Archive for March 2015

The HondaJet’s Brand-New Engine Is Finally Approved For Flight

Honda Jet

Honda Aircraft recently debuted their first production HondaJet, and the over-the-wing aircraft design is anticipated to revolutionize the light jet market. The engines are also new and so is the company created specifically to build them. Honda Aero is the first new company approved to build jet engines in 23 years. The majority of the…

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Superduperjumbo: Airbus Markets a Higher Seat Count on Its A380 Jet

Airbus A380

The Airbus A380 superjumbo plane has just gotten bigger—at least on paper. Airbus Group NV has upped the advertised average seat count on its flagship plane in a bid to convince airlines the double-decker jetliner is a money maker. Until recently promoted as a plane carrying on average 525 passengers, Airbus now markets the plane…

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Boeing ecoDemonstrator 757 Flight Tests Focus on Aerodynamic Efficiency

Boeing ecoDemonstrator 757

Boeing has begun several months of flights with its ecoDemonstrator 757 to evaluate new technologies to improve commercial aviation’s efficiency, reduce noise and carbon emissions. Boeing is collaborating with TUI Group and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on ecoDemonstrator 757 tests. The 757 flight tests continue the ecoDemonstrator Program’s multi-year effort to accelerate…

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New Malaysia Airline Plans to Buy Bombardier CSeries Jets Worth $1.5 Billion

Bombardier CSeries

A new privately held Malaysian airline intends to buy 20 Bombardier Inc CS100 aircraft for $1.5 billion, in what could be the Canadian planemaker’s first order in Southeast Asia for its long-delayed CSeries passenger jet program. The airline, called flymojo, could also buy 20 more aircraft, which would raise the value of the deal to…

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Boeing Suppliers Use Ukrainian-Built Antonov Jets to Keep Supplies Flowing

Antonov An-124-100

Boeing Co. and its suppliers have turned to giant, Ukrainian-made cargo jets to keep its supply chain running smoothly, partially in response to disruptions at U.S. West coast ports from a recent labor dispute there. The aerospace giant’s top commercial-airplane executive on Tuesday said disruptions have continued even after the parties in that disagreement reached…

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“Open Skies” Debate – In Debate Vs. Persian Gulf Carriers U.S.’s Big Three Airlines Can’t Win – Even If They Win

Open sky

Maybe Bob Crandall sounded like a crank 23 years ago when he argued, in vain, against the creation of an international “Open Skies” regime governing how airlines may serve foreign nations. But history is showing that Crandall was, at least on one cogent point, right. Back in 1992 Crandall, the legendary and legendarily opinionated former…

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Emirates Urges Airbus to Take Decision on A380 Super Jumbo Relaunch

Emirates Airbus A380

Airbus’s most important customer for the A380 superjumbo is demanding the manufacturer decide this month on the case for relaunching the passenger jet, which has already cost billions of euros in a fraught, decade-long journey from drawing board to runway. Sir Tim Clark, president of fast-growing Emirates Airline, which is the biggest A380 operator, said…

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Airlines – but not passengers – see benefits as crude oil prices drop

If you think airfares will be falling because of cheaper fuel prices, think again. Airlines are reaping the benefits of a sharp drop in jet-fuel prices because of the tumble in crude-oil values, but industry experts said carriers are likely put the cost savings to work elsewhere. “In the short-term, the answer is: there really…

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Ryanair plans to offer flights between Europe and America

Ryanair 737 Max

Ryanair is planning to launch transatlantic flights, as part of an ambitious five-year growth strategy. The Irish airline’s board has approved outline plans to fly between up to 14 European cities and the same number of US cities. Destinations will include New York, Boston, Chicago and Miami from London Stansted, Dublin and Berlin airports in…

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Airbus’s Multibillion-Dollar Question: To Overhaul or to Dump A380 Jets?

British Airways A380

Airbus’ pursuit of new buyers for the A380 jet looms large as the plane maker approaches a crucial decision: whether to plow billions of dollars into revamping the world’s largest passenger aircraft. While Emirates Airline president Tim Clark floats the idea of taking as many as 200 more superjumbos provided they get new, upgraded engines,…

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Boeing and Airbus: Approaching airplane market ‘bubble’?

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Worries about a weakening global airline market aren’t being reflected in the continued strong demand for Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner and other commercial airplanes, executives from the world’s two largest plane-makers said. Boeing finance chief Greg Smith struck an optimistic tone during a recent investors conference. It was shared by an executive with chief competitor…

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