Milan based airliner, NEOs, expands their fleet by implementing Boeings 787-9 Dreamliner to their company making it the first Italian airline to fly with 787-9 models. NEO has been working hand in hand with AerCap one of the words largest leasing company to be able to obtain the latest additions. To date AerCap has been the largest customer of Dreamliner for Boeing to be used throughout the world. With the latest addition to NEOs fleet it becomes the 45th operator to use the Dreamliner. The Italian market has had a great influence on the aerospace industry throughout the years but Boeing 787 has not found its way to the Italian airlines till the recent delivery of the two Dreamliner that will take place later on this year (2018). Boeing has already integrated other models such as the 737s and the 767s. Apart of the great influence that Italy has gained in the aerospace industry, its very own Leonardo company has been producing more over 14% of the 787 Dreamliner’s airframe structure. Parts that contribute to the Italian company’s influence are parts such as the horizontal stabilizer and the unique two-piece center fuselage section that the company provides.


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BOC Aviation a prime aircraft leasing company based out of Singapore has recently decided to purchase 737 MAX aircrafts on consignment for other airlines. Purchasing a total of 10 aircrafts the estimated costs are at 1.25 billion US dollars. Some prerequisites that were agreed upon were the signing of a MoU (memorandum of understanding)


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Boeing, the world’s largest and leading aircraft company, finally show cased its MAX 737 8 last week. The airplane was show cased by American Airlines in Renton Washington. The aircraft was a beautiful sight on the flightline assembly. American airlines, a Fort Worth based-carried has over 100 737 MAX aircrafts on order, with four deliveries in 2017, sixteen in 2018 and twenty in 2019. This upcoming generation aircraft has a total of one hundred and seventy-two seats. This means that the aircraft has twenty-nine inches of seat room in the main cabin aircraft interior, something that is huge for the aircraft industry. The aircraft interior includes thirty seats in main cabin extra, providing exceptional comfort for its customers.


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L3 Technologies, one of the top defense contractors in the world as agreed to participate in the US Air Force OA-X experiment. The experiment began July 31st and is with the Air Tractor AT 802L longsword, which is an armed reconnaissance version of a tail dragging crop-duster. A tail dragging aircraft is an aircraft that lands and taxis on a tail wheel or a skid and keeps its nose off the ground. These planes will give the air force and entire new approach to combat. L-3 wants to be a part of this experiment in hopes that it will increase their customer options and generate more revenue.


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Airbus and team have effectivity been able to add yet another model to their fleet of wide bodied aircrafts. The newest model will be known as the A320, which is much like its sister aircrafts the A330neo and A350 series. Airbus has said to have the A320 share many of the same principles as the previous models, alongside many newer innovations. One of the many new features that got a lot of attention at the recent Aircraft Interiors Expo held in April was the expanded overhead storage space. During this expo, a lot of great criticism became the trigger to releasing the newly profound cabin. Per an interview with Airbus Executive Vice President of Product Strategy, Dr. Kiran Rao mentioned, “The A350 XWB cabin has proven extremely popular, with great feedback not only from passengers, but from design professionals.” Along with mentioning that,” This was great validation that gave us confidence to apply the design language to the A330neo and now to the A320 Family.” The larger storage space allows an estimated “40 percent more volume space” which is are more accommodating for larger carryon items. The cabin has been designed to be less bulky which not only creates more room for storage but increases lavatory options. The newly innovative cabin has been equipped with the latest IFE stage which has been located overhead. This platform is equipped with,” in-seat audio/video on-demand, as well as the provision for in-seat power, wireless flexible connectivity and mobile telephony (GSM on board).” One of the perks of these newer additions is that they can be easily integrated into already existing models. Airbus’ targeted time frame to have the entire package ready for integration is said to be by the year 2020.


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Life cycle expenditures for helicopters can be a pricey investment for helicopter operators over time. A solution to lowering these costs has been in high demand for some time. Thankfully, aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce has come up with a solution to this long-term concern. They are currently working to develop and new dual channel full authority digital engine (or FADEC) and control systems. This will take the place of the already existing hydro-mechanical equipment on some turboshafts.


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On March 31 Embraer Executive Jets delivered the first Phenom 100EV to an undisclosed U.S. customer. The new aircraft model was certified by Brazil’s ANAC and by the FAA. An evolution of the Phenom 100, which entered service in 2008, the Phenom 100EV delivers better performance with modified engines and new avionics components. The renowned Prodigy Touch flight deck, which was introduced in the market by the Phenom 300 light jet, is now displayed on the entry-level Phenom 100EV. Pratt & Whitney Canada’s modified engines (PW617F1-E) offer more speed with remarkable performance, especially in hot-and-high operations.


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Embraer’s fourth E190-E2 aircraft joined the flight test program after completing a two-hour flight test in Miami, Florida. The aircraft will be used for specific interior tests such as cabin evacuation, environmental comfort and internal noise. Embraer aircraft has also completed about 21,000 hours of tests in ground-based rigs, including an “iron bird” which mimics the E2’s hydraulic, avionics and flight control systems. The airframer reported in a statement that the flight test fleet has accumulated more than 650 flight hours since its first flight in May 2016, just three months after its debut. The second prototype joined the fleet on July 8, followed by the third testbed a month later. The third prototype has been flown to Florida, where it will undergo tests at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory to evaluate how the aircraft sustain extreme cold conditions.


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Safran Helicopter Engines, also known as Turbomeca, has been awarded a massive contract with the UK military to support their Airbus helicopters by the hour. Support by the hour (SBH) provides a fixed cost per engine per flight hour. Units can be completely overhauled and exchanges are sent at no additional cost. It is an incredibly effective budgeting tool for consumers and in this case the UK military, as no unexpected costs will arise. The Safran helicopter engine contract is specific to the Arrius 2B2Plus and Arriel 2E engines on the military’s H135 and H145 Airbus helicopters.


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This spring will mark the first of the new Kaman Aerosystems external-left helicopters to begin delivery. The K-Max K-1200 will begin rolling out in April, with the second batch of helicopters set to fly in April of this year. The fleet of helicopters are to be used for the China Department of Forestry. They will arrive in both months at Lectern Aviation in China prior to being distributed to the Department of Forestry. K-Max has been out of production for ten plus years. This will mark the first return for this helicopter since it halted production in 2003.


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