An easyJet Airbus lands at Gatwick Airport (Max Thrust Digital)
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easyJet to upgrade A320s with DPO software

easyJet (U2/EZY) is set to upgrade its Airbus A320 family flight management software with a fuel-saving Descent Performance Optimisation (DPO) update. The new software will allow the low-cost carrier to take advantage of Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) into airports saving fuel and reducing emissions whilst also reducing the airline’s noise [read more]

West Atlantic Boeing 737 accident at Montpellier (Image: BEA)
Air Cargo News

West Atlantic 737 ends up in lake at Montpellier

A Boeing 737 freighter being operated for cargo specialist West Atlantic has overrun the runway at Montpellier Airport ending up in the Étang de l’Or. A lake between the airport and the Mediterranean. The incident happened around 3 am local time on Saturday morning as the aircraft, A Boeing 737-400SF [read more]

Airbus A320neo
Aviation Engineering & Leasing News

Xiamen bringing welsh wings to China in Airbus switch

Chinese all-Boeing operator Xiamen Airlines (MF/CXA) is set to make the switch to Airbus for its fleet expansion following a firm order for 40 A320neo family aircraft. The operator currently operates 153 Boeing 737 aircraft and 12 Boeing 787 aircraft but from 2024 will operate a mixed short-haul fleet as [read more]

Great Western Air Ambulance
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Babcock renews contract with Great Western Air Ambulance

Great Western Air Ambulance and Babcock have announced they have agreed an extension of their partnership for a further five years. The deal means that Babcock will continue to supply specialist aviation support to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) including Helicopters, pilots, ground staff, and engineering support. Director [read more]

Airbus increases hydrogen innovation with UK centre
Aviation Engineering & Leasing News

Aerospace companies top UK innovation funding

Aerospace companies make up 4 of the top 5 recipients of funding from Innovate UK, the UK government’s national innovation agency. Rolls-Royce, which makes aerospace engines, heads the list having received a total of £688,544,903.68 in funding from Innovate UK. The Derby-based manufacturer is developing ways to make aviation more [read more]

An artists impression of the B21 Raider
Military Aviation News

B-21: US set to unveil next-generation stealth bomber

Northrop Grumman Corporation in partnership with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) will unveil the next generation of stealth bombers, the B-21 Raider, in the first week of December it has been confirmed. Set to compliment the B2 bomber, the B-21 is a sixth-generation bomber capable of carrying conventional and nuclear [read more]

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Aviation Safety News

Vulcan fast taxi cancelled after runway excursion

A planned fast taxi run of Avro Vulcan XM655 this Sunday has reportedly been cancelled following an incident involving the aircraft today. The aircraft, preserved at Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield, reportedly ran off the runway coming to rest in the hedge on the airfield boundary next to a busy road. It [read more]

Air Travel

Ryanair officially the 4th largest airline in the world
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French ATC Strike: Ryanair calls on EU as hundreds of flights cancelled

Ryanair (FR/RYR) has called on the European Union (EU) to take immediate action to protect flights over French airspace as the budget airline is forced to cancel over 400 flights during today’s strike by French air traffic controllers. The airline called the strike “unjustified” and it has achieved nothing but [read more]

Jet2 Boeing 737 (Image: Max Thrust Digital)
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Jet2 expands winter program to Iceland for 23/24

UK holiday airline Jet2.com has expanded its winter 23/24 schedule of flights to Iceland giving customers more choice of dates for trips from nine UK airports. The increase means that Newcastle Airport (NCL/EGNT) will feature for the first time in the 23/24 season. Other airports featured in the Winter 23/24 [read more]

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Newcastle Airport gets winter boost from Ryanair

Newcastle Airport (NCL/EGNT) will see a boost to its winter schedule thanks to Ryanair’s (FR/RYR) biggest ever winter program from the airport. The Irish budget airline will operate a total of 80 weekly flights across 15 routes during the Winter 2022/23 season. This includes 6 new routes to Barcelona, Cork, [read more]

Engineering & MRO

Rolls-Royce AE2100
Aviation Engineering & Leasing News

Rolls-Royce set for Hydrogen fuelled engine test

Rolls-Royce has said that they are ready to begin carrying out ground tests on the first hydrogen-fuelled AE2100 aero engine as part of its race to net zero programme. Working in conjunction with low-cost carrier easyJet, Rolls-Royce is exploring hydrogen as a future fuel for aviation replacing conventional fossil fuels. [read more]

An easyJet Airbus lands at Gatwick Airport (Max Thrust Digital)
Aviation Engineering & Leasing News

easyJet to upgrade A320s with DPO software

easyJet (U2/EZY) is set to upgrade its Airbus A320 family flight management software with a fuel-saving Descent Performance Optimisation (DPO) update. The new software will allow the low-cost carrier to take advantage of Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) into airports saving fuel and reducing emissions whilst also reducing the airline’s noise [read more]

Airbus A320neo
Aviation Engineering & Leasing News

Xiamen bringing welsh wings to China in Airbus switch

Chinese all-Boeing operator Xiamen Airlines (MF/CXA) is set to make the switch to Airbus for its fleet expansion following a firm order for 40 A320neo family aircraft. The operator currently operates 153 Boeing 737 aircraft and 12 Boeing 787 aircraft but from 2024 will operate a mixed short-haul fleet as [read more]

