Russian certification of the Superjet 100 is now pegged for October, instead of September, but Superjet International, a joint venture of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft and Italy’s Alenia, insists it will meet its commitment to deliver the first airplanes to Aeroflot and Armavia before year-end.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » July 23, 2010
Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut signed a memorandum of understanding with Ilyushin Finance at Farnborough for the sale of 50 MC-21 airliners, Irkut’s first announced orders, albeit MOUs. MOUs don’t strictly count until they become firm orders backed by substantial deposits, but it’s a start. Before the airshow, Irkut reported only interest from Russian and Western airlines.
Should Airbus and Boeing put upgraded engines on their single-aisle airliners while waiting for the crop of next-gen turbofans with their promise of much better fuel, emissions and noise numbers?
Forget the two-and-a-half years of delays and the speculation about it not making it to Farnborough International Airshow. You didn’t have to be an aviation geek to appreciate the sight of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner arriving in Europe at Farnborough Airport the day before the airshow opened. In photos the 787 looks sleek and sexy. In flight it looks like pure poetry.
People generally leave major international airshows exhausted after a week spent traipsing around vast sites trying to get an unrealistic amount of work done.
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