Programmes – Page 5

  • 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.

  • 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.