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  • 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 ...

  • SMBC 737 Max 8

    Lessor SMBC Aviation Capital orders 14 737 Max 8s


    SMBC Aviation Capital has ordered 14 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, becoming the latest lessor in recent months to place additional orders for the narrowbody. 

  • An-178-c-Antonov

    Antonov completes fuselage of initial Ukrainian military An-178


    Antonov has completed construction of the first An-178 fuselage for the Ukrainian ministry of defence, one of three aircraft destined for the military. The fuselage of the -100P variant was unveiled at a ceremony attended by senior government officials, including the country’s armed forces chief, as well as representatives ...

  • Delta A321-c-Delta Air Lines

    Tail-end of original A320-family line nears with Delta deliveries


    Airbus is approaching completion of the full transition to A320neo-family production, with fewer than 40 original A320-family aircraft left undelivered – most of which are likely to remain so. The backlog of the older-generation aircraft comprises 18 A321s and 18 A320s, plus three A319s, with Delta Air Lines the ...

  • Il-76 automated line title-c-United Aircraft

    First Il-76 built on automated line transferred for flight-testing


    United Aircraft has transferred for ground- and flight-testing the first Ilyushin Il-76 to be manufactured on the advanced assembly line established at its Aviastar facility. The Il-76MD-90A four-engined heavy transport has been formally sent to the flight-test station at Ulyanovsk. United Aircraft revealed last year that a new ...

  • PD-8 demonstrator-c-United Engine

    United Engine nears ignition test of prototype PD-8 for Superjet


    Russia’s United Engine is preparing to start testing the first prototype core of the Aviadvigatel PD-8 powerplant intended for the Sukhoi Superjet 100. Assembly of the core has been completed and the bench tests are aimed at verifying that the main performance parameters of the engine are in line ...

  • Cargo Air 737-800SF title-c-Aeronautical Engineers

    Bulgaria’s Cargo Air takes Europe's first AEI 737-800 freighter


    Bulgarian operator Cargo Air has become the first European carrier to take delivery of a converted Boeing 737-800 freighter from US specialist Aeronautical Engineers. Aeronautical Engineers secured certification of the 737-800SF modification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency on 7 May. It has subsequently delivered the initial ...

  • MC-21 production-c-United Aircraft

    Irkut receives first wing panels for serial MC-21


    Russian airframer Irkut has received the first MC-21 wing panels for a serial production aircraft, delivered to the Irkutsk-based facility by road. The 17.5m panel was manufactured at the AeroKompozit plant in Ulyanovsk – a distance of some 3,600km from the MC-21 final assembly line. Irkut will used ...

  • Warren East, Rolls-Royce

    Rolls-Royce in talks with Boeing about new-aircraft development


    Rolls-Royce is in talks with Boeing about powering a future commercial aircraft, following the UK manufacturer’s 2019 withdrawal from the race to provide an engine for the US airframer’s then-proposed New Mid-market Airplane.

  • MSN6673 A321neo test flight-c-Airbus

    Airbus appears to deliver A321neo test aircraft to VietJet


    Airbus appears to have delivered the first A321neo manufactured, the MSN6673 test aircraft, to Asian carrier VietJet Air. The twinjet – powered by Pratt Whitney PW1100G engines – was the first A321neo for which Airbus completed initial assembly. But it was beaten to the variant’s maiden ...

  • A220 production-c-Airbus

    Airbus procurement chief assigned to lead A220 towards profitability


    Airbus systems procurement chief Benoit Schultz is to take over as head of the A220 operation, as chief executive of Airbus Canada, succeeding Philippe Balducchi who has led the division for nearly three years. Balducchi has “decided to pursue other opportunities” outside of Airbus, says the airframer, having spent ...

  • PNG unveiled as launch customer for STOL variant of ATR 42-600 - Stefano Bortoli, CEO Atr & Paul Abbot, CEO PNG Air

    ​ATR ready to start STOL version’s production under new schedule


    Turboprop manufacturer ATR has completed the design phase and is preparing to begin production of the short take-off and landing (STOL) version of the ATR 42-600 under a revised schedule.

  • ATR 72-600 house colours in flight 1

    Next-gen fuel for regional operators ‘will take time’: ATR


    Turboprop manufacturer ATR has highlighted the difficulty of establishing a supply infrastructure for next-generation aviation fuels in remote areas that are served by regional aircraft.

  • A321neo first flight

    Confident Airbus restarts work on new Toulouse A321neo production line


    Airbus has given a further sign of its confidence in single-aisle recovery, by resuming work on an additional assembly line for A321neo twinjets. The airframer had unveiled plans for the modernised Toulouse line in January 2020, just weeks before the pandemic crisis forced it to slash production rates and ...

  • window-c-Kuranosuke Oishi Creative Commons

    EASA draws up criteria for single-pane observation window modification


    European authorities have put forward safety proposals after receiving an application for a large aircraft modification which involves installing two observation windows in the upper aft fuselage. The windows need to be “optical quality”, says the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, which means they will comprise only a single ...

  • UltraFan ICC-c-GKN Aerospace

    Rolls-Royce UltraFan receives first intermediate compressor case


    Rolls-Royce has taken delivery of the first UltraFan engine demonstrator’s intermediate compressor case. The structure has been produced by GKN Aerospace at its Swedish facility. UltraFan is a high-bypass engine being developed by Rolls-Royce for large civil aircraft applications from the middle of this decade, and is intended ...


    MHI aerospace business narrows full-year losses


    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ aircraft, defence and space unit narrowed its full-year losses, though the group’s SpaceJet regional aircraft programme will remain frozen in the near term.

  • A321neo-c-Airbus

    Delta agreement for A321neos lifts Airbus orders in April


    Airbus recorded orders for 48 aircraft in April, including 25 A321neos for Delta Air Lines and 22 for lessor Avolon. But the Avolon order – for 14 A321neos and eight A320neos – appears to be a rejig of a previous agreement. Airbus listed 22 cancellations for the month and ...

  • A330neo-c-Airbus

    Long-haul ‘tipping point’ not likely before mid-2022: Airbus chief


    Airbus is not expecting to see a notable upward shift in the long-haul market until the middle of 2022, as it prepares to begin ramping-up single-aisle production. Speaking during the Atlantic Council EU-US Future Forum on 6 May, Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury said the crisis impact had been ...

  • Comac C919 roll out - by Comac

    Airbus chief sees single-aisle ‘triopoly’ with China as early as end-decade


    Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury believes its single-aisle duopoly with Boeing could transform into a three-way competition by the end of the decade if China progresses strongly with its Comac C919. Speaking during the Atlantic Council EU-US Future Forum on 6 May, Faury said such a development was “not ...