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This is a list of aviation-related events in 2018:

Events[edit]

January[edit]

The Boeing 787-10 variant is approved by the FAA on 19 January before delivery to Singapore Airlines on 25 March
3 January
AeroVironment announces it will design and develop solar-powered high-altitude unmanned aircraft and ground control stations for a Joint Venture with Japanese telco SoftBank (95%) for $65 million.[1]
4 January
The first Airbus Beluga XL rolls out of the assembly line, unpainted and with no engines.[2]
5 January
The A321neo Cabin Flex rolls out before ground tests and first flight in the following weeks, it should be delivered in mid-2018 and the layout will become the A321neo default from 2020.[3]
9 January
Boeing announces it had won 912 net orders in 2017 for $134.8 billion at list prices including 745 737s, 94 787s and 60 777s, and delivered 763 airliners including 529 737s, 136 787s and 74 777s.[4]
10 January
Geophysical technology company Ocean Infinity confirms the Government of Malaysia accepted its proposal to search for MH370 and sends its vessel Seabed Constructor for 90 days, receiving a reward only if the wreckage is located.[5]
The Canadian government files a complaint at the World Trade Organization against the USA over the CSeries dumping petition by Boeing.[6]
China is set to order 184 Airbus A320 family airliners, mainly for A320neo jets to be delivered to 13 airlines in 2019 and 2020, after French president Emmanuel Macron visited his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.[7]
13 January
Pegasus Airlines Flight 8622, a Turkish Boeing 737-800 landing in Trabzon Airport from Ankara, run off the left side of the runway and partially down a cliff, injuring no passenger or crew.[8]
15 January
Airbus announces it received 1,109 net orders from 44 customers in 2017, and delivered 718 aircraft to 85 customers: 558 A320 Family (including 181 A320neo); 67 A330s; 78 A350 XWBs and 15 A380s.[9]
18 January
Airbus secures a preliminary agreement from Emirates for up to 36 A380s: 20 potentially firm orders and 16 options, to be delivered from 2020, valued at $16 billion at list prices.[10]
19 January
The Boeing 787-10 variant is approved by the FAA.[11]
23 January
Following the Air Berlin insolvency, Austrian carrier Niki is sold to Laudamotion, controlled by former Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda, while IAG had previously tentatively acquired its assets for €20 million ($24 million) at the end of 2017 before the proceedings were re-opened.[12]
24 January
The revised NAL Saras-PTN1 with 14 seats instead of 19 and improved systems first flew from HAL Airport for 40 minutes, reaching 8,500 ft (2,600 m) and 145 kn (269 km/h) before 20 flights to freeze the production design.[13]
26 January
In the CSeries dumping petition by Boeing, the USITC four commissioners unanimously determined the U.S. industry is not threatened and no duty orders will be issued.[14]
31 January
The Airbus A³ Vahana full-scale single passenger prototype makes its maiden flight self-piloted in Pendleton, Oregon, reaching 5 meters (16 feet) over 53 seconds.[15]

February[edit]

The A350-1000 is delivered to Qatar Airways on 20 February
1 February
Amid surging global demand, UPS orders 14 Boeing 747-8F and four Boeing 767 freighters worth $7.3 billion at list prices.[16]
5 February
The smallest Boeing 737 MAX 7 is rolled-out in Renton, Washington, before flight testing in coming weeks, first delivery and introduction by Southwest Airlines in 2019.[17]
6 February
Singapore Airshow is held 6-11 February.[18]
9 February
After in-flight failures of PW1100G turbofans with its high pressure compressor aft hub modified –apparently problems of its knife edge seal, the EASA and Airbus grounds some A320neo family aircraft until they are fitted with spares.[19]
11 February
Saratov Airlines Flight 703 an Antonov An-148-100B crashed shortly after takeoff from Domodedovo Airport killing all 71 people on board.[20]
16 February
Boeing announces the 737 MAX-9 variant is certified, clearing it for introduction with Lion Air.[21]
18 February
Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 3704, an ATR 72-200 flying from Tehran to Yasuj, crashed into the Zagros Mountains, south of Ispahan after it disappeared from radar, 50 minutes after taking off from Mehrabad Airport, killing all 65 people on board.[22]
20 February
The first stretched A350-1000 is delivered to Qatar Airways, and will be introduced on its London Heathrow route on 24 February.[23]
A Dana Air MD-83 with registration 5N-SRI veered off of the runway at Port-Harcourt international airport and into bushes during a night landing. There were no casualties[24] Both the airline and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria stated that the cause of the accident was inclement weather as there was torrential rain at the time of the landing.[25]
28 February
Dassault Aviation unveils the Falcon 6X large business jet based on the Falcon 5X: it should make its first flight in early 2021 and begin deliveries in 2022.[26]
Embraer receives its type certificate from the ANAC, FAA and EASA for the first member of the E-Jets E2 family, the E190-E2.[27]