Military Aviation

An artists impression of the B21 Raider
Military Aviation News

B-21: US set to unveil next-generation stealth bomber

Northrop Grumman Corporation in partnership with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) will unveil the next generation of stealth bombers, the B-21 Raider, in the first week of December it has been confirmed. Set to compliment the B2 bomber, the B-21 is a sixth-generation bomber capable of carrying conventional and nuclear [read more]

The Red Arrows in formation with an Airbus A400M (Image: Max Thrust Digital)
Military Aviation News

Head of RAF says addressing bullying and sexual harassment is “priority”

Head of the Royal Air Force (RAF) Chief of the Air Staff Sir Mike Wigston has written to all personnel saying that he will address concerns around recruitment, bullying and sexual harassment as a priority after a spate of recent high-profile resignations and allegations. Earlier this month a senior female [read more]

General Aviation

CAE’s electrified Piper Archer® training aircraft (CNW Group/CAE INC.)
Aviation Engineering & Leasing News

Safran and CAE sign deal to develop an electric Piper Archer

French aviation engine specialist Safran has signed an agreement with Canadian CAE and Piper to develop an electric version of the popular general aviation aircraft, the Piper Archer. Safran Electrical & Power is a world leader in aircraft electrical systems and together with CAEs technological expertise, they will equip a [read more]

Aviation Safety News

Light aircraft crashes into empty flats in Oxfordshire

A light aircraft has crashed into a block of flats near Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire today with witnesses describing the pilot as having “bailed out” shortly before the crash. Thames Valley Police confirmed the incident occurred around 12:00hrs and that the pilot had been taken to hospital but did not [read more]

Air Sports

Ben Murphy in the Red Bull Air Race in Kazan (Image: Red Bull Air Race)
Air Sports News

Air Race World Championship postpones launch until 2023

Organisers of the Air Race World Championship have announced that the series will not be returning to the skies in 2022 as planned and will be deferred until 2023. In an announcement, the organisers said: “Despite the tireless efforts and support of all of our race teams, specialist suppliers and [read more]

Hot Air Balloon
Air Sports News

Hot Air Balloon Rides & Experiences – All You Need To Know

Hot air balloon rides are incredible flight experiences with unique and breathtaking views. If you’ve ever dreamed of gentle, serene flights in light or zero wind then this is the experience for you. Balloons rise and descend seemingly effortlessly and provide an uninterrupted view of landscapes. The sensation of floating [read more]

Air Safety

West Atlantic Boeing 737 accident at Montpellier (Image: BEA)
Air Cargo News

West Atlantic 737 ends up in lake at Montpellier

A Boeing 737 freighter being operated for cargo specialist West Atlantic has overrun the runway at Montpellier Airport ending up in the Étang de l’Or. A lake between the airport and the Mediterranean. The incident happened around 3 am local time on Saturday morning as the aircraft, A Boeing 737-400SF [read more]

MilborneOne • CC BY-SA 3.0
Aviation Safety News

Vulcan fast taxi cancelled after runway excursion

A planned fast taxi run of Avro Vulcan XM655 this Sunday has reportedly been cancelled following an incident involving the aircraft today. The aircraft, preserved at Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield, reportedly ran off the runway coming to rest in the hedge on the airfield boundary next to a busy road. It [read more]

OE-FGR playback (FlightRadar24)
Aviation Safety News

Mystery deepens as private jet crashes into Baltic Sea

A private jet flying from Jerez in Spain to Cologne, Germany has crashed in the Baltic sea after becoming unresponsive causing NATO jets to be scrambled. The Cessna Citation II (551), registered OE-FGR, left Jerez airport at 14:56 local time on a flight that should have taken about three hours. [read more]

Space

Artemis 1 on launch Pad4
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European-built space module set for the moon!

The European Space Agencies (ESA) European Space Module (ESM) is set to be rocketed into space on Monday as part of the Artemis project, NASA’s return to the moon. A key part of the Orion Spacecraft, the airbus built European Space Module provides the “heart and lungs” for astronaut missions [read more]

Airbus & Northrop Grumman team up for NATO surveillance concepts
Military Aviation News

Airbus & Northrop Grumman team up for NATO surveillance concepts

Airbus Defence and Northrop Grumman will, along with seven other industry companies, work together to develop the future of NATO’s surveillance and control systems. Under the partnership of Atlantic Strategic Partnership for Advanced All-domain Resilient Operations (ASPAARO) the companies, including BAE Systems in the UK, will perform assessments of fully [read more]

The Pregnant Guppy
Air Cargo News

Feature: The Guppies of the air

In the tumultuous era of the Space Race, NASA found itself with the ever-growing problem of transportation. With large pieces of equipment needing moving from factories to the launch pad, transport methods were slow and cumbersome. Through the Fifties, NASA would have to transport its machinery via land and/or sea [read more]

Boeing 737-10 (Image: Nick Harding / Max Thrust Digital)
In the Spotlight

Boeing 737-10: Up close and personal in pictures

by Nick Harding in Aviation Engineering & Leasing News

The 2022 Farnborough International Airshow was the place Boeing chose to debut its latest single-aisle airliner, the Boeing 737-10. or Max 10 and we were invited to come along and take a closer look. The [read more]