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  • B737 Max 7-ro-1-1100-c-Boeing

    737 Max takes off for test flight in China


    A Boeing 737 Max has taken off in China for what appears to be its first test flight in its local recertifcation campaign, possibly paving the way for a return to service in one of Boeing’s key international markets. 

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    Hydrogen-electric firm ZeroAvia tests high-thrust powertrain on truck


    Advanced propulsion specialist ZeroAvia has conducted high-power ground tests of a powertrain intended to support a hydrogen-electric engine for 19-seat regional aircraft. The 600kW powertrain was mounted on a 15t truck and used to propel it along the ground at a test site in Hollister, California. ZeroAvia says ...

  • IAI 777-300ERSF-c-IAI

    Structural modification begins on first 777-300ER freighter conversion


    Conversion of the first passenger Boeing 777-300ER into a freighter has formally commenced under a programme overseen by Israel Aerospace Industries and leasing firm GECAS. IAI states that the development phase has been completed and a structural and modification phase has commenced. It expects the conversion – into ...

  • An-74-c-Oleg Belyakov Creative Commons

    Antonov seeking Canadian support to modernise An-74TK-200


    Antonov is hoping to reach an agreement with Canadian authorities on development of a extensively-modernised version of the An-74TK-200 airlifter for North American and other international markets. The Ukrainian airframer says it has held a series of discussions with Canadian representatives on creating the new aircraft. It envisions ...

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    Boeing to move 737 fan cowl manufacturing from Airbus to Turkish Aerospace and India’s Tata


    Boeing is making a supply chain shift that will see Turkish Aerospace and India’s Tata Advanced Systems take over 737 fan cowl production from Airbus in around 2025.

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    Hydrogen ‘less likely’ than sustainable fuel to have long-haul role: Rolls-Royce chief


    Rolls-Royce senses that the aerospace industry is sceptical about hydrogen’s potential as a fuel for long-haul operations. The engine manufacturer’s chief executive, Warren East, expressed reservations during a half-year briefing on 5 August. “This isn’t a Rolls-Royce thing,” he says. “This is an industry thing. For long-distance international ...

  • Il-96-300 take-off 5 Aug-c-United Aircraft

    United Aircraft flies latest Il-96 and hands over two Tu-214s


    United Aircraft has conducted the maiden flight of its latest Ilyushin Il-96-300, the second of the type to start flight-testing this year. The aircraft (RA-96025), powered by Aviadvigatel PS-90A engines, lifted off from the Voronezh production plant’s airfield on 5 August. Its crew performed initial stability and controllability ...

  • Czech A220-c-Airbus

    Czech Airlines order for A220s and A321XLRs struck from Airbus backlog


    Czech Airlines’ order for seven Airbus jets, including four A220-300s and three A321XLRs, have been removed from the airframer’s backlog. Airbus’s latest backlog information, covering the period to 31 July, shows that the seven jets listed against the airline have been cancelled. Czech Airlines filed for insolvency earlier ...

  • SpaceJet-c-MitsubishiAircaft

    Mitsubishi Heavy aerospace business ekes out quarterly profit


    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ (MHI) aircraft, defence and space unit returned to the black in its first-quarter financial results, despite slightly lower revenue.

  • DHL Alice-c-DHL Express

    DHL Express orders fleet of Eviation all-electric Alice aircraft for cargo feed


    Logistics specialist DHL Express is venturing into electric air transport by ordering a dozen Eviation Alice aircraft for freight operations. DHL Express expects to take delivery of the first of the 12 aircraft in 2024. Eviation conceived the Alice as a nine-seat commuter model. But DHL Express head ...

  • rombac one-eleven yr-bre-c-artmark

    Presidential Rombac One-Eleven donated to Romanian aviation museum


    Romania’s national aviation museum has formally received a licence-built Rombac One-Eleven, formerly in the presidential fleet of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, donated following a 27 May auction. Rombac locally licence-built the UK’s BAC One-Eleven. The auctioned aircraft (YR-BRE) was manufactured in 1986 and served as the presidential transport from 1986 ...

  • A321neo-c-Airbus

    Airbus chief hints at frustration over supplier concerns with A320 ramp-up


    Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury has revealed signs of irritation over apparent supplier concerns with single-aisle ramp-up targets, stressing that the airframer has been transparent over its production-rate plans. The airframer brought monthly A320-family production down to just 40 aircraft last year but is intending to take this output ...

  • A350-1000

    Airbus to base new A350 freighter ‘predominantly’ on -1000 variant


    Airbus indicates that its proposed A350 freighter derivative will be a light hybrid of its current variants but primarily based on the -1000. It is aiming for a 2025 entry into service for the twinjet, after the company secured board approval for its development, but the airframer is yet to ...

  • Airbus A350

    Airbus board approves A350 freighter development


    Airbus has secured board approval to develop a freighter version of the A350, as the airframer prepares for a commercial aircraft production ramp-up in the second half. Chief executive Guillaume Faury says the company is “enhancing our product line” with the A350 freighter derivative following the approval. “[We ...

  • Yak-40 superconducting title-c-CIAM

    Yak-40 with superconducting engine begins test flights


    Researchers have commenced flight-testing with a Yakovlev Yak-40 modified with a superconducting electric engine mounted in the nose. The aircraft is fitted with a motor, developed by materials firm SuperOx, and propeller as part of a hybrid powerplant demonstrator. This engine “complements” the aircraft’s two other functioning jet ...

  • Air France A220-c-Air France

    EASA clears A220-300 to take up to 149 passengers


    European authorities have formally approved a hike in the Airbus A220-300’s maximum seating to 149 passengers, contingent on an overwing exit slide modification. The aircraft had previously been limited to 145 seats. Air France is planning to introduce its first A220-300 with a layout of 148 seats, due ...

  • MC-21

    Volga-Dnepr expresses interest in freighter version of MC-21


    Russian logistics specialist Volga-Dnepr Group has expressed interest in the potential for a freighter version of the Irkut MC-21. Representatives of the cargo firm toured the MC-21 during the MAKS 2021 Moscow air show. The MC-21 family is designed for passenger layouts of 150-211 seats. But Volga-Dnepr ...

  • A220 in flight

    Azimuth agreement is A220's first from Russia since local certification


    Russian carrier Azimuth’s agreement to take Airbus A220s is the first from one of the country’s airlines since the twinjet family quietly secured certification from the federal aviation regulator Rosaviatsia. Airbus obtained certification for both the A220-300 and smaller -100 from Rosaviatsia on 24 December 2020, according to the ...

  • Etihad 787-9-c-Etihad Airways

    787 programme’s future remains bright, though scope of fuselage issues unclear


    But despite stopping deliveries, despite fuselage issues, despite withered demand for international travel and despite markedly reduced 787 production rates, analysts still foresee bright tomorrows for the jet.

  • A220 JetBlue
    In depth

    How A220 programme proved sound investment for Airbus amid pandemic


    One curious effect of the air transport crisis is that it has effectively pushed the sector back in time, leaving a fleet technologically shaped to address the 2020s facing levels of demand from the turn of the millennium.