March[edit]

The 10,000th Boeing 737 is rolled-out on 13 March, a MAX 8 for Southwest like the one pictured
9 March
Turkish Airlines ordered 25 Boeing 787-9 and 25 Airbus A350-900 with five options each, to be delivered from 2019 to 2024, as the catalogue price of the A350s alone is $9.5 billion.[28]
11 March
A Turkish Bombardier Challenger CL-604 TC-TRB crashes in the Zagros Mountains near Shahr-e Kord, Iran, killing all 11 people on board.[29]
12 March
US-Bangla Airlines Flight 211, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 registred S2-AGU, crashed while landing at Tribhuwan International Airport near Kathmandu, killing 51 of the 71 people on board.[30]
13 March
The 10,000th Boeing 737 is rolled-out, a MAX 8 destined for Southwest Airlines: continuously manufactured since 1967, over 4,600 orders are pending.[31]
The General Electric GE9X, the Boeing 777x engine, makes its first flight.[32]
16 March
The smallest 737 MAX-7 took off for its first flight from its Renton factory for three hours, reached 250 kn (460 km/h) and 25,000 ft (7,600 m), and landed in Moses Lake, WA, Boeing's flight test centre.[33]
20 March
Ryanair announces it will acquire - subject to EU Competition approval - 75% of Austrian airline Laudamotion, built from the assets of the former Niki including A320 airliners, for €50m plus €50m for year 1 start up and operating costs, aiming for profitability by year 3 and a fleet of 30.[34]
21 March
Asian low-cost carrier Lion Air Group takes delivery of the first stretched 737 MAX-9 before entering service with Thai Lion Air.[35]
22 March
Boeing declines to appeal the US ITC ruling in its CSeries dumping petition.[36]
All Nippon Airways announces the integration of its two low cost carrier subsidiaries Peach Aviation and Vanilla Air, starting in the second half of the FY2018 and to be completed by the end of FY2019 into Peach, planning over 50 aircraft beyond FY2020, up from 35 today, operating on more than 50 routes, up from 39 currently, and targeting a ¥150 (1.34) billion revenue and a 10% operating profit for FY2020.[37]
25 March
Boeing delivers the first stretched 787-10 to Singapore Airlines.[38]
26 March
Founded in 1977 and once the largest provider of US Essential Air Service from 1992 to 2002, Great Lakes Airlines stopped scheduled passenger flights due to pilot shortage caused by US regulations requiring first officers to have 1,500 flight h. up from 250 h. since 2013, leaving a fleet of 28 Beechcraft 1900Ds and six Embraer 120s, but continue to support Aerodynamics Inc. flights.[39]
29 March
A takeover bid of £8.1 billion ($11.4 billion), up from £7 billion initially in January, from turnaround specialist Melrose Industries for UK aerostructure specialist GKN is accepted by a majority of the later's shareholders, while Melrose aims for an over £10 billion market capitalisation.[40]

April[edit]

