Archer, Joby Report Progress In eVTOL Testing, Production
Archer Aviation and Joby Aviation have both played down the potential effect of the FAA’s change in direction on eVTOL certification as they reported their first-quarter 2022 financial results.
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TAP’s Ramp Up Held Back By A330neo Engine Trouble, CEO Says

By Kurt Hofmann May 13, 2022
TAP Air Portugal will operate its entire fleet this summer but the carrier is having issues with the engines that power its fleet of Airbus A330-900s.
Airlines & Lessors

ATR’s 42-600 STOL Variant Makes First Flight

By Alan Dron May 13, 2022
ATR has undertaken the first flight of the STOL variant of the ATR 42-600 regional turboprop.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Bahrain’s Texel Air To Double 737-800BCF Fleet

By Alan Dron May 13, 2022
Fast-growing freight volumes in the Middle East have led Bahrain-based cargo specialist Texel Air to step up the speed of its expansion. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

First Take, May 16, 2022

May 13, 2022
Our roundup of the main aerospace and defense stories making the news this week.
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Boeing Reiterates Confidence In Latest 787 Delivery Plan
Boeing is awaiting FAA feedback on its latest plan to get 787 deliveries re-started, and company executives are confident that its list and proposed remedies will satisfy the regulator’s requirements.
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Russian-Made Engine For Superjet Completes Ground Tests

Aviation Week Network staff May 12, 2022
Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) has completed the bench test of the first prototype of its PD-8 turbofan engine. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: Fleet Moves Key For Rigail And Rintel At Air France-KLM

By Jens Flottau May 12, 2022
Seventeen years after first working together, Air France CEO Anne Rigail and incoming KLM CEO Marjan Rintel will collaborate again on key fleet decisions for the group.
Airlines & Lessors

Opinion: Developing A Shared Investment Supply Chain Strategy

ALEX KRUTZ May 12, 2022
When OEMs launch a new airplane program, they will need supplier partners to help shoulder the burden of development.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain
Airbus Pursues Rate Increases As Supplier Concerns Persist
Market demand for the A320neo family remains strong, but Airbus is delaying A321XLR entry-into-service due to certification issues.
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Boeing Confident In 737-10 Certification Without Alerting System

By Sean Broderick May 11, 2022
Boeing will not get the 737-10 certified in 2022, but it is confident that a looming deadline that would require a major flight-deck change will not apply to the largest 737 MAX variant.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Wiring Connector Hiccup Slowed Boeing 737 MAX Delivery, CFO Says

By Michael Bruno May 11, 2022
Boeing CFO Brian West said a slowdown in supply of a wiring connector for the 737 MAX was responsible for relatively lower April deliveries.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: Airbus FMS Win Strengthens Thales’ Competitive Position In Avionics

By Thierry Dubois May 11, 2022
Being selected for a new-generation flight management system (FMS) on the Airbus A320, A330 and A350 is consolidating Thales’ position in the avionics market versus Collins Aerospace, GE Aviation and Honeywell. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Ammonia-Fueled, Carbon-Free Propulsion Pursued By Aviation H2

By Graham Warwick May 11, 2022
Hydrogen is gaining momentum as the zero-emission fuel of the future for aviation but requires massive investment in new infrastructure as well as completely new propulsion systems or aircraft designs to be used to its full potential.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Nigeria’s GIG Aviation Acquires Two ATR 72 Freighters

By Victoria Moores May 11, 2022
Nigerian logistics specialist GIG Group has acquired a pair of ATR 72-500 freighters for its GIG Aviation subsidiary, aimed at boosting regional cargo services within Nigeria.
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Regional Aircraft Utilization Declines During Pandemic Recovery

By Ben Goldstein May 11, 2022
Renewed focus on narrowbody aircraft and the U.S. pilot shortage challenge RJ operations.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing April Activity Includes 28 737 MAX Deliveries, 32 Cancellations

By Sean Broderick May 10, 2022
Boeing delivered 28 737 MAXs in April, a pace that remains below its stated long-term target of clearing out an inventory of completed aircraft that stood at 320 at the end of March. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

EVA Air Orders Boeing 777F As It Continues To Grow Freighter Fleet 

By Kurt Hofmann May 10, 2022
The board of EVA Air has approved the purchase of another Boeing 777F for delivery in late 2023.
Aircraft & Propulsion

MROs Expect Steady Demand For Legacy Regional Airliners

By Paul Seidenman May 10, 2022
The MRO market for legacy regional airliners is expected to see stability and modest growth.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Embraer Signs Launch Customer For E-Jets Cargo Conversion Program

By Lee Ann Shay May 10, 2022
Embraer is starting an E-Jet conversion program in response to the booming e-commerce market and the movement by logistics providers to decentralization warehouses.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Magellan Aerospace Sees Increased Headwinds In First Quarter

By Michael Bruno May 09, 2022
Canadian aerostructures and spacecraft sub-tier provider Magellan Aerospace saw almost 7% greater revenue during the first quarter of 2022 over the year-before period.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Textron Aviation Delivers First Cessna SkyCourier

By Molly McMillin May 09, 2022
Textron Aviation has delivered the first Cessna 408 SkyCourier to long-time customer, FedEx Express, following the turboprop’s certification in March.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Crossover Jet Operators Opt For Variety In Cabin Connectivity And Entertainment

By Bernie Baldwin May 09, 2022
As ever more airline markets are seeing increasing use of crossover narrowbody jets, the airlines operating such aircraft from the Embraer E-Jets E2…
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Daily Memo: Boeing’s Painful Commercial Aircraft Journey Continues

By Jens Flottau May 06, 2022
Boeing’s journey has been painful for years, but the last few days have brought further developments that make its recovery challenge even harder.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Jet-A Fuel Rising Prices Surpass 100L

By Molly McMillin May 06, 2022
For the first time in more than 14 years, the “record-high spike” in Jet-A fuel prices in the U.S. has surpassed that of 100L, according to a report by GlobalAir.com.
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