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  • Boeing 737 Max 7

    Boeing outlines timeline for next two Max variants


    Boeing expects to begin deliveries of the 737 Max 7 in 2022 followed by the Max 10 around a year later. Flight test activities on the 737-7 are “complete”, Mike Fleming, Boeing senior vice-president for Max return to service and commercial derivative programmes, told a Dubai air show press conference ...

  • Boeing 737 NG converted freighter

    Boeing opens more freighter conversion lines as Icelease signs for 11 737-800BCFs


    Boeing is adding three more freighter converision lines including one at London Gatwick airport, the first business at which will be from Icelease after it signed a commitment for 11 737-800 converted freighters.

  • A350F-c-Airbus

    Airbus to pitch A350 freighter against 777F and 747F


    Airbus’s proposed A350 freighter will be slightly shorter than the A350-1000, with five frames being removed from the basic structure, and the twinjet will be fitted with an aft main cargo door. Chief commercial officer Christian Scherer disclosed the basic configuration to FlightGlobal during a 13 November forecast briefing. The ...

  • GE9X_Dust_Ingestion_ApprovedPublic (1)

    GE9X clears dust-ingestion test milestone


    GE Aviation has completed dust-ingestion testing on its new GE9X engine for the Boeing 777X, as the propulsion specialist eyes a potential third application for the widebody turbofan.

  • MC-21-310-c-Irkut

    Serial 3D printing begins for Russian MC-21 engine components


    Russian state technology firm Rostec has commence serial 3D printing of components for the Aviadvigatel PD-14 powerplant. The PD-14 engine has been developed for the Irkut MC-21-310 twinjet, offering a Russian-built alternative to the Pratt & Whitney PW1400G. Rostec says the 3D printing scheme – managed by the Centre for ...

  • SIA A380 scrapped-c-Aviationtag

    A380 reprieve would have worsened Airbus pandemic strain: Faury


    Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury believes the airframer’s pandemic-related predicament over the last 18 months would have been far worse had it not independently opted to terminate the A380 programme. Emirates has become the latest to scrap early-delivery aircraft, after tying up with a recycling firm to assist with dismantling ...

  • IAI 737-800 BDSF-c-IAI

    Lessor World Star to take up to 20 converted 737-800s from IAI


    Leasing firm World Star Aviation is to take up to 20 Boeing 737-800 converted freighters, which will be modified by Israel Aerospace Industries. The jets will be converted into cargo configuration at the Chinese-based facility Bedek Lingyun Aircraft Maintenance Engineering – known as Belinco – located in Yichang. IAI says ...

  • tsagi bwb title-c-Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute

    Russian researchers test modified ‘flying wing’ passenger aircraft concept


    Russian researchers are conducting windtunnel tests of a modified ‘flying wing’ concept aircraft for potential application to a future mainline or regional airliner. The concept model – build on a scale of 1:33 – features an “unconventional” configuration, says the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute, with engines located above the central fuselage. ...

  • A320neo-c-Airbus

    Airbus must restore 70-per-month delivery rate to reach full-year target


    Airbus handed over just 36 aircraft in October, confirming the airframer’s expectation of a continuing stall in the recovery of its delivery rates. Although monthly deliveries had picked up this year – exceeding 70 aircraft in March and again in June – they have not climbed above 40 aircraft since ...

  • ATR 40th-c-ATR

    Airbus keen to restore crisis-hit ATR’s performance: Faury


    Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury says the airframer is striving restore the profitability of its ATR venture, as the regional aircraft manufacturer marks 40 years since its creation. Faury tells FlightGlobal that ATR – founded on 4 November 1981 – has been a “performing” entity but one which has “suffered ...

  • single pilot-c-Flight Safety Foundation

    EASA to examine safety concerns and risk-mitigation for single-pilot operations


    Safety aspects of two potential scenarios for single-pilot operations in commercial aircraft are to be assessed under a new research project initiated by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. The project is intended to provide a “qualitative and quantitative” assessment of the main safety hazards as well as examine whether ...

