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The first Airbus A320neo to fly landed safely back at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France at 2:22 p.m. local time on September 25 after successfully completing a first flight lasting approximately two-and-a-half hours. Read more
The aircraft will play a central role in the Amman-based airline's strategic plan for fleet modernization, according to Boeing. Royal Jordanian Airlines has acquired the 787-8 through leasing company AerCap. Read more
The route-proving flight trials took the aircraft over every one of the Earth's oceans and also saw it fly over the North Pole. During its world tour, the aircraft flew approximately 81,700 nautical miles in a total of 180 flight hours. Read more
Airbus A350-900 MSN5 is operating a series of route-proving flights throughout the world, in an exercise designed to demonstrate readiness for airline operations. The flights will include high-airfield performance, auto-landing trials, and airport turnaround and handling services. Read more
Airbus A350-900 MSN005 took off on June 20 from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, completing the five-aircraft complement of the Airbus A350-900 development fleet. Read more
During water-ingestion tests at Istres-Le Tubé Air Base, flight-test Airbus A350-900 MSN4 traveled through a trough containing at least a 0.9-inch depth of water. It did so at a variety of speeds, starting at 60 knots and successively increasing to around 140 knots. Read more
A Qatar Airways flight was the first passenger flight officially to arrive at the new airport, the Airbus A320 landing on HIA's East Runway on May 1. Read more
Both aircraft ‒ each of them an Airbus A350-900 jet ‒ made their first flights on February 26 from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France. The successful first flights of the two aircraft means the total number of A350 XWBs now flying has doubled, from two to four. Read more
US Airways will join the oneworld alliance on March 31, 2014, as a result of the December 9 completion of its merger with alliance founding member American Airlines. All of US Airways' regional-airline affiliates, operating under the US Airways Express brand, will also transition to oneworld at the same time. Read more
Boeing has begun low-speed wind tunnel tests for the Boeing 777X and calls the testing a major milestone in aircraft development. Testing started on December 5 at QinetiQ's test facility at Farnborough in the UK. Read more
Boeing 777X orders and commitments include Lufthansa with 34 aircraft; Etihad Airways with 25; Qatar Airways with 50 and Emirates with 150. The combined value of the agreements is more than $95 billion at list prices, according to Boeing. Read more
The second Airbus A350 XWB to fly, an A350-900 given the designation MSN3 by Airbus, landed back at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport shortly after 2:30 p.m. local time on October 14 after completing a first flight of approximately five hours. Read more
LAN Colombia officially joined the oneworld airline alliance on October 1 and immediately began offering the alliance’s full range of services and benefits. On October 1, also, LATAM Airlines Group carrier TAM Airlines announced it would join oneworld as of March 31, 2014. Read more
Qatar Airways' first Airbus A380 has flown from Airbus' widebody final assembly facility at Toulouse to Airbus' facilities at Finkenwerder airfield in Hamburg, where the aircraft will be fitted with its cabin before being painted. Meanwhile, oneworld has announced that Qatar Airways will be inducted into the alliance on October 30. Read more
By June 20 at the 2013 Paris Air Show, Boeing has won orders and commitments for 442 commercial aircraft in transactions which the manufacturer values at more than $66 billion at list prices. Read more
With this investment, Doric will offer a tailored A380 leasing solution and will make the aircraft accessible to both new and existing A380 operators around the world who prefer to opt for the flexibility of an operating lease. Read more
The first Airbus A350 XWB widebody jet has successfully completed its first flight, landing to the cheers of thousands of Airbus employees, guests and media representatives gathered for the event. Read more
The airline has scheduled commercial flights with its Boeing 787s to begin on May 20 on routes from Houston to other domestic hubs. United Airlines will begin international 787 flying on the Denver-Tokyo route on June 10. Read more
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved Boeing's design for modifications to the 787 battery system, a key step in returning the grounded Boeing widebody type to service. Read more