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Middle East, North Africa in turmoil and the state of the backlog

Political turmoil across the Middle East and North Africa is having a chilling effect on tourism in the region, driving up the price of oil to above $105 a barrel, threatening airlines worldwide. But what of the health of the aircraft orders in one of the fastest growing parts of the world? The massive backlogs in […]

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A400M, A380 and A330-200F to headline Farnborough for Airbus

For its Farnborough 2010 (flight) line up, Airbus will bring the A400M, A380 and A330-200F to the mid-summer show. A400M and A380 will both be taking part in the flying display, with A380 flying daily and the A400M on Monday through Thursday. In addition, the first Rolls-Royce powered A330-200F for Etihad Crystal Cargo, the new […]

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Photos of note: A330-200F completes maiden flight

The first Airbus A330-200F (F-WWYE) completed its four-hour maiden flight in skies over France, kicking off a four-month, 180-hour flight test campaign that will see the first freighter handed over to Etihad Airways in August of 2010.  On the flightdeck of the Pratt & Whitney PW4000-powered freighter (MSN 1004) for the 3h 50min flight were Airbus […]

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Confirmed: Etihad makes engine selection for its mega order

PARIS — Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has completed engine selection for the large aircraft order placed at the Farnborough Air Show in 2008, a source close to the order confirms to FlightBlogger. The airline has selected the General Electric GEnx for its 35 Boeing 787s, the Engine Alliance GP7200 for its 10 Airbus A380s and International […]

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What ever happened to that damaged Etihad A340-600?

The remains of the Airbus A340-600 (msn 856) written off before delivery to Etihad, originally uploaded by DigitalAirliners.com. You may remember this infamous aircraft from the brutal accident that severely injured the ground test crew of Etihad’s A340-600 (MSN856) last fall. This appears to be all that is left of the aircraft at Toulouse. The […]

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BREAKING: Etihad places massive Boeing, Airbus order

FARNBOROUGH — Etihad Airways has announced orders for 35 Boeing 787-9 and 10 777-300ER aircraft. In addition, the Abu Dhabi based airline ordered 20 Airbus A320s, 25 A350 XWBs and 10 A380s. Etihad has also secured options on 20 aircraft – five A320s, 10 A350s and five A380s. It also has purchase rights on a […]

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Rumors and Innuendos – Farnborough Edition

LONDON — Good Morning America, Good Afternoon Europe! Before things really kick off in the next fews days I wanted to outline what may (or may not) happen at the show. As I peer into my magic eight-ball, here’s what I’ve come up with.  L to R: Asiana, British Airways, China Southern, Etihad, Emirates, Gulf […]

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Etihad A340-600 Preliminary Timeline of Events

The following is the timeline of events from the Etihad A340-600 accident last week: FROM : AIRBUS FLIGHT SAFETY DEPARTMENT TOULOUSE SUBJECT: A340-600 – MSN 856 – ACCIDENT IN PRODUCTION OUR REF.: F-WWCJ AIT 2 DATED 20th OF NOVEMBER 2007 PREVIOUS REF: F-WWCJ AIT 1 DATED 16th OF NOVEMBER 2007 THIS AIT IS AN UPDATE […]

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