Linda Blachly


Linda joined the staff of Penton Aviation Media in July 2010. She works in the Silver Spring office as Editor, ATW Online and is responsible for writing, copyediting and online content management. She has been in journalism for more than 30 years and is a former newspaper editor and publisher of her own travel magazine.
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Airbus to develop five new Beluga transport aircraft 
Airbus will launch the development and production of five new Beluga transport aircraft following its decision to ramp up production of the A350 XWB and other aircraft production rate increases.
A350 XWB MSN5 leaves on an 11-day demonstration tour of Asia
Airbus A350 XWB begins demonstration tour of Asia 
The Airbus A350 XWB (MSN5) has embarked on an 11-day demonstration tour of Asia. The tour follows the completion of the A350-900 flight test campaign, which recently led to certifications by FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Virgin America A320
Virgin America raises $307 million in IPO 
Virgin America has raised about $307 million in its initial public offering (IPO), according to Reuters.
LAN and TAM tails
LATAM Group reports 3Q net loss of $107.8 million 
Santiago-based LATAM Airlines Group reported a third-quarter net loss of $107.8 million, reversed from a net profit of $52.1 million in the year-ago period.
Sukhoi Superjet 100
Sukhoi Superjet 100 certified for reduced thrust takeoff 
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. (SCAC) has been granted a Supplemental Type Certificate for its Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) to perform reduced thrust takeoff.
Airbus A350 XWB
Airbus A350-900 receives FAA type certification 
The Airbus A350-900 has received FAA type certification.
Batik Air A320
Lion Group takes delivery of first three A320s 
Indonesia’s Lion Group has taken delivery of its first three Airbus aircraft from a March 2013 order for 234 A320 family aircraft, comprising 109 A320neos, 65 A321neos and 60 A320ceos.
Rendering of A320neo in Zhejiang Loong Airlines’ livery
Zhejiang Loong Airlines selects LEAP-1A engines to power A320neos 
China’s Zhejiang Loong Airlines has signed an agreement with CFM International to purchase LEAP-1A engines to power its nine Airbus A320neos.
Inmarsat completes construction of the Global Xpress ground network 
Mobile satellite communications specialist Inmarsat has completed construction of the final four satellite access stations (SAS) for its Global Xpress (GX) fleet.
Lessor SMBC Aviation Capital orders 70 Boeing 737 MAX 8s 
SMBC Aviation Capital has placed an order for 80 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, valued at more than $8.5 billion at list prices, making this the largest single order for 737 MAXs from a leasing company.
Delta Air Lines A330 at FAL
Airbus begins final assembly of first A330 with 242-tonne MTOW 
Airbus has begun the final assembly of its first A330 with the new 242 tonne maximum take-off-weight (MTOW) capability in Toulouse, France.
VietJetAir A320
VietJetAir’s first Airbus A320 completes first flight 
VietJetAir’s first Airbus A320 has completed its first flight in Toulouse, France, entering the final acceptance phase prior to delivery by the end of 2014.
Virgin America A320
Virgin America 3Q net income up 24.2% 
Virgin America reported 2014 third-quarter net income of $41.6 million, up 24.2% from $33.5 million the same period in 2013.
Boeing 737 MAX 8
Monarch Airlines finalizes order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8s 
Monarch Airlines has finalized an order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, worth more than $3.2 billion at current list prices.
Six US airports receive $10.2 million in environmental grants 
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently awarded $10.2 million FAA grants to six airports to reduce emissions and improve air quality through the FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program.

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