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  • MC-21 at Irkutsk-c-Irkutsk airport

    MC-21 carries out Moscow-Irkutsk flight for tests under normal conditions


    Russian airframer Irkut has conducted a flight to Irkutsk’s main airport with the MC-21-300, to test the new aircraft type under normal operating conditions. The aircraft involved, number 73054, was fitted with a passenger cabin when it rolled off the assembly line. It carried out its maiden flight in March ...

  • A350F_Rendering

    SIA orders seven A350 freighters, as 747s exit fleet from 2025


    Singapore Airlines will be the first airline to operate the Airbus A350 freighter, after it committed to seven examples, with a further five options

  • ACJ TwoTwenty first flight-c-Airbus

    First business jet A220-100 carries out maiden flight


    Airbus has conducted the first flight of a business jet variant of its A220-100, which the airframer has branded as the ACJ TwoTwenty. The aircraft, MSN50062, took off from Montreal’s Mirabel airport on 14 December with two test pilots and a flight-test engineer on board. Airbus is intending to deliver ...

  • Mishustin-c-Office of prime minister of Russia

    Russian government boosts funding for PD-35 engine: prime minister


    Russia’s government is to allocate nearly Rb45 billion ($611 million) in additional funding to development and production of the high-thrust Aviadvigatel PD-35 – although clarity has yet to emerge on initial application of the powerplant. Prime minister Mikhail Mishustin disclosed the figure during a visit to the United Engine Corporation’s ...

  • Airbus A350-1000-c-Airbus

    Airbus resorts to legal steps to resolve Qatar A350 skin-paint dispute


    Airbus is to take legal steps in a bid to resolve a dispute over the surface paint quality on A350 twinjets, having been unable to settle the matter with Qatar Airways. Qatar Airways has been notably vocal about the issue of paint degradation on its A350 fleet, even taking steps ...

  • A321neo-c-Airbus

    Orders for A321neo overtake those for A320neo


    Airbus’s A321neo has overtaken its smaller sibling, the A320neo, as the most popular member of the re-engined family following the large order for the variant from Indigo Partners. While the conventional A321 achieved only about a third of the order total of the A320, the A321neo has become the preferred ...

  • JetSmart A321neo-c-Airbus

    Airbus trebles net orders after Indigo Partners’ air show deal for A321neos


    Airbus nearly trebled its net order figure in November, largely as a result of the firm agreement for 255 A321neos from Indigo Partners. The order – spread across Wizz Air, Frontier Airlines, Volaris and JetSmart – lifted the airframer’s net total for this year from 125 to 368 aircraft. ITA ...

  • A321XLR at FAL title-c-Airbus

    First of three flight-test A321XLRs nears roll-out after structural assembly


    Airbus is completing structural assembly of the first A321XLR, as the airframer prepares to commence flight-testing next year and maintain its entry-into-service target of 2023.

  • Sukhoi Su-57 taking off c UAC

    United Aircraft seeks shareholder approval of merger with Sukhoi and MiG


    United Aircraft’s board has approved the merger of the company with Sukhoi and RSK MiG as part of the continuing restructuring of the Russian aerospace industry. Shareholders of United Aircraft will vote on the merger proposal in January next year. The restructuring follows the centralisation of management of Sukhoi and ...

  • Breeze Airways First A220-300

    Neeleman sees flexibility from A220 configurations, eyes extended range


    David Neeleman expects US start-up Breeze Airways to launch Airbus A220 flights with around five aircraft when it is approved to begin operations with the type next year.

  • ATEA head-on-c-Ascendance Flight Technologies

    French firm Ascendance unveils fan-in-wing hybrid-electric aircraft design


    French company Ascendance Flight Technologies has become the latest to unveil a proposed hybrid-electric aircraft design, a five-seat model intended to operate over a 400km range. Designated the ATEA, the aircraft features a double-wing and T-tailed configuration with rotary fan elements embedded in the wing structure. The developer says it ...

  • Andrey Boginsky-c-United Aircraft

    Russian Helicopters head appointed to lead MC-21 manufacturer Irkut


    Russian Helicopters head Andrey Boginsky is to take over as chief of airframer Irkut – producer of the MC-21 twinjet – after the company’s board agreed to end the tenure of Ravil Khakimov after two-and-a-half years. At a 30 November board meeting Boginsky was approved to serve a three-year term ...

  • MC-21 with Russian wing-c-Irkut

    First domestic-winged MC-21 emerges as twinjet’s service entry nears


    Over the course of next year the 150-seat jet duopoly is set to evolve into a triopoly as the Irkut MC-21 enters service with Rossiya, the most significant Russian commercial aircraft development in decades. The programme has taken another significant step with the roll-out of the first aircraft whose composite ...

  • Qatar A350-1000 A7-ANO-c-Qatar Airways

    Qatar Airways chief keeps pressure on Airbus over A350 fuselage issue


    Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker is keeping pressure on Airbus over a fuselage-degradation issue that grounded 20 of its A350s, while continuing to mull widebody freighter orders.

  • saf a350 test-c-airbus

    Airbus flags early promise from 100% sustainable-fuel test flights


    In-flight emissions tests of an Airbus A350 powered by 100% sustainable aviation fuel indicate that the fuel releases fewer particulates than kerosene, while analysis points to lower density but higher energy content per unit weight. The tests have involved an A350-900 – powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines – chased ...

  • Southwest engine damage 2-c-NTSB

    EASA seeks to tighten engine certification criteria for uncontained debris


    Safety regulators in Europe are aiming to tighten engine certification requirements to take into account forward and rearward release of uncontained debris in the event of a powerplant failure. Analysis of fan-blade failures indicates that certification of engines could be improved, says the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, particularly by ...

  • CMA-CGM-A350F_0

    CMA CGM second to commit to A350 freighter


    French logistics firm CMA CGM Group has become the second customer for the new Airbus A350 freighter after signing a memorandum of understanding covering the purchase of four of the type.

  • Eastar Jet 737 Max 8

    South Korea to lift 737 Max grounding


    South Korea is set to lift the operating ban on the Boeing 737 Max, becoming the latest country in Asia-Pacific to do so. 

  • Mammoth 777-200LR freighter-c-Mammoth Freighters

    Cargojet order launches Mammoth 777-200LR freighter programme


    Canadian carrier Cargojet Airways has emerged as the launch customer for the Boeing 777-200LR freighter conversion initiated by US-based Mammoth Freighters. Cargojet is to take a pair of the converted twinjets, and will hold options on another pair – as well as options for two conversions of the larger 777-300ER. ...

  • Binter-ATR-72-600-c-ATR

    E-commerce and fleet renewal driving ATR demand


    Turboprop manufacturer ATR cites the boom in e-commerce and airline fleet modernisation as key drivers of what it sees as improving demand.