First Airbus A320neo for WOW Air

Airbus A320neo WOW Air

The first Airbus A320neo in WOW Air livery. (Photo: Airbus)

Low-fare carrier WOW air (Iceland) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo.

The aircraft is on lease from Air Lease Corporation. WOW air is an all Airbus operator with currently twelve aircraft in its fleet.

The aircraft has a single-class cabin layout with 180 seats and is powered by two CFM engines.

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Asiana receives Airbus A350

Airbus A350 XWB Asiana Airlines

Asiana’s first Airbus A350-900. (Photo: Airbus)

Asiana Airlines (South Korea) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, becoming the twelfth airline to operate the newest Airbus type.

Asiana’s A350-900 is configured with a three-class layout with 311 seats: 28 in business class, 36 in ‘Economy Smartium’ and 247 in the main cabin.

The airline has ordered 30 A350s and will initially operate the aircraft on flights within Asia. From the third quarter of 2017, the carrier will deploy the aircraft on long-haul routes to Europe and the US, beginning with services from Seoul to London and San Francisco.

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Airbus delivers first A321neo

Airbus A321neo Virgin America

Virgin America’s first Airbus A321neo. (Photo: Airbus)

Airbus has officially delivered the first A321neo. The first user of the re-engined A321 version is Virgin America, an all-Airbus operator.

The first delivery aircraft is powered by two CFM International LEAP-1A engines for lower fuel consumption and less CO2 and NOx emissions. The engines also produce less noise: Airbus claims that the A321neo generates only half the noise footprint compared with ‘previous generation aircraft’. The A321neo is the largest member of the A320neo Family and so far Airbus has orders for 1,300 units.

Virgin America currently operates 63 Airbus A320 family aircraft, a mix of A319ceo and A320ceo. The A321neo becomes the largest aircraft in Virgin America’s fleet, seating 185 passengers in a three-class cabin. Virgin expects to begin commercial service with the new aircraft on 31 May, with an inaugural flight from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

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Silk Way orders ten 737 MAX 8s

Silk Way (Azerbaijan) has ordered 10 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

The order is not completely new, it was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website.

The Silk Way Group includes 23 companies, including passenger and cargo airlines. It currently operates seven Boeing airplanes: two 767-300 Freighters, three Boeing 747 400 Freighters and three Boeing 747-8 Freighters.

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Boeing 737 MAX 9 takes off

Boeing 737 MAX 9 first flight

The Boeing 737 MAX 9 during its first flight. (Photo: Boeing)

The Boeing 737 MAX 9 has completed its first flight yesterday, 13 April 2017, in the skies above Puget Sound. It is the second version of the new 737 MAX generation that spreaded its wings, after the 737 MAX 8.

The first flight took 2 hours and 42 minutes. The aircraft began its flight from Renton Field in Renton, Washington, at 10:52 a.m. local time and landed at 1:34 p.m. at Seattle’s Boeing Field.

It was piloted by Boeing Test and Evaluation Captains Christine Walsh and Ed Wilson. The aircraft performed tests on flight controls, systems and handling qualities.

The 737 MAX 9 offers a maximum seating capacity of 220 passengers and a range of 3,515 nm (6,491 km). It is fitted with latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B turbofan engines and advanced winglets. The MAX 9 replaces the 737-900.

Boeing claims that the 737 MAX 9 is on schedule at the beginning of its flight-test and certification programme. Customer deliveries are to begin in 2018.

So far Boeing has orders for over 3,700 737 MAX aircraft of all versions, by 86 customers worldwide. More than 400 are of the MAX 9 version.

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Iran Aseman to order 737 MAX

Boeing 737 MAX 8

Iran Aseman intents to buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. (Photo: Boeing)

Iran Aseman Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Boeing for the purchase 30 Boeing 737 MAX airliners. The agreement also includes the purchase rights for 30 additional 737 MAX aircraft.

When this agreement becomes a firm order, deliveries will begin in 2022. Iran Aseman Airlines currently flies an ageing fleet, including Boeing 727, 737-400, Fokker 70 / 100, Airbus A340 and some early Airbus A320s.

Boeing negotiated the agreement under authorization from the U.S. government in relation to the nuclear accord Iran signed in 2015.

