Archive for May 2016

Boeing set to deliver record number of airplanes to Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines Boeing 737

Boeing is set to deliver a record number of airplanes this year to Turkey’s flag-carrier Turkish Airlines, the latter said in a written statement on April 29. In total, the carrier will receive the delivery of six 777-300ERs and 20 Next-Generation 737-800s over the course of 2016, according to the statement.“Turkish Airlines is one of…

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Qatar Airways cuts flights because of aircraft shortages

Qatar Airbus A350-900 XWB

Qatar Airways is making selective flight cancellations in several markets because of a delay in Airbus aircraft deliveries, Qatar Airways executive communications manager Christine Sarkis confirmed to ATW in Doha. The route cuts include Adelaide, its most recently launched schedule. Sarkis was not able to give details on how many aircraft types and deliveries are…

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Boeing CEO Prepared to Defend Rainmaker 737 as Rivalry Heats Up

Air Algerie 737

Boeing Co. is prepared to defend its rainmaker 737 jetliner as competition heats up at the top and bottom of the lucrative single-aisle market, Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg said. The threat to the U.S. planemaker was underscored when Delta Air Lines Inc. announced orders last week for Bombardier Inc.’s all-new C Series jets and…

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Boeing logs over $6 billion in April commercial aircraft orders

JAL Boeing 777

Boeing booked orders for 34 commercial aircraft in April, valued at approximately $6.02 billion at list prices. On April 28, Boeing reported China Eastern Airlines finalized an order for 15 787-9s, valued at $3.97 billion. However, in its month-end tally, Boeing recorded the order as coming from an unidentified customer. On April 22, a separate unidentified…

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Amazon is leasing more Boeing cargo planes to expand its shipping network

FedEx Boeing 767

Amazon has reached an agreement with cargo airline Atlas Air Worldwide to lease 20 Boeing 767s to better help it ferry products around the US. The deal, announced today to coincide with Atlas’s first-quarter earnings, also allows Amazon to purchase up to a 30 percent stake in the aircraft company over the next 10 years. The…

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FAA Approves 180+ ETOPS Diversion Time for the Airbus A350


The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted ´beyond 180 minutes’ diversion time Extended Operations (ETOPS) for the Airbus A350 family aircraft. According to Airbus, the approval means that the first FAA-affiliated operators will be able to fly more direct routes over oceans and other places with en-route alternate airports over six hours away. The…

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Chinese business travel boom brings opportunities for U.S. companies

China Airlines 777-300

China has surpassed the USA in the amount of money spent on business travel, and industries ranging from planemakers to hotels to luggage companies are clamoring for a foothold in the massive new market. In 2015, business travel spending by the Chinese reached $291.2 billion compared with the $290.2 billion spent by their American counterparts, according to a report from…

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Boeing confident Dreamliner rate increase will hold, even in downturn

Boeing South Carolina 787 Final Assembly

With a record number of airplane orders in recent years, Boeing Co. is ramping up production of its wide-body 787 Dreamliners both at its North Charleston campus and in Everett, Wash. But what happens if the order bubble bursts? Turns out Boeing has already factored that possibility into its production rates. “One of the reasons…

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