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Airbus delivers first A350 to China Eastern from its widebody completion & delivery centre in China
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Airbus delivers first A350 to China Eastern from its widebody completion & delivery centre in China The First A350 Delivered From China to China Eastern Airlines Airbus delivers first A350 from its widebody completion and delivery centre in China Airbus has delivered the first A350 from its widebody completion & delivery centre in Tianjin (C&DC), China, taking additional steps in the Tianjin, China, 21 July 2021 – Airbus has delivered the first A350 from its widebody completion & delivery centre in Tianjin (C&DC), China, taking additional steps in the expansion of its global footprint...
flyadeal receives all new Airbus A320neo
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flyadeal receives all new Airbus A320neo flyadeal receives all new Airbus A320neo Toulouse, 16 July 2021 – flyadeal, the low-cost Jeddah-based airline owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines, has taken delivery of a brand new A320neo, the first out of 30 to be delivered in the next 3 years. The aircraft is the first out of 65 A320neo family aircraft ordered by Saudi Arabian Airline at the Paris Airshow 2019, and will join flyadeal’s all Airbus fleet. Powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, the A320neo will offer flyadeal outstanding operational, economic and environmental performance. flyadeal’s...
New facility will provide A321 industrial capability to support market recovery and demand
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New facility will provide A321 industrial capability to support market recovery and demand Airbus has resumed work on the modernisation of its A320 Family industrial capabilities in Toulouse. This will provide Airbus with increased flexibility throughout its global industrial production system to respond to market recovery and future demand. The modernised, digitally-enabled A320/A321 final assembly line (FAL) will replace one of the original Toulouse A320 FALs. It will be installed in the former A380 Lagardère facility and should be operational by end 2022. Initial plans to introduce...
Rolls-Royce reaches new milestone as world’s largest aero-engine build start
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Rolls-Royce reaches new milestone as world’s largest aero-engine build start An artist’s impression of the UltraFan demonstrator Rolls-Royce has officially started building the world’s largest aero-engine, UltraFan®, which will help redefine sustainable air travel for decades to come. Work on the first module is underway at our dedicated DemoWorks facility in Derby, UK, and the demonstrator engine, which has a fan diameter of 140 inches, will be completed by the end of the year. The engine is the basis for a potential new family of UltraFan engines able to power both narrowbody and...
First in-flight 100% sustainable aviation fuel emissions study on commercial passenger jet
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Aviation leaders launch first in-flight 100% sustainable aviation fuel emissions study on commercial passenger jet A350 MSN01 Takes Off From TLS With 100% SAF On Board 100% Sustainable fuel tests on A350MSN1 FlightLab Toulouse, 18 March 2021 – A team of aerospace specialists has launched the world’s first in-flight emissions study using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a wide-body commercial passenger aircraft. Airbus, German research centre DLR, Rolls-Royce and SAF producer Neste have teamed up to start the pioneering ‘Emission and Climate Impact of Alternative Fuels’ (ECLIF3)...

