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Boeing and UPS announced an order for 14 747-8 Freighters. The agreement also includes an option to purchase an additional 14 of the cargo airplanes.   This order is a very crucial win for Boeing.  The company has been saying the 747-8 is not dead yet. But the dearth of orders sort of made that look like wishful thinking.  This order has the ability to change the view on the program.  Especially when you consider the 14 options. Continue reading

A report from Russia suggests that testing at TsAGI is being delayed because of missing parts (“shortfall of structural elements”) for the test vehicle.  It seems the missing parts come from AeroComposite – Ulyanovsk and are being shipped by truck.  The parts apparently were meant to be shipped on October 25.  The distance from Ulyanovsk to Moscow, where TsAGI is based is about 550 miles.

If TsAGI starts its tests late, almost certainly the first flight will be pushed back.  Thinking the first flight would be coming late this year or early next year now may be unrealistic.  Perhaps late spring or early summer seems more likely.

But, even so, one might consider that UAC could still have the aircraft at Paris for the 2017 summer show.  That would be playing the same card as Embraer did at Farnborough this year.  It… Continue reading

There are many airlines that operate on the fringes.  But there is one that warrants a place of its own; Air Zimbabwe.  Let’s take a look at what we have here as of 2Q16. The airline is small and has a history of financial trouble.

2016-10-20_11-02-34There is now, apparently, a task underway at the airline to update its long haul fleet.  The talk is of leasing a 787 from Malaysia.  To our knowledge, there are no Malaysian 787s.  As the table shows the 787s based in Asia are quite busy doing business.

2016-10-20_11-15-52The story gets funnier.  The airline has to avoid European destinations because of outstanding debts. Previously this caused an aircraft seizure in London, forcing it to stop flying to Britain. The airline may owe Heathrow $3m in unpaid fees.  The London market is by far the most attractive financially and the… Continue reading

GE Aviation reported it has completed initial ground testing of the first full GE9X development engine, the world’s largest commercial aircraft engine that will power Boeing’s 777X aircraft.


“This engine is living up to our expectations, and we are extremely pleased with the results,” said Ted Ingling, general manager of the GE9X program at GE Aviation. “During ground testing at GE Aviation’s Peebles Testing Operation, the first GE9X engine performed flawlessly, providing the Engineering team with 1,200 individual data streams that reaffirmed the design. We look forward to the next phase of testing for the engine program.”

The first GE9X engine has accumulated 167 hours, 213 cycles and 89 starts during ground testing. The recent testing provided data on the engine’s aero and thermal characteristics, mechanical integrity, performance and operability. Later this year, GE Aviation will conduct preliminary ice testing on the first engine to test (FETT) to get a… Continue reading

CFM International has delivered the 30,000th CFM56 engine. The company reports that the milestone engines, one each for Airbus and Boeing, were recently delivered to customers, including a CFM56-5B going to Delta Air Lines powering an Airbus A320ceo and a CFM56-7B engine to China Eastern Airlines for a Boeing 737-800.


Delta Air Lines launched the CFM56 engine into commercial service in 1982 and currently has more than 400 CFM56-powered aircraft in service or on order. China Eastern Airlines became a customer in 1994 and, today, is the largest CFM customer in China, operating more than 800 CFM56 engines.

Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International said: “It is an historic year for the CFM56 programAs confident as our founding fathers were in this program, I don’t think even they could have foreseen the success this engine has enjoyed. At the heart of it all, though,… Continue reading

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