New China Airliner Major Threat to Boeing

China really is Boeing’s biggest market — but Thursday’s order news is fake

China’s President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump announced an order for 300 Boeing jets, but most are not newly ordered. The announcement by President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping in China on Thursday of an order for 300 Boeing jets with a whopping list price of $37 billion is the usual fake…
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Embraer E175

American Airlines purchases ten more E 175 from Embraer Brazil

Combined with the airline’s two previous orders for the E175, this new contract results in a total of 76 E175s for American Airlines. With this contract, Embraer has sold more than 390 E175 jets to airlines in North America since January 2013, earning 80% of all orders in the 76-seat jet segment. Brazil’s Embraer and…
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Airbus A380 needs more customers to match 747’s longevity: Opinion

When the time comes for Emirates Airline to bid adieu to the Airbus A380, let’s hope the double-decker deserves the sweet and sincere farewell that United Airlines gave the 747 for its final revenue flight on 7 November. After 47 years of continuous operation, the image of the 747 may be forever linked to United’s…
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Saudia Dreamliner 787

Boeing confident about growth in Gulf despite challenges

US aircraft manufacturer Boeing said it was confident about its growth in the Gulf region despite challenges in the aviation industry over the past few years. Speaking at a press conference on Saturday ahead of the Dubai Air Show, Boeing’s top executives said the aviation environment was improving, and that the company was not too…
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Embraer Gains Altitude on Strong 2017 Outlook

Embraer’s Slattery Sees Potential In Middle East

Embraer Commercial Aviation CEO John Slattery. Commercial Aviation CEO John Slattery sees great potential in the Middle East for regional jets, particularly the E2-family of aircraft Embraer currently is developing. “I want to get some E2s flying into the region as quickly as possible,” Slattery tells ShowNews in an interview. “We need to deliver the…
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Boeing 737 MAX with updated winglets

Boeing Says It Won’t Adjust Strategy Because of Airbus C Series Deal

Boeing says it doesn’t need to adjust its narrowbody aircraft strategy in light of the C Series partnership between Airbus and Bombardier Inc. The Chicago-based manufacturer is increasing the number of 737 Max planes it will produce monthly to supply the record backlog of orders for its re-engined planes. Boeing chairman, president, and CEO Dennis…
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Beijing New Airport Terminal Building 2 - Zaha Hadid

China to overtake U.S. as largest air travel market

China is going to surpass the U.S. as the world’s largest air travel market in the next five years — sooner than expected. In its annual forecast, the International Air Transport Association shifted its expectations about the center of gravity of world air travel eastward, away from the U.S. and Europe. The global airline industry…
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Engine issues won’t affect delivery schedule of A320neo: Airbus CEO Tom Enders

After first flight, Airbus must deliver on A330neo promises: OPINION

Amid the celebrations about another successful Airbus first flight, there was a large, but unmentioned, elephant formating with the A330neo as it swooped over Toulouse. For despite the apparently smooth maiden sortie, the reality is that flight testing should have been nearing completion right now, rather than just beginning. “We all know there is a…
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Embraer E175

Embraer and American Airlines Sign a Contract for Ten E175s

Combined with the airline’s two previous orders for the E175, this new contract results in a total of 74 E175s for American Airlines. American Airlines selected Envoy, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., to operate the ten aircraft, which will be configured with 12 First Class, 20 Main Cabin Extra, and 44…
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Qantas Boeing 737-800

Qantas looks at domestic fleet replacement

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says consideration of what aircraft will replace its domestic fleet is likely to begin in earnest after 2022. Currently, the airline has 67 737-800s and 28 Airbus A330-200/300s that operate on domestic and international routes. There are also eight New Zealand-registered 737-800s that are flown on trans-Tasman services by Qantas’s…
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Bombardier CSeries Landing

