Archive for April 2015

Bombardier hires industry veteran to sell C Series

Colin Bole senior vice-president of sales and asset management at Bombardier

Bombardier Inc. has hired a new chief salesman for its C Series airliner and other commercial aircraft in the company’s latest move to get back on course. Industry veteran Colin Bole will take over in May as senior vice-president of sales and asset management at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, Montreal-based Bombardier said. Canada’s newest plane took…

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Bombardier shuffles leadership as Russia CSeries order in doubt

Bombardier CSeries Landing

Bombardier Inc. is bringing in a new leader for its commercial aircraft business and another chief financial officer as the planemaker faces fresh doubts about one of the largest orders for its troubled CSeries jetliner. Fred Cromer becomes president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft effective immediately as Mike Arcamone departs, the company said Thursday, and a…

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Boeing’s New 737 MAX Is About to Make Flying a Little Less Horrible

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737

Two incremental but important changes—wider seats and redesigned bins—have been announced for Boeing’s new 737 MAX, which will take to the skies in 2017. This isn’t just about passenger comfort, either. The changes are also intended to make flying a lot more affordable. At the heart of the 737 MAX project is a promise to…

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Airbus Upbeat On Jet Market

Tom Enders Airbus A350

Airbus sees continued strength in the aircraft market and may be able to increase production of its most popular jets beyond their planned rates if that trend continues, the head of the European planemaker said on Friday. Fabrice Bregier, chief executive of the plane making unit of Airbus Group, said he believed Airbus would eventually…

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Boeing 737-800 Delivering on Low-Cost Scheduled Maintenance

Qantas Boeing 737-800

The Boeing 737-800 was launched in September 1994, earned FAA certification in March 1998 and first flew with Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd that same year. It became the biggest-selling member of the 737NG family and has been continually enhanced, for example with the option of blended winglets. The aircraft’s cabin also has had multiple upgrades. At the…

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Newer aircraft, including Boeing 787, vulnerable to hacking, GAO warns

hackers airline

Hundreds of planes flying commercially today could be vulnerable to having their onboard computers hacked and remotely taken over by someone using the plane’s passenger WiFi network, or even by someone on the ground, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. One of the authors of the report, Gerald Dillingham, told CNN…

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Lufthansa could be charged with corporate manslaughter after Germanwings Airbus 320 disaster

Germanwings crash scence

Lufthansa could be charged with corporate manslaughter over the Airbus 320 disaster, it has been claimed. German magazine Focus said the flagship airline had laid itself open to criminal proceedings because one of its own psychiatrists had apparently allowed suicidal Andreas Lubitz to return to the cockpit. On March 24 Lubitz, 27, flying for Lufthansa-owned…

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