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                  A350 XWB in Bolivia for high altitude testing



A350 XWB in BoliviaThe A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, is in Bolivia where it will perform a series of tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz. Cochabamba is around 8,300 feet above sea level, and La Paz is one of the world’s highest airports at 13,300 feet... more









                 Leasing firm Avation PLC firms order for 5 additional ATR 72-600s



The commercial passenger aircraft leasing company Avation PLC (LSE: AVAP) and the European regional turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR are pleased to announce the agreement for the purchase of five additional ATR 72-600s... more






                 Boeing Joins First KC-46A Airframe



Boeing logo The fuselage and wings for the first 767-2C to be adapted into a KC-46A for the U.S. Air Force’s aerial refueling tanker program have been joined at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., facility.

Final body join of the first aircraft, dubbed VH001, marks a significant milestone in the $4.4 billion KC-46 engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) program, which the Air Force awarded the company in February 2011.... more




                 Continuing adventure with aviation ...        


 82 years old Alexander Kujawski is still an active instructor and glider pilot, as well as airplane pilot . He has trained dozens of young glider pilots. He made nearly 8,000 glider and about 2,000 plane flights. He was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit and won the badge and the title of Meritorious Sports Aviation and others. He also has a Gold Badge with Three Diamonds... more








                 Boeing Launches 777X with Record-Breaking Orders


Boeing’s [NYSE:BA] participation at the 2013 Dubai Airshow was marked by the launch of the innovative 777X – the world’s largest and most-efficient twin-engine jetliner – and the announcement of historic orders and new strategic agreements signed with key partners in the Middle East and around the world... more





                  Top 100 Airplanes: Platinum Edition


Top 100 AirplanesFlying Magazine introduces Top 100 Airplanes: Platinum Edition, which celebrates latest Flying book, entitled Flight: 100 Greatest Aircraft. In this Album there’s something for every aviation aficionado—from brazen stunt planes to far-from-pedestrian commercial jets, from military marvels to spacecraft that reached dazzling new heights. With its spectacular full-color photographs, fascinating and informative text, and detailed specifications section that will delight die-hard data fans, Flight is the essential book for pilots and plane-lovers everywhere.







                AERO Friedrichshafen Combines All the Important Topics of General Aviation  



Friedrichshafen, Germany – Ready to take off: For the 22nd time, the most important trade fair for general aviation will be taking place in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance from April 9 to 12, 2014. In 11 exhibition halls and on the static display between the trade fair and the airport, some 600 exhibitors from 30 countries will be presenting innovations in the industry. From ultralight airplanes and gyrocopters to twin-engine propeller aircraft, from helicopters to business jets: AERO Friedrichshafen shows the fascination of flying in all its facets. Aircraft engines, propellers, avionics, maintenance, services, and pilot accessories complete the range of offerings of AERO 2014... more 





                  Star Alliance – The way the Earth connects


Star Alliance is a global airline network which was established by five airlines, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, THAI and United on May 14, 1997.

It has grown to become the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award, Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways.

Together more than 460,000 employees serve 727 million passengers a year. With a modern combined fleet of some 4,701 aircraft, Star Alliance offers 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries.



              The recovery of the global aviation industry remains steady despite slower pace



Despite the fact that earlier this year IATA has forecasted the airlines to gain $12.7 billion in profit, it has revised its estimates by almost 8% down to $11.7 billion. According to the updated analysis, the global traffic is forecasted to grow at a 5% a year, down from 5.3% forecasted earlier. The changes made reflect the change in oil demand due to the recent Syrian crisis and the fact, that the industry is recovering at a slower pace than initially expected. Nevertheless, despite some changes in the growth of some of the key markets, the overall performance in 2013 is considerably better than in 2012 and airline performance continues to improve.... more







                Over 29,000 new aircraft required in the next 20 years



AirbusAs aviation becomes increasingly accessible in all parts of the world, future Journeys will increasingly be made by air particularly to and from emerging markets. According to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast (GMF) in the next 20 years (2013-2032), air traffic will grow at 4.7 per cent annually requiring over 29,220 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at nearly US$4.4 trillion. Some 28,350 of these are passenger aircraft valued at US$4.1 trillion. Of these, some 10,400 will replace existing aircraft with more efficient ones. With today’s fleet of 17,740 aircraft, it means that by 2032, the worldwide fleet will double to nearly 36,560 aircraft...more