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Riding a Wild Wind, Transatlantic Jets Fly Faster Than Ever

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WHEN RANDAL MILES woke up from a nap during his flight from Los Angeles to Paris last week, he opened the interactive map on his seat-back screen to see how much longer he'd be in the air. But the number that caught his eye was the jet's speed. The Norwegian jet was flying at 770 mph—about 200 mph faster than its standard cruising velocity. “I thought, ‘Damn, this thing is hauling ass,’” Miles says. “I thought I was either sleepy or it was reading wrong.” (www.wired.com) Altro...

Emirates signs additional agreement for up to 36 Airbus A380

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The agreement was signed at the airline's headquarters in Dubai by His Highness Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President and CEO of the Airline and Emirates Group, and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer for Airbus Commercial Aircraft Customers... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Altro...

Boeing’s Special Needs in The Next Decade May Be Solved by Embraer

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Key factors may play into the prospective business venture, however it’s defined, between Boeing and Embraer that have gotten little notice. Boeing’s need for engineering talent from Embraer has been touched on by many media, including LNC. But a detailed analysis hasn’t been forthcoming, that we’ve seen. (leehamnews.com) Altro...

Boeing still evaluating whether to bid for Canadian fighter contract

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Boeing has yet to decide whether to compete for a contract worth $12-14.5 billion to replace Canada’s tactical fighter fleet. The airframer once had the deal in its pocket before Ottawa terminated plans to buy the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet after Boeing filed a trade complaint against Bombardier last May. (www.flightglobal.com) Altro...

Conversions from commercial to freighter jumped 7% in 2017

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London - Conversion of passenger airplanes to the freighter function increased 7% in 2017, with 91 aircraft modified. In that period, the main highlight was the 50% growth in the conversions of wide-body aircraft, with a total of 28. (airlinerwatch.com) Altro...

Hard landing in turbulence damaged Virgin Australia ATR 72

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A hard landing in turbulence on 19 November 2017 resulted in substantial damage to a Virgin Australia ATR 72-600, says Australia investigators in a preliminary report. (www.flightglobal.com) Altro...

Finland’s accident investigator has opened an investigation of an incident involving a Nordic Regional Airlines aircraft

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The incident took place at around 9:30 on Tuesday morning. According to the authority's director Veli-Pekka Nurmi the vehicles were clearing snow from the runway. (www.aviationnewsworld.biz) Altro...

Airbus Delivers Latest Standard Eurofighter to Spanish Air Force

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Airbus Defence and Space has delivered to the Spanish Air Force the first two Eurofighter Typhoons to be produced in the latest configuration with enhanced air-to-surface capabilities. The aircraft were manufactured at the Getafe Final Assembly Line in the P1Eb FW (Phase 1 Enhanced Further Work) configuration which marks a key step in the overall Eurofighter evolution plan. This same configuration is being retrofitted to in-service aircraft by other Eurofighter nations. It provides increased… (www.airbus.com) Altro...

Boeing Presence at Singapore Airshow Underpins Growth Prospects in Asia-Pacific Region

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Boeing will showcase a wide range of products and services at this year's Singapore Airshow, Asia's largest aerospace and defense show, which runs Feb. 6-11. The scale of the company's presence at this year's show reflects the strong growth prospects and opportunities across its commercial, defense and services businesses in Asia-Pacific. (boeing.mediaroom.com) Altro...

Gulfstream launches G500 global demo tour

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Gulfstream has embarked on a six-month global customer demonstration tour with its G500, ahead of US type certification and service entry for the super-large-cabin, long-range business jet early this year. (www.flightglobal.com) Altro...

IAG 'Disappointed' After Losing NIKI to Rival Bidder

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British Airways parent IAG has confirmed that its bid for Austrian carrier Niki has not succeeded, following a change of insolvency proceedings for the Air Berlin operation. (www.flightglobal.com) Altro...

Rolls-Royce Reveals Launch Customers for LessorCare Programme

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Engine maker Rolls-Royce has named AerCap, Avolon and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise as launch customers for a new support programme tailored to the needs of lessors. (www.flightglobal.com) Altro...

At final turn, racing legend Lauda wins back his airline

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Austrian racing driving legend Niki Lauda looked Tuesday to have won a dramatic race for Niki, the airline he founded in 2003 and then ceded to the now-defunct Air Berlin. (ph.news.yahoo.com) Altro...

Puerto Rico’s Seaborne Airlines Being Sold To US Carrier

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Seaborne Airlines will soon belong to US carrier Silver Airways. The Puerto-Rico based airline has announced that it has signed the agreement for the sale of all its business and assets. But it assured that all flight schedules remain unchanged. (curacaochronicle.com) Altro...

EMBRAER S.A.: E190-E2 Flight Test Results Confirm E2 as Most Efficient Single Aisle Jet

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As the E190-E2 new generation narrow-body jet approaches certification, Embraer announces some final results from flight tests confirming that the aircraft is better than its original specification and even more efficient than other single aisle aircraft. In fuel consumption, the E190-E2 proved to be 1,3% better than originally expected, which represents a 17,3% improvement when compared to the current generation E190, and nearly 10% better than its direct competitor. (www.prnewswire.com) Altro...

Udvar-Hazy sees risk of Boeing 737 MAX delays over engines

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The top-selling Boeing aircraft is powered by engines made by French-U.S. venture CFM International, co-owned by France’s Safran and General Electric of the United States. CFM has had some industrial problems in producing its new LEAP engine for the 737 MAX and some Airbus aircraft. (www.reuters.com) Altro...

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