The Cirrus Vision SF50 is awarded the 2017 Collier Trophy on 4 April
1 April
The 100th anniversary of the formation of Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918 in the United Kingdom[41] it is the oldest independent air force in the world.[42]
2 April
NASA awards Lockheed Martin a $247.5 million contract to design, build and deliver in late 2021 the Quiet Supersonic Technology Low-Boom X-plane.[43]
3 April
Already a Boeing 737 Max 8 customer, Indian Jet Airways order 75 more, not disclosing the variant, valued at $7.2 to $9.7 billion before customary discounts.[44]
4 April
Cirrus Aircraft is awarded the 2017 Collier Trophy for designing, certifying, and entering-into-service the SF50 Vision, the first single-engine personal jet.[45]
China proposes 25% tariffs on Boeing airliners in retaliation to Trump tariffs, with a weight cap apparently to leave negotiations open.[46]
Widerøe takes delivery of its first of three 114-seat Embraer 190-E2 in Sao Jose dos Campos.[47]
6 April
Adding to its previous order for 42, American Airlines orders 47 Boeing 787s, 22 -8s and 25 -9s, for over $12 billion at list prices.[48] American simultaneously cancels its 22 A350s order originally placed by US Airways.[49]
11 April
In northern Algeria, an Algerian Air Force Il-76 transport plane crashes shortly after take-off from Boufarik Airport, killing its 257 occupants.[50]
17 April
A failure of the left engine on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 broke a window, causing a passenger to be partially sucked out. That person died and seven other people were injured. The plane was flying from New Yorks LaGuardia Airport to Dallas Love Field and made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport.
24 April
Widerøe introduces the Embraer 190-E2 between Bergen and Tromso, Norway.[51]
Virgin America made its final flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles before being taken over by Alaska Airlines.[52]
25 April
ILA Berlin Air Show is held 25-29 April.[18]

May[edit]

Serge Dassault dies at 93 on 28 May
1 May
Boeing acquires aircraft parts manufacturer KLX, Inc for $3.2 billion, valuing it at $4.25 billion including $1 billion of net debt.[53] In over 15 countries, KLX sells $1.4 billion per year of fasteners and consumables within its 1 million items catalog, and will be integrated within Aviall with its 2,000 employees.[54]
3 May
BAE Systems and Prismatic Ltd announce their collaboration to develop the 150 kg (330 lb), 35 m (115 ft) wingspan PHASA-35 solar powered high altitude UAV for flight tests in 2019, offering a one year endurance for surveillance and communications alternatively to satellites.[55]
4 May
Air France-KLM CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac resigns after 55% of the airline's staff rejected a 7% wage increase over 4 years proposal.[56]
7 May
At the ICAO, the North Korean Government requests to launch routes between its capital Pyongyang and South Korea capital Seoul through Air Koryo after the 2018 inter-Korean summit.[57]
8 May
United States President Donald Trump withdraws from the Iran Nuclear Deal, effectively cancelling $38 billion of Airbus and Boeing orders from Iran Air.[58]
11 May
Challenged by four unions representing 135,000 airline workers, the US Department of Transportation approval for Norwegian Air International is maintained by a judicial panel.[59]
14 May
An Airbus A319 from Sichuan Airlines Flight 8633, departing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport and bounded to Lhasa Gonggar Airport, diverts to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport after its right windshield cracked and blew off in cruise at FL330 without any fatalities.[60]
15 May
Air France-KLM's Board of Directors adopt a transitional management, with Anne-Marie Couderc as non-executive Chairman and a Management Committee composed of Frédéric Gagey, AF-KLM's CFO, serving as CEO and spokesperson, fr:Franck Terner, Air France CEO, and Pieter Elbers, KLM CEO.[61]
Subject to regulatory approval, Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic agrees on their expanded joint venture on transatlantic flights; Air France-KLM will acquire 31% of Virgin Atlantic from Virgin Group for £220 million which will retain 20% and Chairmanship while Delta will retain its 49%.[62]
In the WTO dispute between Airbus and Boeing, the WTO concludes that the A380 and A350 received improper subsidies through repayable launch aids or low interest rates; Boeing claims victory but Airbus counters it is thin with 94% of the complaints rejected, and US tariffs could see retaliation from the EU.[63]
17 May
Following the mid-March 2018 completion of its restoration for display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the B-17F Memphis Belle, the first World War II 8th Air Force American heavy bomber to complete its then-25-mission tour of duty in the European Theater of World War II is officially unveiled to the public.[citation needed]
18 May
A Boeing 737-200, Cubana de Aviación Flight 972 crashes after taking off at José Martí International Airport, claiming 112 fatalities and leaving one survivor.[64]
25 May
After their Joint Investigation Team determined the Buk missile which downed MH17 belonged to the Russian army, the Government of the Netherlands and Government of Australia hold Russia responsible for the death of its 298 occupants.[65]
27 May
Bombardier unveils its Global Express 5500 and 6500 developments expected to enter service at the end of 2019 with an optimized wing, a revamped cabin and new more efficient Rolls-Royce Pearl engines for better operating costs, performance and range.[66]
28 May
Serge Dassault, son of founder Marcel Dassault, former chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation from 1986 to 2000, initiator of the Dassault Falcon business jet family, dies at 93.[67]
29 May
EBACE is held 29-31 May in Geneva.[18]
As the Malaysian government changes, Ocean Infinity's MH370 search ends.[68]

