Category: CIS

Third MC-21-300 Aircraft Joins Flight Test Program

Reading Time: 1 minute The maiden flight of the third MC-21-300 test aircraft took place at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, the affiliate of Irkut Corporation (a UAC member). The duration of flight was 1 hour 30 minutes at an altitude of 3500 meters at a speed of up to 450 km / h. The plane was piloted […]

Revealed: Best Airports in Terms of Wellness

Reading Time: 1 minute Netflights.com, a part of the Gold Medal Travel Group, has ranked 25 world’s busiest airports to find out which is the best in terms of wellness. In most cases airports are associated with stress, hurry, endless checks, etc. Nevertheless, nowadays the scope of activities and things to see/do/enjoy at airport has extend far beyond passport […]

Grounding of Boeing 737 MAX: Current Situation

Reading Time: 2 minutes Global concerns are growing about the safety of Boeing 737 MAX. It seems that US planemaker is having a torrid time. Lion Air 737 MAX 8 crash that killed 189 people followed by the recent Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 fatal accident that took lives of 157 fliers have greatly reduced reliability of the Boeing […]

Irkutsk’s Regional Administration Takes Control of Troubled IrAero

Reading Time: 2 minutes Under its Corporation for the Development of Irkutsk Region (CDIR) objective, the administration of the Irkutsk region, which is a south-eastern Siberia-located federal jurisdiction of Russia, has agreed to step in and take a 51 per cent controlling interest in the financially-troubled Irkutsk-based private carrier IrAero Airlines. The effort to save IrAero has also found […]

Three Major Russian Airlines Contract Lufthansa Technik

Reading Time: 2 minutes Two major Russian passenger airlines and the nation’s biggest cargo carrier have contracted Lufthansa Technik (LHT) for the provision of a range of comprehensive and long-term aircraft maintenance support services. The announcement of the engine nacelle parts support for Aeroflot, a total components support contract for Ural Airlines and components services for AirBridgeCargo were all […]

Air Freight Makes Weak Start to 2019

Reading Time: 2 minutes The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased 1.8% in January 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This was the worst performance in the last three years. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by […]

Irkut to Build Additional MC-21 Prototype to Test Russian Engines

Reading Time: 2 minutes Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut, which is part of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), is to build an additional dedicated flying prototype of its MC-21-300 airliner to be used specifically for flight tests of the Russian-built PD-14 engine, the second engine option for the advanced narrow-body. The first four flying prototypes have been allocated for certification testing […]

IATA Releases 2018 Airline Safety Performance

Reading Time: 2 minutes The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for the 2018 safety performance of the commercial airline industry showing continuing safety improvements over the long term, but an increase in accidents compared to 2017. The all accident rate (measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 1.35, which was the equivalent of one accident for […]

Sukhoi Superjet 100: Gloomy Future in Europe?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Recently the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100), Russia’s regional aircraft, has been surrounded with great uncertainty. Difficulties with after-sales support of the jet, unclear situation with the European customers and other issues have brought the Russian aircraft into sharp focus. In the end of 2018 it was revealed that the only European SSJ100 customer CityJet, an Irish […]

SSJ100 Corporate Airline Project to be Launched

Reading Time: 1 minute At the Russian Investment Forum 2019 VEB-leasing, the JSC “United Aircraft Corporation” (UAC), “Business Aviation Center” of the Vnukovo airport and the National Reserve Corporation (NRC) signed the Memorandum of Understanding aimed at the SSJ100 corporate airline project realization. 56-seated aircraft with the business layout are supposed to perform irregular flights (arranged upon request for […]