Air India Airbus A320

Air India to phase out remaining old Airbus Classic A320 planes

The airline has already retired nine A320s from its fleet and the remaining six planes are likely to go out of service by March next year, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani said. The over two-decade-old classic A320, unlike modern aircraft, has a set of bogey wheels. Bogey wheels are a set of…
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United Airlines Boeing 787

United moving 787 flying from Houston to Washington Dulles

United Airlines customers can expect to see more of the carrier’s Boeing 787 “Dreamliners” flying from Washington Dulles starting this winter. United’s Dreamliners will take over the airline’s routes from Washington Dulles on several high-profile routes, including the carrier’s non-stop flights from Dulles to Beijing, London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Sao Paulo. The…
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Qantas Boeing 787

Airbus, Boeing close in on Qantas’ ultra-long haul dream

Both Airbus and Boeing now offer aircraft that appear capable of flying non-stop commercial flights from Sydney to London – the “Holy Grail” for Australian carrier Qantas Airways Ltd . As long as oil prices don’t go much higher than around $70 per barrel, the 20-hour flight can be financially viable, and could be on…
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U.S. Ultra Low Cost Carrier Frontier Airlines Plans IPO

U.S. Ultra Low Cost Carrier Frontier Airlines Plans IPO

Frontier Airlines on Friday confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in the airline industry — it plans to go public soon under the symbol FRNT. Its filing for an initial public offering comes a little more than three years after private equity firm Indigo Partners bought the then-struggling airline from Republic Airways in a deal…
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Sixth new Boeing 777 delivered to Kuwait Airways in four months

Sixth new Boeing 777 delivered to Kuwait Airways in four months

One of Kuwait Airways’ new Boeing 777-300 ERs. The carrier has 10 on order, of which six have been delivered in the past four months. Courtesy : Kuwait Airways Kuwait Airways’ latest Boeing 777-300ER has been delivered to the national carrier of Kuwait, the sixth of 10 of the jetliners on order, which began deliveries…
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Zimbabwe government continues to hunt

Zimbabwe government continues to hunt

GOVERNMENT continues to hunt for a technical partner for national flag carrier Air Zimbabwe, which is saddled with a US$334 million debt, despite recent setbacks in attracting a suitor. Nine airlines – among them Ethiopian Airlines, Angolan Airlines, Boeing, Emirates – have either been engaged or expressed interest in a partnership. Until recently, Air Zimbabwe…
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Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew

Richard Branson celebrates Virgin Atlantic’s entry to Seattle market, tears into Alaska Air

A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down Monday afternoon at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, bringing entrepreneur Richard Branson to town for a celebration of Virgin Atlantic’s entrance into the Seattle market. But he also used the visit to tear into Alaska Air Group, which announced last week it would retire the Virgin America brand in the next…
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JetBlue

Is JetBlue Ready to Dump Its Smallest Planes?

In 2003, JetBlue Airways  shocked industry observers by ordering Embraer ‘s  new 100-seat E190 jet. This departed from the accepted wisdom that low-cost carriers should stick to operating a single aircraft type in order to keep costs down. (JetBlue primarily flies Airbus  A320-family aircraft.) As many pundits had predicted, JetBlue‘s decision to add the E190…
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Boeing Airplanes

‘Bright future for Boeing in Asean region’

(File pix) Boeing Co’s senior vice-president of sales (Asia Pacific and India) Dr Dinesh A. Keskar said the demand for commercial airplanes was projected to be worth a total of US$565 billion (RM2.5 trillion) in the next two decades. Pix by Rosela Ismail LANGKAWI: Boeing Co believes that its business in Southeast Asia will continue…
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Virgin America A321neo

Alaska Air: Virgin America name will disappear, ‘likely’ in 2019

Alaska Airlines’ name will live on; Virgin America’s will not. Alaska Airlines announced Wednesday it will drop the name and logo of the merger partner it acquired late last year. Virgin America will be phased out, “likely sometime in 2019,” Alaska Air said in a statement. Instead, the combined carrier “will adopt many of the…
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Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380 Flyover

Widebody Airbus or Boeing jetliners a target for Malaysia Airlines

A Malaysia Airlines plane comes in to land at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur. The carrier wants to boost its fleet of large passenger jets. Mohd Rasfan / AFP Malaysia Airlines is looking to lease widebody planes to boost its network from next year and will make a decision on…
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Boeing 777

Air India defends the sale of Boeing 777 planes to Etihad

Air India Air India has defended the sale of five Boeing 777-200 LR planes to Etihad saying it was the best possible option to check loss and reduce debt. The national carrier has come under criticism from the Comptroller and Auditor General for selling the aircraft below its indicative market price, for under reporting its…
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Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Boeing sounds out Indian carriers on 737 MAX-10 aircraft

