Arrivals and Standbys

ARRIVALS | PLANES IN THE PIPELINE

When demand for jets plummeted during the recession, aircraft manufacturers delayed development and production of new models. The recession also prompted many jet owners to try selling their aircraft earlier than they had planned, thus flooding the secondary market with high-quality jets, which further hurt the market for new planes.

Now, as the economy improves and the industry steadies itself, new aircraft that had stalled in manufacturers’ pipelines are finally moving forward. The forthcoming models spotlighted in the “Arrivals” section of this feature generally offer better performance, comfort, safety, and efficiency than existing planes, but it will be years before some of them enter service. Meanwhile, as shown in the “Standbys” section, a number of older aircraft could represent great deals for buyers seeking to spend less money and less time waiting.

Continued...

The first chopper to wear the Airbus Helicopters name, the H160 promises to be revolutionary…
Photo by Adrian Koeppel
The massive aircraft will measure an impressive 238 feet long and 385 feet wide…
The forthcoming aircraft offers vertical takeoff and landing and can fly like an airplane…
With Joby Aviation and ESAero, NASA has begun developing the LEAPTech all-electric airplane…
The chopper can be outfitted with a conference table, swivel seating, and a mini galley…
After two years of development, the fuel-efficient plane has completed its first test flight…
This solar technology could have applications in commercial and business aviation…
Built on a Beechcraft King Air C09A airframe, the plane has new General Electric engines…
Photo by Paul Bowen
The extended-range aircraft’s circumnavigation required just one stop and set two speed records...
Photo by Airbus Group / CAPA / Cyril Abad
The company hopes its E-Fan 2.0 training aircraft will lead to electric-powered jetliners…