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The Boeing 747 rebound: Forecaster predicts big bump in freighter orders

Rising air freight volumes may give Boeing’s 747-8F freighter new wings. Boeing could win about 55 more orders for its largest freighter, nearly as many as it has built so far, said Bob Dahl, managing director for Air Cargo Management Group in Seattle, an internationally known and respected analyst group. That could keep assembly going […]

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FAA cockpit email system promises to reduce airline delays

The scratchy and time-consuming radio transmissions that pilots use to communicate route changes before taking off from airports may soon be a thing of the past for some airlines. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is giving the go ahead for a new data and email system that allows tower controllers and airplanes sitting on the […]

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Planes searched in Boston, NYC, N.J. after threats to airlines

A series of anonymous phone threats against commercial airliners on Monday forced authorities to conduct searches of flights at New York’s Kennedy Airport and also scrutinize flights in Newark and Boston, authorities said. U.S. military jets escorted an Air France airliner to JFK after a threat was made against the flight, authorities said. The FBI, […]

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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 […]

Airbus A350

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 […]

Boeing 777

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 […]

Middle East Carriers

Middle East needs almost 3,000 airplanes in next two decades: Boeing

As many as 2,950 new airplanes worth $640 billion will be needed in the Middle East region for the next two decades between 2014 and 2033, according to a forecast by Boeing. The robust growth in demand for planes from the region is mainly due to the industry growth. “We expect demand for planes to […]

Airbus A350 XWB

Airbus A350 XWB Versus the Boeing 787 Dreamliner | online article library

In the rivalry debate about Boeing and Airbus, it is common to see comparison of the Boeing 787 with the Airbus A380.  However, these two aircraft don’t have much in common. Airbus’ newest addition, the A350 XWB (eXtra Vast Physique) passenger airplane, however can be confused with the American rival, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It can […]

Boeing 737 MAX

Boeing says efficiency supports strong outlook, despite hurdles

Citing steady demand from airlines, Boeing Co said on Tuesday it is capable of raising 737 jetliner output by 43 percent to 60 a month, as it gave a rosy outlook despite concerns about orders, overall production and defense spending. Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney said market fundamentals that support higher jetliner production are unchanged, […]