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Boeing unveils the first 737 MAX

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

Yesterday evening, Boeing rolled it’s first 737 MAX out of the paint hanger in Renton. The aircraft which is the first of the fourth generation of Boeing’s and the world’s best selling commercial aircraft was introduced to the world in front of thousands of Boeing employees. The aircraft called the Spirit of Renton is wearing the new Boeing MAX livery …

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EASA and FAA certify Airbus A320neo. IndiGo will get its first soon.

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The Airbus A320neo (new engine option), the newest version of the popular single aisle narrow body jet has received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM geared turbo-fan (GTF) engines. The EASA A320neo type Certificate was signed by EASA’s Certification Director …

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Mitsubishi Regional Jet successfully completes maiden flight

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has successfully conducted the first flight of it’s regional jet (MRJ). Once in service the MRJ will primarily compete with Embraer and Bombardier in the global regional jet market. The flight which was delayed for two weeks due to a defective rudder pedal, took off from Nagoya Airport and returned to the airport …

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Jet Airways confirms order for 75 737 MAX 8’s

Jet Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8.

American airframer Boeing has announced an order for 75 737 MAX 8 airplanes from full service carrier Jet Airways at the Dubai Airshow today. The order which was previously attributed to an unidentified customer includes conversions of 25 Next-Generation 737s to 737 MAX 8s, as well as options and purchase rights for an additional 50 aircraft. The order is the …

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A330neo to use A350’s cockpit mask

Ahead of the Dubai airshow, Airbus has announced that it will use the A350’s distinctive cockpit windscreen design on the A330neo. Eric Zanin, Head of A330 programme, Airbus “The A330neo complement the A350 XWB in the new Airbus Long-Range family, so it was only natural that the A330neo should have the same cockpit shades design than its larger sibling” The …

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Metrojet Airbus A321 crashes over the Sinai #7K9268

A Airbus A321 of Russian carrier MetroJet (Kogalymavia) crashed about 25 minutes after takeoff over the Sinai peninsula in Egypt. The aircraft was performing flight 7K 9268 from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. The aircraft was carrying 224 people including 17 children and seven crew. Egyptian officials have said that most onboard are believed to be dead. The aircraft was …

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Garuda Indonesia takes delivery of 777 in SkyTeam livery

Garuda Indonesia "SkyTeam livery" Boeing 777-300ER PK-GII.

Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia has taken delivery of a Boeing 777 in a special SkyTeam livery. The aircraft is a Boeing 777-300ER bearing the registration PK-GII and like all 300ER’s is powered by two massive General Electric GE-90-115B engines. In August 2014, Garuda became the 20th airline to become a member of SkyTeam. The airline operates a fleet of …

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First A350-900 of Singapore Airlines 9V-SMA revealed

Singapore Airlines' first Airbus A350-900 exits Airbus paint shop. Airbus photo.

Singapore Airlines which just two days ago announced re-commencement of the world’s longest non-stop flights using the new generation Airbus A350-900ULR aircraft has seen its first A350-900 exit the Airbus paint-shop at Toulouse. The aircraft which will be registered as 9V-SMA is expected to be delivered in January 2016. The 9V-SMx series was given to the Boeing 747-400 Megatops that …

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Oman Air receives it’s first Dreamliner

Oman Air's first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at the Everett delivery center. Boeing Image.

Muscat based, Oman Air took delivery of it’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner today. The aircraft bearing the registration A4O-SA is a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner powered by two General Electric GEnx engines. It is the first 787 out of an order for six 787-8’s placed by the airline in November 2011. Paul Gregorowitsch, Chief Executive Officer, Oman Air “We are delighted …

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Finnair eyes Asia expansion with A350 delivery

Finnair has taken delivery of it’s first A350 XWB. The carrier is first European operator and the third worldwide after Qatar Airways and Vietnam Airlines to operate the new aircraft. The aircraft is configured in a three-class layout with 297 seats, comprising 46 Business Class, 43 Economy Comfort and 208 Economy. This is the first A350 out of a 19 …

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India orders 22 Apache and 15 Chinook Helicopters

The Indian Ministry of Defence has finalized an order with Boeing for 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. The order includes production, training and support of both the helicopters. The order which is worth around 2.5 billion US dollars, was cleared by the cabinet committee on security on the 22nd of this month just before …

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Final assembly begins on first 737MAX

1st 737 Max on line. Boeing Image.

American airframer Boeing has started final assembly of the first 737 MAX 8, in Renton, Washington. Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager, 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes “We continue to meet our plan on the 737 MAX program thanks to the dedication of our employee team and our suppliers, We have a lot more work still ahead of …

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Airbus inaugurates US manufacturing facility

Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. Airbus image.

European airframer Airbus S.A.S. inaugurated operations at its U.S. assembly line located in Mobile, Alabama. This is the fourth assembly line for Airbus after Toulouse in France, Hamburg in Germany, and Tianjin in China. The line will assembly the high volume narrow body A320 family aircraft A319, A320, A321, and employs about 250 persons. Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Brégier, …

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Emirates celebrates it’s 150th 777 delivery

American airframer Boeing and Emirates Airline today celebrated the airlines 150th Boeing 777 delivery. The airline took simultaneous delivery of three 777s – two 777-300ERs and one 777 Freighter which marked the entry of the 150th 777 into Emirates’ fleet. The two 777-300ER’s are registered A6-EPA and A6-EPB while the 777F is A6-EFS. The delivery marks the first time in …

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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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