Category: Manufacturers & MRO

SprintAir Signs Up For ATR 72 Component Support

Reading Time: 1 minute Polish regional airline SprintAir has signed a ten-year component maintenance contract with Rotable Repairs and wheel and brake OEM Messier-Bugatti-Dowty for its fleet of two ATR 72-600s. Under the terms of the tri-party agreement, Warsaw-headquartered SprintAir will have access to both parties’ range of MRO services. Bryan Croft, sales and marketing director at UK-based Rotable […]

First Flight of AW109 Trekker Helicopter

Reading Time: 2 minutes Finmeccanica announced the maiden flight of the new AgustaWestland AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter. A prototype aircraft took to the air for the first time today at the Helicopter Division’s Cascina Costa facility (Italy), flown by pilots Giuseppe Afruni and Giuseppe Segreto. The helicopter performed as expected during the flight which included an assessment of its general handling […]

Bombardier C Series Aircraft Route-proving Takes Off in Europe

Reading Time: 2 minutes Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced that it has commenced CS100 aircraft route-proving exercises in Europe. The month-long program is underway with a dedicated CS100 route-proving aircraft operated by Bombardier from launch operator Swiss International Air Lines’ (“SWISS”) base in Zurich, Switzerland. The route-proving exercises are scheduled to include main European cities such a Brussels, Vienna and […]

Iran Invites Boeing To Talk About Plane Purchases

Reading Time: 1 minute Iran has invited U.S. planemaker Boeing Co (BA.N) to Tehran to discuss purchasing jetliners aimed at revamping its aging fleet hit by decades of sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic, state TV reported on Friday. In February, Iran’s deputy transport minister Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan told Reuters the country was ready to buy at least 100 […]

IATA Announces: Air Freight Makes Solid Start to 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in January showing a rise in freight tonne kilometers (FTK) of 2.7% compared to January 2015. This continues the improving trend witnessed toward the end of 2015, and is the fastest pace since April of last year. The freight load […]

First U.S. Built A321

Reading Time: 1 minute Painting of the first U.S.-built A321 has been completed as it emerged from the paintshop in Mobile, Alabama in its JetBlue livery. This latest milestone shows that the first aircraft to be produced at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility is progressing well on its route to first flight and delivery in spring 2016. The aircraft […]

Are We Watching The Sunset of A380?

Reading Time: 4 minutes It has been ten years since the inaugural flight of Airbus A380, the world’s biggest passenger airliner. There is a lot of talks that A380 project is living its last days, because of poor orders in 2015. The Iran’s crazy “shopping”, after the sanctions on investments in oil, gas and petrochemicals, exports of refined petroleum […]

Embraer $81 Million Net Result Reflects Loss from Republic Bankruptcy

Reading Time: 2 minutes Brazilian manufacturer Embraer reported net income of $80.8 million for 2015, down 76.8% from the company’s $347.7 million net profit in 2014. Embraer’s 2015 revenue was $5.93 billion, down 5.7% year-over-year (YOY) from the manufacturer’s 2014 revenue of $6.29 billion. Embraer’s operating expenses for the year fell 2.6% YOY to $5.6 billion, resulting in operating profits […]

The First Boeing 727 Made It’s Last Flight

Reading Time: 4 minutes As the Museum of Flight made the final flight of the first ever built Boeing 727 from its Restoration Center down to the actual museum, we look back at the history of the Boeing 727 program. This specific aircraft, N7001U, has spent the past 25 years at the Museum of Flight Restoration Center up at Paine […]

Is Boeing Looking to Introduce a Brand-New Aircraft Class?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Boeing Co has been looking to introduce a whole new aircraft class to the market—the mid-market aircraft. However, the corporation’s VP of Marketing, Randy Tinseth, said the prospect posed a “tough market case.” The mid-market aircraft would range between the narrow-body, or single-aisle aircraft, and the larger wide-body aircraft. Size classification between the two is […]