Boeing and its partner Saab AB have unveiled their joint entry into the USAF T-X contest to produce the next generation of jet training aircraft. Boeing says the proof of concept aircraft will show the USAF the performance, affordability, and maintainability advantages of their approach.
Boeing T-X is an all-new aircraft and takes advantage of the latest technologies, tools and manufacturing techniques. It is an advanced aircraft designed to evolve as technologies, missions and training needs change. The design is more affordable and flexible than older, existing aircraft.
"Our T-X is real, ready and the right choice for training pilots for generations to come," said Boeing Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Leanne Caret.
The Boeing T-X aircraft has one engine, twin tails, stadium seating and an advanced cockpit with embedded training. The system also offers state-of-the-art ground-based training and a maintenance-friendly design for long-term supportability.
"It’s an honor to build the future of Air Force training," said Saab President and CEO Håkan Buskhe. "We have created the best solution thanks to great cooperation and a clear strategy since day one."
T-X will replace the Air Force’s aging T-38 aircraft. Initial operating capability is planned for 2024.
Budapest Airport has announced that Wizz Air will be expanding operations from the Hungarian gateway, adding four new destinations and increasing frequencies on existing services. The ultra-low-cost carrier’s (ULCC) expansion will bring an extra 12 departing flights per week, and up to 65,000 additional seats from Budapest during the summer season.
Enhancing existing links to northern Germany, Wizz Air will be reinstating Budapest’s direct route to Hannover, last operated by Eurowings in 2010. Commencing April 10, 2017 the ULCC will be offering a four-times weekly link for the high volume of indirect traffic continually recorded from the region.
Having added Lisbon and Porto to its route network from Budapest during the last 12 months, Wizz Air will be including a twice-weekly service to Faro in its Portuguese destinations from April 1.
With almost 10,000 Hungarian travellers choosing a Norwegian city break last year, Wizz Air will begin a twice-weekly service to Bergen from April 10. Another new connection on Budapest’s route network, the link to the coastal city will also be the ULCC’s first direct flight to Norway from Hungary.
Seeing a rapid increase in the popularity of Italy as a leisure destination, Wizz Air will launch Budapest’s first direct connection to Lamezia Terme on April 12. The link to the Italian city in the Calabria region will complement the carrier’s already served Italian destination of Naples, Bari and Catania.
In addition there will be increased departures each week to two of the home-based airline’s routes launched earlier this year. Having already witnessed high demand on its links to Liverpool and Nice, Wizz Air will be adding an additional weekly service to each route, meaning both will be operated thrice-weekly from next summer.