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Delta and Alaska Airline Rivalry Could Be a Boost For Boeing

While the merger of United Airlines and Continental left a gaping hole at the ticket counter at SeaTac International Airport, frequent fliers are noticing an expansion of Delta and Alaska check-in stations these days. That expansion could mean a great boost to Boeing and Washington's economy in the future — if state lawmakers hold the line on taxes and regulatory costs. According to airport statistics, those two airlines now account for half the passengers flying through Seattle, and they are expanding. Alaska and Delta have an interesting relationship. Both are using Seattle as hubs and have interconnected rewards program, but Alaska and Delta are fighting for market share at SeaTac. Delta has more than tripled the number of its domestic flights while adding international flights … [Read More...]

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Airbus Gears Up for A350-900 Service Entry

After gaining 370-minute Etops certification for the A350-900 earlier this month, Airbus continues preparations for entry into service with additional approvals such as in-cockpit Wi-Fi and A330 common type rating (CTR), while also expanding parts inventories near customer bases. Airbus has received regulatory approval for A330/A350 CTR, meaning that pilots current and qualified on the […]

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As Oil Price Slides, Gulf’s Private Business May Benefit

Kuwait’s privately owned Jazeera Airways is preparing to bid for a big stake in state-run flag carrier Kuwait Airways, Jazeera’s chairman told Reuters. If the deal goes through, it will be a sign that the business scene is changing in the Gulf. For several decades, Gulf Arab economies have been dominated by the heavy hand […]

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ANALYSIS: Why China is the place to be for Airbus and Boeing

When Airbus launched a lower weight variant of the A330 pitched at the Chinese market last year, Boeing scoffed that its competitor was introducing old technology to China, with one salesperson going as far as to say it was an “insulting” move. The episode offers a telling glimpse into the fierce rivalry between the two […]

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The world’s first Boeing 747 gets a much-needed makeover

After years of falling into disrepair, the world’s first Boeing 747 has finally received some much-needed tender love and care. Permanently parked at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, the hulking jet is easy to spot. Standing over 63 feet tall at the tip of its tail, it literally towers over its peers in the […]

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Boeing Says Oil Price Won’t Hurt Demand for Fuel-Efficiency

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing reported healthy profits Wednesday as Boeing Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney assured investors that declining oil prices won’t crimp airlines’ desire to buy more fuel-efficient planes. McNerney seemed to allude to events such as the shooting down of Malaysia Flight 17 over Ukraine in July when he said, “Notwithstanding a somewhat richer […]

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Gol Considering $1.7 Billion in Boeing, Embraer Jets

Gol, Brazil’s biggest airline, is considering small, single-aisle jet models from Boeing Co. and Embraer SA valued at as much as $1.7 billion to replace older aircraft, people familiar with the matter said. The 20 planes probably would be taken on leases, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the […]

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Citation X+, World’s Fastest Civilian Aircraft

Even before it received FAA type certification, Cessna’s New Citation X, now known as the Citation X+, had claimed the title of the world’s fastest civilian aircraft. After receiving certification in June, the aircraft has continued its record-setting ways with a number of US city-to-city speed records. Having supplanted the Gulfstream G650 as the world’s […]

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Embraer Affected in Chinese Private Jet Market

Ever since China’s president Xi Jinping cracked down on opulent spending as part of his anti-graft campaign this year, the world’s fastest-growing business jet market has stalled, says Mr Curado from his offices overlooking São Paulo’s banking district. “It’s been sharp, it’s been sudden,” he says, adding that executives at Chinese state-owned companies as well […]

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Boeing Taps 737 and 787 Lessons to Better Build The 777X Wing

To learn how to set up its new 777X wing factory, Boeing didn’t have to look far. In fact, the company is looking to its own 737 factories in Renton. Boeing’s drive to increase Boeing 737 wing production, to efficiently keep up with rising aircraft production rates there, is giving the company many of the […]

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Airbus Team Helping America’s Cup Champion, Oracle Team USA with Design

How often do you see sports stars looking to the heavens in search of a little inspiration? That’s why the team hoping to build one of the fastest yachts on the planet is not looking to the water — but to the sky. Or to be more precise, the giant passenger plane flying overhead. Oracle […]

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What is The Best Day to Buy Airline Tickets?

The Prime Time to Find Airfares Has Changed; How Early Does the Lowest Price Pop Up? Looking for an airfare deal? Your odds improve if you buy on the weekend. A new deep dive into airline fares suggests Sunday is the best day to find low fares. This is a departure from the conventional wisdom […]

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Airbus partners with Aerion to Develop Supersonic Business Jet

Allan McArtor of Airbus North America and executives from Aerion held a joint news conference at Aerion’s exhibit at the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention to talk about the partnership between the two companies. Airbus and Aerion will work together to develop a multimillion-dollar supersonic business jet. They will collaborate on the jet’s development […]

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Boeing’s 787 Production Problems Hurting Bottom Line

Despite Boeing’s third quarter being a solid one, questions surrounding its 787 Dreamliner continue to weigh on the stock price. It was one of the reasons Boeing’s operating cash flow before pension contributions declined a staggering 61% to $1.7 billion, compared to last year’s third quarter. The 787 program is still not cash flow positive, […]

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Airlines Scramble to Find Enough Qualified Pilots

Five years ago, Louis Smith’s organization would put on job fairs for airline pilots and have plenty of pilots but few airlines. Now his job fairs attract plenty of airlines but need more pilots. It’s an indication of how the airline industry has turned around over the past five years. It also underlines the growing […]

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How Ebola Panic Could Cost Billions

According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly a quarter of Americans are worried about catching Ebola, despite the fact that their chances of actually getting it are vanishingly small at this point. A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll indicated that two-thirds of Americans were worried about an Ebola epidemic in the US. When people start […]

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Airbus Tackles 757 Range with Higher-Weight A321Neo

Airbus is aiming to introduce a higher-weight version of the A321neo in early 2019, in a bid to reinforce the type’s challenge to the Boeing 757 market. It has previously detailed four sub-variants for the A321neo, with maximum take-off weights ranging from 89t to 93.5t. But the airframer states that it will present a 97t […]

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Airbus and Boeing are at War on Two Fronts

The campaign for market share between Airbus and Boeing is being fought on two fronts. In single-aisles, both airframers have adopted similar gameplans by re-engining existing models and – with bulging backlogs and plans to ramp up monthly production between now and the end of the decade – are in a head-to-head battle for market […]

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Is Mitsubishi’s new jetliner a commercially viable project?

Hiring a team of Taiko traditional drummers to pound away in a cavernous hanger is one way to create a loud noise. But Mitsubishi Aircraft, an aerospace firm, already had the world’s attention long before it unveiled the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), Japan’s first domestically-built airliner in 50 years, last week. With a sleek design, […]