Category: MANUFACTURERS & MRO

Sounds of Boeing 777X Ground Tests Make Houses Shake

Reading Time: < 1 minute Late last Tuesday night residents near the Boeing Field in Seattle were blitzed with a loud noise created by the jet engine. The unusual noise appeared to be the outcome of ground tests run on Boeing 777-9 aircraft. King County Airport provided Boeing with an approval to conduct engine tests on the 777X aircraft between […]

First Flight of Concorde: True Aviation Engineering Marvel

Reading Time: 2 minutes Concorde. The icon. The legend. The aviation engineering marvel. Today it celebrates the special event. On this day, 2 March, in 1969 the stylish Concorde took off for the maiden flight. Only 14 aircraft in service (out of 20 built in total), only two airlines operating the type (Air France and British Airways), only two […]

Eco-Friendly Supersonic Commercial Aircraft: Is It Real?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Since the Concorde stopped speeding across the Atlantic in 2003, no supersonic commercial aircraft took into the sky. The aircraft was mainly retired due to the consequences of the 25 July 2000 Air France Concorde crash, lower interest in air travel following 11 September, 2001,events and high operating costs. However, there were some other key […]

Debris in Boeing 737 MAX Fuel Tanks: Saga of Twists and Turns

Reading Time: < 1 minute Never-ending problems of the Boeing 737 MAX have already become a one-year saga of twists and turns. This time Boeing has discovered ‘foreign object debris’ in the fuel tanks of grounded MAX aircraft, Leeham News reported. Following the discovery, Boeing has ordered inspections of its entire grounded 737 MAX fleet, consisting of over 400 planes. […]

Blow to Airbus: US Further Increases Tariffs on Aircraft from EU

Reading Time: 2 minutes The long-lasting dispute over subsidies to aircraft manufacturers is intensifying. The United States has announced that starting March, 2020, it is raising tariffs on aircraft imported from the European Union from 10% to 15%. Although the tariff is set on a variety of products imported from the EU, ranging from some types of meat, cheese, […]

Airbus A330-800 Cleared to Fly: EASA and FAA Approved

Reading Time: < 1 minute Airbus celebrates yet another milestone. The A330-800 was awarded joint type certification by both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  It took 370 flight test hours and a total of 132 flights, including the maiden one performed in November, 2018, to complete certification flight-test campaign. The freshly approved member […]

Bombardier Exits A220 Program Leaving Airbus with 75%

Reading Time: < 1 minute Bombardier has announced that it exits the A220 program, former CSeries, and leaves Airbus with 75% ownership, with the remaining 25% held by the Canadian government’s Investissement Quebec. According to the agreement for the Airbus Canada Limited Partnership (Airbus Canada), the Canada’s stake will be redeemable to Airbus starting 2026, this is three years later […]

Painfully Slow Start to 2020: Boeing Logs Zero Orders in January

Reading Time: < 1 minute New year, fresh start, ZERO ORDERS, same problems. This is the beginning of 2020 at the Boeing Company. This is the report on the month of January which brought the US planemaker zero orders for new planes. For the first time in decades Boeing ended the year of 2019 with a negative order rate. For […]

Korean Air Chooses Pratt & Whitney Engines To Power A321neos

Reading Time: < 1 minute Korean Air has formalised an agreement with Pratt & Whitney on the selection of its GTF™ engine to power up to 50 Airbus A321neo aircraft. First deliveries are about to begin already in 2021. The flag carrier of South Korea and a division of United Technologies Corp. have also entered into discussions regarding the enhancement […]

Final Airbus A380 Wing Completed: Last Steps Towards the End

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Airbus A380 story welcomes another ‘last’. Recently, the final set of wings has been produced at Airbus’ Broughton facility in Flintshire, Wales, and shipped to the aircraft manufacturer’s site in Toulouse, France, for final assembly. World’s most distinctive commercial aircraft is manufactured across several European countries. The wings, meanwhile, were built at two Airbus […]