AirBaltic A220-300 delivers higher-than-expected fuel savings

AirBaltic A220-300 delivers higher-than-expected fuel savings

AirBaltic CEO Martin Gauss told ATW the Airbus A220-300 (former Bombardier CS300) has so far delivered higher-than-expected fuel savings. In addition, the launch operator has overcome many technical issues with the aircraft. “We can confirm the fuel burn savings is...
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TurbineAero Breaks Ground for Asian Base

TurbineAero Breaks Ground for Asian Base

TurbineAero broke ground for an auxiliary power unit (APU) MRO facility in Thailand that will allow it to consolidate the capabilities it has acquired via acquisition into one place and accommodate its growing business. It hopes to open the facility...
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Airbus May Race Boeing to Build Long-Range Narrow-Body Jets

Airbus May Race Boeing to Build Long-Range Narrow-Body Jets

Airbus hinted that a longer-range version of its newest narrow-body jet, the A321 XLR, could be available by 2023. That would likely beat to market Boeing’s comparable but all-new 797. It’s remarkable that the airplane manufacturer duopoly can maintain suc...
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3-D Printed Parts and New Materials Help Rolls-Royce to Engine Test Success

3-D Printed Parts and New Materials Help Rolls-Royce to Engine Test Success

Rolls-Royce’s Advance3 engine is helping pioneer the future of civil aerospace – with 3D printed parts and the introduction of new materials helping to lead the way. The Advance3 demonstrator is testing a new engine core that will deliver optimum...
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Lufthansa Technik Adds 787 Landing Gear Capabilities

Lufthansa Technik Adds 787 Landing Gear Capabilities

Lufthansa Technik has added overhaul capabilities for Boeing 787 aircraft along with the availability of exchange shipsets for this aircraft type’s landing gears. From a logistics perspective, Lufthansa Technik says it has also developed a new solution ...
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FAA, EASA Order More Frequent CFM56-7B Fan Blade Inspections

FAA, EASA Order More Frequent CFM56-7B Fan Blade Inspections

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) both have issued updated airworthiness directives (ADs) requiring more frequent CFM International CFM56-7B engine fan blade inspections. The new EASA AD is effectiv...
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Pitot-Cover Checks Urged by ATSB Safety Advisory

Pitot-Cover Checks Urged by ATSB Safety Advisory

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), citing a July event in which the crew of an Airbus A330 took off from Brisbane Airport with covers still attached to the airplane’s pitot probes, has issued a safety advisory calling for “rigorous...
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Investigator praises crew in propeller separation

Investigator praises crew in propeller separation

An undetected fatigue crack led to the separation of the right propeller from a Saab 340B over southwestern Sydney in March last year, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has found. The crew of the flight from Albury NSW noticed...
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AIRBUS A321LR CERTIFIED FOR LONG-RANGE OPERATIONS

AIRBUS A321LR CERTIFIED FOR LONG-RANGE OPERATIONS

Airbus has secured certification from regulators in Europe and the United States for its A321LR to operate long-range flights, including over-water routes. Regulators also approved the A321LR to operate under 180-minute extended operations (ETOPS) rules. Furth...
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MRO Costs May Differ Substantially For Leased Versus Owned Aircraft

MRO Costs May Differ Substantially For Leased Versus Owned Aircraft

Troubles at the end of an aircraft lease often stem from the different perspectives lessors and airlines have toward the leased aircraft. In setting maintenance policy for leased aircraft, an airline’s main priority is achieving a certain maintenance status ...
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