First flight of the CRJ200 SF

US-based conversion specialist Aeronautical Engineers, Inc completed the first flight of the freighter-converted CRJ200. As we do whenever a new freighter type flies for the first time, we will welcome the newcomer with a few photos. AEI launched the program in cooperation with Bombardier (the CRJ’s manufacturer) in 2013. At first the launch was speculative, but […]

First flight for Bombardier CSeries 300

On 27 February, Bombardier conducted the first flight of its CS300, the largest member of the companies new CSeries aircraft, capable of seating up to 149 passengers. The CSeries is not going to be a player in the cargo game, but it’s always interesting to see the debut of a new type, and since the […]

A350 XWB first flight

From the precisely-timed takeoff to a smooth landing just over four hours later, the A350 XWB’s maiden flight on 14 June 2013 confirmed this jetliner’s promise for shaping the efficiency of its future airline operators. See highlights of the maiden flight in this “best of” video.

Airbus A350-900 First Flight

Earlier today, at around 10 am Toulouse time, the brand new Airbus A350 took to the skies for the very first time, beginning a program of design and certification testing that should last into 2014. The EIS target for the A350-900 is the fall of 2014, with the first deliveries to go to Qatar Airways. […]

More Photos from the 747-8i First Flight

Click on any of the photos to see them at full size. Unlike the last two first flight days, for the 787-8 and the 747-8f, today was bright and clear. The bright sunshine belies the temperature, however, which was only just above freezing. Hundreds of Boeing employees and media are parked on the burms between […]

Boeing 747-8i comes to BFI

Four hours and twenty-six minutes after taking off at Everett, the 748i touched down at Boeing field to a waiting (and cheering) crowd. After taxiing down the full length of runway 31R, Capt. Mark Feuerstein and First Officer Paul Stemer slowed the aircraft to a halt in front of the south entrance to the Boeing […]
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