The new largest aircraft in the world, the Stratolaunch, has rolled out of its assembly hangar. The jet, made by Scale Composites (which is owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen), has some impressive features, such as its 117 metre (383.86 feet) wingspan, its 6 turbofan engines and 650 tonne gross weight.
The aircraft’s engines are Pratt and Whitney PW4000 engines, seen today on many 747s, 757s, 767s, 777s, A300/A310s and A330s. They are each rated at around 56,750 lbs of thrust each, clocking in at a total of 340,500lbs of thrust. This is up 30,900lbs from the Antonov AN-225 ‘Mryia’ (the current largest aircraft in the world), of which its six Progress D-18T turbofans produce 51,600lbs of thrust, clocking in at around 309,600lbs.
Malaysian carrier AirAsia announced last week that they have signed a joint venture agreement to launch a new Chinese start-up, AirAsia China. AirAsia representatives have hinted that the aircraft of choice for the new carrier would be Chinese manufactured COMAC C919.
AirAsia China is planned to be based in Zhengzhou, in the Henan Province of China, situated on the Yellow River. The venture is to run in partnership with the Everbright Group. The group already has operations in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, India and the Philippines.
Back in 2013, Air Canada first announced their orders of 61 737 MAX’s (33 MAX-8s and 28 MAX-9s) from Boeing to renew their narrowbody fleet of Airbus A320s and A321s.
President of airline consulting firm AirTrav Inc, Robert Kokonis said, “It’s about matching supply with demand – putting the right aircraft on a route. Airlines are constantly juggling fleet allocation.”
British carrier Monarch Airlines has received their first Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The single aisle twin jet will be used for crew familiarisation flights before the airline’s fleet of 737 MAX aircraft arrive in 2018.
Boeing 737-82R(WL) TC-AAY (MSN 40874) arrived at Birmingham Airport (BHX/EGBB) at 8:57 AM on the 18th of May, after a 3 hour 31 minute delivery flight from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW/LTFJ).