Boeing held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday to mark the start of construction of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the company’s Everett, Washington campus. The company gained permits for the new 1 million-square-foot facility some seven weeks earlier than anticipated, allowing for an accelerated start to construction.
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Embraer started fabricating parts for its new E190-E2 on Friday, when it cut metal on the first prototype’s wing stub forward pressure bulkhead at its Évora plant in Portugal.
“The production of this first part, on schedule, is an important milestone in all aviation programs, marking the transition from the project stage to beginning the manufacturing phase of the airplanes,” said Embraer Commercial Aviation CEO Paulo Cesar Silva. “There is still a long road ahead, until it actually enters service, but we harbor no doubts as to whether we will deliver to the market the most efficient, modern and robust aircraft in this segment, as well as a very comfortable cabin for passengers.”
Airbus has acknowledged it will require “two or three months” to obtain a realistic understanding of the A320neo's performance, following the September 25 first flight of the re-engined single-aisle twinjet. “It's not just measuring cruise and climb performance, but also engine-out behavior [and everything else] and then asking 'What does it all mean?” commented flight and integration tests senior vice-president Fernando Alonso.
The FAA today adopted an airworthiness directive requiring the replacement of Honeywell phase 3 display units (DUs) on 1,326 U.S.-registered Boeing 737 and 777 airliners. The AD, which takes effect November 5, is based on concerns that the data such as airspeed, altitude, pitch and roll, attitude and heading could disappear from the displays due to interference from wireless devices.
The unveiling of a new livery on Thursday of Etihad Airways’ first A380 at Airbus’s Hamburg factory signaled the start of a new era for the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, as it prepares to launch its first services with the superjumbo in December.
Airbus began immediate processing of flight-test data from the A320neo’s September 25 first flight, which Single Aisle program experimental test pilot Philippe Pellerin described as “a lot of fun” as he emerged from the aircraft at the Toulouse-Blagnac factory in southwest France. The first A320neo, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM geared turbofan (GTF) engines in the 33,000-pounds thrust class, “really feels like an A320–which is good news,” remarked fellow experimental test pilot Etienne Miche de Malleray, who occupied the right-hand seat.
Airbus flew its new A320neo on its first test mission on Thursday, marking the start of a 3,000-hour flight-test program scheduled to lead to certification and entry into service in next year’s fourth quarter. Powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofans, MSN6101 took off from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France at noon local time.
Airbus predicted that the airline industry will need to spend $4.6 trillion on some 31,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years in its latest market forecast, released Wednesday.
South Africa’s Denel has unveiled plans to design and build a new 15- to 24-seat commercial turboprop aircraft called the Sara.
A series of new order announcements involving no fewer than three major civil airframe makers signaled the end of a late-summer sales lull on Wednesday, as airlines went on a new buying spree reminiscent of July’s Farnborough airshow. The value of the week'sday’s orderss totaled some $11.37.45 billion at list prices and involved 11886 airplanes ranging in size from the Embraer E175 regional jet to the Boeing 787-9 widebody.
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