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  • 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.

  • Qatar Airways chief executive

    Qatar Airways chief dangles freighter launch order interest to Airbus and Boeing


    Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker has indicated he is ready to place a launch order for a new freighter with Boeing or Airbus by the end of the third quarter, though he added the caveat that the carrier would need to see concerns around the A350 settled before ...

  • SSJ cockpit-c-Alex Beltyukov Creative Commons

    Boeing integrates Superjet data into its flight-performance calculation tool


    Boeing is integrating aircraft capability data for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 into the US airframer’s performance tool platform to enable improvement to the type’s take-off and landing operations.


    Embraer delivers 34 jets in the second quarter


    Brazilian airframer Embraer delivered 34 jets during the second quarter of 2021, double the number it delivered in the same period during coronavirus-plagued 2020.

  • PD-8 at MAKS-c-United Engine

    United Engine aims for 2023 certification of SSJ-New’s engine


    United Engine is aiming to secure a type certificate for the Aviadvigatel PD-8 in 2023, with production work already underway on the first prototype for certification tests. The PD-8 is being developed as an alternative engine to the PowerJet SaM146 for the Sukhoi Superjet 100. Russia’s United Aircraft is ...

  • BelugaXL 4 title-c-Airbus

    Airbus commences flight tests with fourth BelugaXL


    Airbus has carried out the maiden flight of its fourth BelugaXL high-capacity transport, which took off from Toulouse on 20 July. The Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered aircraft is one of six being constructed by Airbus for its logistics transport division. Airbus has been gradually withdrawing its older A300-600ST Beluga ...

  • China Eastern A350

    Airbus delivers first A350 from Chinese completion centre


    Airbus has delivered its first A350 from its widebody completion centre in Tianjin, China. 

  • MC-21 assembly line title-c-Irkut

    United Aircraft aims for annual production rate of 36 MC-21s by 2025


    United Aircraft is aiming to reach an annual production rate of 36 aircraft for the Irkut MC-21 by 2025, and double this figure within the following two years. General director Yuri Slyusar outlined the schedule to Russian president Vladimir Putin at a meeting ahead of this year’s MAKS Moscow ...

  • United Engine propeller-c-United Engine

    Klimov to develop enhanced engine for TVRS-44 turboprop


    Russia’s United Engine is to develop a new turboprop engine for a 40- to 50-seat regional aircraft programme, the TVRS-44, being created by Ural aviation plant UZGA. The engine will be based on the Klimov TV7-117ST-01 which is undergoing certification for the Ilyushin Il-114-300. Klimov says serial production ...

  • Irkut MC-21-300-c-Irkut

    Rossiya prepares to start MC-21 operations in summer 2022


    Russian carrier Rossiya is expecting to start operations with Irkut MC-21s in summer 2022, if the twinjet passes a technical readiness review. Rossiya is set to become the first carrier to fly the type in commercial service. While the MC-21 introduction is still about a year away, the ...

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    Russian analysts to explore tail modifications for ‘SSJ-New’ programme


    Russian aerodynamicists are conducting buffet analysis of the Sukhoi Superjet 100’s horizontal stabiliser to explore potential improvements for the ‘SSJ-New’ version of the aircraft. The phenomenon can result in oscillations of the tail from wake aft of the wing. Moscow’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute says it is examining the ...

  • Silk Way 777F-c-Boeing

    Freighters help Boeing offset collapse in twin-aisle passenger jet orders


    Figures at the half-year point clearly illustrate the difference that Boeing’s freighter line has made to the two main airframers’ long-haul order activity following the onset of the air transport crisis. Both Airbus and Boeing have struggled to secure orders for twin-aisle passenger aircraft since the pandemic took hold. ...

  • China Eastern 737 Max

    China warms to lifting 737 Max grounding: Report


    China is reportedly a step closer to returning the Boeing 737 Max to service, after grounding the type for more than two years following two fatal crashes. 

  • A350

    Evidence of recovery as Airbus deliveries pick up in June


    Airbus’s delivery of 77 aircraft during June marks the second-highest monthly figure since the onset of the air transport crisis. The level was only exceeded by the 89 achieved by the airframer during its end-of-year wrap-up in December 2020. Airbus delivered aircraft to 44 customers in June. ...

  • United A321neo-c-Airbus

    United pushes Airbus into positive net orders for first half


    United Airlines’ agreement for 70 Airbus A321neos finally lifted the airframer into positive net orders for the first half of the year. Airbus’s net orders had languished in negative territory over the course of 2021 until the United order was recorded on 28 June. The deal meant Airbus’s ...

  • MC-21-310-c-Irkut

    Russian-powered MC-21 emerges with test-flight livery


    Irkut’s initial Russian-powered MC-21 has emerged in its test campaign livery, following painting at a facility in Ulyanovsk. The aircraft – fitted with Aviadvigatel PD-14 engines – has been flown to Moscow Zhukovsky to continue its flight-test programme. Its livery is similar to that carried by the Pratt ...

  • IAI 737-800 BDSF-c-IAI

    Naples chosen by Israel’s IAI as site for 737 freighter conversions


    Israel Aerospace Industries is to set up a European facility in Naples to convert passenger aircraft into freighters.

  • Aviastar-c-Aviastar

    United Aircraft consolidation extends to Aviastar and VASO


    Russia’s United Aircraft is progressing with the consolidation of management across the country’s main aviation enterprises, with several entities to be merged within the transport division. Ilyushin is the parent company of the transport aviation operation. Under the centralisation plan it will oversee the Aviastar plant at Ulyanovsk, ...

  • AirCar title-c-KleinVision

    Convertible ‘AirCar’ vehicle carries out flight between Slovakian airports


    Creators of a road vehicle which can transition to an aircraft have carried out a developmental flight between airports in Slovakia, operating a 35min sortie from Nitra to the capital Bratislava. The KleinVision AirCar, which has already completed over 40h of test flights, carried out the inter-city operation on ...

  • AMC Dornier 228-c-AMC Aviation

    ZeroAvia obtains Dornier 228s for 19-seat hydrogen-electric demonstration


    Advanced propulsion specialist ZeroAvia has acquired a pair of Dornier 228 turboprops for research, as it seeks to progress towards developing a 19-seat hydrogen-electric powered aircraft. The company has also obtained further funding for a proposed engine intended for aircraft of around 50 seats. North Carolina-based AMC Aviation ...