Australia has taken delivery of the first of three very long-range Falcon 7X trijets it has acquired for government VIP service.
Safran sees strong start to 2019
CEO Philippe Petitcolin says the company is following very closely the announcements regarding the Boeing 737 MAX in order to adapt production rates if necessary.
Lufthansa Technik signs SafeDrone contracts
SafeDrone by Lufthansa Technik has signed contracts with drone manufacturers Matternet and SwissDrones.
Airbus ACJ319neo makes successful first flight
The newest and smallest member of the Airbus Corporate Jet family, the ACJ319neo, has completed its maiden flight.
Ascent launches helo ride-sharing platform in Manila
Singapore-based Ascent Flights has launched by-the-seat chopper service in Manila and is preparing to expand to the rest of the region.
China receives first Airbus H215 helicopter
China’s State Grid General Aviation Company (SGGAC) has taken delivery of one heavy twin-engine Airbus H215 helicopter.
Air Mauritius gets first Airbus A330neo
The national carrier of the Republic of Mauritius is the first Airbus A330neo operator based in the southern hemisphere and the first airline in the world to operate a combination of both the A330neo and A350 XWB.
Arianespace to launch StriX-α satellite for Japanese startup
Synspective and Arianespace have signed a contract to launch the StriX-α Synthetic Aperture Radar demonstrator satellite.
Groupe ADP inaugurates new Orly terminal
Groupe ADP has inaugurated the new 80,000m² ORLY 3 junction building at Paris-Orly airport.
Airbus H135 assembly line in China opens
The Airbus Helicopters H135 final assembly in Qingdao has officially opened. The first aircraft roll-out is scheduled for the second half of the year.
French aerospace industry reports record sales
The French aerospace industry has reported record sales of €65.4bn (+1.2%) for 2018, including €44bn in export sales.
Israeli lunar probe crashes
Israel is not (yet) the fourth nation to achieve a controlled landing on the Moon, but plans are already being made for a follow-on mission.
Safran presents B.SIde engine inspection service
Safran Aircraft Engines has announced the commercial launch of a new service providing remote borescope inspection recommendations in real time.
New contracts for AFI KLM E&M
European MRO service provider AFI KLM E&M has reported a series of new contracts.
Stratolaunch makes first flight
Stratolaunch Systems Corporation successfully completed the first flight of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft, the Stratolaunch, on 13th April.
ESA supports reusable launcher tests
Drop test demonstrates technologies for reusable launcher.
CFM expanding LEAP support network
A total of six overhaul sites are scheduled to be on line by year-end 2019.
Airbus launches Skywise Health Monitoring
Airbus has launched first operations of a new Skywise service designed to enable real-time management of aircraft events and troubleshooting.
Safran Reosc develops mini-camera for nanosatellite
The company is developing an innovative miniature camera for Norway's future NORSAT-4 nanosatellite.
Airbus to supply satellite imagery for digital agriculture
Under an agreement with The Climate Corporation, images will be used by farmers to monitor crop health and performance.
Switzerland selects Thales image intelligence system
Thales will supply elements of an image intelligence (IMINT) centre built around the Thales MINDS / SAIM system.
JAL confirms Airbus A350-900 plans
The Japanese carrier will start operating the Airbus A350-900 on 1st September from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka.
Avions de combat
UK F-35s to deploy overseas for first time
The Lightning Force will deploy for two months to the RAF’s air base at Akrotiri in southern Cyprus.
Arianespace launches O3b sats on Soyuz
The launch marks completion of the initial O3b satellite constellation.
Global air freight demand still falling
Data released by IATA show a continuation of the downward trajectory seen in recent months.
Aircraft Interiors 2019
Airbus, Safran win Crystal Cabin award
The award, announced at Aircraft Exteriors Expo, recognises “passenger experience modules” for installation in aircraft cargo compartments.
Australia orders second Triton RPA
The Australian government has given the green light for the purchase of the second of six MQ-4C Triton remotely piloted aircraft.
Airbus exoplanet satellite set for launch
Airbus Defence and Space has completed construction of the Cheops satellite, which is set for launch from Kourou later this year.
First flight for India's PSLV-QL
A new variant of the PSLV featuring four strap-on motors made a successful first flight on 1st April, launching a total of 29 satellites.
Collins Aerospace launches new propeller facility
The new centre of excellence will support advanced design, engineering, testing, manufacturing and maintenance capabilities for future propeller technologies.
Phénix flies first French AF mission
The French Air Force reports that its first A330 Phénix in-flight refuelling aircraft flew its first mission on 22nd March.
Airbus highlights cabin innovations
Airbus will be showcasing its latest cabin innovations at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany.
India tests anti-satellite weapon
On 27th March, India became the fourth nation in the world possessing the capability to destroy a satellite in orbit.
France, China to cooperate on Moon mission
France and China are stepping up their space cooperation to include French participation in the Chang’e 6 mission to return samples from the Moon in 2023-2024.
Airbus signs China deal for 300 aircraft
Airbus and China Aviation Supplies Holding Company have signed a General Terms Agreement covering a total of 300 Airbus aircraft.
UK signs Wedgetail order
The Boeing E-7 Wedgetail has been confirmed as the RAF's new early warning radar aircraft, replacing the E-3D Sentry.
3D printing enters series production at Thales Alenia Space
Thales Alenia Space reports that it is taking 3D printing/additive manufacturing into series production to make components for telecom satellites built on the Spacebus Neo platform.
Lufthansa Technik unveils Aviation DataHub
In a further digitalisation move in the MRO sector, Lufthansa Technik is establishing an independent data platform for the entire aviation industry.
Defiant makes first flight
The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 made its first flight on 21st March at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach site in Florida.
Airbus confirms H145M bid in Australia
Airbus confirms that it has responded to the Commonwealth of Australia’s request for information for a 4t class, rapidly deployable, multi-role helicopter for Australian Special Forces.
Europe announces €525m in funding for defence projects
The funding, which includes €100m for the MALE RPAS, is earmarked for precursor programmes for the European Defence Fund.
Thales Alenia Space announces ISS airlock milestone
Thales Alenia Space (TAS) reports that the shell for the Bishop airlock module for the ISS is ready for shipment to the NanoRacks integration facility in Texas.
MBDA reports revenue boost
The European missile house saw revenue rise 3% in 2018, to €3.2bn, as order intake slipped 4%, to 4Md€.
Thales to lead Geosafe drone project
Thales to lead EU project on drone geofencing technologies to secure future U-space.
Nine-blade prop starts flight testing
Germany's MT-Propeller has reported initial flight testing of the world's first nine-blade propeller. Initial results are described as very promising.
Rolls-Royce tests hybrid-electric propulsion system
Rolls-Royce has successfully completed ground testing of a hybrid-electric propulsion system using the M250 gas turbine.
Missile integration starts on UK F-35s
BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and MBDA start work to integrate next-generation weapons on the UK’s fleet of F-35 Lightning aircraft.
French AF releases Chammal, Barkhane data
Figures released by the French Air Force air defence and air operations command (CDAOA) for 2018 show a high level of activity in Africa and the Middle East, as well as in French airspace.