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Antonov An-132 takes off

Antonov An-132 first flight

The first An-132 during a taxi test preceding the first flight. (Photo: Antonov)

The Antonov An-132 made its maiden flight today, 31 March 2017, the same day as the Airbus A319neo and the Boeing 787-10 double-stretch Dreamliner.

The Antonov/Taqnia An-132 is an improved version of the Antonov An-32 twin-engined turboprop transport aircraft and is being developed jointly by Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. It is a multi-role aircraft for civil and military missions and it has a cargo capacity of 9.2t.

The An-132 is fitted with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150 turboprop engines, and has Honeywell avionics, a Liebherr air management system and a Hamilton Sundstrand Auxiliary Power Unit (APU).

The prototype was rolled-out on 20 December 2016, at Kiev, and today was the maiden flight. The first deliveries are planned for 2018.

Antonov An-132 in the air

The An-132 in the air. (Photo: Antonov)

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Maiden flight for Boeing 787-10

Boeing 787-10 first flight

The first Boeing 787-10 takes off. (Photo: Boeing)

The double stretch Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner has made its maiden flight today, 31 March 2017. The aircraft took off from Boeing’s Charleston North-Carolina facility and was 5 hrs in the air.

The 787-10 is the third Dreamliner model. It seats 330 passengers in a typical two-class lay-out, compared with 290 in the 787-9, plus 15 per cent more cargo.

The 787-10 will be produced in Charleston only, because the fuselage is too long to transport it to Everett by air in the special 747 Dreamlifter transport aircraft.

Deliveries will begin in the first half of 2018. So far, Boeing has sold 149 787-10s out of a total of 1,207 firm Dreamliner orders.

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First Airbus A319neo flies

Airbus A319neo first flight

The first Airbus A319neo in the air. (Photo: Airbus)

The third and smallest member of the Airbus A320neo Family, the A319neo, has begun flight testing today, 31 March 2017.

The first Airbus A319neo (new engine option) performed its maiden flight from Hamburg and landed in Toulouse after 5 hours in the air. The aircraft was flown by test pilots Michel Gagneux and Eckard Hausser. They were assisted in the cockpit by test-flight engineer Jean Michel Pin, while two flight test engineers Sylvie Loisel-Labaste and David O’nions directed the flight from the aircraft’s Test Engineer station. The A319neo flight test programma will be completed in Toulouse.

The A319neo is powered by two CFM International LEAP-1A turbofan engines. Airbus claims fuel savings for the A320neo Family aircraft of more than 15 per cent compared with the earlier A320ceo (current engine option) thanks to the new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices.

So far, the A319neo is not a sales success for Airbus, with firm orders for only 50 aircraft.

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First flight for Embraer E195-E2

Embraer E195-E2 first flight.

The Embraer E195-E2 during its first flight. (Photo: Embraer)

The Embraer E195-E2 has made its maiden flight on 29 March, ten months after the first flight of the E190-E2. The flight was originally scheduled for the second half of the year, but – very unusual in the aircraft industry – the E195-E2 took off months ahead of schedule.

The E195-E2 is the second and largest aircraft of Embraer’s new three-member E-Jet E2 family. Embraer claims that the aircraft uses 20 per cent less fuel per trip than the first generation E195.

The E195-E2 departed at 11.22 am local time, from Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos, Brazil, and flew for two hours. The crew tested aircraft performance, flight quality and systems behavior such as autopilot, fly-by-wire in direct mode, and landing gear retraction.

The E195-E2 has 1.4 m (4 ft 7 in) more wingspan than the E190-E2, which makes it the single-aisle jet with the highest aspect ratio. The E195-E2 also has three additional rows of seats. It accommodates 120 passengers in a two-class configuration or up to 146 in a single class layout. Range is increased with 450 nm (833 km), up to 2,450 nm (4,537 km).

Embraer will use two aircraft for the E195-E2 certification campaign. The second prototype’s first flight is expected by the end of this year.

Entry into service of the E195-E2 is planned for the first half of 2019. The first operator will be Azul Brazilian Airlines. Embraer holds orders for 90 E195-E2 jets on a total of 275 firm E-Jet E2 orders.

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