The year started on a good note with Boeing 777-X taking flight for the first time on 25 January 2020. The Boeing 777X is the latest series of the long-range, wide-body, twin-engine Boeing 777 family from Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The 777X features new GE9X engines, new composite wings with folding wingtips, greater cabin width and seating capacity, and technologies from the Boeing 787.
Bombardier exits the commercial aviation business, selling its share in the A220 programme to Airbus for $591 million.
Due to Covid-19 outbreak, government across the globe puts a halt to passenger travel. This follows by airlines accelerating their retirement schedules for their old aircrafts.
With the soaring pandemic, the global flight traffic dropped drastically.
As demand continued to collapse due to the Covid-19 pandemic, over two-thirds of the worldwide fleet of 22,000 mainline passenger airliners were inactive, leaving 7,635 in operation. Europe was most affected, with less than 15% of aircraft operating, compared to 45% in North America and 49% in Asia. A greater proportion of narrow-body aircrafts were inactive (37%) than the widebody aircrafts(27%).
Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303, an Airbus A320, flying from Lahore to Karachi with 91 passengers and 8 crew, reported having lost both engines while in final approach and crashed into a residential area. Ninety-seven people on board were killed in the accident, while two passengers survived with injuries. This incident followed by scary revelations over pilot licensing issues.
Here’s a video playlist explaining the details of the initial investigation.
Pipistrel Velis Electro earned the first all-electric aircraft type certification.