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Airbus delivers its first A350-1000 to Qatar Airways

Airbus has delivered the world’s first A350-1000 widebody airliner to Qatar Airways at a delivery event in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of 37 A350-1000s ordered by the carrier and is the first ever Airbus aircraft fitted with the revolutionary new Qsuite seats, offering the first ever double bed in Business class. Qatar Airways is the world’s largest A350 XWB family customer with 76 aircraft on order and the largest A350-1000 customer.

The A350-1000 fits seamlessly alongside Qatar Airways’ growing fleet, including 20 A350-900s today. Both aircraft are complementary and provide for maximum commonality with unmatched operating efficiencies and the same unique passenger experience in their Airspace cabin. Flyers will benefit from absolute well-being in the cabin, with more personal space, optimised cabin altitude, more fresh air, controlled temperature & humidity, integrated connectivity and the latest generation of in-flight entertainment system.

Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Boeing announced the 787-10 Dreamliner received an amended type certificate (ATC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), clearing the airplane for commercial service. The awarding of ATC caps a successful flight test program that began in March 2017 and involved three flight test airplanes that accumulated about 900 test hours. Boeing’s flight test program team took the airplanes through a series of tests to confirm the airplane’s handling, systems and overall performance met internal requirements and certification standards to ensure safety of flight.

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The 787 Dreamliner is a family of super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. As a stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 retains over 95 percent commonality while adding seats and cargo capacity, setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics at 25 percent better fuel per seat and emissions than the airplanes it will replace. The airplane can fly 330 passengers, in a typical two-class configuration, up to 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 km). To date, Boeing has over 170 orders for the 787-10 from nine customers worldwide. First delivery is expected to Singapore Airlines in the first half of 2018.

First Airbus BelugaXL transporter

The first structurally complete airframe for the new BelugaXL rolled out from its assembly hangar in Toulouse, France this month. Once operational, a fleet of these next-generation airlifters will be used to transport completed sections of Airbus aircraft among the company’s European production sites and to its final assembly lines in France, Germany and Spain.

The BelugaXL is one of the most voluminous aircraft in existence, and everything about it speaks to that fact. With a bulging upper forward fuselage and enormous cargo area, the BelugaXL is hardly recognizable as the outsized airlifter version of the Airbus A330-200 jetliner from which it is derived. “We have the A330 as a foundation,” said Bertrand George, head of the BelugaXL programme, “but many changes have been successfully designed, introduced into the aircraft and tested. Transforming an existing product into a super transporter is not a simple task.”

This initial BelugaXL is expected to be flying by mid-2018. “The whole team is really looking forward to seeing its first flight and, of course, its smiling livery,” said George, referring to the supersized smile that will be painted across the ‘face’ of the transporter, the winning design of six options presented to Airbus employees for a vote in early 2017.

Latvia orders Leonardo helicopters for state border guard.

Leonardo has announced that the State Border Guard of Latvia has signed a contract for two AW119Kx single engine helicopters plus option for an additional unit, customised configuration and aircrew/maintenance technician training services. The aircraft will be delivered from the Company’s facility in Philadelphia in 2019 and will perform a wide range of missions including search and rescue (SAR), transportfirefighting and disaster relief; replacing two ageing AB206B JetRangers.

 

 

This order marks a further expansion of the State Border Guard’s fleet of Leonardo helicopters, adding to two AW109 Poser light twins which have been successfully in service for the last ten years. The AW119Kx was chosen following a thorough assessment of competing types within the framework of the Ministry of the Interior’s helicopter fleet modernisation programme. The combination of AW109 Power and AW119Kx helicopters will boost the State Border Guard’s mission capabilities and versatility for round-the-clock day/night operations.

The AW119Kx is a best in class single engine helicopter featuring a state-of-the-art avionics system for enhanced situational awareness, mission effectiveness and safety. The AW119Kx has a large cabin able to accommodate up to six passengers and redundancy of all critical systems that are typically available on twin engine aircraft, ensuring outstanding safety.

Nearly 300 AW119 helicopters have been ordered to date in almost 40 countries by over 120 customers. The new AW119Kx is perfectly suited to perform many roles including law enforcement, EMS, utility, fire-fighting, VIP/Corporate transport, training and government duties. Several law enforcement operators in the USA, China, Republic of Korea, Finland, and Brazil, to name a few, have already chosen the AW119.

 

Boeing Debuts 787-10 Dreamliner

The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family, made its debut in February 17th at Boeing South Carolina. Thousands of employees at the North Charleston, S.C. site celebrated the event, along with U.S. President Donald Trump and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

Boeing will deliver the 787-10 to airlines in 2018. The airplane has won 149 orders from nine customers across the globe.