June[edit]

The NASA Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator is named X-59 QueSST
4 June
Boeing and Safran announce their 50-50 partnership to design, build and service APUs after regulatory and antitrust clearance in the second half of 2018.[69]
8 June
After having gained regulatory approval, Airbus and Bombardier announce that Airbus will get a majority stake of the CSeries on July 1, 2018, leaving its main operations in Mirabel, Québec as Bombardier will fund its cash shortfalls for up to US$610 million till 2021.[70]
12 June
NASA flies a 36 feet long by 66-foot (11 by 20-meter) demilitarised MQ-9 Predator for the first time through the National Airspace System with no chase aircraft and controlled from Armstrong Flight Research Center, towards unmanned aircraft operations in civil airspace.[71]
14 June
Along a larger and modernised delivery centre, Airbus inaugurates its fourth Hamburg A320 production line, with two seven-axis robots to drill 80% of fuselage upper side holes, autonomous mobile tooling platforms and following Design Thinking principles.[72]
Rolls-Royce plc announces its restructuring, cutting 4,600 jobs to save £400m per year by 2020.[73] Two thirds of the cuts will happen in Britain where 26,000 work including 15,700 at the Derby headquarters among 55,000 worldwide.[74]
19 June
FedEx orders 12 Boeing 767Fs to be delivered between June 2019 and May 2022 and 12 B777Fs to be delivered from June 2020 to May 2025, for a $6.6 billion list price.[75]
26 June
The US Air Force informed NASA it had assigned the X-59 QueSST designation to the Low Boom Flight Demonstrator.[76]
28 June
After failing to place two A380s, lessor Dr. Peters should decide to tear them down over two years for $80 million per aircraft.[77]

July[edit]

