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Boeing: Ex-Im Bank not about plane sales, but global competitiveness

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg says reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank isn’t about helping his company sell airplanes, but about giving American businesses a level playing field with the rest of the world. “This is about long-term, global competitiveness,” Muilenburg said last week during his first earnings call as chief executive officer. “And that’s why we’re […]

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Airbus Picks Up $2 Billion Contract with Chinese Spring Airlines

Chinese budget carrier Spring Airlines said it plans to purchase 21 Airbus A320 planes for 12.45 billion yuan ($2.01 billion), citing growth in both international and domestic air travel. The Shanghai-listed company intends to fund the purchase in part through a private placement of shares to raise 4.5 billion yuan ($724.69 million), according to a […]

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Airbus CEO Says A380 to Be Refreshed, No Decision on New Engines

Fabrice Bregier, the chief executive officer of Airbus Group SE’s airliner unit, said the planemaker plans to offer an improved version of its A380 for service by 2025 although no decision has been made on whether to offer new engines. Airbus plans to move to an “A380 neo type” for introduction between 2020 and 2025, […]

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Philippine Airlines to Replace A340s with Either Boing 787s or Airbus A350s

Philippine Airlines, is planning to sell its Airbus A340 aircraft and replace it either with Boeing 787s or A350s in 2016 to cut down maintenance costs and boost revenue growth. “When we operate the Boeing 777, because it has more seats than an A340, these airplanes will fly to the US next year to replace […]

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Boeing warns Airbus over reports of state aid

Boeing has warned arch rival Airbus over unconfirmed reports that it wants state aid for a new version of its A380 super-jumbo jet. Ray Conner, head of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said subsidies or loans for a new airliner would breach World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. Airbus said it would not comment as it had not […]

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Families of Germanwings Victims Hold Out for Higher Compensation

Families of Germans who died in the crash of a Germanwings jet in the French Alps in March have turned down the airline’s compensation offer, demanding a higher amount of at least 100,000 euros, their lawyer said Saturday. Lufthansa, the parent company of low-cost carrier Germanwings, announced on June 30 that it would offer compensation […]

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Boeing’s New 747 Jumbo Jet Risks Dangerous Vibration, FAA Says

Boeing Co.’s newest 747 jumbo jet faces a risk of dangerous vibrations, known as “flutter,” in limited situations, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Data analysis shows that “divergent flutter,” oscillations of a wing that could cause it to break up, may occur on the 747-8 during a “high g-load maneuver in combination with certain system […]

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Airbus CEO Talks About Emissions, Innovation and More

These are heady times for the commercial-aircraft business at Airbus and Boeing, as airlines place huge orders for new planes. Each is working on more fuel-efficient aircraft to satisfy airlines that want lower fuel bills and regulators who want lower emissions from aircraft. Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders spoke last month to an aviation conference […]

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World’s newest airliner gets star treatment during international tour

Parked inside a giant hangar on the fringes of an Atlanta airport sits an airliner that’s getting the star treatment. Sure, the Stones are touring this summer. So are Taylor Swift and One Direction. But for aviation enthusiasts in Brazil, Colombia and the United States, this tour is even better. Welcome to the “A350XWB Tour.” […]

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After nuke deal, Iran may splurge on new Boeing planes

Iran’s president has pointed to another possible windfall from the nuclear deal with world powers – his country may soon be able to buy badly needed new planes for its aging fleet, the official IRNA news agency reported. Iran’s Transportation Minister Abbas Akhoundi has said there have been talks with Boeing and Airbus and that […]

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Boeing, Airbus Assess Impact of Blast at Zodiac Plant in Washington State

Boeing Co. and Airbus Group SE said on Wednesday that they are assessing whether commercial jetliner production could be affected by an explosion at a Washington state factory run by a key supplier of interior components, such as lavatories and overhead bins. Zodiac Aerospace SA said the blast late Tuesday at its facility in Newport, […]

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Delta no longer plans on 60 Boeing orders due to pilot vote – CEO

Delta Air Lines Inc no longer plans to purchase 20 used and 40 new single-aisle aircraft from the Boeing Co now that its pilots rejected a tentative contract proposal, according to Delta’s Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson. “Those orders will be canceled,” Anderson said on an investor call Wednesday. Delta earlier said that if pilots […]

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Bigger Dreamliners could mean bigger profits for Boeing’s wide-body program

As the mix of Dreamliners in Boeing Co.’s production backlog shifts away from the earliest and smallest 787-8 model toward the newer and larger 787-9 and 787-10 variants, the company’s fortunes on the money-losing program could take a dramatic upturn, a Deutsche Bank analyst said this month. By the end of this decade, Boeing could […]


Fedex to Spend $5 Billion on Boeing 767 Planes

FedEx Corp., the only current commercial customer for Boeing Co.’s 767 cargo jet, is in talks to acquire at least 25 more of the twin-engine freighters, two people familiar with the matter said. The shipping company’s directors met in the Seattle area over the weekend, where the deal was on the agenda, said the people, […]

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Turkish Airlines seeks up to $3 bln in loans for aircraft financing

Turkish Airlines is in talks with banks to raise up to $3 billion in loans for financing the purchase of Airbus and Boeing aircraft to be delivered in 2016, according to three sources. The Airbus aircraft financing will be 85 percent guaranteed by the European Export Credit Agency (EECA), while the financing for the Boeing […]

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Can You Guess Who Boeing’s Biggest Customer Is?

Who is Boeing’s biggest customer? The answer depends a lot on how you phrase the question, of whom you ask it — and when you ask it. Two years ago, for example, The Wall Street Journal took a look at Boeing’s order book and concluded that with 314 planes on order each, Indonesia’s Lion Air […]

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Airbus, Chinese partners agree on wide-body cooperation

Airbus and its Chinese partners, namely the Tianjin Free Trade Zone Investment Co. Ltd. (TJFTZ) and the Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC), have signed a framework agreement on setting up an A330 completion and delivery center (C&DC) in Tianjin, China, taking the partnership between Airbus and China a further step forward following the successful […]

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Boeing Beats Airbus in June

Every Thursday, Boeing updates investors on the status of its plane orders. This week, Boeing shareholders were treated to some good news: After lagging archrival Airbus badly all year long, Boeing began to turn the tide in June. Boeing beats Airbus Making use of Boeing’s handy-dandy (and recently upgraded) tool for calculating plane orders, we […]