New York-based JetBlue Airways has amended its existing purchase agreement with Airbus to include an additional 15 Airbus A321ceo (current engine option) and 15 A321neo (new engine option) aircraft. Beginning in 2019, JetBlue has the flexibility to configure the A321neo aircraft to the longer range A321LR.
Many of JetBlue’s newly ordered A321 aircraft are expected to be delivered from Airbus’ newest manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. The first aircraft to be produced at Airbus’ US Manufacturing Facility – a JetBlue A321 known as the ‘BluesMobile’ delivered this spring and was recently displayed at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
JetBlue currently operates a fleet of 160 A320 family aircraft, including 130 A320s and 30 A321s. Including this most recent order the airline’s backlog of Airbus aircraft comprises 116 jets: 25 A320neo, 31 A321ceo, and 60 A321neo aircraft.
A £344m project to extend the facilities at London City Airport has been approved.
NASA is to produce its first new X-Plane in more than a decade. The X-57 Maxwell was announced on June 17 and will be based on the Italian-designed Tecnam P2006T twin-engine light aircraft. However, the existing wing will be replaced by a new unit into which will be integrated 14 electric motors turning propellers – 12 on the leading edge for take offs and landings, plus one larger motor on each wing tip for use while at cruise altitude.
The aircraft will form part of NASA’s New Aviation Horizons initiative and as many as five other larger transport-scale X-planes are also are planned. The collective goal of the programme is to demonstrate advanced technologies to reduce fuel use, emissions and noise, and thus accelerate their introduction to the marketplace.
The X-57 will be christened the Maxwell in honour of James Clerk Maxwell, the 19th century Scottish physicist who pioneered work in the area of electromagnetism.
Russia’s new MC-21-300 airliner was rolled out at the Irkutsk Aircraft Plant production facility on June 8
The Polish Air Force’s first M-346 (7701) was rolled out at Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s facility in Venegono-Superiore, near Varese, Italy, on June 6. Seven other M-346 lead-in fighter trainer aircraft are destined for Poland, and 7701 will now undergo a flight test programme to certify bespoke systems chosen by its air force, including a brake parachute.
The Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) HTT-40 basic trainer made its first flight on May 31.
Congratulations to Boeing on its 100th ‘birthday’, which was celebrated over the weekend. To mark the historic occasion, we present a series of photos showing a handful of the company’s most iconic creations. We also have a free 100 Years of Boeing double sided poster in the July issue of Aviation News – in all good newsagents NOW
AIRBUS DEFENCE and Space has delivered the last of 14 A330-200 Voyagers to the Royal Air Force. The final aircraft, Voyager KC2 (ZZ343)/EC-331 (c/n 1610), callsign ‘AED329’, landed at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, at 1606hrs yesterday, July 13, after a ferry flight from Getafe, Spain.
MBDA AND Boeing have successfully completed a series of physical trials and firings of the Brimstone missile on the AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter to confirm the feasibility of integrating the missile with the United Kingdom’s future AH-64E fleet.