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Airbus aims to double A350 output in 2016, sees A380 sales soon

Airbus Group said it was on track to deliver 15 A350 passenger jets this year and aimed to more than double that in 2016 as it focuses on the ramp-up for its newest passenger jet. It also pledged to reach its goal of breaking even on the A380 superjumbo this year despite delivering fewer than […]

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Plane debris on remote island points to breakthrough in MH370 mystery

Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts said, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for missing Flight MH370. Malaysian investigators are expected in Reunion on Friday and the object, identified by aviation experts […]

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Boeing Rumored to Win Big SpiceJet Order Along with Airbus

As per media sources, India-based SpiceJet Limited is in talks with The Boeing Company and Airbus Group SE to acquire about 100 new narrow-body aircraft for a contract value of $11 billion. This is a part of SpiceJet’s long-term business strategy that has saved the low-cost carrier from the brink of a financial crisis last […]

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Boeing 767 Past Its Prime? Just Don’t Tell United Airlines or FedEx

The Boeing 767, once presumed to be an aircraft with little future, has a new lease on life. Two airlines, FedEx Express and United, are renewing their commitments to the aircraft, which was introduced in 1982. Last week, FedEx ordered 50 767-300F freighters. Meanwhile, United said that next month it will begin conversion of its […]

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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 […]

Kevin Jenks the new head of its 787 Dreamliner

Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner Team Gets New Chief

The Boeing Co. has named Mark Jenks as the new Chief of its 787 Dreamliner program. He will replace Larry Loftis who will retire at the end of this month after 35 years of serving the company. Mark Jenks is currently Loftis’ deputy general manager and has worked on the 787 since its earliest days. […]

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Boeing looks at pricey titanium in bid to stem 787 losses

Boeing Co, which loses about $23 million on every 787 Dreamliner passenger jet that leaves the factory, is trying to stem the losses by cutting the use of one of its signature ingredients: titanium. The strong, lightweight alloy used extensively on the 787 costs seven times more than aluminum, and accounts for about $17 million […]

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United’s Costly A350 Delay

In January, Qatar Airways became the first airline to put the Airbus A350 “mini-jumbo” jet into commercial service, whisking passengers more than 2,800 miles from Doha to Frankfurt, Germany. By 2017, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines will be flying the new aircraft, as will more than a dozen other carriers including Finnair, Air China, […]

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Airbus Tianjin (China) Plant Eyes Delivery of First A330 by 2018

Airbus Group’s China plant is expected to deliver its first A330 wide-body passenger jet in 2018, one of the company’s Chinese partners revealed on Wednesday. The international aircraft maker earlier entered an agreement with local firms to establish an A330 “cabin completion center” in Tianjin, which already has a final assembly plant for their smaller […]

Boeing: Ex-Im Bank not about plane sales, but global competitiveness

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg says reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank isn’t about helping his company sell airplanes, but about giving American businesses a level playing field with the rest of the world. “This is about long-term, global competitiveness,” Muilenburg said last week during his first earnings call as chief executive officer. “And that’s why we’re […]

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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 […]