Virgin Atlantic Selects A330neo as Fleet Overhaul Continues

Virgin Atlantic has become the first UK carrier to order the Airbus A330neo. The deal, signed at the Paris Air Show is for a total of 14 of the -900 variant, comprising of eight directly from Airbus and an additional

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UltraFan Engine Moves a Step Closer

Engineers at Rolls-Royce’s Derby facility in the UK have successfully tested a key component of the company’s UltraFan engine design. For the first time, all composite elements of the advanced low pressure system (ALPS), including fan blades, a fan case

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RR Withdraws from Mid-Size Airplane Project

Rolls-Royce is withdrawing from the competition to power Boeing’s proposed middle of the market – or New Midsize Airplane (NMA) – platform. The engine manufacturer said it believed the NMA complements Boeing’s existing product range, but it was unable to

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Trent Trouble Continues for Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has received more bad news regarding the Trent 1000 engine that powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family. In a new airworthiness directive (AD) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration on January 18 new restrictions are being placed on an

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China Airlines Unveils Joint Livery A350

China Airlines has taken delivery of its 14th Airbus A350-900, B-18918 (c/n 239), which features a special joint livery. The paint scheme combines the airline’s distinctive plum blossom logo with Airbus’ exclusive A350 XWB carbon fibre pattern. The airline operates

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More Trent Troubles

Rolls-Royce has revealed that durability issues affecting in-service Trent 1000s may be more widespread than first thought.  The British manufacturer had earlier this year identified problems affecting the Intermediate Pressure Compressor (IPC) in Package C engines but confirmed that a

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A Million Times Around the Globe

Rolls-Royce’s Trent 700 engine reached the significant milestone of completing the type’s 50 millionth flying hour – that equates to flying around the world more than one million times. The achievement occurred on June 1 while 380 Trent 700s (powering

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UltraFan Collaboration

Rolls-Royce and Airbus have signed a collaboration agreement to work on the integration of the UltraFan demonstrator engine to make it ready for flight testing. The European airframe manufacturer will provide both nacelle and engine/aircraft integration architecture and supportive technology

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Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 Problems Continue

Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has increased the frequency of inspections on the troubled Trent 1000s that power some Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Ongoing inspections and testing on the 380 engines affected has led to the company’s decision regarding the durability of the

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Thanks on a ’plane

Virgin Atlantic has introduced a special livery dedicated to its 9,000 employees.  Airbus A340-642 G-VNAP (c/n 622) has been returned to service after a spell in storage to enable the airline to meet capacity demands while some of its Boeing

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