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CFM LEAP-1A Powering A320neo Gains Certification

The CFM International LEAP-1A engine, one of two engine choices on the Airbus A320neo, has been jointly certified by FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Airbus is set to deliver the first A320neo -- powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines -- to Qatar Airways next month. The LEAP-1A-powered A320neo began flight testing in May. "It has been an incredible journe...

JetBlue becomes launch customer of “Maintenance Mobility”

Providing via tablets everything that a mechanic needs to know Streamlining communication and decision-making Enabling significant time-savings during airline operations turnaround times JetBlue has become the launch customer for Airbus’ “Maintenance Mobility” offering following a contract recently signed with Airbus. Maintenance Mobility allows the airline mechanics to...

Dassault Falcon Jet completes new Little Rock expansion

Dassault Falcon Jet has completed another major expansion of its Little Rock Completion Center that will add 350,000 ft² of production space to the Arkansas facility. The centerpiece of the US$60m project is a new 250,000 ft² hangar earmarked for Dassault’s latest two models – the Falcon 8X ultra long range trijet and the Falcon 5X very large body twin. The new completion...

Airbus Sees Revamp of Superjumbo After 2022 Amid Slow A380 Sales

It may be almost a decade or longer before Airbus Group SE debuts an improved version of its little-loved A380 superjumbo jet as the European planemaker tries to convince airlines that there's demand for such a large plane, the chief executive officer of the airliner unit said. Some carriers "don't love the A380" because many have become more conservative in recent years, focu...

Romania to host production of new, robust, and cost-effective H215 heavy helicopter

In a ceremony held yesterday by Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters, and in the presence of Alexandru Nastase, Secretary of State, Airbus Helicopters set down the foundation stone of its new Romanian factory, established to assemble the latest helicopter to join the H Family of aircraft – the H215. The H215 is an evolution of the former AS332 C1e/L1e, offering a new business and in...

2 Air France Flights Diverted Due to Bomb Threats

Two Air France flights headed from the United States to Paris were diverted due to bomb threats, officials said. Both flights landed safely Tuesday night. Flight 65, en route from Los Angeles to Paris, was diverted to Salt Lake City after a bomb threat was called in from the ground, a U.S. government official said. The official did not know if anyone was arrested and was not aware of...

Airbus Corporate Jets expands support offering

Airbus is enhancing the way that it cares for corporate jet customers and operators around the world, by expanding the capabilities and reach of its service centre network. The expanded network comprises companies that are owned or controlled by Airbus, as well as independent ones that it has approved. Its capabilities will include line and heavy maintenance, cabin-refurbishing, and cabin and s...

Airbus Helicopters accelerates industrialisation in the UK

Airbus Helicopters, the UK’s leading turbine helicopter company, has received funding from the Department for Business Innovations and Skills (BIS) for two separate projects: one supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and the other through Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). These projects, the first time Airbus Helicopters has participated in UK Government...

Dassault’s Combined Vision System (CVS) Makes Public Debut at NBAA

Dassault Aviation is introducing its proprietary Combined Vision System at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (BACE) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The system, dubbed FalconEye, is being presented on a Falcon 2000LXS on display at the show. The aircraft is a production model due to be delivered soon after the exhibit ends. “It’s in our very DNA to innovate in ways...

Daussault says delayed 5X jet schedule should be clear in early 2016

Dassault Aviation said on Monday it expects to announce early next year a new testing and production schedule for its Falcon 5X business jet, which has been delayed by problems with engines supplied by Snecma. "When we have a better understanding (from Snecma), which should come soon, we will totally reorganize the schedule," Eric Trappier, chairman and chief executive of Dassault Avi...

New Ultra Long Range Falcon 8X Debuts in Las Vegas

Dassault Aviation’s new flagship, the Falcon 8X, is making its debut at the NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (BACE) in Las Vegas.  Since first taking to the air last February, the three aircraft in the flight test program have accumulated 380 flight hours over 185 flights, and are now more than two thirds of the way towards FAA and EASA approval. The flight en...

GAL and Airbus Helicopters renew services partnership to support the UAE Armed Forces

Global Aerospace Logistics, LLC (GAL) and Airbus Helicopters have announced the renewal of their customer support services distribution agreement. The agreement represents the cornerstone of GAL’s support services strategy and will strengthen GAL’s capabilities to keep the UAE Armed Forces at a peak state of readiness.   GAL, a subsidiary of Emirates Defence Industries...