Red Wings, Russia's only potential airline customer for the Airbus A220-300, has abandoned its plans to lease these aircraft types whilst, as part of a new fleet development strategy, the airline has also decided to retire its Tupolev Tu-204s and concentrate instead on operating Airbus A320-family aircraft until the arrival of Russia's new-generation MC-21 narrow-body airliner.
State-owned Red Wings Airlines, which had intended to be the first in Russia to launch operations of the Airbus A220-300 (previously known as the Bombardier CSeries) in May, has decided to abandon the project, Evgeny Klyucharev, the airline's general director, has revealed to Russian Aviation Insider.
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Boeing charges extra, for example, for a backup fire extinguisher...
Boeing charges extra, for example, for a backup fire extinguisher
As the pilots of the doomed Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia fought to control their planes, they lacked two notable safety features in their cockpits.
One reason: Boeing charged extra for them.
For Boeing and other aircraft manufacturers, the practice of charging to upgrade a standard plane can be lucrative. Top airlines around the world must pay handsomely to have the jets they order fitted with customized add-ons.
Sometimes these optional features involve aesthetics or comfort, like premium seating, fancy lighting or extra bathrooms. But other features involve communication, navigation or safety systems, and are more fundamental to the plane's operations.
Many airlines, especially low-cost carriers like Indonesia's Lion Air, have opted not to buy them — and regulators don't require them.
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March 2019 - By Andrew Tangel, Andy Pasztor and Robert Wall for Wall Street Journal
A grand jury's subpoena seeks broad documents related to the jetliner
Federal prosecutors and Department of Transportation officials are scrutinizing the development of Boeing Co.'s 737 MAX jetliners, according to people familiar with the matter, unusual inquiries that come amid probes of regulators' safety approvals of the new plane.
A grand jury in Washington, D.C., issued a broad subpoena dated March 11 to at least one person involved in the 737 MAX's development, seeking related documents, including correspondence, emails and other messages, one of these people said. The subpoena, with...
Ethiopian crash investigators find piece of Boeing B737MAX wreckage with similar setting to Lion Air plane - sources
March 15, 2019 - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Investigators have found a piece of a stabilizer in the wreckage of an Ethiopian jet with the trim set in an unusual position similar to that of a Lion Air plane that crashed last year, two sources familiar with the matter said.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Wednesday fresh information from the wreckage of the Ethiopian crash, which killed all 157 people on board, and newly refined data about its flight path indicated some similarities with the Lion Air disaster.
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“if Airbus chooses to produce a stretched CSeries jet — a potential 150-seat CS500 — it would hurt sales of the 162-seat 737 MAX 8” - AirInsight
Airbus's surprise move to swallow Bombardier's CSeries airplane program gives it a new small-jet family on the cheap, threatening the Renton-built 737 and potentially forcing Boeing to redraw its road map of new airplane development.
Airbus's surprise move to swallow Bombardier's CSeries airplane program gives it a new small-jet family without spending the billions of dollars it would take to develop one itself.
Besides the likely impact of the deal on the Boeing-instigated U.S. trade case against Bombardier, that leg up for Airbus could trigger a serious strategy shift for Boeing.
The deal Airbus announced Monday, giving it control of Bombardier's freshly introduced two-model family of small narrowbody jets — the 110-seat CS100 and the 130-seat CS300, — could ultimately force Boeing to redraw the road map of new airplane development that it had settled on.
March 15, 2019 - Bombardier
- Global 7500 business jet recognized as Grand Laureate winner at the 2019 AvWeek Laureate Awards in the Business Aviation category
- Aircraft continues to make history following its extraordinary 8,152 NM flight, the longest mission ever flown by a purpose-built business jet
- With its unrivaled cabin comfort, long-range capabilities and signature smooth ride, the Global 7500 aircraft defines a new category of business jets
MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada - Bombardier today announced it has been selected by Aviation Week & Space Technology as the Grand Laureate winner of the 62nd Annual Laureate Awards in the Business Aviation category, honouring extraordinary achievements in the global aerospace arena. The winners of the 2019 Laureate Awards were honoured on March 14, 2019 during a ceremony at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.
