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Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief engineer to retire 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief engineer John Hamilton has announced his retirement, a year after being asked by the company to stay on to lead the 737 MAX recovery effort.
Boeing steps up EcoDemonstrator technology testing 
As the air transport industry increases its focus on sustainability, Boeing is stepping up its ecoDemonstrator technology testbed program with flight tests of a specially modified 777-200ER.
Boeing to cut 787 production rate; 777X delivery slides to 2021 
Weaker demand and program delays have created a perfect storm for Boeing’s widebody business, which continues to see downward pressure on 777 and 787 production rates and a slower-than-planned ramp-up of the 777X.
GE delivers first compliant GE9X engine for Boeing 777X 
GE Aviation has delivered the first flight-compliant GE9X engine to Boeing, marking the restart of preparations for 777-9 flight tests.
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GECAS, IAI of Israel launch 777-300ER freighter conversion 
In a move that significantly challenges Boeing’s new-build large freighter dominance, aircraft lessor and financier GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) is teaming with IAI of Israel to launch a freighter conversion of the 777-300ER.
Rolls-Royce to use former Qantas 747-400 for flying testbed 
Rolls-Royce has selected a Boeing 747-400 formerly operated by Australian carrier Qantas Airways for conversion to a flying testbed as part of preparations for developing its UltraFan and other next-generation commercial and business jet engines.
Third SWISS A220 engine incident prompts ‘comprehensive’ inspections 
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) decided to return its entire fleet of 28 Airbus A220s to home base to make engine checks following another engine-related diversion on Oct. 15.
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Qantas plans for first Project Sunrise test flight 
Qantas has revealed new details of research plans for its Project Sunrise ultra-long-haul commercial services initiative from Australia that includes a series of supporting test flights, the first of which is scheduled for later this month.
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US-China trade tensions a growing widebody risk to Boeing 
Boeing is warning that escalating trade tensions between the US and China—the US manufacturer’s largest single market—may soon threaten prospective aircraft sales, particularly the company’s lucrative twinjet 777 and 787 families.
Boeing suspends 777X loads testing after pressurization failure 
Final loads testing on Boeing’s delayed 777-9 has been suspended while investigations continue into the failure of a cargo door during pressurization evaluations on the static test airframe at Everett, Washington, Sept 5.
Rolls-Royce starts E-Fan X generator ground tests 
Engineers in Norway have started ground tests of a compact 2.5-megawatt generator, marking a key milestone toward flight tests of the Airbus and Rolls-Royce E-Fan X hybrid-electric demonstrator in 2021.
Boeing postpones development of longer-range 777X variant 
Boeing has confirmed it is sliding the 777-8 development program back after hitting major delays to the 777-9 flight test and certification campaign.
European hypersonic commercial transport team to test Mach 8 concept 
A team of European hypersonic researchers is preparing for wind tunnel tests of a Mach 8 concept that is designed to prove technologies to develop ultra-long-range, high-speed commercial vehicles and air-breathing space launch systems.
Boeing to speed up 777F production to offset 777X slowdown 
Boeing will accelerate assembly of 777 freighters in 2020 to offset the impact of a slowdown on the 777X after acknowledging longer-than-expected delays to the first flight of the 777-9.
PARIS 2019: Siemens deal boosts Rolls’ electric-propulsion plans 
As aerospace accelerates toward a more electric future, Rolls-Royce has secured a jumpstart on its strategic goals in the sector with the surprise acquisition of Siemens’ electric and hybrid-electric aerospace propulsion unit.
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Korean goes K-pop in its safety video

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