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The End is Nigh

News has reached the Airliner World editorial office that Northrop Grumman is planning to retire its pair of British Aircraft Corporation One-Elevens – the world’s last two airworthy examples. The prototype made its maiden flight on August 20, 1963, and 244 examples were built in the UK and in Romania under licence by ROMBAC, with production ending in 1989.

The two Northrop Grumman aircraft, N162W (c/n 087) and N164W (c/n 090) are based at the company’s Baltimore/ Washington Airport facility and are being retired from service because of their age – both were built in 1966 and marked 50 years of service last August. The US manufacturer says that economically it has been getting more difficult every year to justify keeping the jets flying. Now, unfortunately, that time has run out with N162W due to be retired by the end of 2017, and N164W following in 2019 or 2020. The One-Elevens are being replaced by a pair of Bombardier CRJ700s; one is already in service and the second is undergoing modification. Paul Schulz, chief of engineering for Flight Test Northrop Grumman, remarked: “The BAC One-Eleven is a really strong and robust aircraft. It can take very high inertial loads and is a very forgiving aeroplane.” The type fell out of favour with airlines due to their engine exceeding FAA noise standards. Northrop Grumman acquired its first One-Eleven in 1984, the other followed five years later, with the company obtaining an exemption from the FAA allowing them to continue operating them. Both aircraft have played crucial roles in many major defence programmes.

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In the January issue of Airliner World, we bid farewell to KLM’s Fokkers, ending a 97-year association between the Dutch flag carrier and the manufacturer, we examine how a partial privatisation could offer Pakistan International Airlines renewed hope for its future, and we go behind the scenes with launch customer Qatar Airways as it prepares to take delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000. Elsewhere in this edition, we find out Hebridean Air Services has forged a unique and highly valued link with the remote island communities it serves, we find out how Leipzig/Halle has transformed from sleepy backwater to major European cargo hub, and we hear how AeroLink Uganda is playing a quirky but important role in connecting its home market. We also shine the spotlight on Singapore Airlines’ new A380 cabin, and we bring you a selection of photos from NBAA 2017 and from Orly, Paris’ second airport. Lastly, we bring you our comprehensive coverage of worldwide news, including a full round-up from the Dubai Airshow, plus Embraer eyes an April debut for the E-Jet E2, ATR wins a major order from FedEx, Emirates takes delivery of its 100th Airbus A380, and Boeing delivers the first 737 MAX to China. We also have all our regular sections covering the latest commercial aircraft acquisitions, up-to-date accident reports and developments from the world of aviation training and MROs.

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