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Goverment clears Tata-Airbus C295 transport order

Airbus C295 military medium lift transport. Airbus image.

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) government has cleared the lone bid of the Tata-Airbus consortium for the CASA C-295. The aircraft will replace the ageing Avro fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF). The deal is expected to be worth Rs.11,930 crore (USD 1.87 Billion). The aircraft will be the first to be built …

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VivaAerobus takes delivery of the first of 52 aircraft

VivaAerobus Airbus A320. Airbus Image.

Mexican Ultra-low-cost carrier VivaAerobus has taken delivery of its first new A320 following the aircraft. The A320 is the first to be delivered from an order for 52 aircraft (12 A320ceo and 40 A320neo). VivaAerobus already operates six leased A320s and will become an all Airbus operator as it completes its fleet transition from 737-300s by early 2016. All VivaAerobus’ …

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Pilatus PC-24 completes maiden flight

Pilatus PC-24 takes off for it's maiden flight. Pilatus Image.

Swiss air framer Pilatus successfully carried out the maiden flight of it’s new business jet the PC-24 yesterday. Prototype P01, which bears the registration HB-VXA took off from the company’s headquarters at Buochs Airport in front of around 1800 Pilatus staff. The aircraft flew for 55 minutes before returning to the airport. The aircraft was flown by Pilatus test pilots …

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Airbus A400M crashes near Seville Airport in Spain

The crash site of the Airbus A400M.

A Airbus A400M MSN23 has crashed near Seville Airport in southern Spain. The aircraft crashed shortly after taking off for a test flight. All the occupants of the aircraft are believed to have been killed in the crash. The Airbus A400M Atlas is a four-engine military transport aircraft. It was designed by Airbus Military as a tactical airlifter to replace …

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LEAP-1B for the Boeing 737 MAX begins flight test program

The First Flight of the LEAP-1B on a modified Boeing 747 testbed. Boeing Image.

American airframer Boeing and engine manufacturer CFM International have successfully initiated flight testing of the LEAP-1B engine on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California. The LEAP-1B engine is the exclusive powerplant for the Boeing 737 MAX family. The testing is the next major milestone in a two-year program that will culminate in …

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ANA to operate all variants of the 787

All Nippon Airways' first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) has finalized an order for three 787-10 Dreamliners, valued at approximately $900 million at current list prices. With this order ANA will become the first airline in Asia to operate the entire family of 787 Dreamliners. ANA is the launch customer of the 787 and is currently the largest 787 operator in the world …

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Boeing 747-8i receives 330 minute ETOPS approval

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYH at Frankfurt airport

American airframer Boeing has received 330-minute Extended Operations approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. It is the first time a four-engine airplane has received this type of design approval. Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS) has been a requirement for twin-engine airplanes since the 1980s, the regulations have recently been applied to the …

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Boeing delivers first Charleston built 787-9 dreamliner

American airframer Boeing has delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner assembled at its North Charleston, South Carolina, facility to United Airlines. The airplane also marks a milestone for the 787 program as the 250th Dreamliner to be delivered. The aircraft is the fourth 787-9 for United Airlines. The airline has a total of 16 787’s in service including 12 787-8s. Beverly …

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Solar Impulse to land in Ahmedabad today

Solar Impulse takes off from Muscat towards Ahmedabad.

Swiss solar plane, Solar Impulse 2 is set to land at Ahmedabad later today. The aircraft is attempting to circumnavigate the globe to help achieve the project goal which is to raise awareness about new sustainable sources of energy or in their words ” demonstrate that the actual alternative energy sources and new technologies can achieve what some consider impossible”. …

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Embraer KC-390 makes first flight

Embraer KC-390 - Maiden Flight. Embraer Image.

Yesterday Brazillan airframer successfully performed the first flight of the KC-390 military transport and aerial refueling jet. The aircraft bears the registration PT-ZNF and is powered by International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500-E5 engines. The aircraft was crewed by test pilots Mozart Louzada and Marcos Salgado de Oliveira Lima and flight test engineers Raphael Lima and Roberto Becker who flew the …

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Scoot takes delivery of it’s first Dreamliner

Singapore based low cost carrier Scoot has taken delivery of it’s first 787 dreamliner. The aircraft is a Boeing 787-9 which bears the registration 9V-OJA and is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. The airline will take delivery of an additional 19 787 Dreamliners. The airplanes were originally ordered by it’s parent company Singapore Airlines, which included ten 787-9 and …

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Airbus launches high MTOW A321 with full transatlantic range

CGI of Airbus A321neo 97 tonnes MTOW with full transatlantic range. Airbus image.

European airframer Airbus has scored a coup of sorts by officially launching a new variant of the A321neo with 97 tonnes Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW). Airbus is targeting a 2019 first delivery date. At 4,000nm, the ‘A321neo 97t’ as it is being referred to, will have the highest range of any single aisle airliner, giving it full transatlantic capability, …

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Royal Air Maroc recieves it’s first 787 Dreamliner

American air-framer Boeing has delivered Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc’s first 787 Dreamliner. The airline will be the first carrier in the Mediterranean region to operate the 787. The airplane bearing the registration CN-RGB is powered by two General Electric GEnx-1B engines, was delivered to the airline on Dec. 31, 2014 from Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center. The aircraft then …

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CAAC type certifies Comac ARJ21-700

Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued an ARJ21-700 aircraft type certificate to Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC). The airworthiness certification of CAAC, indicates that the ARJ21 has met the requirements of China Civil Aviation Regulations CCAR-25-R3. The ARJ21 (Advanced Regional Jet) project was part of China’s 10th 5 year plan. The aircraft was originally scheduled to …

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Kuwait Airways orders 10 Boeing 777-300ERs

A CGI of a Kuwait Airways Boeing 777-300ER. Boeing Image.

Kuwait Airways has finalized an order for 10 Boeing 777-300ERs (Extended Range), valued at $3.3 billion at current list prices. These aircraft will join the airlines existing 777 fleet of two 777-200ER. The airline originally announced its intent to order the 777-300ER in November. Rasha Al Roumi, CEO, Kuwait Airways “Kuwait Airways has plans to renew its fleet as well …

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Boeing delivers Azerbaijan airlines’ first 787

Azerbaijan Airlines today took delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. With this delivery, Azerbaijan Airlines becomes the first airline in the Commonwealth of Independent States to operate the 787. The aircraft is registered VP-BBR and is powered by two General Electric GEnx-1B engines. Jahangir Askerov, President, Azerbaijan Airlines “We are delighted to receive this revolutionary airplane, which will help …

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Airbus delivers first A350 XWB to Qatar Airways

Airbus has delivered the first A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways. The aircraft which bears the registration A7-ALA is the sixth A350 to have been made and is powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines which are the exclusive engines for the A350. Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways Group “Receiving the A350 XWB as global launch customer is …

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