Boeing Co  has approached India’s SpiceJet Ltd  and Jet Airways Ltd  as it gauges airlines’ interest in its 737 MAX-10 aircraft, the stretched version of the yet-to-be-delivered 737 MAX narrow-body jetliner, a senior executive said. Indian carriers are rapidly expanding to meet demand in the world’s fastest-growing aviation market, with most of the growth involving…
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SpiceJet 737 MAX8

SpiceJet will start receiving ordered Boeing planes from mid-2018

Stating that Indian aviation market is the fastest growing in the world, SpiceJet on Monday said that it aspires to be the most profitable airline in the country. “We have the best on-time performance in the industry. We will try to reduce costs and increase ancillary revenue,” it said. The low-cost carrier also said that…
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Singapore Airlines Airbus A380

Did Singapore Airlines Just Kill the Airbus A380 Jumbo Jet?

Last week, Singapore Airlines picked Boeing (NYSE: BA) over Airbus (NASDAQOTH: EADSY) for the next stage of its fleet renewal. It signed a letter of intent for 20 777-9s and 19 787-10s , which should be converted to a firm order soon. Singapore Airlines will also have options for six more of each aircraft type.…
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Boeing 777X

Singapore Airlines places $14bn Boeing jets order

Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced a provisional order worth 13.8bn at list prices to buy 39 Boeing wide-body planes yesterday as it battles Gulf carriers, dealing a blow to Airbus in the key market for big twinjets. SIA signed a letter of intent with Boeing for 20 777-9s and 19 787-10s to tap additional passenger growth…
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AisAsia Airbus A320

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

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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Norwegian Air 787

Norwegian Air to order more Boeing, Airbus planes

Budget carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle plans to order more aircraft from Boeing and Airbus after its Irish subsidiary received long-awaited flying rights from U.S. authorities, its Chief Executive told Reuters. After a three-year application process, the U.S. Transportation Department granted those rights on Friday, setting the stage for a new battle among airlines for leisure…
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Spicejet Boeing 737

SpiceJet flies to trigger aircraft acquisition war

India’s fourth-largest domestic carrier, SpiceJet is set to trigger a war in the sky as it finalises a Rs 72,000 crore deal for 100 narrow-bodied aircraft with French manufacturer Airbus. The deal will make SpiceJet the first Indian domestic private carrier to have Airbus and Boeing in its fleet. “Right now, we are very focussed…
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SpiceJet 737 MAX8

Low-cost air travel will drive trillion-dollar airline spending spree, says Boeing

European airlines will spend $1.1 trillion on new aircraft over the next two decades as air travel booms and demand for smaller, low-cost carriers soars, according to US giant Boeing. The aircraft maker predicts that European airlines will need more than 7,500 new aircraft by 2035, which, based on its current catalogue prices, would mean a spending spree…
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Boeing and Airbus jets

Boeing, Airbus throttle back output of big jets

 The world’s two biggest passenger-aircraft makers are reducing production of their largest planes, a response to sluggish emerging-market demand that could mean trouble for Japanese suppliers. Further production cuts for Boeing’s 777 may be ahead if orders remain low, CEO Dennis Muilenburg suggested at a Sept. 14 event for investors. The U.S. manufacturer needs 40-50…
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Airbus A320neo

Airbus net orders fall as it draws line under Kingfisher failure

Airbus sold 49 jets in September, but saw its net orders for the year knocked back by the cancellation of jets ordered by India’s Kingfisher Airlines. Toulouse-based Airbus canceled 82 outstanding orders for jets for Kingfisher and its Kingfisher Red subsidiary, which had been among its most high-profile customers until the airline owned by drinks…
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airplane

Dark Clouds Loom for Airlines Even as Their Profits Take Off

U.S. airlines are producing their biggest profits ever. But instead of clear skies, they are encountering problems that their recent prosperity, in some cases, is making worse. Employees at Southwest Airlines Co. and Delta Air Lines Inc. have rejected labor contracts in recent weeks, with some arguing that the compensation wasn’t sufficient given the industry’s…
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SpiceJet 737 MAX8

Boeing says domestic airlines moving closer to break-even

Boeing Corporation on Thursday expressed hope that domestic airlines, which have been bleeding for many years now, are moving closer to break-even as operating costs have fallen faster than fare reductions following the sharp dip in oil prices. “I believe that Indian airlines are moving closer to profitability after years of losses. Spicejet has declared…
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Airline Fees

Senate report urges government crackdown on airline fees

The government should crack down on airline fees for things like seat reservations, checked baggage and ticket changes or cancellations, which are often unfair or hidden from consumers, according to a Senate report released Thursday. The report, which is based on an investigation by the Democratic staff of the Senate commerce committee, says there appears…
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Airplane Emission Pollusion

