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December 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Airbus Reaches A380 Full-Year Delivery Target as New Orders Lag

Airbus SAS said it has delivered its 30th A380 plane, achieving its 2012 target as production outpaces new orders for the second year in a row. See more

Monday, December 17, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Test Run Underway For First A320NEO Engine

A full moon hung over Pratt & Whitney's test site the night its Airbus A320NEO engine ran for the first time. See more

Friday, December 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

787s and 777s have great potential in India: Boeing

Boeing does not expect a widebody order from India in 2013, but stands firm that its 777 and 787 aircraft have great potential in the country. See more

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

AirAsia unveils $9.4 billion Airbus order

AirAsia confirmed a $9.4 billion order for 100 more Airbus jets on Thursday, making it the European planemaker's largest airline customer by number of planes ordered. See more

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Embraer sees sales rebound on U.S. orders, new aircraft

Brazilian jet maker Embraer SA aims to rebuild its depleted order backlog next year with two major new offerings. See more

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Delta buys Singapore's Virgin Atlantic stake for $360M

Delta Air Lines Inc. agreed to buy the 49 percent stake in Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. held by Singapore Airlines Ltd. for $360 million to boost its share of the lucrative trans-Atlantic travel market. See more

Monday, December 10, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Chinese Investors to Buy Up To 90 Percent of ILFC

American International Group has agreed to sell up to a 90-percent stake in International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) to a group of Chinese investors led by Weng Xianding, the chairman of New China Trust Company, AIG announced today. See more

Monday, December 10, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Realignment Heralds Critical Period for Boeing Commercial

While the realignment of Boeing Commercial Airplanes' management structure last week might have marked something less than a revolution in its approach to program development, it certainly signaled a recognition that something fundamental needed to change. See more

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Military Aviation

Reuters

U.S. aerospace industry projects tenth straight growth year

U.S. aerospace and arms companies are poised for sales growth in 2013 for what would be their 10th straight year, even as the Pentagon prepares to cut its purchases as much as 10 percent, the industry's chief trade group said Wednesday. See more

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Commercial Aircraft Sales Buoy Aerospace Industry

Buoyed by strong demand for civil aircraft, U.S. aerospace companies added 5,000 jobs this year, a result Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President Marion Blakey says is "surprising." See more

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Boeing Sees Enough Financing for Rising Aircraft Deliveries

Boeing projects the world's airlines should see reasonable liquidity and pricing for new-aircraft delivery financing next year as jet builders accelerate production to meet demand, the manufacturer announced in London on Tuesday while issuing its fifth annual finance market forecast. See more

Monday, December 3, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus CEO upbeat on EADS revamp, profit growth

The chief executive of Airbus moved to head off any concerns about a dip in profits or political interference at the European planemaker as France and Germany edged towards a shake-up of parent group EADS on Monday. See more

Monday, December 3, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Boeing separates airplane production, design

Boeing Co. said on Monday it is creating a new division to oversee airplane development See more

November 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

A320neo 'on track' as milestone approaches

Only a few weeks after MSN6000 rolls off the Airbus A320 final assembly line, the airframer aims to pass a more significant milestone by completing the first re-engined version of the single-aisle type. See more

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Commercial Aviation

AirInsight

Airbus Reports 'Better than Projected' Sharklet Performance for A320

This week, Airbus began expanding its testing program for its "Sharklets" to include the A319 in addition to the A320. See more

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus, Boeing launch airliner ad war as rivalry heats up

Airbus and Boeing have clashed over the performance of their latest revamped models as the aerospace companies battle for market share by offering fuel savings to cash-starved airlines. See more

Sunday, November 25, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Forbes

China's Aviation ABCs: Airbus, Boeing, and COMAC

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, better known as COMAC, announced it had received 50 orders for its C919 passenger jet at the recently concluded Zhuhai air show. See more

Friday, November 23, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

China Eastern Airlines seals $5.4 billion deal to buy 60 Airbus A320s

China Eastern Airlines, one of the country's top three carriers, said it has agreed to buy 60 Airbus A320 aircraft for about $5.4 billion, expected to be delivered in stages from 2014 to 2017. See more

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

Modest rise in third-quarter business and general aviation aircraft shipments

The global business and general aircraft delivery tally saw a modest rise for first nine months of 2012, according to the latest statistics from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association as economic uncertainty continues to impede consumer confidence. See more

