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The most significant events that occurred in the world civil aviation in 2018.

Dal Kikin
January 9, 2019

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One of the most iconic events is the trend towards the return of the duopoly in the aircraft industry.

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, completing the deal on acquiring a controlling stake in the Bombardier CSeries narrow-body aircraft program on July 1, included these aircraft in its model range and re-branded the program - now CS100 is called A220-100, CS300 was designated A220-300.

Of course, the American aircraft builder Boeing could not ignore the news of the deal and agreed in early July with the Brazilian company Embraer to create a joint venture to which Embraer would transfer 100% of its civilian business. As a result, Brazilian regional aircraft will be integrated into the Boeing product line, including development, production, marketing and after-sales service. This transaction is not yet completed, but the result is clear.

Last year, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier decided to retain only the regional CRJ Series in the commercial aircraft segment. First, the company gave the program the narrow-bodied CSeries on Airbus, which included the planes in its product line and called them the A220. Secondly, Bombardier sold the Q400 turboprop engine program (it went to Viking Air). But although the company got rid of assets for flight and technical training for business jets, it still calls the business aviation segment one of the most promising and intends to focus on its development.

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Following the deal between Airbus and Bombardier, their main competitors, Boeing and Embraer, agreed to create a joint venture. This process is still awaiting approval, but is expected to end in 2019. As a result, commercial Embraer jets will be built into the Boeing product line.

New aircrafts

Pursuing the processes of mergers and acquisitions, global manufacturers did not forget about the creation of new aircraft. Many new types of machines were put into operation, for example, Embraer E190-E2, Boeing 787-10, Boeing 737MAX-9, Airbus A350-1000 (and with extended range) and others. In addition, while Boeing is considering the event expected in the industry to create an NMA medium segment aircraft, Airbus intends to get ahead of him in this and produces a long-range narrow-body product, A321LR, with the prospect of further increasing its range and capacity. And although this year the American aircraft manufacturer did not launch the NMA project, experts expect this in 2019.

In the business segment, new items also appear - from the start of deliveries of the BBJ 737MAX, the launch of the BBJ 777X and the flight tests of the ACJ320neo to the developments of Bombardier, Gulfstream and others.