The Airbus Beluga successor, the A330 based Beluga XL, makes its first flight on 19 July
5 July
A Memorandum of Understanding is announced for a strategic partnership: for $3.8 billion Boeing will hold 80% of a Boeing-Embraer joint venture for Embraers's airliners and services, valued at $4.75 billion, and Embraer will own the remaining 20%.[78]
10 July
Ten days after taking control of the program, Airbus renames the Bombardier CSeries Airbus A220-100/300.[79]
Hours after its rebrand, jetBlue ordered 60 A220-300s to replace its 60 Embraer 190s from 2020 for $5.4 billion before customary discounts, with 60 options pending from 2025, a blow to Embraer which was marketing the E195-E2 to the carrier.[80]
16 July
Farnborough air show is held 16-22 July.[18]
17 July
Valencia-based Air Nostrum and Dublin-bound CityJet announce their cooperation to create the largest European regional airline, subject to regulatory approval, employing 2700 people and flying 94 aircraft including 30 CRJ1000 and 22 CRJ900, for a combined revenue of €700m with over 170,000 flights per year.[81]
A February agreement was formalized for two 747-8 at $3.9 billion to replace from December 2024 the two 747-200-based Air Force One VC-25A presidential aircraft delivered in 1991.[82]
19 July
The Airbus Beluga XL oversized freighter makes its maiden flight.[83]
At the end of Farnborough Airshow business days, Embraer sold 300 jets for $15 billion at list prices, including 100 firm orders and 100 options for the E175-E1s from US carrier Republic Airways, convertible to E2s; Airbus sold 431 airliners (93 firm and 338 MoUs): 60 A220-300s, 304 A320 Family aircraft, 42 A330neos and 25 A350XWBs; Boeing signed 673 aircraft to 21 customers for a $98.4 billion list value, 145 of these were unidentified prior to the airshow, leaving 528 airshow sales.[84] Of those 673, Boeing secured 564 737 MAXs including 110 MAX 10s, 52 Dreamliners, 48 777Fs and five 747-8Fs.[85]
23 July
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is held 23-29 July.[86]
31 July
Aeroméxico Connect Flight 2431, an Embraer 190, crashed after takeoff from Durango International Airport in Mexico with 101 persons on board and no fatalities.[87]

August[edit]

The Perlan II reached of 60,669 ft / 18,492 m without an engine
4 August
A historic Junkers 52 crashes in the swiss alps in a Ju-Air sightseeing flight, killing all its 20 occupants.[88]
8 August
Airbus announces its Zephyr S remained aloft for 25 days 23h 57min for its maiden flight from Arizona, nearly twice as long as the previous record flight of 14 days set by its predecessor.[89]
10 August
A Horizon Air Dash 8 Q400 is stolen from Seattle–Tacoma Airport by Richard Russell, a ground service agent, ultimately killed when crashing on Ketron Island in Puget Sound.[90]
Ryanair cancels 20% of its fights in Europe, mostly in Germany, as pilots staged strikes to support their claims.[91]
16 August
The Air France-KLM Board of Directors appoints Air Canada's Benjamin Smith as its Chief Executive Officer before 30 September 2018.[92]
26 August
within the Airbus Perlan Mission II from El Calafate (Patagonia, Argentina), the Perlan II sets a new unofficial flight altitude record without an engine of 60,669 ft / 18,492 m GPS (61,982 ft / 18,892 m pressure altitude), piloted by Jim Payne and Morgan Sandercock : the third time ever high altitude wave soaring occurred above the tropopause.[93]
29 August
After a seven years run, Swiss regional SkyWork Airlines cease operations after fleet renewal efforts failed to improve the business.[94]
31 August
Boeing Phantom Works wins the MQ-25 carrier-based unmanned aerial tanker competition with its Stingray to build four prototypes for $805 million, to fly in 2021, before a $3.8 billion development and $9.2 billion to build 72 aircraft from 2024, beating General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and Lockheed Martin Skunk Works.[95]

September[edit]