Delta Plans to Take Bombardier Jets from Alabama Plant, Avoiding Tariffs

Delta Air Lines Inc. won’t pay any tariffs that are being proposed by the U.S. government on Bombardier Inc.’s new CSeries jetliners, Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian said Wednesday. Because of a new agreement between Airbus and Bombardier, Mr. Bastian said Delta expects to take delivery of those planes from Airbus’s Mobile, Ala., assembly line,…
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Airbus A380 A350 A330

Airbus A330neo Takes to the Sky

Airbus reached a critical milestone in the launch of its A330neo Thursday, completing the aircraft’s first-ever flight over France . According to USA Today , the A330-900neo departed Toulouse-Blagnac International Airport shortly before 10 a.m. local time and flew for several hours over southern France before landing without incident. The A330neo is the next generation…
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Airbus A350 Engines on an A380

Delta Loves The Airbus A350

The A350 is a very good next generation aircraft.  Certainly, Delta thinks so. Delta has labeled the A350 its flagship aircraft, moving the designation from the Boeing 747, which it is retiring this year. The A350 will initially be based in Detroit, entering service with an Oct. 30 th flight to Tokyo Narita. Service to…
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Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Singapore Airlines to finalize $13.8 billion Boeing order next week

Singapore Airlines will finalize an order for 19 787-10 Dreamliners next week, adding to a previous order for 30 of Boeing Co.’s wide-body planes built in North Charleston. Singapore Airlines is the launch customer for the 787-10, the largest member of the Dreamliner family. Provided/Boeing Co. The airline scheduled to get the first 787-10 Dreamliner…
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Bombardier Challenger 350

Airbus to sell Bombardier’s aircraft, Takes majority stake

 The boss of Airbus has said the firm expects to sell “thousands” of Bombardier’s passenger aircraft after an international tie-up with the planemaker. Airbus is taking a majority stake in the Canadian company’s C Series aircraft, which are part-made in Belfast. Thousands of Northern Ireland jobs looked to be at risk after a complaint from…
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737 Max

​Boeing’s NMA could be ‘a bit late’ to market: Walsh

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh is lukewarm to the prospect of Boeing’s proposed all-new middle-of-the-market aircraft, which he believes is coming late given the availability of Airbus’s A321LR variant of the A320neo family. Speaking at the recent World Routes in Barcelona, Walsh praised the A321LR’s performance, explaining how Aer Lingus will use the extended range…
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Pilot Brothers Jeremy and Nick Hart

Happy landings as pilot brothers end careers 30 seconds apart

Twins Jeremy, left, and Nicholas Hart, who have retired as British Airways pilots after landing their final flights just 30 seconds apart at Heathrow Airport Twin brothers have retired as British Airways pilots after landing their final flights just 30 seconds apart at Heathrow Airport. Captains Jeremy and Nick Hart celebrated their 60th birthdays by…
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Air Arabia Airbus A320 with Sharklets

Air Arabia Not Planning European Push With New A321neos

An Air Arabia Maroc A320 takes off from EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg on June 19, 2013. Although Air Arabia’s Moroccan franchise has an extensive presence in western Europe, the primary business unit in Sharjah is largely steering clear of the continent. Air Arabia will not prioritize route development in Europe when it takes delivery of…
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EgyptAir Boeing 737-800

Egypt Air to use Boeing Dreamliner and Airbus A320neo

The Board of Directors of EgyptAir Holding Company agreed to use the Boeing and Airbus models to develop the company’s fleet within the plan that was previously established. Safwat Musallam, chairman of EgyptAir Holding, said the use of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was approved, as well as Airbus A320neo. He told Daily News Egypt that…
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Airbus A380

Investigation Launched Into ‘Serious’ Airbus A380 Engine Failure

 One of 500 passengers aboard an Airbus A380 bound for Los Angeles described Sunday the moment the superjumbo suffered a mid-flight engine explosion and was forced to land in a remote part of eastern Canada. Enrique Guillen said Air France flight AF66 from Paris was passing over Greenland bound for California on Saturday when it…
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Boeing 787s in the Production Line at Everett

