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    Bhutan Airlines opts for localised IFE on A319s


    Asian carrier Bhutan Airlines is to install the localised AirFi wireless system for in-flight entertainment on its Airbus A319 fleet. The AirFi equipment will enable passengers to access content on personal devices, including films, TV programmes and reading material. Bhutan Airlines operates to six international destinations, including Bangkok, Delhi and ...

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    Cabin comfort and cold-weather tests beckon for A321XLR prototype


    Airbus is looking ahead to the final maturity stages of A321XLR development, as it details the in-flight validation effort for the cabin-equipped flight-test airframe. The aircraft – a CFM International Leap-1A-powered twinjet, MSN11080 – is one of three prototypes participating in the XLR certification campaign. While intended for passenger cabin ...

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    ANA unit reveals cabin products; set for February 2024 launch


    AirJapan, the newly-launched medium-haul unit of Japan’s ANA Holdings, will commence operations in February 2024, flying to unspecified points in Southeast Asia.

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    Lufthansa banks on seating options with €2.5bn long-haul product upgrade


    German carrier Lufthansa will equip more than 80 new widebodies and retrofit other aircraft as part of a €2.5 billion ($2.6 billion) long-haul product revamp revealed in Berlin today.

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    Qantas reveals ‘Project Sunrise’ premium cabin products


    Qantas has unveiled first and business class cabin product concepts for its Airbus A350-1000s, which will operate the ultra-long-haul ‘Project Sunrise’ flights from Australia’s east coast to New York and London. 

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    US aerospace supply chain faces long climb back to health


    Boeing’s aircraft production rates remain significantly depressed from last decade’s highs – reflecting an aerospace industry struggling to keep up and facing what insiders describe as a long, difficult climb back to normalcy.

  • Business Class Seating Collins

    Collins’ aircraft interiors business faces long road to recovery


    Collins Aerospace’ aircraft interiors business is lagging the company’s broader recovery due to the slow return of demand for international long-haul air travel.

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    Raytheon to combine military systems businesses and names Calio president


    Raytheon Technologies has disclosed plans to consolidate two defence-focused divisions, reoganising its business into three divisions with Christopher Calio as its next president.

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    Emirates to offer GX Aviation broadband on A350 fleet


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is to offer Inmarsat’s GX Aviation high-speed broadband connectivity on its Airbus A350 fleet, which it expects to enter service next year. Emirates says the A350s will be the first aircraft in its fleet to use the GX satellite network. The Dubai-based carrier has 50 A350s ...

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    Korean Air receives first A321neo, debuts new short-haul interiors


    Korean Air has taken delivery of its first A321neo – marking its entry as the region’s newest A320 family operator – as it unveils new short-haul cabin products including full-flat seats in business class. 

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    Seating crash-test centre to be established in Northern Ireland


    UK-based specialist Thompson Aero Seating is to establish a full-scale crash-test facility for aircraft passenger seats in Northern Ireland. The company aims to complete the dynamic test facility – fitted with a reverse accelerator sled able to generate 100g forces – in spring next year, and commence testing in the ...

  • A350-1000-c-Airbus

    A350 reconfiguration reclaims interior cabin length as well as width


    Airbus has gained close to a metre in cabin length by reconfiguring the A350’s interior, including shifting the rear pressure bulkhead further aft and moving the cockpit wall forward. Its updated configuration also includes widening the cabin by 2in either side, through re-sculpting the central fuselage sidewalls, taking the width ...

  • Qatar 787-9-c-Qatar Airways

    Italy’s Optimares loses legal case over axed Qatar Airways seat-supply contract


    Qatar Airways has emerged as the victor in a court case against Italian airline seat manufacturer Optimares, over the termination of contracts for design and supply of seats for Boeing 777-9, 787-9 and Airbus A321 jets. The contracts were originally agreed in 2018-19 and covered business-class seats for the Boeings ...

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    Lufthansa to install enclosed first-class suites in new group-wide long-haul cabin


    Lufthansa Group has launched the ‘Allegris’ cabin product for its long-haul fleet, which will see its first-class passengers benefit from enclosed suites for the first time.

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    NASA contracts with Xwing to develop safe autonomous flight systems


    NASA has contracted with autonomous aviation company Xwing to support the development of safety systems for pilotless aircraft.

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    American invests in Universal Hydrogen


    American Airlines has made an equity investment in start-up Universal Hydrogen to help support the airline’s ambitious goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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    UK’s Hans Airways picks Moment to supply A330 entertainment system


    UK start-up long-haul carrier Hans Airways has selected French firm Moment to provide portable in-flight entertainment for passengers. The airline has taken delivery of an Airbus A330-200 and says it has signed a letter of intent to equip the twinjet with the Flymingo Box entertainment system. Flymingo Box is a ...

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    Airline connectivity could worsen under Viasat-Inmarsat tie-up: UK regulator


    UK competition regulators believe airlines could face higher prices but worse quality for on-board wi-fi as a consequence of the merger of satellite communications firms Viasat and Inmarsat. Viasat unveiled a $7.3 billion acquisition agreement to take over Inmarsat in November last year, through a deal involving $850 million in ...

  • Meggitt HQ-c-Michael Sparks Associates

    Parker-Hannifin completes £6.3bn acquisition of UK aerospace firm Meggitt


    US-based firm Parker-Hannifin has completed its £6.3 billion ($7.2 billion) acquisition of the UK aerospace company Meggitt. The transaction, says Parker-Hannifin, will provide complementary technologies and increase the aftermarket mix of its aerospace business. Closing of the acquisition follows a review of competition – and security – concerns, and the ...

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    EASA examines system to maintain flight-guidance while airspeed unreliable


    European safety regulators have been assessing a request to implement a system on a large aircraft which will maintain flight-guidance functions despite the unavailability of reliable airspeed data. Unreliable airspeed typically results in the disconnection of the autopilot, autothrust and flight-directors. The system under consideration will have three operating modes, ...