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Airbus delivers first A350-1000 to Qatar Airways

Middle eastern carrier Qatar airways has taken delivery of it’s first Airbus A350-1000. The airline which was the launch customer of the A350 is also the first to operate the new type. The aircraft’s first flight will be to London Heathrow this weekend. The -1000’s will soon be deployed to the US east coast. The aircraft MSN 88 will be …

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Boeing 737 MAX 9 receives FAA certification

Boeing has received an amended type certificate (ATC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the 737 MAX 9 which certifies the type for commercial service. The airframer is now preparing for the first delivery of the type to Lion Air group. The flight test program of the 737 MAX 9 began in March 2017 and was conducted with …

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Impact of the new Pratt & Whitney GTF engine issues on IndiGo and Go Air

First Airbus A320neo with Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1127G-JM Geared Turbo-Fan (GTF) engine. Photo courtesy Airbus.

The recent emergency airworthiness directive (EAD) covering the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM geared turbo-fan (GTF) engine caught the industry by surprise. Aircraft maker Airbus followed the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued EAD, announcing a suspension of deliveries of A320neo and A321neo powered by the GTF engine. The airframer has also suspended taking delivery of new engines, and engine fitment …

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EASA issues emergency AD for Pratt GTF powered A320neo & A321neo

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITC. Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1127 Geared Turbo Fan engine. Copyrighted image. Re-use prohibited.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued an emergency airworthiness directive (EAD) which affects the Airbus A320neo and A321neo powered by the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines. EAD 2018-0041-E identifies an increased risk of in-flight shut down (IFSD) on all PW1127, PW1130 and PW1133 engines with engine serial number (ESN) P770450 or later. The problem is …

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Russian An-148 crashes after takeoff from Moscow

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An An-148 of Saratov Airlines, has crashed five minutes after departing from Moscow. The aircraft was performing a scheduled flight 6W 703 from Moscow Domodedovo Airport to the city of Orsk. From ADSB data the flight appeared to climb to an altitude of 6200 feet before descending to 3250 feet where signal was lost. The aircraft registered RA-61704 was a …

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