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New wide body orders of Emirates, end for Airbus A380

Following a review of its operations, and in light of developments in aircraft and engine technologies, Emirates is reducing its A380 orderbook from 162 to 123 aircraft. Emirates will take delivery of 14 further A380s over the next two years. As a consequence and given the lack of order backlog with other airlines, Airbus will cease deliveries of the A380  in 2021. Emirates has also decide...

Safran Advanced turbine blades research center inaugurated near Paris

Inauguration! A new Safran research center for advanced turbine blades used on airplane and helicopter engines at its plant in Gennevilliers, near Paris. The ceremony was attended by Florence Parly, French Minister of the Armed Forces, Ursula von der Leyen, German Minister of Defense, and Philippe Petitcolin, Chief Executive Officer of Safran. The advanced turbine blades research facility i...

First to Receive Approval for Fully Autonomous Drone Flights in Europe is Skeyetech System by Azur Drones

This is an historic milestone for the civilian professional drone. For the first time, the Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGAC) which regulates drones uses in France, has approved a fully-automated drone with no pilot, paving the way to new applications  Azur Drones, European leader in surveillance UAVs, has just received the first and only DGAC approval for a fully...

Targets reached by ATR Aircraft

ATR, the Franco-Italian turboprop manufacturer, maintained its leadership on the market in 2018, showing a solid performance. It delivered 76 aircraft, booked 52 firm orders and stabilised its annual turnover at US$ 1.8 billion. With a total of 165 orders and 154 deliveries between 2017 and 2018, ATR achieved a book to bill ratio above 1. Out of the 52 firm orders, 20 are for ATR 42-600s. In a...

A330neo certified by EASA for “beyond 180 minutes” ETOPS

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the A330-900 for ETOPS (Extended-range Twin engine aircraft Operations) “beyond 180 minutes” diversion time. This significant achievement means that operators of the A330neo, which is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, will benefit from the most efficient, reliable and direct long-range routings. The approval, which inc...

TBM’s customer support expands with a new Daher operational base in the greater Paris region

Daher announced the opening of a new TBM customer support base serving the Île-de-France geographic region surrounding Paris, and which is strategically situated in a technology cluster zone that has earned the designation as “Europe’s Silicon Valley.” Located at the popular Toussus-le-Noble aerodrome southwest of Paris, this operation includes a workshop and offices in...

Alsim got Record-Breaking 2018, importance of simulation grows

It’s been an exciting year, both for Alsim and their clients. As technology advances, worldwide travel growth continues and global aviation shortages persist, more and more flight training organisations (FTOs) are turning to simulation–and Alsim simulators in particular–to help fulfill their flight training needs. Of the all-time high of 40+ Alsim simulators sold in 2018,...

Strong sales increase in 2018 for Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters delivered 356 rotorcraft and logged gross orders for 413 helicopters (net: 381) in 2018 (up from 350 gross orders in 2017), maintaining its lead in the civil & parapublic market while reinforcing its position in the military market thanks to key successes with international campaigns. The company also booked 148 orders for light twin-engine helicopters of the H135/...

New commercial aircraft delivery record in 2018 of Airbus

Deliveries total 800 aircraft, 11 percent higher than in 2017 Net orders total 747, backlog increases to 7,577 aircraft Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) delivered 800 commercial aircraft to 93 customers in 2018, meeting its full year delivery guidance and setting a new company record. Deliveries were 11 percent higher than the previous record of 718 units, set in 2017. For the 16th...

ATR and Avation confirm order for eight ATR 72-600s

Avation PLC, the commercial passenger aircraft leasing company, and ATR confirm Avation has entered into an options exercise to acquire a further eight new ATR 72-600 aircraft for scheduled deliveries between 2020 and 2022. Jeff Chatfield, Executive Chairman, commented: “This order for eight additional aircraft extends Avation’s order book and firm delivery horizon and continues the...

First serial H160 takes to the skies

The first serial H160 to roll off the brand new assembly line in Marignane performed a flight demonstration on the 17 December in front of the H160 team in an end-of-the-year celebration of the programme’s achievements in 2018. The helicopter, which will be delivered to launch customer Babcock in 2020, had already performed its first flight on the 14 December.    The aircra...

Eclipse Group announces its world exclusive Ka-band Connectivity Bundle

The system, targeted at VIP and Government wide and narrow-body aircraft, comes with a complimentary connectivity system consultation. Eclipse Group is the only company in the world offering a cabin connectivity bundle specifically for VIP and Government wide-and narrow-body aircraft. The Inmarsat Ka-band Connectivity Bundle comprises all the equipment and STCs required to install Honeywel...