Monday, November 19, 2012
Commercial Aviation

CNN

Jet sale boosts China's rivalry with Airbus, Boeing

With a GE subsidiary and Chinese carriers signing deals for C919 passenger aircraft, China's Comac sharpens its aim on aviation's big players. See more

Monday, November 19, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Virgin America Rethinks Fleet Growth Plan

Decelerating growth at Virgin America has led the airline to reconsider its fleet-expansion strategy. See more

Monday, November 19, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Boeing Sees No Market For Very Large Aircraft In Latin America

Boeing's 20-year Latin America forecast predicts no market for very large aircraft. See more

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Xinhua

China's AVIC investing big in engine research

Aviation Industry Corp of China, the country's largest State-owned aircraft producer, is to invest 10 billion yuan ($1.58 billion) in engine research and development, according to an announcement on Wednesday. See more

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Bombardier C-Series 'could beat revised flight target'

Canada's Bombardier Inc could carry out the maiden flight of its C-Series narrow body jetliner early in 2013 despite having given itself a new target to fly mid-year, its sales chief told Reuters. See more

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

News Tribune

Boeing likely to win orders, deliveries race this year

With more than 10 months of 2012 now in the rearview mirror, Boeing has opened up a big lead in the order race with its European rival, Airbus. See more

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Bombardier Sees CSeries Success in China

Bombardier now sees China as second only to North America in terms of anticipated regional airliner sales. See more

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Embraer sees China buying 15 pct of world regional jets by 2031

Brazil's Embraer SA, the world's largest maker of regional jets, expects China to buy 15 percent of new 61- to 120-seat aircraft by 2031 as a growing middle class bolsters travel between second-tier cities. See more

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

China Daily

Civil aviation industry ready to take off

After 10 years of rapid development, China's civil aviation industry is poised to further increase its clout in the world market, according to China's top civil aviation authority. See more

Monday, November 12, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airshow: China sells jetliners, may spur Eastern revival

China announced 50 new orders for its new Comac C919 passenger jet at the opening of the country's main air show on Tuesday and looked set to assist in the rebirth of one of the most famous names in aviation. See more

Monday, November 12, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Largest Airshow China Yet Set To Open in Zhuhai

The ninth edition of the biennial Airshow China opens at Zhuhai Airport in the southern province of Guangdong on November 13. See more

Monday, November 12, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Agence France-Presse

Boeing retakes crown as Airbus reports 403 orders

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said on Monday that it received orders for 403 planes in the 10 months from January to the end of October, half as many as US rival Boeing which has regained the title of world's leading plane maker which it lost in 2006. See more

Friday, November 9, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

China aviation giant hopeful of aid for engine research

Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is hopeful the government will back a multi-billion dollar plan to build a high-performance engine, its chief said on Friday. See more

Friday, November 9, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Press-Register

Airbus Americas chairman: $600 million Mobile facility to become 'epicenter of commercial activity'

The final assembly line in Mobile will become the "epicenter of commercial activity" for operations in the United States, Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor said Friday. See more

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Bizjet Deliveries Remain Static in Third Quarter

The business jet delivery landscape remains virtually flat, according to third-quarter industry numbers released yesterday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. See more

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

IN FOCUS: Boeing vs Airbus in China

For Boeing and Airbus, China is a market they both know that they cannot afford to lose, or even loosen their grip on. See more

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Hawker Sees Strong Growth in Turkish Business-Jet Demand

Hawker Beechcraft Corp., the private- jet manufacturer partly owned by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., predicts "strong" long-term growth in the Turkish business aviation industry after gains in both flights and jet deliveries. See more

Monday, November 5, 2012
Commercial Aviation

USA Today

United Airlines becomes first in U.S. to fly 'awesome' Dreamliner

United Airlines flew into the aviation history books yesterday, becoming the first U.S. carrier to fly paying passengers on Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner. See more

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation International News

Enter the Dragon: Chinese aerospace deals setting frenetic pace

Between now and 2030, Bombardier estimates that China will need 2,300 business jets, or roughly 20 percent of the current U.S. market. See more

October 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Shanghai Hawker Pacific Sees China Business Aviation Trending Up

Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre General Manager Carey Matthews is upbeat about business aviation trends in mainland China. See more

Monday, October 29, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Foreign OEM Manufacturing Centers Flourish In U.S.

