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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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Airbus A350 XWB in Bolivia for high altitude flight testing

The A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, is in Bolivia for a series of flight tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and the capital La Paz. Cochabamba is approximately 8,300 feet above sea level, and at 13,300 La Paz is one of the highest airports in the world. Operations at such high altitude airfields are particularly demanding on aircraft …

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Boeing 787-9 visits Auckland, home of launch customer Air New Zealand

US airframer Boeing flew the latest variant of the Dreamliner, the 787-9, to Auckland, home of launch customer Air New Zealand, marking the 787-9’s international debut and its longest flight since flight testing on this new variant began. Aircraft number ZB002 registered N787FT, the second of three 787-9s dedicated to the flight-test program, flew 13 hours and 49 minutes non-stop, …

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Photos: Airbus rolls out new A350 XWB in ‘Carbon’ livery

European airframer Airbus S.A.S. rolled out its third its third A350 XWB flight-test aircraft, MSN2 (manufacturer serial number 2), from the paint shop in Toulouse, France, featuring a special “carbon” livery which symbolises the extensive use of of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) in the aircraft. 53 per cent of the A350 XWB’s airframe is made-up of composites including the airframer’s …

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Boeing delivers first 747-8 with performance-improved engines

Boeing delivered the first 747-8 with performance-improved GEnx-2B engines as part of the airplane’s Performance Improvement Package (PIP.) A Cathay Pacific Airways Cargo 747-8F Freighter was the first aircraft delivered with the new PIP engines. The engine is the first of the package’s three improvements to enter service. The two other components, Flight Management Computer (FMC) software upgrades and reactivation …

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Air Caraïbes places order for three A350-1000s and will lease a further three A350-900s from ILFC.

Air Caraibes has signed a firm contract with Airbus S.A.S. for three A350-1000s, the largest member of Airbus’ new generation A350XWB Family. The airline will also lease three new A350-900s from ILFC. The aircraft will enter into service between 2016 and 2022. The Air Caraïbes’ A350-1000s will seat 439 passengers in three classes, and the -900 will seat 387 passengers.  …

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Photos: First flight of Asiana Airlines’ first A380

Korea’s Asiana Airlines’ first A380 has successfully completed its maiden flight. The A380 flew from Airbus’ facilities in Toulouse, France to the aircraft manufacturer’s site in Hamburg, Germany, where it will undergo painting and cabin furnishing. Asiana Airlines will become the twelfth operator of the A380 when it takes delivery of its first aircraft in the second quarter of 2014. …

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AirAsia X orders 25 additional A330-300

AirAsia X, the long haul, low fare airline affiliate of the AirAsia Group has placed an order for 25 more A330-300s with European airframer Airbus. The order is valued at US$ 6 billion at list prices. This order increases AirAsia X’s total orders to 57 A330-300s, which are scheduled to be completed by 2019. Fifty-one direct on Airbus and six …

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