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WestJet Dreamliner Launches First Revenue Flight

Reading Time: 1 minute WestJet’s Dreamliner made its official debut when it pushed back on its first revenue flight on 20 February from Toronto Pearson International Airport. The aircraft, heading for Calgary, was carrying WestJet guests for the first time. “Today’s first revenue flight on the Dreamliner has been years in the making,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet […]

Widerøe Completes First Revenue Flight of an Embraer E190-E2

Reading Time: 2 minutes Widerøe, Scandinavia’s largest regional airline, completed the first scheduled passenger flight of an Embraer E190-E2. The aircraft, registered LN-WEA and operating as flight WF622, departed Bergen Airport at 7:56 AM and arrived at Tromsø Airport at 9:39 AM local time. The flight was sold out. The flight marks the official entry into service of the […]

Boeing 737 MAX 7 Completes Successful First Flight

Reading Time: 2 minutes Boeing’s new 737 MAX 7 successfully completed its first flight. The airplane remains on schedule and now begins a comprehensive flight test program leading to certification and delivery in 2019. “Everything we saw during today’s flight shows that the MAX 7 is performing exactly as designed,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of […]

Boeing KC-46A Tanker for U.S. Air Force Completes First Flight

Reading Time: 1 minute The first Boeing KC-46A tanker that will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force next year successfully completed its first flight and airborne tests, taking off from Paine Field at 10:32 a.m. PST and landing approximately three-and-one-half hours later. “Today’s flight is another milestone for the Air Force/Boeing team and helps move us closer to […]

Fully Outfitted Gulfstream G600 Test Aircraft Completes First Flight

Reading Time: 1 minute Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the final aircraft in the Gulfstream G600 flight-test program has flown for the first time. Outfitted with a complete interior, the aircraft serves as a cabin testbed to ensure a superior customer experience. The aircraft is the fifth to join the G600 flight-test program since it began on Dec. 17, […]

Lockheed Martin’s LM-100J Makes Successful First Flight

Reading Time: 2 minutes The first Lockheed Martin LM-100J commercial freighter aircraft achieved a critical milestone with the completion of its first flight. “I was proud to fly the first flight of our LM-100J. It performed flawlessly, as is typical of our military C‑130J new production aircraft,” said Wayne Roberts, chief test pilot for the LM-100J Program. “This new […]

Watch How Russian MC-21 Narrow Body Makes Successful First Flight

Reading Time: 2 minutes Russia’s newest commercial passenger aircraft, the MC-21 has made its first flight. It is the first Russian-made narrowbody commercial passenger aircraft designed in the post-Soviet era. The maiden flight of MC-21-300 commercial aircraft took place at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, the affiliate of Irkut Corporation (a UAC member). The duration of the flight […]

Delta’s First A350 Takes Off For The First Time

Reading Time: 1 minute Delta’s first Airbus A350-900 — yet to be painted in Delta’s signature livery — took to the skies early Monday morning in Toulouse, France, where the aircraft is assembled, kicking off two months of flight testing, and a fresh paint job, prior to delivery to the airline mid-summer. The lightweight, composite widebody aircraft will be […]

China Airlines Launches First A350 XWB Flights To The US

Reading Time: 1 minute Taipei-based China Airlines launched its first Airbus A350 XWB route to the US May 14, from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport to San Francisco, California. The 2X-weekly service will be increased to 4X-weekly from June 28, supplementing the existing daily Taipei-San Francisco flights to 11X-weekly services. The Taiwanese SkyTeam member has 14 A350-900s on order with […]

Boeing KC-46A Tanker Joins Flight Test Program

Reading Time: 1 minute Boeing now has six aircraft in its KC-46 tanker test program, expanding its ability to complete ground and flight-test activities as it progresses toward first deliveries to the U.S. Air Force. The newest KC-46 aerial refueling aircraft, the second low-rate initial production plane, completed its first flight April 29. Its test activities will help ensure […]