International business jet makers are continuing to set up manufacturing, assembly and completions shops in the U.S. for much the same reason. See more

September 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

Airbus 2050: The details are all in the future

Airbus has, for several years now, been promoting a vision of air travel in 2050. See more

Friday, September 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Financial Post (Canada)

Bombardier CSeries test aircraft assembly going faster than expected

Assembly of the test airframe for Bombardier's new CSeries plane is going better-than-expected, according to the head of the program. See more

Friday, September 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

Bombardier completes assembly of first CSeries fuselage

Bombardier confirms the final section for the CSeries structural test aircraft will be delivered to the Montreal factory by the end of the month. See more

Friday, September 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Boeing commercial planes chief speaks to conference

Boeing ommercial planes chief tells Morgan Stanley investor conference that net orders at 649 for 737 max. See more

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Business Aircraft Flying Climbs in August

Business aircraft flying activity in the U.S. saw a "modest" gain last month, rising 2 percent from a year ago. See more

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Agence France-Presse

Airbus says AirAsia will be first operator of low-fuel model

Malaysian no-frills airline AirAsia will be the first operator of Airbus A320 planes equipped with "sharklets." See more

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus sees 20-yr demand for 1,000 aircraft in Germany

Airbus sees demand from Germany for more than 1,000 new passenger aircraft and freighters over the next two decades. See more

Monday, September 10, 2012
Commercial Aviation

USA Today

Air India is fifth airline to join Dreamliner Club

Air India's first Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" touched down on the airline's home soil over the weekend. See more

Monday, September 10, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Airbus: Booming Eastern Markets To Lead Airliner Demand

Dynamic growth in emerging economies will be the principal factor driving commercial aircraft requirements in the coming 20 years. See more

Monday, September 10, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Airbus Envisions Cleaner, More Efficient Aviation

Airbus last week issued the latest installment of its future vision for aviation in 2050 and beyond. See more

June 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Bombardier Races To Keep CSeries On Schedule

Bombardier has long kept silent about the progress made in its CSeries development program. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Dow Jones NewsPlus: North American Equities

Airbus Says A350 Won't See Dreamliner-Like Delays

The chief executive of Airbus, Fabrice Bregier, said its new A350 commercial plane won't be held back three years like Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner, the FT said late Sunday. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Financial Times

Airbus shrugs off doubts over A350

The new chief executive of Airbus says he is ready to "bet" that the European aircraft maker's planned new A350 widebody passenger jet will not suffer the same three-year delay that Boeing had with its 787 Dreamliner. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus confident A350 will overcome doubts-FT

Airbus's revised target to deliver its new widebody A350 passenger jet during the first half of 2014 is "challenging" but "achievable", the company's CEO Fabrice Bregier told the Financial Times on Monday. See more

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Commercial Aviation

AMEinfo.com - The ultimates Middle East business resource

Emirates to launch first A380 service at Gatwick

Emirates Airline is set to launch London Gatwick's first Airbus A380 service on July 6, marking 25 years of its service to the UK airport. See more

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Commercial Aviation

The Sydney Morning Herald

Qantas restricted as it flies into stormy skies

Alan Joyce has asked the federal government to either control Abu Dhabi-owned Etihad's march onto Virgin Australia's share register or get rid of the ownership restrictions on Qantas, and let's hope the message gets through. Qantas is in a fight for its survival, and it's boxing with one arm tied behind its back at the moment. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Delta seals deal to buy Pennsylvania refinery

Delta Air Lines took the keys to the Trainer, Pennsylvania, refinery from Phillips 66 on Friday, becoming the first air carrier to wade into fuel production in a bid to bring down costs. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Commercial Aviation

The Wall Street Journal - Professional with Factiva

Merger Reshapes Latin American Air Market

Airline consolidation took another step forward Friday with the stock-swap takeover of Brazilian airline by Chile's LAN Airlines creating South America's largest carrier by traffic, with an estimated market capitalization of $13 billion, the largest of any airline in the world. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Commercial Aviation

All Africa

Nigeria: Crash - Keep Sealed Lips, Minister Orders Aviation Agencies

The minister said that in accordance to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13, government had invited representatives of US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the manufacturers of the aircraft (The Boeing Company, USA), and the engines (Pratt and Whitney USA) have all joined the AIB team investigating the accident. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Commercial Aviation

AirInsight

CSeries Update

This week AirInsight visited Montreal and Mirabel along with other media and analysts. The unedited videos below provide readers with some of the briefings. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Jet Fuel Gets Olympic Spur as European Refineries Shut

European jet fuel purchases are set to reach the highest levels in more than a year as the London Olympics and Euro 2012 soccer tournament boost travel during the summer months just as refineries in the region are shuttered. See more