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Boeing Looks Set To Beat Airbus In Orders And Deliveries In 2014

Boeing is set to beat competitor Airbus in the race for new commercial airplane orders and deliveries in 2014. Through November this year, Boeing has received net orders for 1,274 commercial airplanes, while Airbus has received net orders for 1,031 commercial airplanes. The launch of the wide-body 777X by Boeing in late 2013 has boosted its order tally this year. On the other hand, Airbus has suffered from a large order cancellation for its A350 from Emirates. This order tally of Boeing relative to Airbus is in stark contrast to last year, when Airbus led Boeing in net commercial airplane orders and deliveries. In 2013, Airbus bagged orders for 1,503 commercial airplanes, while Boeing managed to get orders for 1,355 airplanes. For most of the last decade, Airbus has led Boeing in annual … [Read More...]

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Prop Plane Pilots Exposed to Tanning-bed Radiation Levels

Flying for an hour at 30,000 feet exposes pilots to as much ultraviolet radiation as they would get from 20 minutes in a tanning bed, according to a new study. “We performed UV measurement at the pilot seats inside a general aviation plane,” measuring the cosmic radiation coming through the windshield, said Dr. Martina Sanlorenzo […]

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U.S. Aerospace Sector Sees Big Opportunities in Cuban Thaw

President Barack Obama’s decision to restore U.S. diplomatic ties with Cuba could yield big opportunities for the U.S. aerospace sector, which builds parts and provides maintenance for commercial aircraft, a top industry official said Wednesday. Marion Blakey, president and chief executive officer of the Aerospace Industries Association, welcomed the president’s announcement and said it was […]

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Boeing To Make 754 Commercial Jet Deliveries in 2015

Boeing Co will deliver a record 754 commercial aircraft in 2015, an increase of up to 5.5 percent, the U.S. Aerospace Industries Association forecast on Wednesday, reflecting expectations of steadily rising production at the world’s biggest plane maker. The Washington, D.C.-based trade group said its forecast is based on information supplied by Boeing, and comes […]

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Boeing will expand seating on its new 777-9X by 20 seats

An authoritative aviation industry web site says Boeing, at the suggestion of a Mideast airline customer, will add 20 more seats to its planned 777-9X aircraft. Aspire Aviation reports that Boeing will lengthen the fuselage of the updated plane by some 8 inches and reconfigure the interior to accommodate those additional seats. The extra seats […]

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United Airlines Spreads Wings in China

United Airlines showed more signs today of how it plans to boost scheduled service during the upcoming 2015 peak summer travel season. The Chicago-based airline said it will operate additional flights next summer on two major routes to Chinese markets from its trans-Pacific gateway hub in San Francisco. United’s current daily service between SFO and […]

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Sen. Charles Schumer Wants Federal Probe Into Airline Fare Prices

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, wants the Department of Justice and Department of Transportation to investigate why airline fare prices are so high even as gas prices are falling across the country and airlines are raking in billions in profits. “Fuel costs make up about half of an airline’s total costs,” Mr. Schumer […]

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New Canadian Jetlines discount airline orders up to 21 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Boeing and Canada’s Jetlines today announced an order for five 737 MAX 7s as the new Canadian ultra-low cost carrier builds its future fleet. The order, valued at $438 million at current list prices, includes purchase rights for an additional 16 737 MAXs. “This agreement with Boeing is a major milestone for Jetlines,” said Jim […]

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AirAsia confirms order of 55 Airbus A330Neos for $15bn

Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia X confirmed Monday its order of 55 long-haul Airbus A330neo passenger planes from Airbus at a list price of $15 billion, in what is the biggest single order for the line of aircraft. Since signing an agreement to purchase 50 of the new-generation A330s in July, AirAsia X has added five […]

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Boeing Revisits Past In Hunt For 737 / 757 Replacements

For years, Boeing wrestled with how to replace a best–selling single-aisle product with an all-new design in one size s-ector while simultaneously protecting the longer-range, middle-of-the-market (MOM) from the predatory ambitions of Airbus. Although this may sound like the 737 and 757 replacements conundrum faced by Boeing today, it is, in fact, the scenario that […]


Airbus A380 vs Boeing 787 Revisited

Eight and a half years ago, my friend Tim Pollak and I predicted in this column, that the Airbus A380 would turn out to be a commercial flop. Now, according to Bloomberg, “Airbus Group NV (AIR) raised the prospect of discontinuing its A380 superjumbo as soon as 2018, the first admission that it may have […]

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Congress Pleases both Sides in Norwegian Air dispute, European Airlines oppose

In a long-running dispute about a discount Norwegian airline, Congress is poised to approve legislation that both sides say helps their cause. However, European airlines oppose Norwegian plans. Norwegian Air International, a subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle, Europe’s third-largest discount airline — asked the Transportation Department a year ago for approval to fly routinely to […]

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Aviation Industry Agrees on Common Roadmap for Tackling cyber Threats

The chance of dying in a plane crash may been cut by advances in aircraft design, but a plane’s growing reliance on technology is posing a new type of risk. Now five leading international aviation organizations have agreed a common roadmap for tackling cyber threats. The organizations comprise ICAO, IATA, Airports Council International, the Civil […]

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Airbus Talks Up Airbus A380 Demand

Amid low Airbus A380 demand, Airbus Group NV isn’t ready to abandon production of the A380 superjumbo as the head of its commercial jet unit promises to attract new buyers and eventually upgrade the aircraft. “We will get additional customer[s] on the A380,” commercial-jet chief Fabrice Brégier told investors on Thursday. Eventually, the plane will […]

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Aeromexico Receives 1,100th Embraer E-Jet

Embraer delivered the 1,100th E-Jet production aircraft, yesterday, during a ceremony held in the Aeromexico hangar, at the Benito Juárez International Airport, in Mexico City. The aircraft, an E190 model, is also the 200th aircraft from the E-Jet family flying in Latin America. “In the same year that we are celebrating the E-Jets’ 10th anniversary […]

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China Needs Over 5,300 New Aircraft in The Next 20 Years

Airbus forecasts that China will need over 5,300 new passenger aircraft and freighters from 2014 to 2033, with a total market value of US$ 820 billion. It represents 17 per cent of the world total demand for over 31,000 new aircraft in the next 20 years. According to Airbus’ 2014-2033 Global Market Forecast, new deliveries […]

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Boeing and Union Lawsuit Tentative Settlement Close to Wrapping Up

A tentative settlement reached between Boeing and parties in a class-action lawsuit regarding payment of early retirement medical benefits and pensions appears close to wrapping up. “We reached a tentative agreement in June,” said Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace Midwest director Bob Brewer. “Both parties are still working through the final settlement.” When […]