Boeing expected the 787 Dreamliner to complete its type certification testing over the weekend, pending final analysis of function and reliability data collected during some 335 hours of flying with the seventh airplane to participate in the program, ZA102. All told, the program clocked more than 4,800 hours during some 1,700 flights since ZA001 took to the air for the first time on Dec. 15, 2009.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » August 15, 2011
Asian air transport rebel Tony Fernandes, chief executive of low-cost pioneer AirAsia, will soon join the industry establishment, assuming his planned acquisition of a 20.5-percent stake in failing flag carrier Malaysian Airline System (MAS) proceeds. Last week, his Tune Group agreed to become a significant minority shareholder in MAS in return for Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional taking a 10-percent holding in AirAsia.
Mitsubishi Aircraft’s official launch of the proposed 100-seat MRJ100X will likely have to wait at least another year, or until after the first flight of the 88-seat MRJ90 in mid-2012, as the company waits for the European airline market to show more tangible signs of recovery.
Falko, the company formed with the backing of New York-based Fortress Investment Group to acquire BAE Systems’ regional aircraft portfolio, plans to pursue a strategy whereby it will purchase regional aircraft for leasing to its customers–a complete about-face to BAE’s approach, which centered on managed disposal of a once-vast fleet numbering more than 500 aircraft.
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