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  • 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 ...

  • MC-21-310

    Domestic radio systems under development for MC-21


    Russia’s Irkut MC-21 will have an option for domestically-built communications systems, under the government’s import substitution strategy for the aviation industry. The Ruselectronics division of state technology firm Rostec has developed short- and long-range systems for the twinjet. Rostec says the division’s Polet arm will deliver 20 radio units, and ...

  • Airbus Broughton-c-Airbus

    Airbus avoids strikes at UK plants as workers accept revised pay offer


    Airbus appears to have averted the threat of industrial action at key UK plants after workers accepted an improved pay offer. The offer comprises an 8.6% pay rise over 13 months, a backdated payment, and additional holiday time over the next two years. Acceptance of the pay deal follows a ...

  • A330-800-c-Airbus

    EASA certifies A330-800 with 251t take-off weight


    Airbus has secured formal certification of the 251t version of the A330-800, the highest weight variant available for the twinjet. The airframer had indicated in February that certification tests on the aircraft were complete and that European Union Aviation Safety Agency approval was likely in April. Airbus first flew the ...

  • eXtra Wing Performance title-c-Airbus

    Windtunnel tests advance Airbus active-wing demonstrator


    Airbus is progressing towards flight-testing a demonstrator based on the Cessna Citation VIII executive jet, which will feature advanced wing technologies, following completion of windtunnel testing. The airframer’s ‘eXtra Performance Wing’ programme is intended to explore active wing control through such modifications as pop-up spoilers, gust sensors and multifunctional trailing ...

  • Qatar A321neo-c-Airbus

    Legal spotlight of Qatar A350 dispute turns to cancelled A321neos


    One consequence of Qatar Airways’ bitter dispute with Airbus over A350 fuselage paint deterioration has been Airbus’s cancellation of the carrier’s A321neo order, with the result that the airline is attempting to block the termination. Airbus’s legal argument for the 17 January cancellation of the 50 A321neos is based on ...

  • A350F title-c-Airbus

    Airbus accentuates calibre of customers to illustrate A350F confidence


    Airbus had assumed Boeing would offer a 777X freighter derivative to counter the A350F, but believes its own twinjet cargo variant will have the edge over its rival. The A350F was unveiled in mid-2021 and secured its first customers in November last year. Airbus had recorded firm orders for 18 ...

  • NIAR WERX first 777-300ER for conversion to freighter
    In depth

    NIAR WERX to name customers for cargo-converted 777-300ER as project advances


    The Wichita team developing a Boeing 777-300ER converted freighter intends this month to announce multiple launch customers for the project, and is on track to begin manufacturing components within weeks.

  • Jordi Boto-c-EFW

    Conversion venture EFW names new chief executive


    Freighter conversion venture EFW has named chief operating officer Jordi Boto as its new chief executive, succeeding the veteran Andreas Sperl. Sperl, whose career has included serving as Airbus chief financial officer, has stepped down from his post and left the company, says EFW. Source: EFW Boto’s career ...

  • CR929 family-c-United Aircraft

    Sino-Russian CR929 to be another casualty of Ukraine invasion


    As Russia’s aerospace sector reels under sanctions following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, a longer-term victim is likely to be the ambitious CR929 widebody, jointly developed by China and Russia. 

  • MC-21-310 Dubai 2021

    MC-21 serial production delay forces Russia to look at fuel subsidy for older types


    Russia’s government is expecting serial production of the Irkut MC-21 to be pushed back by up to two years, and has outlined optimistic plans to ramp-up output of older, and less fuel-efficient, aircraft types in the interim. During a briefing that followed a presidential meeting on the state of the ...

  • 737-800BCF-c-Boeing

    ASL follow-on deal for 737-800 converted freighters set to double fleet


    ASL Aviation Holdings is ordering up to 20 more Boeing 737-800 converted freighters, to be modified by the US airframer. The aircraft will be allocated to ASL’s airlines in Ireland, France and Belgium as well as joint-venture operations in Asia. Conversion work will commence in the second quarter of next ...

  • MC-21-300 composite wing-c-Rostec

    Russian composite wingbox for MC-21 passes strength tests


    Russian airframer Irkut has completed strength testing of the MC-21 wingbox, constructed from domestic composites, demonstrating that its performance corresponds to analytical predictions. Irkut conducted the maiden flight of the MC-21-300 with a Russian composite wing on 25 December last year. The aircraft involved was numbered 73361. Testing of the ...