Boeing to Ramp up 787 Production

Boeing has recently confirmed that they will be ramping up production of the 787 Dreamliner to 14 per month from their current rate of 12 per month, already the fastest production rate in the industry for a widebody passenger plane. The new rate is scheduled to be in place by 2019. This 17 percent increase…
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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Tail

Boeing Lands $11 Billion 787 Deal From Resurgent Turkish Air

Turkish Airlines said it intends to purchase 40 of Boeing Co.’s 787-9 Dreamliners, a long-awaited deal that signals the carrier’s rebound following a terrorist attack on its Istanbul hub last year. When finalized, the order would be valued at almost $11 billion before the customary discounts for large aircraft purchases. The pact, unveiled during a…
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737 Max

Boeing boosts Southeast Asia order forecast on strong demand

Boeing Co  said on Friday it had increased its 20-year forecast for Southeast Asian demand by 460 aircraft, the largest jump of any global region, as low-cost carriers make travel more accessible. Boeing sees demand for 4,210 new airplanes worth $650 billion in Southeast Asia over the next two decades, based on an estimate of…
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Bombardier Q400 Next Gen

OPINION: ATR and Bombardier should heed Embraer’s turboprop warning

Bombardier could be forgiven for thinking the world is against it.  With Boeing’s anti-dumping claims still ringing in its ears, there comes a strong hint from regional jet rival Embraer that it is serious about a return to the turboprop market. The long-running Q400 line is not a big seller for Bombardier, but still represents…
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UAC Comac WideBody

Are Boeing & Airbus worried about Russia and Chinese joint venture Comac?

Comac, a Chinese- Russian joint aviation industry venture will build a passenger aircraft with up to 310 seats, able to fly up to 12,000 kilometers, and is expected to be delivered in 10 years. China will design and make the fuselage of the C929, while Russia will design the wings of the wide-body passenger aircraft,…
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Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800

Malaysia Air to buy eight Boeing 787s and two dozen 737s, says prime minister

Malaysia Airlines agreed to buy eight Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 25 Boeing 737s, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said at the White House Tuesday. In addition to that commitment, announced at a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, Razak said, “there is a strong probability, not possibility, probability that we’ll have 24, 25 more 737…
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Embraer E190

Embraer Considering China factory to make passenger jets

Embraer is likely to consider building a commercial-aircraft factory in China in two years, Chief Executive Officer Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva said, marking a potential shift in strategy after the company shut down its private-jet plant in the Asian country in 2016. The Brazilian planemaker will wait for the rollout of its first…
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American Airlines and US Airways Tails

American Airlines talks with Airbus on fate of wide-body jet order

American Airlines is stepping up efforts to decide if an Airbus SE A350 order still makes sense for its fleet, forcing the European planemaker to try to defend another U.S. sale of its marquee wide-body jet. The two companies have restarted talks about a twice-delayed deal for 22 of the A350-900 planes, a person familiar…
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Cathay Pacific Airbus A330

Biggest Airbus A350 Stumbles as Cathay Latest to Prefer Sibling

Airbus’ latest A350 jet variant lost more orders as Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. switched a contract for six A350-1000s to the smaller -900 and deferred delivery of five more by a year. The model switch, announced by Asia’s biggest carrier on Wednesday, follows a decision last week at United Airlines to swap on order for…
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Boeing South Carolina 787 Final Assembly

Boeing to boost production rate for 787

Boeing will build 14 787s per month – or 168 per year – starting in 2019, says Boeing chief executive, chairman and president Dennis Muilenburg. “Based on the existing campaigns… we’re confirming now that we’re going to 14 a month production rate in 2019,” Muilenburg said at the Morgan Stanley Industrials conference. The rate increase…
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Iran Air 747

