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Can the A350-1000 live up to Airbus’s expectations?
The audience at Airbus’s annual press conference this year may have been a little surprised to hear the company’s senior executives singing the praises of the best-selling widebody produced by their arch-rival, the Boeing 777-300ER. Airbus chief salesman John Leahy described Boeing’s big twin, which has secured over 800 orders, as “a fantastic airplane”. For regular attendees, this sort of plaudit for the -300ER was nothing new. Airbus commercial aircraft president Fabrice Bregier has previously described the 777-300ER’s market positioning as being “in the sweet spot”.

Embraer flies fourth E190-E2 flight test prototype
Embraer has conducted the first flight of the fourth prototype in the E190-E2 test campaign. The aircraft, serial number 20.004, completed the flight in 2h at Embraer’s Sao Jose dos Campos facilities on 17 March.

Lessor BOC Aviation orders two more A320s
Singapore-headquartered lessor BOC Aviation has placed an order for two more Airbus A320-200s for delivery this year. BOC said an unnamed Asian airline has already committed to take the aircraft on lease.


AirAsia revives Global Express purchase
AirAsia has revived plans to purchase a used Bombardier Global Express business jet from Caterham Jet Global for executive transport use, after a previous deal fell through last year. In a disclosure to the Malaysian stock exchange, the low-cost carrier says that it plans to acquire the aircraft (registered 9M-CJG) for $10 million, which includes a $1.5 million deposit from the previous deal.

AirAsia X plans for more fifth-freedom flights
AirAsia X is planning to add more fifth-freedom flights as it seeks to take advantage of the growth at secondary and tertiary cities across North Asia. Sharing the long-haul, low-cost carrier’s plans was its head of network planning Venggatarao Niadu, as part of a panel at the Routes Asia Strategy Summit in Okinawa.

Flights canceled as French, Italian strikes hit
European travelers have been hit by yet another wave of strike action, as Italy’s air traffic controllers and air transport workers, as well as Air France’s cabin crew, stage separate protests. Airlines for Europe (A4E) warned that a four-hour Italian air traffic control (ATC) strike on March 20 was expected to cause more than 500 cancellations, flight delays and “extensive rescheduling.”

Dana Air crew failings highlight African safety gap
As IATA stresses a continuing falling accident rate in its annual review of commercial airline safety, the circumstances of the Dana Air crash in Lagos serve to remind that global progress is far from a uniform affair. Nigerian investigators’ newly disclosed narrative detailing the loss of the MD-83 almost amounts to a roll-call of the sort of practices that might tempt IATA’s safety teams to bang their collective heads despairingly against the walls of its Geneva headquarters.

Hawaiian Airlines supports formation of state airport authority
Hawaiian Airlines is supporting state-level legislation in Hawaii that, if approved, would form an independent airport commission tasked with speeding up infrastructure investment. "An Airport Corporation as envisioned in HB1443 would remove the impediments that have delayed the completion of Honolulu's Airport modernization program for more than a decade, creating a vastly improved transportation experience for residents and visitors alike," said Hawaiian executive Ann Botticelli.

Royal Jordanian reports new electronics ban on US flights
US regulators will soon prohibit passengers on some airlines from carrying a range of electronic devices on flights bound for the USA, say Royal Jordanian Airlines and Saudi Arabian authorities. Royal Jordanian says in a tweet that following "instructions from the concerned US departments", passengers on Royal Jordanian's flights to and from the USA are prohibited from "carrying any electronic device on board the flight cabins" effective 21 March.

Sichuan Airlines accelerates US expansion pace
China’s Sichuan Airlines is applying to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to open two international routes from Chengdu to Shenzhen-New York (twice-weekly), and Zhengzhou-Los Angeles (3X-weekly) in October. According to the CAAC, the Chengdu-based carrier plans to operate either the Airbus A330 or A350 on the routes.

Southwest reports uptick in RPMs, ASMs for Feb.
Southwest saw a year-over-year increase of 1.1% in revenue passenger miles for February, reaching almost 9 billion. Available seat miles increased 1.2%.

Possible fatalities reported in South Sudan turboprop crash
Possible fatalities are being reported from a Sudanese aircraft which crashed at the South Sudanese city of Wau. Images circulating on social media show the empennage of a turboprop aircraft, apparently featuring South Supreme Airlines livery.

United to retire 747 in October
United Airlines will retire its last Boeing 747-400 in “late October” after nearly half a century with the carrier. The Chicago-based carrier will “displace” its last 747 pilots on 30 October, it said in a crew resources update to pilots on 17 March. However, it does not set a date for the venerable jumbo jet’s final flight.


Fraport to operate Fortaleza and Porto Alegre airports in Brazil
Fraport AG is set to expand its global airport portfolio after placing the highest bids in public auctions for the concessions to operate Fortaleza and Porto Alegre airports in Brazil. The double win saw Fraport bid €446.81 million for the 30-year concession to operate and develop Fortaleza and around €114 million for the 25-year concession for Porto Alegre. Along with the concession price, Fraport will pay a fixed fee amounting to 5% of the airport’s annual revenue.


DARPA narrows down Gremlins competition
The Defense Advanced Research Projects has whittled down the competition for its retrievable drone program, Gremlins, to Dynetics Inc. and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the agency announced last week.

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