Boeing, Airbus ‘collide’ at Saudi hangar

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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 July Orders Top Airbus

Boeing and Airbus jets

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, […]

IAG orders 31 Airbus planes as seeks to modernise Iberia fleet

Iberia A321-200

British Airways and Iberia holding company International Airlines Group (IAG) said Thursday it had ordered 31 Airbus plans, including firm orders for 11 longhaul craft for its Spanish airline. The order by Anglo-Spanish IAG, which includes eight A350-900 and three A330-300 widebody craft for Iberia — covers a total of 31 Airbus planes with a […]

Iran in talks with Boeing, Airbus for reconstruction of aviation fleet

Iran Air Boeing 747 SP-86

The long-awaited P5+1-Iran nuclear deal is expected to create an economic boom in Iran’s aviation sector. Major aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus, which earlier voiced their intentions to start selling planes to Tehran, are now in talks with the Iranian government. Iran’s Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi discussed Airbus’s participation in the program during […]

In an attempt to stay relevant, Airbus has established a base in booming Silicon

Oman Air Airbus A330

AIRBUS, European aerospace giant, is poised to take advantage of the digital revolution. Following a trip by the group’s management to Californian tech companies, Airbus has opted to create a “home base” in booming Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley is famous for being the petri dish of technological innovation: everything from the Facebook to the Stanford […]

Airbus Picks Up $2 Billion Contract with Chinese Spring Airlines

Spring Airlines Airbus A320-200

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 […]

Boeing warns Airbus over reports of state aid

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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 […]

Airbus CEO Talks About Emissions, Innovation and More

Airbus CEO Tom Enders

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 […]