The first Boeing 787-9 took off on its maiden mission from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, Tuesday at 11:02 a.m. local time. Plans called for the latest Dreamliner variant to land at Seattle’s Boeing Field some time between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
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Boeing will expand the capacity of its factory in Helena, Montana, by nearly 50 percent to support increased demand for commercial airplanes and new work for the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, company CEO Jim McNerney announced Tuesday during the Montana Jobs Summit in Butte. McNerney appeared at the event with Montana Senator Max Baucus and Governor Steve Bullock.
The Bombardier CSeries took to the air for the first time Monday morning from Montreal’s Mirabel Airport at around 9:55 a.m. local time, marking the start of a planned year-long flight test program involving five CS100 prototypes.
A ceremony commemorating the delivery of the 1,000th Embraer E-Jet last Friday not only gave the Brazilian company a chance to celebrate the success of the past 10 years, but also to offer a glimpse at what it hopes proves an equally auspicious future. An E175 painted in American Eagle livery, the 1,000th airplane went to long-time customer Republic Airways. The company placed an order for 47 of the 76-seat airplanes at the beginning of the year and holds options on another 47.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association appointed Greg Bowles to a new position as director of European regulatory affairs and engineering. Bowles will join GAMA director of European and international affairs Brian Davey in its Brussels office. Since joining the association in 2005, Bowles has been director of engineering and manufacturing at GAMA’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. In his new role, he will help GAMA work toward better and more efficient regulatory systems, as well as ensure more coordination between global aviation authorities and manufacturers.
Bombardier’s CSeries will fly as soon as the flight test team encounters a large enough window of visual flight rule (VFR) conditions, a company spokesman told AIN on Monday.
Bombardier hopes to perform high-speed taxi tests with its CSeries airliner on Thursday, in preparation for first flight “in the coming weeks.”
Delta Air Lines has placed its first order for Airbus airplanes in some two decades, signing for 30 A321s and 10 A330-300s, the European airframer announced Wednesday. The airline has chosen CFM56-5B engines from CFM International to power its A321s and CF6-80E1 engines from GE Aviation for its new A330s.
The corruption trial of former AgustaWestland CEOs Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini is set to resume this month, with defense lawyers prepared to call an international witness list of top government officials and industry leaders. The men are charged with orchestrating bribes in connection with the sale of 12 AW101s to the government of India in 2010 when Orsi was CEO of Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland and Spagnolini was his deputy.
Russian civil aerospace executives might remember last week’s Moscow Air Show (MAKS ’13) at Zhukovsky Air Field outside the Russian capital as the start of their industry’s ascent toward global relevance.