Qatar’s Airline-Slots-for-Fighter-Jet Policy Hit by COVID-19

May 5, 2020 @ 07:51 AM

New flight routes connecting Qatar and France announced earlier this year, largely seen as a “payback” for the tiny nation buying Dassault Rafale fighters, appears to have backfired with the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging demand for air travel. Qatar Airways in mid-January announced the launch of flights connecting Doha with Lyon (France)...

Sukhoi Superjet 100 Engine Fails, Makes Emergency Landing

May 5, 2020 @ 07:29 AM

A Sukhoi Superjet 100 made an emergency landing in Moscows Sheremetyevo Airport on Tuesday after one of its engines failed. The aircraft took off from southwestern Russian city of Saratov and landed safely at 7

Home Delivery of in-Flight Meals by Ural Airlines

May 2, 2020 @ 05:18 PM

Russia's Ural Airlines is delivering in-flight meals to customers' homes to make up for cancelled flights. Airline seat occupancy rates in the country slumped by 92% in the last month owing to the COVID-19 pandemic

Boeing 787 Collides with Airbus A350 at Doha Airport: Qatar Airways

May 2, 2020 @ 12:18 PM

A Boeing 787-800 airplane operated by Qatar Airways collided with an Airbus A350-900 after strong winds dislodged the aircraft from chocks that secures its wheels. "During extreme weather conditions, with storms and high winds of 70 knots, a parked Qatar Airways 787-800 briefly shifted from its chocks and made contact with...

Second Boeing 777X Airplane Takes to the Skies

May 1, 2020 @ 06:52 AM

Boeing announced successful maiden flight of the second 777X widebody airplane on Thursday. The plane flew for 2 hours and 58 minutes over Washington state before landing at Seattle's Boeing Field at 2:02 p

Boeing to Resume 787 Manufacturing Operations

April 28, 2020 @ 08:37 AM

Boeing has said it will resume 787 operations in South Carolina on May 3 or 4, when some of its employees will return to work. The return includes all operations that were temporarily suspended on April 8 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

First Cessna Citation Latitudes Configured for Flight Inspection Delivered to Japan

April 24, 2020 @ 01:41 AM

Kanematsu Corporation has taken the delivery of the first two flight inspection-configured Cessna Citation Latitude aircraft to be operated by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). "Textron Aviation Inc

Airbus introduces "e-Delivery" of Commercial Plans amid COVID-19

April 22, 2020 @ 02:36 PM

Airbus has announced contactless shipment of commercial planes dubbed "e-Delivery" to ensure business continuity while avoiding risks of spreading the COVID-19 infection. "A new aircraft hand-over and 'e-Delivery' virtual process has recently commenced operation, guaranteeing continuation of Airbus delivery stream, while integrating the required health & safety requirements during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," the company said in a statement Tuesday

Russian UAC Sets up Fuselage Panel Specialization Center

April 22, 2020 @ 04:59 AM

Russias United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has set up a Fuselage Panel Specialization Center at its Ulyanovsk-based aircraft plant Aviastar-SP. The Center will be responsible for producing resources to improve the manufacturing rate of fuselage panels of civilian aircraft such as Il-76MD-90A, Il-112V and Il-114-300

Sky Advertising Made Legal in the UK After 60 Years

April 20, 2020 @ 12:28 PM

Advertising in the sky using smoke trails of aircraft has been legalized in the UK after 60 years and will debut on May 8. “Should sky typing and sky writing become lawful, there is a potential commercial benefit to enable such services to be provided in the UK given its large population and significant aviation and advertising markets,” according to a document published by the Department for Transport (DfT)

Boeing to Restart Airplane Production at Puget Sound

April 17, 2020 @ 12:47 PM

Boeing has announced a restart of aircraft production following a two-week suspension even as one of its suppliers, Kawasaki Heavy said it would suspend parts manufacture for the 787 Dreamliner jet. The company on Thursday said it will resume all commercial airplanes production at Puget Sound-region, tasked with building 747, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft, in a “phase manner

Parked Plane at Narita Airport Spun Around by Heavy Wind

April 15, 2020 @ 01:54 PM

It is not only headwinds caused by the Coronavirus pandemic proving problematic for Japans airline industry, but also heavy winds that forced a parked airliner to spin around in Narita International Airport on April 13. The approximately 50-tonne Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 737-800 airplane spun around 90 degrees clockwise with the tip of its left wing hitting an aerobridge and damaging it, Mainichi reported Tuesday