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Saudi Arabian Airlines Buys 100 New Airbus, Boeing Aircraft

The board of Saudi Arabian Airlines will purchase 100 new aircraft from Airbus and Boeing in line with its five year plan from 2015-2020. Saudi Arabian Airlines Director General Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser said recently the plan is meant to strengthen operational efficiency as part of the continuous modernization of the fleet. Previously Saudia ordered […]

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Changing Flight Patterns Signals End of The Boeing 747 Era

Dreamed up in another age, the 747 was in the skies before Concorde, before man reached the moon, and when the president of the United States was a child. Boeing’s most famous plane has been up there ever since, redefining the language of aviation as the original jumbo jet, carrying twice as many passengers as […]

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Smallest Boeing 737 Faces an Uncertain Future

Boeing Co.’s smallest version of the 737 jetliner faces an uncertain future as Southwest Airlines Co., the carrier that championed the plane, focuses on larger models. Southwest is talking with Boeing about switching some or all of its remaining 56 orders for the 737-700 to a version that seats 32 more passengers, Chief Operating Officer […]

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Airbus A380 celebrates 10 years: Does it have a future?

So what do you get one of the world’s biggest aircraft for its 10th birthday? How about a future? A decade after it first took to the skies with the promise of revolutionizing commercial aviation, the Airbus A380 has so far failed to deliver. Sales, though initially strong, have tailed off in recent years. And […]

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Top 5 Modern Improvements in Aviation Safety

While the airline accident du jour continues to (annoyingly) grab the headlines and be overanalyzed ad nauseum by the media’s self-proclaimed yet often clueless “experts,” airline safety continues to improve by leaps and bounds. All this blathering tends to worry the public, giving them a false perspective on aviation safety. In recent decades, however, improvements […]

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Boeing CEO Sees 747 Jumbo Sales Reviving as Air Freight Rebounds

Boeing Co.’s 747 jumbo jet isn’t about to glide off into the sunset just yet. The planemaker is seeing renewed interest in the freighter version of the 747-8, best known for its hump-backed fuselage, as the global air cargo market rebounds from a prolonged slump, Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney said Monday. “We actually have […]

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Airbus gets A320 orders from China

Three Chinese companies have ordered a total of 68 A320 aircraft, Airbus announced last week as air travel takes off in the world’s most populous country. The aircraft-leasing firm BOC Aviation ordered 25 planes, Qingdao Airlines requested 23 planes and Zhejiang Loong Airlines sought 20, the European planemaker said in statements on the sidelines of […]

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Airbus upbeat on sales as A380 marks bitter-sweet anniversary

Europe’s Airbus pledged on Friday to boost sales of its A380 superjumbo, as the world’s largest passenger jet prepares to celebrate a bitter-sweet 10-year anniversary in the skies having booked no new airline orders since 2013. “This will be a very good year for A380 deliveries and orders,” sales chief John Leahy said, adding the […]

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Crowded Seating Could Increase Airlines Safety Risks

Airlines are packing more seats into their commercial planes, and that could increase airlines safety risks for consumers, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation committee hearing this month. Airlines must prove they can safely evacuate their planes in 90 seconds or less during an emergency, Cynthia Corbett, an investigator for the Federal Aviation Administration, […]

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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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Bombardier, Cessna have large shares of Asia Pacific region biz jet fleet

A new report examining the Asia Pacific region’s business jet market said Bombardier and Cessna account for sizable percentages of the region’s fleet. The region, which includes 18 countries or territories, saw its total fleet of new and used business jets increase 15 percent between 2013 and 2014, but the eight aircraft manufacturers – including […]

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United Airlines swaps 10 Boeing Dreamliners for 777-300ER jets

United Airlines said Thursday that it has swapped 10 orders of Boeing Co 787 Dreamliners for 10 larger 777-300ER jets, marking a victory for the plane manufacturer as it seeks to sell out the 777 planes before their production ends. The news follows months of speculation that Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc would make the […]

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easyJet takes delivery of its 250th Airbus aircraft

easyJet and Airbus have celebrated their successful partnership at a ceremony in Hamburg to mark the delivery the airline’s 250th Airbus A320 family aircraft. Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO, Jean-Paul Ebanga, CFM International President and CEO, Didier Evrard, Airbus EVP and Head of Programmes, and Christopher Buckley, Airbus EVP Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific were present at […]

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The Bombardier CRJ Family

Canadian aerospace manufacturer Bombardier is currently testing its latest family of commercial passenger aircraft, the CSeries, which will enter service in 2016. Over 25 years ago, the Montreal-based company launched its first family of commercial passenger aircraft, the Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ), which consists of the CRJ-100, CRJ-200, CRJ-700, and CRJ-900. As Bombardier prepares to […]