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Royal Air Force celebrates centenary over London


11 July 2018


On 10 July, 100 days after its official 100th birthday, the Royal Air Force celebrated its centenary with a spectacular fly-past of up to 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace in London.


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C Series adopted into Airbus family


10 July 2018


The deal in which Airbus acquired a majority stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited
Partnership (CSALP) closed on 1 July, but Airbus has now announced that the aircraft
are being rebranded as Airbus A220. 


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Boeing and Embraer to establish strategic aerospace partnership


9 July 2018


Boeing and Embraer have agreed to form a joint venture that would align the commercial
aircraft and services business of Embraer with Boeing's commercial development,
production, marketing and lifecycle services operations. 

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Consolidated Precision Products to acquire Selmet


6 July 2018


Consolidated Precision Products Corp, a manufacturer of components and sub-assemblies
for aerospace and defence, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Selmet, Inc. 


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Airbus and Bombardier celebrate C Series Partnership 


5 July 2018


While the United States was celebrating Independence Day, a group of people in Quebec,
Canada were throwing their own party on the 4th of July this year. 


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Airbus Helicopters and Safran improve endurance of H125 and H130


3 July 2018


Airbus H125 and H130 helicopter customers will get a boost in their operations thanks
to a significant reduction in direct maintenance costs for the Safran Arriel 2D engine.


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Cargo in the spotlight at Farnborough 2018


2 July 2018


Cargo is taking centre-stage at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow with a 1,000sqm
village centred around a static display of ‘giants of the sky’, including 747s and an Antonov. 


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First BelugaXL rolls out of Airbus paint shop


29 June 2018


The first BelugaXL has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, France,
sporting a special livery to make it resemble a beluga whale. 


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Spirit AeroSystems opens new facilities in Malaysia 


28 June 2018


Spirit AeroSystems has expanded its manufacturing operations in Subang, Malaysia, with the official opening of the site's new logistics warehouse. 


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First ACJ320neo enters final assembly


27 June 2018


The first ACJ320neo has entered final assembly in Hamburg, marking the start of
a new era in Airbus corporate jets. 


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Boeing HorizonX Ventures invests in UAV start-up Matternet


26 June 2018


Boeing has announced an investment in Matternet, a California-based start-up pioneering safe,
on-demand unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivery operations in urban environments. 


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Lockheed Martin to build F-16 Block 70 aircraft for Bahrain


25 June 2018


Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $1.2 billion contract from the US government
to produce 16 new F-16 Block 70 aircraft for the Royal Bahraini Air Force. 


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Delta to become launch operator of Bombardier’s Atmosphère cabin


22 June 2018


Delta Air Lines has signed a firm purchase agreement for 20 CRJ900 aircraft, making it the
launch operator of the new Atmosphère cabin for CRJ Series regional jets.


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Airbus Helicopters delivers first H145s to Rega


21 June 2018


Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two of six H145 helicopters to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega.


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Jet Airways takes delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 


20 June 2018


Jet Airways has become the first airline in India to operate the new Boeing 737 MAX. 


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Norway's first electric flight


19 June 2018


Avinor, Norway's state-run aviation company, conducted its first electric flight at
Oslo Airport on Monday 18 June


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Airbus opens fourth A320 production line in Hamburg


14 June 2018


Airbus has inaugurated the fourth A320 Family production line in Hamburg, Germany. 


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Boeing and Safran to design, build and service auxiliary power units


12 June 2018


Boeing and Safran are joining forces to design, build and service auxiliary power units to create
better value for customers and the industry at large. 


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Airbus, Bombardier and Investissement Québec finalise C Series Partnership 


8 June 2018


After receiving all the required regulatory approvals, Airbus, Bombardier and Investissement Québec
have agreed to close the C Series transaction on 1 July 2018. 


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GE introduces AiRXOS to develop unmanned traffic management 


7 June 2018


GE has founded a new company, AiRXOS, to accelerate the integration of air and ground
space for manned and unmanned vehicles. 


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Drone start-up Kittyhawk secures $5 million funding 


7 June 2018


California-based Kittyhawk, a start-up technology company offering what it calls
a ‘unified approach’ to the safe operation of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS),
has secured $5 million in funding. 


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Honda sells aircraft to Japan


6 June 2018


Honda Aircraft Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co, has expanded
its sales to Japan with the appointment of Marubeni Aerospace as HondaJet Japan. 


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Pratt & Whitney to build more engines for F-35 program


4 June 2018


The US Department of Defense has ordered another batch of F135 engines from Pratt & Whitney to power all three variants of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft program. 


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Gulfstream selects TAG Farnborough Airport for new London service centre


30 May 2018


Gulfstream Aerospace Corp has announced an expansion of its maintenance, repair and overhaul
operation in the London area with a new, larger, purpose-built facility at TAG Farnborough Airport.


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United Technologies plans $15 billion investment in United States


29 May 2018


United Technologies has announced plans to invest more than $15 billion in research and
development and capital expenditures in the United States over the next five years. 


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Pratt & Whitney to invest in West Palm Beach facility


25 May 2018


Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp, is to invest
up to $100 million in its existing West Palm Beach facility.


