Boeing earlier this month flew a 747-8 Intercontinental back to the company's base in Washington state from a paint shop in Portland. It was wearing the colors of Korean Air Lines and it is extremely likely that it is the last passenger 747 to ever be built.
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Emirates, the largest operator of wide-body aircraft that include the Airbus A380, whose future is in question, is considering various aircraft models to add to its fleet as it looks to retire planes, the carrier’s president said.
Emirates to reportedly order the B787, with the -9 and -10 being the selected choices. In addition, the carrier’s B777-9 order is expected to eventually replace both the A380 and B777-300ER fleets.
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“What we’ve tried to define is something that is more than just a flight recorder and can record more data than is necessary — and then can be used for analysis of that data or lead to the analysis of that data,” Steve Leaper, FDR product manager for Curtiss-Wright told Avionics.
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Boeing is well known for its hugely popular 737, as well as its 747, first introduced in 1970, and its 787 Dreamliner. But there's also a new, 400-seat aircraft -- the 777X -- that's still on the drawing board, and it's predicted to become the biggest-selling airplane in the market after its first delivery in 2020. Building the world's most popular aircraft doesn't come cheap.
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Since the early 1900s the biggest change in design has been thickness. Thicker wings introduced in the 1920s and 30s allowed higher speeds to be reached and better manoeuvrability as well as the addition of in-wing fuel tanks, which ushered in the possibility of long-haul flights.
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Look at industry news pages today and it’s impossible not to notice that a lot of the topics touch upon the sustainability of aviation fuel and the use of renewable fuels as a viable fuel option within the market. The topic of sustainability was not as wide spread as it is now, and while renewable fuels were in existence, no one was producing them with commercialisation in mind.
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The world has been given a peek at Boeing's plans for a new small twin-aisle aircraft, unofficially dubbed the 797. It would seat between 220 and 270 passengers for flights of up to 5,200 nautical miles, or just over 10 hours.
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Eviation, a startup company based in Israel, unveiled its all-electric light aircraft, the “Alice Commuter,” during the Paris Air Show. The company describes the aircraft as using distributed propulsion with one main pusher propeller at the tail and two pusher propellers at the wingtips.
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Airbus has marked this year's Paris Air Show with a fearsome new helicopter capable of hitting speeds of 400kmph (250mph). It's called the Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft ("Racer" for short) and sports a futuristic three-rotor design.
While the past decade has seen new generation aircraft in our skies that are more fuel efficient, built using composite materials that are more corrosion free and able to withstand higher cabin pressure, one thing that has barely changed is their operating range.