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More Electric Aircraft: How does electricity work on a plane?

Through its subsidiary, Labinal Power Systems, Safran is working with aircraft manufacturers to develop a more electric aircraft. But how does electricity work on a plane? Serge Roques, an expert in Research & Technology at Labinal Power Systems, explains the essentials. Electric Power Generation An airplane contains two major electrical circuits and one alternate circuit. The two c...

Paris air travel proceeds, but some may cancel future flights

Even as airlines operated a normal schedule of flights into and out of France on Saturday, some carriers expressed their concerns about routing to Paris after a series of terror attacks. American Airlines Group, the world's biggest carrier by passenger traffic, said on Friday it was delaying flights to Paris in response to the explosions and shooting attacks there, even though French airpor...

A past painting subway cars leads to faster canvas at Air France

At a hangar at Orly Airport in Paris, Air France officials and journalists watched as the wrapping came off the Boeing 777. Below was the kind of painting one can sometimes see on the subway. Peeling back the masking paper was the artist, JonOne whose career began painting graffiti and subway cars in New York City. At a party to celebrate the airline’s eightieth birthday last year, JonOne...

Deadly attack on France: borders are closed, but airports remain open

Following a bloody massacre on streets of Paris on 13 November, killing at least 150 people, the French President Francois Hollande announced a state of emergency and ordered to close all borders. At the same time, Paris Charles de Gaulle airport remains open, international airlines didn’t officially report any changes in schedules. “An unprecedented terrorist attack is underwa...

Airbus confident for A320neo on-time first delivery

Airbus is on schedule to deliver the first A320neo by end of 2015 as planned, an Airbus executive confirmed Friday. Qatar Airways is due to receive its first A320neo, a more efficient re-engined version, in December. Akbar Al Baker said last week on the sidelines of the Dubai Air Show that he was "optimistic" the aircraft would arrive before the end of the year, but he had a conc...

Air France Fires Four Workers over Boss-Bashing Incident

Air France said on Thursday it will dismiss four workers over their role in violence that erupted at a works council meeting last month, forcing managers to flee with their shirts in tatters. Human resources chief Xavier Broseta and long-haul services director Pierre Plissonnier were among those attacked on Oct. 5 as they outlined restructuring plans for the troubled carrier, a division of Air...

Dassault Design Philosophy Evident in 5X, 8X

Dassault has never been one to follow the pack when it comes to business jets: it has been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to the use of three-engine designs, 3-D design software, metal bonding blended with composites to lighten weight, advanced wing geometry, fly-by-wire flight controls, sidesticks, the EASy II intuitive all-glass cockpit and more; the list is a long&n...

Falcon 8X Completion Work Underway

Dassault Aviation has begun completion work on the first customer-bound Falcon 8X long-range trijet as the company progresses toward certification and deliveries next year. The aircraft, S/N 04, arrived in the Dassault Falcon Jet completion facility in Little Rock, Ark., on October 9, the company announced Thursday. S/N 04 was the second of Dassault’s new 8X family to be sent to Litt...

Airbus Helicopters begins flight testing high-compression engine demonstrator

Airbus Helicopters has completed the first flight of a lightweight, high-compression engine (HCE) on an H120 Colibri helicopter technology demonstrator. The 6 November sortie of the light-single, modified with a 4.6 litre V8 high-compression piston engine, is part of the “green rotorcraft” component of European Clean Sky initiative. The powerplant is designed to lower noise and emis...

Ethiopian Airlines first A350 XWB takes shape

The first Airbus A350-900 for Ethiopian Airlines is taking shape on the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.  Ethiopian Airlines will be the first African A350 XWB operator when it takes delivery of the aircraft next year. Ethiopian Airlines will operate 14 A350 XWB of which 12 are directly purchased from Airbus and two are on lease from AerCap, including this first aircraft. &nb...

Airbus ACJ319neo wins new customer

Airbus’ ACJ319neo has won another commitment, taking total sales of the new private jet family, which includes the ACJ320neo launched earlier this year, to six aircraft. Many of the sales are repeat orders from existing customers, highlighting the appeal of the family. This will be the first ACJneo Family aircraft to be operated by K5 Aviation of Germany, which already manages three ACJ31...

Airbus Helicopters delivers the first H130 for Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan, Airbus Helicopters announced the arrival of the first H130, from the proven Ecureuil family, in the Kingdom of Bhutan. This is the first of two helicopters acquired by the Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services Limited (RBHSL) to serve parapublic and commercial missions. The second H130 is expected to be delivered in June 2016. “We are thrilled to be the first to rec...