E.P.A. Says It Will Set Rules for Airplane Emissions

The Obama administration said on Wednesday that it would take the first step toward regulating greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes, a move that could significantly strengthen President Obama’s environmental legacy but that also presents major new challenges for the airline industry. The Environmental Protection Agency said that Airplane Emissions endanger human health because of their…
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American Airlines Boeing 777 Premium Cabin Bar Interior

Europe’s Top Airlines to Spend Billions in Battle to Win Back Passengers

Europe’s two biggest airlines are rolling out more than €4 billion ($4.5 billion) in cabin upgrades in an attempt to arrest the hemorrhaging of lucrative premium passengers to Middle East rivals that have stolen their customers in part by wowing them with luxurious amenities aboard flights. The cabin overhauls represent a second front in a…
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Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800

Airliner Tragedies Cry Out For Real-Time Data

After more than two days of anxious waiting, searchers finally found bodies and debris from AirAsia Flight 8501 floating in the Java Sea on Tuesday. But the jet itself was still missing, officials could only guess why it crashed, and grieving families were left to suffer through the uncertainty. Needlessly. Technology has long existed to…
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All Airliners 8 hours photo shoot

Top 10 Airline Industry Stories For 2014

Here are top ten Airline stories for 2014, with a strong bias towards the U.S. airline industry. No. 1: The Wright amendment ends, and Love Field booms. For nearly 35 years, the federal law known as the Wright amendment kept the shackles on Dallas Love Field. On Oct. 13, the shackles came off, and airlines…
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Airfare Ticket

Cheaper Fuel Could Mean Drop in Airline Ticket Prices

While you’re saving money at the pump right now, it might be a few months before you notice cheaper airline ticket prices. After paying nearly $4 for a gallon of gas for several years, experts said most people probably aren’t changing their travel plans right away — even though prices have been cut in half.…
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air travel generic

Airline Changes to Frequent-flyer Programs Snub Rank-and-File Patrons

This was the year in which airline passengers learned where they really stood with the big carriers they’ve been loyal to over the years. Beginning Jan. 1, Delta Air Lines will start handing out frequent-flyer miles based not on distance traveled, which is how it’s been up to now, but on dollars spent. Travelers who…
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Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen

Bombardier signs US$1.4 billion Contract for 24 CRJ900 NextGen aircrafts

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that a customer, who has requested to remain unidentified at this time, has placed a firm order for 16 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets and has also taken options for eight additional airliners of the same type. Based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued…
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Search area

Flight 8501 Disaster Highlights Asia’s Aviation Challenges

The crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 is the third aviation disaster this year to strike a region where air traffic has grown spectacularly to become the world’s biggest market, posing new challenges to safety regulators, airlines and governments. The Airbus A320, which vanished from radar early Sunday in storm clouds en route to Singapore from…
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Missing AirAsia grieving relatives

2014 – Worst Year For Modern Day Aviation?

The disappearance of AirAsia Flight 8501 between Indonesia and Singapore over the weekend caps a bizarre year in aviation, marred by a series of missing planes and air disasters. But could 2014 be the worst year in recent aviation history? Yes and no. Depends on how you define “worst.” Crashes In terms of crashes, 2014…
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Airline Food

Which Airlines Have The Healthiest Food?

Business fliers looking for a healthy meal are in luck if they book a flight on Virgin America. But they might need to tote their own nutritious snacks on some other airlines, according to a new survey. In an annual analysis of the snacks and meals offered by 13 major carriers, Virgin America came out…
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Airbus A320

Airbus A320: A Global, Short-Range Single-Aisle Workhorse

Much has been said about the rivalry between Airbus and Boeing and the Airbus A320 features prominently in this. The twin-engined A320 entered service in 1988, some two decades after its single-aisle rival, Boeing’s 737. There have been a total of 11,163 orders for the A320, with 6,331 deliveries to date and slightly less aircraft…
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Airasia flight path

Indonesia to Get U.S. Help in Search For Missing AirAsia airliner

The search for a missing AirAsia airliner with 162 people aboard will expand Tuesday, the Indonesian government announced. Four additional areas will be searched, the national search-and-rescue agency said. Seven zones were patrolled Monday, the second day of working to find AirAsia Flight QZ8501. So far, the search has been fruitless. “Our early conjecture is…
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AirAsia Airbus A320

Flight QZ8501 AirAsia Missing Over Pacific, After Pilots Request Course Change

Flight QZ8501 AirAsia Missing Over Pacific on a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, shortly after the pilots requested to change the flightplan because of weather, the airline said today. The Airbus A320-200, which reportedly had 162 people on board, lost contact at 7:24 a.m. local time near Belitung Island, Indonesia, according to a statement…
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AirTran Boeing 737

