restructuring follows the centralisation of management of Sukhoi and ...

  • Breeze Airways First A220-300
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    Neeleman sees flexibility from A220 configurations, eyes extended range

    2021-12-01T13:31:00Z

    David Neeleman expects US start-up Breeze Airways to launch Airbus A220 flights with around five aircraft when it is approved to begin operations with the type next year.

  • ATEA head-on-c-Ascendance Flight Technologies
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    French firm Ascendance unveils fan-in-wing hybrid-electric aircraft design

    2021-12-01T11:49:00Z

    French company Ascendance Flight Technologies has become the latest to unveil a proposed hybrid-electric aircraft design, a five-seat model intended to operate over a 400km range. Designated the ATEA, the aircraft features a double-wing and T-tailed configuration with rotary fan elements embedded in the wing structure. The developer says it ...

  • Andrey Boginsky-c-United Aircraft
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    Russian Helicopters head appointed to lead MC-21 manufacturer Irkut

    2021-12-01T11:14:00Z

    Russian Helicopters head Andrey Boginsky is to take over as chief of airframer Irkut – producer of the MC-21 twinjet – after the company’s board agreed to end the tenure of Ravil Khakimov after two-and-a-half years. At a 30 November board meeting Boginsky was approved to serve a three-year term ...

  • MC-21 with Russian wing-c-Irkut
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    First domestic-winged MC-21 emerges as twinjet’s service entry nears

    2021-12-01T10:35:00Z

    Over the course of next year the 150-seat jet duopoly is set to evolve into a triopoly as the Irkut MC-21 enters service with Rossiya, the most significant Russian commercial aircraft development in decades. The programme has taken another significant step with the roll-out of the first aircraft whose composite ...

  • Qatar A350-1000 A7-ANO-c-Qatar Airways
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    Qatar Airways chief keeps pressure on Airbus over A350 fuselage issue

    2021-11-30T20:04:00Z

    Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker is keeping pressure on Airbus over a fuselage-degradation issue that grounded 20 of its A350s, while continuing to mull widebody freighter orders.

  • saf a350 test-c-airbus
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    Airbus flags early promise from 100% sustainable-fuel test flights

    2021-11-29T14:34:00Z

    In-flight emissions tests of an Airbus A350 powered by 100% sustainable aviation fuel indicate that the fuel releases fewer particulates than kerosene, while analysis points to lower density but higher energy content per unit weight. The tests have involved an A350-900 – powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines – chased ...

  • Southwest engine damage 2-c-NTSB
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    EASA seeks to tighten engine certification criteria for uncontained debris

    2021-11-22T11:31:00Z

    Safety regulators in Europe are aiming to tighten engine certification requirements to take into account forward and rearward release of uncontained debris in the event of a powerplant failure. Analysis of fan-blade failures indicates that certification of engines could be improved, says the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, particularly by ...

  • CMA-CGM-A350F_0
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    CMA CGM second to commit to A350 freighter

    2021-11-19T16:27:00Z

    French logistics firm CMA CGM Group has become the second customer for the new Airbus A350 freighter after signing a memorandum of understanding covering the purchase of four of the type.

  • Eastar Jet 737 Max 8
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    South Korea to lift 737 Max grounding

    2021-11-19T04:52:00Z

    South Korea is set to lift the operating ban on the Boeing 737 Max, becoming the latest country in Asia-Pacific to do so. 

  • Mammoth 777-200LR freighter-c-Mammoth Freighters
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    Cargojet order launches Mammoth 777-200LR freighter programme

    2021-11-17T13:54:00Z

    Canadian carrier Cargojet Airways has emerged as the launch customer for the Boeing 777-200LR freighter conversion initiated by US-based Mammoth Freighters. Cargojet is to take a pair of the converted twinjets, and will hold options on another pair – as well as options for two conversions of the larger 777-300ER. ...

  • Binter-ATR-72-600-c-ATR
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    E-commerce and fleet renewal driving ATR demand

    2021-11-17T11:59:00Z

    Turboprop manufacturer ATR cites the boom in e-commerce and airline fleet modernisation as key drivers of what it sees as improving demand.

  • Five ACJ TwoTwenty-c-Five
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    Dubai luxury hotel firm Five to take VIP A220 from Comlux

    2021-11-17T07:51:00Z

    Dubai-based hotel and resort group Five is acquiring an Airbus A220 business jet from Switzerland’s Comlux Group. The twinjet – branded as the ACJ TwoTwenty – will be fitted with a VIP cabin interior specified by Five from January next year, and will enter into service with the company in ...

  • Afrijet
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    Afrijet, Toki Air among new ATR order commitments

    2021-11-16T11:15:00Z

    Turboprop manufacturer ATR has secured an order for three ATR 72-600s from Gabon-based Afrijet as well as preliminary commitment from Japanese start-up Toki Air for two ATR 42s.

  • A350 cockpit-c-Airbus
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    A350F timeline in ‘right place’ for single-pilot operations: Faury

    2021-11-15T13:53:00Z

    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 ...

  • A350F ALC title-c-Airbus
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    Air Lease becomes A350F launch customer as part of broader large Airbus order

    2021-11-15T13:16:00Z

    US lessor Air Lease has become the launch customer for the Airbus A350 freighter, agreeing to take seven of the type as part of a large order for 111 Airbus jets. Air Lease is adding more widebodies, taking four already-placed A330neos, while it will substantially lift its single-aisle commitment, with ...

  • EmbraerConf-ArjanMeijer
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    Embraer studies freighter conversion programme for E-jets

    2021-11-15T11:15:00Z

    Embraer is looking at options for a freighter conversion programme for its E-Jets after identifying increased demand for smaller cargo aircraft as a result of the boom in e-commerce.

  • 777X-c-Boeing
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    Boeing seals long-term titanium supply pact with Russia’s VSMPO

    2021-11-15T09:35:00Z

    Boeing has agreed a long-term contract with the Russian metals specialist VSMPO-Avisma covering the supply of titanium products for commercial aircraft. The US airframer says the pact also includes a collaboration to increase use of the Ural Boeing Manufacturing joint venture, located in Russia, and hike research investment to support ...