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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 Confident About Commercial Airplane Outlook

Boeing executives delivered a bullish outlook during the manufacturer’s annual investor conference on May 12 in Chicago, citing a record backlog, historically low rate of cancellations and deferrals and anticipated future growth. They downplayed recent changes in 787 Dreamliner orders. Opening the conference, chairman and CEO Jim McNerney said that demand remains solid for commercial […]

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Emirates Airline Considers Americas Expansion Using European Hubs

  Dubai’s Emirates airline could expand its route network by using European hubs to fly into North and South American cities, its president said, a move that could anger US carriers which accuse it of competing unfairly through state subsidies. Emirates is considering plans to open new routes to US cities from Dubai, as well […]

Qatar A350 XWB wing tips

For the Airbus A350, the Honeymoon is Coming to an End

Qatar Airways, which remains the first and only operator of the Airbus A350XWB, is preparing to introduce new complexities to the aircraft’s operation early next year. Qatar said it will fly the A350 from Doha to the United States in March 2016. Additionally, Lufthansa said it will begin flying the A350 from its Munich hub […]

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And All of a Sudden, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner Is Popular Again!

The 787 “Dreamliner” program continues to serve as more of a nightmare for Boeing. Reporting earnings for the first time in 2015, Boeing warned investors last month that deferred production costs (aka, “losses”) at the company’s troubled Dreamliner program are continuing to grow. Company CFO Greg Smith still thinks Boeing will begin breaking even on […]

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Boeing on Target for Annual Dreamliner Delivery Goal

Boeing is on track to meet its annual goal for Dreamliner deliveries, according to data the Chicago-based company released last week. Boeing delivered 11 Dreamliners to customers in April, bringing its total to 41 for the year. Boeing has said it wants to bring at least 120 of its 787 models to customers by the […]

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Swiss To Become First CSeries Operator

After seven years since commercial launch, the Bombardier CSeries has finally drawn a commitment from its first customer—Lufthansa Group—to place the first of the narrowbodies into service with its Swiss International Air Lines subsidiary in the first half of 2016, Bombardier announced on Thursday. Participating in the launch of the airplane at the 2008 Farnborough […]

Air India

Air India Said Talking to Airbus for $1.5 Billion Jet Order

India’s state-owned carrier Air India Ltd. is in talks with Airbus to order single-aisle jets worth $1.5 billion. The carrier wants to purchase at least 14 A320neo aircraft, according to the person, who asked not to be identified as the discussions are private. An A320neo costs $106.2 million at list prices, and buyers usually get […]

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Aircraft Orders: Airbus surges past Boeing in orders, Lags in deliveries

Airbus has surpassed its rival Boeing in the race for aircraft orders thanks to a large Latin American win, setting the tone for what could be a fiercely competitive Paris Airshow next month. The European planemaker won orders for 229 aircraft between January and April. After cancellations, net orders totaled 209, it said on Thursday. […]

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Efficiency gains prompt Boeing to shut down Dreamliner “surge line”

Efficiency improvement and production ramped-up at Boeing Co.’s North Charleston location has prompted the company to temporarily shut down its 787 assembly line near Seattle months ahead of schedule. The move is an indication that production levels are equalizing at the two Dreamliner sites, with North Charleston producing roughly the same amount of Dreamliner jets […]

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American Looking to Fill Boeing 757 Gap; Eyes A330neo, A321LR

ame American Airlines’ Vice President of Network Planning Charles Schubert said on Thursday that the airline is actively looking to fill a gap soon to be left by aging Boeing 757s. The remarks came during the annual Phoenix International Aviation Symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Schubert said the Ft. Worth, Texas-based airline has been able […]

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Avianca’s Airbus Order is Largest in Latin America Aviation History

In what has become the largest order in Latin American aviation history, Colombia’s national airline Avianca announced Tuesday that the company had signed the contract to purchase 100 Airbus aircraft. According to Airbus, Avianca agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding in February, but finally put pen to paper on the official deal earlier this week. […]

Qatar Airbus A350-900 XWB

Qatar Airways Urges Airbus to Upgrade Wide-Bodies to Hold off Boeing

Qatar Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said Airbus Group NV should consider a larger variant of its new A350 wide-body and upgrade its A380 superjumbo with new engines to make the jets more appealing. The mid-sized A350-900 recently added to Qatar’s fleet represents the latest in civil aviation technology, while the Boeing […]