aeromobil

A flying car you will actually be able to buy this year

It may not be quite like the Jetsons, but for over a million dollars you too can soon fly around in a car. A Slovakian company called AeroMobil unveiled on Thursday its version of a flying car, a light-framed plane whose wings can fold back, like an insect, and is boosted by a hybrid engine…
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Virgin America A321neo

Virgin America Takes Delivery of First LEAP-1A-Powered A321neo

Virgin America took delivery of their first Airbus A321neo aircraft, becoming the initial operator for the Airbus narrow-body airplane.  The New Engine Option (NEO) aircraft is powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A power plants, which reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by approximately 15 percent. The engines also provide a 50 percent cut in overall NOx…
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Iran Airbus

Airbus joint venture seals Iran Air jet order

A lot has been said about Iran’s controversial upgrade of its airliner fleet. They have taken another step with a deal valued at up to $1 billion to buy planes from a joint venture of Airbus SE and Leonardo SpA. ATR said Iran Air had signed an order for 20 ATR 72-600 aircraft and has…
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Boeing’s Export-Import Bank subsidies targeted in battle over House tax plan

Opponents of the House Republican plan to adjust corporate taxes at the border are targeting a familiar conservative target in the industry lobbying battle: The financing Boeing receives from the Export-Import Bank. Americans for Affordable Products, a coalition of retailers and other importers created to fight the House GOP’s proposed import tax, on Tuesday promoted…
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Engine issues won’t affect delivery schedule of A320neo: Airbus CEO Tom Enders

A bad year for Airbus

By any measure, 2017 has not been a good year for the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. In its annual report, the company has stated it is under investigation in the United Kingdom, Germany, Romania, Greece, and Australia over allegations of bribery and corruption. It would not be surprising if the U.S. government is soon on…
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Air India Airbus A320

Air India to phase out remaining old Airbus Classic A320 planes

The airline has already retired nine A320s from its fleet and the remaining six planes are likely to go out of service by March next year, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani said. The over two-decade-old classic A320, unlike modern aircraft, has a set of bogey wheels. Bogey wheels are a set of…
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Embraer Flies the E195-E2, the Most Efficient New-Generation Jet in the World, Ahead of Schedule

Embraer: Chinese Bizav To Benefit From Airport Projects

Chinese airport construction will relieve infrastructure constraints that are holding back the development of business aviation in the country, Embraer said. Most important will be construction of additional commercial airports, not the remarkable total of 500 general-aviation fields that China also wants to build, said Guan Dongyuan, president of Embraer China. Business aircraft users are…
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Boeing 737 Max

Boeing prepares for unprecedented 737 Max ramp-up

Delivering a new version of the 737 is old hat at Boeing. Eighteen major models have entered service since the debut of the 737-100 in 1968, including 10 versions of the NG series over the past 19 years alone. In all, 9,448 individual 737s have rolled out of the factory doors in Renton, Washington, through…
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China Eastern Boeing 737

Aircraft makers fly high in China

Rapid growth of China’s business aviation market has attracted aircraft makers to increase their service offerings tailored for the country, where more than 600 business jets, worth $18 billion, are being operated. “China has become the second-largest business jet market, and it also enjoys the fastest growth in the world,” Liao Xuefeng, chairman and CEO…
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Iran Air Photo

Iran hopes Turkish Airlines losses mean earlier delivery of Boeing plane

Iran may soon be receiving the first Western-built jet airplane since 1979, Iranian state media has reported after claims by industry sources of Turkish Airlines being cash-strapped. “[T]wo 777 Boeing passenger planes will be delivered to the national flag carrier Iran Air,” IRNA reported on Sunday, citing an unnamed “informed” source. The initial report by…
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ATR 72 Iran Air

Iran completes long-awaited aircraft deal worth $536 Million for 20 ATR Turboprop Aircraft

