Irkut MC21 takes off on its maiden flight

Today the latest Russian-produced aircraft, the Irkut MC21-300 has taken off on its maiden flight from the Irkutsk Aviation Plant.

The first MC21-300 on its maiden test flight. Copyright: Denis Fedorko on Wikimedia

The aircraft is planned to entry into service in 2019 with Aeroflot. It will have a capacity of 132-163 in a standard two-class configuration and a range of up to 6000-6400km (3200-3500nm).

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Swiss takes delivery of first CS300, becomes first airline to have both CSeries versions

Yesterday Swiss International Airlines has received its first of 20 Bombardier CS300 aircraft in Mirabel, making the airline the first operator of both version of the CSeries family in the world.

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The aircraft, registered HB-JCA (MSN 55010), has flown its delivery flight to Zurich today, but will later on fly to Geneva, where it will be based. The first revenue service for the airline will happen on June 1, operating flights to London Heathrow.

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British Airways cancels all flights out of Heathrow and Gatwick due to system outage until 1700GMT

British Airways has cancelled all flights out of London Heathrow and Gatwick due to a massive worldwide failure of their IT systems. The airline has announced that they haven’t found any evidence of a cyber attack.

Heathrow Airport has announced  on Twitter that all flights until 1800L (1700Z) have been cancelled due to this failure.

Meanwhile the situation in the terminals at Heathrow is chaotic, with flight gates being announced using manual blackboards and huge queues are forming at check-in boards.

[UPDATE 1540Z] British Airways has announced that flights have been cancelled for the rest of the day due to their IT systems failing catastrophically.

Batik Air Malaysia outlines 737 MAX 8 operations

Batik Air Malaysia have outlined their initial Boeing 737 MAX 8 operations from the carrier’s Kuala Lumpur base. The airline’s first 737 MAX 8, 9M-LRC, made it’s first revenue flight to Singapore Changi Int’l on the 22nd of May.

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As reported by Routes Online, here is the Batik Air’s 737 MAX 8 flight schedule.

Kuala Lumpur – Dhaka
23MAY17 OD166/165
24MAY17 – 30JUN17 OD163/164, OD165/166 (from 01JUN17)

Kuala Lumpur – Lahore
01JUN17 – 30JUN17 OD131/132

Kuala Lumpur – Langkawi
01JUN17 – 30JUN17 OD2206/2205

Kuala Lumpur – Singapore
22MAY17 OD803/804
01JUN17 – 30JUN17 OD801/802