Category: Manufacturers & MRO

MC-21 Certification Postponed Again

Certification of the MC-21, Russia’s advanced narrow-body aircraft project, has been postponed again, with the debut of the first variant of the airliner, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1400G engines, now scheduled for 2020. The third flight test prototype of the MC-21 is to join the testing programme next spring, whilst the fourth will be […]

First Airbus A330-900 Delivered to Launch Operator

TAP Air Portugal has taken delivery of the world’s first new-generation widebody A330neo and will be the first to benefit from the aircraft’s unbeatable operating economics, increased range, and Airbus’ new Airspace cabin offering passengers the best in class comfort. The Portuguese carrier will take delivery of a further 20 A330-900s in the coming years. TAP […]

Assembly of the First Ilyushin IL-96-400M Kicks off

Assembly of the first four-engine Ilyushin IL-96-400M wide-body passenger aircraft has begun at the Voronezh Aviation Plant (VASO) in southwest Russia. Earlier in November, the factory reported it was taking delivery of some structural components and was starting subassembly of the new version’s wing and fuselage. The design documentation for the complete aircraft is currently […]

Bombardier Looks to Shed 5,000 Positions Worldwide

In the wake of the Canadian plane and train maker’s announcement on November 8 and last weeks free cash flow forecast which sent Bombardier shares tumbling, it has been announced that 490 jobs of the 4,000-strong workforce based across four locations in Northern Ireland is to be cut. The Belfast-based operation, previously known as Shorts, […]

Caribbean Airlines to Renew its Fleet with 737 MAX

Boeing and Caribbean Airlines announced the airline has chosen to enhance and renew its single-aisle fleet with the 737 MAX 8. The carrier, which has long operated the Next-Generation 737, will take delivery of 12 MAX airplanes in the coming years. The 737 MAX 8 will seat up to 160 passengers in Caribbean Airlines’ three-class […]

First Boeing 777X Flight Test Aircraft Comes Together

Boeing has brought together the major fuselage sections to form the first 777X airplane that will take to the skies in 2019. In a major production milestone called ‘final body join,’ Boeing teams connected the airplane’s nose, mid and aft sections in the company’s factory in Everett, Wash. The jet now measures 252 feet long […]

ACJ320neo Takes to the Skies for the First Time

The first ACJ320neo successfully completed a two hour and 40 minute first flight from Hamburg on 16 November, getting its short test programme off to a good start. Derived from the A320neo airliner family, some 500 of which are in airline service, the corporate jet version includes features such as extra fuel tanks in the […]

Gulf Air and CFM: Over $1Bn Worth Agreement for LEAP-1A Support

Middle East airline Gulf Air and CFM International signed a long-term agreement for the maintenance of the airline’s LEAP-1A engines. The agreement is valued at just over US $ 1 billion at list price. Under the terms of this 10-year Rate per Flight Hour agreement, which covers a total of 65 LEAP-1A engines that the […]

World’s First A321LR Goes to Arkia Israeli Airlines

Tel Aviv-based Arkia Israeli Airlines has taken delivery of its first A321LR, becoming the launch operator of the world’s most capable large single-aisle aircraft ever. Powered by LEAP CFM motors, Arkia’s A321LR fleet will be configured with 220 seats in a single-class layout. The A321LR is the latest version of the A321 Family and allows operators the […]

Binter to Become First European Customer of E-Jets E2 Largest Model

Embraer announced that Binter Canarias, of Spain, will receive its first E195-E2 jet in the second half of 2019, becoming the first European customer of the E-Jets E2’s largest model. The airline signed a firm order with Embraer for three E195-E2s. The contract also includes purchase rights for two additional aircraft of the same model. […]