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Southwest Airlines Completes Inspections That Grounded 128 Planes

Southwest Airlines Co said on Friday it has finished inspecting 115 of 128 planes that it briefly pulled out of service on Tuesday when it discovered maintenance checks were overdue, and it expects to complete the rest this weekend. The Dallas-based carrier said the inspections, focused on the backup hydraulic systems of its Boeing Co 737-700 aircraft, have not resulted in additional repairs. Southwest voluntarily removed the aircraft from service and disclosed the matter on Tuesday to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which then said it could operate the aircraft for a maximum … [Read More...]

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Boeing And FedEx Battle Against U.S. Airlines over ‘Open Skies’

A push by three U.S. airlines to curb competition from Gulf state carriers has triggered a sharp response from other powerful U.S. aviation companies including Boeing Co (BA.N) and FedEx Corp, potentially complicating the airlines’ campaign for Obama administration support. Delta Air Lines Inc, United and American Airlines have asked the White House to look […]

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Southwest briefly grounds 128 Boeing 737s for inspections

Southwest Airlines voluntarily grounded 128 Boeing 737 jets Tuesday night after admitting it missed a series of mandatory inspections on the planes. But the grounding was short-lived after federal officials agreed to let Southwest continue to fly the planes as long as they receive the required check in the next five days. Still, the move […]

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HondaJet: Worth The Wait?

HondaJet may be one of the most anticipated business aircraft in recent memory—if for no other reason than because its roots can be traced back to the early 1980s, when Honda divulged that it was seriously considering the prospect of developing a very light jet (VLJ). It wasn’t until 2003 when a prototype actually flew […]

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Russia’s UAC Wants Government Money For Russo – Chinese Widebody

In spite of earlier calls to eliminate state financing, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) will seek government funding for the development of the new widebody aircraft it plans to build in cooperation with Chinese civil aircraft manufacturer Comac. “We will raise the issue of financing [for this program],” UAC President Yury Slyusar said last week. […]

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Airbus mulls A320 output hike to 50/month from 2017

European planemaker Airbus is talking to suppliers about the possibility of raising production of its popular A320 family to 50 jets a month as early as 2017, narrowing a gap with rival Boeing , a senior industry source said on Tuesday. Airbus has asked suppliers to be ready to adjust to production of 48 aircraft […]

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Airbus Prepares Handover Of Second A350 This Week

Airbus is preparing the second A350-900 for delivery to Qatar Airways later this week. The airline got its first A350 in late December and started flying the daily Doha-Frankfurt route on Jan. 15. Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker said at the Frankfurt ceremony last month that he expects to take delivery of the second aircraft […]

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Dassault rolling out long-range Falcon 8X

Test pilots Eric Gérard and Hervé Laverne took Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 8X on its first flight earlier this month, rising into a hazy sky above the company’s Mérignac plant near Bordeaux, France. During the one-hour-and-45-minute test, they took the sleek-bodied jet up to 15,000 feet and put it through a regimen of maneuvers and systems […]

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Spicejet’s B737 MAX 8 order still on says Boeing

Spicejet has not changed the status of its order for forty-two B737 MAX 8 jets the President of Boeing India, Pratyush Kumar, has said. Placed in March 2014, deliveries are still expected to commence in 2018 as the carrier seeks to return to profitability through an increase in its overall available seat capacity. Immediate plans […]

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Allegiant Announces the Purchase of Six A319 Aircraft

Allegiant Travel Company today announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase six additional A319 aircraft. The aircraft are currently being operated by Cebu Pacific Air and are scheduled to enter the Allegiant operating fleet from the end of 2015 through 2017. “We continue to be able to find high quality, used A319s […]

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Boeing 747 and Airbus A380: Emirates Could Have an Answer for Their Future

Boeing has struggled to sustain the 747 program within a rough market for the jumbo. An anemic number of orders have ground down to virtually zero in the last year. However, in a recent report, an unidentified third party is said to have pitched the 747-8 to Gulf airline Emirates in an effort to infuse […]

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Beverly Wyse to Lift Dreamliner Production to Record Rates

Beverly Wyse, who has orchestrated a production rate increase at Boeing’s Renton factory to a record 42 model 737 planes monthly, is the perfect person to take the North Charleston 787 Dreamliner factory to the next level. That was the takeaway by retiring North Charleston Site Manager Jack Jones, in a video published by the […]

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Business Jet Sales Soared in 2014

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association yesterday released worldwide 2014 year-end aircraft sales and delivery numbers, and not only are the figures encouraging for the future health of the industry, they very nearly shattered records. GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce reported that, for the year, total worldwide general aviation airplane shipments rose 4.3 percent, from […]

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Air Canada still interested in CSeries as Embraer replacement option

Program delays and cash concerns within Bombardier Inc.’s aerospace division won’t deter Air Canada from considering its new CSeries commercial aircraft, Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said. The head of the country’s largest airline said the CSeries will definitely be in the running when Air Canada replaces its remaining 90-seat Embraer 190s single-aisle planes after […]

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Spring Airlines in Talks With Airbus, Boeing on 30-Plane Order

Spring Airlines Co., the Chinese budget airline owned by billionaire Wang Zhenghua, is in discussions with Airbus Group NV and Boeing Co. to buy as many as 30 planes as travel demand surges in the country. The Shanghai-based carrier plans to place an order this year, Vice President Stephen Wang said in an interview in […]

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Alaska Airlines Orders Six Boeing Next-Generation 737-900ERs

Alaska Airlines’ fleet of fuel-efficient Boeing airplanes is growing again. Seattle’s hometown airline is purchasing six more Boeing next-generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) aircraft, valued at $594 million, Boeing’s current list price. The new planes, four scheduled for delivery in 2016 and two in 2017, bring Alaska’s total of locally manufactured jets on order to 79. […]

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Market for Boeing 757 too small to replace with new model: CEO

There’s no current business case for reviving the Boeing 757. Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said there isn’t sufficient need for that model plane when he was asked about the still-popular long-range single-aisle aircraft at the Barclays Industrial Select Conference in Miami Wednesday. The Boeing 757 is larger than any of the current 737s, but with […]

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Airlines Against Open Skies

In the last 30 years, the United States has signed more than 100 open skies agreements with other countries to remove restrictions on international air travel — a policy that has been great for travelers because it has lowered fares and increased service. Now, three large airlines — Delta, United and American — are asking […]

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Arkia Israeli Airlines Signs Commitment for Four A330-900neos

Arkia Israeli Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for up to four A330-900neo widebodies. The commitment makes Arkia the first Airbus widebody customer in Israel and the first customer for the Airbus A330nee family in the Middle East. On February 18, 2015, Arkia Israeli Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus […]