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Boeing could move work overseas due to Ex-Im Demise

Boeing Company Chairman W. James McNerney startled a Washington audience on Wednesday by suggesting Boeing may need to move some operations offshore if the Export-Import Bank is not reauthorized. The federal agency’s charter expired June 30 due to opposition from conservative Republicans, leaving the nation’s sole export-credit agency with no authority to extend new credit […]

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Airbus Starts work on a Hybrid Diesel Electric 100 Seat Plane

Slowly but certainly, Electric Vehicles (EV) are gaining ground. From hypercars like Concept One from Rimac Automobili, high-end limo Model S from Tesla Motors, or city jockeys Mitsubishi MiEV and Nissan LEAF, electric cars are increasing their presence. While the largest volume of cars is powered by ICE and ICE alone, there are over 200 […]

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Boeing 767 Past Its Prime? Just Don’t Tell United Airlines or FedEx

The Boeing 767, once presumed to be an aircraft with little future, has a new lease on life. Two airlines, FedEx Express and United, are renewing their commitments to the aircraft, which was introduced in 1982. Last week, FedEx ordered 50 767-300F freighters. Meanwhile, United said that next month it will begin conversion of its […]

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United’s Costly A350 Delay

In January, Qatar Airways became the first airline to put the Airbus A350 “mini-jumbo” jet into commercial service, whisking passengers more than 2,800 miles from Doha to Frankfurt, Germany. By 2017, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines will be flying the new aircraft, as will more than a dozen other carriers including Finnair, Air China, […]

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Airbus Tianjin (China) Plant Eyes Delivery of First A330 by 2018

Airbus Group’s China plant is expected to deliver its first A330 wide-body passenger jet in 2018, one of the company’s Chinese partners revealed on Wednesday. The international aircraft maker earlier entered an agreement with local firms to establish an A330 “cabin completion center” in Tianjin, which already has a final assembly plant for their smaller […]

Boeing: Ex-Im Bank not about plane sales, but global competitiveness

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg says reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank isn’t about helping his company sell airplanes, but about giving American businesses a level playing field with the rest of the world. “This is about long-term, global competitiveness,” Muilenburg said last week during his first earnings call as chief executive officer. “And that’s why we’re […]

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Airbus Picks Up $2 Billion Contract with Chinese Spring Airlines

Chinese budget carrier Spring Airlines said it plans to purchase 21 Airbus A320 planes for 12.45 billion yuan ($2.01 billion), citing growth in both international and domestic air travel. The Shanghai-listed company intends to fund the purchase in part through a private placement of shares to raise 4.5 billion yuan ($724.69 million), according to a […]

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Airbus CEO Says A380 to Be Refreshed, No Decision on New Engines

Fabrice Bregier, the chief executive officer of Airbus Group SE’s airliner unit, said the planemaker plans to offer an improved version of its A380 for service by 2025 although no decision has been made on whether to offer new engines. Airbus plans to move to an “A380 neo type” for introduction between 2020 and 2025, […]

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Embraer announces record $22.9bn production backlog

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has announced that it has an extensive production backlog worth $22.9bn. Embraer, which is the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world behind the more well-known companies Airbus and Boeing, made the announcement in a recent press statement. “In the end of the second quarter of 2015, Embraer’s firm order backlog […]

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Higher Aircraft Deliveries Help Boeing Overcome A $500 Million Charge

Boeing reported Wednesday morning that it recorded $24.5 billion in second quarter revenue, up 11% year-over-year, thanks largely to a 9% jump in commercial aircraft deliveries. The aircraft maker delivered 197 commercial airplanes during the second quarter, up from 181 deliveries in the year-ago period; these deliveries spurred 18% growth in Boeing’s commercial airplane revenue, […]

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Honda Challenges Embraer on Home Turf

On Monday, the Japanese automaker made the surprising announcement that one of the first new places it will introduce its HondaJet small aircraft for sale internationally will be in Brazil — home to Embraer, one of the largest makers of business jets in the world. The HondaJet is a six-passenger aircraft sporting over-the-wing engines, a […]

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Boeing, EVA Air Finalize Order for Five 777 Freighters

Boeing and EVA Air have finalized an order for five 777 Freighters. The order, valued at more than $1.5 billion at list prices, will represent the first 777 Freighters to join EVA Air’s fleet, and the first to be delivered to a Taiwanese airline. Boeing first announced EVA Air’s intent to order the five 777 […]

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Boeing Issues 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook

Boeing released a new forecast showing continued strong demand for commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians as the world’s airlines add 38,000 airplanes to the global fleet over the next 20 years. Boeing’s 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook projects that between 2015 and 2034, the world will require 558,000 new commercial airline pilots and 609,000 […]

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Philippine Airlines to Replace A340s with Either Boing 787s or Airbus A350s

Philippine Airlines, is planning to sell its Airbus A340 aircraft and replace it either with Boeing 787s or A350s in 2016 to cut down maintenance costs and boost revenue growth. “When we operate the Boeing 777, because it has more seats than an A340, these airplanes will fly to the US next year to replace […]

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Boeing warns Airbus over reports of state aid

Boeing has warned arch rival Airbus over unconfirmed reports that it wants state aid for a new version of its A380 super-jumbo jet. Ray Conner, head of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said subsidies or loans for a new airliner would breach World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. Airbus said it would not comment as it had not […]

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Families of Germanwings Victims Hold Out for Higher Compensation

Families of Germans who died in the crash of a Germanwings jet in the French Alps in March have turned down the airline’s compensation offer, demanding a higher amount of at least 100,000 euros, their lawyer said Saturday. Lufthansa, the parent company of low-cost carrier Germanwings, announced on June 30 that it would offer compensation […]

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Boeing’s New 747 Jumbo Jet Risks Dangerous Vibration, FAA Says

Boeing Co.’s newest 747 jumbo jet faces a risk of dangerous vibrations, known as “flutter,” in limited situations, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Data analysis shows that “divergent flutter,” oscillations of a wing that could cause it to break up, may occur on the 747-8 during a “high g-load maneuver in combination with certain system […]

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Airbus CEO Talks About Emissions, Innovation and More

These are heady times for the commercial-aircraft business at Airbus and Boeing, as airlines place huge orders for new planes. Each is working on more fuel-efficient aircraft to satisfy airlines that want lower fuel bills and regulators who want lower emissions from aircraft. Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders spoke last month to an aviation conference […]