A321XLR First flight test crew
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Airbus A321XLR successfully carries out first flight

The latest incarnation of the Airbus A321, the XLR has carried out its first flight from Airbus’ final assembly line at Hamburg-Finkenwerder airport. Getting airborne just after 11am (CEST) MSN11000 flew for 4 hours and 25 minutes testing the basic handling of the aircraft and flight envelope protection systems at [read more]

Airbus A321XLR Complete
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Airbus readies A321XLR for first flight this week

European airframer Airbus is preparing the first Airbus A321XLR aircraft for its first flight which is expected to take place on Wednesday 15th June. Depending on the weather, the aircraft, which carries the serial number MSN1100, is expected to perform its first test flight from Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport where the final [read more]

An Airbus A350-1000XWB touches down at Farnborough (Image: Max Thrust Digital)
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Airbus delivers 47 aircraft in May 2022

European airframer Airbus says it has delivered 47 aircraft during May 2022 to a total of 27 customers worldwide including easyJet and Wizz Air UK. In total Airbus delivered 4 Airbus A220 family and 37 A320neo family aircraft from, its narrowbody catalogue and From its wide-body range, it delivered 3 [read more]

Airbus increases hydrogen innovation with UK centre
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Airbus increases hydrogen innovation with UK centre

Airbus is launching the Zero Emissions Development Centre (ZEDC) to strengthen its presence in the UK and boost hydrogen fuel system innovation. One of ZEDC’s first priorities will be to develop the “cost-competitive cryogenic fuel systems” which will be needed for the Airbus ZEROe project which aims to put a [read more]

Barnbrook systems managing director Tony Barnett (L) and Sir Donald Spiers, then chairman of Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (R) at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow in front of a helicopter with Barnbrook System's fuel switch
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UK’s Barnbrook Systems wins Polish AW101 contract

Hampshire based Barnbrook Systems Ltd, which employs 35 people, has been selected to supply Poland’s search and rescue helicopter fleet with cutting edge technology which will allow the Leonardo AW101s to refuel mid-flight. Barnbrook will supply 64 of its smart fuel pressure fuel switches for us on 16 AW101s which [read more]

LEAP engines on a Boeing 737 Max (Image: Nick Harding/TransportMedia UK)
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British Airways owner confirms 50 aircraft 737 Max order

British Airways parent International Airlines Group (IAG) has finally confirmed an order for 50 Boeing 737 Max aircraft, 3 years after showing interest in the airliner. The order consists of 25 Max 200s (currently used only by Ryanair) and 25 Max 10s (after certification). Industry sources have suggested that Boeing [read more]

Ryanair Boeing 737 8-200
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Ryanair boss hits out at Boeing management

Ryanair Group boss Michael O’Leary has hit out at Boeing’s management saying though should step up or ship out. The outspoken airline boss was reacting to delays in delivering new Boeing 737 Max aircraft to Ryanair by the Seattle USA-based airframer. Mr O’Leary said that Ryanair was still a willing [read more]

Caerdav’s name has been officially unveiled by Chairman Bruce Dickinson (L) and CEO Joachim Jones (R).
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Ryanair selects Caerdav for winter maintenance

Ryanair has selected South Wales MRO provider Caerdav for winter maintenance of its Boeing 737 fleet. Formerly known as Cardiff Aviation, Caerdav was started by Iron Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson with help from the Welsh Government. After a rocky start, the MRO specialist has contracts with EasyJet and TUI [read more]