A mark of success: Cessna delivered the 100th Cessna Citation M2 only two years after aircraft certification

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Courtesy: Textron Aviation.

As Cessna Aircraft Company announced the roll out of the 100th Cessna Citation M2 last November at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas, the airplane manufacturer has delivered last December the aircraft to Aviation Unmanned, a Dallas-based business that provides unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) consultation, training and commercial services.

The business jet has shown itself as a success since its project launch in 2011, this fact can be proved with the 100th aircraft delivery only two years after FAA certification.

“Since entering the market in December 2013, the Citation M2 has quickly become the best-selling business jet in its class,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice-president, Sales and Marketing. “No comparable light jet can offer the M2’s combination of speed, range and payload, making it a great fit for customers in a wide variety of missions around the world.”

Brand new Boeing 737-800 N. Karamzin joins Aeroflot fleet

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Courtesy: Aeroflot.

Aeroflot took delivery of its new B737-800 Next Generation aircraft made by Boeing. The plane is named in honour of Nikolay Karamzin, Russian historian, poet, and journalist who was the leader of the national sentimentalist school.

Aeroflot’s Boeing 737-800NG has two-class composition with 20 seats in business class and 138 seats in economy class. The Business class salon is equipped with monitors for viewing media content. All Boeing B737-800 aircraft are delivered to Aeroflot directly from the manufacturer. Boeing 737 is one of the world’s most popular single-aisle jet airliners providing high level of comfort on medium-haul routes.

Source: Aeroflot.

Embraer delivers the first Legacy 500 to China’s launch customer Jackie Chan

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Courtesy: Embraer.

Embraer announced today that Jackie Chan, a world-renowned movie star, has become the first customer in China to take delivery of a Legacy 500.

“The Legacy 500 features our best-to-date technologies and it incorporates designs that maximize passenger comfort and fuel efficiency,” said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “This new aircraft, along with the Legacy 650 that we already delivered to Mr. Chan, will further facilitate his business development, as well as his humanitarian activities.”

Jackie Chan’s connection with Embraer Executive Jets dates to 2012, when he received an Embraer Legacy 650 as China’s launch customer and became Embraer’s brand ambassador.

Guan Dongyuan, Senior Vice President of Embraer and President of Embraer China, said: “We feel privileged to deliver the Legacy 500 to Jackie Chan, who is not only a world-renowned star, business elite and philanthropist, but also Embraer’s old partner, loyal customer and brand ambassador. I believe Jackie Chan’s choice reflects the changing mindset among Chinese customers that midsize executive jets can fulfill most of their business missions with higher efficiency and greater flexibility.”

“I’m so thrilled to receive this Legacy 500, a state-of-art executive jet,” said Jackie Chan. “In the past few years, my Legacy 650 has brought me fantastic traveling experiences and great convenience, allowing me to do more acting and philanthropic works around the world. I’m sure that the performance of the new Legacy 500 will again exceed my expectations, and become a comfortable mobile home and office for me.”

The Legacy 500 was granted Validation of Type Certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in July 2015.

Source: Embraer.

Rolls-Royce wins Norwegian order worth $2.7 billion

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Courtesy: Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce has won a $2.7bn order from Norwegian for Trent 1000 engines and TotalCare® long-term service support for 19 new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The order also includes TotalCare for Trent 1000 engines that will power 11 previously-announced leased Boeing 787s yet to enter service.

Rolls-Royce will provide TotalCare with a fully comprehensive Availability Service Solution for all 30 aircraft and this will now also cover eight Norwegian 787s already in service.

Bjorn Kjos, Norwegian, Chief Executive Officer, said: “This decision further develops our relationship with Rolls-Royce and we look forward to operating aircraft powered by the latest version of the Trent 1000, which sets new standards of performance.”

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “This is another significant decision in favour of the Trent 1000, an engine that delivers exceptional economics and performance. We continue to innovate and develop new services and it is great to see Norwegian selecting Availability Service Solutions for their TotalCare as part of this deal.”

Availability Service Solutions cover technical and engine parts support that helps aircraft operators meet their schedules.

The airline also has options for 10 further aircraft which, if confirmed, will be powered by the Trent 1000.

Source: Rolls-Royce.

Boeing completes successful 737 MAX first flight

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Courtesy: Boeing.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 took to the skies for the first time yesterday. The 737 MAX program achieved the milestone on schedule which begins a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery.

With the latest technology LEAP-1B engines from CFM International and Boeing-designed Advanced Technology winglets, the first member of the efficient 737 MAX family completed a two-hour, 47-minute flight, taking off from Renton Field in Renton, Wash., at 9:46 a.m. local time and landing at 12:33 p.m. at Seattle’s Boeing Field.

