Boeing Looks Set To Beat Airbus In Orders And Deliveries In 2014

Boeing 777

Boeing is set to beat competitor Airbus in the race for new commercial airplane orders and deliveries in 2014. Through November this year, Boeing has received net orders for 1,274 commercial airplanes, while Airbus has received net orders for 1,031 commercial airplanes. The launch of the wide-body 777X by Boeing in late 2013 has boosted […]

Airbus Reshuffle Prepares Planemaker for Record Jet Output

Airbus A350 Airframe

A management reshuffle at Airbus this week marks another step towards focusing Europe’s biggest aerospace company on industrial performance rather than the political interests of key shareholders France and Germany, industry sources said. But Tuesday’s announcement also includes a nod towards national sensitivities, while not letting these dominate the choice of industrial leadership as Airbus […]

China Aircraft Leasing finalises US$10.2b Airbus deal

Airbus A321

China Aircraft Leasing has finalised the purchase of 100 jets from Airbus, at a total list price of US$10.2 billion, the company told the Hong Kong stock exchange on Tuesday. It said the aircraft, bought at a “considerably lower” price than the list price, would be delivered between 2016 and 2022. China Aircraft Leasing said […]

Boeing Eyes 2018 Launch for New Small Airplane

Aeromexico Boeing 737

On the face of it, it would be reminiscent of the August 2011 high-profile defection of the world’s largest carrier that precipitates the launch of the re-engined Boeing 737 MAX, if American Airlines (AA) places an order for the newly-launched 164-seat Airbus A321neoLR (long-range) aircraft. And unlike in the widebody segment where Chicago-based Boeing has […]

Boeing Leads Airbus With 61 Aircraft Delivery in October

Air Lease Corp Boeing 777-300ER

After the strongest September since began collating delivery data, both Airbus and Boeing delivered fewer aircraft this October. Besides the fact that the American manufacturer maintains its leading position over Airbus in terms of aircraft delivered in the 10th month of the year, Boeing continues to lead the 2014 delivery race by 96 units […]

Airbus Files Patent for UFO-style “Flying Doughnut”

Airbus flying doughnut patent

Flying saucers, once the subject of 1970s science fiction films, could soon become a reality if Airbus has its way. Three engineers from the French-based aircraft manufacturer have filed a patent application for UFO-like “flying doughnut” aircraft. Development of the strikingly unusual plane would mean that passengers enter via steps leading up to “the access […]