Guy Norris

Aviation Week
Boeing quietly unveils 777-9 
Boeing quietly debuted the 777-9, the first member of the 777X family, to employees at an event closed to the media at Everett, Washington, on March 13.
Rolls-Royce pulls out of running to power Boeing NMA 
In a shocking move, Rolls-Royce is withdrawing from the contest to power Boeing’s proposed new midsize airplane (NMA), citing challenges presented by the aircraft’s tight development schedule.
777X business class concept
Boeing unveils flexible 777X cabin design 
Amid preparations for the rollout and first flight of the 777-9, Boeing has unveiled the first details of the all-new interior design for the 777X, which is scheduled to enter service in 2020.
Boeing’s high-capacity 737-8 makes first flight 
Boeing flew the initial high-density seating minor-model derivative of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft for the first time Jan. 13.
Airbus breaks ground on A220 final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama 
Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Guillaume Faury sees the A320 and A220 to be ideally placed to “evolve in parallel” and anticipates making further decisions on how later this year.
Boeing finalizes body join for first 777X flight test aircraft 
The airframe of the first Boeing 777-9 flight test aircraft has been completed in the company’s Everett, Washington, facility marking a key milestone toward rollout and first flight of the initial 777X family variant in early 2019.
The first Ryanair 737 MAX 8-200 at Boeing’s Renton factory
Ryanair high density Boeing MAX emerges from factory 
Boeing has rolled out the first high-density seating minor-model derivative of the 737 MAX 8-200 aircraft that is specially modified with an additional set of passenger cabin exit doors so it can seat up to 200.
Pilots not told of Boeing MAX’s automatic stall-prevention system 
In a move likely linked to the on-going investigation into the fatal crash in October of a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8, the aircraft manufacturer has issued a bulletin to operators explaining a system unique to the MAX that automatically pushes the nose down to help prevent stalls in certain flight profiles.
Rolls addresses A330 engine corrosion problem 
Rolls-Royce will replace turbine blades on some Trent 700 engines powering the Airbus A330 because of corrosion issues the company says are unrelated to the similar, but more widespread, problem affecting operators of Trent 1000-powered Boeing 787s.
Safety key focus area in NASA urban air mobility program 
NASA is seeking industry on a Grand Challenge program aimed at fostering new urban air mobility (UAM) vehicle initiatives.
Rolls admits A330neo engine delays 
Rolls-Royce has acknowledged it has fallen behind on Trent 7000 shipments to Airbus that will cause knock-on delays to A330neo deliveries later this year and into 2019.
Boeing resumes MAX 7 flight tests as 737 production recovery continues 
Certification testing of Boeing’s latest MAX variant, the 737-7, has resumed after flight test crews were temporarily seconded to work on current production models as part of wider company efforts to overcome 737 delivery delays.
Grounded British Airways 787s without engines at London Heathrow Airport.
Rolls identifies 787 Trent engine fix; cites air pollution cause 
Air pollution, especially in large Asian cities, is believed to be one cause of reliability issues that have affected a large portion of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-powered Boeing 787 fleet.
Horizon Q400 crashes after being stolen by airline employee 
A Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 turboprop crashed near Tacoma, Washington, around 1.5 hr after it was stolen by an airline employee.
Boeing: 737 production problems could cause delivery delays 
Boeing continues to experience 737 production issues as cumulative problems with late and incomplete fuselages, a shortage of skilled mechanics, and the late arrival of CFM engines impact deliveries, which are not expected to recover until year-end, the company said.
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