Scoot Boeing 787-9-Dreamliner

Scoot takes delivery of four 787-8s this year, flies to Athens in June

Scoot, the low-cost medium- to long-haul arm of Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA), will take delivery of four new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners fitted with crew bunks this year, which will serve the Singapore-Athens route starting next month and another long-haul destination to be announced later in 2017. Scoot chief executive officer (CEO) Lee Lik Hsin said…
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easyJet Airbus A320

EasyJet to swap 30 Airbus A320neos for A321neos

​UK low-cost carrier (LCC) easyJet has reached an agreement with Airbus to convert 30 of the Airbus A320neos that it has on order to A321neos , with the first delivery scheduled for summer 2018. Announcing the change to the 2013 agreement at the release of its interim results on May 16, easyJet said it had…
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Boeing 737 MAX new winglets

Boeing Delivers First 737 Max 8 to Malindo Air

Boeing on Tuesday marked the first delivery of the new 737 Max 8 to launch customer Malindo Air of Malaysia with an official handover at the manufacturer’s Seattle delivery center. The first delivery to the Lion Air subsidiary comes on the same day Boeing resumed the full range of 737 Max flight test activities following…
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Boeing 777 assembly

Work begins on Boeing’s first overseas production plant

The new facility at Zhoushan Airport in eastern China will oversee the final preparation of Boeing 737 aircraft. A strategic plan by Boeing to streamline output of its most popular airplane has taken a step closer to reality this week as work commenced on a new completion and delivery plant in China. The facility is…
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LEAP-1A engines ordered for Airbus A320neo-family aircraft

Air Lease Corp “very disturbed” with Airbus and P&W as delays bite

Early this year, Airbus assured Air Lease Corporation (ALC) that the lessor’s 2017 new-aircraft deliveries wouldn’t slip any more than had already been warned, according ALC. But with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM geared-turbofan production-rate issues continuing to bite, Airbus has now further delayed some deliveries to the firm. Speaking at the 37th Annual North America…
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The New 737 MAX

Scandinavian Primera Air Orders for Up to 20 737 MAX 9s

Boeing and Primera Air today announced an order for eight 737 MAX 9 airplanes, valued at more than $950 million at list prices. The agreement also includes purchase rights for four additional 737 MAX 9s and a lease agreement for eight more airplanes from Air Lease Corporation. The 737 MAX 9 will form the backbone…
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Airbus A321

Delta Orders 30 More Airbus A321 Jets

Delta Airlines has announced an additional order of 3 Airbus A321’s, bringing the total order by Delta to 112. According to the release by Airbus, many of the jets will be delivered from the Mobile Assembly line. “The A321’s comfort, performance and economics make it a very compelling aircraft for Delta in our domestic route…
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Airbus A321neo

Airbus is shopping a new jet to compete with Boeing’s future airliner

Five new planes you may fly in soon Boeing thinks it has gotten a step up in its decades-long rivalry with Airbus. But Airbus, the European aerospace giant, has other ideas.  Airbus is talking to airlines about possibly upgrading its popular single-aisle airliner, even before Boeing’s plans for a competing plane have gotten off the…
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Airbus Boeing

Boeing outshines Airbus in wide-body market; A match on single-aisle March deliveries

Airbus is talking to airlines about possibly upgrading its popular single-aisle airliner, even before Boeing’s plans for a competing plane have gotten off the drawing board. Neither company has any orders for the new jets — those could be years away. The industry keeps a close eye on what the two giants are doing behind…
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Boeing, Airbus Bolster Narrowbody Backlogs with New Sales

Boeing and Airbus each capitalized on the continued robustness of global narrowbody demand on Thursday, with a pair of big orders for members of their respective single-aisle families. Boeing’s contract with Riga, Latvia-based low-fare airline Primera Air calls for a firm order for eight 737 Max 9s to accompany a lease deal involving Air Lease…
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Qantas Boeing 787

Qantas brings forward Boeing 787 deliveries

Qantas has brought forward the delivery of its second tranche of Boeing 787s, with all four of the Dreamliners now taking wing in the second half of 2018 to allow the launch of a second non-stop route into Europe – with Paris tipped as the front-runner. The original timetable saw the first four red-tailed Boeing…
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Airbus A350 XWB

Delta Is Said to Consider Delaying $3 Billion Airbus Order

Move underscores obstacles for marquee A350 jet in U.S. market Carrier could postpone 10 wide-body deliveries for three years Delta Air Lines Inc. is considering postponing delivery of 10 Airbus SE A350 jetliners valued at about $3 billion, even as the carrier prepares for the first arrival of the new flagship aircraft, people familiar with…
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Boeing 787 Engine

