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 reportedly 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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Iran Airbus

Iran Offers Huge Market for Narrow-Body Jets

The Airbus A320 family accounts for most of the narrow-body jets Iranian airlines have ordered in the past two years I ranian airlines are placing massive orders for short- to medium-haul passenger planes, indicating Iran is a huge market for narrow-body jets. So far, Boeing and Airbus have been the frontrunners, taking advantage of the…
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Lilium VTOL Pic1

Lilium Brings On Talent From Tesla, Airbus, & Gett To Build On-Demand Air Taxi

The futuristic dream of ‘air taxis’ has taken another step closer to becoming a reality. Every day, the race to create a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), all-electric vehicle is heating up. We recently announced how DeLorean Aerospace are moving forward with their own vehicle, and in our flying car guide we highlight some of…
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Airbus A380 A350 A330

EASA Issues Emergency AD to Prevent Possible A350 Explosion

EASA has issued an emergency airworthiness directive aimed at preventing the Airbus A350 from experiencing overheating of hydraulic fluid, leading to possible explosion. The manufacturer has also issued a major event revision of the A350 Master Minimum Equipment List, EASA said. “Recently, an overheat failure mode of the A350 hydraulic engine-driven pump has been found,”…
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Boeing 777X

The World’s Longest Flight Is Coming

Pretty much everyone prefers a nonstop flight—business people, especially. And they are more likely than most to be in a position to afford the premium. But right now, all the money in the world won’t get you from Sydney to the Big Apple or U.K. without a pit stop, because commercial planes just don’t have…
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Boeing 747-8F

Another airline says goodbye to the Boeing 747 passenger jet

Another airline has said its final goodbye to the Boeing 747 passenger jet. That come Monday as Taiwan-based EVA Air retired its last passenger version of the jumbo jet in Taipei. Throngs of aviation enthusiasts gathered in Hong Kong to join the airplane for its final flight to EVA’s Taipei headquarters. Pressed against the glass,…
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Ryanair Finalizes 737 Order

Ryanair boss O’Leary predicts Europe will only have five airlines in five years time future

RYANAIR CEO Michael O’Leary has said Europe will only have five airlines in the near future – as he considers buying German carrier Air Berlin. Speaking to Reuters , Mr O’Leary said he would be interested in bidding for the insolvent German carrier, but Ryanair needs access to more data on the airline’s finances. Air…
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Air India airplane tail

Boeing expects India to be a $290 billion market over next 20 yrs

Boeing is predicting India’s civil aviation market will need 2,100 new airplanes over the next 20 years, creating a $290 billion opportunity for jet makers. Chicago-based Boeing released the new numbers as part of its annual current market outlook for India during a recent aerospace briefing in Delhi. “Commercial aerospace demand in India continues to…
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Airbus Mobile Alabama

First U.S. Built A320 Takes Flight from Mobile

Another important milestone for the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile took place Tuesday morning. Photo Courtesy: Airbus Photo Courtesy: Airbus The first flight of the first A320 to be produced in the U.S. flew for the first time from Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley this morning says Airbus in a press release. The flight lasted…
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Iran Air Photo

Iran selecting financiers for 200 jets: New Iran Air CEO

Iran is in the process of selecting financiers for the purchase of 200 new passenger aircraft from among many domestic and foreign companies which have submitted their proposals to Iran Air, the new CEO of the national airline Farzaneh Sharafbafi said Tuesday. Sharafbafi became the first Iranian woman in July to take the helm at…
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Air Canada Near Miss

‘Important’ evidence erased after Air Canada jet’s near miss at San Francisco airport

The cockpit voice recording from an Air Canada flight that nearly collided with several planes on a busy taxiway at San Francisco International Airport in July has been erased and experts say it could have been critical to the investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement released August 2 that the incident…
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Boeing expands pilot training network

Would you fly in a pilotless commercial plane if it meant a cheaper airline ticket?

The world’s aviation industry will need to train and deploy more than 600,000 new pilots over the next 20 years. But, then again, the industry might be operating fleets of commercial jets flown by remote control. Those are the seemingly contradictory outlooks described in separate reports by aerospace giant Boeing and Swiss banking powerhouse UBS…
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Japan Airlines Flight 123

Relatives gather to mark anniversary of 1985 JAL disaster

Relatives of the victims of the 1985 Japan Airlines jetliner crash on Saturday commemorated the 32nd anniversary of the world’s deadliest single-aircraft accident that claimed the lives of 520 crew and passengers. Relatives climbed to the Boeing 747’s crash site on Osutaka Ridge in Gunma Prefecture to mourn their loved ones lost in the accident.…
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India Aviator Family

