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Airbus crosses 3,000 firm orders on A320neo

MSN 6101. First Airbus A320neo. Photo courtesy Airbus.

Airbus crossed an important milestone for its A320neo single-aisle family, 3,000 orders. With a 110 A320neo aircraft from Japanese controlled lessor SMBC Aviation Capital earlier this morning at the Farnborough air show 2014, the European airframer now has 3,083 A320neo family aircraft on order from 57 different customers which include Indian airlines like IndiGo and AirAsia India. The A320neo family …

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Boeing showcases 787-9 at Farnborough to counter Airbus

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Seen landing after it's display on day one of Farnborough 2014.

US airframer Boeing showcased its new 787-9 Dreamliner as it began an aggressive counter to European rival Airbus ahead of the start of the Farnborough air show 2014. Readers will recall, Boeing delivered the first 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand less than a week ago. READ ONLINE: Video of Boeing 787-9 practising flying demonstration for Farnborough air show …

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Airbus launches A330neo

Airbus A330-900neo powered by Rolls Royce Trent 7000 engines. Photo courtesy Airbus S.A.S.

Future of A350-800 in doubt After much expectation, early this morning, European airframer Airbus has launched the A330-800neo and A330-900neo (new engine option) in ongoing its attempt to answer to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Deliveries of the A330neo are expected commence in the last quarter of 2017. The upgrade of one of the world’s most popular medium-range twin-jets, the A330neo …

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Boeing deliveries for second quarter 2014

US airframer Boeing reported its deliveries for the second quarter (April to June) 2014. The manufacturer reported at 12.5% increase in its commercial aircraft deliveries driven by a 66% increase in deliveries of its newest aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner, compared to the first quarter of this year. The narrow-body 737NG family also yielded gains. Defence programs maintained a level keel. …

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Photos: Airbus rolls out first A320neo

MSN 6101. First Airbus A320neo. Photo courtesy Airbus.

European airframer Airbus S.A.S. has completed assembly of the first A320neo. Fitted with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM PurePower engines, MSN6101 will be the first A320neo to fly sometime in September 2014 ahead of its entry in to service by end 2015. The aircraft will soon start its ground tests as part of its preparation for first flight. MSN6101 will be …

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner earns FAA and EASA certification

Air New Zealand launch Boeing 787-9 in all-back livery leaves Boeing paint shop.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has taken one of the final steps to commercial service, it has been certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for commercial service. To earn certification for the 787-9, Boeing undertook a comprehensive test program with five airplanes and more than 1,500 hours of flight testing, plus ground …

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#Namaste A380 Airbus’ marketing factoids on A380

Singapore Airlines A380-800 9V-SKD. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal

New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji airports have readied themselves to receive India’s first scheduled commercial A380 superjumbo service later this evening, operated by Singapore Airlines. DIAL the Delhi airport operator is running a special hashtag on Twitter #NamasteA380. The airframe manufacturer Airbus S.A.S. has released some factoids on the superjumbo. It is interesting to see how Airbus …

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Airbus celebrates 40th anniversary of world’s first twin-engined widebody aircraft

40th anniversary of first Airbus commercial aircraft delivered. A300B2 to Air France F-BVGA (MSN005). May 1974.

May 10, 1974, European airframer Airbus Industrie delivered to launch customer Air France, the world’s first twin-engined wide-body commercial jetliner, the A300. The delivery was also the very first delivery of an aircraft by the fledgling manufacturer. At a time when wide-body meant three or four engines, Airbus took the risk of developing a two engined widebody aircraft. To reduce …

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Pictures: Airbus A350 XWB undertakes wet runway tests

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Airbus’ newest aircraft the A350 XWB has successfully performed certification testing which demonstrates the aircraft’s ability to operate on wet runways. One of the flight test aircraft, MSN00 performed these tests at Istres in France. During the tests, the runway was modified by adding groves to the runway surface, and inserting rubber strips in the grooves to retain water. A …

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First Airbus A320neo advancing rapidly through final assembly

First A320neo in Production.

The first Airbus A320neo (new engine option), the first significant upgrade of the the best selling single aisle narrow-body jetliner of European airframer Airbus S.A.S., is progressing rapidly through the final assembly line in Toulouse, France. The first aircraft began its final assembly last month, with the join of the forward and rear fuselage sections. Next, major structures were mated …

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Higher commercial aircraft volumes propel Boeing to strong first quarter growth

Driven by a 23 percent increase in operations earning in its commercial aircraft segment, the Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) reported first-quarter revenue increased eight percent to $20.5 billion (Table 1). Highlights of the results are Core EPS (non-GAAP)* of $1.76 on continued strong operating performance; GAAP EPS of $1.28 Revenue increased 8 percent to $20.5 billion reflecting higher commercial deliveries …

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Photos: Airbus reveals A350 XWB cabin interiors

European airframer Airbus has unveiled proposed cabin interiors for its latest aircraft, the A350 XWB. This cabin interior is installed on board ‘MSN002’ (manufacturer’s serial number) the flight-test aircraft which made its first flight on February 26, earlier this year In a counter to the 17 inch economy class seat widths offered in the 10 abreast seating on many Boeing …

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Boeing deliveries for first quarter 2014

US aerospace major, Boeing has reported its deliveries for the first quarter of 2014 Major Programs 1st Qtr
2014 Year-to-Date
2014 Commercial airplanes 737 Next Generation 115 115 747 4 4 767 – – 777 24 24 787 18 18 Total commercial airplanes 161 161 Defense, Space & Security AEW&C 1 1 Apache (New Builds) 10 10 Chinook (New Builds) 17 17 …

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Gulfstream G650 business jet sets non-stop speed record between New York and Mumbai

The Gulfstream series of business jets are long considered the Rolls Royce of the skies, and the flagship product is the G650®. The Gulfstream G650® is positioned as an ultra-high-speed, ultra-long-range business jet for the globe trotting multi-national CEO. The G650 will carry eight passengers and a crew of four on non-stop flights of 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km) powered …

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Video: Airbus’ press conference at India Aviation 2014

At the recently concluded India Aviation 2014 show, European airframer Airbus forecast Indian carriers will require 1,290 new passenger aircraft valued at US$190 billion between now and 2032. 73% of these aircraft will be to accommodate growth and 27% will be used for replacement. Of the 1,290 aircraft, about 913 will be the single aisle narrow bodies of the A320 …

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Airbus starts production of the A320neo Family

Start of manufacturing of the first A320neo with machining of the engine pylon.

European airframer Airbus has marked the start of manufacturing of the much awaited A320neo by performing the first ‘cutting of metal’, machining the first engine pylon component at the “Saint-Eloi” factory in Toulouse, France. The A320neo (new engine option) is slated to enter into service (EIS) from late 2015. Its key feature are the new generation CFM LEAP and Pratt …

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