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Airbus, Boeing considering medium range wide-bodies

Boeing 787 (left) and Airbus A330 (right).

The world’s largest aircraft manufacturers – Airbus and Boeing – are seriously considering medium range versions of their popular twin jets as some customers say the current offerings have, “too much range” for routes of 5,000 to 8,000 kilometres. If the medium range wide-bodies become a reality, both Airbus and Boeing would be going full […]

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Dubai Airshow: Aviation’s biggest deal maker?

Airline executives from Gulf-based airlines signed huge deals with major aircraft suppliers at the Dubai Airshow 2013.

A dramatic downpour swept across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday on the fifth and last day of the Dubai Airshow, forcing an early closure. Despite the wet ending, the show had seen a record breaking order book in excess of US$200 billion during the fourth day. The Dubai Airshow took place for the first […]

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Despite buzz, 777X still years away

Artist's impression of a current Boeing 777.

The Boeing 777X is the talk in aviation circles these days, with huge orders expected at the Dubai Air Show later this month. Despite the buzz, the 777X is still under development, no prototype has been built, and first deliveries to customers will be from 2020 – at the earliest. The 777 has been a […]

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Airbus to build short range A330 for regional and domestic operations

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Airbus has announced plans for a new, lower weight variant of its A330-300 wide-body aircraft. The lower weight version is optimised for use on domestic and regional routes. China will be one of the most important markets for this new A330. The announcement was made by Fabrice Bregier, President and CEO of Airbus. “The new […]

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Airbus prepares more A350s to join flight test program

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With more than 150 flight test hours performed to date for the first A350 XWB, Airbus is preparing an additional fleet of four of these next-generation widebody jetliners to join the flight test and certification program. The second A350 XWB to fly, designated MSN003 in Airbus’ numbering system, is scheduled to make its maiden flight […]

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A350 XWB achieves 92 flight test hours since first flight

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The first flyable A350 XWB (MSN1) is said to have performed to expectations in the 92 flight test hours already achieved since the maiden flight on June 14th 2013. The A350 XWB flight test campaign will total around 2,500 flight hours with a fleet of five development aircraft. During the first four weeks of the […]

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British Airways receives its first A380

British Airways is poised to become the tenth operator of the Airbus A380 after receiving its first delivery of the aircraft. The British carrier, which has 12 A380s on order as part of its long-haul fleet renewal, plans to use its aircraft initially on the London – Los Angeles route, as well as between London […]

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A350 XWB in suprise appearance at Paris Air Show 2013

It was a marketing opportunity that Airbus could not resist. With the Airbus A350 having made its first flight only a week earlier, many doubted if Airbus could risk sending such a new aircraft to the Paris Air Show, a major industry event. In the end, a compromise with air show organizers and French regulators […]

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