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Boeing’s Latest Big Plane Sale Could Be a Tiny Nightmare for Profits

Not in the matter of sheer numbers, mind you. In fact, from the perspective of plain (or plane?) mathematics, nothing much changed about Boeing’s order book at all. One week ago, Boeing was telling investors it had booked 127 gross plane orders, suffered 16 cancellations, and thus ended up with a “net” order book of […]

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FBI warns on airline hacking threat following tweet

It follows an onboard tweet from security expert Chris Roberts, who joked about being able to hack into a United Airlines plane’s wi-fi network. A terrorist could theoretically take over systems that fly a plane by compromising equipment at their seat. United Airlines has now banned Mr Roberts from all its flights. The FBI and […]

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ANA adds to its Airbus fleet

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has firmed up an order for seven more A321 aircraft (four A321ceo with Sharklets and three A321neo), bringing ANA’s total order for the A320 Family to 37 aircraft. ANA Group will be the first Japanese carrier to operate three variants of the A320 Family, the A321neo, the A321ceo and the A320neo. […]

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Lufthansa Receives Final A380 Delivery; Last 747-8I Soon to Follow

Earlier this month, Lufthansa took delivery of the final Airbus A380 aircraft it had on order, and it will take delivery of the final Boeing 747-8I it has on order soon. Airbus A380 Lufthansa placed an order for 15 A380s with options for 10 more in December 2001, and it became the second European airline […]

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Airbus CEO: Technology Shouldn’t Replace Pilots

“You can always find examples where having a pilot in the loop will be the determining factor.” Those are the words of Fabrice Bregier, the chief executive officer of Airbus’ commercial airliner unit, as quoted in a story by Bloomberg and other media outlets. Bregier was speaking to reporters at a briefing in Paris over […]

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Boeing And Airbus’ Competition To Soar Once Again In 2015

This month, airline manufacturer Boeing sold sixty-one 737 commercial airliners to a single buyer for a massive deal worth $6.6 billion at list prices. While the company revealed details of the order – 51 aircrafts were ordered in 2015, while 10 were ordered last year – few other details of the buyer were publicised by […]

Colin Bole senior vice-president of sales and asset management at Bombardier

Bombardier hires industry veteran to sell C Series

Bombardier Inc. has hired a new chief salesman for its C Series airliner and other commercial aircraft in the company’s latest move to get back on course. Industry veteran Colin Bole will take over in May as senior vice-president of sales and asset management at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, Montreal-based Bombardier said. Canada’s newest plane took […]

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Jet Airways May Take Back 2 Boeing 777s From Etihad: Report

Jet Airways, which plans to enhance its services on the US routes, may ask its strategic investment partner Etihad to return two of its Boeing-777 planes which are currently on lease with the Gulf-based carrier. The private carrier has leased out seven wide-bodied planes to Etihad, which holds a 24 per cent stake in Jet […]

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Score Card: Boeing and Airbus Orders

Earlier this month, Boeing revealed the sale of 61 single-aisle 737 commercial airliners (51 orders placed this year, and 10 orders in 2014) to just one single buyer — a massive order worth upwards of $6.6 billion at list prices. What Boeing didn’t say, however, was who exactly was anteing up all this dough — […]

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Bombardier shuffles leadership as Russia CSeries order in doubt

Bombardier Inc. is bringing in a new leader for its commercial aircraft business and another chief financial officer as the planemaker faces fresh doubts about one of the largest orders for its troubled CSeries jetliner. Fred Cromer becomes president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft effective immediately as Mike Arcamone departs, the company said Thursday, and a […]

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Airbus A330: 1,500 orders and counting

Airbus on Friday announced that its A330 family of aircraft has surpassed the milestone of 1,500 orders. The company said in a press release that recent orders for the widebody aircraft from Turkish Airlines and Air Lease Corp. have pushed the order total to 1,501. The company announced last year plans to upgrade the A330 […]

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Airbus Upbeat On Jet Market

Airbus sees continued strength in the aircraft market and may be able to increase production of its most popular jets beyond their planned rates if that trend continues, the head of the European planemaker said on Friday. Fabrice Bregier, chief executive of the plane making unit of Airbus Group, said he believed Airbus would eventually […]

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Boeing’s New 737 MAX Is About to Make Flying a Little Less Horrible

Two incremental but important changes—wider seats and redesigned bins—have been announced for Boeing’s new 737 MAX, which will take to the skies in 2017. This isn’t just about passenger comfort, either. The changes are also intended to make flying a lot more affordable. At the heart of the 737 MAX project is a promise to […]

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The jumbo jet faces a make or break year at Boeing, Airbus

The jumbo jet, for many years the workhorse of modern air travel, could be close to running out of runway. Last year, there were zero orders placed by commercial airlines for new Boeing 747s or Airbus A380s, reflecting a fundamental shift in the industry toward smaller, twin-engine planes. Smaller planes cost less to fly than […]

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The end of the Boeing 747 could be coming sooner than we thought

Experts have already predicted Boeing will delivery its final 747 three years from now. But a new report out Thursday reveals that the company could stop taking orders for the plane sooner than that. Boeing reduced the rate of production for its iconic 747 jumbo jets from 1.5 per month to 1.3 monthly last fall. […]

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Increased production fuels growth at Boeing

The Boeing Co. delivered 184 jets in the first quarter, a 14 percent increase compared to 2014, to beat rival Airbus in the competition for new orders. In the first quarter of 2015, Airbus had a net of 101 new aircraft orders as opposed to 110 for Boeing. However, that comes after Airbus beat Boeing […]

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Boeing 737-800 Delivering on Low-Cost Scheduled Maintenance

The Boeing 737-800 was launched in September 1994, earned FAA certification in March 1998 and first flew with Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd that same year. It became the biggest-selling member of the 737NG family and has been continually enhanced, for example with the option of blended winglets. The aircraft’s cabin also has had multiple upgrades. At the […]