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A320neo: Airbus’s new star

The A320neo (new engine option) is Airbus’s update of its popular A320 narrowbody jet, used for medium and short-haul flights by carriers across the globe. Aerodynamic improvements featuring a sharklet that slashes block fuel burn by up to 4%, an updated cabin interior, are key selling points of this modernisation programme. In a nutshell, the A320neo […]

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Special Report: The “One Boeing” lean & mean profit machine

When it comes down to the one thing that the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer Boeing does not have, it is neither financial muscle nor engineering resources. Rather, it is luck. After freshly emerging from the three-and-a-half months long worldwide grounding of its flagship product – 787 Dreamliner as a result of overheating lithium-ion batteries onboard a Japan Airlines (JAL) example

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AirAsia: Is love in the air?

Love is in the air. Or is it? After making forays in the key Indian market by partnering with Tata Sons and Arun Bhatia’s Telestra Tradeplace to launch the AirAsia India joint venture (JV) which is expected to commence operations by October this year, Asia’s largest low-cost carrier (LCC) clinched another groundbreaking deal in March with Philippines’ Zest Airways that

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Qantas, Virgin Australia face new industry normal

It is back to the future. In the movie the protagonist goes back to the past to seek guidance for the future. The same holds true for the Australian aviation market. Since the collapse of Ansett Australia in 2001, coupled with the proposed acquisition of Tiger Airways Australia by Virgin Australia, which is still subject to the regulatory approval from

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Challenging the conventional wisdom: Is there an aircraft order bubble today?

When Chicago-based United Airlines inaugurated flights with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on November 4th of this year, it marked just the latest sign of positive momentum in deliveries of the beleaguered widebody programme after the aircraft was inducted into the fleets of Chile’s LAN Airlines, Air India, Ethiopian Airlines, United Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines and Qatar Airways this year.

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Merging with US Airways makes most sense for American

When Tempe, Arizona-based US Airways announced a record US$321 million 2012 second-quarter net profit excluding special charges, up 203% from the corresponding period in 2011, it stood in sharp contrast to American Airlines’ parent AMR Inc., which reported a net loss of US$241 million despite record quarterly revenue of US$6.5 billion as well as artificially low operating costs due to

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Boeing 737 MAX ups the ante in dogfight with A320neo

At last year’s Paris Air Show, there were blue skies and the airline industry managed to stay relatively healthy despite soaring oil prices and an anaemic global economic recovery, with a year-end industry-wide profit of US$7.9 billion, according to Geneva-based industry body International Air Transport Association (IATA). Fast forward 12 months and the global economy was in a very different

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The showdown in re-engined narrowbody battle begins

As the global economy takes a turn for the worse with weakening passenger yields and a cargo doldrum significantly hurting airlines’ bottom line, there is little visibility beyond the runway, let alone leaping into the unknown by spending billions of dollars on hundreds of shiny new metals that are not going to be delivered five to six years from now,

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Boeing 737 MAX dual-feather winglet teleconference highlights

Beverly Wyse, Boeing 737 programme vice president (VP) & general manager (GM)

– This kind of improvement is consistent with our demonstrated performance on delivering increasing value to our customers on-time throughout the life of the programme.

– Since entry into service on the 737, we continue to improve the

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Boeing posts strong 2012 first-quarter results

Chicago-based Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, posted an exceptionally strong first-quarter results which beat Wall Street analysts’ forecast and saw its net income for the quarter soaring by a staggering 58% from US$586 million a year ago to US$923 million this year. The better-than-expected results came as the company recorded a US$0.11 per share positive impact from the release

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