  • MC-21-310 and PD-14-c-Irkut

    PD-14 engine for MC-21 passes landmark volcanic ash exposure test


    Russia’s United Engine has conducted volcanic ash ingestion tests of the Aviadvigatel PD-14 powerplant for the Irkut MC-21-310. State technology firm Rostec says the tests – using ash from the Shiveluch volcano in eastern Kamchatka – are the first to have been carried out for a Russian-built engine. Testing of ...

  • A321neo-c-Airbus

    Airbus to upgrade Chinese line for A321neos as first XLR nears assembly


    Airbus is to ensure that all four of its A320neo-family assembly centres, including its Chinese facility, are capable of producing the larger A321neo variant. The airframer’s chief executive, Guillaume Faury, disclosed the plan during a third-quarter briefing, as the company prepared to start final assembly of the latest version of ...

  • A320neo-c-Airbus

    Airbus wrestles to reverse dip in monthly delivery rates


    Airbus is striving to restore aircraft delivery rates following a dip in the last couple of months, but believes supply-chain hitches are temporary and its broader ramp-up of aircraft production is under control. The airframer’s monthly delivery figure slipped back to 40 aircraft in August and September, its lowest level ...

  • A220-300 A321LR

    Airbus cranks up single-aisle production but postpones A350 hike


    Airbus has signalled that it plans to raise production rates across its range, although the output for single-aisle jets will remain the priority. It is intending to hike monthly A320-family production to 65 aircraft by summer 2023, up from a previous figure of 64, while the A220 rate will be ...

  • ZeroAvia Dornier 228-c-ZeroAvia

    ZeroAvia partnership aims for Rotterdam-London hydrogen flights in 2024


    Commercial passenger flights between Rotterdam and London, using a zero-emission 19-seat regional aircraft, are set to take place in 2024 through a newly-unveiled partnership. Rotterdam The Hague airport is linking with propulsion specialist ZeroAvia to realise the plan, which will involve a hydrogen-powered aircraft under development. ZeroAvia says the tie-up ...

  • 777-300ERSF aft door cut-c-IAI

    IAI cuts main-deck cargo door opening for initial 777-300ER freighter


    Israel Aerospace Industries has cut the main-deck cargo door opening for its prototype Boeing 777-300ER freighter conversion. The 7m section has been removed from the twinjet’s aft fuselage, between the rearmost passenger exits, an “important milestone” for the project, says the company. IAI expects the conversion of the 777 to ...

  • DHC-8-c-ZeroAvia

    Alaska Air links with ZeroAvia to fit hydrogen-electric engine to Horizon DHC-8


    Alaska Air Group is to co-operate with future propulsion specialist ZeroAvia in a project to convert a De Havilland DHC-8-400 turboprop to be powered by a hydrogen-electric engine. Under the collaboration agreement, the aircraft – which was operating for Alaska’s Horizon Air regional carrier – will be fitted with ZeroAvia’s ...


    ZeroAvia ties up with MHIRJ to explore hydrogen-electric regional jets


    Quebec-based MHI RJ Aviation Group is to co-operate with experimental propulsion specialist ZeroAvia to explore potential use of hydrogen-electric power for regional jets. MHIRJ focuses on aircraft maintenance for the CRJ fleet formerly manufactured by Bombardier, after Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries acquired the CRJ programme. Under the agreement it will ...

  • An-74-c-Kharkiv state aircraft manufacturing company

    Ukrainian bill seeks aircraft plant privatisation to restore An-74 production


    Ukrainian legislators are considering a bill to privatise the state aircraft manufacturing plant at Kharkiv, following an adoption recommendation to parliament by the economic development committee. The bill was proposed by a number of politicians, notably national security committee member Igor Kopytin. He says the recommendation, on 20 October, is ...