Archive for January 2016

Abundance of optimism for Boeing’s Dreamliner program in 2016

American Airline 787 Dreamliner

Low fuel prices and an unstable global economy haven’t shaken Boeing’s confidence in its 787 Dreamliner program. Company executives said Wednesday that this year’s production increase is still on target, plans are underway to expand the North Charleston campus and deliveries are expected to match record levels set in 2015. “We’re bullish about our prospects,…

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Horizon Air switching from propellers to jets for comfort, competition

Bombardier Q400 Next Gen

Perhaps to the relief of regional air passengers who don’t like narrow planes powered by noisy propellers, Horizon Air is shifting back to jets. The company, a sister airline to larger Alaska Airlines, plans to order 30 regional jets in the first quarter of 2016, according to executives speaking during the fourth-quarter conference call Jan.…

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Boeing Keeps A Low Profile In Iranian Aircraft Bonanza

Boeing Airplanes

This week’s CAPA Iran Aviation Summit was the first international conference held in Tehran since the lifting of nuclear sanctions on January 16th. As noteworthy as the long list of western attendees, however, was the one all-important delegation that failed to turn up. Boeing, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer and potentially one of the prime…

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Plane economics: If oil is dirt cheap, do fuel-efficient aircraft still matter?

Airbus A320neo

Airbus this week delivered the first of its long-anticipated narrowbody A320neo, its most advanced product to date that is at least 15 per cent more fuel-efficient than current generation of planes, just as oil prices sunk to a nearly 13-year low. Cathay Pacific Airways will receive its first A350 in the next few months, Airbus’…

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CSeries boost for Bombardier as US airline eyes the jet

Bombardier CSeries Landing

A Bombardier spokesman said “a number of airlines are expressing serious interest and confidence in the aircraft’s abilities”. He added that “momentum” was increasing on sales. Sales to Delta would be a major boost for the Canadian-owned maker’s long-delayed flagship passenger jet. “We actually think at the right price it’s quite a competitive airplane, particularly…

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Gulf Air to buy 40 Boeing, Airbus aircraft at Bahrain Air Show

Gulf Air Airbus A330

Bahrain state carrier Gulf Air will buy 40 Boeing and Airbus aircraft at the Bahrain International Air Show on Thursday, Acting Chief Executive Maher Salman Al Musallam told Gulf News on Wednesday. The order, a combination of new purchases and the restructuring of 2008 Boeing and Airbus orders, will fulfil the airlines requirements for the…

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