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Airbus Considers A320 Jetliner Production Boost

Airbus Group NV is thinking of further increasing its output of the popular A320 single-aisle jetliner by as much as 26% to more than 60 a month, the company’s chief airplane salesman said on Thursday. “I, for one, am looking for a rate over 60″ aircraft a month, said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer […]

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Business Jet Market – 2015 Outlook

General aviation was on a roll in 2014, with business jet deliveries up 6.5%, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Even though turboprop deliveries declined 5.5% and new turbine rotorcraft shipments dropped 22.4%, the total number of business airplanes in service grew 2.6% compared to 2013, in spite of a sag in the […]

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Boeing Helps Export-Import Bank Fight for Survival

For years, critics have referred to the U.S. Export-Import Bank as “ Boeing ’s Bank” because the government agency provides billions in financial backing to the aerospace company. The latest skirmish about the bank’s future illustrated that co-dependence, and showed the muscle that Boeing Co. will deploy in coming weeks in the larger fight about […]

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Why Is Southwest Airlines Offering to Pay Boeing an Extra Half-Billion Dollars?

Boeing’s Thursday update on plane orders received from its customers was a bit of a letdown — just one new order, for a single 787 Dreamliner, booked in the past week. And that’s OK. Sure, Boeing’s order book has grown by just one plane. True, it now stands at only 129 orders “net” of cancellations. […]

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Embraer Confirms Firm Order from Tianjin Airlines for E-Jets and E-Jets E2

Embraer S.A. and China’s Tianjin Airlines, a subsidiary of the HNA Group, have signed the final agreement for the sale of 22 aircraft. The contract, with an estimated value of USD 1.1 billion at current list prices, comprises 20 E195s and two E190-E2s, making HNA Group Tianjin Airlines the first Chinese airline to order the […]

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Max to the max: Boeing’s 737 Max build begins at rapid-fire Renton plant

Workers at Boeing’s Renton plant are in the process of getting the first wing spars of the new 737 Max aircraft into production, launching what will be one of the company’s most challenging manufacturing transitions in years. “The 737 Max will begin production in a matter of days,” said Boeing Vice President of New Airplane […]

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Airbus sees “significant” orders at Paris Airshow

Airbus expects to win a “significant number” of orders at next month’s Paris Airshow, a senior executive said on Thursday. Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer Marwan Lahoud was speaking at a news conference hosted by France’s GIFAS aerospace industry association, of which he is also president. He also said Airbus’s delivery plans for the A400M […]

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Airbus keeps family faithful with A350

When Airbus conceived the all-new A350 XWB almost a decade ago, it did so after first attempting to create a challenger to the Boeing 787 based on its existing “big-twin”, the A330. As that aircraft’s conception saw it evolving away significantly from the type upon which it was based, and still not satisfying the needs […]

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China just gave Boeing a big boost

Boeing can thank a booming travel industry in China for its latest windfall. Chinese carrier Ruili Airlines and two leasing companies have placed an order with the Chicago-based plane manufacturer for 60 narrow-body jets, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reports. The cost of the transaction will total more than $6.1 billion (or 38 billion […]

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Is Boeing About to Make Some Noise in the Business Jet Market?

After markets closed on Monday, Boeing Co. announced that it had received two orders for its Boeing Business Jets (BBJs). Two unnamed customers have each ordered one aircraft: a 737-based BBJ and a BBJ 787-8. The company also won a commitment from a China-based airline and two leasing firms for 60 of Boeing’s 737 MAX […]

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Airbus A320neo stages first flight with CFM engine

Europe’s Airbus said on Tuesday the latest version of its popular A320 had flown for the first time with engines supplied by CFM International. The revamped A320neo jet is a fuel-saving version of the company’s best-selling narrow-body model and has generated thousands of orders. CFM’s LEAP-1A engine is sold as an alternative power source for […]

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Boeing CEO Is “Increasingly Confident” About 777 Transition

Boeing 777 aircraft has been one of the most popular commercial jets of the company. It’s been the bestselling widebody for the plane maker in the last ten years. But the aircraft has drawn investor concern in the past couple of years after Boeing launched its upgraded version, the 777X, at the 2013 Dubai air […]

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Shrinking Russia Jet Fleet Threatens Airbus-Boeing Order Backlog

Russia’s fleet of Airbus Group NV and Boeing Co. jets is shrinking for the first time in 15 years as carriers hand back leased aircraft — raising the specter of a wave of order cancellations if the economy continues to stutter. The number of Boeing and Airbus planes deployed by Russian airlines declined by a […]

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American Airlines and United modified Dreamliner orders to enhance fleet mix – Boeing

Boeing executives said Tuesday that delays in airline orders for 787 Dreamliners from American and United airlines stemmed from matching aircraft with their needs, not any disappointment with the innovative aircraft. “Nothing about our fundamental view of the market has changed,” Jim McNerney, Boeing’s CEO, said during an investor day conference. “Airlines are increasingly profitable,” […]

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Airbus patents new plane design to alleviate boarding backup

Whatever happened to the good old days of boarding the airline from back to front? Frequent flyer programs and other boarding allowances have made the modern boarding process a congested mess that seems to take forever. And as passengers scramble for bin space, it can back up boarding even further. But Airbus has recently patented […]

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Boeing may increase production of 737 passenger jets

Boeing is considering increasing production of its 737 jet, its most widely flown jet and the backbone of the flydubai fleet. The Dubai carrier placed its first order of 50 Boeing 737-800 NG planes at the Farnborough Airshow in 2008 and expects to receive its first deliveries of the 737 Max 8s in 2017. The […]

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Southwest Opts for Roomier cabin with Order Shift to Larger Boeing 737-800s

Southwest Airlines will switch all 31 pending aircraft orders for 2016 to larger versions of the Boeing 737 as the carrier expands within the U.S. and adds new international markets. The swap will bring Southwest’s 737-800 fleet to 135 by the end of next year, the Dallas-based airline said in a statement Wednesday. The move […]