12 January 2015

Airbus in talks with EASA over deployment of ejectable flight data recorders

Two weeks after the downing of AirAsia flight QZ8501, the black box, or flight data recorder has finally been recovered and it is also believed the cockpit voice recorder has also now been located. It is perhaps a sensible time therefore for Airbus to begin talks with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in relation […]

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China Aircraft Leasing Company firms up order for 100 A320 Family

China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC), the leading independent aircraft operating lessor in China, firmed up its contract in December 2014 with Airbus for 100 A320 Family aircraft. The order comprises 74 A320neo, 16 A320ceo and 10 A321ceo. Including this new order, CALC’s total backlog with Airbus stands at 140 A320 Family aircraft. “Adding these A320

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Turbomeca introduces additive manufacturing capability for engine components

Helicopter engine manufacturer Turbomeca (Safran) is setting up new manufacturing capability at its facility in Bordes (France). After years of maturation and prototype testing, Turbomeca has entered serial production of parts using the latest additive manufacturing, or 3D printing process. Bordes facility is one of the first of its kind to serial produce additive components

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Airbus’ A330 increased maximum takeoff weight version completes first flight

The newest evolution in Airbus’ market-leading widebody jetliner product line – the A330 with an increased 242-tonne maximum takeoff weight capability – is another step closer to entering service later this year after its successful maiden flight. Taking off from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport on January 12th, the A330-300 variant carried out an airborne evaluation that concluded

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New Generation AW169 full scale production underway

AgustaWestland released that the new generation AW169 light intermediate 4.5-tonne class helicopter has entered full scale production, with the first aircraft now on the final assembly line at its Vergiate facility in Italy. The event marks a major milestone ahead of EASA certification, with deliveries to the first batch of customers set to start in

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Air Lease Corporation delivering eight new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft this year with six airlines

Air Lease Corporation announced that, pursuant to long term lease agreements, ALC will deliver eight new Boeing 777-300ER widebody aircraft to six different airlines in 2015, all from ALC’s order book with Boeing. The following airlines are scheduled to take delivery of these new ALC Boeing 777-300ERs in 2015: Air France (1), Emirates (1), Korean

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Ascent Aviation opens new 42,000 ft² hangar

Ascent Aviation Services Corporation announced the opening of a newly constructed 42,000 ft² hangar at its facility adjacent to the Tucson International Airport. The new hangar doubles Ascent’s heavy maintenance capacity with 100,000 ft² of hangar space designed to accommodate four narrow body aircraft. The new hangar is fully operational, and the Company will begin

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