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UK’s HMS Prince of Wales hosts F-35B for the first time

The Lockheed Martin-built fighter jet has landed on the HMS Prince of Wales as part of the Royal Navy’s acceptance training. The Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, has hosted a Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning as part of Sea Acceptance Trials conducted off the south coast of England — marking the first time […]

Aeroflot takes delivery of Russia’s first Airbus A320neo

Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has welcomed the delivery of its first Airbus А320neo into its fleet, becoming the first operator of the aircraft type in Russia. The aircraft, registration VP-BPQ, is leased by Aeroflot from Ireland-based CDB Aviation. The Airbus A320neo has a range of 6,300 kilometres and is able to carry from 150 to […]

Airbus begins assembly for first A321XLR fuselage

European planemaker Airbus has hit another significant milestone in the construction of the very first A321XLR, and has confirmed that the structural assembly of the jet’s centre and real fuselage parts has now begun in Germany. The Airbus A321XLR is set to the longest-range single-aisle jet, thanks to its increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) capacity, […]

UK Carrier Strike Group commences historic deployment

The UK’s Carrier Strike Group had embarked on its maiden operational deployment, boasting 3,700 personnel and dozens of military aircraft. The UK’s flagship aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is leading six Royal Navy vessels, a Royal Navy submarine, a US Navy destroyer and a Dutch frigate on a seven-month deployment through the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, […]

New Icelandic airline PLAY receives AOC

Iceland’s newest low-cost airline PLAY has officially acquired an air operator’s certificate from the Icelandic civil aviation regulator, Icelandic Transport Authority (ICETRA). The airline, founded in 2019, has said it is now set to begin operations in June this year, with its first Airbus A321neo leased from AerCap due to be delivered in early June. […]

EASA approves STC for 12-pallet B737-800SF conversion

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has officially approved Aeronautical Engineers Inc’s (AEI) Special Type Certificate for its 12-pallet position Boeing 737-800SF converter freighter. AEI called the moved an “important milestone” for the company, and stated that the B737-800SF is an “ideal freighter for European market route structures”. According to the company, multiple European […]

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