Aviation News – Aviation Voice https://aviationvoice.com Sat, 25 Jan 2020 19:10:48 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Long-Awaited Boeing 777X in the Sky on Its Maiden Flight https://aviationvoice.com/long-awaited-boeing-777x-in-the-sky-on-its-maiden-flight-202001252042/ Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:42:51 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207981 Reading Time: < 1 minute It has finally happened. After two aborted attempts due to poor weather conditions, the Boeing 777-9 has finally performed its first flight beginning the next phase of rigorous tests. Therefore, 25 January, 2020, has joined the list of important dates in the commercial aviation history. World’d biggest twin-engine passenger jet has just departed for the […]

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It has finally happened. After two aborted attempts due to poor weather conditions, the Boeing 777-9 has finally performed its first flight beginning the next phase of rigorous tests.

Therefore, 25 January, 2020, has joined the list of important dates in the commercial aviation history. World’d biggest twin-engine passenger jet has just departed for the several-hour test flight before landing at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington.

According to the initial plan, the maiden flight was scheduled for 23 January. However, the take-off was aborted because of winds and postponed by a day, until 24 January. On this day, therefore, wind levels also prevented the 777X from leaving the ground.

After several hours spent at the end of the runway, the readying 777-9 saw a lot of commercial planes take-off and land. This, in turn, lead to endless questions as to why the Boeing plane could not fly while others could. Technical problems?

Reacting to the public concerns, Boeing said in a tweet that “flight tests, first flights in particular, have special requirements that are more stringent (like wind strength & direction for take-off) than for certified airplanes. For this reason, commercial flights departed Paine Field but the 777X couldn’t”.

The first flight of the Boeing 777X was one of the most anticipated events in the aviation world in 2020.

This maiden flight of a plane, which according to the data on the Boeing website has secured over 300 orders already, has come as a flash of excellent news for the troubled Boeing.

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Boeing – Embraer Joint Venture: EU Pauses the Probe Again https://aviationvoice.com/boeing-embraer-joint-venture-eu-pauses-the-probe-again-202001241452/ Fri, 24 Jan 2020 12:52:15 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207976 Reading Time: < 1 minute Just in the beginning of January European regulators announced that they resume investigation into the Boeing – Embraer deal, whereas now said halting the process again. Such grand cases are very complicated, indeed. Endless amounts of documents, multiple approvals and agreements should be perused, provided and finalized. Regarding Boeing – Embraer tie-up on the commercial […]

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Just in the beginning of January European regulators announced that they resume investigation into the Boeing – Embraer deal, whereas now said halting the process again.

Such grand cases are very complicated, indeed. Endless amounts of documents, multiple approvals and agreements should be perused, provided and finalized.

Regarding Boeing – Embraer tie-up on the commercial aircraft programs, the situation is quite intense. Almost all regulatory bodies have already cleared the deal for take-off. However, the key word is ALMOST, as some are still missing. Among these is the European Commission which has halted the process for the second time.

According to AINonline, the parties failed to provide the European Commission with necessary information on time.

After halting the process in November, 2019, the European body resumed its work on the probe on 6 January, 2020, setting 30 April as the deadline for the decision. However, on 21 January, 2020, the investigation was suspended again the new date for the conclusion has not been announced yet.

The deadline should be set after the European Commission receives lacking data.

Some aviation analysts tend to believe that such twists in the deal could create the problems on the way to a positive outcome. Nevertheless, such delays are relatively common when closing such massive transactions.

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First PD-14 Engine Arrives for Installation on MC-21 Aircraft https://aviationvoice.com/first-pd-14-engine-arrives-for-installation-on-mc-21-aircraft-2-202001241203/ Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:03:13 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207969 Reading Time: < 1 minute The first Russian-built PD-14 engine has already arrived at Irkutsk Aviation Plant to be installed on the Russian-built aircraft – MC-21-300. After the installation is completed, the aircraft is set to begin flight tests. The schedule, however, is yet to be agreed by both the United Aircraft Corporation and United Engine Corporation. According to Russian […]

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The first Russian-built PD-14 engine has already arrived at Irkutsk Aviation Plant to be installed on the Russian-built aircraft – MC-21-300.

