New aircraft for 2017
The aircraft construction industry evolves, transforms and develops according to market requirements. Airbus (France) and Boeing (United States) have the supremacy in the commercial aircraft manufacturing market, but there is still room for United Aircraft Corporation (Russia), Comac (China), Embraer (Brazil) and Bombardier (Canada).
CNN managed to centralize, according to already existing information, the list of new planes that will fly on 2017.
Considering that Airbus has published pictures of the first Airbus A330neo freshly painted in the industry livery, we put it first on the list. Soon he will receive the engines and we will be able to see him in flight.
A330neo it will be equipped with the latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, which will help reduce fuel consumption by up to 14% / seat. The interior of the cabin will be AirSpace by Airbus. And last but not least, the 2 models in the A330neo family (A330-800 and A330-900) will benefit from Airbus A350-inspired Sharklet devices.
TAP Portugal will be the launch customer for A330neo with the new cabin brand Airspace by Airbus. According to the plan, the first A330neo will enter commercial service at the beginning of 2018.
The A321neo model will take off at 2017 and enter commercial service. He is the largest member of the A320neo family. It will be able to carry up to 240 passengers in one class. Airbus A321neo will compete directly with Boeing's 757 version.
The A319neo model, the smallest member of the A320neo family, will take off for the first time in 2017. But there is no data on entering the commercial service. Orders for this model did not live up to expectations.
Airbus A350-1000, the longest aircraft in the Airbus fleet, operated the first test flight at the end of November 2016. According to the plan, Qatar Airways' first A350-1000 will enter commercial service later this year.
Airbus developed this model to compete directly with Boeing 777-300ER. It will be able to carry up to 366 passengers in a standard configuration. Flight range will be up to 14800 kilometers.
For the American aircraft manufacturer, 2017 will bring first delivery of an 737 MAX 8. After 5 years of development, the first 737 MAX 8 will reach the Southwest Airlines carrier fleet.
In January 2016, the new one Boeing 737 MAX 8 successfully operated the first flight. The new single-aisle aircraft will have a lower fuel consumption, up to 20% lower compared to the first generation Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft, and will offer a lower operating / seat cost of 8% compared to the model. competitor A320neo.
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The 737 MAX family of aircraft will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines. Benefit from a new wing design - Split Scimitar Winglets. 737 MAX will offer a range of up to 6510 km, with up to 1 055 km more than 737NG.
In 2017, he will take flight and first Boeing 737 MAX 9, the largest of the 737 MAX family. The fuselage of the first test aircraft reached the Boeing factory in Everett. The aircraft will be able to carry up to 220 passengers in one class and compete directly with the Airbus A321neo.
Boeing 787-10 takes shape on the final assembly line of Boeing's South Carolina plant. After assembly, 787-10 Dreamliner will enter the testing phase. The first flight is scheduled in the spring of this year.
Boeing 787-10 is the 3 member of the Dreamliner family and the largest. Comes packaged with all Dreamliner features, plus greater carrying capacity.
The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (Comac), as the name suggests, is a Chinese manufacturer of commercial aircraft. Comac's portfolio is not very rich. Better said, the Chinese manufacturer is working on the second model in the portfolio, on its behalf C919.
The first is ARJ21, a plane with 2 engines, a single aisle and dedicated to short flights. But let's get back to C919. The model has been in development for several years. It is designed to compete with Boeing's 737 and Airbus A320 models. At present, we can say that C919 has chances of success in the Asia-Pacific region. Hopefully, it will enter the commercial service soon.
Unfortunately, the date of the first flight is delayed. But at the end of 2016, Comac took another step towards the historical moment. C919 performed several ground tests at Shanghai Pudong Airport. The propulsion is provided by 2 CFM International LEAP-1C engines, which were manufactured specifically for C919.
United Aircraft Corporation aircraft
Properly said "United Aircraft Corporation aircraft". JSC United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is a Russian company with majority capital owned by the Moscow government. It aims to strengthen Russian private and state-owned companies involved in the manufacture of commercial, military and cargo aircraft.
They are also on their list the new MC-21 Irkut, which was unveiled in June 2016. Russians from Irkut Corporation and Yakovlev Design Bureau, a subsidiary of United Aircraft Corporation, unveiled the Irkut MC-21, the first medium-courier and twin-engine aircraft in the post-Soviet era.
According to statements made by Russian officials, the new aircraft could be a competitor to Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX, aircraft equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The project is also supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Currently, Embraer is working on the new family of Embraer E190-E2 aircraft. On 25 February 2016, Embraer presented the first Embraer E190-E2, which opens a new era in the aircraft construction industry on the 70 - 130 segment.
The first flight operated by an E190-E2 plane took place in the summer of last year. Following that in 2017, the first E195-E2 rises from the ground. The new E195-E2 will be able to carry up to 132 passengers in one class and will compete directly with CS100 from Bombardier.
For the most part, this will be the 2017 year in the aircraft construction industry. We will witness historical moments in aviation. We will see how the aircraft of the future will operate the first flights and move on to a new development stage.