IAG firms up on 2019 Paris agreement – will buy up to 150 Boeing 737 jets

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International Airlines Group has announced that it has placed a firm order for a combination of 50 737-8-200 and 737-10 Boeing jets with an option for a further 100 of the 737-family aircraft. The 737-8-200 has been chosen for its 200-seat capacity which will increase revenue potential while reducing fuel consumption. The 737-10 is the largest member of the 737 family and can accommodate 230 passengers in a single-class layout, while offering a range of up to 3,000 miles, which means the new jets can cover 99% of existing single-aisle routes and all those currently served by the Boeing 757. Read more

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P&WC selects H55 as battery technology collaborator for regional hybrid-electric flight demonstrator programme

De Havilland hybrid- electric aircraft ©P&WC

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has selected H55 S.A. to supply battery systems for P&WC’s regional hybrid-electric flight demonstrator programme. The development of the battery component designs and associated electrical control systems will also be supported by the National Research Council Canada (NRC) and the Innovative Vehicle Institute (IVI). The participation of H55 follows P&WC’s July 2021 announcement of its plans to demonstrate hybrid-electric propulsion technology, through a CAD$163 million (£102 million) investment, supported by the governments of Canada and Quebec. Working with Raytheon Technologies sister company Collins Aerospace and De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, P&WC is targeting a 30% Read more

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China Eastern Airlines 737-800 crash may not have been an accident

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America’s Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has suggested that the black box data recorders onboard the China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 which crashed on March 21 this year killing all 132 passengers and crew on board indicates that the plane crashed as a consequence of deliberate manual input which forced the jet into a catastrophic dive. The WSJ quotes an unnamed source as saying that “The plane did what it was told to do by someone in the cockpit.” The jet had been cruising at an altitude of 20,000 feet when it began a dive which lasted approximately one minute before Read more

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ATR unveils plans for hybrid version ATR ‘EVO’

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ATR, the regional aircraft manufacturer, has announced its plans for the next generation of its best-selling family of regional aircraft by 2030, the ATR ‘EVO’. The plan foresees advanced design features and a new powerplant with hybrid capability to offer customers the next generation of ATR aircraft. It will encompass innovative technologies to enable significant improvements in performance, economics and sustainability. Incorporating a new eco-design that includes new propellers and enhanced cabin and systems, it will remain a two-engine turboprop that can be powered by 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). ATR CEO Stefano Bortoli said: “Our next generation of aircraft Read more

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Embraer delivers 1500th Ipanema aircraft

©Embraer has delivered the 1500th Ipanema aircraft

A technological icon in Brazilian agriculture with five decades of operation, Embraer has delivered the 1500th Ipanema agricultural aircraft. The aircraft, which received a commemorative painting alluding to this historical moment and references to national agribusiness, was received by the rancher Carla de Freitas, owner of Agropecuária Bela Vista, based in Vilhena in the state of Rondônia. The aircraft has registered 39 new orders in the first five months of 2022 which is 22% higher compared to the same period last year. Held at the end of April, Agrishow Ribeirão Preto alone has sold 11 of the 203 aircraft models, Read more

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Textron Aviation inks order for three Cessna Citation jets with Turkish Aerospace Industries

Turkish Aerospace Industries has ordered three Cessna Citation jets Photo: Cessna Citation Latitude ©Textron Aviation

Textron Aviation has received an order from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) for one special mission Cessna Citation Longitude and two special mission Cessna Citation Latitude jets. The aircraft will be fitted with special flight inspection calibration equipment and will be used by the DHMI (General Directorate of State Airports Authority) in Turkey to inspect regional airport navigation aids.  DHMI began using two Cessna Citation V aircraft for flight inspection in 1993, which were replaced by Cessna Citation XLS aircraft in 2009.

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Coulson Aviation to sell one B737 FIRELINER to the Provincia de Santiago del Estero in Argentina

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Coulson Aviation U.S.A. has announced the sale of one of its Boeing 737 FIRELINER large airtankers to the Provincia de Santiago del Estero, Argentina.  The B737 FIRELINER is the only large airtanker that can transport passengers and its multi-role capability will be fully utilised by the Santiago del Estero province while not conducting airtanker operations. “Our 737 FIRELINER’s continue to solidify its pole position of the jet-powered large airtanker fleet worldwide” said Britton Coulson, President of Coulson Aviation. The B737 FIRELINER is the newest generation of large airtanker and the first to be FAA certified to do both firefighting and passenger Read more

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ITA Airways becomes first Italian A350 operator

ITA Airways has taken delivery of its first A350 aircraft ©Airbus

Italy’s new national carrier, ITA Airways, has taken delivery of its first A350 aircraft, becoming the 40th operator of the type. The aircraft, which is on lease from ALAFCO, landed for the first time in Italy at Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International Airport on Wednesday May, 11. ITA Airways’ A350 cabin is configured in a two-class layout, with 334 seats comprising 33 full lie-flat bed Business and 301 Economy seats. ITA Airways’ A350 will start operations in early June 2022 to serve the new intercontinental routes that the company will open in the summer season from Rome Fiumicino to Read more

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ATR announces successful first flight of ATR 42-600S STOL in partial configuration

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ATR, the regional aircraft manufacturer, has announced the successful first flight of the partially configured STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) variant of its ATR 42-600 aircraft. The flight took off at 10:00 am local time from Francazal airport and lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes. The crew on board performed a number of tests to measure the upgraded aircraft systems’ performance. Following the successful completion of this first flight, new functionalities will be tested one at a time, starting with the MFC-NG (Multifunctional Computer New Generation), followed by the Autobrake, Ground Spoiler, and increased take off rating systems. The aircraft Read more

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Airstream arranges sale of two ATR72-212F aircraft

©Airstream has arranged the sale of two ATR72-212 freighter aircraft on behalf of Hawaiian Airlines

Aircraft remarketing specialists Airstream International Group has arranged the sale of two ATR72-212 freighter aircraft on behalf of Hawaiian Airlines. The aircraft, serial numbers 423 and 432, were sold to Wasaya Airways, Canada. Airstream provide aircraft sales, leasing and financing services for an international client base that has included airlines, government organisations, lessors, investors and financial institutions as well as part out organisations. Now in its 33rd year of trading, Airstream has successfully completed transactions involving more than 635 aircraft.

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