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Airbus A320neo stages first flight with CFM engine

Europe’s Airbus said on Tuesday the latest version of its popular A320 had flown for the first time with engines supplied by CFM International. The revamped A320neo jet is a fuel-saving version of the company’s best-selling narrow-body model and has generated thousands of orders. CFM’s LEAP-1A engine is sold as an alternative power source for […]

Boeing 777

Boeing CEO Is “Increasingly Confident” About 777 Transition

Boeing 777 aircraft has been one of the most popular commercial jets of the company. It’s been the bestselling widebody for the plane maker in the last ten years. But the aircraft has drawn investor concern in the past couple of years after Boeing launched its upgraded version, the 777X, at the 2013 Dubai air […]

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Shrinking Russia Jet Fleet Threatens Airbus-Boeing Order Backlog

Russia’s fleet of Airbus Group NV and Boeing Co. jets is shrinking for the first time in 15 years as carriers hand back leased aircraft — raising the specter of a wave of order cancellations if the economy continues to stutter. The number of Boeing and Airbus planes deployed by Russian airlines declined by a […]

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Middle East needs almost 3,000 airplanes in next two decades: Boeing

As many as 2,950 new airplanes worth $640 billion will be needed in the Middle East region for the next two decades between 2014 and 2033, according to a forecast by Boeing. The robust growth in demand for planes from the region is mainly due to the industry growth. “We expect demand for planes to […]

Airbus A350 XWB

Airbus A350 XWB Versus the Boeing 787 Dreamliner | online article library

In the rivalry debate about Boeing and Airbus, it is common to see comparison of the Boeing 787 with the Airbus A380.  However, these two aircraft don’t have much in common. Airbus’ newest addition, the A350 XWB (eXtra Vast Physique) passenger airplane, however can be confused with the American rival, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It can […]

Boeing 737 MAX

Boeing says efficiency supports strong outlook, despite hurdles

Citing steady demand from airlines, Boeing Co said on Tuesday it is capable of raising 737 jetliner output by 43 percent to 60 a month, as it gave a rosy outlook despite concerns about orders, overall production and defense spending. Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney said market fundamentals that support higher jetliner production are unchanged, […]

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Boeing Confident About Commercial Airplane Outlook

Boeing executives delivered a bullish outlook during the manufacturer’s annual investor conference on May 12 in Chicago, citing a record backlog, historically low rate of cancellations and deferrals and anticipated future growth. They downplayed recent changes in 787 Dreamliner orders. Opening the conference, chairman and CEO Jim McNerney said that demand remains solid for commercial […]

Emirates Airline

Emirates Airline Considers Americas Expansion Using European Hubs

  Dubai’s Emirates airline could expand its route network by using European hubs to fly into North and South American cities, its president said, a move that could anger US carriers which accuse it of competing unfairly through state subsidies. Emirates is considering plans to open new routes to US cities from Dubai, as well […]

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For the Airbus A350, the Honeymoon is Coming to an End

Qatar Airways, which remains the first and only operator of the Airbus A350XWB, is preparing to introduce new complexities to the aircraft’s operation early next year. Qatar said it will fly the A350 from Doha to the United States in March 2016. Additionally, Lufthansa said it will begin flying the A350 from its Munich hub […]

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

And All of a Sudden, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner Is Popular Again!

The 787 “Dreamliner” program continues to serve as more of a nightmare for Boeing. Reporting earnings for the first time in 2015, Boeing warned investors last month that deferred production costs (aka, “losses”) at the company’s troubled Dreamliner program are continuing to grow. Company CFO Greg Smith still thinks Boeing will begin breaking even on […]

Boeing 787-9

Boeing on Target for Annual Dreamliner Delivery Goal

Boeing is on track to meet its annual goal for Dreamliner deliveries, according to data the Chicago-based company released last week. Boeing delivered 11 Dreamliners to customers in April, bringing its total to 41 for the year. Boeing has said it wants to bring at least 120 of its 787 models to customers by the […]

Swiss CS100 Cseries

Swiss To Become First CSeries Operator

After seven years since commercial launch, the Bombardier CSeries has finally drawn a commitment from its first customer—Lufthansa Group—to place the first of the narrowbodies into service with its Swiss International Air Lines subsidiary in the first half of 2016, Bombardier announced on Thursday. Participating in the launch of the airplane at the 2008 Farnborough […]

Air India

Air India Said Talking to Airbus for $1.5 Billion Jet Order

India’s state-owned carrier Air India Ltd. is in talks with Airbus to order single-aisle jets worth $1.5 billion. The carrier wants to purchase at least 14 A320neo aircraft, according to the person, who asked not to be identified as the discussions are private. An A320neo costs $106.2 million at list prices, and buyers usually get […]

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Aircraft Orders: Airbus surges past Boeing in orders, Lags in deliveries

Airbus has surpassed its rival Boeing in the race for aircraft orders thanks to a large Latin American win, setting the tone for what could be a fiercely competitive Paris Airshow next month. The European planemaker won orders for 229 aircraft between January and April. After cancellations, net orders totaled 209, it said on Thursday. […]

Boeing Assembly Line

Efficiency gains prompt Boeing to shut down Dreamliner “surge line”

Efficiency improvement and production ramped-up at Boeing Co.’s North Charleston location has prompted the company to temporarily shut down its 787 assembly line near Seattle months ahead of schedule. The move is an indication that production levels are equalizing at the two Dreamliner sites, with North Charleston producing roughly the same amount of Dreamliner jets […]