Aircraft

Boeing completes firm configuration of the 777X

American airframer Boeing announced today the completion of the firm configuration for the 777-9, the first of the 777X family to be developed. The Boeing 777X team reached this significant design milestone after working closely with airline customers and key suppliers to optimize the configuration of the new airplane. The firm configuration marks the completion of configuration trade studies required …

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IndiGo confirms 250 A320neo order with Airbus

CGI of IndiGo A320neo with PW Pure Power 1100GTF engines. Airbus image.

India’s largest domestic airline, IndiGo, has placed a confirmed order for 250 Airbus A320neo (new engine option) with the European airframer. Signed on India’s 69th Independence Day, August 15 2015, the order is a confirmation of the agreement entered into in October last year, by the two companies. This order is the single largest order by numbers ever placed on …

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Embraer’s Legacy 450 recieves Brazilian certification

Marco Túlio Pellegrini, President & CEO da Embraer Executive Jets receives Legacy 450's type certification from Dino Ishikura, ANAC's Airworthiness Superintendent.

Brazilian airframer Embraer has recieved type certification for it’s Legacy 450 mid-light executive jet from the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) yesterday at a ceremony at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil. The flight test program was carried out with two prototype aircraft, the first with flight …

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Lockheed Martin to accuire Sikorsky

United Technologies has announced that it has reached an agreement to sell Sikorsky Aircraft to Lockheed Martin for $9 billion in cash. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and adjustments, is projected to close by year-end or in the first quarter of 2016. Proceeds from the sale are expected to be used to fund …

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Dennis Muilenburg is new Boeing CEO. McNerney remains Chairman.

Boeing 787-9 ZB001 N789EX at Farnborough air show 2014. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

In a widely expected move, US aerospace giant Boeing announced that Dennis A. Muilenburg will succeed W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr. when the latter steps down on July 1, as Boeing’s chief executive officer, after serving ten years. McNerney will continue to remain Chairman till February 2016. Muilenburg, 51, an aeronautical engineer, was elevated to Boeing’s president and chief operating …

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Video: Preview of 787-9 display at Paris 2015

American airframer Boeing, has produced a video of one of it’s new 787-9 Dreamliners destined for Vietnam airlines performing a rehearsal of the aircraft’s display for the Pair Airshow which begins next week. The video is filmed above Moses Lake, Washington, and spotlights technical maneuvers that showcase some of the airplane’s capabilities.

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Boeing begins assembling the first 737 MAX

American airframer Boeing has tarted building the first 737 MAX. Last week, the company started to assemble the wings, which are the first 737 components to be assembled in the Renton production process for the first 737 MAX flight test airplane. Machine operators loaded 737 MAX wing skin panels and stringers into the new panel assembly line that uses automation …

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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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