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Airbus’ A320neo two years ahead of Boeing’s 737 Max

Airbus’ A320neo two years ahead of Boeing’s 737 Max

| September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Airbus’ first A320neo is expected to fly this month, about two years ahead of Boeing’s 737 Max. The first of the new re-engined Airbus narrow body aircraft will begin a complex flight test program that will eventually engage six A320neos for a year, according to a story in the Australian Business Traveler. The first of […]

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Airbus orders exceed 1,000 in first 8 months

Airbus orders exceed 1,000 in first 8 months

| September 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Europe’s Airbus said on Thursday that new orders topped 1,000 aircraft in the first eight months of the year as airlines order fuel-saving models, but cancellations continued to weigh on net orders, which remain behind those of rival Boeing. The planemaking subsidiary of Airbus Group sold 21 aircraft in August, a traditionally quiet month following […]

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United Airlines Takes Delivery of First 787-9 Aircraft in North America

United Airlines Takes Delivery of First 787-9 Aircraft in North America

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

United Airlines has become the first North American carrier to take delivery of the Boeing 787-9, a stretched version of the Dreamliner that will allow the airline to accommodate more customers and further capitalize on its worldwide route network. The aircraft is the first of 26 of the newest member of the Dreamliner family United […]

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Mexico unveils futuristic design for new $9 billion airport

Mexico unveils futuristic design for new $9 billion airport

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mexico’s government on Wednesday unveiled the winning design for a new, futuristic, spider-shaped airport for the capital that will ease delays and boost capacity at a cost of 120 billion pesos ($9.17 billion) (5.57 billion British pound) in public and private funding. British architect Norman Foster and Fernando Romero, a son-in-law of Mexican tycoon Carlos […]

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Boeing raises China plane demand forecast 8 percent as overseas travel grows

Boeing raises China plane demand forecast 8 percent as overseas travel grows

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Boeing Co said on Thursday it expects China to need more than 6,020 aircraft in the next 20 years, an 8 percent rise over last year’s two-decade estimate, as growing overseas leisure travel drives demand for single-aisle and wide body planes. The aircraft maker’s new estimate of 6,020 planes, valued at $870 billion (528.91 billion […]

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Boeing beats Airbus on jet orders as both top 1,000 this year

Boeing beats Airbus on jet orders as both top 1,000 this year

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Airbus and Boeing both topped 1,000 new jet orders in the first eight months of the year, but Boeing is far ahead after adjusting for cancellations. Chicago-based Boeing also has delivered more planes this year than its European rival, hanging on to the title of world’s largest plane maker. The planemaking subsidiary of Airbus Group […]

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Volcanoes vs. Airplanes: How Big Is the Risk?

Volcanoes vs. Airplanes: How Big Is the Risk?

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Volcanic activity on opposite sides of the globe has put airlines on alert and threatened to disrupt air travel. However, thanks to advances in detection technology, experts say planes are now safer from the risk of volcanic eruptions than they’ve ever been. Among the advances is a device that allows pilots to “see” volcanic ash […]

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How Radar Could Prevent Aircraft Bird Strikes

How Radar Could Prevent Aircraft Bird Strikes

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

ONE of the scarier videos on YouTube (ow.ly/sBIOq) was recorded by the nose-cone camera of a fighter jet as it was taking off. Just after the plane leaves the runway a large bird comes hurtling towards it and vanishes into the aircraft’s engine. The pilot spends an agonising 30 seconds or so trying to regain […]

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Missing Libyan jetliners raise fears of suicide airliner attacks on 9/11

Missing Libyan jetliners raise fears of suicide airliner attacks on 9/11

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa. Intelligence reports of the stolen jetliners were distributed within the U.S. government over the past two weeks and included a warning […]

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Malaysia Airlines Forced to Pull Unfortunately Named ‘Bucket List’ Contest

Malaysia Airlines Forced to Pull Unfortunately Named ‘Bucket List’ Contest

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

The ‘My Ultimate Bucket List’ free flight giveaway was offered to customers in Australia and New Zealand, but the campaign turned into a disastrous public relations move for an airline that is desperately trying to revive its image. Malaysia Airlines’ ill-conceived contest asked customers who had already booked flights to submit an entry and, in […]

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