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Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens team up for electric future


29 November 2017


Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens have formed a partnership to make advances in hybrid-electric
propulsion for commercial aircraft.


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ST Aerospace to support Gulf Air’s new Boeing 787s


24 November 2017


Gulf Air has awarded a 15-year contract for Boeing 787 aircraft component support to ST Aerospace.


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Leonardo delivers first AW101 all-weather SAR helicopter for Norway


22 November 2017


Leonardo has delivered the first of 16 AW101 all-weather search and rescue helicopters to the
Norwegian Ministry of Justice & Public Security. 


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Magellan Aerospace breaks ground for new manufacturing and assembly plant in India


20 November 2017


Canada's federal minister of International Trade, The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne,
joined an esteemed group of customers, government officials and local business colleagues at
a traditional ground-breaking ceremony . . . 


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New Boom offers supersonic breakthrough for the future of flight


16 November 2017


After all the innovation and efficiency improvements we have seen in aviation over the last 50 years,
we’re not reaching our destination any quicker now than we were before. 

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Dream deals and double deck headaches in Dubai


15 November 2017


At the Dubai Airshow this week, Boeing made a great start on Sunday with a headline grabbing
order from Emirates Airlines for 40 Dreamliner 787-10s worth $15 billion. 


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EgyptAir chooses Pratt & Whitney engines for C Series aircraft order


14 November 2017


EgyptAir and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp, today announced the
selection of the PurePower Geared Turbofan engine to power up to 24 Bombardier CS300 aircraft. 


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Boeing completes acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences


8 November 2017


Boeing has completed the acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences, a world-class innovator, developer and manufacturer of advanced aerospace platforms and autonomous systems. 


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Pratt & Whitney Turkish Engine Center signs maintenance contract with Turkish Airlines


3 November 2017


Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp, has announced that the Pratt & Whitney
Turkish Engine Center has signed one of its largest maintenance contracts in recent history.

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EDM completes critical design review with China Eastern Airlines


2 November 2017


EDM, a global provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors, has
successfully completed a critical design review with China Eastern Airlines for the build of
two B787 Door Trainers.


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Aleris signs multi-year contract with Bombardier


1 November 2017


Aleris has signed a multi-year agreement with Bombardier to supply aluminium flat rolled products
for a variety of Bombardier aircraft programs. 


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MB Aerospace Group to acquire Asian Compressor Technology Services


27 October 2017


International aerospace group MB Aerospace has entered into an agreement to acquire
Taiwan-based Asian Compressor Technology Services Company Limited (ACTS).


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NASA chooses Aurora to evaluate electric aircraft concept


26 October 2017


NASA has awarded Aurora Flight Sciences a contract to perform a comprehensive evaluation of the
single-aisle turboelectric aircraft with aft boundary layer propulsion (STARC-ABL) aircraft concept. 


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Hughey and Phillips to merge with Manairco Inc. 


25 October 2017


Hughey and Phillips is to acquire Manairco Inc, an established sales and manufacturing company
with a reputation for excellence in the manufacture and design of airfield lighting systems and


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Near Earth Autonomy boosted by Boeing HorizonX investment 


23 October 2018


Boeing HorizonX has announced an investment in Near Earth Autonomy, a Pittsburgh-based company
focused on developing a portfolio of technologies to enable safe and reliable autonomous flight.


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NASA awards launch services contract for Landsat 9 Mission


20 October 2017


NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch
services for the Landsat 9 mission. 


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Airbus and Bombardier announce C Series partnership


17 October 2017


The dispute between Boeing and Bombardier escalated from David and Goliath to the Battle of the
Titans with the announcement that Airbus has agreed to purchase a majority share of the Canadian
aircraft manufacturer’s C-Series program.


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Raytheon opens new engineering facility in Albuquerque


16 October 2017


Raytheon Company has opened a new facility in the Sandia Science and Technology Park, Albuquerque,
New Mexico, expanding its operations to develop and produce range monitoring and telemetry systems
for the US and its allies. 


