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December 14, 2022



Today's Top Stories


United Airlines Orders Nearly 200 Boeing 787s

United Airlines has announced an order for nearly 200 Boeing 787s, describing it as the largest widebody order by a U.S. carrier in commercial aviation history. United has signed an order for 100 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, with options for 100 more. The aircraft will be a mix of 787-8, -9 and -10 variants, which United will choose as each unit goes into production. The new aircraft will replace the airline’s 767 fleet. Delivery of the order is expected to begin in 2024 and will be completed by 2032.

The Points Guy | Related HOTR: United Likely Can Cancel A350 Order With Little Penalty - Leeham News And Analysis



Boom Partners With Kratos For Supersonic Engines

Boom Supersonic has teamed up with US-based startup, Kratos Defense to develop an engine capable of powering supersonic airliners. Kratos’ Florida Turbines Technologies will lead the engine design and will assemble some of the first engines as Boom attempts to revive supersonics. The Overture, Boom’s proposed aircraft, is planned to reach a speed of Mach 1.7 and carry 65 to 88 passengers. Kratos, previously, successfully developed the XQ-58 Valkyrie stealth combat drone.

Aerotime Hub | Related Airport Authority And Boom Move Ahead With Plans For Supersonic-Jet Factory At PTI - The Business Journals



SWISS To Fly The ‘New Technology’ Airbus A350-900 From 2025

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is taking a major step forward in the modernisation of its long-haul aircraft fleet. From 2025 onwards, SWISS will gradually take delivery of five new advanced, highly economical and low-emission Airbus A350-900 twinjets, which will eventually replace the airline’s four remaining four-engined Airbus A340-300s. The five aircraft concerned are part of a total order of twenty-five A350-900s which was placed by the Lufthansa Group in 2019.

Aviation24.be | Related Singapore Airlines Plans Reconfig Of Ultra-Long Range A350s - Executive Traveller



Eviation Announces Letter Of Intent For The All-Electric Alice From Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with all-electric aircraft manufacturer Eviation Aircraft, for up to 23 all-electric Alice aircraft. The airline is the first national flag carrier to sign a LOI to order as part of its Mission NextGen Aircraft program to lead the roll out of zero-emission airplanes. Alice is the first flight-proven all-electric commuter aircraft that promises to usher in a new era of carbon-free, cost-effective and convenient aviation.

PR Newswire | Related Embraer Unveils Plans for Hybrid Electric, Hydrogen Electric Aircraft - Flying Magazine



Airbus Tests A321XLR With 13-Hour Flight

On December 13th, an Airbus A321XLR took to the skies for a 13-hour test flight from Toulouse. The flight marks a significant milestone for the aircraft as it proves its design for long-haul flying. The A321XLR is widely considered to be a plane of the future. At its core, the XLR is an Airbus A321neo designed to fly to further destinations. Airbus hopes to demonstrate the capabilities of this aircraft and will monitor the airplane, checking for any flaws that might manifest on such a long flight.

Simple Flying | Related Airbus To Modify A321XLR Fuselage As Per FAA Request - Aerotime Hub



Aktobe Airport Will Implement TAV Technologies’ CUPPS Platform

Aktobe International Airport in Kazakhstan will deploy TAV Technologies’ common-use passenger processing system (CUPPS). The new platform will automate passenger check-in and boarding processes at the airport. The platform offers advanced monitoring and management capabilities, allowing operators to monitor real-time status and manage all the workstations from one location. Additionally, with the implementation of the new platform, the airport is expected to cut its overall environmental footprint by reducing energy usage.

Airport-Technology | Related TAV Technologies Completes First Phase Of Samarkand Airport’s Digitalization - Passenger Terminal Today



Intelsat Successfully Launches Galaxy 35 and Galaxy 36 Satellites

Intelsat has announced the successful launch of Galaxy 35 and Galaxy 36, geosynchronous communications satellites that will provide dedicated North American links to broadcasters allowing them to air live events and programs including sports, entertainment and breaking news coverage. Galaxy 35 will replace Galaxy 3C and Galaxy 36 will replace Galaxy 28. Today’s launch continues Intelsat’s Galaxy fleet refresh plan and carries the fifth and sixth out of seven new Intelsat satellites launching in 2022 and 2023.

Valdosta Daily Times | Related Intelsat Orders Small GEO Satellite From 3D Printing Specialist - SpaceNews




Today’s picture comes from @spotwithmelvin, showing an Air Tahiti Nui Boeing 787 taxiing to RWY 25R.

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> Quote of the Day

“By 2030, if we exercise these options, more than 80% of our long-haul flying will be on the 787 platform. It aids our reliability, it makes things more simple, and it's a great aircraft for our customers to fly on.”

Gerry Laderman, Chief Financial Officer, United Airlines
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