Pratt & Whit­ney to power Delta Air Lines’ 100 A321­neos

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Delta Air­lines of the USA, who were pi­o­neers with the Boe­ing 747, af­fec­tion­ately called ‘Jumbo Jet’, flew their first such air­craft into his­tory with the last flight with com­pany em­ploy­ees op­er­at­ing in De­cem­ber 2017. The Boe­ing 747, rev­o­lu­tion­alised air travel and was the first twin-aisle air­plane, with more than dou­ble the ca­pac­ity of the largest com­mer­cial air­craft at the time. Delta’s 747s, in­tro­duced on a maiden voy­age in 1970 from At­lanta to Dal­las to Los An­ge­les, brought the first over­head lug­gage bins to the air­line, as well as the first in-flight au­dio chan­nels, dubbed ‘Delta­sonic’, which fea­tured the Bea­tles, Burt Bacharach and Beethoven. The Boe­ing 747 had seats for 370 pas­sen­gers, in­clud­ing 66 in first class and six in those pent­house seats up­stairs.

Over the years of pro­duc­tion, Boe­ing man­u­fac­tured some 1340 Jumbo jets which served with air­lines through­out the Globe in­clud­ing Air In­dia which took the de­liv­ery of its first Boe­ing 747237B in April 1971 of a to­tal of 11 such vari­ants, fol­lowed by the Boe­ing 747-437, some of which re­main in ser­vice till to­day.

Pratt & Whit­ney, Delta Air Lines and Air­bus Group have an­nounced the se­lec­tion of Pratt & Whit­ney’s Geared Tur­bo­fan (GTF) en­gine to power Delta’s or­der of A321­neo air­craft. The or­der

Tex­tron Avi­a­tionInc launched its new twin-en­gine, high-wing, large-util­ity tur­bo­prop, the Cessna SkyCourier 408. FedEx Ex­press, the world’s largest ex­press trans­porta­tion com­pany and long­time Tex­tron Avi­a­tion cus­tomer, has signed on as the launch cus­tomer for up to 100 air­craft, with an ini­tial fleet or­der of 50 cargo air­craft and op­tions for 50 more. En­try into ser­vice for the clean-sheet de­sign Cessna SkyCourier is planned for 2020. Built for high util­i­sa­tion op­er­a­tions, the Cessna SkyCourier 408 will be of­fered in cargo and pas­sen­ger vari­ants and fea­ture a large cargo door and a flat floor cabin that is sized to han­dle up to three LD3 ship­ping con­tain­ers with an im­pres­sive 6,000 pounds of max­i­mum pay­load ca­pa­bil­ity.

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