Japan’s Top Ten Aircraft Projects

HondaJet HA-420

To mark the historic roll-out of Japan’s first new indigenous airliner in half a century, we look at the Mitsubishi MRJ and some of the nation’s other high-profile aerospace products – past and present. The listing is not intended to denote each project’s specific ranking, and intentionally counts only one aircraft developed prior to the […]

IATA Publishes 20-Year Air Travel Outlook

China Aircraft Leasing Airbus A320

IATA – the International Air Transport Association – has published its take on the next 20 years of air travel. Ultimately, it foresees 2034’s annual passenger total nudging the 7.3 billion mark. That’s more than twice as many than at present and it’s based on average annual growth between now and then of 4.1 per […]

Bombardier Bizjet Deliveries Rise

bombardier jets

Bombardier Aerospace delivered 45 business jets (seven Learjet 70/75s, one Learjet 60XR, 12 Challenger 300/350s, six Challenger 605s and 19 Global 5000/6000s) in the third quarter, compared with 36 (two 60XRs, 12 Challenger 300s, eight 605s and 14 Globals) in the same period a year ago. Year-to-date as of September 30, it shipped 126 business […]

Airlines That Still Give Free Perks – Top Ten

Turkish Delight

Surprise! We lost your luggage. Surprise! Your tray table is broken. While it seems like most airline surprises end in disappointment, a few bold airlines are delighting passengers every day with pleasing perks to make flying just a little better. Some—like traditional sweets on Turkish Airlines and lounge access on Porter Airlines—are available regardless of […]

Bombardier Suspends Plan for Russia Venture to Manufacture Q400 Turboprop

Qantas Bombardier Q400

Bombardier Inc reported quarterly earnings that topped expectations on Thursday and said it had put plans for a plane-building joint venture in Russia on hold due to political and economic conditions there, potentially jeopardizing a large Russian order. The Canadian plane and train maker had been in talks with state-owned industrial and defense conglomerate Rostec […]

Three generations of 737s help Alaska Airlines ride the Boeing efficiency boom

Alaska Airlines 737-MAX8

To understand the importance of Boeing’sadvances in 737 fuel efficiency to the airline industry, look no further than Alaska Airlines. The Seattle-based airline, now head-to-head in a market fight against much-larger rival Delta Air Lines, is basing much of its strategy on Boeing’s 737 planes, and on that aircraft’s substantial fuel burn improvements. The airline’s […]

Delta and Alaska Airline Rivalry Could Be a Boost For Boeing

United Airlines Boeing 787 Livery

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 […]

Air France-KLM Faces More Belt-Tightening Due to Impact of Pilot Strike

Air France Pilots strike

Air France-KLM said it would limit investments and accelerate cost controls next year to mop up the remaining impact of a recent pilots’ strike that helped slash its operating profit by more than half in the third quarter. Europe’s second-largest network carrier by revenues said the interim measures were needed to secure a smooth transition […]