Citation X

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 fastest certified civilian jet with its maximum speed of Mach 0.935 (compared to the G650's Mach 0.925), the Citation X+ is now rewriting several speed records for an aircraft in its 12,000 to 16,000 kg (26,455 to 35,274 lb) weight class over a recognized course. Over a two-day period, a Citation X+ started by making the 2,303 km (1,431 mi) journey from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (KICT) to King County International Airport (KBFI) … [Read More...]

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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 […]

Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

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, […]

Pilot Training

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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Air Fares

US Airlines Raise Base Fares on Domestic Flights

U.S. airlines are raising base fares on many domestic flights even though they are getting a windfall from lower fuel prices. JetBlue Airways raised fares by $4 per round trip on a small number of routes Thursday, and Delta Air Lines picked up and greatly expanded the breadth of the increase, according to CEO […]

Learjet 70

Can Bombardier’s New Planes Reverse Its Sales Slide in the Light Jet Market?

Amid a global economic recovery, the business jet market is returning into shape, but with more demand for large cabin/heavy jets, growth in the light and medium categories looks slightly challenged. Canadian aerospace major Bombardier is one of the oldest players in the global aviation industry and sits pretty with a huge portfolio serving all […]

GECAS 737-MAX8 Renderings

Boeing’s Order Book Tops the 1,000 Mark

With 266 Boeing customers ordering 12,100 737 units since the plane’s introduction, Boeing’s single-aisle airliner is the best-selling commercial airplane in history. Perversely, that’s posing something of a problem for Boeing. Hoping to keep up with demand for the 737, Boeing confirmed this month that it will once again increase the rate at which it […]

Embraer Legacy 450 business jet

What’s So Special About Embraer’s New Legacy 450 and 500 Business Jets?

“Whether by accident or design, the Legacy 450 and 500 might be arriving at exactly the right moment,” said Richard Aboulafia, an analyst with Virginia-based consultant Teal Group, about Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer’s new business jets. The company has just started deliveries of its much-anticipated Legacy 500 midsize business jet, and the smaller Legacy 450 […]

Luftansa pilots' strike

Lufthansa strike disrupts travel for 200,000 airline passengers

A pilot strike at Lufthansa has expanded as it enters a second day Tuesday, forcing the carrier to ground a significant portion of its schedule. Cancellations include many of the carrier’s lucrative long-haul routes, including flights to the United States, Canada and Asia. The strike – one of several to hit Lufthansa this year – […]

Ebola Outbreak

Ebola causes some people to change travel plans

Travel agents say customers are asking whether it’s safe to fly, and what steps they should take to guard against Ebola. The virus has killed more than 4,500 in West Africa since the current outbreak began several months ago. Several people who contracted the disease there have been treated in the United States, but only […]

Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft

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At a welcoming banquet in Japan in the 1980s, Ford Motor chairman Philip Caldwell received a memorably double-edged compliment. “There is no secret about how we learned to do what we do, Mr. Caldwell,” said the head of Toyota Motor , Eiji Toyoda. “We learned it at the Rouge.” Toyoda was referring to Ford’s fabled […]

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380

Passengers Hurt After Singapore Airlines Flight was Hit by Turbulence

Twenty-two people were injured when a Singapore Airlines flight descending into Mumbai ran into turbulence on Saturday night. The injured included 14 crew and eight passengers, the airline said. Some were taken to a hospital for treatment. Singapore Airlines said the aircraft, an Airbus Group N.V. A380, had 408 passengers and 25 crew on board […]

Embraer Legacy 500

Embraer Steps Into Midsize Market With Legacy 500 Delivery

Embraer’s Executive Jets unit on Oct. 10 officially entered the midsized jet market with the delivery of its Legacy 500 business jet to a Brazilian customer. The delivery followed Brazilian ANAC certification in August. U.S. FAA certification is anticipated within weeks, Embraer executives say. The delivery marked two celebrations the Brazilian airframer held recently. The […]

Bombardier Challenger 600 series

Bombardier Refreshes Challenger 605 As 650

“Given the response to the Challenger 350, we said we’ll do the same for the 650. The scope of the changes is very similar,” says Brad Nolen, Bombardier’s director of product planning. Launch price is $32.35 million in 2015 dollars, up $500,000 from the Challenger 605. That includes up to $1.5 million worth of standard […]

Gulfstream G500 Flight Deck

Gulfstream’s New Jets Are Packed With Touchscreens for Pilots

Touchscreens have established themselves as the best interface for smartphones and tablets. Thanks to Tesla and other car companies, they appear to be the future of automotive controls. And now, Gulfstream, maker of the world’s priciest business jets, thinks they’re the best choice in the cockpit as well. The Georgia-based firm introduced two swanky aircraft […]

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Airbus Cuts Production Plan for A330 Jetliner

Airbus said it would reduce the build-rate for the A330 to nine aircraft a month in the fourth quarter of next year. It currently builds 10 A330s a month, a record for the company. The A330 is a key profit contributor for the European plane maker. The Toulouse-based company is working on an updated model […]

Delta Airlines Boeing 747

Boeing 747s will be retired by 2017 – Delta CEO

If you want to book a flight on one of Delta Air Lines’ Boeing 747s, the clock is ticking. The carrier plans to retire the last of the 16 747s in its fleet by 2017, CEO Richard Anderson said during the carrier’s third-quarter earnings call Thursday. The move is no surprise, but the timeline guidance […]

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Embraer Reports Weak Deliveries, Backlog Surges to $22.1B

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Tiger Airways

Singapore Airlines rides to Tiger’s rescue, could raise stake to 71 percent

Cash-rich Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) is injecting up to $110 million to take control of loss-making affiliate Tiger Airways Ltd, shoring up the budget carrier while scrapping its regional ambitions as competition rages. Announcing a record quarterly loss that sent its shares tumbling as much as 10 percent, Tiger said on Friday that SIA will […]