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Boeing Loses More Orders on Delayed Dreamliner

Aircraft-leasing company cancels orders for 16 of 21 jetliners it had ordered

(Newser) - The first aircraft-leasing company to order Boeing’s advanced 787 Dreamliner has slashed its order from 21 to 16 aircraft, citing economic uncertainties, reports the Wall Street Journal. It’s the second time this year that Boeing has lost an order for the jetliner, which is nearly two years behind... More »

Airbus, Boeing Hindered by Wait for Seats, Toilets

Overwhelmed small suppliers struggle to produce equipment on time

(Newser) - Production delays are plaguing Airbus and Boeing as the airplane manufacturers wait for simple supplies such as seats, toilets, and gallies for their new widebody jets, the Wall Street Journal reports. Small firms charged with making such supplies have been slowed as demand has soared. The interrupted production means higher... More »

China Plunges Into Commercial Aviation

Expanding demand for aircraft motivates challenge to Boeing, Airbus

(Newser) - Hoping to meet the demand of its burgeoning airline industry, China has launched a commercial aircraft manufacturing company with $2.7 billion in seed money, reports the BBC. China Commercial Aircraft should help the country rely less on Airbus and Boeing as its passenger industry expands. Chinese airlines will need... More »

Boeing Expected to Delay Dreamliner 6 More Months

Customers eager to get fuel-efficient airliner as delays push to 14 months

(Newser) - Boeing is expected to delay delivery of its 787 Dreamliner for a third time, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports, as the company continues to struggle with parts shortages, redesigns, and manufacturing partners falling behind schedule. Analysts expect at least another 6-month delay to be announced tomorrow, pushing back the new fuel-efficient... More »

Airbus Goes Light on New A350 Jetliner

In about-face, switches to composite material used by rival Boeing

(Newser) - Airbus joined rival Boeing in switching from aluminum to carbon-fiber composites to build its new jetliner’s frame, reports the Wall Street Journal. Boeing has built the new 787 Dreamliner entirely from composites, which are lighter and easier to maintain. Airbus had held out on the A350, claiming its method... More »

60 Bombardier Aircraft Grounded After Accidents

Hundreds of flights canceled

(Newser) - Aircraft maker Bombardier recommended grounding 60 of its turboprop planes after one skidded off a runway in Lithuania during an emergency landing today, just days after similar landing gear malfunctions forced a crash landing in Denmark. No one was seriously injured in either crash, but airlines took no chances and... More »

Boeing, Airbus Firefight at Paris Air Show

Rivals for $40 billion Air Force deal bring out big guns

(Newser) - The battle between Boeing and Airbus soared to new levels of rancor this week at the Paris Air Show, where the companies are competing to supply the US Air Force with fuel tankers in a contract worth up to $40 billion. The open crossfire was unusual, the Wall Street  Journal... More »

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