Delta A321-200

Delta Chooses Airbus Over Boeing in $12.7 Billion Jet Deal

Delta Air Lines Inc. ordered 100 of Airbus SE ’s A321neo jetliners, a deal with a list value of $12.7 billion, in a major victory for the European planemaker over Boeing Co. Deliveries of the single-aisle planes will begin in early 2020 and the transaction includes options for an additional ...

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Wizz Air Wins Aviation 100 European Airline of the Year

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, last week won the Aviation 100 ‘European Airline of the Year’. The award was received by Owain Jones, Wizz Air’s Chief Corporate Officer, at the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers London 2017 conference gala dinner in London. Aviation 100 praised Wizz Air for its outstanding…
Hainan Airlines Comac C919 V2

C919 expected to be delivered to customer in 2021

The Chinese-produced C919 passenger jet, produced by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), has made at least seven test flights at the Aviation Industry Test Center in Yanliang, Shaanxi Province, since November 23, officially embarking on its airworthiness certification phase. Yuan Wenfeng, Director of the C919 Project Office, said COMAC is speeding up to…
Boeing 777X

Boeing to study 777-8X tweaks to meet Qantas’s Project Sunrise challenge

Boeing says it is studying some potential “tweaks” to its 777-8X in order to meet Qantas’s ultra-long haul needs. Qantas has laid down the challenge to Airbus and Boeing to have an aircraft capable of operating nonstop from Austrlia’s east coast to London and New York by 2022. The challenge, first announced in August, is…
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Boeing Forecasts Stable Growth, Diversified Funding in 2018

According to a Boeing forecast, the plane-maker anticipates diverse markets and participants will continue the upward trend in availability of efficient financing for record new aircraft deliveries in the next year. Boeing says approximately $139 billion in new aircraft funding will be needed in 2018, up $17 billion from 2017. Innovations in aircraft finance will…
Delta A321-200

Delta Chooses Airbus Over Boeing in $12.7 Billion Jet Deal

Delta Air Lines Inc. ordered 100 of Airbus SE ’s A321neo jetliners, a deal with a list value of $12.7 billion, in a major victory for the European planemaker over Boeing Co. Deliveries of the single-aisle planes will begin in early 2020 and the transaction includes options for an additional 100 aircraft, Delta said in…
Iran Airbus

Iran Air Looks For New Ways To Fund Orders For $44B Of Boeing And Airbus Jets

Iran’s largest airline may be forced to turn to domestic banks to finance the large number of new planes it is buying from Airbus and Boeing, amid continued reluctance by international banks to enter the Iranian market. Some Iranian carriers had previously looked to secure financing deals through international leasing firms to support the purchase…
Airbus A380

Airbus considers cuts to A380 aircraft production

Airbus is considering cutting production of its A380 superjumbo to six or seven planes a year, but has made no final decision on the matter, a top executive said on Thursday amid growing question marks over the future of the double-decker jet. The A380 has battled against sluggish sales, squeezed by smaller, more efficient twin-engined…
Second Generation E-Jet Conceptual Image

Embraer delivers 1,400th E-Jet to American Airlines

 Embraer celebrates the delivery of its 1,400th E-Jet, an E175, during a ceremony at Embraer’s industrial facilities in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. American Airlines took delivery of this milestone aircraft and selected Envoy Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., to operate the aircraft. Since American Airlines has been a customer…
Wizz Air

Wizz Air Wins Aviation 100 European Airline of the Year

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, last week won the Aviation 100 ‘European Airline of the Year’. The award was received by Owain Jones, Wizz Air’s Chief Corporate Officer, at the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers London 2017 conference gala dinner in London. Aviation 100 praised Wizz Air for its outstanding…
Hainan Airlines Comac C919 V2

C919 expected to be delivered to customer in 2021

The Chinese-produced C919 passenger jet, produced by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), has made at least seven test flights at the Aviation Industry Test Center in Yanliang, Shaanxi Province, since November 23, officially embarking on its airworthiness certification phase. Yuan Wenfeng, Director of the C919 Project Office, said COMAC is speeding up to…

Latest Updates in Aviation Technology

Latest Updates in Aviation Technology

Qantas CEO: Airbus Boeing Working on Ultra Long-Range Planes

By airnationcrew | December 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Boeing Co. and Airbus SE are locked in battle to provide Qantas Airways Ltd. with a plane to allow the Australian carrier to fly ultra-long range routes and connect cities such as Sydney with New York and London, Qantas Airways’s chief executive said. Qantas this year challenged the plane makers to devise an aircraft that…

Airbus, Rolls, Siemens Teamed for Electric Aircraft

By airnationcrew | December 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Airbus E Fan X hybrid-electric demonstrator aircraft The E-Fan X concept involves a turboshaft engine running on jet fuel, powering a generator that fuels an electric engine — and stores surplus energy in a series of batteries that provide reserve power for take-offs and landings. Partnership aims to develop E-Fan X — a flight demonstrator…

Lilium Brings On Talent From Tesla, Airbus, & Gett To Build On-Demand Air Taxi

By airnationcrew | August 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

The futuristic dream of ‘air taxis’ has taken another step closer to becoming a reality. Every day, the race to create a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), all-electric vehicle is heating up. We recently announced how DeLorean Aerospace are moving forward with their own vehicle, and in our flying car guide we highlight some of…

Would you fly in a pilotless commercial plane if it meant a cheaper airline ticket?