“Today’s first flight of the 737 MAX carries us across the threshold of a new century of innovation – one driven by the same passion and ingenuity that have made this company great for 100 years,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Conner. “We are tremendously proud to begin testing an airplane that will deliver unprecedented fuel efficiency in the single-aisle market for our customers.”

During the flight, 737 MAX Chief Pilot Ed Wilson and Boeing Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Operations Craig Bomben departed to the north, reaching a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters) and an airspeed of 250 knots, or about 288 miles (463 kilometers) per hour typical of a first flight sequence. While Capts. Wilson and Bomben tested the airplane’s systems and structures, onboard equipment transmitted real-time data to a flight-test team on the ground in Seattle.

“The flight was a success,” said Wilson. “The 737 MAX just felt right in flight giving us complete confidence that this airplane will meet our customers’ expectations.”

With the other three members of the 737 MAX 8 flight-test fleet currently in different stages of final assembly, the 737 MAX remains on track for first delivery to Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017.

The new 737 MAX 8 will deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market with 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s – and 8 percent per seat lower operating costs than the A320neo. The 737 MAX 8 is the first member in Boeing’s new family of single-aisle airplanes – the 737 MAX 7, MAX 8, MAX 200 and MAX 9 – to begin flight testing. The 737 MAX will extend the Next-Generation 737 range advantage with the capability to fly more than 3,500 nautical miles (6,510 km), an increase of 340 – 570 nmi (629-1,055 km) over the Next-Generation 737. The 737 MAX family has 3,072 orders from 62 customers worldwide.

Source: Boeing.

Boeing, SWISS celebrate delivery of airline’s first 777-300ER

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Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s first 777-300ER (Extended Range). The latest addition to SWISS’ fleet touched down in Zurich last Friday following a non-stop 4,545 nautical miles (8,418 kilometers) delivery flight from Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center in Everett, WA.

“The delivery of our first flagship marks a new era in Switzerland’s aviation history,” said Harry Hohmeister, CEO of SWISS. “As of today, our customers will enjoy a new dimension of air travel experience.”

The 777-300ER is the new flagship of SWISS’ long-haul fleet and is configured with 340 seats, eight in First Class, 62 in Business Class and 270 in Economy, with wireless internet connectivity throughout. SWISS’ 777-300ER will feature a totally redesigned cabin interior to enhance passenger comfort and will be initially deployed on the airline’s service between Zurich-New York JFK.

“We are honored that a carrier as prestigious as SWISS is now our newest Boeing 777 operator,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “The 777-300ER will provide SWISS’ network with greatly improved efficiencies and it’s a great source of pride for everyone at Boeing that the carrier will utilize this outstanding airplane as its flagship.”

The 777-300ER is one of the most fuel and cost-efficient airplanes in its class and is the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world with an on-time departure rate of 99.5 percent. It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane in service. In addition to this delivery, SWISS has eight unfilled 777-300ERs on order from Boeing.

SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group, serving 104 destinations in 48 countries from the Swiss cities of Zurich and Geneva, carrying more than 16 million passengers a year with a fleet of 92 airplanes.

Source: Boeing.

ANA Group selects the Airbus A380

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Courtesy: Airbus.

ANA Holdings has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus covering the firm order of three A380s.  With this milestone order for Airbus, ANA Group has joined the customer base for the world’s largest passenger aircraft and will become the first Japanese airline to operate the type.

ANA Group will take delivery of the aircraft from 2019.  ANA Group has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines to power its new A380 fleet.

“We are extremely proud to welcome ANA Group as a new customer for the A380,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer. “As one of the world’s most prestigious airlines, ANA Group will be able to benefit from the A380’s proven operating economics and unrivalled passenger appeal.  We are confident that the A380 will play an important role in the success of ANA HD’s new business strategy. The A380 will help ANA Group overcome capacity constraints at Tokyo’s busy airports, transporting more passengers, more efficiently and in greater comfort – all at lower cost.”

ANA Holdings’ new order follows a recent order placed in 2014 and 2015 for 37 A320 Family single aisle aircraft.

Designed for the challenges of the 21st century aviation industry, the A380’s unique size allows airlines to maximize their revenue potential through an optimized cabin – boosting their contribution to profit by up to 65 per cent per flight compared to its nearest competitor. Its unbeatable passenger experience leads to higher load factors and more revenue, for higher profitability. The A380 carries 544 passengers in a typical comfortable four class configuration on routes up to 8,200nm/15,200km. From Tokyo this enables non-stop service to the US as well as to destinations across Europe.

Including the ANA Holdings’ order, Airbus has now received a total of 319 firm orders for the A380 from 19 airlines worldwide, of which 179 A380s have been delivered to 13 world class airlines. Currently, A380 is operated on over 100 routes to 50 destinations.

Source: Airbus.