Archive for June 2016

China’s first regional jet ARJ21 starts commercial operation


China’s first home-built passenger jet entered commercial service on Tuesday in a debut that is already a decade late and underscores problems in Beijing’s bid to become a global aviation player. Aviation officials, executives and journalists were among the first passengers aboard the ARJ21 regional jet on the Chengdu Airlines flight, which departed the central…

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Ethiopian first African airline to receive an Airbus A350XWB

ethiopian airlines airbus A350-900-XWB

Ethiopian Airlines stands as 1st Airline in Africa to take delivery of Airbus A350XWB on 28 June, 2016, in Toulouse, France. “Ethiopian is proud to be the first airline from Africa to take delivery of the A350 and excel in offering its passengers the ultimate travel experience on-board this aircraft ahead of other carriers. Ethiopian is…

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Britain’s Bizav Community Faces Uncertainty Over EU Exit

Bombardier Challenger 350

Britain’s business aviation industry is bracing for negative fallout from last week’s so-called Brexit vote to leave the European Union (EU). With the exact timeline and terms for the country’s exit still highly uncertain, the first concern among aircraft charter operators seemed to be an immediate decline in demand caused mainly by extreme instability in…

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US official: Investigators can’t download EgyptAir recorders

EgyptAir Crash

Initial attempts to download information from the flight data and voice recorders of an EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean last month have been unsuccessful, according to a U.S. official. The recorders are being flown to the offices of the French aviation accident investigation bureau near Paris, which has better equipment for extracting the…

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Widebody Orders Slow. Are Boeing and Airbus Doomed?

United Airlines Airbus A350-1000

After a boom in orders as fuel prices skyrocketed a few years ago, demand for the twin-aisle aircraft that typically ply long-haul international routes has subsided recently. For Boeing and Airbus, many of these widebody models are key cash flow and profit drivers.Since the beginning of 2015, widebody aircraft orders haven’t kept pace with deliveries. This…

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Boeing Sees Commercial Aircraft Demand Up; Airbus Gets Order

Boeing Airplanes

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said that demand for passenger jets is rising, and it sees 38,000 needed over the next two decades. Muilenburg told the French newspaper Le Figaro that “in commercial aviation, demand is not dipping, on the contrary,” adding that Boeing will increase its annual delivery rate to 900 planes in five years, up…

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Russia-China Aviation Alliance Challenges General Electric, Rolls Royce And Boeing

Russian engine Sputnik

Novosti reported on Russia’s new developing aircraft engine project with China and its continued effort to produce a Russian-made competitor to the popular Boeing Co 787. “We’ve informed the Chinese side about the beginning of work on Russia’s heavy-lift aircraft engine in the thrust segment of up to 35 tons. The decision was made by…

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World’s newest airliner A350 XWB to embark on first demonstration tour of China

Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900

Aircraft manufacturer giant Airbus announced Tuesday the world’s newest airliner, the Airbus A350XWB, would make its first demonstration tour of China between June 25 and July 2. During the trip, a test aircraft is to fly to the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Haikou and Chengdu. According to Airbus, the tour follows the A350’s…

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Boeing, Russian Firm Said Near $4 Billion Deal to Save 747

Air Bridge Cargo 747-8

Boeing Co. is nearing a $4 billion deal with Russia’s largest air-freight company that would help extend the life of the iconic, hump-nosed 747 jumbo jet amid waning demand for four-engine aircraft, people close to the transaction said. The U.S. planemaker is in advanced talks with AirBridgeCargo Airlines and its Moscow-based parent, Volga-Dnepr Group, to…

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Boeing’s Dreamliner 787-10: Late Bloomer or Complete Bust?

Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

 After an initial flurry of orders, Boeing has hardly sold any 787-10s in the past three years. Three years ago this week, Boeing  officially launched the third and largest variant of its groundbreaking Dreamliner jet: the 787-10. At the time, Boeing had secured 102 orders from two leasing companies and three major global airlines, including…

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EU allows Iran’s state carrier to resume flights in bloc

Iran Airbus

Iran’s state airline, which has just reached an agreement with Boeing Co to purchase new jetliners, can resume flights in the EU, the European Commission said on Thursday. Iran is dangling the prospect of significant business for Western planemakers as it emerges from decades of sanctions. While the European Commission, the EU’s executive, said Iranair…

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FAA Seeks Improved Pilot Mental Health Evaluations

Airline pilots

An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) composed of both aviation and medical experts, working in conjunction with commercial airlines and pilots’ unions, will strive to create a holistic approach to improving pilot mental health evaluations, in part by encouraging voluntary reporting of pilot mental health issues. “While some conditions automatically disqualify someone from flying, many pilots…

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American Airlines to Complete Boeing 737, Airbus A319 Fleet Commonality

US Air American Tails

American Airlines is currently retrofitting the passenger cabins of its Airbus A319s and Boeing 737-800s, in order to standardize the features, amenities and company branding. According to the airline, the Tech Ops at Tulsa and Dallas DWH site, retrofitted 31 737-800s, reconfiguring the passenger cabin to add 10 additional seats for a total of 160.…

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