Archive for February 2016

Iran Says Laggard Boeing Can Still Win Orders After Airbus Deal

Iran Air Boeing 747 SP-86

Iran Air said it’s open to buying aircraft from Boeing Co. even after ordering 118 jetliners worth $27 billion from competing planemaker Airbus Group SE as soon as international sanctions were removed last month. Boeing is “lagging behind a bit” and might have acted faster given that the U.S. Treasury, which plays a key role…

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Airbus, Boeing announce $3B in airplane deals at Singapore Airshow

Singapore Airshow

Airbus and Boeing announced modest aircraft orders at the Singapore Airshow on Wednesday that indicated a lull in demand for the big manufacturers after the 2014 show hauled in more than $30 billion of deals. Airbus announced an order for six A350-900s, valued at $1.8 billion at list prices from Philippine Airlines. Boeing announced a deal for…

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China’s Answer To Boeing (Comac) Loses Shine

UAC Comac WideBody

The country’s state-owned Comac is struggling with delays as the Singapore Airshow begins. There was a time not too long ago when a Chinese airplane manufacturer could capture the attention of this week’s Singapore Air Show like a homecoming queen strolling past the football team. The aviation world’s hopes, fears, and ultimate curiosity six years…

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Embraer Sees Big Opportunity for Small Airliners in Asia

Second Generation E-Jet Conceptual Image

Despite deep market penetration that the world’s commercial aircraft manufacturers have already achieved in Asia, several untapped opportunities remain, particularly in the segment covering large regional jets and small narrowbodies. This is the message from Brazil’s Embraer; market studies produced by the manufacturer show that 70- to 130-seat jets would be better in 30 percent…

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Japan Wants to Build Boeing’s Next-Gen Commercial Plane, successor to 737 Max series

Virgin Australia 737MAX

When it comes to commercial airplane sales, Airbus has been eating Boeing’s lunch lately. But according to a report Friday in the Nikkei Asian Review, a trio of Japanese conglomerates wants to ride to the rescue, with a revenue and risk sharing plan to help the Seattle-based company build the successor to Boeing’s 737 Max…

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Dark skies ahead for Bombardier’s new CSeries jetliner

Swiss CS100 Cseries

With sales of its new CSeries jetliner failing to take off and a sinking share price, despite a multi-billion dollar government cash injection, the horizon is darkening for Bombardier. Suddenly, the Canadian manufacturer’s dream – going head to head with the workhorses of the aviation market, the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, in its first…

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Airbus A320neo’s engine problems to be solved by April: Pratt CEO

Turkish Airlines Airbus A320neo

Any technical problems with the engines of Airbus’s A320neo jetliner should be solved in the coming weeks, the head of engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney said. “By April, most of that will be solved,” Robert Leduc said at a ceremony at which German flagship carrier Lufthansa took delivery of the first A320neo. Lufthansa stepped up…

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Boeing sees new aircraft demand worth $550 billion in Southeast Asia over 20 years

Lion Air Boeing 737

Southeast Asia requires 3,750 new aircraft worth $550 billion in 20 years from 2015, a senior Boeing executive told a press conference ahead of the Singapore Airshow that starts on Tuesday. Of this, 76 percent will be for single-aisle aircraft like the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice-president for Asia Pacific…

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Orders of shorter-range planes expected to take off at Singapore Airshow

ATR 90 Seat Turboprop

The economic outlook may be cloudy, but participants at next week’s Singapore Airshow expect many deals, with orders for shorter-range planes and maintenance contracts among the highlights. Singapore Airshow 2014 saw the announcement of deals worth US$32 billion, as aircraft makers such as Airbus unveiled multi-billion dollar orders. This time around, organiser Experia Events is…

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Boeing sees sunny skies for airlines

Delta Airlines Boeing 747

Things are looking up for the commercial airline industry – at least according to the Boeing Co.’s annual forecast. “As we look at 2016, we see another good year,” Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, told industry executives here today at the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance’s annual conference. The trends that…

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Airbus’ Home for U.S. A320 Production

easyJet Airbus A320

Airbus’s U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, opened last September, could augur well for increased production in Southeast Asia. A320-family airliners are already assembled in Tianjin, China. The U.S. facility rounds out the manufacturer’s production strategy for its high-selling A320 family of aircraft:“building close to its customers.” Airbus expects all aircraft built on the new…

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Why Bombardier Is Struggling to Build Bigger Planes

Untitled Bombardier Cseries

Pierre Beaudoin was just 40 days into his job as head of Bombardier Inc. in 2008 when he signed off on the biggest undertaking in the company’s history—a family of transcontinental jets that would compete directly with giants Boeing Co. and Airbus Group SE. What he lacked in engineering experience, the third-generation scion of Bombardier…

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Boeing to Build Aerospace Capacity in India

Air India Boeing 787

Boeing’s investment in India will go beyond money. The US aircraft manufacturer is also looking to invest in capabilities, infrastructure, and partnerships to enable aerospace to be an economic growth engine, Dennis A Muilenburg, president and CEO, Boeing, tells HT in an interview. Edited excerpts. On the Make in India initiative Boeing is engaged in…

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United Technologies Could Fly High With New Airbus A320neo Engine Offering

Airbus A320neo

Late last month, Airbus announced with some measure of pride that it had delivered to Lufthansa Group its first new model A320neo upgraded single-aisle commercial airplane. This is the first of thousands of A320neos, for which Airbus has booked firm orders, to actually be built and delivered to a customer. It’s important news for Airbus,…

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