After the installation is completed, the aircraft is set to begin flight tests. The schedule, however, is yet to be agreed by both the United Aircraft Corporation and United Engine Corporation.

According to Russian media, the first flight of the MC-21 powered by newly-produced engines will take off this year.

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Regional Aircraft Lessor NAC Commits to 20 Airbus A220 Aircraft https://aviationvoice.com/regional-aircraft-lessor-nac-commits-to-20-airbus-a220-aircraft-2-202001241111/ Fri, 24 Jan 2020 09:11:40 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207964 Reading Time: < 1 minute The regional aircraft lessor Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has signed a firm order for 20 Airbus A220 aircraft, proving a great demand for the type on the market. The order was placed during Paris Air Show and finalized in the end of 2019. One of the biggest leasing companies and the largest regional aircraft lessor […]

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The regional aircraft lessor Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has signed a firm order for 20 Airbus A220 aircraft, proving a great demand for the type on the market.

The order was placed during Paris Air Show and finalized in the end of 2019. One of the biggest leasing companies and the largest regional aircraft lessor already owns seven A220 planes, therefore, keen interest in this type prompted the company to book more.

At the end of December 2019, the A220 had accumulated 600 orders and over 100 aircraft in service with seven operators worldwide.

“NAC’s order for the A220 shows this aircraft is just as relevant in the regional world as it is in the mainline one,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. 

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Boeing 777X Suffers the Delay Again https://aviationvoice.com/boeing-777x-suffers-the-delay-again-202001231657/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:57:46 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207950 Reading Time: < 1 minute It was 23 January on a schedule for the first ever flight of Boeing 777X. However, as Boeing had warned, the weather conditions around the Everett facility in Washington were not suitable today. We are postponing the #777X first flight that was scheduled to take place tomorrow, Jan. 23, due to weather. The team is […]

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It was 23 January on a schedule for the first ever flight of Boeing 777X. However, as Boeing had warned, the weather conditions around the Everett facility in Washington were not suitable today.

Nevertheless, just before the maiden flight, Boeing 777-9 was captured undergoing taxi and rejected take-off tests. Hopefully, the bird will soar the sky tomorrow, 24 January, 2020.

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Investigation of Bek Air Crash: Severe Safety Violations Discovered https://aviationvoice.com/investigation-of-bek-air-crash-severe-safety-violations-discovered-202001231633/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:33:43 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207941 Reading Time: 2 minutes As a result of investigation launched into the Bek Air Fokker 100 crash in December, 2019, the Kazakhstan Aviation Administration (KAA) has identified a number of severe safety violations by the carrier and its crew, after examining the airline. One of the main violations is related to airworthiness of the Bek Air fleet, which was […]

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As a result of investigation launched into the Bek Air Fokker 100 crash in December, 2019, the Kazakhstan Aviation Administration (KAA) has identified a number of severe safety violations by the carrier and its crew, after examining the airline.

One of the main violations is related to airworthiness of the Bek Air fleet, which was described as poor. Particularly, bad condition of aircraft is linked to aircraft maintenance logs which are missing or are incomplete.

Prior to the crash, Bek Air operated nine aircraft of the type the age of which ranged between 24 – 30 years. The Fokker 100 aircraft type is relatively old and its production was ceased over 20 years ago in 1997. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to find critical spare parts on the market these days. 

Russian Aviation Insider provides that this might have been one of the reasons behind the problems with a service record as the airline was replacing damaged or expired components with parts from its other aircraft and failed to track it properly.

Nevertheless, poor maintenance log is not all. Even more severe violation is related to aircraft engines.

“The most serious safety finding is that Bek Air has removed component data plates. These data plates have serial numbers to help track hours and cycles. This practice means the identity of engines can no longer be verified and that hours and cycles attributed to that engine no longer provable”, the KAA said.

The producer of engines powering Fokker 100, Roll-Royce, have no information on the overhaul of these engines since they were put into operations in Kazakhstan. Roll-Royce also reported that there is no such procedure requiring the removal of a data plate and the company did not authorize such a process.

Due to the fact that several engines were found to have the same problem, all aircraft of Bek Air are under suspicion.

