B737MAX, Boeing blows hot and cold!

Boeing delivered 149 aircraft in the first three months of the year, including 89 in the B737 range, compared with 184 aircraft in the same period in 2018, including 132 in the B737 range. The drop is even more dramatic compared to the previous quarter, when Boeing delivered 238 aircraft in total including 173 B737 aircraft.

The aircraft manufacturer must address the MCAS software problem. As long as the software update is not validated, deliveries are slowed down. This implies an accumulation of planes coming out of the assembly lines but which can no longer be delivered; Boeing has already been forced to cut 20% of the production of the aircraft: the manufacturer plans to produce only 42 per month, compared to 52 before.

CALC maintains the order:

China’s Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Ltd (CALC) announced Tuesday that it has not suspended its order for 100 Boeing B737 MAX aircraft, refuting a previous report by South China Morning Post (SCMP).

While some carriers may receive compensation, others seem to be moving towards lowering the price of option plane; a beneficial solution for both companies and Boeing, which should not lose too many customers.

Roll-Out for the JAL A350!

Toulouse, the first Airbus A350-900 from Japan Airlines (JAL) left the paint shop in the colors of the airline. In addition to the JAL logo, the livery includes a special red banner « Airbus A350 ».

The first three Airbus A350-900 from Japan Airlines will feature the same concept on the livery in three different colors. The next two planes will carry the silver and green « Airbus A350 » inscriptions. Japan Airlines has ordered 31 Airbus A350XWBs (18 Airbus A350-900s, 13 Airbus A350-100s).

Choosing Airbus, while JAL was a loyal customer to Boeing is not trivial. First, it allows the Japanese company to no longer be entirely dependent on a single aircraft manufacturer and the impact will in the medium long term increase the pressure for new negotiations to replace the current fleet. On the other hand, Airbus benefits from its very good behavior in the A350 program.

The A350:

The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, fuselage and carbon fiber wings, as well as new energy-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies result in unparalleled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25% reduction in fuel consumption and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. More than 26 million passengers have already enjoyed the comfort of the cabin of the A350 XWB Airspace which, in addition to the space and silence of the aircraft, offers a better atmosphere, design and services.

Air2030, start of flight tests in Switzerland!

At a press conference in Bern, the DDPS specialists reported on the flight and ground tests for a new fighter jet. The press conference marks the kick-off of the trials, which begin this week in Payerne. The trials of the five candidates will take place from April to the end of June 2019.

At the press conference on 8 April 2019, various DDPS specialists provided information on the flight and ground tests that are about to take place in Payerne. The delegate of the head of the DDPS for the renewal of the means of protection of the airspace, Christian Catrina, briefly presented the project NKF, then the head of the project NKF, Darko Savic (armasuisse) and the heads of the sub-project tests NKF, Bernhard Berset (armasuisse) and Cédric Aufranc, EMG major (Air Force), described the evaluation process and the scope of the tests. Colonel EMG Peter Merz, NKF sub-project head of the Air Force, explained the tasks of the Air Force and the need for a new fighter jet.