Rolls-Royce Wants to Put Its Engines in the Boeing 797

U.K. engine maker targeting position on new mid-market jet CEO East says no ambition as yet to seek partner for project Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc will bid to power a new short-haul jetliner being designed by Boeing Co. as the U.K. engine maker seeks to re-enter a market it quit in 2011. Rolls is preparing a…
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Iran Airbus

Iran in talks with UK over jetliner export funding

Iran is in talks with Britain’s export credit agency to facilitate the financing of aircraft sales to state airline IranAir as part of its pact with world powers to lift sanctions over its nuclear programme, a senior Iranian official said. IranAir’s plan to buy more than 180 jets from Airbus  and Boeing is the most…
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Boeing 777X

Vistara may place order for around 100 aircraft by June: CAPA

Domestic full service airline Vistara is likely to place order for around 100 aircraft, including 50 wide-body planes by the end of the current quarter, according to an industry report. The Centre for Asia Pacific (CAPA), the Sydney-based aviation think-tank, in its report titled “Global Fleet and Financing Review 2017,” also said that the airline…
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787-9 First Flight Event

Canada’s Westjet plan to buy upto 20 Dreamliners

  WestJet Airlines plans to order as many as 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with a list price of $5.4 billion, adding the wide-body to its fleet as Canada’s second-biggest carrier expands long-distance service. The move takes a page from Air Canada, which has relied on the Dreamliner’s fuel efficiency to lower operating costs. The order…
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Airbus A350

Airbus delivery targets in jeopardy in 2017 following supplier issues

Airbus has experienced delivery slowdowns for customers due to faulty engine production , The Wall Street Journal reported. Engine maker Pratt & Whitney has replaced numerous geared turbofans on multiple A320neo planes already delivered by Airbus. The French plane maker also sources engines from GE and Safran SA, which will provide about half of the…
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Hainan Airlines Comac C919 V2

Is New Chinese Plane Really a Threat to Boeing?

Chinese aircraft maker Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd., or Comac, completed the first test flight of its single-aisle C919 passenger jet last Friday. The new aircraft, which seats up to 174 passengers, is expected to begin delivery in 2019. To date, Comac has taken orders for some 570 of the new planes and projects…
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Iran Air Tail

Iran Air Confirms Cancellation of Early Boeing Delivery

Iran Air has confirmed the cancellation of the earlier-than-expected delivery of a Boeing 777-300ER as part of a $17 billion order from the American planemaker. The cancellation came after deputy minister of roads and urban development, Asghar Fakhrieh-Kashan, announced this month that Boeing had offered the jet to Iran Air after Turkish Airlines canceled its…
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Airbus A321neo

JetBlue switches A321neos as Pratt troubles persist

JetBlue Airways has switched its first three Airbus A321neos to the A321ceos, in what it calls a “prudent” move as issues continue to be reported with the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines that will power the airline’s aircraft. The New York-based carrier will now take 11 A321ceos next year, instead of three A321neos and eight…
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Why Boeing wants to build an even bigger 737

Boeing’s Dilemma: 1 New Airplane or 2 to Address Middle Market?

According to an exclusive report Tuesday morning from Reuters and U.S. News & World Report, Boeing Co.  is nearing a decision to launch a larger version of its 737 MAX family, the 737-10, following what the company believes is a technical solution to the problem of how to minimize the cost of lengthening the plane…
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Airbus A350 XWB

Asia’s a growth market for Airbus

With its high population density, burgeoning passenger demand and fast-growing aviation sector, Asia-Pacific is outpacing other world regions to become a key growth engine for aircraft manufacturer Airbus. There is demand for 13,460 aircraft worth US$2.2 trillion in the next 20 years for Asia-Pacific, making up more than 40 per cent of global demand for…
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Boeing Airplanes

World will need 39,620 new aircraft over next 20 years, Boeing says

Boeing Commercial Airplanes has predicted that the global aviation industry will grow quickly, with demand for new aircraft over the next 20 years reaching 39,620 units and with Asia the fastest-growing market. The US-based company says its extensive product portfolio remains Boeing’s key competitive advantage. Randy Tinseth, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president for marketing, said…
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Hainan Airlines Comac C919 V2

China’s first big jetliner clears final hurdle before flying – C919

China’s first big jetliner just passed a crucial test that will take the country a step closer to becoming one of the world’s elite large airline makers. The C919 airliner, which is produced by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, or Comac, finished its final ground trial on Sunday in Shanghai. Test pilots sped the…
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Virgin America A321neo

Should Boeing Worry Now That Airbus Has Delivered First A321neo to Virgin America?

