The Airbus A350-1000’s horizontal tail plane, delivered to the final assembly line for the first time by Airbus’ Getafe, Spain facility on Feb. 9, 2016, has a span of 19 m and a surface area of 82 m2.
ATR tests all-electric prototype of ATR 72
European turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR said a prototype ATR 72 conducted a demonstration flight to test an all-electrical energy management system that aims to optimize electrical power distribution.
Embraer has rolled out its first next-generation E-Jet, an E190-E2, at its headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The E190-E2’s first flight is slated for the second half of 2016 with first deliveries expected to take place in 2018. The E2s are exclusively powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1900G geared turbofan engines.
Airbus to increase A330 production in 2017
Airbus will boost A330 production to seven aircraft per month in 2017 after cutting production of the widebody to just six per month this year.
Boeing's 737-800 converted freighter launches
Boeing has launched the Next-Generation 737-800 converted freighter (BCF) with orders and commitments for up to 55 conversions from seven customers.
Norwegian takes delivery of first 787-9
Low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 as it continues to ramp up its long-haul services.
Jazeera Airways' special flag-themed livery
Jazeera Airways has unveiled a special flag-themed livery on an Airbus A320 in celebration of Kuwait’s 55th National Day and the 25th Liberation Day alongside 10 years of its success.
Air Niugini to take four 737 MAX 8s
Air Niugini has ordered four Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft at the Singapore Airshow. The previously unidentified order adds to the Papua New Guinea national carrier’s fleet of Next-Generation 737s and 767-300ERs.
Dornier to market new passenger seaplane to SE Asia
Flying boat maker Dornier is looking to Southeast Asia to deliver the majority of sales for its newly launched Seastar amphibious 12-seater aircraft.
Beijing-headquartered Okay Airways is set to become the Chinese launch customer for the Boeing 737 MAX 9, after committing to take 12 737 family aircraft and eight options, valued at $1.3 billion at list prices. Photo taken at the Singapore Airshow: Left (out of main shot): Boeing Commercial Aircraft director of communications Asia Pacific Ken Morton; Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner; Okay Airways CEO Wang Shusheng
Saudia takes delivery of first Boeing 787.
Saudia's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Airbus COO Leahy talks up A380 prospects at Singapore Airshow
Airbus COO John Leahy and Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Brégier at a press conference at the Singapore Airshow
Etihad Airways management are pictured after being presented with ATW's Airline of the Year 2016 award in Singapore this evening. From left,Etihad SVP-corporate and international affairs Hareb Al Muhairy; ATW Editor-in-Chief Karen Walker; Etihad president and CEO James Hogan; and Etihad CFO James Rigney.
Airbus has started final assembly of the first A350-1000 on schedule at the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse. This A350-1000, one of three flight test aircraft to be built, will operate its maiden flight before the end of 2016.
GE9X engine in final assembly
The first full GE9X engine is rotated into the horizontal assembly position at GE Aviation’s Evendale, Ohio development assembly area.
Daallo Airlines A321 has onboard explosion; 1 dead
Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
A Djibouti-based Daallo Airlines Airbus A321-100, en route from Mogadishu to Djibouti, experienced an onboard explosion after 15 minutes after takeoff, and returned to Mogadishu airport. The aircraft was carrying 74 passengers and seven crew.
First A350 XWB for Singapore Airlines completes maiden flight
Saudi Arabia's national airline, Saudia, took delivery of two Boeing 787-9s and a 777-300ER. A third Dreamliner will be delivered to Saudia within the next week. The airline ordered eight 787-9s in 2010. Pictured: Saudia 787-9
Brazil OKs FedEx takeover of TNT Express
Brazilian competition watchdog Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica has unconditionally approved FedEx’s plans to acquire TNT Express.
CargoLogicAir gains AOC
London Stansted-based all-cargo startup CargoLogicAir (CLA) has secured an air operator’s certificate from the UK CAA and is planning to operate a fleet of five Boeing 747 freighters by April 2018. Photo: CargoLogicAir 747-400F
Linda Blachly is Senior Associate Editor for Air Transport World and Aviation Week. She joined the company in July 2010 and is responsible for producing features for Air Transport World’s monthly magazine and engaging content for the aviationweek.com. She is based in the Washington DC office.