US House voted to block aircraft sales to Iran

The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of new measures that block sales of commercial aircraft to Iran, ignoring some lawmakers’ warnings that the hostile move would undermine the 2015 nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and the six world powers. The lawmakers held a voice vote on Wednesday to adopt two amendments…
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Hainan Airlines Comac C919 V2

COMAC eyes 750 orders for C919 jet

Orders for the C919, the first large passenger aircraft produced in China in accordance with international civil aviation regulations, are expected to reach 750 by year’s end, corporate officials told China Daily. “We expect to receive more than 100 new orders for the C919 from some Chinese companies in the coming months,” said Xu Pei,…
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Embraer eyes making turboprop plane to rival ATR, Bombardier

Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA  is considering the development of a new turboprop passenger plane, the company said on Thursday, potentially returning to a segment dominated by the Franco-Italian ATR and Canada’s Bombardier In. Embraer, the world’s third-largest commercial planemaker, said it recently consulted with airlines about “potential opportunities in the turboprop market,” but added any…
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Airbus A350-1000

OPINION: A350-1000 order swaps are no reason for panic – yet

Airbus would undoubtedly have preferred that two high-profile conversions away from its newest aircraft, the A350-1000, had not emerged within a week of one another. But the big league, with its big money, has no place for those short on resilience. Taking on the Boeing 777-300ER which, for more than a decade, has held a…
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Airbus A380 A350 A330

Airbus still in mix for Malaysia A330Neo deal after Boeing order

Malaysia Airlines Bhd remains keen on Airbus SE’s upgraded A330neo wide-body jet after placing an order for the rival Boeing Co 787. The re-engined Airbus twin-jet is a candidate for a major order as Malaysia Air renews its long-haul fleet and could operate alongside the Boeing Dreamliner, chief executive officer Peter Bellew said on Thursday.…
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787 Assembly line Charleston NC

Traffic, Widebody Demand Back Boeing’s 787 Rate Bump

The combination of strong traffic demand and a projected high rate of widebody replacements in the coming years cemented Boeing’s confidence in the move to boost its 787 production rates to 14 per month, the company’s top executive said. Speaking at a recent Morgan Stanley analyst conference, Boeing President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg confirmed that…
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Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Boeing closing in on 600th Dreamliner delivery as NC campus readies 787-10

Boeing South Carolina Boeing Co. is about to hit another milestone for its 787 Dreamliner program, with the 600th twin-aisle commercial plane scheduled for delivery later this month. An unofficial production calendar for the aerospace giant shows Sept. 26 as the day the landmark delivery will take place, but it’s not clear who will get…
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Emirates Adds Three New Airbus A380 Destinations in One Day

Emirates shelves plan for lots new Airbus or Boeing Planes

Emirates President and CEO, Tim Clark, said that a long planned order for either the Boeing 787 or Airbus A350 is “off the table for now”. This order has been up in lights for at least three years, and even talked up by the airline as recently as this June. The smaller Airbus or Boeing…
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Airbus A380 A350 A330

Airbus posts modest August deliveries

Airbus said on Wednesday it had delivered eight A320neo-family jets in August and 76 so far this year, highlighting uncertainty over its 2017 delivery schedule after delays in receiving engines from its U.S. supplier. Deliveries of the newest member of Airbus’s narrowbody jet family, which generates most of its profits, have been disrupted by delays…
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Airbus A350 XWB

Airbus close to landing €14bn deal for jetliners

Airbus is on the verge of securing an order for 45 of its A350-900 wide-body jetliners – a critical win after a run of deferrals by US carriers. The deal would be valued at $14bn (€11.7bn) before discounts, according to the people, who asked not to be identified as the talks are private. The order…
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United Airlines Airbus A350-1000

United’s $14 Billion Order Signals Airbus Gain on Boeing Domain

United Airlines is expanding an earlier order for Airbus SE ’s A350 jetliner, handing the European planemaker a critical win in its battle with Boeing Co. for supremacy in the wide-body jet market. The deal for 45 of the A350-900 planes, which is valued at $14 billion before customary discounts, replaces an earlier order for…
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Boeing Assembly Line