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The 787-10, the longest model of the Dreamliner family, will grow the nonstop routes opened by the 787-8 and 787-9 with unprecedented efficiency. As an 18-foot (5.5-m) stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will deliver the 787 family’s preferred passenger experience and long range with up to 10 percent better fuel use and emissions than the competition. The 787 Dreamliner family is a key part of Boeing’s twin-aisle strategy, which offers a modern, optimized and efficient airplane family in every market segment. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 140 million people on 530 routes around the world, saving an estimated 13 billion pounds of fuel.

Milestone Aviation Group signs contract to purchase first eight new-generation AgustaWestland helicopters

Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, together with AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced that they have signed a purchase contract for eight new-generation AgustaWestland helicopters as part of the companies’ landmark framework agreement. The framework agreement was initially announced in September 2013. The contract for five AW139 and three AW189 helicopters will deliver by year-end 2014. The framework agreement, which covers 44 firm and option aircraft delivering over the next four years, when fully executed, represents the largest civilian helicopter sale in AgustaWestland history.

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Milestone had 31 AgustaWestland aircraft in its fleet as of December 31, 2013. These aircraft are on lease to operators in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas serving the offshore oil and gas, emergency medical service and search and rescue industries. The new aircraft will be made available for lease to Milestone’s partners and operators globally.

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Rolls-Royce and Lockheed Martin agree US$1BN deal to power future C-130J aircraft

Rolls-Royce has completed a long-term agreement with Lockheed Martin worth up to US$1 billion to deliver approximately 600 engines to power future C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

The agreement secures the Rolls-Royce AE 2100 as the engine of choice for all variants of the C-130J to 2025. The engine agreement will service US Government and International contract requirements between 2014 and 2018.

The skyÕs the limit

The AE 2100 powers all C-130Js, while the Rolls-Royce T56 engines power the legacy C-130 fleet. The global C-130J fleet has surpassed 1 million flight hours, and Lockheed Martin recently announced its intent to obtain certification from the Federal Aviation Administration for a new civil variant – the LM-100J.

The agreement will ensure the continued success of the versatile and proven C-130J military transport aircraft and its powerful, reliable and fuel-efficient turboprop engines. More than 300 of the four-engine transports have been delivered to customers in 16 countries, across 16 different mission types.

Rolls-Royce has already delivered more than 1,500 AE 2100 engines to Lockheed Martin’s Marietta, Ga., facility. AE 2100 engines are manufactured, assembled and tested in Indianapolis, US.

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Mooney to Restart Assembly Line

Kerrville, TX – Mooney International Corporation, CEO Dr. Jerry Chen announced today the company had begun the long-anticipated production of the first new Mooney Airplane since 2009. The assembly line will begin to move later this month, February 26th.  Since announcing the return to the market in November, after a five-year production hiatus, the new leadership at Mooney has been busy preparing the dormant company to return to manufacturing. Today’s announcement marks a milestone in returning the 85-year-old aircraft company to its former glory.

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“This is an important date in the history of Mooney,” commented CEO, Dr. Jerry Chen. “There has been extraordinary effort on the part of everyone at Mooney and I couldn’t be more proud of what has been accomplished in a short amount of time.”

The Company now employs more than 55 people at the Kerrville operation that is going through a major transformation of improvements. The Company continues to upgrade the facility and has invested in new manufacturing equipment. There is also a strong evolution toward building a more technologically based manufacturing facility that will add to production efficiencies.

The first product that will come off the production line in 2014 will be a M20TN Acclaim Type S. The newest Acclaim models will maintain the TSIO-550-G-Turbo Normalized engine and include an upgraded Garmin G1000 Integrated Avionics Suite.

“We believe in the future of Mooney and we have a solid plan,” said Chen, “otherwise we wouldn’t be making such significant investments in the Company.”

Dr. Jerry Chen and the team at Mooney aren’t the only ones excited about the future. MAPA, the Mooney Airplane Pilots Association, is hosting their annual Homecoming Convention at the Kerrville Airport, next to Mooney facilities April 10 – 13 to help celebrate the comeback of Mooney.

Trey Hughes, President of MAPA, said, “There is so much pent up excitement about Mooney’s return. The owners are anxious to personally meet Dr. Chen and hear about the future of the company.”

In appreciation of the Kerrville’s support of Mooney, the Company factory will open its doors to the entire Kerrville public and host tours through the manufacturing facility during the MAPA Homecoming event. The entire event promises to be a great celebration.

Longtime Mooney dealer, Premier Aircraft Sales is also enthusiastic about the return of Mooney.

“There’s been a void in the market since Mooney ceased production,” said Fred Ahles, President of Premier. “Now that they are back, there’s a groundswell of demand and we couldn’t be more excited to have Mooney start to fill the pipeline with product.”

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