In a statement released yesterday, Boeing announced it would produce fifty two 737’s per month starting in 2018. A figure up 10% from the initial estimates provided for the assembly of 47 aircraft of this type in 2017 (see the aeronewstv subject published on 23rd April : “Behind the production scenes of the Boeing 737” ).
Having sold nearly 11,000 units since its release in 1988, Airbus has found the solution to making their best-selling A-320 more cost and fuel efficient, as demonstrated with the first flight of their A-320-neo, yesterday, 25th., September. Apart from a few structural changes, the A320neo is, in fact, nothing less than a classic A320 with a new, much more, fuel efficient engine.
As we suggested on the 4th of September, Bombardier has resumed flight testing of its CS100. After an in-depth analysis of the engine-related incident, Pratt and Whitney has taken appropriate measures to address the issue, including the modification of the engine’s oil lubrication system. Images without comment.
Throughout the summer the aviation press has generated a lot of ink about the A350 which has covered over 150,000 kilometres ( 93,000 miles ) above the North Pole and all the world’s oceans with the objective of conducting a series of endurance tests and online assessment prior to its entry into service.
Three weeks after the event, and despite the opening of an investigation, we still do not know the causes of the train derailment in Montana which deposited several Boeing fuselages down an embankment and into the Clark Fork River in the United States. In the end it took five days for the teams on site...
On 1st., July, the first A320-neo rolled proudly off the production line and into daylight. This unit destined for flight testing resembles almost exactly the current A320 except for two details: its one and a half metre ( five feet ) ''sharklets'', and its engines, which is what sets this new version of the existing best-selling Airbus apart from the previous in the series.
On 11th., June, Airbus recorded its biggest cancellation of firm orders for seventy A-350's. Emirates, who signed this contract in 2007 finally backed out. A decision was officially taken in the context of the revision of its fleet plan. Put more clearly, for the time being, the Dubai company wishes to limit itself to two types of aircraft.
It's 6:30a.m. on June 4th., at Toulouse Blagnac airport and flight Airbus 28CF is approaching. This is actually the second and final flight test of the A350 XWB long-haul with passengers. The first took place during the day, early in the week and lasted seven hours. Today's was a 12 hour night flight. 252 people were on board.
Due to receive a number of Airbus employees as its first passengers today, June 2nd., for a ''commercial flight test'', the A-350 XWB was recently subjected to a shock treatment, during which the long-haul underwent a new series of extreme climatic condition tests lasting twenty days - but not in Canada or Qatar.
Airbus has successfully performed certification testing to demonstrate the A350 XWB’s ability to operate on wet runways. During these tests at Istres (France), the flight-test aircraft travelled through troughs containing at least 22mm of water depth, at a variety of speeds, starting at 70 mph up to 160 mph.