By airnationcrew | August 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

The world’s aviation industry will need to train and deploy more than 600,000 new pilots over the next 20 years. But, then again, the industry might be operating fleets of commercial jets flown by remote control. Those are the seemingly contradictory outlooks described in separate reports by aerospace giant Boeing and Swiss banking powerhouse UBS…

Thanks to Climate Change: Heat Waves Will Keep Ground Planes

By airnationcrew | July 19, 2017 | 2 Comments

Last month, Phoenix enduring a blistering heat wave , with temperatures so high that airport officials had to cancel dozens of flights. The reason was two-fold. First off, some jet engines risk catching on fire in extreme heat. And when air gets hot, it expands and becomes less dense—so an airplane’s wings can’t generate enough…

Flight Innovation – Airbus

By airnationcrew | July 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pilotless aircraft, flying electric vehicles and bespoke air cabins are the future of flight, Airbus said yesterday. Paul Eremenko, the European plane-maker’s chief technological officer, painted a picture of skies buzzing with new flight forms at the RISE tech conference held in Hong Kong. Airbus is already testing out what it calls a “module” cabin…

Airbus A380 superjumbo could be even larger, with bigger wings

By airnationcrew | June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Airbus A380 superjumbo may sprout extended wings as the European manufacturer intensifies studies into the addition of curved extensions aimed at reducing drag and boosting efficiency. The so-called winglets, which on the A380 would each measure as much as 5 meters, could reduce fuel burn by up to 4 percent by dissipating the vortexes…

Boeing Announces Study for Self-Flying Airliners

By airnationcrew | June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Boeing has announced that it is going to begin studying autonomous flying technologies that could eventually be implemented in passenger airliners, according to Reuters . “The basic building blocks of the technology clearly are available,” said Mike Sinnett, Boeing‘s vice president of product development. The announcement comes a week and a half before the annual…

Russia squares up to Boeing and Airbus with maiden flight of jet

By airnationcrew | May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Irkut Corporation/EPA carried out the maiden flight of its new MS-21 medium-range passenger aircraft on Sunday, its first post-Soviet foray into production of a mainline commercial aircraft which it hopes will rival those of its western competitors. In a surprise statement, manufacturer Irkut Corporation and its state-controlled parent company United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said an…

No-one mentions elephant in sky in ‘new’ Aerion SST ‘development’

By airnationcrew | May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

The main disappointment of the week when it comes to aviation advances was the half-baked reporting of claimed ‘assistance’ for the very long running Aerion as2 supersonic corporate jet ‘successor’ to the defunct Concorde from the engine designer and maker GE.  Even Bloomberg went soft on this. In this report it says the as2 is…

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Beijing New Airport Terminal Building 1 - Zaha Hadid

Plans for world’s largest airport terminal – Zaha Hadid

China currently boasts the world’s largest building, could soon be home to the world’s tallest pair of towers, and according to Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), we will soon be able to add an airport passenger terminal to the list. The firm has unveiled plans for its Beijing New Airport Terminal Building, which it says will…
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Istanbul Airport

Istanbul New Airport terminal construction 95 pct complete

The countdown for the opening of Istanbul’s third airport, known as Istanbul New Airport, has started. About 95 percent of the construction of the terminal building has been completed; elevators and escalators have been installed in some sections and installation of the facade and roof has commenced. The rough construction of the Air Traffic Control…
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Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar

Skytrax World’s Best Airport Award

In news that should come as little surprise to global air travelers, Singapore’s done it again. For the fifth year in a row the city-state’s Changi Airport has been named “world’s best airport” at the annual Skytrax World Airport Awards. The awards, announced during a ceremony in Amsterdam on March 14, are based on millions…
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News About Pilots

News About Pilots

Delta MD-88

Delta pilots may have incentive to fly airline’s older planes

Delta‘s remaining MD-88 jets are said to be loud, and feature cramped, glare-prone cockpits. (Reuters) Junior pilots an Delta may have just discovered an easier route to a promotion: Just fly a loud, annoying plane that nobody else wants to. MD-88 jets, the last model in McDonnell Douglas’ MD-80 series, first took to the skies…
Airline pilots

United Airlines’ top pilot has a lot to say about perceived pilot shortage

United Airlines Capt. Todd Insler, head of the Chicago-based airline’s powerful pilots union, is upset about what he would undoubtedly classify as “fake news” about the nation’s airline industry — namely all the talk in recent months about an alleged shortage of commercial airline pilots in the United States. The perceived shortage would seem to…
India Aviator Family

Aviator family’s 100 years of flights together

Crisp whites, peak caps, flight bags, four stripes on their shoulders and the love for flying are the constants for three generations of Bhasins. Five members of the family have nearly 100 years of flying between them. The grandfather and the pioneer in the family, Captain Jai Dev Bhasin, was among the first seven pilots…