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US Airways scales back A330 plan: Sign of things to come?

Narrowbody deferrals have become a frequent occurrence around these parts, as US airlines struggle to survive the onslaught of sky-high fuel prices and a weakening economy. Thus far, however, widebody delivery schedules – and orders – remain largely untouched as international growth continues to help offset the domestic downturn. But there may be trouble ahead. […]

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The latest word from Boeing on 787 lightning protection

If you run a quick Google search about Boeing’s lightning protection system for the 787, you may be surprised to discover that there isn’t a whole lot of information out there about it. The system, which involves a wire mesh embedded in the 787′s composite fuselage, is proprietary and as such, Boeing has been rather quiet […]

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USA’s blood red ink a stark contrast to Farnborough action

No matter which way you slice it, the Farnborough air show has been a marvel of activity this week with massive aircraft and engine orders from plenty of non-US airlines, a slew of cooperative agreements and MRO deals, and the launch of Bombardier’s CSeries programme (although with a letter of interest from Lufthansa, we might […]

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Virgin America’s Charles Ogilvie heads back to Panasonic

It’s official. Charles Ogilvie, one of the top airline IFE talking heads in the industry, is leaving Virgin America on Friday to take up a position at Panasonic (he previously worked for the manufacturer). Here is Virgin America CEO David Cush’s email to employees: Dear Teammates: It is with mixed emotions that I announce that […]

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Solid Gold MRO for Bombardier’s CSeries

While Bombardier is moving fast and furious to get its CSeries specs in sweet order, the company is also making strides on another CSeries-related front – it is getting its support network for the now five-variant family into shape.   Discussions with Bombardier’s owned service centres and authorized service facilities “are just happening now” but […]

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Tugging more than the Boeing 737

Tugging an aircraft from A to B might not sound like such a big deal. But if you’re an airline trying to cut your fuel bill, you might see the benefit of WheelTug’s electric nose drive for aircraft ground manoeuvring.   The last time we checked in with our friends at WheelTug, they were brokering risk-sharing partnerships, and […]

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Wherefore art thou CSeries mockup? Not in Turkey.

If you ask me, something seems to be missing from Bombardier Aerospace’s showcase at the AIREX 2008 exhibition being held in Istanbul, Turkey. The Canadian airframer has five aircraft on static display – its Learjet 60 XR, Challenger 300 jet, Challenger 605 jet, Global Express XRS aircraft and a CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. But there is […]

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Slip sliding away? ERJ-135s in the USA

What is to become of me? The question, memorably posed by Eliza Doolittle in the musical My Fair Lady, must surely be on the minds of Embraer executives these days when considering the ERJ-135. The 37-seater is playing a fast-diminishing role in the USA.   Continental Airlines has just brokered a new feeder deal with ExpressJet […]

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Ramp it up and stretch it out – Q400 chat

Bombardier is studying whether it can ramp up production of its Q400 turboprop. At present, the barrier to increasing production has nothing to do with demand and nearly everything do with supply.   That’s because Bombardier is in the midst of a rather significant undertaking – transferring Q400 fuselage work from Japan to China and […]

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Shareholder to Bombardier: “Open your wings and name more women to the board”

Bombardier’s annual meeting of shareholders is currently underway. The company has just fielded shareholder proposals, including one that calls for better parity of men and women on the board of directors. “Open your wings and name more women on the board,” urges a Bombardier shareholder, who notes that the women of today are going “beyond […]

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