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TR-X: The Skunk Works studies a new high-altitude jet

The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works has revealed plans for a next-generation, high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform that could replace the U-2 and Global Hawk from 2025. The company has launched an internally-funded study of a stealthy jet designated the TR-X that...

Thai LCC to Buy 20 ARJ21-700s: Source

Thai low-cost carrier (LCC) City Airways will place an order for 20 COMAC ARJ21-700 aircraft at the China 2015 Aviation Expo on September 16, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. This will be the largest order for the ARJ21-700 aircraft from an overseas custo...


Nippon scraps Boeing freighter order

Boeing says Nippon Cargo Airlines has scrapped orders for four Boeing 747 Freighters valued at around $1.5 billion. Nippon Cargo still has two of the aircraft on order after taking delivery of eight 747-8 freighters since July 2012, according to Boeing’s website. The cancellation comes as the air cargo market struggled to gain...

Airbus offers sneak-peek inside Alabama A320 factory

Airbus opened the $600 million final assembly and delivery center for the A320 aircraft family in Mobile, Alabama, to the international press for the first time on 13 September. Although videos and photos are forbidden to be released until a public grand opening scheduled early on 14 September, a 90-minute tour revealed an almost exact copy of the company’s 'Hangar 9' final a...

Airbus Prepares to Open First U.S. A320 Factory

Airbus will hold inaugural ceremonies in Mobile, Alabama, Sep. 14 as top executives and U.S. dignitaries celebrate the opening of the company's first U.S. manufacturing facility. Celebrations for the new A320-family assembly-and-delivery facility will begin Sunday, Sep. 13 when the company briefs invited media, which will be given a preview tour of the factory. Formal opening ceremonies...

Rolls-Royce Trent 700 Engines Worth $700m Selected for New Airbus Beluga XL Transporter

Rolls-Royce has been selected by Airbus to provide Trent 700 engines and long-term TotalCare® engine service support, worth $700m for five new Beluga XL air transporter aircraft. The aircraft will replace the current Airbus Beluga fleet, which is powered by engines from another provider. The Beluga XL, based on the A330 design, was launched in November 2014 to address the A350 XWB r...

Kuwait Agrees To Buy 28 Eurofighter Typhoons

Kuwait has agreed to buy 28 Eurofighter Typhoons in a deal agreed with the Italian government. In a short press statement, Eurofighter provided no details as to when the aircraft will be delivered and what configuration and equipment they will have. However, a spokesman for the four-nation consortium (Italy, Germany, the UK and Spain), confirmed that additional details reported by D...

Boeing Said to Study First China Plant for Work on 737 Jetliner

Boeing Co. is exploring whether to open a factory in China to complete work on its top-selling 737-model jetliners, the first facility of its kind outside the U.S., according to a person familiar with the plans. The facility would perform tasks such as painting aircraft built at Boeing's single-aisle plant outside Seattle, said the person, who wasn't authorized to comment publicly. M...

Airbus readies for Monday inauguration of U.S. plant

On Monday, officials of European airplane maker Airbus will christen the company’s first U.S. manufacturing site. The Mobile, Ala., plant will be the final assembly site of Airbus’ single-aisle A320 Family passenger jets, which encompass the A318, A319, A321 and A321 models. The $600 million plant on 116 acres will be led by Kansan Daryl Taylor, who as vice president and general...

Pratt & Whitney Announces Grand Opening of Customer Training Center

Pratt & Whitney, announced today the grand opening of its India customer training center in Hyderabad. The training center will be housed at United Technologies Corporation India Pvt ltd (“UTC India”). Aircraft engineers and technicians will be trained on current and new engine models at this facility. Today, more than 300 aircraft in India are powered by Pratt & Whitne...

WIZZ AIR to purchase 110 Airbus A321Neos

Further to its announcement of the entry into a memorandum of understanding on 18 June 2015, Wizz Air Holdings Plc (the “Company” and, together with its subsidiaries, “Wizz Air”), the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announces that it has completed and signed the purchase agreement with Airbus which, amongst other things, provides for the purchase of...

Airbus developing drones that can fly for 90 days straight

Airbus is developing a drone that can fly for up to 90 days straight. The drones currently under construction have a wingspan of 80 feet, are able to fly at 70,000 feet and carry a payload of more than over 20 pounds. But the new models are estimated to be 35 feet larger and carry twice as much weight, the Telegraph reports. The Airbus Zephyr already has the record for longest continuous fli...

Indonesia will replace F-5 Tiger fighters with Su-35

In the near-term a squadron of 16 outdated US F-5 Tiger fighters will be replaced by a squadron of Russian state-of-the-art Su-35 multi-role fighters, Voenno-promishlenniy Courier reports with reference to Tempo. «We have made a decision to purchase a squadron of Russian Su-35 fighters to replace F-5 Tiger aircraft,» Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu said following th...

Toray Composites Enters into Supply Agreement with Bell Helicopter

Toray Composites (America), Inc.has entered into a Supply Agreement with Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, to supply carbon fiber prepreg materials for Bell Helicopter programs.  Initially, TCA will supply materials for the Bell 525 Relentless program.  The Bell 525 Relentless is the world's first commercial fly-by-wire helicopter and is currently in flight test and ce...

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Three Airbus H135s ordered by Romanian Ministry of Interior for air medical services

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50 years since the inaugural flight of the first Cessna Citation 500

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Airspace Connected Experience: Pioneering Internet of Things in the aircraft cabin

Did you think about how fast the flying passenger connected experience is changing: improving, offering more opportunities and better services? Airbus A350-900 Flight Lab aircraft started...

Azul First E195-E2 - a reason to celebrate for Embraer, Azul, AerCap and Pratt & Whitney

September 12 2019 a special ceremony at Embraer main facility in São José dos Campos was dedicated to the delivery of first E195-E2, the biggest of the three members of the E-Jets E...

Need the fastest speeds available - choose LuxStream connectivity service for business aircraft

No need to discuss or explain why the speed of In-flight connectivity is so important, especialy in business aviation. United States customers will be the first lucky ones to have the acces to th...

FACC ans Collins Aerospace extended the contract

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Plans to Open SpaceJet Montreal Center

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation announced plans to establish their footprint in the Montreal region of Quebec, Canada. Having launched the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family of aircraft earlier...

Three Airbus H135s ordered by Romanian Ministry of Interior for air medical services

Airbus Helicopters and the Romanian Ministry of Interior have signed a contract for the purchase of three H135 helicopters and associated support and services for air medical services and search...

A need for over 39,000 new aircraft in the next 20 years

The world’s passenger and freighter aircraft fleet is set to more than double from today’s nearly 23,000 to almost 48,000 by 2038 with traffic growing at 4.3% annually, also resulting in a...

First of Three Global 6000 joined Luftwaffe Fleet

First of three Global 6000 business jets delivered to Germany’s air force, Luftwaffe. The Luftwaffe, a longtime Bombardier aircraft operator, will use the Global 6000...

50 years since the inaugural flight of the first Cessna Citation 500

Time to celebrate! 50 years since the inaugural flight of the first Cessna Citation 500!  Textron Aviation Citation family represents the most-popular line of business jets with more than...

Earn While Learning - check out Piper Aircraft Apprenticeship Program

The first group of apprentices has begun their two year-program at Piper Aircraft. The first nine apprentices, who started work in August, shadow skilled aircraft assembly workers and learn all aspect...

Strategic Boeing and Safran investment in Electric Power Systems

A joint Boeing and Safran investment was announced today.  The investment in Electric Power Systems will support on-demand mobility efforts, development of industrial base and adva...