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  • Drone delivery takes off

    Express delivery of small packages by drone is now a reality. GeoPost has launched the first regular commercial line and Amazon has just delivered to its first customer. Forget Father Christmas, the drone postmen are beginning their rounds.
     

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  • Jobcuts likely as Boeing slows output of 777

    Boeing has decided to reduce production of its current Boeing 777 by 40 per cent. This strategic choice is likely to entail jobcuts, as output drops from eight aircraft a month today to just five per month in August 2017.
     

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  • XB-1 – supersonic Baby Boom

    A supersonic jet flying at over 2,300 km/h with 45 passengers aboard is the project of American startup Boom. The XB-1, as it’s been named, could begin flying in 2023. A reduced-size model, dubbed ‘Baby Boom’, should be ready for take off by late 2017.
     

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  • World Record: Fleet of 500 drones

    A fleet of 500 “Shooting Star” drones flying simultaneously has just set a new world record. American company Intel, specialising in the manufacture of microprocessors, accomplished this feat near Munich, Germany. Watch the video without comment. Read the article.
     

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  • Trump tweets plan to cancel Air Force One

    US President elect Donald Trump has tweeted that the Air Force One ordered with Boeing in January should be cancelled, citing the excessive cost of the programme – at four billion dollars.
     

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  • Liebherr-Aerospace doubles size of Shanghai maintenance centre

    Liebherr-Aerospace has doubled the size of its Shanghai-based maintenance centre to 40,000 sq ft (3,700m2), in an effort to respond to the growing needs of its clients in China.
     

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  • Airbus Group cuts 1,164 jobs, 90% in France and Germany

    Airbus Group’s management announced 1,164 jobcuts at its European Central Works Council meeting on 29th November. More than 90% of these concern support and administrative functions in France and Germany.
     

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  • Liebherr-Aerospace: titanium components for Airbus A350

    Under increasing pressure to reduce weight and deliver cost savings with ever-lighter aircraft, Liebherr-Aerospace has invested in the manufacture of titanium parts. In its German factory in Lindenberg, the aeronautical equipment manufacturer is producing vital components for the A350’s landing gear.
     

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  • Relive the Airbus A350-1000 maiden voyage

    Join us for a look back at the first test flight by the A350-1000 on 24th November from Toulouse-Blagnac airport. Its ascent into the skies over the Pyrenees kicks off the flight test campaign for this longest-fuselage version of the A350 family. Watch the video without comment. Read the article.
     

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  • Airbus A350-1000 test flights take off

    The A350-1000 completed its first test flight on 24th November from Toulouse-Blagnac airport. Airbus expects its new twin-engine, long-haul jet to compete with the Boeing 777, when first delivery takes place to Qatar Airways late next year.
     

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  • Countdown begins for Airbus A350-1000

    The A350-1000 is to perform its first test flight on Thursday 24th November. The stretched version of the new Airbus long-haul aircraft is scheduled to take off from Toulouse-Blagnac at 10h30, local time. Watch the video of the final assembly and engine-tests, with no comment. Read the article.
     

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  • A400M performs first air-to-air refuelling with second A400M

    An A400M has successfully completed the first air-to-air refuelling of another A400M. The trailblazing manoeuvre has just taken place above Seville, in southern Spain. Over fifty contacts were carried out during two test flights using the centreline hose. Watch the video with no comment. Read the article.
     

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  • Dassault opens new Maintenance facility for Falcon near Bordeaux

    Dassault Aviation has just inaugurated a new maintenance facility near Bordeaux, in the south-west of France. The new plant will meet the increased demand for repair and overhaul services for the first Falcon 7X jets delivered. See the video without commentary. Read the article.
     

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  • Airbus group delays Perlan 2 glider stratospheric flight

    Airbus group has announced its decision to delay a stratospheric flight by its Perlan 2 glider in Argentina – aimed at gathering vital information on climate change and the state of the ozone layer.
     

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  • First images of test flight by Bombardier’s Global 7000

    The Bombardier Global 7000 successfully competed its first test-flight above Toronto, Canada on 4th November. The new twin-engined business jet is scheduled to enter into service in the second half of 2018. Watch the video without commentary. Read the article.
     

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  • Public debut for Chinese J-20 stealth jet

    The new J-20 fighter aircraft has made a public debut in Zhuhai at Airshow China. Footage from the Chinese CCTV news agency filmed on 1st November showcases two J-20s demonstrating their manoeuvrability in the air. See the video without commentary. Read the article.
     

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  • Boeing Opens Composite Center for the 777X in St Louis

    For its newest 777X jet, Boeing has just opened its first commercial aircraft plant at St Louis (Missouri). The new plant will be used for the manufacture of composite wing and tail parts for the new long-haul American aircraft. Watch the video with no commentary. Read the article.
     

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  • Airbus delivers its 10,000th aircraft

    Airbus delivered its 10,000th aircraft to Singapore Airlines on 14th October. Delivery of the first Airbus plane, an A300, goes back to 1974. Since then production has sped up considerably.
     

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  • Airbus Helicopters: why voluntary redundancies are a risk

    Poland's last-minute decision to ditch an order for 50 Caracal comes as a blow to Airbus Helicopters. It's just the latest in a series of setbacks suffered by the division over the last few months. "Further measures" are under review. Read the article.
     

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