European aircraft maker Airbus on Thursday delivered the first A321neo off the company’s assembly line to long-time customer Virgin America, which is now part of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK). Virgin America has been a long-time customer of Airbus and before Thursday’s delivery flew 63 of the company’s A319s and A320s. Each A321neo is…
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Iran Airbus

Iran’s Massive Plane Order: A Win-Win for All

Iran’s return to the world economy is helping planemakers cope with a downturn in global demand, providing homes for airplanes orphaned by reversals in the growth plans of airlines elsewhere. Planemakers are also gambling that the early delivery of such aircraft could help prop up a nuclear sanctions deal between Iran and world powers, threatened…
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aeromobil

A flying car you will actually be able to buy this year

It may not be quite like the Jetsons, but for over a million dollars you too can soon fly around in a car. A Slovakian company called AeroMobil unveiled on Thursday its version of a flying car, a light-framed plane whose wings can fold back, like an insect, and is boosted by a hybrid engine…
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Virgin America A321neo

Virgin America Takes Delivery of First LEAP-1A-Powered A321neo

Virgin America took delivery of their first Airbus A321neo aircraft, becoming the initial operator for the Airbus narrow-body airplane.  The New Engine Option (NEO) aircraft is powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A power plants, which reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by approximately 15 percent. The engines also provide a 50 percent cut in overall NOx…
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Iran Airbus

Airbus joint venture seals Iran Air jet order

A lot has been said about Iran’s controversial upgrade of its airliner fleet. They have taken another step with a deal valued at up to $1 billion to buy planes from a joint venture of Airbus SE and Leonardo SpA. ATR said Iran Air had signed an order for 20 ATR 72-600 aircraft and has…
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Boeing’s Export-Import Bank subsidies targeted in battle over House tax plan

Opponents of the House Republican plan to adjust corporate taxes at the border are targeting a familiar conservative target in the industry lobbying battle: The financing Boeing receives from the Export-Import Bank. Americans for Affordable Products, a coalition of retailers and other importers created to fight the House GOP’s proposed import tax, on Tuesday promoted…
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Engine issues won’t affect delivery schedule of A320neo: Airbus CEO Tom Enders

A bad year for Airbus

By any measure, 2017 has not been a good year for the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. In its annual report, the company has stated it is under investigation in the United Kingdom, Germany, Romania, Greece, and Australia over allegations of bribery and corruption. It would not be surprising if the U.S. government is soon on…
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Air India airplane tail

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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Embraer Flies the E195-E2, the Most Efficient New-Generation Jet in the World, Ahead of Schedule

Embraer: Chinese Bizav To Benefit From Airport Projects

Chinese airport construction will relieve infrastructure constraints that are holding back the development of business aviation in the country, Embraer said. Most important will be construction of additional commercial airports, not the remarkable total of 500 general-aviation fields that China also wants to build, said Guan Dongyuan, president of Embraer China. Business aircraft users are…
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Boeing 737 Max

Boeing prepares for unprecedented 737 Max ramp-up

Delivering a new version of the 737 is old hat at Boeing. Eighteen major models have entered service since the debut of the 737-100 in 1968, including 10 versions of the NG series over the past 19 years alone. In all, 9,448 individual 737s have rolled out of the factory doors in Renton, Washington, through…
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China Eastern Boeing 737

Aircraft makers fly high in China

Rapid growth of China’s business aviation market has attracted aircraft makers to increase their service offerings tailored for the country, where more than 600 business jets, worth $18 billion, are being operated. “China has become the second-largest business jet market, and it also enjoys the fastest growth in the world,” Liao Xuefeng, chairman and CEO…
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Iran Air Photo

Iran hopes Turkish Airlines losses mean earlier delivery of Boeing plane

Iran may soon be receiving the first Western-built jet airplane since 1979, Iranian state media has reported after claims by industry sources of Turkish Airlines being cash-strapped. “[T]wo 777 Boeing passenger planes will be delivered to the national flag carrier Iran Air,” IRNA reported on Sunday, citing an unnamed “informed” source. The initial report by…
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ATR 72 Iran Air

Iran completes long-awaited aircraft deal worth $536 Million for 20 ATR Turboprop Aircraft