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NASA funds continued development of D8 airliner concept


11 October 2017


Aurora Flight Sciences has been awarded a twelve-month contract extension from NASA for continued development of the company's subsonic D8 X-Plane (XD8). 


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Boeing to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences


9 October 2017


Boeing has agreed to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, a world-class developer of autonomous
systems technologies for advanced robotic aircraft.


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UTC Aerospace Systems to provide nacelle system support to Neos 


5 October 2017


UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp, has been selected by the Italian airline, Neos,
to provide nacelle system support and maintenance services for its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. 


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Porcher Industries acquires P-D Interglas Technologies


3 October 2017


Porcher Industries has completed the acquisition of Interglas Technologies, including all business
operations, workforce resources, assets, infrastructure and brand rights, from the Preiss Daimler Group. 


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WestJet breaks ground on new Calgary hangar


29 September 2017


WestJet has broken ground on its new $50 million hangar project at YYC Calgary
International Airport.


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Early points for Boeing in a long subsidy game 


27 September 2017


The decision by the US Commerce Department to impose anti-subsidy duties on Bombardier’s
C-Series jets represents an early advantage for Boeing in what could turn into a long campaign.


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University of South Wales launches aviation engineering education at Dubai South


21 September 2017


The University of South Wales is to deliver degrees to aerospace engineering students as a key partner
at the UAE's new Dubai South development.


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Cyient to sell stake in Infotech Aerospace Services, to Pratt & Whitney


18 September 2017


Still making headlines, Cyient has agreed to sell its 49 per cent stake in Infotech Aerospace Services
Inc (IASI) to its joint venture partner Pratt & Whitney.


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Hexcel launches £7.4m project to create new carbon fibre fabrics


13 September 2017


Hexcel, a global leader in advanced composites technologies, will be launching a new UK Government-
backed £7.4 million research and development project, MAXIM . . . 


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Cyient to acquire B&F Design


11 September 2017


Cyient Limited, a global provider of engineering, manufacturing, network and operations
management services, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% equity ownership
in B&F Design Inc. 


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United Technologies to acquire Rockwell Collins for $30 billion


8 September 2017


United Technologies Corp has agreed to acquire Rockwell Collins for $140.00 per share, in cash
and UTC stock.  


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Spirit AeroSystems adds composites work at UK facility


5 September 2017


Spirit AeroSystems is to introduce new advanced composite technology work to the company's
UK facility in Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland.


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EDM's new £1.3m facility opened by Mayor of Greater Manchester 


4 September 2017


EDM, the global provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors, has welcomed
the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to open its new £1.3m facility.


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Lockheed Martin to begin production of CH-53K helicopter 


1 September 2017


The US Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to build the
first two production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters.


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CommutAir to expand Flight Training Center and aircraft maintenance facilities 


29 August 2017


United Express carrier CommutAir announced that it would double the size of its Washington-Dulles
Flight Training Center and expand its Albany, New York maintenance hangar campus.


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Caverton Helicopters expands fleet with eight new Bell helicopters


28 August 2017


Caverton Helicopters Limited, a subsidiary of The Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc, has entered
a purchase agreement with Dallas based Bell Helicopter for eight brand new Bell 407GXPs. 


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KLM chooses EDM for two Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainers


25 August 2017


EDM has been selected by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to manufacture B777 and B737 Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainers (CEETs).


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UTC Aerospace Systems expands nacelle facility in Alabama


24 August 2017


UTC Aerospace Systems has unveiled a new 80,000-square foot manufacturing and nacelle assembly facility at its award-winning campus in Foley, Alabama. 


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Lufthansa Cargo sets up test factory with IBS Software


18 August 2017


IT solutions provider IBS Software has set up a test factory for Lufthansa Cargo to ensure that
all its application software is fit for purpose.


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Brazilian operators order AW169 and GrandNew helicopters from Leonardo 


11 August 2017


Orders from Brazilian executive operators have strengthened Leonardo’s position in the country
as a leading provider of corporate and VIP helicopters.