European turboprop manufacturer ATR sealed a long-awaited deal with Iran Air worth $536 million at list prices, making it the latest aerospace company to benefit after a nuclear accord eased international restrictions on trade with the Middle Eastern state. Iran Air will take 20 ATR 72-600 aircraft and has options for 20 more, ATR spokesman…
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737 Max

Boeing Expects 737 MAX Efficiency Improvements To Continue

Boeing expects to continue a 737 family tradition of continuous improvement with its new fuel-efficient planes and sees scope for the kind of efficiency gains it saw with the successful “Next Generation” family. The US manufacturer’s 737 MAX aircraft are 14 per cent more efficient than the latest NG’s but they are 20 per cent…
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The hybrid plane : Boeing and JetBlue back hybrid-electric craft

Boeing and JetBlue have turned their sights to hybrid-electric planes. The two aviation giants revealed this week that they are investing in a little-known company called Zunum Aero , a startup developing alternative propulsion aircraft. Zunum is working to build 10-50 seat planes that ‘sip fuel only when they have to,’ and the firm claims…
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The New 737 MAX

Boeing Completes Successful First Flight of 737 MAX 9

On Thursday, The Boeing 737 MAX 9 completed its first flight today in the skies above Puget Sound. The 737 MAX program achieved the milestone on schedule, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery. ” Captain Christine Walsh and Captain Ed Wilson piloted the airplane through tests on the aircraft systems, flight…
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Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-1000

Airbus A350-1000 completes noise test campaign in Spain

Airbus’ A350-1000, MSN065 test aircraft, fitted with cabin, has completed a series of noise tests in Moron, south of Spain, between March 27 and April 5th, as part of its type certification flight test campaign, paving the way for entry into service on schedule before year end. The aircraft, together with acoustic ground facilities around…
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United Airlines Boeing 787

United moving 787 flying from Houston to Washington Dulles

United Airlines customers can expect to see more of the carrier’s Boeing 787 “Dreamliners” flying from Washington Dulles starting this winter. United’s Dreamliners will take over the airline’s routes from Washington Dulles on several high-profile routes, including the carrier’s non-stop flights from Dulles to Beijing, London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Sao Paulo. The…
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Boeing 747-8

Boeing 747 – The ‘Queen of the Skies’ retires

The first “Queen of the Skies” may have retired, but she’s not quite quietly riding off into the sunset. Even in retirement, she’s once more ready to accept guests—albeit this time, it’s not to ferry them to long, physical distances, but to take them on a nostalgic ride. Delta Ship 6301, the first passenger Boeing…
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Allegiant Airbus A319

Airbus highlights ACJ319 at ABACE show

Airbus Corporate Jets is exhibiting an ACJ319 at the ABACE show in Shanghai, giving prospective customers the opportunity to appreciate its potential and highlighting the company’s commitment to the important Chinese market. It is the first time at the show for the MJet ACJ319, which is certificated to seat 19 passengers, is available for VIP…
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Qantas

Airbus Offers More Seating Capacity on Superjumbo A380

The Airbus A380 has long been the highest capacity commercial aircraft in the world. The plane can seat between 525 and more than 600 passengers, or fewer if an airline chooses. That’s because seating capacity choices are left up to the airlines. According to Airbus, the current average capacity of its A380s is 497. The…
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Qantas Boeing 787

Airbus, Boeing close in on Qantas’ ultra-long haul dream

Both Airbus and Boeing now offer aircraft that appear capable of flying non-stop commercial flights from Sydney to London – the “Holy Grail” for Australian carrier Qantas Airways Ltd . As long as oil prices don’t go much higher than around $70 per barrel, the 20-hour flight can be financially viable, and could be on…
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China’s long-delayed C919 jet may fly by end of April

 A single-aisle passenger jet that is being built by the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China is set for its first test flight by the end of next month, according to Philippe Petitcolin, chief executive officer of Safran, an aircraft engine maker. Any problems with taxi trials may alter the schedule, Petitcolin said in an interview…
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Embraer Flies the E195-E2, the Most Efficient New-Generation Jet in the World, Ahead of Schedule

