Monthly Archives: January 2012

2012 a bright year for Boeing

2011 was more than a milestone year for Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing. Other than delivering the first 787 Dreamliner and 747-8F freighters, as well as launching the re-engined 737 MAX aircraft family and certifying the passenger variant of the revamped iconic 747 jumbo jet, the 747-8I Intercontinental, 2011 was a robust year for Boeing’s profitability.

The world’s largest aerospace company reported

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Airbus faces a crucial year on A350 development

European plane-maker Airbus, a unit of the European Aeronautics, Defence & Space Co. N.V., has enjoyed a record year of 2011 buoyed by an order bonanza at its re-engined A320neo (new engine option) aircraft programme, which accounted for 1,226 of the 1,419 net orders recorded in the year, after taking into account customer cancellations from the tally of 1,608 gross

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AirAsia X’s network rationalisation bodes well for future expansion

Sceptics doubtful of the viability of the budget long-haul business model will be quick to state that it is not surprising AirAsia X has announced suspension of its services to Europe. The budget carrier, which is a subsidiary of Malaysia-based AirAsia, commenced operations from Kuala Lumpur to London in 2009 at first to Stansted before switching to Gatwick and to

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Boeing 787 more cost efficient than A330, new report finds

As the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner faced a perennial string of delivery delays since its roll-out in July 2007, the competing Airbus product, A330-200 high gross weight (HGW) version gained traction as airlines sought to cut their fuel costs amid skyrocketing oil prices. Early parts which are heavier, in addition to the discovery of a delamination issue prompting the side-of-body modifications

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Boeing eyes 787 improvements along with production ramp-up (Update1)

It is hardly a surprise when Chicago-based airframer Boeing missed its 2011 delivery targets on the beleaguered 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 programmes, after delivering a combined 12, consisting of 9 Boeing 747-8F freighters and 3 787 Dreamliners, against the original target of 15 to 20 aircraft envisioned, including 5-7 787 deliveries, in October when the company announced its strong third-quarter

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US air travellers face higher airfares in 2012

Starting from January 26th, US air travel consumers will notice advertised fares for domestic travel appreciating significantly, as new rules mandated by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) take effect.

When the DOT announced a set of new “consumer protection” rules earlier this year, airlines predictably voiced their fierce opposition, especially to the new policy on taxes. Airlines will now

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Cathay Pacific stays on the course of expansion

Call it a déjà vu. For Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways, Asia’s largest international airline by passenger traffic as well as the world’s largest cargo airline in terms of traffic in 2010, bumps along the ride are not a new thing nor are they unanticipated. Its then chief executive Tony Tyler, who went on to become the director general (DG)

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