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AAR starts work on 15 year $909 million landing gear contract for USAF


9 August 2017


Global aftermarket solutions company AAR has received the notice to proceed on the
$909,394,297 fixed-price contract from the US Air Force for the Landing Gear Performance-Based
Logistics One program.


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Lockheed Martin invests $350 million in ‘factory of the future’


4 August 2017


Preliminary construction is underway on a new, $350 million Lockheed Martin facility that will produce next-generation satellites. 


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Aerospace sector to see growth in 3D printing 


3 August 2017


In a recent B2B technology survey, ABI Research finds that 44% of manufacturing companies
currently have 3D printers in operation, but that most of these deployments are for prototyping
purposes only. 


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Delta broadens trans-Atlantic partnerships with equity investments


1 August 2017


Delta Air Lines is deepening its partnership with Air France-KLM Group with a €375 million investment
to acquire 10 per cent equity and a seat on the Air France-KLM Group board of directors. 


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Saab signs PEP agreement with Silver Airways


31 July 2017


Defence and security company Saab has signed a four-year parts exchange program (PEP) agreement
with Silver Airways, superseding a similar agreement between the two companies.


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UTC Aerospace Systems introduces new propeller de-icer and opens
US installation network


28 July 2017


Cutting-edge technology plus an expanded network of authorized installation centres are giving
owners, operators and customers more reasons to turn to UTC Aerospace Systems for their
de-icing needs.


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MTS Systems opens new Indian headquarters in Bangalore


24 July 2017


MTS Systems Corporation, a global supplier of high-performance test systems and sensors, has
strengthened its position in India by establishing the MTS India headquarters in Bangalore. 


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AAR to support flydubai’s Boeing 737 MAX aircraft


20 July 2017


AAR has signed a long-term contract with flydubai to provide comprehensive flight-hour component
support for its new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. 


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Chorus Aviation adds to regional jet lease fleet


19 July 2017


Canadian aircraft leasing operator Chorus Aviation has bee adding to its fleet lately with the recent
acquisition of three Bombardier Q400 aircraft on lease to Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi. 


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Porcher Industries supports Stelia Aerospace in thermoplastic fuselage demonstrator


18 July 2017


At the recent Paris Air Show, Stelia Aerospace presented its full-scale thermoplastic fuselage
demonstrator ARCHES BOX TP, featuring advanced composite materials from Porcher Industries.


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Air Transat to lease ten new Airbus A321neo LRs


13 July 2017


Ten Airbus A321LR aircraft will be joining the fleet of Canadian airline Air Transat, making it the first North American operator of this long-range single-aisle aircraft. 


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Rockwell Collins selected for KC-10 repair chain management


12 July 2017


L-3 Technologies recently awarded Rockwell Collins a repair chain management contract to support
the repair of over 500 parts for the US Air Force on 59 KC-10 aircraft. 


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Spirit AeroSystems to create fabrication centre of excellence in Oklahoma


11 July 2017


Spirit AeroSystems is to create a 3- and 4-axis machining centre of excellence at its McAlester,
Oklahoma, facility. 


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Sikorsky signs five-year contract to build Black Hawk helicopters for US Army


6 July 2017


Sikorsky has signed a five-year contract for 257 H-60 Black Hawk helicopters to be delivered to the US Army 


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Boeing Global Services begins operations


3 July 2017


Boeing has launched its third major business unit, Boeing Global Services, to run alongside
Commercial Airplanes and Defense, Space & Security. 


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Sikorsky to supply rare spare parts for Israeli Air Force helicopters


28 June 2017


Israel's Ministry of Defense has signed an agreement with Sikorsky to supply spare parts and associated engineering services in support of the CH-53D heavy lift helicopters operated by the Israeli Air Force (IAF). 


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F. LIST chooses Laval, Quebec, for North American production facility


26 June 2017


F.LIST, an Austrian manufacturer of high-end interiors for business and private jets, has chosen the town
of Laval, in the greater Montreal area of Quebec, as the site of its new North American production facility.