The Airbus A330neo got its type certificate from the EASA on 26 September
1 September
Utair Flight 579, a Boeing 737-800, registration VQ-BJI, on a flight from Vnukovo with 164 passengers and 6 crew, overran the runway and caught fire while landing in Sochi, injuring 18 people. One airport worker, suffered a Heart Attack and couldn’t be revived.[96]
2 September
Within the Airbus Perlan Mission II, Jim Payne and Tim Gardner reached an altitude of 76,124 ft (23,203 m), surpassing the 73,737 ft (22,475 m) attained by Jerry Hoyt on April 17, 1989 in a Lockheed U-2: the highest subsonic flight.[97]
4 September
Boeing announces the KC-46 FAA certification.[98]
6 September
Dassault Aviation and Safran ends their dispute over the Silvercrest engine for the Falcon 5X with USD 280 million compensatory damages.[99]
The Turkish Aerospace TAI T625 6 t (13,000 lb) MTOW helicopter makes a 10 min first flight from Ankara powered by two LHTEC CTS800s; the 165 kn (306km/h) max, 400 nmi (740km) range aircraft development began in 2010, certification including from EASA is targeted in 2020 and production from 2021.[100]
8 September
The first assembled 777X rolls out in Everett, Washington: a non-flying airplane to be ground tested over a year.[101]
13 September
Eric Schulz left the Airbus Chief Commercial Officer role, to be replaced by Christian Scherer, CEO of ATR since October 2016.[102]
17 September
ATR replaces Christian Scherer as its chief executive by Stefano Bortoli, president of ATR's board and Leonardo aircraft's senior vice-president for strategy and marketing.[103]
26 September
EASA grants the Airbus A330neo-941 type certificate, including beyond 180 min ETOPS.[104]
27 September
The first Gulfstream G500 is delivered.[105]
Boeing Wins the U.S. Air Force $9.2 billion T-X program for 351 jets, 46 simulators and the associated ground equipment with the Boeing T-X trainer, designed with Saab.[106] The original design defeated the Lockheed Martin T-50A based on the Korea Aerospace Industries FA-50, and the Leonardo T-100 based on the Alenia Aermacchi M-346. The initial $813 million order provides for the development of the first five aircraft and seven simulators, to be delivered in 2023, for an initial operational capability by 2024 and full operational capability by 2034.[107]
28 September
Transport Canada awards the Bombardier Global 7500 its type certification.[108]
Air Niugini Flight 73, a Boeing 737-800, landed short of the runway and came to rest in a lagoon at Chuuk International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia, with one person being killed while all other 34 passengers and 12 crew escaped serious injury.[109][110]

October[edit]

The Embraer KC-390 received its Brazilian civil type certification on 23 October 2018
1 October
Darryl Greenamyer, American air racing and test pilot dies aged 82.[111]
2 October
As it lacks funds to continue after 14 years, Northern European carrier Primera Air cease operations ahead of the winter season, after grounded aircraft and delivery delays led to flight cancellations, revenue loss and costly leases, exacerbated by low fares and high fuel costs.[112]
8 October
The Airbus board of directors selects Guillaume Faury to succeed Tom Enders as CEO from 10 April 2019.[113]
12 October
Singapore Airlines lands the world's Longest Flight in New York/Newark from Singapore Changi after 17 h 52 mn, in an Airbus A350-900ULR in two-classes, with 67 Business seats and 94 Premium Economy seats.[114] The flight covered 16,562 km (8,943 nmi) for a 15,353 km (8,290 nmi) orthodromic distance.[115]
14 October
Embraer introduces the Praetor 500 and 600 business jets with 3,250 nmi and 3,900 nmi of range, to be certified in 2019.[116] Both have larger winglets, the 500 boosts the fuel capacity of the Legacy 450 while the 600 is based on the Legacy 500 with tanks on the fuselage belly and more powerful engines.[117]
15 October
Fractional operator NetJets announced the purchase of up to 325 Cessna Citations for nearly $10 billion: 175 Citation Longitude, sold for $26 million each, and up to 150 Citation Hemispheres, priced at $35 million.[118]
16 October
NBAA convention is held 16-18 October in Orlando.[18]
Helitech is held 16-18 October in Amsterdam.[18]
17 October
Cypriot airline Cobalt Air ceases operations and cancels all flights.[119]
23 October
After 1,900 flight hours, the Embraer KC-390 received its Brazilian civil type certification, the first production aircraft will be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force in the first half 2019 and it should reach its military certification by the end of 2019.[120]
25 October
Belgium selects 34 Lockheed Martin F-35A valued at $6.53 billion to replace its fleet of 52 F-16s averaging 31.2 years, defeating the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon, after the Saab Gripen NG and the Boeing F/A-18 E/F were withdrawn.[121]
29 October
A Boeing 737 MAX 8, Lion Air Flight 610 crashes into the Java Sea after taking off from Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta Airport with all 189 aboard killed.[122]

November[edit]

