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  • Il-76LL title-c-Alex Snow Creative Commons

    PD-8 nears installation on Il-76 testbed as bench work wraps up


    Russian state technology firm Rostec is edging towards flying the Aviadvigatel PD-8 prototype engine on an Ilyushin Il-76 testbed, following completion of bench tests. The PD-8 is intended as an alternative powerplant on the Irkut Superjet 100, as well as an engine for the Beriev Be-200 amphibian. Rostec says the ...

  • ZeroAvia HARE infrastructure title-c-ZeroAvia

    Hydrogen refuellers to support ZeroAvia’s US flight-test programme


    Hydrogen-electric propulsion specialist ZeroAvia is co-operating with Shell affiliates which will design and construct commercial-scale mobile refuellers for the company’s California test facility. The agreement will support ZeroAvia’s flight-test programme following the recent delivery of a Dornier 228 to the site. This aircraft is to be fitted with the company’s ...

  • Air France A350F-c-Air France

    Single-aisle orders lift Airbus figures while long-haul activity remains stagnant


    Airbus’s single-aisle business was lifted in April by the order for 80 jets from lessor BOC Aviation, although the drought of twin-aisle activity was alleviated only slightly by Air Frances’s firming of four A350 freighters. BOC has ordered 60 A321neos and 20 A320neos. Air Canada and Iberia are taking four ...

  • Texel Air 737-800BCF-c-Texel Air

    Texel Air to take another pair of 737-800 freighters


    Middle Eastern operator Texel Air is ordering another pair of Boeing 737-800 converted freighters, having received the region’s first example in January. The Bahraini cargo carrier has signed an agreement to acquire the additional jets, according to Boeing. It already had orders for two of the modified jets and will ...

  • Finnair A321-c-AirTeamImages

    APOC and SmartLynx source four ex-Finnair A321s for freighter conversion


    Aircraft trader APOC Aviation and Latvian carrier SmartLynx Airlines have together purchased a package of four former Finnair Airbus A321s for passenger-to-freighter conversion.

  • ZeroAvia Dornier 228-c-ZeroAvia

    ZeroAvia receives second Dornier 228 to support US hydrogen-electric certification


    Hybrid-electric propulsion specialist ZeroAvia has taken delivery of a second Dornier 228 which will supplement the conversion and test programme already underway on another of the type. The 19-seat aircraft will be US-based, located in California, and act as a platform for new component and integration tests. Registered N409VA, the ...

  • FMS-c-Thales

    Airbus to introduce new Thales flight-management system across range


    Airbus has selected Thales to provide a new flight-management system for its aircraft range, based on the French aerospace company’s PureFlyt product. The system has been adapted to Airbus’s specific requirements and is intended to become available at the end of 2026. It will be used for the A350 and ...

  • A350-1000 tail-c-Airbus

    Software snag spurs urgent A350 directive on elevator control


    Operators of certain Airbus A350s have been instructed urgently to implement a number of operational and dispatch restrictions over a software snag which could lead to loss of elevator control. The issue centres on the introduction of a flight-control software standard, known as X13, on production aircraft and which is ...

  • A320neo production-c-Airbus

    Airbus chief insists titanium sourcing ‘protected’ over near term


    Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury believes the airframer has sufficient protection in titanium supply, following the imposition of sanctions on the Russian market. Speaking during a first-quarter briefing, Faury insisted that Airbus’s operations on the supply side were protected in the “short to medium term”. The company is looking to ...

  • A320neo-c-Airbus

    Airbus commits to building 75 A320s a month after supply-chain analysis


    Airbus is committing to a substantial hike in A320 production rates to 75 aircraft monthly over the next three years. Chief executive Guillaume Faury disclosed during a first-quarter briefing that the airframer aimed to reach the output level in 2025. The company had already been moving to raise the monthly ...

  • A321XLR paint-c-Airbus

    Airbus pushes back A321XLR service entry to 2024


    Airbus has pushed back entry into service of the long-range A321XLR, as a result of certification demands. The aircraft – which the airframer aims to fly by the end of the second quarter – had originally been intended for initial deliveries next year. But Airbus says “certification requirements” have meant ...

  • A320neo take-off-c-Airbus

    Airbus tweaks A320 software to address rare go-around pitch-up anomaly


    Airbus has tweaked the flight guidance software for A320-family jets to address a pitch-up issue which could occur under certain circumstances on go-around. The modification followed an incident involving an unstable approach by an A321neo during which a go-around was initiated with the autopilot engaged. According to the European Union ...

  • A321XLR forward-c-Airbus

    Airbus rolls out initial A321XLR in livery highlighting twinjet’s range


    Airbus has unveiled the paint scheme on its first A321XLR, the longest-range variant of its single-aisle twinjet range. The aircraft is carrying a livery featuring landmarks from New York and Rome, on its port side and London and New Delhi on the starboard, to illustrate the additional range of the ...

  • A320neo CFM Leap-c-Airbus

    Further A320neo rate rise could be on the cards as CFM agrees 2024 Leap-1A delivery volumes


    Airbus may be preparing to confirm a further rate rise in 2024 for its A320neo family after engine supplier CFM International agreed to an unspecified delivery volume for that year.

  • STOL-c-ATR

    ATR readies first STOL prototype for early stage flight tests


    Turboprop manufacturer ATR is nearing completion of the first phase of modifications to a 42-600 test aircraft to turn it into a short take-off and landing (STOL) variant.

  • C919_Test aircraft

    Comac aircraft not an ‘investable asset’ for Avolon - at least in the short term: Slattery


    Chinese airframer Comac may have to wait several more decades before Western lessors back its aircraft, but that point will nonetheless definitely arrive, says Avolon’s chief executive.

  • L-410NG-c-UGMK

    Czech firm acquires L-410 manufacturer Aircraft Industries from Russian owners


    Czech defence electronics and aviation technology company Omnipol Group has agreed to acquire the entirety of the aerospace firm Aircraft Industries from its Russian owners. Russian mining entity UGMK has controlled the company since 2008 when it acquired a 51% share of the firm, which produces aircraft including the L-410 ...

  • Qatar A350-1000 MSN420-c-Airbus

    Airbus and Qatar Airways wrestle over right to resell rejected A350s


    Among the legal jousts between Airbus and Qatar Airways arising from their court clash is an attempt by the airline to prevent the airframer from reselling A350s built for the carrier but individually cancelled after Qatar’s refusal to take delivery. Airbus has been cancelling A350s which had been completed and ...

  • ePlane2-c-HarbourAir

    Harbour Air plans first flight of certifiable electric Beaver by end-2023


    Canadian regional operator Harbour Air will not begin flight testing a certifiable version of its modified electric-powered seaplane until late 2023, blaming supply chain issues and a revised development process for the delay.

  • Qatar A321neo-c-Airbus

    Qatar loses court bid to force Airbus to build cancelled A321neos


    Qatar Airways has lost a bid to force Airbus to continue producing A321neo jets, after a judge in London dismissed a request from the airline after the airframer cancelled Qatar’s order for 50 of the type. FlightGlobal was in London’s High Court to hear the ruling on 26 April, which ...