Farnborough Airshow Sales

For the most part, aircraft age quickly and die young. The revolving door is spinning them out. Orders for the 20-year-old A330 would have dried up by 2016. With a longer view, Airbus waited until this week’s Farnborough International Airshow to announce a revamped A330-800neo and A330-900neo. The talking points include a 14 percent reduction…

How’s the Dreamliner Doing?

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has been around for three years. It was supposed to be the next-generation aircraft for next-generation passengers. Its appeal lies in fuel-sipping economics. Punching below its weight and making new routes profitable. Avoiding hubs. Flying non-stop at near capacity to new markets. How’s the Dreamliner doing? The Centre for Aviation asked the question….

Boeing Builds Bigger Bins

I ask you. What’s more important than overhead storage bins? All the available information, the numbers and research and chatter told Boeing to build a bigger mousetrap. Call them Space Bins. They’ve just been announced – bigger bins beating the system of checking bags. Boeing says each new bin stows six bags placed on their…

It’s Airshow Season

You better believe it’s airshow season. The show calendar is swelling like a zucchini in August. Next week in England, the Farnborough International Airshow takes off. It happens every two years, alternating with the Paris Air Show. This Hampshire happening is one of the doyennes of airshows. Beginning July 14, Farnborough showcases the latest from the aerospace industry,…

Air New Zealand Takes Delivery of First Boeing 787-9

The fuselage is painted dress-shoe black with a white fern along its sides and the words Air New Zealand in white lettering. On the tail is the airline’s insignia koru, also in white. It’s the first of ten 787-9 Dreamliners joining Air New Zealand’s fleet. This stretched version of the Boeing 787-8 arrived about four…

Lufthansa and Air China Announce Joint Venture

Chancellor Angela Merkel and a delegation of German businesspeople are visiting China this week. Among other items on her agenda, the good woman pitched for Lufthansa, signing a memorandum of understanding to expand the commercial relationship between Lufthansa and Air China. The German leader met with the heads of Lufthansa and Air China while announcing…

Airbus’ New Engine Option

Airbus just rolled out its efficient A320neo (New Engine Option) and is getting ready for its maiden voyage. Powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, the developmental fleet of A320neo’s consists of two aircraft that will be put through extensive flight tests. The single-aisle A320neo is scheduled to enter service in late 2015, according to an Airbus…

TSA Targets Electronic Devices

Charge up those electronic devices. Especially iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy if you’re heading out of Europe, the Middle East or Africa on a U.S. bound flight. There is amped up security in response to intelligence suggesting terrorists are plotting to blow up an airliner. Worry over electronic devices is the latest from the TSA, which…

Heightened Security on U.S. Bound Flights

Landing at Charles de Gaulle Airport a day before the Fourth of July and I’m thinking about rodeo. Back home, in the small mountain town where I live, it’s what we do on Independence Day. It begins with a pretty girl on a broad white stallion barreling around the infield while waving Old Glory into…

Korean Air Introducing Its Ninth Airbus A380

Korean Air now has nine of what some airlines don’t seem to want. That would be the elephantine, double-decker Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial aircraft. As of June 1 there were 324 firm orders for the A380; 132 have been delivered. On its website Airbus list 10 carriers currently flying A380s. A few weeks ago, Delta…

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