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Newer aircraft, including Boeing 787, vulnerable to hacking, GAO warns

Hundreds of planes flying commercially today could be vulnerable to having their onboard computers hacked and remotely taken over by someone using the plane’s passenger WiFi network, or even by someone on the ground, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. One of the authors of the report, Gerald Dillingham, told CNN […]

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Opinion: Lessons To Learn From Germanwings Flight 9525

So in the end it took a week until another task force was created: a week of intense, unprecedented media coverage of the March 24 crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into the French Alps, which was likely deliberately caused by the first officer, a 27-year-old with a long (previously unknown) history of depressive and suicidal […]

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Airbus Unveils First CFM Leap-1A-Powered A320neo

Airbus has rolled out the first CFM Leap-1A powered A320neo at its Toulouse facility in France, and is expected to begin ground tests this week in advance of flight tests which are targeted to begin before the Paris Air Show in June 2015. The aircraft is the third A320neo in the test fleet, and joins […]

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FAA Steps Up Oversight of United Airlines

In the wake of its own damning internal email to pilots to more or less shape up after several major safety events and near-misses, United Airlines has been under increased scrutiny from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a new report. The Wall Street Journal has viewed a letter from the FAA sent to United’s […]

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Boeing Receives $6.6 Billion Order From Panama’s Copa Airlines

Boeing Co. has received a $6.6 billion order from Panama’s Copa Holdings S.A. , the largest deal ever between a Panamanian and U.S-based company. The order is for 61 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airplanes, which Copa Airlines will use to replace some of its existing airplanes. The news came Friday at a signing […]

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737, 787 score Boeing big win over Airbus in first quarter

Boeing edged out Airbus in orders in the first quarter, with good news for Boeing’s smallest plane, the Boeing 737, and its newest plane, the 787. After six cancelations, Boeing won 110 net orders for the quarter, versus Airbus’ 101 net orders, after 20 cancellations. Showing particular strength was Boeing’s 737 series, which landed 66 […]

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CFM Missing On the LEAP-1B Would Be a Major Blow to Boeing 737 MAX

In the last few months, Boeing’s re-engined 737 MAX has quietly run into a bit of trouble. For weeks, sources at the Melun-based engine manufacturer CFM have quietly noted that the LEAP-1B engine that will power the 737 MAX is facing a serious performance shortfall of close to 4-5% in specific fuel consumption (sfc), and […]

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Airbus eyes new seating configurations as economy traffic booms

Airbus plans to offer airlines more choice in the way they configure their planes, and sees carriers opting for different levels of comfort and seating within the economy cabin of their planes, a senior Airbus executive said on Wednesday. The planemaker also plans to redefine its wide-body jets, based on a standard layout of three […]

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FAA, NTSB Remain At Odds On ‘Dive And Drive’ Instrument Approaches

A type of non-precision instrument approach composed of a series of step-down altitudes, informally known as “dive and drive,” remains a point of contention between the FAA and NTSB following the August 2013 crash of UPS Flight 1354 in Birmingham, Alabama. To date, the FAA has refused an outright ban on the technique, despite nearly […]

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American Airlines, US Airways get FAA approval to fly as one carrier

American Airlines, the world’s largest airline and the second-largest carrier at O’Hare International Airport, received its single operating certificate Wednesday from the FAA, an important behind-the-scenes milestone in its integration with US Airways. Now comes a potentially more difficult task: Aligning computer reservation systems into one without disrupting flights or vexing consumers. That changeover is […]

At Boeing, Innovation Means Small Steps, Not Giant Leaps

After a turbulent decade, Boeing Co. is rethinking its formula for innovation. The 99-year-old aerospace giant long has focused on developing new technologies that it reserved for big projects every 15 years or so to craft the fastest—and farthest-flying jetliners—such as its 787 Dreamliner. Today, Boeing is centering innovation on incremental improvements that it can […]

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Dreamliners flying out the door at 10 a month, Boeing reports

Boeing aircraft deliveries rose 14 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year, driven mostly by increases in 787 and 737 production. The company delivered 184 jets in the first quarter —— 121 of those the high-volume 737, Boeing’s smallest model. What the rising production rates mean for the […]

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Boeing beats Airbus in first quarter net orders, deliveries

U.S. planemaker Boeing beat European rival Airbus in net new orders and deliveries in the first quarter, according to figures released on Tuesday. The aircraft giants showed mixed results in the traditionally slow quarter for new orders but the gap between them in deliveries, which generate most revenue, widened after Boeing handed over a record […]

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NASA Taps Boeing to Develop ‘aircraft of the future’

NASA on Monday announced it has established a public-private partnership with a handful of companies to develop knowledge about composite materials that could improve the performance of aircraft in the future. Included in that group is Boeing’s Research & Technology unit, which is based in St. Louis. The research and technology division provides technologies that […]

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Boeing and Delta Spend Millions in Fight Over Export-Import Bank’s Existence

Last week, with little notice, a federal judge here tossed out Delta Air Lines’ longstanding claim that the government’s export credit agency — which, among other things, provides loan guarantees to overseas airlines for the purchase of Boeing jets — was helping international competitors at the airline’s expense. Delta offered only a shrug. Judicial opinions […]

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Aviation Agencies to Issue New Safety Guidance After 2014 Air Algerie Plane Crash

European and U.S. aviation agencies are poised to issue safety recommendations as a result of last year’s crash of Air Algérie Flight 5017 in Mali. Engine sensors on the MD-83 jetliner appear to have been blocked by ice buildup triggering a sequence of events that ended in the crash, the French air accident office, the […]

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Fast-Growing Asian Aviation Confronts Safety Challenges

For Asia’s aviation industry, the growing pains have just begun. A year of disasters, the disappearance of Flight 370 and financial turbulence highlight the challenges confronting the world’s biggest air travel market, where governments, regulators and airlines are struggling to keep up after a decade of astonishing growth. A U.N. agency’s warning about airline safety […]