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Airbus updates production rate planning for its A320 Family
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Airbus updates production rate planning for its A320 Family Airbus is updating its production rate planning for its A320 Family aircraft in response to the market environment. The new average production rates for the A320 Family will now lead to a gradual increase in production from the current rate of 40 per month to 43 in Q3 and 45 in Q4 2021. This latest production plan represents a slower ramp up than the previously anticipated 47 aircraft per month from July. The A220 monthly production rate will increase from four to five aircraft per month from the end of Q1 2021 as previously...
Rolls-Royce has conducted the first tests of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel
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Rolls-Royce has conducted the first tests of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel Rolls-Royce has conducted the first tests of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in a business jet engine, as part of our ongoing ambition to play a leading role in enabling the sectors in which we operate reach net zero carbon by 2050. The tests on our latest business aviation engine in development, the Pearl 700, in Dahlewitz, Germany, come just weeks after unblended SAF was successfully used for the first time in engine ground tests on a Trent 1000 engine in Derby, UK. This test demonstrates once again that...
Rolls-Royce & UK Space Agency launches first study into nuclear power for space exploration
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Rolls-Royce & UK Space Agency launches first study into nuclear power for space exploration Rolls-Royce has signed an innovative contract with the UK Space Agency for a study into future nuclear power options for space exploration. This first contract between both organisations represents an exciting opportunity to define and shape the nuclear power solutions required in space in the decades to come. Rolls-Royce is the only company in the world with a singular focus on creating mechanical, electrical and nuclear power solutions that will be essential in tackling the challenges of the...
Manchester Airport eyes zero-emission aircraft in the next decade with new challenge to the aviation industry
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Manchester Airport eyes zero-emission aircraft in the next decade with new challenge to the aviation industry Next-generation, zero-emission planes could be operating out of Manchester Airport within the next 10 – 15 years part of a series of ambitious commitments announced today. MAG, the Northern gateway’s parent company and the UK’s largest airport group, has fired the starting pistol on a competition for the first airline to operate a zero-emission commercial flight from one of its airports. This is the first challenge of its kind in the industry, which will see the successful...
Airbus wins European Space Agency TRUTHS mission study for metrological traceability of Earth observation data
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Airbus wins European Space Agency TRUTHS mission study for metrological traceability of Earth observation data Consistent calibration will also enhance existing satellite missions Airbus has been awarded the lead in the European Space Agency (ESA) contract for the TRUTHS A/B1 (System feasibility Studies and Pre-Developments) as part of ESA’s Earth Observation Earth Watch programme. The TRUTHS satellite mission will collect measurements of the Sun radiation and of the sunlight reflected off Earth's surface traced to an absolute metrological reference, which will then be used to improve...

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UK’s first UV treatment of security trays installed at Gatwick to protect passengers and staff by reducing spread of coronaviruses
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UK’s first UV treatment of security trays installed at Gatwick to protect passengers and staff by reducing spread of coronaviruses Laboratory tests demonstrate 99.9% disinfection rate with every tray treated immediately before each passenger uses it System - provided by Smiths Detection - sees each tray pass through a covered ‘UV-tunnel’ fixed underneath the exiting hand luggage screening system Treatment already in use at Gatwick and will be rolled out to eight security lanes - six for passengers and two for staff - by end of next month Gatwick is the first airport in the UK to treat...
Birmingham airport implements electronic flights progress strips
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Birmingham airport implements electronic flights progress strips Birmingham Airport has implemented a new flight data display system within its Air Traffic Control Tower to further enhance how it handles the hundred thousand flights per year that operate in and out of the Airport. Electronic Flight Progress Strips (EFPS) have replaced the old paper-based system that Air Traffic Controllers used to monitor and track the progress for each flight operating in and out of Birmingham Airport. The main benefits of EFPS include safety nets to assist controllers in detecting potential...
New cutting edge CT security equipment at Heathrow
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Heathrow invests over £50 million in cutting edge CT security equipment in UK airport first Passengers could soon keep their liquids and laptops inside their cabin baggage when passing through security at Heathrow after the airport revealed plans to install next-generation CT security equipment The airport is investing over £50 million in the next few years to roll the equipment out. Once fully operational, the enhanced technology is expected to significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastics at Heathrow, with passengers no longer required to put liquids in plastic bags Heathrow...
Concorde & the future of supersonic passenger travel
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I think a lot of people, including many not normally interested in aviation, would like to see a Concorde fly again. I'm not concerned which Concorde took to the air but I suspect the more time goes by the less likely it is, and there didn't seem too much chance once the decision had been taken to ground the French and British fleets permanently. It was generally believed that the most likely candidate would be G-BOAF, the last Concorde to be built in Britain and the last Concorde ever to fly - so far!! AF returned to her place of birth at Filton but then spent seven years in the open...
Heathrow offers FREE landing charges for a year for 1st electric plane
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Heathrow offers free landing charges for a year to UK’s first electric plane Heathrow to start the clock ticking on the UK’s first electric commercial flight, announcing the aircraft will be able to touch down at the UK’s hub free of charge for a year – a prize worth nearly £1million Speaking at the BusinessGreen Summit, CEO John Holland-Kaye will open the incentive to all airlines operating at Heathrow both now and in the future The grand innovation prize is the latest in a suite of measures designed to encourage airlines to pursue clean growth and deploy their cleanest, quietest...

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