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Harbour Air’s all-electric DHC-2 Beaver
World’s first all-electric commercial aircraft flies for the first time
Harbour Air’s all-electric DHC-2 Beaver took flight for the first time this week on a short 15 minute flight near Vancouver. The Beaver is powered by
750 horsepower all-electric magni500 propulsion system.
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Stored 737 MAX aircraft
737 MAX return to service slips again
In testimony to the US Congress yesterday, FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson cautioned that with many steps still remaining, certification of the 737 MAX will not take place in 2019.
Just before Dickson’s testimony, The Wall Street Journal reported that an internal FAA report written after the Lion Air 610 crash saw a high risk of 737 MAX crashes without agency intervention.

Meanwhile, Chinese regulators said they raised ‘important concerns’ with Boeing regarding reliability and security of design changes to the MAX and offered no timeline for recertification.

Industry trade group IATA urged regulators to coordinate their decisions on the recertification of the aircraft to reduce uncertainty for airlines. 
FedEx 777 ecoDemonstrator
Boeing, FedEx tests confirm the Flying V saves fuel
Boeing announced this week that a 2018 test involving the FedEx 777 ecoDemonstrator and another pre-delivery FedEx 777 confirmed a fuel burn benefit when one aircraft flies in the wing tip vortices of another. Boeing says it sees a potential for up to 10% fuel consumption savings.
A rendering of an A350 in Qantas livery
Qantas chooses A350-1000 as preferred aircraft for Project Sunrise

Qantas has chosen a modified version of the Airbus A350-1000 as its preferred aircraft for Project Sunrise flights. If Qantas moves forward with an order for the aircraft, Airbus will add an additional fuel tank and slightly increase the maximum take off weight of the A350 to meet performance targets.
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A Far Eastern Air Transport MD-83

Far Eastern Air Transport ends operations (again)
Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) announced it is suspending operations effective 13 December. The airline was founded in 1957 as Taiwan’s first private airline and ceased operations between 2008 and 2011. The airline has 14 aircraft, including ATR 72, MD-82, and MD-83s.

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First Air Canada A220
1st A220 for Air Canada makes first flight
Air Canada’s first A220-300 conducted its first test flight this week ahead of delivery. Track C-GROV to follow subsequent test flights and the delivery.
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1st United Airlines 777 in new livery
United’s first 777 in new livery
United took delivery of a new 777-300ER this week and the first 777 to wear the airline’s new livery.
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An Air France A340 in Joon livery landing in St Maarten
An Air France A340 still in Joon livery landing in St Maarten.
A Korean Air A380 landing in Los Angeles
A Korean Air A380 landing in Los Angeles.
The Qantas 100 787 at the gate in Hong Kong
The Qantas 787 in special 100th anniversary livery at the gate in Hong Kong.
An ADS-B Christmas tree drawn by an Airbus A380
A brief history of drawing Christmas trees with an airplane
Over the past few years, as ADS-B sky art has increased in popularity, some pilots have gotten into the Christmas spirit. We’re keeping our eyes open for any festive sky art this year.
See previous ADS-B trees
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Revving the engines
How airlines operate their aircraft can have a big effect on their longevity. We discuss an interesting case in India.
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