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The Airbus A321 has been doing a lot of winning lately.  Air Lease Corporation announced placements of six new Airbus A321neo aircraft with Azores Airlines. The CFM leap 1A engine-powered aircraft from ALC’s order book with Airbus will deliver between 4Q17 and early 2021.  The new ALC A321neo aircraft will replace Azores Airlines’ A310 fleet.

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Airbus’ announcement was more detailed:”Azores airlines which is fully owned by Sociedade Açoreana de Transportes Aéreos (SATA) is modernizing its short-haul and transatlantic fleet with the A321neo and by 2019 with the longer range A321LR. The decision follows a growth strategy to expand into new transatlantic routes.”

What makes this particular selection interesting?  Air travel across the Atlantic between African islands and the US exists now.  TACV is the airline and it is based in Cabo Verde.  This is a group of islands off the African… Continue reading

Generally in the west, we tend to view China’s aerospace efforts somewhat dismissively.  After some Chinese aircraft bear uncanny resemblances to designs from Airbus, Antonov or Sukhoi. Perhaps we might want to revisit that thinking.  China’s Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation, part of the AVIC combine, has been building its Y-9 military freighter for some time. First flight was late 2010.

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The Y-9 is thought to be a more advanced copy of the Antonov AN-12.  The Y-9 has Chinese-made turboprop engines and a Chinese six bladed composite propeller.  The table below shows that the Y-9 is not an exact replica of the AN-12, but it is close and larger. 2016-09-19_9-40-57China feels good enough about its Y-9 to put it in competition for Thailand’s planned replacement of its C-130Hs.  Lockheed Martin is offering the C-130J (although the J first flew in 1996, the core design is 1950’s era).… Continue reading

After two back to back bungled flights to ferry their test aircraft to the Moses Lake facility, Mitsubishi seems to have started to wring out the issues that plagued their ferry flights.  The test aircraft is flying again.

A test MRJ on a flight from Nagoya to Moses Lake in late August turned back after an system warning shortly after takeoff, indicating an air-conditioning malfunction. The next day it happened again, requiring another return to Nagoya.  The events were embarrassing as US media had been invited to Moses Lake for a visit – hopefully to be surprised to see the aircraft on site.

Faulty sensors are thought to have caused the problem, and have been replaced.  Another attempt to fly across the Pacific at the end of September is being planned.  Flight clearances are needed from Russia, where the aircraft will do a tech stop.… Continue reading

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