Boeing autonomous passenger air vehicle completes first flight

Boeing yesterday successfully completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype in Manassas, Virginia. Boeing NeXt, which leads the company’s urban air mobility efforts, utilized Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences to design and develop the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and will continue testing to advance the safety and…

Jordan accuses Israel of violating its airspace after opening of new Eilat Ramon International Airport

The head of Jordan’s Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission Haitham Misto has expressed Amman’s objection against opening the newly constructed Ramon International Airport in its current location near the Red Sea resort of Eilat. The Times of Israel cites the official as saying that the facility, situated less than 20km from the key Jordanian port of Aqaba, violates “international standards regarding respect for the sovereignty of airspace and…

ALERT Germany bans Iran’s Mahan Air from landing in the country with immediate effect amid security concerns

Germany has banned Iran’s Mahan Air from landing in the country with immediate effect, citing security concerns and the airline’s involvement in Syria, officials said Monday. Mahan Air is on a U.S. sanctions list and Washington has long urged allies to ban the airline from their territories. The decision to ban it came after consultations…

Boeing Delivers First 787 Dreamliner for WestJet

Boeing delivered the first of ten 787 Dreamliners to WestJet, marking the start of the airline’s global expansion. Having long operated a fleet of Boeing single-aisle jets, WestJet will use the super-efficient, long-range 787-9 Dreamliner to profitably serve new international routes. This spring, WestJet will use the 787-9 – the longest-range Dreamliner that can fly…

UK Transport secretary says flights between the UK and the EU to continue in case of no-deal Brexit

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has argued travellers can “continue to book with confidence” following the latest developments in negotiations over Britain’s departure from the European Union. The comments come after the European Commission published a ‘no-deal’ contingency action plan which could come into force in March next year. On transport, it includes a proposal which…

ALERT France activates plan for no-deal Brexit and will invest €50m into French ports and airports

France’s prime minister Edouard Philippe says €50m (£44.3m) will be invested into French ports and airports to mitigate a hard Brexit. France activated its no-deal Brexit plans following UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s historic defeat in the British parliament earlier this week. On Tuesday, the parliament voted against the previous plan on the UK withdrawal from the European Union, backed…