April 19, 2016
GE Aviation has rolled out additional footage of its prototype GE9X engine for the new Boeing 777X - the largest jet engine in the world with an 11-foot fan diameter. The GE9X is expected to see a fourth-generation composite fan blade. GE Aviation was the first to introduce composite fan blades with the GE90, back in the 1990s, and is still the only engine manufacturer to feature composite fan blades in production today.
United Airlines Flight 870, flying a 787 Dreamliner bound from Sydney to San Francisco, was aborted due to an "unusual odor" in the cabin. The flight was subsequently rescheduled for the next day so that maintenance could be performed. No explanation for the source of the odor was provided.
Airbus completed the wing-body join of its first prototype A350-1000 airliner - a stretched version of the A350-900 already in production, which is aimed at competing with the Boeing 777.
Oman Air has opened talks into purchasing its next long-haul airliner, evaluating both the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 as candidates.
Emirates, the largest operator of the Airbus A380 super-jumbo airliner, has placed an order for an additional two aircraft.