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Air India becomes latest A320neo operator

Air India has become the latest A320neo operator after taking delivery of the first of 14 aircraft leased from Kuwait headquartered ALAFCO Aviation Lease And Finance Company, becoming the first CFM powered NEO operator in India. The delivery is also the first NEO for ALAFCO from an order for 85 A320neo Family. The A320neo will join Air India’s existing fleet of 66 A320 Family aircraft....

A pioneer of modern helicopter technology: the BO105 celebrates its 50th birthday

This month marks 50 years since the BO105 embarked on its maiden flight, on 16 February 1967, in Ottobrunn near Munich. Conceived as a two-tonne-class light multi-purpose helicopter, cutting-edge technologies and materials led to the BO105 being the first helicopter to feature a rigid, hingeless rotor head made of titanium and glass-fibre-reinforced rotor blades. “The BO105 has made a nam...

Shaking Things Up: Airbus Speeds Up Ground Vibration Testing for the A350-1000

Airbus introduced an optimised method for ground vibration testing with its A350-1000 jetliner, significantly reducing the time needed to complete this regular step in an aircraft’s flight test and certification. An optimised method for the ground vibration testing of Airbus jetliners has reduced this validation phase for the A350 XWB’s stretched-fuselage A350-1000 version, and...

AIR FRANCE presents a draft agreement to the pilot unions

Following two weeks of negotiations since December, Air France management this morning presented a draft agreement to the pilot unions, SNPL and SPAF. It is open for signature until 24 February. This period could be extended if the unions opt for a consultation with the pilots. This draft agreement should enable the creation of the “NewCo”, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air France. W...

Sabena Technics VIP cabin refurbishment of an A310

As an Approved Design and Production Organisation (Part 21J and 21G), Sabena technics has been selected to carry out the VIP cabin modification of an Airbus A310 aircraft belonging to the Saudi Arabian private aviation company, Al Atheer. The cabin refurbishment will be performed at the Group’s completion center in Bordeaux (France) starting the first quarter of 2017. The aircraft&rs...

Dassault Aviation to Present New Falcon 8X at Indian Airshow

Dassault Aviation will present its Falcon fleet of large cabin, long range business jets alongside its Rafale fighter jet at Aero India, India’s largest airshow. The eleventh edition of this leading event will open on February 14th at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore. The Dassault display will feature the ultra-long range Falcon 8X trijet, as well as the Falcon 2000LXS twin. Da...

Azur Drones has a leading position on the civilian drones market

After raising two initial amounts for a total fund of €4.5 million in 2016, Azur Drones, a pioneer in the civilian drone sector, has raised an additional €2 million to accelerate its growth and confirm its leading position on the civilian drones market. Azur Drones is also confirming its desire to consolidate the market by conducting its first external growth operation with the acqui...

Airbus co-founder to leave with plane maker’s creation complete

The Airbus strategy chief Marwan Lahoud, one of the founders of Europe’s largest aerospace group and its M&A czar for the past decade, is leaving the company at the end of February, Airbus said. His successor was not announced but was "subject to further notice", Airbus said, suggesting no decision had yet been taken on how to replace him or with what kind of structure as th...

Transfer of A380 MSN4 to the Le Bourget aerospace museum

As part of its contribution to preserving aviation heritage, Airbus will be transferring four of its test aircraft to museums: the Museum of Air and Space in Paris-Le Bourget and Aeroscopia in Toulouse. These aircraft comprise: A320 MSN1, recently withdrawn from the test aircraft fleet; A340-600 MSN360; A380 MSN2 and A380 MSN4. These aircraft will benefit from heritage preservation measures and...

Air France swaps two canceled A380s for smaller A350 jets

Air France has swapped its remaining orders for two Airbus A380 superjumbos for three smaller A350s, Airbus confirmed on Friday, highlighting a switch towards lighter twinjets. The French carrier announced the swap last March and included it in its 2015 annual report, but the switchover only appeared in Airbus's published order list for January 2017. An Airbus spokesman said the company...

Dassault's FalconEye Nominated for Collier Trophy

Dassault Aviation’s FalconEye combined-vision system was named this morning by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) as one of four nominees for the 2017 Collier Trophy. It will compete for the prestigious award, which is bestowed annually “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America,” alongside the Blue Origin New Shepard reusable rocket, Boeing 73...

ATR and Sweden’s BRA perform first ATR biofuel flight

An ATR 72-600 of the Swedish carrier BRA (former Braathens Regional) took off from Stockholm-Bromma to Umeå fueled at 45% with fossil-free used cooking oil, marking the first biofuel-powered flight of an ATR aircraft.  BRA provides an essential air service to link their main hub of Stockholm-Bromma to twelve Swedish regions. The ATRs of BRA provide an unrivaled performance advantage...