Boeing Bets China Will Need $1.1 Trillion in Planes Over Next 20 Years

China will need 7,240 new planes valued at about $1.1 trillion Narrow body planes will account for majority of new demand Boeing Co. raised its 20-year forecast for aircraft demand in China as economic growth and an expanding middle class spur travel in the world’s most-populous nation.  China will need 7,240 new planes valued at…
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Delta MD-88

Delta pilots may have incentive to fly airline’s older planes

Delta‘s remaining MD-88 jets are said to be loud, and feature cramped, glare-prone cockpits. (Reuters) Junior pilots an Delta may have just discovered an easier route to a promotion: Just fly a loud, annoying plane that nobody else wants to. MD-88 jets, the last model in McDonnell Douglas’ MD-80 series, first took to the skies…
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Embraer Flies the E195-E2, the Most Efficient New-Generation Jet in the World, Ahead of Schedule

Embraer – China will need 1,070 regional aircraft by 2036

China will need 1,070 jet aircraft with 70 to 130 seats for regional connections in the next 20 years, making the country the third market for regional aviation after the United States and Europe, indicates a report released on Tuesday by Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica (Embraer). Embraer also envisages in the report that from 2017…
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LATAM

South American Airline is Set to Dominate the Continent

London Heathrow is the only British airport with direct flights to South America LATAM, the airline that resulted from the merger of TAM from Brazil and LAN from Chile in 2012, is quickly developing into the most respected airline in the Americas. By 2020, this airline expects to be the most dominant in the continent,…
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Boeing and Airbus jets

Airbus, Boeing bullish on new globe-spanning jets for Qantas

Airbus and Boeing have thrown their hats into the ring to produce ultra-long range jets capable of non-stop flights from Australia’s largest cities to New York and London. Under Qantas‘ ambitious ‘Project Sunrise’ program, the highly-competitive Kangaroo Route from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to London would forego stopovers such as Dubai and Singapore for a…
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Airbus Boeing

Boeing gains a crucial victory over Airbus

Boeing is cheering a decision by the World Trade Organization to reverse a ruling that the company received an illegal subsidy to build its 777x jetliner in Washington state. Boeing sees the ruling as a victory against its European rival Airbus and the European Union itself. Qantas challenges Boeing, Airbus on long route “This was…
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Emirates Airbus A380

A Week of Ups and Downs for the Airbus A380

This week has certainly been a seesaw of a week for the Airbus A380. The current title holder for the world’s largest passenger aircraft saw both the good and the really ugly over the last seven days, leaving many to wonder what the future holds for “the whale.” Some Refreshed, Some Removed from Service Sydney-based…
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Airbus A320neo

Swiss eyes narrow bodies for Africa

With Boeing and Airbus order books bulging with back orders for narrowbodies – aircraft of the B737 and A320 families dominate the market by sheer numbers –but they all usually end up in short- to medium-range sectors. Swiss, on the other hand, is mulling the possibility of flying A321s from its base in Zurich to…
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Embraer E190

Embraer: Demand for regional jets to surge

China will need 1,070 regional jets with 70 to 130 seats over the next 20 years, making it the third-largest regional aviation market after the United States and Europe, according to the latest report released on Tuesday by Brazil-based aircraft manufacturer Embraer SA. From 2017 to 2036, demand for regional jets in China will account…
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Kingfisher Airlines ATR Turboprop

ATR Continues To Dominate Commercial Turboprop Market

ATR 72-600 The large-turboprop market is essentially a duopoly between Toulouse-based ATR and Canadian manufacturer Bombardier, but unlike the seesaw competition between Airbus and Boeing, it is one in which the European manufacturer has a clear advantage. ATR, jointly owned by Airbus and Leonardo of Italy, has a backlog of 250 aircraft—mostly for the 68-78-seat…
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