Airbus looks to stop burning cash with plan to increase output

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Having speeded up deliveries to cash-strapped airlines, Airbus has announced that it intends to increase production of its popular single-aisle jets, the A-320 Family, from 40 to 47 units a month in the third-quarter of 2021, in an attempt to stop burning cash and demand permitting. The A320 Family of jets have been identified as likely to be some of the most popular aircraft to help struggling carriers manage the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently the European planemaker has reduced its 145-aircraft overhang to 135 jets. However, the recent countrywide lockdown in France has left many questioning whether Airbus Read more

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VoltAero selects Sonaca Group to develop airframe for Cassio family of hybrid-electric aircraft

The production Cassio aircraft has a sleek, aerodynamically-optimized fuselage with a forward fixed canard and an aft-set wing with twin booms that support a high-set horizontal tail. ©VoltAero

The airframe for VoltAero’s Cassio hybrid-electric aircraft will be developed by Sonaca Group, applying this Belgium-headquartered company’s expertise in optimized aerostructures to the VoltAero family of four, six and ten-seat airplanes.  Under the terms of the agreement unveiled on October 29, Sonaca Group will transition Cassio from its current design status into a production-ready definition, and will oversee the aircraft’s manufacture by an aerostructures producer to be announced at a future date.  “Our partnership with Sonaca Group takes us one very important step closer to production,” said Jean Botti, VoltAero’s CEO and Chief Technical Officer. “It continues our excellent progress Read more

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The end of Delta’s Boeing 777 era

©Delta will retire its 18 Boeing 777 aircraft by the end of 2020

On Saturday October 31, Flight 8777 will mark the end of the 777 era for Delta during what has been an unprecedented time for the airline industry. The five-and-a-half hour flight from New York-JFK – Los Angeles will include special announcements and onboard treats for customers and aviation enthusiasts. Some passengers booked this final flight just for the unique experience and to be part of history. Looking ahead, retiring the 777 fleet will accelerate Delta’s strategy to simplify and modernize its fleet while continuing to operate newer, more cost-efficient aircraft. The airline will continue flying its long-haul next generation Airbus A350-900s, which burn Read more

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Nasmyth Group signs multi-million-pound precision engineering contract with Incora™

Nasmyth Group has signed a multi-million-pound contract with Incora to manufacture precision engineered components for multiple platforms including new and aftermarket OE (Original Engine) build and support to Legacy engines. The seven-year contract will be carried out by the Nasmyth Bulwell team, from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Pinxton, Nottinghamshire and Nasmyth Group’s manufacturing team in Asia.   For over 60 years, Nasmyth Bulwell has provided high-quality, uniquely integrated precision engineering and manufacturing solutions for the global aerospace industry. Nasmyth Bulwell specializes in the manufacture of solid machine solutions including precision parts, kits, airframe assemblies and sub-assemblies using the latest CAD/CAM Read more

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Kuwait Airways takes delivery of first two A330neos

Kuwait Airways takes delivery of first two of eight A330neos ©Airbus

Kuwait Airways, the national airline of Kuwait, has received its first two A330neos. These aircraft are the first of eight A330neos ordered by the airline. The carrier currently operates a fleet of 15 Airbus aircraft comprising seven A320ceos, three A320neos and five A330ceos. This event also marks Airbus’ first A330-800 delivery. The new-generation wide-body aircraft is the latest addition to Airbus’ product line, highlighting the company’s strategy to keep offering its airline customers unbeatable economics, increased operational efficiency and superior passenger comfort with proven latest-technology platforms. Thanks to its tailored mid-sized capacity and its excellent range versatility, the A330neo is considered Read more

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Inmarsat and GDC Technics develop advanced new terminal to optimize performance of GX Aviation inflight broadband

Inmarsat has unveiled details of a next-generation terminal for its GX Aviation inflight broadband solution, which has been developed in collaboration with GDC Technics, a leader in engineering and technical services, modifications and electronic systems. The innovative light-weight, low-drag terminal is available to airlines across the world and has been designed to ensure that the connectivity needs of data-hungry passengers are met for generations to come, allowing them to stream high-definition videos, enjoy online video games, download documents and more using their personal devices. Following a range of technology assessments and test flights over the past 12 months, the powerful Read more

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United Airlines launches first free transatlantic COVID-19 testing pilot

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United Airlines has announced the first free transatlantic COVID-19 testing pilot program for customers. From November 16 through December 11, the airline will offer rapid tests to every passenger over two years old and crew members on board select flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to London Heathrow (LHR), free of charge. Anyone who does not wish to be tested will be placed on another flight, guaranteeing everyone on board other than children under two will have tested negative before departure. “We believe the ability to provide fast, same-day COVID-19 testing will play a vital role in safely reopening Read more

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More jobs to go at Boeing as planemaker posts fourth consecutive quarterly loss

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In April Boeing announced its intentions to reduce its 160,000-strong workforce by 10%. Following the fourth consecutive quarterly loss, the company’s CEO, Dave Calhoun, announced that by the end of 2020 Boeing’s workforce will be reduced to 130,000, cutting job numbers by 14,000 more than anticipated. “As we align to market realities, our business units and functions are carefully making staffing decisions to prioritize natural attrition and stability in order to limit the impact on our people and our company,” Calhoun said in a staff note. “We anticipate a workforce of about 130,000 employees by the end of 2021. Throughout Read more

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Aviation Concepts Technical Services achieves 8A/8C check on Gulfstream fleet

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Philippines-based Aviation Concepts Technical Services Inc. (ACTSI) has upgraded its capability to 8A/8C from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With a strong and experienced Gulfstream team, the ACTSI MRO is now capable to provide maintenance services for Gulfstream IV-X (G350/G450) and GV-SP (G500/G550), with Limited Engine – 8A / 8C, 72-month, 96-month, and 144-month inspections. ACTSI, a new facility for aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, recently opened at the Subic Bay International Airport (SFS/RPLB), is transforming the former US Navy base into a 24/7 hub for business aviation in the Asia Pacific. Strategically located within an 18,000 m² hangar, Read more

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MTU Aero Engines presents nine-month figures and forecast

In the first nine months of 2020, MTU Aero Engines AG generated revenue of €2,956.6 million (1-9/2019 €3,403.7 million). The operating profit was €310.8 million, compared with €557.7 million in the prior-year period. The EBIT margin was 10.5% (1-9/2019: 16.4%). In line with adjusted EBIT, adjusted net income dropped from €391.7 million to €219.2 million. “Based on these results, we can now provide a more precise guidance for the full year,” said Reiner Winkler, CEO of MTU Aero Engines. “We now assume that revenue for the year will be between €4 and €4.2 billion. Our adjusted EBIT margin is likely to be around 10%, which is at Read more

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