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  • A321XLR forward fuselage title-c-Stelia Aerospace

    Airbus starts receiving A321XLR forward fuselage sections


    Airbus has received the first A321XLR fuselage sections to be manufactured by aerostructures supplier Stelia Aerospace. Stelia is responsible for the design and production of all forward fuselage sections of the long-range aircraft, including the cockpit, nose-gear bay, forward passenger exit section, and passenger cabin barrels. Three of ...

  • MC-21 PD-14
    In depth

    MC-21 programme spearheads Russian industry revival

    Irkut’s MC-21 is on track for first delivery this year with imported key components – but the programme is championing near-term readiness with Russian engines and homegrown composites.

  • 737 Max

    New Zealand lifts 737 Max grounding


    New Zealand has allowed the Boeing 737 Max to resume flying into the country, effectively lifting the two-year grounding imposed on the troubled type.

  • MC-21-310-c-Irkut

    Russian-powered MC-21 heads for painting at Ulyanovsk


    Irkut has sent the first Russian-powered MC-21 for painting at the Spektr-Avia facility located within Ulyanovsk’s Vostochny airport. The twinjet – number 73055, the first example of the MC-21-310 variant – is fitted with Aviadvigatel PD-14 engines. It carried out its first flight in December last year and ...

  • seaglider-c-Brittany Ferries

    Ground-effect electric vehicle draws attention of Channel ferry operator


    US developers of an electric ground-effect vehicle have attracted the interest of a French ferry operator, which is exploring its potential for high-speed sustainable overwater transport. Brittany Ferries says it has signed a letter of intent with the Boston-based start-up company Regent with a view to capitalising on commercial ...

  • A350-900 head-on

    End in sight for prolonged Airbus-Boeing dispute as US and EU agree funding framework


    Airbus is encouraged by plans to end the long-running transatlantic dispute over subsidies for large civil aircraft programmes through a series of steps outlined by a co-operative framework. European trade commissioner Vladis Dombrovskis has reached an “understanding” with US trade representative Katherine Tai intended to address bilateral issues through ...

  • ZEROe-c-Airbus

    Airbus to pursue liquid-hydrogen tank development at French and German sites


    Airbus is to pursue the manufacture of cryogenic tanks for hydrogen-based propulsion through the establishment of two development centres in Germany and France. The zero-emission centres – located in Bremen and Nantes – will aim to achieve “cost-competitive” tank manufacturing in support of the airframer’s ‘ZEROe’ programme, under which ...

  • Willie-Walsh-c-Ed-Telling-Photography

    Walsh cites Concorde history in doubting supersonic future


    Former British Airways and IAG chief executive Willie Walsh pointed to his insight on the lack of profitability into the former Concorde operation for why he would not be looking to buy a supersonic aircraft if he was running an airline today.

  • Faury-c-Airbus

    Prosperous air transport essential to funding energy transformation: Airbus chief


    Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury believes better communication is needed to help shed aviation’s reputation as a primary contributor to climate disruption, arguing that air transport will be necessary to effect environmental transformation. Speaking during the Airlines for Europe Aviation Summit 2021 on 10 June, Faury said: “We seem ...

  • A320neo CFM Leap-c-Airbus

    A320neo to fly with wholly-sustainable fuel to analyse single-aisle emissions


    Airbus is to participate in an in-flight study to assess the impact of unblended sustainable aviation fuel on single-aisle aircraft operations using an A320neo. Emissions from the aircraft, fitted with CFM International Leap-1A engines, will be analysed in the air as well as on the ground. CFM partner ...

  • D328eco cockpit-c-Deutsche Aircraft

    Touchscreen avionics at heart of simplified cockpit for D328eco


    Deutsche Aircraft’s extensive modernisation of the Dornier 328 turboprop, the D328eco, will include overhauling the cockpit with a new integrated avionics suite to be supplied by Garmin. Based on the G5000 suite aimed at business jets, the redesigned cockpit will be dominated by three large touchscreen displays, intended to ...

  • Lufthansa A350-900-c-Lufthansa

    Lufthansa A350 agreement gives Airbus first airline long-haul order this year


    Lufthansa’s agreement for five Airbus A350-900s has given the airframer its first long-haul order from an airline this year, although it only increases the German carrier’s firm A350 commitment by two. Airbus’s latest backlog data shows that the airline’s overall A350 order has increased only from 43 to 45 ...

  • E190-E2-c-Embraer

    Embraer obtains steep-approach clearance for first E2 variant


    Embraer has secured the first steep-approach approval for its re-engined E2 family, with certification of the 190-E2 variant. Steep-approach approval is a condition of operations to certain airports including London City, which has a 5.5° glideslope – an angle nearly twice that of a typical glidepath, even after its ...

  • Fiji Airways first 737 Max 640px-1

    Asia-Pacific 737 Max deliveries resume amid slow road to recertification


    Fiji Airways became the first carrier in the Asia-Pacific region to take delivery of new Boeing 737 Max aircraft this year, after Fijian civil aviation authorities lifted the type’s grounding. 

  • PGS1 testing-c-Rolls-Royce

    Rolls-Royce edges towards ground-testing megawatt-level hybrid-electric generator


    Rolls-Royce has started used a renovated Bristol facility to test components for a hybrid-electric power-generation system, known as PGS1, for a demonstrator programme with intended application to future regional aircraft. PGS1, which emerged from the truncated E-Fan X programme, will include a keg-sized generator required to deliver power levels ...

  • Trinitair wing-tip-c-The APC

    Hi Fly A330 to perform flight tests with radical three-blade wing-tip concept


    Portuguese wet-lease operator Hi Fly is to use an Airbus A330 as a testbed for a wing-tip modification which is intended to reduce fuel burn on the type. The radical wing-tip design – branded ‘Trinitair’ – features three blades, set at different angles, and has been developed by German-based ...

  • 737 Max BBJ-c-Jet Aviation

    Jet Aviation delivers first VVIP-configured 737 Max


    Completion specialist Jet Aviation has delivered a Boeing 737 Max 8 business jet to a customer, outfitted with a VVIP cabin interior. The customer has not been disclosed but an illustration provided by the company shows a Max 8 with the Cayman Islands registration VP-CMA. Jet Aviation says ...

  • DHL 757 incident-c-BFU

    Hydraulics and locks scrutinised after 757 freight door opens during climb


    German investigators are exploring two scenarios after a DHL Air Boeing 757-200 converted freighter’s main cargo door opened in flight, some 3min after take-off from Leipzig. Three occupants – the captain, first officer and a non-company jump-seat pilot – were on board the UK-registered aircraft (G-DHKZ) which was bound ...

  • A320neo-c-Airbus

    Airbus looks to take monthly A320neo output to 64 within two years


    Airbus has outlined an aggressive recovery course for single-aisle family production, advising suppliers to prepare for an upward trajectory to reach a monthly rate of 64 A320neo-family aircraft within two years. It has set the “firm rate” target for the second quarter of 2023, after confirming that it will ...

  • A330neo-c-Airbus

    A330neo secures pioneering EASA carbon dioxide emission certification


    Airbus’s A330-900 has been certified for carbon dioxide emissions, the first time the European Union Aviation Safety Agency has applied such a process to an aircraft approval. The airframer voluntarily submitted the A330-900 – powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines – to the certification after ICAO finalised a carbon ...