AirTran Brand Set to Disappear Sunday

Southwest Airlines will officially complete its integration of AirTran Airways – four years since announcing plans to acquire AirTran – on Sunday, December 28. After AirTran flight 1 lands in Tampa just before midnight Sunday, AirTran will officially cease operations. For many, Sunday is bittersweet; many employees are excited to complete the integration, but some…
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Malaysian flight search team

Search for Missing Malaysian Flight 370 Trickles to Single Ship

A single ship continued a lonely search last week across a vast expanse of the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared nearly 10 months ago — no longer listening for “pings” from the black box or subject to around-the-clock coverage by CNN or accompanied by a massive flotilla that once included…
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easyJet Airbus A320

EasyJet Cabin Crew to Strike for Better Pay in France

EasyJet Plc, Europe’s No. 2 discount carrier, canceled 38 flights to or from France today as its cabinet crew went on strike. The airline scrapped 34 domestic services to and from Lyon, Brest, Nantes, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille, Nice, Paris Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports, the company based in Luton, England, said in an e-mailed…
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Santa’s Sleigh Nearly Collides With Airliner Over Australia

Shortly after Australian aviation authorities announced that Santa Claus was given clearance to bring his sleigh and team of reindeer into the nation’s airspace, the fat, bearded man was spotted flying his sleigh within spitting distance of a commercial airliner. Watch this video provided by 9News Australia. You can also track Santa’s whereabouts using the…
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JetBlue Airbus A320

JetBlue Offered To Fly Law Enforcement To NYPD Funerals For Free

There are several things to love about jetBlue, but their charitable donation in the wake of the murder of two New York City Police might be the most awesome thing they have ever done. The airline offered two tickets to every law enforcement agency in the country with people wanting to attend the two funerals.…
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The Airline Did What? 5 Heartwarming Travel Stories

If you think the only thing airlines care about is fees, take a look. OK, so airlines aren’t saving the planet or finding a cure for horrible diseases but they are staffed by human beings who sometimes go out of their way for the people they serve – you. 1. Hop in, I’ll drive. A…
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airbus-a350-900-qatar

Competition from Boeing forced Airbus to rethink wide-body jets

Ten years ago, the boss of Qatar Airways, which received its first new A350 jet this week, warned Airbus it was flying off course. Boeing was knocking on his door with a “ superefficient” jet boasting 30 percent fuel savings, thanks to a carbon-composite design. In Toulouse, some Airbus engineers, riding high after overtaking Boeing…
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A380_Emirates

Emirates Airlines, The World’s Largest Airline Has The Largest Wide-body Jet Fleet

Following two consecutive years of record deliveries and capacity increases, 2014 saw Emirates adding 27 aircraft – 13 Airbus A380s, 12 Boeing 777-300ERs two Boeing 777 freighters – to its fleet. These included its 50th A380 and its 100th 777-300ER aircraft, strengthening Emirates’ position as the world’s largest operator of both the A380 and 777.…
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Cirrus Aircraft Vision SF50

Cirrus Aircraft Vision SF50 personal jet completes successful maiden flight

Cirrus Aircraft announced today the successful maiden flight of the third and final conforming flight test aircraft, ‘C-Two’ (C2), in their Vision SF50 personal jet program. The initial flight of C2 marks the latest significant milestone for the Vision™ jet program as C2 now joins C0 and C1 in FAA flight testing and certification activities.…
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Kuwait Airways Boeing 777

Boeing inks $3.3 billion 777 order from Kuwait Airways

Boeing and Kuwait Airways have finalized an order for 10 777-300ERs (Extended Range), valued at $3.3 billion at list prices. The order underlines the popularity of the 777-300ER as the preferred long-haul aircraft of many of the world’s leading airlines including those from the Middle East. The airline originally announced its intent to order the…
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Qatar Airbus A350-900 XWB

Delivery of First Airbus A350 XWB

The wait is finally over for aviation fanatics wanting to book a flight aboard the Airbus A350 XWB. Qatar Airways, the global launch customer of the A350 XWB, accepted delivery of the commercial plane during a ceremony at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France, on Monday morning. “It is more than a great day for Airbus,”…
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Falcon 8x

Introducing The New Dassault Falcon 8X

Last week, Dassault unveiled the Falcon 8X ultra-long-range business jet, keeping the program on time for a first flight in the first quarter, probably in February. The event took place in an assembly hall at the Bordeaux Mérignac factory, gathering customers, operators, industrial partners and representatives of certification authorities in an atmosphere that mixed “prestige,…
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Airbus A320neo

The Year Ahead in Aviation: 2015

In recent years, so much has been going on in the world of commercial aviation that putting together a “top 10 events” forecast has been easy — major new airplane programs have been announced, airline consolidation has taken place and disputes between China and Europe over carbon emissions have held major airplane orders hostage. Not…
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