Apart from that, the inspection of video evidence at Almaty Airport proved that sometimes Bek Air crews did not follow the rules listed in the Fokker 100 flight crew operations manual (FCOM). The video material revealed crew usually omitting the part of walk-around, or wing check, which is a mandatory process.

This procedure, called clean wing check, was introduced as an airworthiness directive (AD) after the 1993 crash in Skopje, North Macedonia. It requires to check the wing of a Fooker 100 at three points along the leading edge on the upper surface, the lower surface and the front of the wing. In case the crew member finds ice, all the critical surfaces must be de-iced.

As for now the airline remains grounded and is under inspection.

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Etihad Gets EASA Approval to Train Boeing 777 & 787 Pilots https://aviationvoice.com/etihad-gets-easa-approval-to-train-boeing-777-787-pilots-202001231311/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 11:11:29 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207938 Reading Time: < 1 minute Etihad Aviation Training, which a part of Etihad Aviation Group, has secured approval from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to provide training for Boeing 777 and 787 pilots. In 2018 Etihad Aviation Training became the first EASA-approved training organisation (ATO) in Middle East to offer Airbus A320, A330 and A340 training. Now, in […]

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Etihad Aviation Training, which a part of Etihad Aviation Group, has secured approval from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to provide training for Boeing 777 and 787 pilots.

In 2018 Etihad Aviation Training became the first EASA-approved training organisation (ATO) in Middle East to offer Airbus A320, A330 and A340 training.

Now, in turn, the same training centre has achieved another “the first in the Middle East region“. This time by being approved by the EASA to deliver Boeing 777 and 787 training for European carriers and the ones that are allow to operate under European standards.

According to Captain Paolo La Cava, Vice President and Managing Director of Etihad Aviation Training, the Boeing 777 and 787 types were chosen not accidentally.

Currently there is a huge demand for these aircraft types, in particular. Five full flight simulators out of 11 owned by Etihad are for 777 and 787 pilot training. Thus, in addition to training its own pilots, Etihad has decided to provide other carriers that lack necessary capacity or do not have in-house equipment to train their flight crews with a solution.

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Boeing Stops 737 MAX Production and Expects to Fly It Again in Mid-2020 https://aviationvoice.com/boeing-stops-737-max-production-and-expects-to-fly-it-again-in-mid-2020-202001221033/ Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:33:49 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207930 Reading Time: 2 minutes It is already the tenth month of global Boeing 737 MAX aircraft grounding. According to the estimations of the US planemaker, the 737 MAX planes will begin returning to service by the middle of the year 2020. “This updated estimate is informed by our experience to date with the certification process. It is subject to […]

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It is already the tenth month of global Boeing 737 MAX aircraft grounding. According to the estimations of the US planemaker, the 737 MAX planes will begin returning to service by the middle of the year 2020.

“This updated estimate is informed by our experience to date with the certification process. It is subject to our ongoing attempts to address known schedule risks and further developments that may arise in connection with the certification process”, said the airframer in the statement.

Boeing has repeatedly emphasized that a lift of the MAX aircraft is not only Boeing’s decision, “the FAA and other global regulators will determine when the 737 MAX returns to service”.  The FAA, in turn, continues to repeat from its side that it “has set no time frame for when the work will be completed”.

Estimating that all the approvals are secured by mid-2020, airlines will, hopefully, be able to get their MAX planes back to the operational fleet only by the end of high travel season. And this is the most optimistic scenario for the US carriers which depend only on the FAA decision.

Meanwhile getting the MAX back for the airlines in other countries could be delayed further and beyond the mid-year, to September or even later, as they need to wait until their regulatory authorities remove the ban.

Some regulatory bodies expressed their wish to carry out independent examinations of Boeing updates and FAA approvals before giving green light for operations.

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Boeing Officially Suspends MAX Production

As announced in the end of 2019, Boeing has already ceased production of the 737 MAX aircraft at its assembly line in Renton, Washington. Temporarily, but without a set timeframe.

Although Boeing does not plan to lay off its workers and says that the production of the aircraft will be resumed, the biggest suppliers for the 737 MAX aircraft are not that optimistic.

