Friday, October 17, 2014

Airbus slows down A330 production

Airbus has decided to slow down the production rate for the A330 from the current rate of ten to nine aircraft a month in the fourth quarter of 2015 as it transitions towards the A330neo.

Since 2013, Airbus has been building ten A330 Family aircraft each month, the industry’s highest ever production rate for this aircraft size category.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

First Qatar Airways A350 makes maiden flight

The Airbus A350-900 XWB for launch customer Qatar Airways has completed its maiden flight today.

Qatar Airways will receive the aircraft before the end of the year, says Airbus. The airline has 80 A350s on order, including 43 A350-900 and 37 of the larger A350-1000.

At the end of September 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide. (Photo: Airbus)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

EASA certifies A350 for 'Beyond 180min' ETOPS

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the Airbus A350-900 XWB for ETOPS (Extended-range Twin engine aircraft Operations) ‘Beyond 180 minutes’ diversion time. According to Airbus the A350 XWB is the first new airliner ever to receive such a level of ETOPS approval prior to entry into service (EIS). The FAA’s respective ETOPS certification of the A350 is expected soon.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Virgin Atlantic receives first Boeing 787

Virgin Atlantic Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline is the European launch customer for the stretched version of the 787. Virgin Atlantic's first 787-9 touched down at London's Gatwick Airport today following a more than 7,400 km (4,000 nm) nonstop flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington.

Airbus signs for A330 completion centre in China

Airbus and its Chinese partners (the Tianjin Free Trade Zone (TJFTZ) and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)), have re-confirmed their intention to set up an A330 Completion and Delivery Centre in Tianjin by signing a Letter of Intent (LoI).

The A330 Completion and Delivery Centre in Tianjin (C&DC Tianjin) will likely cover activities such as cabin installation, aircraft painting, engine runs and aircraft delivery. The aircraft would first be assembled in Toulouse and then fly to China for their completion in Tianjin.

Monday, October 6, 2014

China Airlines receives first Boeing 777-300ER

China Airlines of Taiwan has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER. The airline has ten of the aircraft type on order.

China Airlines introduces a new, state-of-the-art cabin interior onboard its 777-300ER designed by award-winning Taiwanese architect Ray Chen. The airline configured its 777-300ER to seat 358 passengers in a three-class layout highlighted by new 'Family Couch' seats in economy class, where three seats convert into a flat surface for rest and relaxation.

China Airlines will launch operations of its first 777-300ER to Hong Kong in October and will introduce the airplane on transpacific routes, connecting Taipei with major cities in North America, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Qatar A350 XWB in full colours

Airbus has published photographs of the first A350 XWB to be delivered to Qatar Airways later this year. The aircraft is in its full colour scheme now. On the picture it is being rolled out of the paintshop.

This week Airbus received European certification for the new widebody airliner. Teams of Airbus and Qatar Airways are working now to ensure a smooth hand-over process for the aircraft, with the final steps before delivery including cabin completion, as well as ground and flight tests. (Photo: Airbus)

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Qantas flies world's longest route with A380

Since this week Qantas is serving the world's longest airline route with the Airbus A380. Qantas started regular non-stop flights in both directions between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth, a distance of 13,804 km. The Australian flag carrier used to fly the Boeing 747 on this route, which flew non-stop to Dallas/Fort Worth, but had to make a stopover in Brisbane on the return flight because of headwinds. (Photo: Airbus)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A350 for Vietnam Airlines enters final assembly

Airbus has started final assembly of the first A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines.

The aircraft is scheduled for delivery in mid-2015. Vietnam Airlines will then be the first Asian airline to fly the A350 XWB and the second operator in the world of the all-new widebody after Qatar Airways. Vietnam Airlines has 10 A350 XWBs on order.

To date, the A350 XWB has won 750 firm orders from 39 customers worldwide.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Airbus A350 XWB is airworthy

Airbus has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the A350-900 today. Certification by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to follow shortly.

First Boeing 747-8I delivered to Air China

Boeing has delivered the first 747-8 Intercontinental to Air China on Monday. The airplane is the first of seven 747-8 Intercontinentals Air China has on order.

Air China has been operating 747s since the 1980s and the aircraft type has played an important role in the development of Air China's international network.

Air China also has 15 787-9 Dreamliners on order. In the last three years the airline has received 20 777-300ERs.(Photo: Boeing)

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Etihad shows new livery on Boeing 787

Etihad Airways has unveiled its new 'Facets of Abu Dhabi' livery on the airline's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft was rolled out of the Boeing paint shop in Everett today. The 787 will play a key role in Etihad Airways' fleet and network expansion plans.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Air Berlin cancels Boeing 787 order

Air Berlin names it "fleet harmonization", but it is simply the cancellation of an order for 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. First delivery of an Air Berlin 787 was planned for late 2015. The German airline has also cancelled orders for 18 Boeing 737 narrowbodies.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Airbus A380 shows new Etihad livery

We knew already about the tail, which is really beautiful, and now we can see how the whole aircraft looks like: the Airbus A380 in the colours of Etihad Airways. Must say: in my humble opinion the tail is more beautiful than the rest of the aircraft. But maybe that is a matter of taste.
The new livery can be seen on Twitter:

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First Boeing 777-300ER for China Eastern

Boeing today delivered the first Boeing 777-300ER to China Eastern Airlines. The aircraft is the first of 20 777-300ERs China Eastern has on order. The new airplane is also the first with a new livery for the airline, with much white and an updated logo - a swallow consisting of two capital letters, C and E, which represent the carrier’s name.