Category: Manufacturers

Mitsubishi Plans MRJ Debut at Paris Air Show

Mitsubishi Aircraft is working to bring one of its MRJ regional jet prototypes to the Paris air show. “We are making preparations at the moment, assuming that we are able to bring the aircraft, we want to bring it to the Paris air show,” its new president Hisakazu Mizutani tells FlightGlobal in an interview at […]

Rolls-Royce Wins $300m Order From Lion Group

Rolls-Royce has won a $300m order from Lion Group for Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines to power three new Airbus A330 aircraft, supported by Rolls-Royce’s flagship engine service, TotalCare®. The Lion Group already operates three of the aircraft, all powered by the Trent 700 engine. Edward Sirait, CEO, Lion Group, said: “These aircraft are an exciting […]

Second Boeing T-X Aircraft Takes Flight

Boeing and partner Saab have completed the first flight of their second production-ready T-X aircraft, which is identical to the first and designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force advanced pilot training requirement. During the one-hour flight, lead T-X Test Pilot Steve Schmidt and Boeing Test Pilot for Air Force Programs Matt Giese validated key […]

Comac Completes C919 Ground Tests as First Flight Looms

Comac has completed the final ground test before its C919 narrowbody can take to the skies. On 23 April, the Chinese manufacturer conducted a high-speed ground run to the point of a nose-gear lift-off, before the pilots applied the brakes and brought the aircraft to a stop. This is a crucial test which evaluates the […]

C919 Readies for Maiden Flight in Early May

Comac’s C919 has made good progress with high-speed taxi tests and could make its maiden sortie in the first week of May, sources tell FlightGlobal. Aircraft 101 has conducted three high-speed taxi tests, where no major issues surfaced. A fourth test, involving a high-speed ground run to the point of a nose-gear lift-off, is scheduled […]

Boeing Elaborates on 777-9 Design Details

Boeing has published further preliminary details of the 777-9’s configuration, three years ahead of entry into service, revealing a slightly lower aircraft with an interior resculpted to carve out a precious 10.2cm (4in) of internal diameter. A 79-page document posted on Boeing’s website offers the first detailed update on the larger 777X variant’s dimensions since […]

Russian Government Has SSJ100 Plans for Red Wings

The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade has proposed turning Red Wings Airlines into a vehicle for injecting up to 100 Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ100) regional jetliners into the domestic route network, Kommersant daily reports. The Transport Ministry reportedly proposed the initiative. Red Wings was chosen for its previous operational experience with the type. The plan […]

Slowing Aircraft Sales Sees Boeing Lay Off More Engineers

Following on from the announcement that 245 workers are to be laid off on May 19 after action taken by Boeing in January and March this year, the commercial airplanes unit has warned employees that hundreds more engineers are likely to be affected by another round of involuntary layoffs. It is understood these will begin […]

Russia to Prepare for Serial Production of the PD-14 Engine for MC-21

The United Engine Corporation (UEC) in 2017-2025 intends to invest 21.9 billion rubles in the modernization of production to prepare the serial production of the engine PD-14. This is reported by RNS. Of this amount, 4.6 billion rubles will be used to equip production with specialized equipment. The project is financed by means of the […]

Boeing and Silk Way Announce an Order for 10 737 MAX 8 Airplanes

Boeing and Silk Way announced an order for 10 737 MAX 8 airplanes. The order, valued at $1.1 billion at current list prices, was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. “Silk Way’s success and profitability is a direct result of investing in its fleet and services and growing […]