Airline Industry News

This Secret Wind Tunnel Tested World War II Aircraft

21 Sep 2017

This wind tunnel at the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough, Hampshire, was built in 1935 to study how wind affected objects, and played a crucial role in developing World War II aeroplanes. One aeroplane that was later tested here was the Hawker Hurricane which became the main force for victory in the Battle of Britain.

The wind tunnel was once a military secret, but it now sits abandoned save for open days and guided tours run by the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust.

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First 3D Printed Component to Ever be installed on an Airbus Commercial Aircraft

20 Sep 2017

Aircraft manufacturer, Airbus has implemented a 3D printed titanium bracket on its series production commercial aircraft the A350 XWB.

Airbus and its partner Arconic – an advanced manufacturing and engineering company – reveals that this could be just a first step into using 3D printing technology for aircraft production, and other complex 3D printed parts have already been flown on text aeroplanes.

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Plane Crashes into Truck at Manchester Airport Leaving Hole in Vehicle

17 Sep 2017

An aircraft crashed into a catering truck at Manchester airport this morning leaving the wing of the plane ‘embedded’ in the side of the vehicle.

None of around 60 passengers or crew on board the ATR 72 twin turboprop were hurt by the impact, but did feel a jolt as they made impact with the truck.

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Image credit: Manchester Evening News

Air India Aircraft Hits Parked Cooling Unit

16 Sep

An Air India aircraft hit a parked ground cooling unit at around 10pm on Friday while the flight was taxing, fortunately no one was harmed in the incident.

"During taxing into the bay, the number 1 engine outboard side hit into a parked ground cool unit at bay C33," Said an Air India spokesperson. The cooling units are used to maintain temperatures inside the aircraft.

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Air France Announce ‘Joon’, its New Lower Cost Airline

20 Jul 2017

Air France has unveiled its new low-cost airline ‘Joon’ which it says is aimed at millennials. The new airline is “especially aimed at a young working clientele, the millennials (18 to 35 year-olds), whose lifestyles revolve around digital technology" Air France said in a statement, but have not yet expanded on what technology will be used.

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Image credit: Air France

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