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Airbus A330neo Prepares for First Flight

The A330neo programme is set for another major landmark after Airbus tentatively announced the type’s first flight will take place in Toulouse on October 19.   The maiden sortie of the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000-powered example, F-WTTN (c/n 1795) – one of

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Airbus Takes Control of C Series

Airbus and Bombardier are set to become partners on the C Series aircraft programme.  The surprise move, announced on October 16 is, the Canadian plane maker says, a “strategic” decision and follows its unsuccessful attempt to form a partnership with

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Cobalt Heads to Moscow

Cypriot carrier Cobalt Air has outlines plans to open new links from Paphos to Moscow/Sheremetyevo.  The twice-weekly service, which will operate each Thursday and Sunday, launches on October 29 and will be flown by the airline’s fleet of Airbus A320

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Aircalin Firms Airbus Order

Noumea-based Aircalin has firmed up its order for two Airbus A320neos and two A330-900s. The New Caledonia carrier has opted for the Pratt & Whitney powerplant for its A320neos which will be configured with 168 seats and deployed on regional

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JetBlue to Launch A320 Family Airspace Cabin

New York-based JetBlue Airways will become the first airline to introduce ‘Airspace by Airbus’ on its A320 Family aircraft starting in late 2020. The European manufacturer says Airspace offers the kind of features previously reserved for a few long-haul cabins.

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Airbus Tests Its BLADE Wing

Airbus has conducted the maiden flight of its Breakthrough Laminar Aircraft Demonstrator in Europe (BLADE) project.  Under the European Union sponsored Clean Sky BLADE programme it is assessing the feasibility of introducing laminar-flow technology to commercial aviation, helping to improve

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Tianjin Completion Centre Opened

Airbus has inaugurated its first widebody completion centre outside of Europe with the opening of its A330 Completion and Delivery Centre (C&DC) in Tianjin, China on September 20.  At the same time, the first A330 to be delivered from the

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First Airbus A321neo for ANA

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo, becoming the launch operator of the variant powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM geared turbofan engines.  The aircraft, JA131A (c/n 7839), was handed over at the manufacturer’s Finkenwerder/Hamburg

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More A350s for United

United Airlines has expanded its existing order for the A350 from 35 to 45 aircraft.  The US carrier has also switched variants from the -1000 to the -900.  Despite being a long-term Airbus customer, the aircraft will be United’s first

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Hong Kong Airlines Welcomes First A350

Hong Kong Airlines has taken delivery of its maiden Airbus A350-941, B-LGA (c/n 124).  The aircraft has been leased from AerCap and is the first of 21 the airline is acquiring. Zhang Kui, Co-Chairman of Hong Kong Airlines said: “We

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