Hainan Airlines Plans to Buy 30 Boeing 787s

Hainan Airlines Boeing 787

China’s Hainan Airlines Co. Ltd., said Tuesday it plans to buy 30 Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners, expanding its fast-growing long-haul jet fleet. The airline said it plans to sign an agreement with the U.S. plane maker for 270-to-290 seat 787-9 Dreamliners for delivery by 2021 valued at as much as $7.7 billion at list prices, […]

Cockpit Voice Tape Studied in Germanwings Crash; Pilot Was Locked Out

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Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the German Airbus plane that crashed into the Alps, killing everyone onboard, officials said on Wednesday. The New York Times reported that evidence from the recordings showed that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before […]

Airbus A380, the Big Star at Dubai Airport, Faces a Pivotal Year

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A new report said the Airbus A380, the airplane that landed in the middle of the controversy involving the Gulf airlines, is entering a pivotal year. That’s because the airplane’s principal buyer, Emirates President Tim Clark, is calling for an updated, more efficient, re-engined version, an A380neo. Clark wants seat costs to decline by 10%. […]

Why did Germanwings Airbus A320 crash?

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Aviation experts are focusing on the possibility that key sensors on the Germanwings Airbus A320 could have iced up, causing the aircraft to descend rapidly. Oher theories being advanced in the immediate aftermath of the crash was that the crew could have been incapacitated by a sudden loss of pressure. Even though it will take […]

Germanwings Plane Crash: Glide to Destruction ‘took 18 minutes not 8′

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Evidence emerged today that the unexplained, gradual dive to destruction of Germanwings Flight 9525 took at least 18 minutes, not eight. The French environment and transport minister, Ségolène Royal, said that the crew of the Airbus A320 had stopped responding on radio at 10.30am yesterday when the aircraft was over the Mediterranean. The aircraft slammed […]

Bombardier Inc to upgrade CRJ regional jets after ‘so much focus on the CSeries’

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Bombardier Inc. plans to upgrade the regional jets that have been neglected during the company’s struggle to build its biggest-ever plane, the CSeries. Design changes such as new winglets and a modified wing are under development that would cut the jets’ fuel burn by at least 4.5% by 2020, said executives including Jean-Francois Tessier, director […]

Airbus delivers its 9,000th aircraft

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Airbus celebrated the delivery of its 9,000 aircraft on Friday, with the milestone plane – an Airbus A321 – going to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir. “The delivery of our 9000th aircraft comes as we enjoy ongoing strong demand for aircraft across our product line,” John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer, says in a statement commemorating the […]

Why Boeing May Take Years To Replace The 757

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Some Boeing customers see a hole in its lineup of passenger jets and are pushing for a new midsize model to fill it. But a $500 billion backlog and development of other planes may keep that idea from getting off the ground anytime soon. The world’s largest aerospace firm ended production of its 200- to […]

Germanwings Airbus Carrying 150 Crashes in French Alps

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Search and rescue teams were scrambling on Tuesday to reach a remote and rugged site in the southern French Alps where the French aviation authorities confirmed that a German plane carrying 144 passengers and six crew members had crashed while en route to Düsseldorf from Barcelona. It was feared that there were no survivors. The […]