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Airbus A321XLR jet takes off for the first time from Hamburg

Hamburg, 15 June 2022 –The most anticipated aircraft, the Airbus A321 XLR, took flight for the first time and demonstrated its remarkable performance. The test flight took out from Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport at 11:05 a.m. and lasted four hours and 35 minutes.

This aircraft is an updated variant of the A321 Neo, however it travels further and can carry 185 to 236 passengers. It has a stretched fuselage and entered service in 1994 as the first variant of the baseline A320.

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The crew evaluated the aircraft’s flight controls, engines, and key systems, including flight envelope protections, at high and low speeds during the trip.

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First A321LR takes to the skies for its maiden flight

In comparison to the competitor Boeing 737 MAX, the A320neo had a market share of 60%. It received ordered 8,078 A320neo family aircraft as of April 2022.

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It is scheduled to fly nearly 9,300 kilometres, and Airbus is developing upgraded landing gear to hold additional capacity. It would have an MTOW of more than 100 tonnes and 1,300 kilometres longer range than the A321LR with the same wing and engines, as well as enhanced fuel capacity.

First A321LR takes to the skies for its maiden flight

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Most airlines are striving for the ideal narrow-body aircraft that can carry more passengers and go further. This is the first aircraft that can provide for both, and it only serves one market niche. It competes with the Boeing 737 Max, however it flies more than that aircraft.

Air Astana takes delivery of its first A321LR

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The A321XLR is the next evolutionary step in the A320neo single-aisle Family of aircraft, fulfilling market demands for improved range and payload while adding value to carriers by making economically viable aircraft available.

Airbus A321XLR jet takes off for the first time from Hamburg

The A321XLR will be an unparalleled single-aisle aircraft with 30% lower fuel consumption per seat than previous-generation aircraft, as well as decreased NOx emissions and noise. The A320neo Family will have received over 8,000 orders from over 130 customers globally by the end of May 2022. More than 500 A321 XLR orders were received from more than 20 customers.

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The A321XLR will open up new routes while providing unrivalled economic and environmental performance. The ship is expected to enter service in early 2024. In the comments box, please share your thoughts about this aircraft.

 

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Which is bigger 777x or 787 aircraft ?

Which is bigger 777x or 787 aircraft ?

The 777X is a new series of the Boeing 777 family and is designed to be larger and more efficient than its predecessor. It features two variants: the 777-8 and the 777-9, being the larger of the two.

The Boeing 777X emerges as the larger sibling within the Boeing family, representing a significant leap forward in both size and efficiency. Comprising two variants, the 777-8 and the 777-9, the latter takes the crown as the larger of the two. With its expansive fuselage and impressive wingspan, the 777X is tailored for long-range journeys and boasts a substantial passenger capacity.

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On the other hand, the Boeing 787, affectionately known as the Dreamliner, occupies a niche in the market as a smaller yet formidable aircraft designed for medium to long-range flights. Its distinguishing feature lies in its composite fuselage, a technological marvel that renders it lighter and more fuel-efficient compared to conventional aluminum counterparts. The Boeing 777X is larger than the Boeing 787 aircraft.

When it comes to passenger capacity, the 777-9 reigns supreme, typically accommodating a sizeable contingent of 400-425 passengers in its standard configuration. In contrast, the 787, with its more modest dimensions, typically carries between 240-290 passengers, depending on the variant and layout.

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One of the remarkable innovations introduced with the 777X is its folding wingtips, a feature designed to address the logistical challenges of accommodating such a large aircraft in conventional airport gates. These folding wingtips enable the 777X to retract its wings, allowing it to fit into gates designed for smaller aircraft while still reaping the benefits of an extended wingspan during flight, thereby enhancing fuel efficiency and operational flexibility

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China Secures Production Certificate for Mass Production of Pilotless eVTOL Aircraft

China Secures Production Certificate for Mass Production of Pilotless eVTOL Aircraft
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The first passenger-carrying pilotless electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in the world, the EH216-S, has received the Production Certificate for its eVTOL aircraft from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

This is a significant milestone for EHang Holdings Limited, the leading UAM technology platform company in the world. This outstanding accomplishment is another big step towards mass manufacturing for the eVTOL aircraft and the ensuing commercial operations, building on the ground-breaking acquisition of the Type Certificate and the Standard Airworthiness Certificate for the EH216-S.

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The PC is a crucial certificate that the aircraft maker receives from the CAAC, the country’s aviation authority. By obtaining this certificate, EHang has demonstrated that it has set up a quality management system for mass production that satisfies the airworthiness regulation standards set forth by the CAAC, and the company has been given permission to continue producing mass quantities.

It is also a strong guarantee of the calibre of the goods made by EHang. Raw materials, supplier management, manufacturing organisation, production quality control, aircraft pre-delivery test, after-sales repair and maintenance, etc. are all included in the mass production quality management system for the EH216-S.

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To ensure that every aircraft and its components that roll off the production line strictly adhere to the approved type design and safety requirements, the system sets clear guidelines and documentation for every step in the production procedure. This ensures comprehensive traceability and safety control.

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Four Airbus A380 Superjumbos lined up to be scrapped

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In a strategic move aimed at reclaiming valuable resources from the iconic Airbus A380 aircraft, VAS Aero Services and Dr. Peters Group have announced a significant collaboration.

This partnership marks a milestone in aviation logistics and aftermarket services, with four of these colossal planes slated for teardown and redistribution of used serviceable material (USM).

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The venture between VAS Aero Services, renowned for its expertise in aircraft dismantlement, and Dr. Peters Group, a prominent Germany-based investment fund management firm, underscores a commitment to sustainable aviation practices. This isn’t their first foray into scrapping A380s; their successful partnership has already seen the dismantlement of these aircraft, making them pioneers in this niche.

Under the agreement, the latest consignment brings the tally to eight A380s entrusted to VAS by Dr. Peters Group. Managing Director Christian Mailly of Dr. Peters Group emphasized the trust placed in VAS, citing their unparalleled capabilities in dismantlement and aftermarket sales network. It’s a strategic move in response to the growing demand for quality USM parts, particularly with the resurgence in reliance on the A380.

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Notably, the teardown process will be carried out at various locations, optimizing the positioning of harvested parts to cater to different markets. While some parts will be positioned in Europe to support operators in the region and the Middle East, others will remain in the Asia-Pacific region. This meticulous strategy ensures efficient access to spare parts, benefiting MROs and airlines across these markets.

The decision to retire these A380s comes at a time when operators are reassessing fleet strategies amidst evolving market dynamics. Despite initial plans for quick retirement due to the emergence of more fuel-efficient alternatives, factors such as a rebound in long-haul demand and delays in new widebody deliveries have prompted operators to reconsider. The A380, with its unique capacity and capabilities, presents a practical solution for short-term capacity management.

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