Demand in the passenger segment suffered a slight drop but is expected by IATA to recover throughout the year. During February, Airbus received orders for 40 aircraft from several families and presented the first A330neo. However, the company’s adjustment to production could jeopardize 3,700 jobs in Europe. On the other hand, Boeing says it will not bring back the production of the 767 for passenger transportation and opened a production line in India with Tata Advanced Systems, where the AH-64 Apache fuselages will be produced. Embraer plans to deliver between five and 10 of its E190-E2 passenger aircraft in 2018.

This week in the aviation industry was marked by the delivery of aircraft to Mexican airlines, the inauguration of new routes and further developments in NAIM and CENTA. Interjet received its second A320 aircraft and Volaris will inaugurate a new route to Central America. Additionally, ICA won a tender and will build NAIM’s terminal platforms, the cargo and aircraft maintenance terminal and the airport’s satellite building. Meanwhile, two more stages of CENTA are under development.

A320 by Bernal Saborio. CC BY-SA 2.0

National

Interjet receives its second Airbus A320 equipped with CFM International LEAP engines.

Two more development stages of the CENTA research center are under development.

Volaris to inaugurate route between Cancun and El Salvador.

Aeroméxico segments its tariffs to offer its clients better service according to their needs and reaches an 8.7 percent growth in passenger traffic during February.

Bio jet fuel has the potential to improve sustainability but may not reduce fuel costs for carriers.

Aeromar to become Avianca México if the Mexican airline is purchased by Avianca and Synergy Aerospace.

ICA wins tender to build NAIM’s terminal platforms, cargo and aircraft maintenance terminal and satellite building.

SCT presents emergency temporary order to regulate flight contracts and meet provisions on passengers’ rights.

A330 by Bernal Saborio. CC BY-SA 2.0

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Passenger demand lost momentum during January for the first time in four years, but IATA expects 2018 to be a good year for aviation.

Airbus registers orders for 40 aircraft from various families during February.

Stratolaunch continues taxiing tests of the largest aircraft on earth in terms of wingspan.

Airbus presents the first A330neo that will be delivered to an airline. TAP Air Portugal is the first commercial carrier to receive this type of aircraft.

Israeli ground forces prefer Chinook over Sikorsky CH-53K heavy-lift helicopters.

Chinook by Matt Bond. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Tata Advanced Systems and Boeing open AH-64 Apache fuselage in India.

Boeing will not restart production of the 767 to be used as a passenger aircraft.

Lufthansa CEO eyes Airbus for A321LR aircraft but says it lacks enough range to fly from Germany to the US.

Safran develops contingency plans in case Brexit disrupts cross-border aerospace supply chain and could lead to divergent EU and UK regulations.

Ryanair to exercise all Boeing 737 buying options. 

If Airbnb enters the aviation business, it must be in a completely different way and offer a service that has not been experienced previously.

Imminent airline decisions on wide-body plane orders could influence the fate of Airbus A330neo even before the upgraded jet completes flight tests.

Aerospace Industries Association warns Trump that tariffs to steel and aluminum imports will harm aerospace and defense sector.

Boeing 737-800 by Bartlomej Mostek. CC BY 2.0

Capital requirements for air carriers soar past US$120 billion due to growing passenger traffic and strong fleet demand.

Airbus’ adjustment to production levels will affect 3,700 jobs in Europe.

Virgin Atlantic cancels order for six Airbus A380 that was placed in 2001.

Embraer to deliver between five and 10 E190-E2 aircraft in 2018.

IAG to disappear after Brexit, according to Ryanair CEO.

 

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