PAS19: A321XLR rakes in orders as IAG signs for 200 737 MAX

PAS19: A321XLR rakes in orders as IAG signs for 200 737 MAX

The Paris Air Show kicked off this week with Airbus’ announcement of the A321XLR. The aircraft, which has a range of 4,700nm (8,704km), has raked in hundreds of orders since, with customers including IAG, American Airlines, and Qantas. IAG kicked off by announcing that it would be placing an order for 14 A321XLR. The deal includes eight for Iberia and six for Aer Lingus, with options for a further 14. The twinjets will allow Aer Lingus – already…

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Airbus officially unveils A321XLR

Airbus officially unveils A321XLR

Airbus has officially unveiled a new long-range version of the A321neo at the Paris Airshow 2019, the A321XLR. The new aircraft will become the longest ranged, single-aisle jetliner when it is launched in 2023. The A321XLR comes as a result of increasing demand in the market for longer-range narrowbodies and will deliver a range of up to 4,700 nm (8,700 km) – 15 per cent more than the A321LR, but with the same fuel efficiency. Airbus expects…

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Airbus confirms A350 suitability for Qantas

Airbus confirms A350 suitability for Qantas

Airbus has confirmed that it will be able to offer Qantas both A350 variants to enable its “Project Sunrise” nonstop flights between Sydney and London. Qantas is currently evaluating the A350 as well as the Boeing 777-8 to meet its distance requirement on nonstop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York. The longest flight currently operated by the A350 is Singapore Airline’s Singapore – Newark route, making use of the -900ULR on…

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Airbus reaches 12,000 deliveries

Airbus reaches 12,000 deliveries

Airbus has announced the delivery of its 12,000th aircraft with the handover of an A220-100 to Delta Air Lines. By the end of April, the European manufacturer had reached a total of 11,995 aircraft deliveries, including 68 of the A220 series, formerly the Bombardier CSeries. Airbus says the milestone figure was officially reached on 20 May with the delivery of Delta’s 12th A220. The airline currently has 40 A220-100s and 50 A220-300s on order. In…

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SAS cancels more flights as pilot strikes continue

SAS cancels more flights as pilot strikes continue

Scandinavian airline SAS has cancelled more than 500 flights scheduled for Wednesday as pilots enter a fifth day of strikes. Pilots at the airline went on strike on Friday, grounding 70 per cent of flights. More than 300,000 travellers have been affected so far, with Wednesday’s strikes set to ground a further 47,000. The SAS Pilot Group, which represents 95 per cent of the airline’s pilots in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, has said the dispute…

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FAA grounds all 737 MAX in the US

FAA grounds all 737 MAX in the US

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced the grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in United States airspace as of immediate effect. The move follows an emergency order issued by President Donald Trump to ground the aircraft following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on Sunday, which killed all 157 people on board. The disaster was the second in five months to involve Boeing’s latest generation 737 aircraft. The FAA had previously held…

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EASA suspends Boeing 737 MAX operations following Ethiopian crash

EASA suspends Boeing 737 MAX operations following Ethiopian crash

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced Tuesday that it is suspending operations of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in EU airspace. The move comes after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. It was the second fatal accident involving the 737 MAX 8 model in less than five months. The move follows similar steps by regulators in several European and Asian countries and airlines in Brazil and Mexico….

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Airlines ground 737 MAX 8 as Ethiopian flight recorders recovered

Airlines ground 737 MAX 8 as Ethiopian flight recorders recovered

Investigators have announced that the flight recorders from the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft that crashed on Sunday have been recovered. The devices recovered from the Boeing 737 MAX-8 include the cockpit voice recorder and digital flight data recorder. Flight ET302, en route from Addis Ababa to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, crashed six minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 people on board. Airlines ground 737 MAX 8 as Boeing’s stocks plummet Several airlines have grounded their 737 MAX…

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British Airways to order up to 42 Boeing 777X aircraft

British Airways to order up to 42 Boeing 777X aircraft

British Airways parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) has committed to buying up to 42 Boeing 777 aircraft in a deal valued at $18.6 billion. IAG is ordering 18 Boeing 777-9 aircraft with a further 24 options, which will be used to replace British Airways’ Boeing 747-400 and four 777-200 aircraft between 2022 and 2025. Each aircraft will be fitted with 325 seats in four cabins. “The new 777-9 is the world’s most fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft…

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Looking back on the A380: where did it go wrong?

Looking back on the A380: where did it go wrong?

Last week, Airbus announced plans to close its A380 programme, stopping deliveries of the world’s largest passenger aircraft in 2021. The decision came as primary customer Emirates reduced its A380 order from 162 to 123 aircraft, opting instead for 40 of the A330-900neo and 30 A350-900XWB. The airline will now only be taking delivery of 14 more A380s over the next two years until production comes to an end. Emirates hinted at an uncertain future for its…

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