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Boeing CEO says 737 MAX software fix and training revision in ‘finalisation’

The new 737 MAX 8 rolls out of the paint hangar in Renton.

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg, on Sunday, confirmed that the company was finalising its “development of a previously-announced software update and pilot training revision that will address the MCAS flight control law’s behavior in response to erroneous sensor inputs”. MCAS The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) was developed by Boeing to make the newest version of its best …

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Boeing orders and deliveries – February 2019

The first flight of the Boeing 737 MAX 9.

American airframer Boeing closed its second month of the year with five additional orders. The orders were for one 737 MAX BBJ from a private customer and four 767-300 freighters for an undisclosed customer. Deliveries Boeing delivered a total of 49 aircraft in February 2019, with the companies troubled 737 MAX making up half the month’s deliveries. Family-wise Deliveries 737 …

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Airbus orders and deliveries – February 2019

European airframer Airbus closed out the second month of 2019 with four orders and 103 cancellations. The orders were for four Airbus A220’s from Pacific Ocean carrier Air Vanuatu. Cancellations in February included 42 A350s of Etihad Airways and 25 A320s of now-bankrupt carrier Germania. The month also featured 23 cancellations for the A380 after Airbus announced the closure of …

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Why Jet Airways is critical to Boeing’s India presence

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

Indian aviation continues to show tremendous aviation potential with growth forecast to be in the double digits for the next few years. Consensus forecasts indicate that India will be the third largest aviation market by 2026 after the United States and China. Both India and China will propel growth in the Asian region and consequently for the world economy. The Asian …

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Emirates orders Airbus A330neos and A350s

Middle-eastern carrier Emirates has placed an order for 70 Airbus aircraft, which includes 40 A330-900 and 30 A350-900 aircraft. The order comes following discussions regarding the airline’s A380 order, which resulted in the airline cancelling 39 of their pending A380’s for this order. The change has also prompted the announcement of the closure of the Airbus A380 production line. Emirates …

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Boeing orders and deliveries – January 2019

Boeing 787-10. Boeing image.

American airframer Boeing opened its 2019 order book with an addition of 43 aircraft. The manufacturer booked 28 orders for the 737 family which included nine 737 MAXs for unidentified customers and 19 P-8A Poseidon for the US, UK and Norway. Boeing also booked 18 787 orders with 14 787-9s and four 787-10s for unidentified customers. Deliveries Boeing delivered a …

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Airbus to display A330neo at Aero India 2019

European airframer Airbus will be demonstrating the latest edition to its widebody line, the A330neo at the upcoming Aero India airshow. (Read our analysis on why Indigo may buy the A330neo) The aircraft will be performing flying displays and will be on static display. The airframer will also be flying its C295 tactical airlifter. Airbus will also have the H135 …

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Airbus orders and deliveries – January 2019

European airframer Airbus began the year with an order deficit. The airline recorded five cancellations for their smallest A220 aircraft and eight for the largest A380. The A380 cancellation reflected that of Qantas which had been previously announced. Airbus has not disclosed the customer for the cancellation of the A220. However Swiss carrier PrivatAir had ordered five of the then …

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An overview of India’s commercial aviation fleet and orders – 2019

View of part of the ramp at Bangalore Airport at night.

Indian aviation is on a growth track with the commercial aviation fleet set to double in the next five to eight years. This is reflected in the statistic that for each aircraft flying there are approximately 1.7 aircraft on order. India is poised to become the 3rd largest aviation market by 2030. Highlights of the fleet are presented below. 638 …

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Airbus A380 future uncertain as Emirates considers A350

European airframer Airbus has confirmed talks with Dubai based Emirates airlines over the carriers A380 orders, with reports that the carrier is considering switching its orders to the smaller A350. Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380, with 109 aircraft and 53 on order. The carrier extended a lifeline to the struggling program in February 2018 by placing …

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The Airbus 380: operations and outlook

Singapore Airlines A380-800 9V-SKD. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal

The Airbus 380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, entered commercial service in 2007 with launch customer Singapore Airlines. With a maximum takeoff weight of 575 tonnes (almost eight times the weight of an Airbus A320) and average seating of 575 passengers (800+ in high density configurations) Airbus built the A380 on the premise of slot-constrained airports needing a ultra-high capacity …

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Airbus begins construction of A220 production line in America

European airframer Airbus has begun construction of company’s American A220 manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. The new assembly line will be located at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley adjacent to the companies existing A320 family production line and will be used to produce A220-100 and A220-300 aircraft for U.S. customers. Aircraft production is planned to begin at the new facility …

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US Air Force accepts first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus

The United States Air Force (USAF) has accepted the first KC-46A tanker aircraft which will allow the aircraft’s delivery to delivery to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas in the coming weeks. The KC-46 was selected as the winner of the USAF’s KC-X program in 2011 to replace its ageing KC-135 fleet. The aircraft is based on the Boeing …

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Boeing and Airbus set delivery records in 2018

Airbus and Boeing have both set delivery records in 2018 with 800 and 806 aircraft delivered by the European and American airframers respectively. Boeing Boeing delivered a total of 806 commercial aircraft in 2018 compared to 763 in 2017. The deliveries included:580 737 family (529 in 2017)6 747 family (14 in 2017)27 767 family -10 aircraft were delivered to Boeing’s …

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Embraer delivers 1,500th E-Jet to Horizon Air

Brazillian airframer Embraer has delivered the 1,500th aircraft of it’s E-Jet family to Horizon Air. The airline which is a subsidiary of Alaska Air will have a fleet of 26 E175 by the end of the year, with four more jets scheduled for delivery in 2019. John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.“Delivering our 1,500th E-Jet is no small feat. Over …

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Airbus delivers the first A330neo to TAP

TAP Air Portugal has become the first airline to take delivery of the Airbus A330neo. The aircraft an A330-900neo was the first of a 21 aircraft order placed by the Portuguese carrier. The aircraft which is leased from Avalon features 298 seats configured in a three-class layout with 34 business, 96 economy plus and 168 economy class seats. It is …

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