Air International 2019-02
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Main: Commercial
Austrian's 85-aircraft fleet is ageing, with this 16-year-old A320-211, OE-LBK (msn 1931) just slightly younger than the average fleet age of 16.5 years.
Traditionally AUA has relied on connecting western Europe and the world via its Vienna hub, a model which has come under pressure from low-cost carriers offering point-to-point services, bypassing traditional hubs.
The Boeing 757 is the archetypal midsize airliner, and the increasing age of these and other types is focusing attention on the mid-market area.
SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity, with its hybrid rocket motor firing, pulls upwards towards space in December 2018.
Earth as viewed from SpaceShipTwo in December 2018 when the vehicle reached an apogee of 51.4 miles.
Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo mothership VMS Eve lifts SpaceShipTwo from Mojave; it takes about an hour to reach the altitude at which the spaceplane is released.
The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo spaceplane combination is Virgin Galactic's two-stage solution for commercial spaceflight.
SpaceShipTwo returns to Mojave after its re-entry and glide back to Earth; its hybrid rocket engine is only engaged for the ascent to space.
SpaceShipTwo's 'feathering' tails rotate to adjust the spacecraft's shape in its suborbital operating environment to enable the crew to control its rate of deceleration.
The Bell 407GXi is the latest variant of the Bell 407, of which more than 1,400 have been sold.
The Rolls-Royce M250 engine powering the Bell 407GXi provides a 4% improvement in range and fuel consumption, Bell says.
Although it looks like other Bell 407s, the 407GXi features a range of improvements spanning the airframe, engine, avionics and systems.
The 407GXi's main rotor has four fibreglass blades and the semi-rigid tail rotor has two blades, while the tail boom integrates the horizontal stabilisers and vertical fin, tail rotor hub and blades.
Arkia Israeli Airlines was first to introduce the A321LR with 4X-AGH (msn 8517). Further developments of the A321 to add payload and range are possible, Airbus says.