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F Lancelot/Airbus

13,300

FOOT ALTITUDE TESTS FOR A350-1000

The third A350-1000 test aircraft, F-WXLV (msn 71), recently undertook what Airbus calls “high and warm” flight testing in South America. The campaign began in Bolivia at the 8,300ft-altitude (2,530m) Cochabamba Airport before moving to the 13,300ft-altitude (4,054m) La Paz International Airport. The tests concluded at Barranquilla in Colombia at sea level in temperatures ranging between 8°C (46°F) and 32°C (89°F). Mark Broadbent

Airbus

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Boeing

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Bombardier

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4.6

BILLION RAND LOSS FOR SAA

South African Airways will post a loss of nearly R4.5 billion for the 2016-2017 financial year, according to figures submitted in late March to the Standing Committee on Finance, up from a R1.4 billion loss in the previous financial year. SAA blames a weak rand, a weak passenger market and high costs for its financial troubles. Guy Martin

30

PERCENT RISE IN PC-12 ORDERS

General Aviation Manufacturers Association figures show 30% more examples of the Pilatus PC- 12NG were ordered in 2016 over 2015, making it the best-selling turboprop business aircraft. The Swiss company delivered 91 PC- 12NGs last year and expects to deliver its 1,500th PC-12 in the middle of this year. Mark Broadbent

4

A330NEOS FOR WOW

WOW Air will operate four A330-900neos leased from CIT Aerospace as part of a major fleet expansion. The Icelandic low-cost carrier will also add two further A321s. Overall the airline plans to add seven new aircraft to take its fleet to 24 aircraft from the current 17. Mark Broadbent