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Aerospace News – Early November 2023

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Rolls-Royce has made a significant breakthrough in the drive towards sustainable air travel after successfully running its UltraFan® technology demonstrator to maximum power at its facility in Derby.

The initial stage of the test was conducted using 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

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GKN Aerospace and GE have deepened their long-term partnership on a series of industry-leading engines including the GEnx programme, the fastest-selling high-thrust engine. The new agreement focuses on three key areas: new technology insertion, fan case production and assembly, and repair of high volume, complex engines structures

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Aircraft maker, Airbus, has signed an order with Papua New Guinea national carrier, Air Niugini, for six latest generation single aisle A220-100s, under its fleet modernisation programme. In addition, the carrier will acquire three A220-300s and another two A220-100s from third party lessors.

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Year to date global aircraft orders are the highest since 2014 with 2,188 aircraft orders placed as the UK’s aerospace sector continues to soar in its ongoing recovery.

A new report from ADS Group, the trade association for aerospace, defence, security and space organisations highlights that orders for single-aisle aircraft continue to dominate market recovery and account for almost 80 per cent of orders in 2023.

As aircraft orders continue to surge, global deliveries remain steady and just below 2019 trends with 860 deliveries year to date, a 12 per cent increase on the same period in 2022. Deliveries for single-aisle and wide-body aircraft increased by 10 per cent and 24 per cent respectively at the end of Q3 which is positive for the UK’s advanced manufacturing sector.

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An order for 30 new aircraft will boost the wing-making plant of plane manufacturer, Airbus, which employs around 4,500 staff at its Broughton base, near Chester.

The latest order is from airBaltic, which will become the largest A220 customer in Europe after confirming an incremental order for an extra 30 A220-300s.  This new order will take the airline’s total firm order book to 80 aircraft.

Already operating a 44-strong fleet of A220-300s, airBaltic is currently the largest A220-300 operator in the world.

The airline’s history with the Airbus A220-300 dates back to 2016 when it was the launch customer, and in 2020, it refreshed its fleet to solely operate this aircraft type.

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Aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, has received an order for 10 A350-900s from national carrier, Egyptair, at the Dubai Airshow.

The order signing took place in the presence of Egyptair chairman and CEO engineer, Yehia Zakaria, and Airbus chief commercial officer and head of international, Christian Scherer.

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