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Japan’s Top Ten Aircraft Projects

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 Second World War. 1: NAMC YS-11 Produced by NAMC, the YS-11 is Japan’s most recent commercial airliner before the Mitsubishi Aircraft MRJ regional jet entered development. Production of the twin-turboprop type ceased 40 years ago, and Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database records just 17 as remaining in use. Fifteen of these are flown by the Japanese military, while the other two are used by Alcon in Mexico. 2: Mitsubishi Aircraft … [Read More...]

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Bombardier Suspends Plan for Russia Venture to Manufacture Q400 Turboprop

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 […]

Wow Air

This airline is making flights to Europe as cheap as $99

Wow Air, the roughly three-year old discount air carrier, is going where few other ultra low cost airlines have gone: across the Atlantic. And if all goes according to plan, it’s going to do it much cheaper than anyone else. The budget airline, which is based in Iceland, announced last week that it will begin […]

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

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 […]

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Airbus Gears Up for A350-900 Service Entry

After gaining 370-minute Etops certification for the A350-900 earlier this month, Airbus continues preparations for entry into service with additional approvals such as in-cockpit Wi-Fi and A330 common type rating (CTR), while also expanding parts inventories near customer bases. Airbus has received regulatory approval for A330/A350 CTR, meaning that pilots current and qualified on the […]

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As Oil Price Slides, Gulf’s Private Business May Benefit

Kuwait’s privately owned Jazeera Airways is preparing to bid for a big stake in state-run flag carrier Kuwait Airways, Jazeera’s chairman told Reuters. If the deal goes through, it will be a sign that the business scene is changing in the Gulf. For several decades, Gulf Arab economies have been dominated by the heavy hand […]

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ANALYSIS: Why China is the place to be for Airbus and Boeing

When Airbus launched a lower weight variant of the A330 pitched at the Chinese market last year, Boeing scoffed that its competitor was introducing old technology to China, with one salesperson going as far as to say it was an “insulting” move. The episode offers a telling glimpse into the fierce rivalry between the two […]

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Which Airline Has The Best Tech?

Although Americans now fly more than ever before, the amenities passengers once expected from domestic airlines in the United States are slowly disappearing or only available to premium fliers. But while the pretzels and leg room may be shrinking, one amenity has only been growing: tech in the air. From in-fight Wi-Fi and streaming entertainment […]

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Holiday Travel: October is Best Bet for Christmas, Thanksgiving Deals

It’s not even the middle of October and I’m already worried — on your behalf — about booking Thanksgiving and year-end holiday travel. Why? Fuller-than-ever planes and increasing demand, thanks to a better economy. We don’t often associate “deal” with “holiday travel,” which is a good thing because you may already be too late to […]

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On The Spot: Honor Seat Reservations? That’s Up to The Airline

Question: In the Oct. 12 Letters column in the Travel section of LA Times, a letter headlined “Gloomy Skies” recounted that a US Airways customer service representative said that the airline was not legally obligated to honor seat reservations. Is this fact or something the rep just made up? Is it legal for the airline […]

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International Airline Trade Association Seeks Security Revamp

Current passenger security procedures are “not sustainable for the long term” because rapid global air-traffic growth threatens to overwhelm the capacity of screening checkpoints, according to the chief executive of the airline industry’s leading international trade group. Tony Tyler , CEO of the International Air Transport Association, told a security conference here that passenger and […]

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Best Safety Video – Air New Zealand’s “The Hobbit” Themed Video, EPIC

The wizards at Air New Zealand have conjured up their third J.R.R. Tolkien-themed video in as many years, ahead of the final installment of Peter Jackson’s second Middle-Earth trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Directed by Taika Waititi, the new clip is modesty titled “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made,” and […]

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The world’s first Boeing 747 gets a much-needed makeover

After years of falling into disrepair, the world’s first Boeing 747 has finally received some much-needed tender love and care. Permanently parked at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, the hulking jet is easy to spot. Standing over 63 feet tall at the tip of its tail, it literally towers over its peers in the […]

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Boeing Says Oil Price Won’t Hurt Demand for Fuel-Efficiency

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing reported healthy profits Wednesday as Boeing Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney assured investors that declining oil prices won’t crimp airlines’ desire to buy more fuel-efficient planes. McNerney seemed to allude to events such as the shooting down of Malaysia Flight 17 over Ukraine in July when he said, “Notwithstanding a somewhat richer […]

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Gol Considering $1.7 Billion in Boeing, Embraer Jets

Gol, Brazil’s biggest airline, is considering small, single-aisle jet models from Boeing Co. and Embraer SA valued at as much as $1.7 billion to replace older aircraft, people familiar with the matter said. The 20 planes probably would be taken on leases, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the […]

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Citation X+, World’s Fastest Civilian Aircraft

Even before it received FAA type certification, Cessna’s New Citation X, now known as the Citation X+, had claimed the title of the world’s fastest civilian aircraft. After receiving certification in June, the aircraft has continued its record-setting ways with a number of US city-to-city speed records. Having supplanted the Gulfstream G650 as the world’s […]

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Embraer Affected in Chinese Private Jet Market

Ever since China’s president Xi Jinping cracked down on opulent spending as part of his anti-graft campaign this year, the world’s fastest-growing business jet market has stalled, says Mr Curado from his offices overlooking São Paulo’s banking district. “It’s been sharp, it’s been sudden,” he says, adding that executives at Chinese state-owned companies as well […]

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Boeing Taps 737 and 787 Lessons to Better Build The 777X Wing

To learn how to set up its new 777X wing factory, Boeing didn’t have to look far. In fact, the company is looking to its own 737 factories in Renton. Boeing’s drive to increase Boeing 737 wing production, to efficiently keep up with rising aircraft production rates there, is giving the company many of the […]

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Airbus Team Helping America’s Cup Champion, Oracle Team USA with Design

How often do you see sports stars looking to the heavens in search of a little inspiration? That’s why the team hoping to build one of the fastest yachts on the planet is not looking to the water — but to the sky. Or to be more precise, the giant passenger plane flying overhead. Oracle […]