"We are honoured the Global 7500 business jet has been recognized with this prestigious award," said Michel Ouellette, Senior Vice President, Program Management and Engineering, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "These awards have a long history of distinguishing the very best in the industry and we are thrilled to win this important recognition. No other aircraft can compare and Bombardier is proud to bring the most revolutionary and high-performing business aircraft to the market, all the while providing customers with the best business jet experience in the world."
Over the last three months, the Global 7500 jet has demonstrated exceptional performance and reliability. Earlier this month, it completed the longest mission ever flown by a purpose-built business jet, setting the record for highest speed over longest distance in business aviation history. The award-winning business jet connected Singapore to Tucson, AZ and landed with fuel reserves well above industry requirements, confirming its unsurpassed performance to customers.
The Global 7500 aircraft offers Bombardier's signature smooth ride and a spaciousness that is unique among business jets. With its bespoke interior featuring a full-size kitchen and four true living spaces, the Global 7500 aircraft offers the ultimate in-flight experience. Setting the benchmark for the most exceptional cabin interior, the aircraft offers the most innovative features such as Bombardier's patented Nuage seat, meticulously designed for maximum comfort and the revolutionary nice Touch cabin management system (CMS), a new way to connect with the Global 7500 aircraft cabin through the Bombardier Touch dial, featuring business aviation's first application of an OLED display.
With over 68,000 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.
Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.
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March 2019 for www.rusaviaindiser.com
On its way to becoming a sole A220 aircraft operator, Latvian hybrid airline airBaltic has ordered an Airbus A220 Level D full flight simulator (FFS) from CAE, a Canadian manufacturer of simulation and modelling technologies.
The new CAE 7000XR Series simulator is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2019.
"Introducing a single fleet type of up to 80 Airbus A220-300 aircraft also means that as an airline we will have to train hundreds of our existing and future pilots.
the airplane is absolutely fantastic”
March 14, 2019 - by for Leeham News
Airbus' effort to slash supply costs for A220 production is "an ongoing exercise at this point," Joe Marcheschi, Airbus' head of procurement in North America, told LNA in an interview last month.
"There are no specific, let's say, achievements yet," he said. "We are working closely with our supply chain."
It takes time to squeeze cost out of the supply chain, he said. "We only took over July 1. That's when we got full knowledge of the existing contracts."
In January, Philippe Balducchi, head of the Airbus-led venture overseeing production, told journalists that the aerospace giant aims to realize "significant double-digit" percentage cost reduction. He indicated that most of the savings likely would come from the supply chain, according to news reports.
"Look, the airplane is absolutely fantastic—it just costs a lot of money," Marcheschi said. "Now, we have to find a way to reduce the cost."
- Airbus is working to slash supply chain costs on A220 program, but no announcements yet.
- The European plane maker wants to offer commercial MRO services in North America.
March 14, 2019 - by Yun Li for CNBC
- Boeing earlier this week said a software change is in the works for its 737 Max jets and Bank of America estimated it would take the aircraft manufacturer three to six months to "certify the fix."
- Bank of America kept its buy rating and $480 price target on Boeing as the bank believes the investigation would have a "definitive timeline" which would remove a great deal of uncertainty.
- The U.S. grounded all Boeing 737 Max jets following dozens of countries. Boeing has tanked more than 11 percent this week, on pace to post its biggest weekly decline since 2008.
The software fix that Boeing said it is working on for its 737 Max jets could take as long as six months, according to Bank of America.
"Once Boeing identifies the issue on the 737 MAX, the most likely scenario, in our view, is that the company will take about 3-6 months to come up with a fix and certify the fix," the bank's analyst, Ronald Epstein, said in a note Thursday.