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AvTalk Episode 24: A Big Win for Bombardier

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome back CNN aviation editor Jon Ostrower to discuss the surprise ruling by the ITC in the Boeing—Bombardier C Series tariff case. We round up some news from the past few weeks and we answer the age old question: how many plumbers does it take to fix a broken lavatory?

ITC rules in favor of the C Series

In a surprise ruling, the ITC voted in favor of the C Series, and against Boeing, in a trade dispute that has wide-ranging implications for the aviation industry. We invite CNN aviation editor Jon Ostrower back to the program to discuss what the ruling means for the industry and where Bombardier and Boeing go from here.

Plugged up plane plunges plumbers’ plans

We recap the past few weeks in aviation, including the Norwegian flight with 85 plumbers aboard that needed to return to Oslo… because the toilets stopped working.

Elsewhere, Alaska Airlines unveiled the first former Virgin America A320 to wear the Alaska livery, the 787-10 earned FAA certification, WOW Air sent and A321neo from Reykjavik to Los Angeles, and Mike Isler continues to have one of the best jobs in the world.

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Following the Airbus A350-1000 Tour

Airbus is taking its A350-1000 on a multi-stop tour that began this weekend in Doha and concludes in Manila next month. Along the way, the aircraft will visit 12 destinations in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand before returning to Toulouse. Included in the tour is a stop at the Singapore Air Show in early February. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 23: Ground Stop

On this episode of AvTalk we recap the meltdown at JFK Airport in New York after a blizzard that forced some flights to wait over 7 hours for a gate. A 737 tries to go swimming in the Black Sea. We review the 2017 Airbus and Boeing delivery numbers. And we remember a few moments from this week in aviation history. (more…)

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Highlights from the Airbus 2017 Delivery Figures

Airbus released its 2017 order and delivery figures on Monday, delivering a company-record 718 aircraft. Most of the aircraft delivered by Airbus in 2017 were from the A320 family, which includes the A319, A320, and A321. 181 of the A320 family aircraft were New engine option (neo) variants. (more…)

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Tracking the Airbus A350-1000 Flight Test Campaign

In just under a year, the Airbus A350-1000 went from first flight to type certification. Using three test aircraft, Airbus flew throughout Europe and visited North and South America and Asia to complete the necessary flights and tests. We’ve put together a visualization showing some of the A350-1000’s flight test program as it built hours toward certification.

362 days to certification

Red: F-WMIL | Blue: F-WLXV  | Yellow: F-WWXL

First flights

The A350-1000 first took flight on 24 November 2016, with MSN 059 | F-WMIL spending 4 hours 20 minutes in the skies above France.

Flight track and speed & altitude graph of the Airbus A350-1000’s first flight

MSN 071 | F-WWXL flew next on 10 January 2017 and MSN 065 | F-WLXV made first flight 1 month later, taking off on 7 February.

Milestones

We checked in on the program in late February.

A350-1000 flight tests through 20 February 2017

And Airbus performed its first long flight passenger tests on 11 May when F-WLXV flew around Europe with a full complement of passengers and crew.

The Airbus A350-1000’s ‘Extra Long Flight’

Certification

The A350-1000 received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency and Federal Aviation Administration on 21 November 2017, paving the way for delivery of the first aircraft to launch customer Qatar Airways later this year.

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AvTalk Episode 19: They Bought How Many Planes!?

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome back Seth Miller to discuss his recent adventures on a variety of Japanese low-cost carriers and his flight on the COMAC ARJ 21. He also fills us in on the status of Operation Puerto Rico Care Lift and the upcoming Operation Gift Lift. And we recap the massive order book of the Dubai Airshow and check in on a few A380s in the news. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 17: The C Series Double Take

On this episode of AvTalk, we sit down with Jon Ostrower, CNN’s aviation editor, for an extended conversation about the recent Airbus and Bombardier C Series news. Jason makes a quick trip to France for the A330neo’s first flight, we go around for one last pass at Air Berlin, and we run through some news you may have missed in the past few weeks. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 16: Uncontained Failure

On this episode of AvTalk, Jason finally gets to fly the Bombardier C Series, we say goodbye to Monarch Airlines, get an update on the Air France A380 that suffered an engine failure over Greenland, and find out how Loon balloons might soon be helping the people of Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria. (more…)