Archive for January 2017

Airbus ‘in danger’ as Brexit trigger looms

Airbus A350 XWB

The operations boss of Airbus says the European aerospace major is entering a “dangerous phase” because of Brexit, which could complicate its free movement of staff and products. Tom Williams, the chief operating officer and president of commercial aircraft at Airbus, made the comments before British policymakers on parliament’s powerful treasury select committee. The Airbus…

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First low-cost Asian airline cleared for flights to the US

AisAsia Airbus A320

Get ready to squeeze on board for low-cost flights between the U.S. and Asia. Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia says it’s gotten the all clear from U.S. authorities to fly its jetliners to American airports — the first low-cost Asian airline to do so. Founded by charismatic businessman Tony Fernandes, AirAsia pioneered the low-cost model in…

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Boeing’s automated 777 production system is back on track

Boeing 777X

The Boeing Co.’s radical revamp of how it makes its twin-aisle 777 has cleared early challenges that hampered airplane production for months. At the time, the company’s top executives publicly downplayed the issues, even as mechanics hustled to rework planes with hundreds of unfinished jobs. Those days are gone, and Boeing expects the new production…

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Brexit and Trump mean ‘dangerous new phase’ for Airbus, says boss

British Airways A380

Airbus has warned of a “dangerous new phase” as it faces the twin threat of Brexit and the policies of the Trump administration. Tom Williams, chief operating officer and president of commercial aircraft at the European company, told MPs on the Treasury select committee that it would be “pretty scary” if Airbus were no longer…

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Rolls-Royce delivers a slice of history

Rolls-Royce delivers a slice of history

The first of Rolls-Royce’s Trent 900 engines for Emirates Airline’s latest tranche of A380 super-jumbo airliners, ordered in 2013, have now been delivered to Toulouse for installation by makers Airbus. Geoff Thomas reports. Emirates picked Rolls-Royce to supply 217 engines, valued at $9.2 billion, for 52 Airbus A380s and says the UK manufacturer is in…

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Boeing Set for New Organizing Battle in S.C.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes is preparing for a new battle with the International Association of Machinists, the labor union that represents hundreds of Boeing workers in Washington State. The union on January 20 petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a secret-ballot election for approximately 2,850 production workers to organize and affiliate with IAM…

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Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 Production Increases Are Coming — Even With Slowing Orders

AirAsia Airbus A320

Orders are slowing for the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 jet families — but production growth is just getting started. Historically, commercial jet orders have been sharply cyclical, with boom times followed by big busts. In the past year or two, order activity has slowed significantly at Boeing and Airbus, indicating that the current cycle…

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Boeing says aircraft orders ‘holding firm’ in Middle East

Qatar Airways 777 300ER

US aerospace company Boeing is not expecting any delays or cancellations to its orders in the Middle East, according to a senior company executive. In December 2016, the US aircraft manufacturer announced a $16.6 billion (AED61 billion) 80 aircraft deal with IranAir which includes 50 narrow-body 737 MAX aircraft and 30 long-haul 777s, split equally…

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