Archive for November 2016

Airbus posts 19 commercial aircraft orders in October

China Eastern Airbus A340

Airbus reported firm orders* for a total of 19 commercial aircraft in October, valued at approximately $2 billion at list prices, from three undisclosed customers. The Toulouse-based manufacturer’s biggest order for the month came Oct. 20 when an undisclosed customer placed a firm order for 10 A320neos, valued at $1.1 billion. Another undisclosed customer ordered…

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Lufthansa bids farewell to its Boeing 737 fleet after 48 years

Lufthansa Boeing 737

Lufthansa is saying goodbye to its Boeing 737 fleet after 48 years.  This marks the end of an era for Lufthansa, spanning almost 50 years. A B737-300, with registration D-ABEC (“Karlsruhe”), flew from Frankfurt to Hamburg this morning on special flight LH9922, where Lufthansa’s B737 fleet is to be officially bid farewell during a joint…

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China, Russia join the crowded sky: wide-body planes to cut reliance on Airbus, Boeing

UAC Comac WideBody

China’s state-run plane manufacturer said it was in talks with Russia to develop and build a widebody commercial jet that can break the duopoly long held by Airbus and Boeing in civilian aircraft. The Commercial Aircraft Corp of China, also called Comac, is in talks with Russia’s United Aircraft Corp to produce a twin-aisle, long-haul…

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Searching for Boeing 777 Orders: Are There Any Good Prospects?

JAL Boeing 777

With the troubled 787 Dreamliner program finally starting to turn a profit, Boeing‘s  most pressing challenge now is filling its open delivery slots for the current-generation 777 over the next few years. In the past two years, order activity for the 777 has slowed dramatically. Boeing’s management has admitted that it will be hard for…

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China – Challenging the duopoly of Airbus and Boeing, C919 Takes Shape

Hainan Airlines Comac C919 V2

China has a dream of challenging the duopoly of Airbus Group SE and Boeing Co. in the global market for air planes. That ambition is slowly taking shape in a hangar in Shanghai. The state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd., locally known as COMAC, is building the 168-seat, single-aisle aircraft C919, betting the model…

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China’s domestic travel boom brings rush of start-up airlines, jet orders

Tianjin Airlines Embraer ERJ-190

China’s appetite for planes and pilots is building up, whetted by a slew of new airlines launched in the last three years as local governments, private firms and larger carriers fight for a share of the country’s fast-growing domestic travel market. More than 10 Chinese carriers have begun flying since Beijing’s aviation regulator relaxed a…

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