Air International 2018-03
Emirates has signed a memorandum of understanding for up to 36 more A380s, extending production of the aircraft for another decade.
NEW ATR passenger turboprops have been ordered for the United States market for the first time in decades. Twenty ATR 600-series aircraft comprising 16 ATR 42-600s and four ATR 72-600s, all on lease from Nordic Aviation Capital, are to be operated by Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways.
DISCUSSING A new version of the Superjet at the Singapore Air Show, President of the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company Alexander Rubtsov said: "We began work only a few weeks ago," but it is expected to be available in just over four years. Designed with a shortened fuselage with seating for 75 passengers and intended for routes 1,500-2,000km (810-1,080 nautical miles), the new jet is smaller and flies fewer passengers on shorter routes than smallest of the current Superjet family.
THE FIFTH Bombardier Global 7000 flight test vehicle (FTV-5) made its first flight on January 30, 2018, marking a major milestone on the aircraft's road to entry into service, currently scheduled to occur in the second half of 2018.
The United States International Trade Commission has ruled the Canadian manufacturer's new jet does not harm Boeing.
ACHIEVED IN December 2017 and announced in late January 2018, Gulfstream has added three new city-pair speed records with its mid-size G280 jet.
GULFSTREAM'S G500 has entered the final stage of its flight test and certification programme, while the larger G600 has completed company field performance testing. These are significant stages towards achieving US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification. Including additional testing required for the enhanced performance, the G500's certification is anticipated in early 2018, while the G600 should gain its certification before the end of 2018.
UPS HAS ordered 14 Boeing 747-8 Freighters and four 767 Freighters to provide additional capacity on its international air cargo network, to respond to what the company described as "accelerating demand". All the new aircraft will be additions to the UPS Airlines fleet and no existing aircraft will be replaced.
Oman Air's Boeing 737 MAX A40-MA powered by CFM56 engines.
Air Astana A321neo P4-KDC powered by PW1100-JM engines.