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New agreement brings laser strike protection to civil aviation market


23 June 2017


Satair Group and Metamaterial Technologies’ optical filters division Lamda Guard of Halifax, Nova Scotia,
Canada have agreed 
to bring MTI's laser protection product metaAIR to the civil aviation market.


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Hybrid Air Freighters to purchase Lockheed Martin Hybrid Airships


22 June 2017


Hybrid Air Freighters (HAF) has said it will buy up to 12 Lockheed Martin Hybrid Airships at a
total value of approximately $500 million. 


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XTI Aircraft Company writes first orders for TriFan 600


21 June 2017


XTI Aircraft Company announced at the Paris Air Show that it has entered into agreements for the sale of its
first three production units of the TriFan 600 vertical take-off airplane.


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Okay Airways orders 15 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes


20 June 2017


Okay Airways has ordered 15 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes, valued at $1.8 billion at current list prices. The order consists of eight 737 MAX 10s and seven 737 MAX 8s. 


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Aviall adds Pratt & Whitney APU spares to its distribution catalogue


19 June 2017


Boeing’s parts distribution subsidiary Aviall has signed a deal at the Paris Air Show with Pratt & Whitney
Canada to distribute spare parts for its new PW980 Auxiliary Power Unit. 


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Cascade Aerospace delivers fifth CL-215T to Government of Saskatchewan


15 June 2017


Converted from a piston-engine powered aircraft to a turboprop-powered aircraft, this amphibious
fire-fighting aircraft is Cascade's ninth Viking CL-215T conversion overall.


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Solar Ship and Zenair to develop new electric bush plane


9 June 2017


Solar Ship and Zenair Ltd have announced an agreement to convert the existing Zenair STOL
(short take-off and landing) CH750 aircraft into an electric bush plane. 


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Elite Aerospace Group acquires HALO Industries


6 June 2017


Elite Aerospace Group has acquired HALO Industries, a precision machining and engineering enterprise
with over 30 years’ experience supporting the aerospace, defense, orbital rocket and communication sectors,
as well as commercial aviation.


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Russian MC-21-300 commercial airliner completes maiden flight


1 June 2017


The maiden flight of Russia’s new MC-21-300 commercial aircraft took place on 28 May from
the airfield of the Irkutsk Aviation Plant.


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Honeywell and VietJet Air sign $100 million agreement


31 May 2017


Honeywell has signed an agreement with VietJet Air for 98 auxiliary power units for the airliner's
new fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. 


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Jetex to deliver FBO services at 15 locations in France


25 May 2017


Under a co-branding agreement with French airport developer Edeis, Jetex Flight Support will provide
FBO (fixed base operator) services and ground-handling support across 15 locations within the Edeis
Airports network in France. 




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Boeing signs agreements in Saudi Arabia 


22 May 2017


Several defense and commercial agreements were announced during President Trump’s recent visit

to Saudi Arabia, including a number involving Boeing.


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Raytheon establishes business unit in Saudi Arabia


21 May 2017


Raytheon Company and the Saudi Arabia Military Industries Company have signed a memorandum of
understanding to cooperate on defense-related projects and technology development.


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Life Flight Network adds Dassault Falcon 50 to its fleet


16 May 2017


Recognizing the need to move critical patients more efficiently over long distances, Life Flight Network,
the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, has purchased a Dassault Falcon 50. 


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Ghafari to design Turkish Airlines critical facilities at New Istanbul Airport


15 May 2017


Global firm Ghafari Associates has been awarded a contract to provide full planning, architectural, and
engineering services for airline operations support facilities at the New Istanbul Airport. 


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Delta defers A350 deliveries in favour of extra A321s​


12 May 2017


Delta Air Lines has agreed with Airbus to place an expanded A321-200 order for 30 additional aircraft
and to defer ten of its 25 A350-900 deliveries set for 2019-2020 by two to three years.


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MDA to establish a Satellite Centre of Excellence in Montreal


10 May 2017


MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (MDA), a global communications and information company,
has announced that its Quebec subsidiary has signed a letter of intent with the Government of Quebec
to establish a Satellite Centre of Excellence in Montreal. 


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