For example, Spirit AeroSystems, the supplier securing Boeing with almost 70 per cent of 737 MAX aircraft structure, has recently announced about upcoming workforce reductions. Due to 737 MAX production halt, uncertainty over its timing and the expected levels of production after it resumes, Spirit will lay off approximately 2,800 workers at its Wichita, Kansas facility. And this is just the beginning.

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Which Airlines Have Already Ordered Boeing 777X? https://aviationvoice.com/which-airlines-have-already-ordered-boeing-777x-202001220126/ Tue, 21 Jan 2020 23:26:28 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207912 Reading Time: < 1 minute The long-awaited, long-anticipated and groundbreaking Boeing 777X is already on track to explore the horizons above the ground for the first time. It is hard to say that the road of the 777X from its launch in 2013 to its maiden flight has been easy. The seven-year flight has been rather turbulent. But the time […]

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The long-awaited, long-anticipated and groundbreaking Boeing 777X is already on track to explore the horizons above the ground for the first time.

It is hard to say that the road of the 777X from its launch in 2013 to its maiden flight has been easy. The seven-year flight has been rather turbulent.

But the time has finally come for the world’s largest twin-engine jet powered by world’s biggest commercial aircraft engines GE9X to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Who Plans to Fly the 777X?

According to the data provided on Boeing’s website, as for the end of 2019, the company has secured 309 orders for the 777X type of aircraft.

In addition to 299 orders from the airlines presented above, there is also an order for 10 Boeing 777X planes from an unidentified customer. In total, the number of orders reaches 309.

Due to significant shifts in delivery timeline, some airlines have revised their orders or dropped some bookings. Nevertheless, the latest data indicates that these airlines will fly the 777X.

The current plan, in case all goes as it should go, suggests that this year Boeing will complete all the tests and get necessary approvals to begin aircraft deliveries already in 2021.

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Confirmed: Boeing 777X Ready for Its First Take-off https://aviationvoice.com/confirmed-boeing-777x-ready-for-its-first-take-off-202001212241/ Tue, 21 Jan 2020 20:41:28 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=207906 Reading Time: 2 minutes Ongoing turbulence, endless troubles, serious issues, even growing doubts over safety in light of the 737 MAX crisis, did not stop Boeing on its way to getting the 777X into the air. Boeing has confirmed that its long-awaited newborn 777X, to be more precise, 777-9, is almost ready to take off for its maiden flight […]

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Ongoing turbulence, endless troubles, serious issues, even growing doubts over safety in light of the 737 MAX crisis, did not stop Boeing on its way to getting the 777X into the air.

Boeing has confirmed that its long-awaited newborn 777X, to be more precise, 777-9, is almost ready to take off for its maiden flight already this week, on 23 January, 2020. However, the company said that the timing could be changed due to ‘weather and other factors’.

The first flight of the Boeing 777X is one of the most anticipated events of 2020. The program was launched in 2013 and initially was scheduled to perform its first take-off in 2019. However, not everything went according to the plan.

Good news is that Boeing managed to secretly debut its plane for the employees in March, 2019. The grand ceremony was not held in respect to the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8.

Most Distinctive Features

Confirming the schedule of the initial take-off, Boeing has revealed three main features that make this plane stand out from the others in the segment: GE9x engines, wings and fuselage.

What concerns GE9X powerplant, this was the latest Boeing’s obstacle preventing the planemaker from the flying its test program following the initial plan. There were some technical issues with the engine that GE Aviation was making all the efforts to eliminate.

Nevertheless, the engine is truly impressive and is the biggest one powering commercial aircraft. Apart from that, the GE9X will help the 777X to be “10% more fuel efficient than the competition”.

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Regarding the wings, it is all about the folding wingtips. The folding wingtip will allow Boeing 777X to have better airport compatibility. How is it useful?

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Being the largest twin-engine jet in the world, even bigger than its predecessor the 777, the new plane will have the possibility to fit into the same gates as the already mentioned 777. This will provide Boeing with more opportunities using the existing airport structures.

Finally, the fuselage. It is larger longer than the 777-300ER, it has the same width on the outside, but features larger cabin inside, as Boeing re-sculpted the frames.

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