Category: Manufacturers & MRO

Cathay Pacific Becomes Second Operator of the A350-1000 Widebody

Cathay Pacific Airways has become the second airline to operate the A350-1000, the world’s newest long-range widebody airliner. The airline took delivery of the aircraft at a special event in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of 20 A350-1000s ordered by Cathay Pacific and will join the carrier’s growing fleet of A350 XWB aircraft, […]

Russia’s Gazpromneft-Aero Wins New Refuelling Contracts

Gazpromneft-Aero (GPNA), the aviation fuel division of Russia’s Gazprom Neft, has signed new long-term agreements with Air China, Hong Kong Airlines and Air France KLM for the refuelling of their aircraft at Moscow’s airports. The company has also signed a long-term deal to refuel Turkish Airlines’ aircraft at the airports of Voronezh (Russia) and Bishkek […]

Airbus A330neo En Route to Function and Reliability Tests

Flying over European Airbus sites and visiting 15 cities worldwide to test aircraft readiness for airline operations. The A330neo, Airbus’ newest widebody aircraft, has embarked on a worldwide tour to demonstrate its readiness for airline operations. As a final step in the aircraft certification phase, these function and reliability tests, also known as route proving, will […]

Airbus Inaugurates Hamburg’s Fourth Airbus A320 Family Production Line

Airbus has inaugurated the fourth Hamburg, Germany  Airbus A320 Family production line. Making use of digital technologies and a more flexible industrial setup, the innovative state-of-the-art line is a key enabler for ramping up the single-aisle programme to 60 aircraft per month by mid-2019. Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Senator of Economy, Transport and Innovation and Thomas […]

Rolls-Royce to Axe 4600 Jobs in Major Restructuring

As part of its restructuring, Rolls-Royce has confirmed that 4,600 jobs are to go worldwide, including 3,000 positions based in the UK, the majority being managerial and administrative roles. The company has not ruled out the need for compulsory redundancies. It has also been confirmed that some engineers will also be leaving, predominantly those in […]

UAC and COMAC Approved the General Layout of CR929 Aircraft

On 6 June United Aircraft Corporation (PJSC UAC) and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) approved the general layout of CR929 long-range wide-body aircraft. The parties agreed as to the aircraft principal geometry – wing span and shape, fuselage length, fuselage nose and tail section dimensions, aircraft fins sizing and form, location of engines, landing […]

Airbus SE Agreed to Close the C Series Transaction

Having received all required regulatory approvals, Airbus SE, Bombardier and Investissement Québec (IQ) have agreed to close the C Series transaction effective on July 1, 2018. The transaction by which Airbus will acquire a majority stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP) was initially announced in October 2017. The Mirabel-based partnership, which was […]

Rolls-Royce Reveals More Problems with Troubled Trent 1000 Engines

In April this year Rolls-Royce provided an update on the management of a durability issue affecting the Intermediate Pressure Compressor in a population of Trent 1000 engines, known as Package C engines. An update on the company’s operational response to this issue was provided on May 30. Since identifying this issue, we have undertaken a […]

Airbus BelugaXL Passes Ground Vibration Test

The first BelugaXL has passed the Ground Vibration Test (GVT), a requirement for certification of the aircraft that paves the way towards its maiden flight in summer 2018. The objective of this test is to measure the dynamic behaviour of the aircraft and confirm theoretical models of various flight conditions, such as manoeuvring, flying in […]

Major Blow to Airbus A380 Program as TwoJets to Be Stripped for Parts

After ten years in operation, Singapore Airlines chose not to renew its lease on two Airbus A380-800s in 2017. Owners of the two ‘superjumbos’, the Dr. Peters Group, a Dortmund, Germany-based traditional financial and management holding company, have subsequently failed to attract buyers for the jets, having made approaches to several airlines, including, British Airways, […]