Commercial Aviation

Airbus and Local Motors to develop drone service platform

Airbus Group and Local Motors announced the Phase II partnership, focusing on building the Airbus Drone Services Platform (ADSP).

The ADSP is a digital distribution platform for drone-based apps and services. The development of the ADSP began with a Rapid Co-creation Initiative at the InterDrone 2016 International Drone Conference and Exhibition held in Las Vegas, September 7-9. (more…)

Chinese C919 planned to fly by the end of 2016

c919After long delays, the made-in-China jet C919 is planned to fly its maiden flight by the end of 2016.

“We are working hard to achieve our maiden voyage by around the end of 2016,” – said Lu Zheng, Deputy Head of Marketing of the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (COMAC), the producer company of the aircraft. (more…)

P&W engine delays cut C-Series deliveries

bombardier_c_seriesBombardier announced that it is forced to cut the deliveries of its C Series airplanes in 2016 due to continuing delays from Pratt & Whitney (P&W), which produces the engines. The company has adjusted the C Series delivery forecast from 15 to 7 aircraft.

P&W recently released a new geared turbofan engine for the C Series and Airbus A320neo. However, P&W suffers from the inconsistent performance of its suppliers as the company attempts to increase production rates of the new engine to meet a hefty order backlog, as confirmed by Pratt President Bob Leduc. (more…)

Comlux retrofits ACJ319 with Sharklets

acj319_comlux_retrofitted_with_sharklets_by_tap_engineering_and_maintenanceComlux has become the first to retrofit Aribus corporate jet – ACJ319 – with Sharklets, which bring a fuel-saving of up to four per cent and a corresponding range improvement. The retrofit, carried out by TAP Maintenance and Engineering, is also the first on any version of the A319 airliner. (more…)

Airbus patents new hybrid vertical take-off plane

airbus_patent_vertical_takeoffAnother innovation by Airbus was revealed as it has submitted a patent for a new design of aircraft which is able to take-off vertically and switch to normal flight.

The video of the design shows that the aircraft is equipped with 2 electric rotors in each wing that give a resemblance of a quadcopter drone.  The rotors will provide power for the vertical landing and take-off from a helipad or another flat surface. A single propeller will provide the thrust during horizontal flight. (more…)

FAA grants aviation safety Category 1 rating for Indonesia


The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that Indonesia complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating. (more…)

IATA: Global passenger traffic increase by 5% in June 2016

IATA announced global passenger traffic data for June showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by 5.2% compared to the year-ago period. This was up slightly from the 4.8% increase recorded in May.

However, the upward trend in seasonally-adjusted traffic has moderated since January. June capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 5.6%, and load factor slipped 0.3% to 80.7%. “The demand for travel continues to increase, but at a slower pace. The fragile and uncertain economic backdrop, political shocks and a wave of terrorist attacks are all contributing to a softer demand environment,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO. (more…)

Bloomberg: Putin plans air strikes in Syria

Bloomberg Putin plans air strikes in SyriaRussian President Vladimir Putin is preparing for unilateral air strikes against Islamic State in Syria if the United States rejects his proposal to join forces, Bloomberg reported citing two people familiar with the matter.

Russia has increased its military presence inside Syria and its arms supplies to the Syrian army as it steps up support of longtime ally President Bashar al-Assad, drawing warnings of further destabilisation from Western countries that oppose Assad.


ICAO launches new aircraft tracking website

ICAO launches new aircraft tracking websiteThe International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced the launch today of its new centralized online information area for aircraft tracking developments.

The new aircraft tracking information area, available on the ICAO Public Website, provides a detailed timeline and all supporting reports and documentation relating to the call for and realization of the world’s first global aircraft tracking requirements.


Wizz Air announces six A321 leases from CDB leasing

Wizz Air announces six A321 leases from CDB leasingWizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced today it has signed an agreement with CDB Leasing (the leasing arm of China Development Bank) to finance six Airbus A321ceo aircraft, including Wizz Air’s first two A321s scheduled for delivery later this year.

Terms of the agreement were not released.

“We’ve developed a strong relationship with CDB Leasing as they continue to support our growth, now financing the first of our new A321s,” said József Váradi, Wizz Air Chief Executive Officer. “The A321, when operational on our more popular routes, will reduce our unit costs significantly while allowing us to offer continued low fares and more opportunities for our passengers to find seats on the flights they want.”


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