European turboprop manufacturer ATR sealed a long-awaited deal with Iran Air worth $536 million at list prices, making it the latest aerospace company to benefit after a nuclear accord eased international restrictions on trade with the Middle Eastern state. Iran Air will take 20 ATR 72-600 aircraft and has options for 20 more, ATR spokesman…
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737 Max

Boeing Expects 737 MAX Efficiency Improvements To Continue

Boeing expects to continue a 737 family tradition of continuous improvement with its new fuel-efficient planes and sees scope for the kind of efficiency gains it saw with the successful “Next Generation” family. The US manufacturer’s 737 MAX aircraft are 14 per cent more efficient than the latest NG’s but they are 20 per cent…
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The hybrid plane : Boeing and JetBlue back hybrid-electric craft

Boeing and JetBlue have turned their sights to hybrid-electric planes. The two aviation giants revealed this week that they are investing in a little-known company called Zunum Aero , a startup developing alternative propulsion aircraft. Zunum is working to build 10-50 seat planes that ‘sip fuel only when they have to,’ and the firm claims…
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The New 737 MAX

Boeing Completes Successful First Flight of 737 MAX 9

On Thursday, The Boeing 737 MAX 9 completed its first flight today in the skies above Puget Sound. The 737 MAX program achieved the milestone on schedule, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery. ” Captain Christine Walsh and Captain Ed Wilson piloted the airplane through tests on the aircraft systems, flight…
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Airbus A350-1000 completes noise test campaign in Spain

Airbus’ A350-1000, MSN065 test aircraft, fitted with cabin, has completed a series of noise tests in Moron, south of Spain, between March 27 and April 5th, as part of its type certification flight test campaign, paving the way for entry into service on schedule before year end. The aircraft, together with acoustic ground facilities around…
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Boeing 747 – The ‘Queen of the Skies’ retires

The first “Queen of the Skies” may have retired, but she’s not quite quietly riding off into the sunset. Even in retirement, she’s once more ready to accept guests—albeit this time, it’s not to ferry them to long, physical distances, but to take them on a nostalgic ride. Delta Ship 6301, the first passenger Boeing…
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Airbus highlights ACJ319 at ABACE show

Airbus Corporate Jets is exhibiting an ACJ319 at the ABACE show in Shanghai, giving prospective customers the opportunity to appreciate its potential and highlighting the company’s commitment to the important Chinese market. It is the first time at the show for the MJet ACJ319, which is certificated to seat 19 passengers, is available for VIP…
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Airbus Offers More Seating Capacity on Superjumbo A380

The Airbus A380 has long been the highest capacity commercial aircraft in the world. The plane can seat between 525 and more than 600 passengers, or fewer if an airline chooses. That’s because seating capacity choices are left up to the airlines. According to Airbus, the current average capacity of its A380s is 497. 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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China’s long-delayed C919 jet may fly by end of April

 A single-aisle passenger jet that is being built by the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China is set for its first test flight by the end of next month, according to Philippe Petitcolin, chief executive officer of Safran, an aircraft engine maker. Any problems with taxi trials may alter the schedule, Petitcolin said in an interview…
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Embraer Flies the E195-E2, the Most Efficient New-Generation Jet in the World, Ahead of Schedule

Embraer Flies the E195-E2, the Most Efficient New-Generation Jet in the World, Ahead of Schedule

 Ten months after the first flight of the E190-E2, today Embraer performed the inaugural flight of another member of the E2 family, ahead of schedule. This Wednesday, the E195-E2, the largest aircraft of the family–and the most efficient aircraft in the single aisle jet market—took off for the first time. The flight, originally scheduled for…
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Airbus: Brazil to drive strong aircraft demand in Latin America

Latin American airlines will take delivery of 2,570 new passenger and freighter aircraft worth $350 billion over the 2016-2035 period, according to Airbus, which has slightly increased its forecast for 20-year demand in the region from 2,540 aircraft a year ago . “Fueling this aircraft demand is Latin America’s passenger traffic growth, which is forecast…
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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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E-Fan 4.0 a four-seater plane

AIRBUS Pivots Electric Aircraft Plans

Text size: AIRBUS is dropping plans to produce the electric E-Fan 2.0 and E-Fan 4.0, planned as two-seat trainer and tour-seat touring aircraft. The company had announced in 2014 that it expected to bring the E-Fan 2.0 to market in 2018 as a joint-venture with Daher-Socata, the French airframe maker best known for its TBM…
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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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