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China Eastern to buy 15 Airbus jets for $3.6 billion






China Eastern plans to acquire 15 Airbus jets for about $3.6 billion to meet booming demand for air travel. Airbus is scheduled to deliver seven A330s in 2017 and a further eight in 2018, China Eastern Airlines Corp said in a statement to the Shanghai stock exchange. “The company is purchasing 15 Airbus A330 planes […]






Trigana Air ATR42-300 turboprop aircraft

Indonesian Trigana Air Crash: Debris Spotted in Mountains






Indonesian searchers believe they have located debris from an airliner that crashed in a mountainous area with 54 people on board. A search plane spotted the wreckage Monday, but a ground team hasn’t yet been able to reach it, said Raymond Konstantin, an official for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency. Authorities had said earlier that […]






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Airbus lands biggest single order for airliners with IndiGo deal






Airbus has landed its biggest ever order after securing a deal with Indian budget airline IndiGo to sell 250 of its A320neo jets. Worth $26.6bn (£17bn) at list prices, the deal is the largest number of aircraft bought in a single order for the pan-European aerospace company. However, it is unlikely that IndiGo will pay […]






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Boeing, Airbus ‘collide’ at Saudi hangar






The tough competition between the world’s two aircraft giants Boeing and Airbus appears to have spilled into Saudi Arabia, where two of their planes collided inside a hangar. A local newspaper affirmed the clash was not deliberate. The two aircraft, owned by Saudi Arabia’s official carrier Saudia, were being moved inside the airline’s hangar in […]






Boeing 787s in the Production Line at Everett

Boeing sees demand for jetliners, pressure to increase production






Boeing Co sees continued strong demand for civilian aircraft and pressure to increase its production rates, despite concerns about growth in China and several years of record aircraft orders. “We’re not seeing a slowdown in demand” for commercial jetliners, Chief Financial Officer Greg Smith said at an investor conference on Wednesday. Boeing sees demand for […]






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Boeing Raises India New Plane Forecast as Demand Grows






Boeing Co. raised its market forecast for India as the planemaker expects travel demand to grow in the world’s second-most populous nation. Boeing predicts Indian airlines will need 1,740 new planes over the next 20 years, up from the 1,600 planes it forecast a year ago, Dinesh Keskar, a senior vice president at the Chicago-based […]






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Airbus Targets Latin America With ACJneo






With the ranks of billionaires growing at a rapid rate and a large number of potential corporate and government customers in the region, Airbus Corporate Jets sees Latin America as a potential market for its ACJ large business jets, in particular the latest ACJneo (new engine option) family that was launched earlier this year. Deliveries […]






The First Boeing 727

The First Boeing 727 Prepares for its Last Flight






More than 27 years after it was gifted to the Museum of Flight, the first Boeing 727 is still being restored at the museum’s Restoration Center at Paine Field in preparation for its last flight down to Boeing Field. This plane first rolled out of the factory on November 27, 1962, and took its first […]






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Study: Air controllers’ fatigue threatens aviation safety






Grueling schedules and lack of sleep for air controllers puts safety of national air traffic system at risk, study finds Air traffic controllers’ work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to a study the government kept secret for years. Federal […]






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Russian Carriers Struggle as Sanctions Drag Economy Down






With the Russian economy in retreat and as sanctions prompt airlines to turn from networks populated heavily with international routes to more domestically focused structures, managers have taken steps to decrease fleet capacity by handing back aircraft to lessors and deferring or canceling aircraft deliveries. Even Transaero—Russia’s second largest airline—has taken steps to cut capacity […]






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After 5-year boom, Boeing may sell fewer planes than it builds next year






After five years of winning more orders for aircraft than it could build, Boeing may be heading for a down order year. Analysis by East Coast aerospace consultancy AirInsight suggests that for 2016, orders for Boeing planes will drop by 25 percent, to about 563. That means that for the first time in years, Boeing […]






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Airbus Sorts Out A320neo Certification Effort






Airbus is redistributing A320neo certification work among its three flight-test articles to recoup time lost on the first aircraft, which has not flown since the company found a defect in one of its two Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM geared-turbofan (GTF) engines in April. The manufacturer has revised some testing dates and modified the A320neo flying […]






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Airbus switches underline trend to A321neo






Airbus’s latest backlog data shows that three customers have converted A320neo orders to the larger A321neo. Qatar Airways has switched a pair of A320neos, ordered as part of a batch of 50 A320-family jets in 2011. US lessor GECAS, which ordered 60 in the same year, has converted six, while an undisclosed customer has converted […]






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Chinese carriers keen on African market expansion






The Chinese government has implemented a strategy for domestic carriers to expand into the African market. China Southern Airlines has opened a 3X-weekly Guangzhou-Nairobi service, making it the only Chinese carrier to operate into Africa. However, other domestic carriers are expected to follow suit—earlier this year Air China announced plans to open two new routes […]






LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 767

Boeing raises 767 production






Just like its erstwhile competitor, the Airbus A330, the Boeing 767 lives on with production raised from 1.5 to 2.0 per month later this year and the line set to continue until at least 2020. Last week FedEx ordered 50 767-300F freighters. Meanwhile, United said that next month it will begin conversion of its 21 […]






El Al Dreamliner 787

El Al in talks to buy, lease 15 Boeing Dreamliners for $800-900m






El Al Israel Airlines said on Wednesday it was opening talks with Boeing to buy and lease up to 15 new Dreamliner aircraft over the next five years in a deal that could be worth $800-$900 million, its biggest-ever plane order. The airline said delivery of the new fuel-efficient 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft would […]






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Boeing July Orders Top Airbus






For the month of July, Boeing Co. added 101 orders for new commercial planes to its order book. The total includes 50 of the single-aisle 737s from unidentified customer(s), 46 767-300F freighters for FedEx Inc. and five of the 777F freighters for Taiwan’s EVA Air. In June, Boeing took orders for 161 new commercial jets, […]






Airline Fees

Senate report urges government crackdown on airline fees






The government should crack down on airline fees for things like seat reservations, checked baggage and ticket changes or cancellations, which are often unfair or hidden from consumers, according to a Senate report released Thursday. The report, which is based on an investigation by the Democratic staff of the Senate commerce committee, says there appears […]