Boeing 747-8 in new Lufthansa livery, unveiled Feb. 7, featuring a new, modernized brand image that drops the gray from the underside and engines as well as the yellow circle behind the company’s 100-year-old crane logo on the tail for a purely blue-and-white exterior.
Boeing freezes 737-10 design
Boeing says market interest in its 737-10, the 230-seat stretch of the MAX twinjet, is gathering momentum as the design passes the firm configuration milestone and potential operators gain confidence in the ruggedness of the landing gear redesign underpinning the fuselage extension.
Brussels Airlines announced Christina Foerster would succeed CEO Bernard Gustin as of April 1.
A330-200 on track for first flight in 2018
The newest member of the A330neo family, the A330-800, has rolled out of the paintshop, on track for its first flight mid-2018. With its 242-tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) as base variant, the A330-800 can operate routes of up to 7,500nm and with the recently launched 251-tonneMTOW variant the aircraft can operate ultra-long-range routes of up to 8,150nm. The A330-800 will leverage the A330-200 proven versatility, popularity and reasons for success offering new generation economics.
Boeing is preparing to begin flight tests of the third, and smallest member of the 737 MAX family, the 737-7, following the rollout of the first aircraft at its Renton factory in Washington on Feb 5.
Airbus A330-800 rolls out of paintshop
The newest member of the A330neo family, the A330-800, has rolled out of the paintshop, on track for its first flight mid-2018. The A330-800 is the new generation 250 seater from Airbus’ leading twin aisle family.
AirBaltic CS300 at the Singapore Air Show
AirBaltic Bombardier CS300 at the Singapore Air Show. CEO Martin Gauss said there is a now a sufficient supply of Pratt & Whitney PW1500G spare engines as the airline continues to have to replace engines on wing earlier than planned.
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.