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  • Boeing 737 MAX in production

    At Auburn in Washington state, Boeing has just started production of the first structural parts of their future 737 MAX. These longerons act like metallic beams that run the entire length of the fuselage to provide rigidity and strength to the airframe of an aircraft.
     

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  • Boeing to increase 737 production rate

    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” ).
     

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  • Airbus A350-900 certified and soon to be delivered to Qatar Airways

    A stack of A350’s in formation ! On 29th. September, Airbus organised a formation flight of five prototypes over Toulouse. An impressive way for Airbus to celebrate the civil certification of its new long-haul A350-900.
     

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  • A320neo ready to take the market

    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.
     

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  • What successor to Beluga ?

    It is just 20 years that the Beluga has supplied the various Airbus assembly lines with fuselage and wing sections. But in 2018, with 60 aircraft being produced each month, the present five Belugas will not suffice. Airbus is therefore considering a successor - The "Beluga neo"?
     

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  • Bombardier CSeries aircraft back in the air

    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.
     

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  • Bombardier: end of the Black Period ?

    Less than a year after the inaugural flight of its CS100, Bombardier is no longer in a euphoric state, since then, the Canadian manufacturer has undergone a string of setbacks. The following is a reminder of the recent months’ key events.
     

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  • Airbus A350 XWB: around the world in twenty days

    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.
     

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  • Still no explanation for the "Boeing derailment"

    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...
     

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  • The first Airbus A320neo's initial glimpse of daylight

    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.
     

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  • Airbus A350 certification approaches

    No, this is not a long desert crossing for the Airbus A350 XWB. It is quite the opposite. The Airbus long-haul has just completed hot weather testing at Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, a hundred kilometres east of Abu Dhabi.
     

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  • Boeing 787-9: certified and soon to be delivered

    After the 787-8 in August 2011, its big brother, the 787-9 received its certification on June 16 by the US and European civil aviation authorities. Five prototypes of this new version of the Dreamliner have accumulated a combined total of more than 1,500 hours in the air.
     

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  • Emirates cancels its Airbus A350 order: explanations

    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.
     

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  • Airbus A350 embarks its first passengers

    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.
     

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  • Shock treatment for the A350

    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.
     

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  • Tom Enders encourages voting in European elections

    Whilst Airbus is often cited by the political class to illustrate European success, the boss of the aerospace and defense group, Tom Enders, earlier this week, sent an email, in four languages, to his 140,000 employees encouraging them to vote in the European elections.
     

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  • A350 XWB successfully undertakes water ingestion tests

    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.
     

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  • Boeing 737: behind the production scenes

    On April 16th., Boeing delivered its 8,000th. 737. Since 1965, it is here, in the Renton plant, the most productive in the world, and located 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of Seattle in Washington state in the U.S.A., that the medium haul has been assembled at an incredible pace ...
     

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  • Antonov 124: an out of the ordinary cargo aircraft

    With its 24 wheels, a wingspan of 73 metres and its 1,000 m3 hold, the Antonov 124 is truly exceptional. This heavy lift cargo aircraft, made at Kiev in Ukraine and Ulyanovsk in Russia, is actually a derivative of the American Lockheed C-5 Galaxy.
     

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