Aviator family’s 100 years of flights together

Crisp whites, peak caps, flight bags, four stripes on their shoulders and the love for flying are the constants for three generations of Bhasins. Five members of the family have nearly 100 years of flying between them. The grandfather and the pioneer in the family, Captain Jai Dev Bhasin, was among the first seven pilots…
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Singapore Airlines Airbus A380

Singapore Airlines’ new Airbus A380 may not fly until early 2018

Singapore Airlines’ newest Airbus A380s – with all-new first class suites and business class seats – might not begin flying until as late as March 2018, the airline has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller . The superjumbo was previously hoped to take wing in October 2017, in time to mark the 10th anniversary of the…
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Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Airbus, Boeing court Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) is looking to buy up to 30 new Airbus A330neo or Boeing 787 jets, with representatives of both aircraft manufacturers courting the national flag-carrier over a sale worth as high as US$7 billion, based on list prices. The order could be preceded by lease agreements for up to a dozen used…
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A350-900 EMIRATES

Emirates to decide on Boeing or Airbus multibillion dollar order

Emirates, the largest operator of wide-body aircraft globally, will decide by year end on a multi billion dollar order in which the airline will pick between Boeing’s Dreamliner 787 model or Airbus’ competing A350, the carrier’s chairman said. “Until now we have not taken a decision on which plane model,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al…
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Iran Air 747

Why Iran Air Turned Down Boeing’s Offer for Two 747-8

Boeing 747-8 is the largest commercial aircraft built in the United States. In Boeing’s talks with Iran Air after major powers signed the nuclear deal with Iran in 2015, the American planemaker offered to sell two available wide-body 747-8 jetliners to the flag carrier, but the airline refused to take them. The pair of intercontinental…
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Air India airplane tail

India’s Aviation Market: Boeing Forecasts Demand for 2,100 New Aircraft over Next 20 Years

Boeing  said it expects a demand for 2,100 new aircraft in India, valued at $290 billion, over the next 20 years. According to the company’s 2017 annual current market outlook for India, factors such as high passenger traffic and the growth of low-cost carriers will lead to the fulfilment for the demand forecast. “Commercial aerospace…
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Qatar Airbus A350-900 XWB

Airbus profit falls on lower deliveries

Airbus said that second-quarter profit fell 34%, hampered by lower aircraft deliveries and that it further cut production plans for its flagship A380 superjumbo amid slack demand. Net income fell to 895 million euros ($1.1 billion) from EUR1.36 billion the year prior, the Toulouse, France-based company said. Sales fell 5% to EUR15.7 billion. Airbus has…
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Seat Reservation Cartoon

`Incredible shrinking airline seat’ draws U.S. appeals-court rebuke

The issue of passenger legroom has boiled over as some carriers consider adding more seats. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times) If you think the government should do something about the cramped legroom on airplanes, you’ve got a friend in a federal court. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., on Friday ordered aviation regulators to…
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Boeing 747-8F

United retires domestic 747 flights

After ruling as “Queen of the Skies” for more than 40 years, the Boeing 747 made its last domestic run for United Airlines Friday night. To say she’s a big plane would be an understatement. The 747 has a tail six stories tall, can hold 3,400 pieces of baggage, and seats up to 440 passengers.…
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Embraer E2

Increased Legacy Deliveries Provide Boost to Embraer

While Embraer’s business jet deliveries slid in the second quarter compared to last year, an increase in shipments of the company’s larger business jets along with a surge in commercial deliveries drove a 29.5 percent jump in revenues in the quarter. Overall, Embraer’s revenues increased to $1.77 billion in the second quarter, compared with $1.366…
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Air India Boeing 787

Air India puts on hold leasing of 787-9 planes, says Boeing

Air India has put on hold plans to lease Boeing 787-9 planes amid the government’s decision to divest stake in the airline, a senior official from the US aircraft maker said today. Boeing also said it would honour commitment to Air India , which is expected to take delivery of six more planes from the…
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Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900

Airbus outperformed Boeing for deliveries in May

Malindo Air became the first operator of the 737 MAX 8 when it took delivery of the aircraft in May, with Kuala Lumpur Airport saluting the aircraft arrival with a water arch, with the unit being painted in the carrier’s new Batik Air Malaysia livery. The aircraft’s first commercial flight was from Kuala Lumpur to…
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Oman Air Airbus A330

Oman Air plans expansion of wide-body fleet

Oman Air is in talks with planemakers Airbus and Boeing to expand its wide-body fleet to 25 jets and hopes to conclude the deal in the next two to three months, its CEO said. Oman Air CEO Paul Gregorowitsch said the airline currently has 16 wide-body planes – six Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 10 Airbus…
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