Embraer Flies the E195-E2, the Most Efficient New-Generation Jet in the World, Ahead of Schedule

 Ten months after the first flight of the E190-E2, today Embraer performed the inaugural flight of another member of the E2 family, ahead of schedule. This Wednesday, the E195-E2, the largest aircraft of the family–and the most efficient aircraft in the single aisle jet market—took off for the first time. The flight, originally scheduled for…
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Airbus A380, A330, A350

Airbus: Brazil to drive strong aircraft demand in Latin America

Latin American airlines will take delivery of 2,570 new passenger and freighter aircraft worth $350 billion over the 2016-2035 period, according to Airbus, which has slightly increased its forecast for 20-year demand in the region from 2,540 aircraft a year ago . “Fueling this aircraft demand is Latin America’s passenger traffic growth, which is forecast…
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U.S. Ultra Low Cost Carrier Frontier Airlines Plans IPO

U.S. Ultra Low Cost Carrier Frontier Airlines Plans IPO

Frontier Airlines on Friday confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in the airline industry — it plans to go public soon under the symbol FRNT. Its filing for an initial public offering comes a little more than three years after private equity firm Indigo Partners bought the then-struggling airline from Republic Airways in a deal…
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E-Fan 4.0 a four-seater plane

AIRBUS Pivots Electric Aircraft Plans

Text size: AIRBUS is dropping plans to produce the electric E-Fan 2.0 and E-Fan 4.0, planned as two-seat trainer and tour-seat touring aircraft. The company had announced in 2014 that it expected to bring the E-Fan 2.0 to market in 2018 as a joint-venture with Daher-Socata, the French airframe maker best known for its TBM…
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Sixth new Boeing 777 delivered to Kuwait Airways in four months

Sixth new Boeing 777 delivered to Kuwait Airways in four months

One of Kuwait Airways’ new Boeing 777-300 ERs. The carrier has 10 on order, of which six have been delivered in the past four months. Courtesy : Kuwait Airways Kuwait Airways’ latest Boeing 777-300ER has been delivered to the national carrier of Kuwait, the sixth of 10 of the jetliners on order, which began deliveries…
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Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner makes first test flight

Boeing’s 787-10 Dreamliner has taken to the skies for its maiden flight Boeing’s lanky new 787-10 Dreamliner has left the nest for the first time. The maiden flight of the longer, more spacious plane lasted just shy of five hours, and according to Boeing it went off without a hitch. The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner boasts…
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Boeing and Airbus Debut New Airliners With First Flights on the Same Day

Boeing and Airbus Debut New Airliners With First Flights on the Same Day

The maiden flights for both the Boeing 787-10 and the Airbus A319neo were carried out Friday, March 31. The two airplanes are the newest members of the 787 family for Boeing and the A320neo family for Airbus. The two aircraft manufacturers both cite efficiency as their primary reason for building the new planes, but these…
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Iran seals new plane purchase deal with Boeing

Iran seals new plane purchase deal with Boeing

Iran’s Aseman Airlines has signed an agreement with Boeing for buying 60 twinjet narrow-body passenger planes from the US aviation giant. (Photo by Aseman Airlines) Iran has signed a new agreement with US aviation giant Boeing for buying dozens of the company’s twinjet narrow-body passenger planes. The agreement involves the purchase of 30 Boeing 737…
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Bombardier CS100

Will United Airlines Order New Jets From Bombardier or Embraer?

