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In an attempt to stay relevant, Airbus has established a base in booming Silicon

AIRBUS, European aerospace giant, is poised to take advantage of the digital revolution. Following a trip by the group’s management to Californian tech companies, Airbus has opted to create a “home base” in booming Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley is famous for being the petri dish of technological innovation: everything from the Facebook to the Stanford […]

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Opinion: The Airbus A380NEO is a Good Idea

First things first; I am sick and tired of all the A380 hate. I get it; it’s not made by Boeing and doesn’t fit the U.S. major route network. Here’s the thing: that doesn’t make it a terrible aircraft and an absolute aviation sin. I am tired of reading comments from people saying, “Since Delta […]

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ANALYSIS: Engine makers prepare for possible new Boeing aircraft

By the end of the decade, a remarkable six clean-sheet commercial aircraft engines spanning two generations of propulsion technology are expected to enter service. That long parade of fleet introductions – sporting all-new propulsion brands such as GEnx, Trent 1000, Trent XWB, PW1000G, Leap and GE9X – are aimed either at replacing decade-old families of […]

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Airbus Picks Up $2 Billion Contract with Chinese Spring Airlines

Chinese budget carrier Spring Airlines said it plans to purchase 21 Airbus A320 planes for 12.45 billion yuan ($2.01 billion), citing growth in both international and domestic air travel. The Shanghai-listed company intends to fund the purchase in part through a private placement of shares to raise 4.5 billion yuan ($724.69 million), according to a […]

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Airbus CEO Says A380 to Be Refreshed, No Decision on New Engines

Fabrice Bregier, the chief executive officer of Airbus Group SE’s airliner unit, said the planemaker plans to offer an improved version of its A380 for service by 2025 although no decision has been made on whether to offer new engines. Airbus plans to move to an “A380 neo type” for introduction between 2020 and 2025, […]

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Embraer announces record $22.9bn production backlog

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has announced that it has an extensive production backlog worth $22.9bn. Embraer, which is the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world behind the more well-known companies Airbus and Boeing, made the announcement in a recent press statement. “In the end of the second quarter of 2015, Embraer’s firm order backlog […]

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Higher Aircraft Deliveries Help Boeing Overcome A $500 Million Charge

Boeing reported Wednesday morning that it recorded $24.5 billion in second quarter revenue, up 11% year-over-year, thanks largely to a 9% jump in commercial aircraft deliveries. The aircraft maker delivered 197 commercial airplanes during the second quarter, up from 181 deliveries in the year-ago period; these deliveries spurred 18% growth in Boeing’s commercial airplane revenue, […]

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Honda Challenges Embraer on Home Turf

On Monday, the Japanese automaker made the surprising announcement that one of the first new places it will introduce its HondaJet small aircraft for sale internationally will be in Brazil — home to Embraer, one of the largest makers of business jets in the world. The HondaJet is a six-passenger aircraft sporting over-the-wing engines, a […]

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Boeing, EVA Air Finalize Order for Five 777 Freighters

Boeing and EVA Air have finalized an order for five 777 Freighters. The order, valued at more than $1.5 billion at list prices, will represent the first 777 Freighters to join EVA Air’s fleet, and the first to be delivered to a Taiwanese airline. Boeing first announced EVA Air’s intent to order the five 777 […]

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Boeing Issues 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook

Boeing released a new forecast showing continued strong demand for commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians as the world’s airlines add 38,000 airplanes to the global fleet over the next 20 years. Boeing’s 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook projects that between 2015 and 2034, the world will require 558,000 new commercial airline pilots and 609,000 […]

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Philippine Airlines to Replace A340s with Either Boing 787s or Airbus A350s

Philippine Airlines, is planning to sell its Airbus A340 aircraft and replace it either with Boeing 787s or A350s in 2016 to cut down maintenance costs and boost revenue growth. “When we operate the Boeing 777, because it has more seats than an A340, these airplanes will fly to the US next year to replace […]

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Boeing warns Airbus over reports of state aid

Boeing has warned arch rival Airbus over unconfirmed reports that it wants state aid for a new version of its A380 super-jumbo jet. Ray Conner, head of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said subsidies or loans for a new airliner would breach World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. Airbus said it would not comment as it had not […]

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Families of Germanwings Victims Hold Out for Higher Compensation

Families of Germans who died in the crash of a Germanwings jet in the French Alps in March have turned down the airline’s compensation offer, demanding a higher amount of at least 100,000 euros, their lawyer said Saturday. Lufthansa, the parent company of low-cost carrier Germanwings, announced on June 30 that it would offer compensation […]

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Boeing’s New 747 Jumbo Jet Risks Dangerous Vibration, FAA Says

Boeing Co.’s newest 747 jumbo jet faces a risk of dangerous vibrations, known as “flutter,” in limited situations, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Data analysis shows that “divergent flutter,” oscillations of a wing that could cause it to break up, may occur on the 747-8 during a “high g-load maneuver in combination with certain system […]

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Airbus CEO Talks About Emissions, Innovation and More

These are heady times for the commercial-aircraft business at Airbus and Boeing, as airlines place huge orders for new planes. Each is working on more fuel-efficient aircraft to satisfy airlines that want lower fuel bills and regulators who want lower emissions from aircraft. Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders spoke last month to an aviation conference […]

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World’s newest airliner gets star treatment during international tour

Parked inside a giant hangar on the fringes of an Atlanta airport sits an airliner that’s getting the star treatment. Sure, the Stones are touring this summer. So are Taylor Swift and One Direction. But for aviation enthusiasts in Brazil, Colombia and the United States, this tour is even better. Welcome to the “A350XWB Tour.” […]

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After nuke deal, Iran may splurge on new Boeing planes

Iran’s president has pointed to another possible windfall from the nuclear deal with world powers – his country may soon be able to buy badly needed new planes for its aging fleet, the official IRNA news agency reported. Iran’s Transportation Minister Abbas Akhoundi has said there have been talks with Boeing and Airbus and that […]

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Boeing, Airbus Assess Impact of Blast at Zodiac Plant in Washington State

Boeing Co. and Airbus Group SE said on Wednesday that they are assessing whether commercial jetliner production could be affected by an explosion at a Washington state factory run by a key supplier of interior components, such as lavatories and overhead bins. Zodiac Aerospace SA said the blast late Tuesday at its facility in Newport, […]