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New Airbus Wing for A350-1000 Morphs In Flight

Airbus has started production on a new wing for the A350-1000, considered to be the next generation of the new wide-body airliners in the A350-XWB family. The wing, 32 meters long and six meters wide, morphs in flight changing shape for maximum aerodynamic efficiency throughout the duration of the flight. The wing is also the […]

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Indian Airline IndiGo Finalized huge order for 250 Airbus A320neo jets

Indian budget airline IndiGo finalized an exceptionally large order for 250 single-aisle Airbus A320neo jets on Monday to keep up with rapid growth in the country’s air travel. IndiGo, India’s largest domestic airline, had signed a preliminary order last year and firmed it up Monday, Airbus said in a statement. The manufacturer based in Toulouse, […]

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Boeing contends with $489B order backlog

The Boeing Co. sees demand for its products surge and currently carries a $489 billion backlog of jet orders. Greg Smith, CFO and executive vice president of business development and strategy, said this week that Boeing Commercial Airplane’s order book has created a “unique time in our history,” and the company is now focused on […]

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Swiss International Air Lines, frustrated by Bombardier CSeries delays

“Decision to be first operator was ‘not easy’ Swiss International Air Lines AG has been a champion of sorts for Bombardier Inc.’s troubled CSeries program as both the first customer to place a firm order for the aircraft in 2009 and eventually the first to fly it commercially once it’s ready next year. But the […]

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Chinese carriers plan for international route launches

Chinese carriers are continuing their push towards international expansions, with three carriers applying to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for rights to launch services to Australia, the Middle East and the Maldives. Xiamen Airlines is seeking rights for daily services on the Fuzhou-Sydney route from 15 October, using Boeing 787s. Capital Airlines meanwhile […]

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ANALYSIS: Regional pilot woes could speed fleet changes at United

United Airlines could speed up the shift to large regional jets and small mainline aircraft from 50-seat regional jets if the pilot shortage at regional carriers gets worse in the coming years. The Chicago-based carrier removed 30-seat Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops from its feeder fleet during the first half of 2015 and is on-track to […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]