From late 2014 through 2015, there was growing speculation in industry circles that airline heavyweight United Continental would order jets in the 100-seat size class from either Bombardier  or Embraer. This would have filled a gap between its largest regional jets, which have 76 seats, and its smallest mainline plane, the 126-seat Boeing  737-700. Instead,…
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Embraer Shows Boeing, Airbus and Other Big Boys How it’s Done

Embraer Shows Boeing, Airbus and Other Big Boys How it’s Done

Following the fortunes of Boeing and Airbus , you could be forgiven for thinking that aircraft manufacturers always run late, over budget, and the resulting end product can struggle to meet initial expectations. But Brazil’s Embraer , the world’s third-largest commercial jet maker, has shown with its next generation narrow body regional aircraft, the E-2…
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Challenge to Boeing, Airbus: China-made passenger jet C919 passes assessment for maiden flight

Challenge to Boeing, Airbus: China-made passenger jet C919 passes assessment for maiden flight

A single-aisle passenger jet that is being built by the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China is set for its first test flight by the end of next month, according to Philippe Petitcolin, chief executive officer of Safran SA, an aircraft engine maker. China’s first homegrown large passenger plane has passed a major technical assessment, bringing…
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Zimbabwe government continues to hunt

Zimbabwe government continues to hunt

GOVERNMENT continues to hunt for a technical partner for national flag carrier Air Zimbabwe, which is saddled with a US$334 million debt, despite recent setbacks in attracting a suitor. Nine airlines – among them Ethiopian Airlines, Angolan Airlines, Boeing, Emirates – have either been engaged or expressed interest in a partnership. Until recently, Air Zimbabwe…
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Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew

Richard Branson celebrates Virgin Atlantic’s entry to Seattle market, tears into Alaska Air

A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down Monday afternoon at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, bringing entrepreneur Richard Branson to town for a celebration of Virgin Atlantic’s entrance into the Seattle market. But he also used the visit to tear into Alaska Air Group, which announced last week it would retire the Virgin America brand in the next…
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Airbus Parcel Delivery Drone

Airbus to run parcel-delivery drone trial in Singapore

AVIATION giant Airbus said it will reveal more details “in the coming months” about an unmanned parcel-delivery drone trial in Singapore, one that could be extended to transporting passengers too. Its comments come a day after the city-state’s Ministry of Transport told The Business Times that it is talking to some firms about trying out…
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787 Assembly line Charleston NC

Boeing sets date for first 787-10 flight from North Charleston

Boeing Co. has set a date for taking its first 787-10 on its first check ride. The company announced Wednesday that it plans to fly the North Charleston-made jet on March 31, subject to favorable weather conditions and other factors. The event will be broadcast live on www.boeing.com. The jet made a splashy public debut…
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Hainan Airlines Comac C919 V2

China-made passenger jet passes assessment for maiden flight

China’s first homegrown large passenger plane has passed a major technical assessment, bringing it closer to its maiden flight as the Communist giant seeks to challenge the dominance of western aviation giants like Boeing and Airbus in the global market. An evaluation committee consisting 63 aviation specialists from across China has agreed that the C919…
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Airbus A320neo

EASA Issues Four Airbus A320 Family Proposed ADs

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued four proposed airworthiness directives (PAD) March 20-21 for the Airbus A320 family. According to Aviation Week’s Fleet Discovery , there are about 2,000 aircraft owned and leased by European operators. The top five operators are EasyJet, Lufthansa, British Airways, Air France and Vueling Airlines. This excludes Turkish Airlines…
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JetBlue

Is JetBlue Ready to Dump Its Smallest Planes?

In 2003, JetBlue Airways  shocked industry observers by ordering Embraer ‘s  new 100-seat E190 jet. This departed from the accepted wisdom that low-cost carriers should stick to operating a single aircraft type in order to keep costs down. (JetBlue primarily flies Airbus  A320-family aircraft.) As many pundits had predicted, JetBlue‘s decision to add the E190…
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Dale Felix

Dale Felix forged nearly 40-year career as test pilot

By the time Dale Felix retired as an experimental test pilot, he had accumulated more than 10,000 flight hours in 60 different aircraft. He began his career with Boeing, where he was most notably a B-52 bomber experimental test pilot, and ended it at the Federal Aviation Administration as an aircraft certification test pilot. In…
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Boeing Airplanes

‘Bright future for Boeing in Asean region’