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Allegiant takes delivery of its first American made Airbus A320


24 May 2018


Allegiant has welcomed its first US-produced A320 aircraft from the Airbus
US Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. 


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JetSuite signs up for Zunum’s electric plane


21 May 2018


Charter operator JetSuite has agreed to become the launch customer for a 12-seater
hybrid-electric aircraft being developed by Seattle-based Zunum Aero. 


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Sikorsky starts delivery of CH-53 King Stallion heavy lift helicopters to the US Marine Corps


17 May 2018


Sikorsky has delivered the first of an expected 200 CH-53 King Stallion helicopters
to the US Marine Corps. 


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Raytheon breaks ground on Ontario International Airport hangar


14 May 2018


Raytheon Company and the Ontario International Airport Authority broke ground Friday
on a hangar that will house Raytheon's flying test bed platform.


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Aleris to supply aluminium to Boeing


8 May 2018


Boeing has signed a multi-year contract with Aleris for the supply of aluminium
plate and sheet. 


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Spirit AeroSystems to acquire EU-based supplier Asco Industries


4 May 2018


Spirit AeroSystems has agreed to acquire SRIF, the parent company of Asco Industries,
for $650 million in cash. 


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Jet Aviation completes acquisition of Hawker Pacific


3 May 2018


Jet Aviation has completed its acquisition of Hawker Pacific, a leading provider of civil MRO,
fleet and FBO services, and aircraft sales across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. 


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Boeing to acquire aerospace parts distributor KLX Inc


2 May 2018


To enhance its growing services business, Boeing has agreed to acquire aerospace parts distributor
KLX Inc for $4.25 billion in an all-cash transaction.


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Lockheed Martin opens new facility in Florida to support F-35 production 


1 May 2018


Lockheed Martin has formally opened a new manufacturing facility in Pinellas Park, Florida
to support the increasing F-35 production rate. 


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Deloitte predicts sustained growth for aerospace and defence sector


27 April 2018


The global aerospace and defence industry is expected to experience significant growth in 2018,
according to Deloitte Global's 2018 Global Aerospace and Defense Industry Outlook.


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Gulfstream to expand service facilities in Savannah


24 April 2018


Gulfstream Aerospace Corp is to build a new service centre at Savannah/Hilton Head
International Airport in response to its growing customer fleet's needs for maintenance and service. 


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Magellan Aerospace secures Airbus A330 wing rib contract


20 April 2018


Magellan Aerospace has secured a 5-year agreement with Airbus to supply wing ribs
for the A330 aircraft. 


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Government of Canada invests in aerospace sector


17 April 2018


The Government of Canada is investing in Canada's aerospace sector to advance innovation and
create well-paying middle-class jobs.


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Pratt & Whitney grows geared turbofan engine repair network


16 April 2018


Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp, is to develop a global network of providers
who maintain its PW1100G-JM geared turbofan (GTF) engine.


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Government of Canada investing in safety at local airports


12 April 2018


The Government of Canada has announced a program to invest in safety at a number of local airports
across the country.


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Safran Nacelles provides life support for Interjet and WOW air


11 April 2018


At the MRO Americas 2018 exhibition in Orlando, Florida, Safran Nacelles has signed five year
agreements with Mexican airline Interjet and Icelandic carrier WOW air, to provide repair services
and spares pool resources for engine nacelles on the airlines’ Airbus A320neo-series jetliners.

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Spirit AeroSystems opens fabrication centre of excellence at McAlester, Oklahoma


6 April 2018


Spirit AeroSystems has officially opened its second centre of excellence for the fabrication of
complex commercial and military aircraft parts. 


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Aviation Technical Services acquires American Cooler Service


5 April 2018


Aviation Technical Services (ATS) has acquired American Cooler Service (ACS) Inc., a company that
specializes in heat exchangers, fuel systems, pneumatics, and electromechanical components. 


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AeroCision to become part of Bromford Industries


4 April 2018


AeroCision, a Connecticut-based supplier of engine components and assemblies for the global
aerospace industry, has been acquired by private equity firm Liberty Hall Capital Partners.


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NASA appoints Lockheed Martin Skunk Works to build passenger X-plane


3 April 2018


NASA has awarded Lockheed Martin Skunk Works a contract to design, build and flight test
the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator, an X-plane designed to revive the commercial viability of
supersonic passenger air travel.


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Godrej Aerospace launches centre of excellence in Mumbai


29 March 2018


Godrej Aerospace, a unit of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd, has opened a centre of excellence in Mumbai, India, to enhance its manufacturing capabilities in the aero engine industry.


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Qantas makes first direct flight from Perth to London


26 March 2018


The first scheduled non-stop flight between Australia and the UK touched down Sunday morning at
London's Heathrow Airport. 


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Hexcel opens new manufacturing facility in Casablanca


23 March 2018


Advanced composite materials manufacturer Hexcel has officially opened a new $20 million
state-of-the art manufacturing facility at the MidParc Free Trade Zone in Casablanca.


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TransDigm to acquire Extant Aerospace


20 March 2018


TransDigm Group is to acquire Extant Components Group Holdings, a supplier of proprietary
electronics and electromechanical products for the aerospace and defence markets . . .


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