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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.
PARIS 2019: First flight of Boom supersonic demonstrator pushed to 2020 
Supersonic airliner developer Boom Supersonic has slipped the first flight of its XB-1 high-speed demonstrator to 2020, but says the follow-on full-size airliner is on track to make its service debut in the 2025-2027 timeframe.
PARIS 2019: Airbus-Rolls freeze E-Fan X hybrid-electric demo design 
Airbus and Rolls-Royce are on track to start modifying a Bae 146/RJ100 airliner into the E-Fan X hybrid-electric demonstrator in 2020 as the engine maker assumes a greater role following its recent acquisition of Siemens’ eAircraft unit, a former partner in the project.
PARIS 2019: Boeing 777X first flight delayed until fall 
Boeing is revising the 777X test plan to maximize ground evaluations as it attempts to compensate for a lengthy delay to first flight following the recent discovery of a durability issue on the aircraft’s General Electric GE9X engines.
PARIS 2019: Boeing sees $6.8 trillion commercial market 
Boeing has issued its most positive commercial market outlook yet with a forecast that calls for the delivery of 44,040 new aircraft valued at more than $6.8 trillion over the next 20 years.
PARIS 2019: Boeing may offer larger NMA variant first 
Boeing is reportedly considering offering the larger of the two proposed new midmarket airplane (NMA) variants first for delivery in 2025 as it nears closing the business case and obtaining board permission for formal authority to offer later this year.
PARIS 2019: CFM focuses on LEAP improvements during MAX grounding 
CFM International is using the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX to catch up with deliveries of the aircraft’s LEAP-1B engine and develop long-term fixes for to address early in-service issues.
Rolls-Royce on track for UltraFan assembly in 2020 
Rolls-Royce has completed another key sub-assembly test for its future UltraFan engine family and, halfway through a year of critical demonstrations, said so far there are no show-stoppers to assembling the first complete engine in 2020.
Iceland’s Keflavik airport reopens for restricted flight tests 
Iceland’s airport and air navigation services operator Isavia is re-opening Keflavik International Airport for the limited use of crosswind flight testing of new aircraft.
PARIS 2019: Boeing to have low profile at Paris; ‘extremely focused’ on MAX 
On the eve of this year’s Paris Air Show Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) senior leadership is downplaying the likelihood of major orders or product announcements while the company remains laser focused on lifting the 737 MAX grounding.
Mitsubishi rebrands former MRJ90/70s as SpaceJet family aircraft 
As part of a major shake-up of its regional jet strategy, Mitsubishi Aircraft has rebranded the former MRJ90 as the SpaceJet M90 and has announced details of the stretched MRJ70 redesign, which will now be called the M100.
CFM working fix for LEAP-1B engine bearing issue 
CFM International is redesigning the bearing in the radial drive shaft of the LEAP-1B that powers the Boeing 737 MAX after five incidents in which an engine was shut down in-flight because an oil filter bypass warning light indicated in the cockpit.
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