(File pix) Boeing Co’s senior vice-president of sales (Asia Pacific and India) Dr Dinesh A. Keskar said the demand for commercial airplanes was projected to be worth a total of US$565 billion (RM2.5 trillion) in the next two decades. Pix by Rosela Ismail LANGKAWI: Boeing Co believes that its business in Southeast Asia will continue…
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Virgin America A321neo

Alaska Air: Virgin America name will disappear, ‘likely’ in 2019

Alaska Airlines’ name will live on; Virgin America’s will not. Alaska Airlines announced Wednesday it will drop the name and logo of the merger partner it acquired late last year. Virgin America will be phased out, “likely sometime in 2019,” Alaska Air said in a statement. Instead, the combined carrier “will adopt many of the…
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The Wright One Jet Electric

How to make easy headlines with a jet electric

The Wright One jet electric, in dream form There is nothing not to like about an all electric short haul 150 seat jet providing emissions free flight within 10 years, apart from the chasm between concept and entry into service. Such a proposal, claiming the ‘interest’ of the large and very successful low cost Euro…
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Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380 Flyover

Widebody Airbus or Boeing jetliners a target for Malaysia Airlines

A Malaysia Airlines plane comes in to land at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur. The carrier wants to boost its fleet of large passenger jets. Mohd Rasfan / AFP Malaysia Airlines is looking to lease widebody planes to boost its network from next year and will make a decision on…
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Airbus-A380

Private Jet Flipped Over in Wake Turbulence From Airbus A380: Reports

A small private jet was flipped over in midair and plunged 10,000 feet after being caught in the wake turbulence from a passing Airbus A380 superjumbo, according to reports. One person aboard the Bombardier Challenger 604 reportedly suffered serious injuries in the accident, which is being investigated by aviation authorities. Erez Lichtfeld / Sipa via…
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Embraer E195 passenger jet

Embraer presents E195-E2

That means a 24% improvement in fuel burn per seat compared to the current generation E195 and a “plethora of new city pairs airlines can address”, Slattery said, adding, “This is [an Embraer] aircraft that low-priced carriers will for the first time look at in a very serious fashion …” In single class configuration it…
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Embraer Legacy 450 business jet

Embraer Legacy 450 sets speed records between California, Hawaii

Embraer’s Legacy 450 mid-light business jet set speed records on its recent flights between California and Hawaii, according to the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The Hawaii trip was a first for both the aircraft and the passengers from Calgary-based AirSprint, which operates Canada’s largest fractional aircraft fleet and was the Canadian launch customer for the…
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Airbus Pop.Up

Is this the future of personal transport in big cities?

The Geneva Motor Show has been the place to see the latest innovations in automotive technology since 1905. To no-one’s surprise, the 87th show has been awash with autonomous and zero-emissions offerings from the biggest names in the global car industry. Less predictable was the preview of a self-driving zero-emissions flying car concept. Designed by…
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indigo A320neo

WHAT AILS NEO ENGINES? DGCA ORDERS PROBE

Indigo, Go Air asked to conduct in-depth inspections of 21 such aircraft they own. Following 42 incidents of engine failure of Airbus 320 Neo aircraft being reported globally, including two in India, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked Indigo and Go Air to conduct detailed inspections of the 21 such aircraft in…
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Embraer E190

Embraer on cloud nine about private jet outlook

  Embraer executive jet sales vice-president Claudio Camelier on the stairs of a Legacy 450, which is being displayed to potential Thai buyers at Don Mueang airport. Boonsong Kositchotethana The market for executive jets in Asia-Pacific has started to regain altitude with the improvement of the business environment. Embraer, the world’s leading executive jet makers,…
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Airbus A320neo

Airbus engine maker clears safety doubt

  The single most important point is that fleet airworthiness is not in question,” Palas Roy Chowdhury, Pratt & Whitney’s managing director-India told ET. NEW DELHI: American manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has said that its engines on Airbus 320 neos (new engine options) operated by IndiGo and GoAir face some technical issues that it will…
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