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Canada

Canada interested in ex-RAAF Hornets

Canada explores options to supplement CF-18 Fleet 9 October 2017 The following is a statement by Canada’s Public Services and Procurement, which confirms the country’s interest in acquiring a number of RAAF F/A-18A/B Hornets when they retire from service. “Canada is building a more agile, better-equipped military, while ensuring the utmost care and prudence in […]

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C Series

Airbus, Bombardier C Series partnership

Airbus and Bombardier announce C Series Partnership 16 October 2017 Airbus and Bombardier Inc. are to become partners on the C Series aircraft programme. A corresponding agreement was signed today. The agreement brings together Airbus’ global reach and scale with Bombardier’s newest, state-of-the-art jet aircraft family, positioning both partners to fully unlock the value of […]

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Middle East

Middle East fleet size to more than double

Middle East fleet size to more than double by 2036 16 October 2017 The fleet size of operators in the Middle East is forecast to more than double from 1,250 to 3,320 aircraft over the next two decades, according to the Airbus Global Market Forecast. The Middle East will need some 2,590 new aircraft by […]

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MQ-9

MQ-9 supports Californian wildfire fight

MQ-9 supports fire-fighting in northern California 16 October 2017 The California Air National Guard’s 163rd Attack Wing operating out of March Air Reserve Base is using MQ-9 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), with full-motion video (optical and infra-red) and ground imaging Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) capability, in support of CAL FIRE’s firefighting efforts in Northern California. […]

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EW

RAAF Super Hornets get EW upgrade

US$133 Million US Navy and Australian F/A-18 EW Contract 16 October 2017 Harris Corporation has received a US$133 million EW contract to supply electronic jammers to protect US Navy and Australian F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft against electronic threats. The contract was awarded during the first quarter of Harris’ fiscal 2018. Under the contract, […]

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H160

First flight of third H160 prototype

Third H160 prototype joins the flight test campaign 13 October 2017 The third H160 prototype (PT3) performed its maiden flight at the company’s headquarters this afternoon. PT3, with its cabin interior configuration similar to that of a serial aircraft, will contribute to certification activities and flight testing to ensure the aircraft’s level of maturity ahead […]

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chatbot

Air New Zealand launches chatbot in Australia

Air New Zealand’s AI chatbot launched in Australia 13 October 2017 Air New Zealand’s artificial intelligence-backed chatbot, Bravo Oscar Tango (Oscar for short) has received his first international promotion – beginning work online in Australia. Oscar was launched in February 2017 initially on the airline’s New Zealand website to help customers with commonly asked queries, […]

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Sepang Aircraft Engineering

Airbus acquires Sepang Aircraft Engineering

Sepang Aircraft Engineering becomes a fully owned Airbus subsidiary 12 October 2017 Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE), an MRO centre based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, partially owned by Airbus since 2011, has become a fully owned Airbus subsidiary, following the acquisition by Airbus of its remaining shares. With this acquisition, SAE becomes an integral part of […]

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Air India

Air India accepts 27th 787-8

Boeing, Air India celebrate airline’s 125th delivery 11 October 2017 Boeing and Air India celebrated today the delivery of the airline’s 125th airliner from Boeing. The aircraft is the 27th 787-8 Dreamliner for the national carrier. “Boeing airliners are, and always have been, the foundation of Air India’s fleet, providing us with the very best […]

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Bangladesh

Two Do228 aircraft for Bangladesh Navy

RUAG takes order for two new Do228 aircraft from Bangladesh Navy 11 October 2017 RUAG Aviation has signed a contract for the sale of two new production Dornier 228 aircraft to Bangladesh Navy (BN), expanding their existing fleet of two Dornier 228s. The versatile aircraft will serve to support surveillance and patrol flights for all […]

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