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Sikorsky S-97 Raider reaching for top speeds by “summer 2016”

Sikorsky will conduct a significant amount of ground testing on its S-97 Raider before returning to flight trials, with just 2.2h of a 110h flight test programme clocked since the maiden flight in May. S-97 chief test pilot Bill Fell says more testing will be done with ground-test rid at Sikorsky’s plant in West Palm Beach, Florida, to build “confidence” in the aircraft’...

Chinook, Apache face cuts if budget talks fail

Two Boeing helicopter programmes – the Boeing AH-64 and CH-47 Chinook – face several cut-backs if the Congress is unable to pass a new budget for Fiscal 2016, US Army acquisition leaders warn. The army’s request to buy 64 AH-64Es in the fiscal year that began on 1 October would be cut by half under a continuing resolution, says Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the army for a...

HK Express to Take Delivery of Six A320neo and A321 Aircraft in 2016

Hong Kong-based low-cost carrier HK Express (UO) will take delivery of six new Airbus aircraft in the second half of next year, including four 188-seat A320neo and two 230-seat A321 aircraft. The Hong Kong-based airline has 12 A320neos on order and will take delivery of the first four in the second half of 2016, with another four pending delivery each year. Deliveries will be complete...

Russian Missile Threat: Cathay Pacific Diverts Flights to Hong Kong Away from Caspian Sea and Iran

Cathay Pacific has suspended flights over Iran and the Caspian Sea following warnings from air safety agencies that Russian missiles targeting Syrian rebels pose a threat to passenger jets. The International Civil Aviation Organisation and the European Aviation Safety Agency issued safety advisories last week over intensifying military activity. Russia, since late September, has be...

China's 9 Air Selects Ali-Jiatai as Seat Supplier for its Boeing 737

Chinese startup 9 Air (AQ) has selected AVIC Hubei Ali-Jiatai Aircraft Equipment Co., Ltd., a homemade airline seat maker, to supply seats for its Boeing 737 aircraft. 9 Air and Ali-Jiatai signed a Boeing 737 seat supply agreement in Beijing on Tuesday afternoon. According to the agreement, Ali-Jiatai will become the seat supplier for the low-cost carrier's 737 aircraft starting 2016....

Ban on flights to Ukraine extended to all Russian airlines

The State Aviation Administration of Ukraine made a decision to completely terminate air communication between Ukraine and the Russian Federation from October 25, 2015 From October 25 Ukraine completely stops air communication with Russia, all the Russian airlines are now subject to ban on flights, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine said Monday. "The State Aviation Administration...

Emirates to lose world’s longest flight tag to Singapore Airlines

It’s been a little over two months since Emirates announced that it will embark on the world’s longest non-stop flight when it starts its service to Panama City next year. The flight in question takes a mammoth 17 hours and 35 minutes, and is set to begin on February 1 when its Boeing 777-200LR departs Dubai for Tocumen International Airport. But its title as the world’s lo...

SIA to bring back nonstop US services by 2018 with ultra long range A350-900

Singapore Airlines (SIA) says it will resume nonstop flights to the United States in 2018 as the launch customer of a new ultra-long-range variant of the Airbus A350-900. The new variant, called the A350-900ULR, was unveiled in Toulouse on Tuesday (European time) and will have a range of up to 8,700nm. “Our customers have been asking us to re-start non-stop Singapore-US flights and we...

FL Technics ready to offer Airbus A330 maintenance

FL Technics, a global provider of tailor-made aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, is delighted to announce it has successfully completed the necessary theoretical and practical training for execution of Airbus A330 maintenance. Having already purchased all the necessary equipment, the company is expecting to complete the certification by the end of 2015. “FL Technics estim...

Airbus likely to increase production in Mobile, mayor says

Airbus Group SA  is likely to increase aircraft output at its Mobile, Alabama, factory beyond its current four-a-month target, the mayor of the Southern U.S. city said on Tuesday. Airbus has said it could produce up to eight single-aisle jetliners a month at the plant, which opened last month, an increase that would help Airbus work through its large backlog of orders, Mayor Sandy Stimpson...

Adelaide to receive Australia’s first A350 services with Qatar

Qatar Airways has chosen Adelaide as its fourth Australian destination, with daily flights to begin in May with Airbus A350-900s. The Doha-based carrier, which currently flies daily to Perth and Melbourne and will add Sydney to its network from March 2016, is the first airline to announce A350 services to Australia. The daily flights will operate as an evening departure from Doha, arriv...

Spring Airlines Gets Busy in Thailand

China's Spring Airlines is deepening its footprint over Thailand-China skies with the introduction of additionalroutes to tap soaring traffic between the two countries. The fledgling Shanghai-based no-frills carrier is set to commence its eighth route to Thailand, from Changchun, capital of Jilin province, to Bangkok, on Nov. 3. It also plans to serve the two northeastern provi...