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It began life as a hydrogen-fueled, high-altitude unmanned aircraft but evolved into a diesel-powered platform designed to fly at medium altitude for five days and promising dramatically reduced operating costs compared with today’s Predator-class UAVs. ...more

   

Nextant Aerospace’s new G90XT turboprop aircraft has successfully completed its first test flight. The G90XT is a remanufactured King Air C90A that features the new H75 engine by GE. This is the second of Nextant’s remanufactured business jets — the first is the Nextant 400XTi. ...more

    

On January 19th, 2014 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft joined the fleet of the Russian airline - Red Wings. The airliner with a tail number RA-89021 was ferried from the Delivery Center of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company to Domodedovo International Airport – home base of the airline. ...more

    

Bombardier has announced it will immediately halt work on its Learjet 85 aircraft program due to what they site is a lack of market demand for the midsize business jet. In suspending the program, Bombardier will be forced to lay off 1,000 employees, effective immediately, from facilities in Wichita, Kan. and Queretaro, Mexico — a component manufacturing facility opened in 2010 for production related to the Learjet 85 program. ...more

    

Aeroflot and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) have signed an agreement on delivery of 20 latest Russian-built aircraft Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100). The Letter of Intent was signed today by the Director General of Aeroflot Vitaliy Savelyev and SCAC Head of the Board of Directors Mikhail Pogosyan. ...more

    

Airbus chief executive Fabrice Bregier has identified the airframer's three new programmes as its priorities for 2015. ...more

    

Airbus has formally launched a long range version of the A321 with a 97-ton maximum take-off weight (MTOW). Air Lease Corporation (ALC) is the first to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for 30 of the type, making it the aircraft’s launch customer. ...more

    

Following an agreement signed on Dec. 29, AgustaWestland will provide 160 AW189 civil helicopters to the oil company Rosneft by 2025. The supply will be provided mainly through HeliVert, a joint venture between Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of the corporation Rostec). ...more

    

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), in collaboration with Airbus, have successfully premiered the use of lasers to visualize the airflow over the wing of a passenger aircraft in flight. ...more

    

China's first domestically produced regional airliner, ARJ21-700, has achieved certification from the country's aviation authority after more than a decade of development. The 90-seat medium range regional jet was designed to compete with aircraft from manufacturers such as Embraer and Bombardier. However, it is highly unlikely that the ARJ21 will be competitive with either Bombardier's CRJ family of regional jets or Embraer's E-jet series, according to Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at the Teal Group. ...more

    

ESLT (“Elbit Systems”) announced that it was awarded an approximately $90 million contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) for the maintenance of the Israeli Air Force's (IAF) F-16 array’s avionics systems. The project, to be performed over 11 years, will include the establishment of a new and cutting edge national maintenance center for the IAF’s squadrons and bases. ...more

    

Air Asia has been a seemingly never-ending success story since Tony Fernandes took over the airline in 2001. But not every undertaking the ambitious CEO and his Air Asia Group have undertaken has been an unalloyed success. And now, the fast-growing airline conglomerate is facing its most serious crisis in the apparent crash of AirAsia Indonesia Flight 8501. ...more

    

The first of four Boeing KC-46A engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) aircraft made its maiden flight from Paine Field, Everett, on Dec 28, starting the clock ticking towards the planned delivery of the first 18 new 767-based tankers to the U.S. Air Force by August 2017. ...more

    

Qatar Airways has formally received its first Airbus A350-900, the first example of the new jet to be handed to a customer. ...more

    

The first A350-900 for Finnair is taking shape in the Roger Béteille Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. Finnair will be the first European airline to fly the A350 XWB and the third in the world. ...more