Archive for October 2017

Boeing Says It Won’t Adjust Strategy Because of Airbus C Series Deal

Boeing 737 MAX with updated winglets

Boeing says it doesn’t need to adjust its narrowbody aircraft strategy in light of the C Series partnership between Airbus and Bombardier Inc. The Chicago-based manufacturer is increasing the number of 737 Max planes it will produce monthly to supply the record backlog of orders for its re-engined planes. Boeing chairman, president, and CEO Dennis…

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After first flight, Airbus must deliver on A330neo promises: OPINION

Engine issues won’t affect delivery schedule of A320neo: Airbus CEO Tom Enders

Amid the celebrations about another successful Airbus first flight, there was a large, but unmentioned, elephant formating with the A330neo as it swooped over Toulouse. For despite the apparently smooth maiden sortie, the reality is that flight testing should have been nearing completion right now, rather than just beginning. “We all know there is a…

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Qantas looks at domestic fleet replacement

Qantas Boeing 737-800

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says consideration of what aircraft will replace its domestic fleet is likely to begin in earnest after 2022. Currently, the airline has 67 737-800s and 28 Airbus A330-200/300s that operate on domestic and international routes. There are also eight New Zealand-registered 737-800s that are flown on trans-Tasman services by Qantas’s…

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Delta Plans to Take Bombardier Jets from Alabama Plant, Avoiding Tariffs

Bombardier CSeries Landing

Delta Air Lines Inc. won’t pay any tariffs that are being proposed by the U.S. government on Bombardier Inc.’s new CSeries jetliners, Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian said Wednesday. Because of a new agreement between Airbus and Bombardier, Mr. Bastian said Delta expects to take delivery of those planes from Airbus’s Mobile, Ala., assembly line,…

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Airbus A330neo Takes to the Sky

Airbus A380 A350 A330

Airbus reached a critical milestone in the launch of its A330neo Thursday, completing the aircraft’s first-ever flight over France . According to USA Today , the A330-900neo departed Toulouse-Blagnac International Airport shortly before 10 a.m. local time and flew for several hours over southern France before landing without incident. The A330neo is the next generation…

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Delta Loves The Airbus A350

Airbus A350 Engines on an A380

The A350 is a very good next generation aircraft.  Certainly, Delta thinks so. Delta has labeled the A350 its flagship aircraft, moving the designation from the Boeing 747, which it is retiring this year. The A350 will initially be based in Detroit, entering service with an Oct. 30 th flight to Tokyo Narita. Service to…

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Singapore Airlines to finalize $13.8 billion Boeing order next week

Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Singapore Airlines will finalize an order for 19 787-10 Dreamliners next week, adding to a previous order for 30 of Boeing Co.’s wide-body planes built in North Charleston. Singapore Airlines is the launch customer for the 787-10, the largest member of the Dreamliner family. Provided/Boeing Co. The airline scheduled to get the first 787-10 Dreamliner…

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Airbus to sell Bombardier’s aircraft, Takes majority stake

Bombardier Challenger 350

 The boss of Airbus has said the firm expects to sell “thousands” of Bombardier’s passenger aircraft after an international tie-up with the planemaker. Airbus is taking a majority stake in the Canadian company’s C Series aircraft, which are part-made in Belfast. Thousands of Northern Ireland jobs looked to be at risk after a complaint from…

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​Boeing’s NMA could be ‘a bit late’ to market: Walsh

737 Max

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh is lukewarm to the prospect of Boeing’s proposed all-new middle-of-the-market aircraft, which he believes is coming late given the availability of Airbus’s A321LR variant of the A320neo family. Speaking at the recent World Routes in Barcelona, Walsh praised the A321LR’s performance, explaining how Aer Lingus will use the extended range…

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Happy landings as pilot brothers end careers 30 seconds apart

Pilot Brothers Jeremy and Nick Hart

Twins Jeremy, left, and Nicholas Hart, who have retired as British Airways pilots after landing their final flights just 30 seconds apart at Heathrow Airport Twin brothers have retired as British Airways pilots after landing their final flights just 30 seconds apart at Heathrow Airport. Captains Jeremy and Nick Hart celebrated their 60th birthdays by…

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Air Arabia Not Planning European Push With New A321neos

Air Arabia Airbus A320 with Sharklets

An Air Arabia Maroc A320 takes off from EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg on June 19, 2013. Although Air Arabia’s Moroccan franchise has an extensive presence in western Europe, the primary business unit in Sharjah is largely steering clear of the continent. Air Arabia will not prioritize route development in Europe when it takes delivery of…

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Investigation Launched Into ‘Serious’ Airbus A380 Engine Failure

Airbus A380

 One of 500 passengers aboard an Airbus A380 bound for Los Angeles described Sunday the moment the superjumbo suffered a mid-flight engine explosion and was forced to land in a remote part of eastern Canada. Enrique Guillen said Air France flight AF66 from Paris was passing over Greenland bound for California on Saturday when it…

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