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ITA Airways firms up order for 28 Airbus aircraft
ITA Airways, Italy’s new national carrier, has firmed up an order with Airbus for 28 aircraft, including seven A220s, 11 A320neos and 10 A330neos, the latest version of the most popular A330 widebody airliner. The order confirms the Memorandum of Understanding announced on 30th September 2021. In addition, the airline will pursue its plans to lease A350s to complement its fleet modernisation.
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Commercial Aircraft
China Airlines becomes new operator of A321neo
China Airlines (CAL) has become the latest operator of the A321neo, following the delivery of its first aircraft of the type, on lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC) (NYSE: AL).
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First in-flight 100% sustainable-fuels emissions study of passenger jet shows early promise
The ECLIF3 study, involving Airbus, Rolls-Royce, German research centre DLR and SAF producer Neste, marks the first time 100% SAF has been measured simultaneously on both engines of a commercial passenger aircraft – an Airbus A350 aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.
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Airbus-built MetOp-A weather satellite retires after 15 years of operations
After 15 years of successful operations ESA´s/Eumetsat´s weather satellite MetOp-A ,which was built in the satellite centres of Airbus Defence and Space at Toulouse (France) and Friedrichshafen (Germany), has retired these days. Launched on 19 October 2006, MetOp-A has tripled its planned lifetime and has become a game changer in contributing to weather forecasting and climate research.
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The aerial dance of DLR’s Falcon 20E and #A350 operating on 100% SAF
Sustainability
This chase aircraft is tracking 100% SAF’s emissions performance
The latest test flight of an A350 operating on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has mobilised DLR’s Falcon 20E to capture and analyse in-flight data. Flying within 100 metres during the test campaign, the two aircraft are already delivering invaluable insight, the preliminary observations of which point to the positive impact of SAF on aircraft emissions.
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UH-72 Lakota in Haiti
Helicopters
In the eye of two storms
When a 7.2 earthquake hit Haiti this summer, the Puerto Rico National Guard was called up to be part of the disaster response effort. Their UH-72 Lakota turned out to be an asset for ISR missions.
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