Sunday , 25 September 2022

Aircraft

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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Lion air charters a ship to search for #JT610 black box

Indonesian carrier Lion Air has chartered a ship from a Dutch company to search for the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of JT610. JT610 crashed on 29 October, when the brand new Boeing 737 MAX crashed into the ocean minutes after its takeoff from Jakarta. The carrier has said that the ship MPV Everest, will arrive in the Indonesian town of …

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Pictures: First ANA A380 in special Sea Turtle livery

The first Airbus A380 destined for Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) has been rolled out of the paint shop at the manufacturer’s plant in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is painted in a special Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle livery. The airline has three of the super jumbos on order – each of which will be painted in a different colour …

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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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Boeing joins the first flight test 777X, making it the longest passenger jet

777X Final Body Join_FT1_Saddle Fixture

American air framer has joint the major fuselage sections of the first 777X aircraft which will make its first flight in 2019. The ‘final body join’ saw Boeing engineers connecting the airplane’s nose, mid and aft sections. The aircraft now measures 252 feet long (77 meters) from nose to tail, making it the longest passenger aircraft the manufacturer has ever …

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Jeju Air signs deal for 50 737 MAX

Korean low cost carrier Jeju Air has placed an order for 40 737 MAX 8 airplanes with options for 10 additional aircraft. The order including options is valued at $5.9 billion at list prices. The aircraft will be delivered between 2022 and 2026. The airline which began operations in 2005 as Korea’s first LCC operates an all Boeing fleet of …

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Video: Airbus ACJ320neo completes it’s first flight

The first ACJ320neo (Airbus corporate jet) has successfully completed it’s maiden flight at Airbus’ Finkenwerder plant in Hamburg. The aircraft performed the two hour and 40 minute flight on Friday. It is powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines. Derived from the Airbus A320neo, the ACJ version includes features such as extra fuel-tanks in the cargo-hold that will deliver for increased range, …

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Airbus delivers it’s first A321LR

European airframer Airbus has delivered it’s first A321LR ‘Long Range” to Israeli carrier ARKIA Israeli Airlines. The aircraft bearing the registration 4X-AGH is powered by two CFM LEAP-1A engines and is configured in a single class layout with 220 seats. The A321LR is a modified version of the Airbus A321neo has a range of 4,000nm (7,400km).

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Airbus A330-800 completes it’s maiden flight

Airbus has sucessfully completed the first flight of it’s A330-800 aircraft. The aircraft MSN1888 took off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport at around 10.30AM and landed after about four hours. The A330-800 is the smaller version of the re-engined A330neo series. The A330neo program was announced in 2014 and the first aircraft of the series – the A330-900 had it’s first flight …

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Lion Air #JT610 Boeing 737 MAX crashes into the sea

Lion Air Boeing 737-800 PK-LFU

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 of Indonesian carrier Lion Air has reportedly crashed into the waters of the Java Sea after the airline confirmed that it has lost contact with the aircraft. The flight JT-610 was operating from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang. The aircraft was PK-LQP a two month old Boeing 737 MAX 8 having been delivered to the airline …

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Pictures and Video: China Airlines Airbus A350 with joint Airbus livery

Taiwanese carrier China Airlines has taken delivery of its newest A350-900. The aircraft registered B-18918 features a unique joint livery that ‘combines the airline’s distinctive plum blossom logo with Airbus’ exclusive A350 XWB carbon fibre pattern’. This aircraft is the 14th Airbus A350 in China Airlines fleet. The airline mainly operates the A350 from Taipei to Europe and North America. …

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The Emirates order which saved the A380 could fall through

Earlier this year Emirates signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 36 Airbus A380s – 20 firm order with 16 options. The deal which was worth $16 billion (before discounts) was widely seen as an extension of life for the A380 program. It’s safe to say Emirates loves it’s A380s. With 105 aircraft in it’s fleet and another …

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Airbus A321LR certified for “Long Range” by EASA and FAA

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified the “Long Range” version of the A321neo – the A321LR to fly up to 4,000nm with 206 passengers with up to three underfloor Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs). The aircraft has 180 minutes ETOPS authorisation which according to Airbus is sufficient for performing any transatlantic route. …

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Spicejet takes delivery of first 90 seat Q400

SpiceJet Bombardier Q400 Dash 8 VT-SUB lands at Kempegowda airport Bangalore. Photo by Vedant Agarwal. All rights reserved.

Low cost carrier SpiceJet has taken delivery of Bombardier’s first 90-seat Q400 turbo-prop. The Canadian airframer had announced in February 2016 that it would develop an extra-capacity 90 seat variant of the Q400. Bombardier has accomplished this by redesigning the front right door of the aircraft and moving the aft bulkhead further back. This along with reducing the space between …

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Embraer announces huge orders for E-jets #FIA18

Embraer has announced a number of orders for the E-jet family. The airframer had announced one of the first orders of the show with a 25 aircraft order for United. Mauritania Airlines African carrier Mauritania Airlines has placed a firm order for two E175 jets. The order value is USD 93.8 million at current list prices. Raul Villaron, Vice President, …

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Air Lease Corporation order 78 Boeing aircraft #FIA18

Leasing company Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced on day two of the 2018 Farnborough Airshow orders and commitments for 75 737 MAX 8s and three 787-9 Dreamliners. The order is valued at $9.6 billion at current list prices. The three 787-9s and the first 20 737 MAX airplanes of the order are firm purchases. The subsequent 55 737 MAX …

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Boeing announces major order for 777 and 747 freighters from Volga-Dnepr #FIA18

Boeing started the second day at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow by announcing an order for five 747-8 freighters and 29 777 freighters from Volga-Dnepr. The order is valued at list prices of $11.8 billion which comprises of $2 billion for the 747-8s and $9.8 billion for the 777s. The company also announced agreements to optimize the cargo operators airplane fleet …

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Airbus signs A350 orders from Sichuan Airlines and STARLUX Airlines #FIA18

European airframer Airbus has announced A350 orders for 10 aircraft from Chinese carrier Sichuan Airlines and 17 aircraft from startup Taiwanese carrier STARLUX Airlines. The Sichuan Airlines order is for 10 Airbus A350-900’s worth $3.1 billion at list prices. The aircraft will be used to operate fights from the airline’s base in Chengdu to North America and Europe. STARLUX Airlines …

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