UH2 Launches Into Full Hydrogen-Electric Dash 8 Flight Tests
Universal Hydrogen's modified Dash 8 incorporates the hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system in place of the Pratt & Whitney PW123 turboprop on its right wing.
Air New Zealand Looks To Add More A321neos, ATRs
Air New Zealand has secured new aircraft deals that will help boost its short-haul international and domestic fleets in 2024.
ZeroAvia Partners With UAE’s Masdar On Hydrogen Supply
Zero-emission propulsion developer ZeroAvia has partnered with UAE renewable energy company Masdar to explore the production and supply of green hydrogen.
Advanced Compressor Boosts ZeroAvia Fuel Cell Performance
ZeroAvia's radial compressor will support up to 900-kW power systems, the hydrogen-electric powertrain solutions company says.
Study: Fuel-Cell Retrofits Could Prepare Aviation For Hydrogen
Both Universal Hydrogen and ZeroAvia are developing hydrogen-electric retrofits for the ATR 72.
ATR And Embraer Defer Turboprop Moves
Remaining regional aircraft OEMs ATR and Embraer continue to wait for fresh, strong demand. If the hesitation is structural, the outlook could stay grim.
Elbit Lands ATR 72 Modification Deal With Unspecified Asian Customer
Israeli company Elbit Systems says the contract—with an unnamed Asia-Pacific customer for modification of two ATR 72s—spans a five-year period.
UK’s Loganair Phasing Out Saab 340s For ATR 42/72s
Scottish regional carrier Loganair is preparing to mark the final phaseouts of its Saab 340 passenger fleet as it brings in a new batch of ATR 42/72s.
ATR Announces Orders For Up To 24 Aircraft, Ramps Up Production
ATR aims to progressively ramp up deliveries to 80 per year by the second half of the decade, following a weaker-than-expected performance in 2022.
Universal Ramps Up Hydrogen Dash 8 Flight Test Rate
Universal Hydrogen is accelerating flight tests of its De Havilland Canada Dash 8-300 hydrogen electric demonstrator.
ATR Offers VIP Cabins For Regional Turboprop
ATR claims its 70-seat-class ATR 72-600 cuts carbon dioxide emissions by 45%, compared with equivalent regional jets.
First Take, June 5, 2023
Our roundup of the main aerospace and defense stories making the news this week. Primary Category: AEROSPACE
Malaysia Finalizes Deals For MPA, UAS, Black Hawks, Radars
The Malaysian military has signed contracts for the procurement of aircraft including UAS, MPA, radar and helicopters.
Madagascar Airlines Receives Its Air Operator’s Certificate
Madagascar Airlines has also been given national carrier status, a key milestone in the turnaround plan for former flag carrier Air Madagascar.
Universal Hydrogen Bets On Toulouse
The company’s unorthodox methods can be seen in its preparations for ATR 72 flight tests.
Universal Hydrogen Advances ATR 72 Hydrogen Conversion
Universal Hydrogen is making progress in the development of its hydrogen conversion kit for the ATR 72-600 regional turboprop.
Can ATR Weather Turboprop Market Headwinds?
Without production challenges, around 30 aircraft might have been delivered last year—still a low number compared with the previous decade.
What It Takes To Make Fuel Cell Power Work In Aircraft
Startups such as ZeroAvia and Universal Hydrogen are adapting and advancing fuel cell technology for aviation propulsion.
Despite Waning Deliveries, ATR CEO Bets On Production Ramp-Up
In an interview, ATR CEO Nathalie Tarnaud Laude says she is planning on progressively increasing the OEM’s annual output to 80 aircraft.
Mandarin Airlines Acquires Three ATR72s
Mandarin Airlines has announced its plans to purchase three ATR72 turboprop aircraft for its domestic operations.
Hydrogen-Electric Power Accelerates With Universal Dash 8 Test Flight
Crazy to credible—the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell-powered aircraft begins test campaign, targeting service debut in 2025.
First Take, Feb. 27, 2023
Our roundup of the main aerospace and defense stories making the news this week.
Why Older Passenger Aircraft Are Finding New Homes As Freighters
The market for converted freighters remains strong.
Initial Yeti Airlines ATR 72 Crash Report Points To Feathered Engines
Flight NYT691 from Kathmandu crashed as it approached the new Pokhara airport on the morning of Jan. 15, killing all 68 passengers and four crew onboard.