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This airline has plans for the US that have been delayed by the US authorities.  Not satisfied with waiting for annoying delays, the airline has more disruptive moves up its sleeve.   We had a chance to speak with the airline’s CCO Thomas Ramdahl this morning discussing the delays and new plans.

With long range aircraft the airline can be expected to disrupt a number of markets and ensure traffic to the French Caribbean grows sharply next year.

Airbus’ A320neo flight test program remains a source of interest.  Tracking the program we note that the P&W powered airplane is not flying, but has resumed ground testing. Airbus tells us “it will fly in the coming weeks” and is doing ground tests now. Continue reading

Aerial tankers are in the news again.  South Korea has apparently selected the Airbus A330 MRTT over the Boeing KC-46A and Israel Aerospace Industries’ MMTT. The Koreans plan to buy four tankers for $1bn. First delivery is said to be in 2019.

South Korea joins many customers as A330 MRTT users while the US remains the only country to order the KC-46A. Brazil bought two MMTT. Continue reading

0841881News from Icelandair announces the retirement of two old 757s and the bringing back of the 767.  It has been ten years since the 767 last flew for the airline.

The airline plans to acquire two 767-300ERs and they will be used between London and JFK over Keflavik from April.

If one looks at the airline’s route network, the planned 737MAXs on order cannot deliver the payload or the range for a number of destinations.  Icelandair is one of those airlines for whom the 757 was and remains ideal.  The 767 offers the extra payload and range to reach destinations beyond the reach of the MAX.

The 767 offers the airline a lot of commonality for pilots.  As the airline up-gauges, consider that it is staying loyal to Boeing.  One might have thought it would lease the 787 rather than go back to the 767.… Continue reading

2015-06-24_13-28-24Spain’s DGAM has given Airbus authority to resume production deliveries.  This allows Airbus to start moving aircraft again after the recent fatal crash.

Airbus brought an A400M to the airshow where it performed daily (picture).

France has taken delivery of MSN19, its seventh of 50 on order.  The UK’s RAF has a few aircraft also being readied for delivery.

Airbus has a production plan of 13 aircraft for 2015 and four more are undertaking test flights.   Currently customers include France (7), UK and Turkey with two each and Germany and Malaysia each with one.  The crashed aircraft was set for delivery to Turkey.

An interesting piece of information about the A400M, its official name. There are five company-owned development aircraft, of which only three are now in use, were nicknamed “Grizzly” by the Airbus Military Flight Test Department. The name “Atlas” was formally adopted by… Continue reading

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