Aerion AS2 Supersonic Business Jet
Business Aviation

Netjets backs AS2 Supersonic business jet

Ohio based shared ownership specialist Netjets has given the AS2 Supersonic Business Jet a boost by securing the purchase rights for 20. The deal means that Aerion has orders worth over USD$10 billion ahead of production which is planned to begin in 2023 with entry into service expected in 2025. [read more]

UA328 Boeing 777-200 (Image: NTSB/Public Domain)
Air Safety

FAA orders thermal checks on PW4000 compressor fans

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD #2021-05-51) ordering US operators of Boeing 777 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000-112 engines to carry out thermal checks on compressor blades before allowing them to return to service. The directive comes after initial findings by the [read more]

UA328 Boeing 777-200 (Image: NTSB/Public Domain)
Engineering, Leasing & Finance

UA328: Initial NTSB findings show metal fatigue

Initial inspections of the Pratt & Whitney PW4000-112 engine that caught fire on flight UA328 on Saturday have found that Turbine Blade No11 sheared off at the root “likely caused by metal fatigue”. Turbine Blade 10 was also sheared mid-way along its length, probably after being hit by Blade 11. [read more]

An image shared widely on social media shows turbine blades embedded into a vehicle in Meersen
Air Safety

Injuries as 747 engine explodes over dutch town

Two people have been taken to hospital with minor injuries after an engine on a Boeing 747-400F failed sending shards of turbine blades to the ground. The incident involved a Longtail Aviation Boeing 747-400F which had just departed Maastricht Airport bound for New York. One engine suffered an uncontained engine [read more]

Lufthansa A250-900 D-AIXP preparing to depart from Hamburg (Image: Lufthansa)

Lufthansa carries out its longest-ever flight

German flag carrier Lufthansa (LH/DLH) has carried out its longest-ever direct flight with a non-stop service from Hamburg to the British Falkland Islands. The flight LH2574 left Hamburg at 21:23 yesterday and arrived into Mount Pleasant this morning at 09:01 giving it an actual flight time of 15 hours and [read more]

Air France aircraft at Paris CDG

France closes borders to non-EU nationals

France is set to close its borders to non-EU nationals in tough new border restrictions as Coronavirus cases in the country remain some of the highest in Europe. The move closes the country to all non-Europeans from Sunday unless their travel is absolutely necessary although the French prime minister Jean [read more]