On 8 November, Viking Air parent acquires the Dash 8 from Bombardier Inc.
5 November
Icelandair Group announces a purchase agreement to acquire all shares of low-cost competitor WOW Air, subject to shareholder agreement.[123]
6 November
The shorter -800 variant of the A330neo makes its maiden flight.[124] The 4h 4min flight inaugurated a 350h test program aiming for a mid-2019 type certification and a first half of 2020 delivery to launch operator Kuwait Airways.[125]
Airshow China is held 6-11 November in Zhuhai.[18]
7 November
Following the crash of Lion Air Flight 610, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues an Emergency Airworthiness Directive for the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft types.[126]
8 November
Viking Air parent Longview Aviation Capital Corp. acquires the Dash 8 from Bombardier Inc..[127]
11 November
Air Astana Flight 1388 from Lisbon Alverca Airport loses flight control during takeoff. After one and a half hours in the air, the pilots manage to regain some control and make an emergency landing at Beja Airport. Earlier during the flight, the crew requested directions for an emergency landing on water. The Portuguese Air Force deploys F16 fighter jets to communicate with the aircraft. Six crew members but no passengers are on board the flight.[128][importance?] Roll oscillations started immediately after takeoff, ailerons were behaving erratically and roll inputs were kept to a minimum: flight-data records suggest that commands resulted in an opposite responses, fly-by-wire in direct law improved the situation considerably but control remained difficult.[129]
22 November
Italian manufacturer Piaggio Aerospace requests to be placed into receivership after declaring itself insolvent as its restructuring plan failed, less than a year after its owner, Abu Dhabi investor Mubadala, injected €255 million ($308 million) and repurchased its bank debt, as the P.180 Avanti deliveries fell to four in 2018 from 30 in 2008.[130]
26 November
Leased from Avolon, the first A330neo-900 is delivered to TAP Air Portugal, featuring 298 seats: 34 full-flat business, 96 economy plus and 168 economy seats, and to be deployed from Portugal to the Americas and Africa.[131]
United Technologies announces the completion of its Rockwell Collins acquisition, renaming systems supplier UTC Aerospace Systems as Collins Aerospace, for $23 billion of combined sales in 2017 and 70,000 employees.[132]
28 November
The Indonesian NTSC releases its preliminary accident investigation report on Lion Air Flight 610.[133]
29 November
Icelandair abandons its plan to take over low cost carrier WOW Air, as the shareholders’ meeting pre-conditions were unlikely to be met.[134]
Bill Franke-managed private equity firm and low-cost carrier investor Indigo Partners reaches a preliminary agreement to buy WOW Air.[135]
30 November
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake temporarily disrupts flight operations at Anchorage Airport in Alaska.[136]

December[edit]

5 December
Swiss business jet and wet lease operator PrivatAir files for insolvency and ceases operations, as well as its German subsidiary.[137]
The airline alliance Oneworld announces that Royal Air Maroc will become a new member in 2020, the first African airline in the alliance.[138]
6 December
At the demand of four congressmen ot the left-wing Brazilian Workers Party, a Brazilian federal court forbids the regional plane-maker's board of directors to form the Boeing-Embraer joint venture, as that would give away for free the profitable airliner division and would remove it from the Brazilian government control.[139]
10 December
Avianca Brazil files for bankruptcy protection as three lessors wants to get back 30% of its 50 aircraft fleet, R$100 million ($26 million) are owed to airports and bank debt grew by 50% in 2018, while United Airlines extended a loan of $456 million to Avianca owner Synergy Group.[140]
MEBAA is held 10-12 December in Dubai.[18]
14 December
Air Berlin’s insolvency administrator sues its former owner Etihad for 0.5 to 2 billion euros of damages caused by withdrawing its funding before the promised 18 months from April 2017.[141]
15 December
The first Boeing 737 is delivered, a MAX 8 to Air China, from the new Chinese completion center in Zhoushan, 20 months after construction of the 666,000 sq ft (61,900 m2) facility began in a joint venture with COMAC, as one third of 737 deliveries are going to Chinese customers and China should become the largest airliner market.[142]

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