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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...

Mubadala and GE finalize deal for joint venture in Al Ain

Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company, and GE Aviation yesterday announce the signing of a Heads of Agreement for the formation of a GEnx engineMRO facility.. The new JV will further enhance the companies’ current GEnx MRO relationship. The tra...


Jet Aviation completes and delivers ACJ320 for European head of state

Jet Aviation Basel has outfitted and delivered an Airbus ACJ320 to an undisclosed European government. The handover of the head-of-state aircraft marks the Swisscompany’s third VIP airliner completion this year. Other projects include a Boeing Business Jet and twin-aisle A340-600. The ACJ320 is certificated for private use, and seats 57 passengers and five crew members. The narr...

Yahsat to trial Ka-band in-flight connectivity on Etihad

Abu Dhabi-based satellite operator Yahsat is trial in-flight connectivity aboard an Etihad A320 aircraft via its Ka-band satellites. Yahsat says its Ka-band capacity will provide higher speeds and cheaper rates compared with other Ku-band systems. Ka-band could offer speeds of up to 50Mbps to the plane, allowing passengers to stream video and enable applications such as video conferencing. C...

Japan's First Commercial Jet in 50 Years Makes Maiden Flight

Japan's first commercial jet in half a century made its maiden flight on Wednesday, in a breakthrough for the country's long-held ambition to establish an aircraft industry that can compete with some of the major players in global aviation. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) took off on a one-hour return flight from Nagoya Airport to test Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp's ability to bring t...

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...

Russia's Il-76 cargo aircraft makes first landing on Antarctic ice airfield

The plane landed at the ice airfield of Russia’s Novolazarevskaya station in Antarctica The Ilyushin Il-76TD-90VD plane has for the first time landed on the ice airfield of Russia’s Novolazarevskaya station in Antarctica, the press service of the JSC Ilyushin Aviation Complex (part of the United Aircraft Corporation - UAC) reported on Monday. "The Il-76 type plane, equipped...

Russia Negotiating With UAE Over Delivery of Su-35 Jets

On November 8-12, Russia is presenting its aircraft and air defense systems at the Dubai Airshow in the UAE. “Su-35 presentation here [at the airshow] is very good, and we are currently engaged in negotiations with the [United Arab] Emirates about the delivery of these aircraft,” Chemezov told journalists. Earlier in the day, head of Rostec...

Indonesia to Buy 4 Russian Amphibious Be-200 Aircrafts

The Indonesian government will purchase four Russian amphibious Be-200 aircrafts for the country’s air force to fight forest fires, Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Agus Supriatna said Monday, local media reported. "We have already included this proposal in our strategic plan, that we buy four of these aircraft. It will be sufficient," Supriatna said....

Piaggio rolls out its MPA in Genoa as it displays a mock-up at show

As a newly-built maritime patrol aircraft rolls (MPA) out of a Genoa factory, Piaggio is showing off the ground demonstrator of the P.180 Avanti-based surveillance type at the Mubadala stand. Piaggio is developing the heftier and heavily modified MPA version of the Avanti in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Autonomous System Investments (ADASI). To accommodate a higher endurance of 8-9h, the MPA...

Oman Air signs with Airbus for A330 cabin upgrades

Oman Air has signed an agreement with Airbus to upgrade the cabins of its A330s. Above: Abdulaziz Al Raisi, Chief Officer Management Affairs, signed the agreement on behalf of Oman Air with Xavier Bertran, Head of Upgrade Services at Airbus. This interior modernisation will harmonise the airline's business class cabins across its long range fleet and ensure the latest standards...

Bell Helicopter and Strong Aviation sign LOI for Bell 525

Bell Helicopter announced today the signature of a letter of intent (LOI) with Strong Aviation for a Bell 525 Relentless super medium helicopter. Above: (left to right) David Sale, Regional Sales Manager, Bell Helicopter, Captain Salem Safar, Aviation Manager, Strong Aviation and Patrick Moulay, VP Global Commercial Sales, Bell Helicopter. Established in 1995, Strong Aviation is a p...

Philippine Airlines selects P&W PurePowere engines for A320neo family aircraft

Philippine Airlines (PAL), the Philippine flag carrier, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pratt & Whitney to power its order of 15 firm plus 15 purchase right A321neo aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. "We pride ourselves on the fact that we embrace innovative technology within our aircraft fleet," sa...

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...

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New Bombardier Customer Support Service Centre in Melbourne

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Textron Aviation expands service offering to include repair of Citation CJ series landing gear

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First two H145s delivered to the Ecuadorian Air Force

Airbus Helicopters has delivered two H145s to the Ecuadorian Air Force, the first military customer in South America for this multi-purpose twin-engine helicopter. A total of six H145s will...

EHang to Accelerate UAM Services

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Facility optimization for customers - Gulfstream

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