Bradley Perrett perrett@aviationweek.com

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First Two Australian F-35s Rolled Out 

Lockheed Martin has rolled out the first two F-35A Lightnings for Australia, and the country has immediate plans to buy 72 of the fighters.

Delivery of the first fighters is scheduled to begin this year, but initially the Royal Australian Air Force will base the two aircraft, called AU-1 and AU-2, at the Luke AFB, near Phoenix, Arizona. There they will join F-35s used for multinational pilot training.

Deliveries Soon From Chinese Aleris Aluminum Mill 

Aleris is working on getting major aircraft manufacturers to qualify production from its new aluminum rolling mill in Zhenjiang in eastern China, and intends to begin shipping product to them this quarter.

The mill’s move into the final stages of the qualification process follows its achievement of Nadcap accreditation, a necessary precondition that was announced last month.

Deliveries Soon From Chinese Aleris Aluminum Mill 

Aleris is working on getting major aircraft manufacturers to qualify production from its new aluminum rolling mill in Zhenjiang in eastern China, and intends to begin shipping product to them this quarter.

The mill’s move into the final stages of the qualification process follows its achievement of Nadcap accreditation, a necessary precondition that was announced last month.

Taiwan Investigating ATR 72 Crash On Landing 

Taiwan has begun an investigation into the crash of a TransAsia Airways ATR 72 in weather that was bad but deemed acceptable for the aircraft’s attempted landing. Of 58 people aboard, 48 died. The aircraft crashed short of the runway at Makong in the Penghu Islands on July 23 after a flight from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The pilots were making their second landing attempt.

Air China Seeks To Merge MRO Operation With Ameco 

Air China is again seeking to inject its in-house aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) business into Ameco Beijing, the joint venture that it owns with Lufthansa Technik (LHT), industry officials say.

LHT continues to resist the move, partly because it would dilute the German company’s share of Ameco, now 40%, say the officials. Talks in 2011 to combine the two entities ended without an agreement. 

China Lifts Ban On Foreign Access To Wuxi 

The Chinese government has opened Wuxi Shuofang airport to foreign flights, removing a serious restriction on the facility’s growth.

Opening of the joint military-civil airport to foreign airlines has been approved by the state council, China’s cabinet, according to the Xinhua news agency. The decision has therefore been made at a remarkably high level.

Tianjin Airlines Orders 20 E Jets, 20 E2s 

Hainan Airlines subsidiary Tianjin Airlines has ordered 40 Embraer regional jets, split between the current series and the forthcoming E2 update.

Deliveries of 20 current-series aircraft will begin in 2015, with the first of the 20 E2s to be handed over in 2018. Aviation Week reported the order’s imminence earlier this month, though it was expected that Hainan Airlines buy the aircraft on behalf of Embraer-operating subsidiaries (Aviation DAILY, July 15).

Hainan Airlines Plans Order For 50 737 MAXs 

Hainan Airlines, China’s fourth-largest carrier, has decided to order 50 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, says an industry official familiar with the company’s negotiations with manufacturers.

The privately owned airline, which often struggles to get government permission to acquire aircraft, has not yet signed the order, says the official.

Eastern Air Lines Signs MOU To Order 20 MRJs 

U.S. company Eastern Air Lines Group, which has not yet begun flying, has signed a memorandum of understanding to order 20 Mitsubishi Aircraft MRJ regional jets and to take options on a further 20.

If confirmed, the intended order will take the MRJ backlog to 185. Deliveries are due to begin in 2019, probably taking some or all of the remaining production slots that Mitsubishi Aircraft had to sell. The first delivery of the MRJ is due in 2017.

Hainan Airlines To Order 40 Embraer Regional Jets 

Hainan Airlines plans to order 40 Embraer E Jets, probably for use by subsidiaries such as  Beibu Wan Airlines, which the group is now setting up.

The planned order, confirmed by two industry officials, is likely to be announced during the visit to Brazil this month by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Another industry official says ICBC Leasing, part of a major Chinese bank, is considering a further order for Embraer regional jets.

AVIC Has Much To Learn In Engine Safety Verification 

CHENGDU, China — Avic acknowledges limited ability to verify the performance and safety of its civil engines, a conference has been told, even as the group moves ahead with development of a series of turbofans and turboshafts.

The Chinese industry has not even sufficiently researched testing and verification technology, let alone installed all the facilities it needs and gained experience in operating them. 

China To Share Engine Test Facilities Between Military, Civil Industries 

CHENGDU, China — China has decided to use new test facilities for military and civil engines, boosting commercial powerplant development but weakening a policy of separating the two sides of the country’s aeronautics industry.

“A special type of outdoor test facility is under construction,” says an official of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. “The government has agreed that it should be used for both military and civil purposes.”

China To Share Engine Test Facilities Between Military, Civil Industries 

CHENGDU, China – China has decided to use new test facilities for military and civil engines, boosting commercial powerplant development but weakening a policy of separating the two sides of the country’s aeronautics industry.

“A special type of outdoor test facility is under construction,” says an official of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. “The government has agreed that it should be used for both military and civil purposes.”

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