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World's Newest Jet Makes First Commercial Flight

Qatar Airways debuts Airbus A350

(Newser) - The world's newest jetliner, the Airbus A350, took to the skies today carrying its first paying passengers from Qatar to Frankfurt, Germany. The Qatar Airways flight marks the debut of the relatively lightweight, twin-aisle, long-range plane, which promises to connect smaller cities with major aviation hubs nonstop at a... More »

JAL Stiffs Boeing With $9.5B Airbus Buy

First time Japan Airlines has bought planes from European firm

(Newser) - Japan Airlines is buying its first-ever jets from Airbus in a deal with a list value of $9.5 billion. The purchase of 31 A350 planes deals a blow to US rival Boeing, which had been JAL's star supplier for decades. Airbus Chief Executive and President Fabrice Bregier and... More »

Look Out, Boeing: Airbus A350 Takes 1st Flight

Light-weight, wide-body plane a serious competitor to 787

(Newser) - The Airbus A350's maiden flight ended with a safe landing today, setting the stage for intensifying competition with US rival Boeing in the long-haul wide-body aircraft market. Airspace at the airport in the southern French city of Toulouse, where Airbus has its headquarters, closed for both take-off and landing.... More »

Airbus Nixes Lithium-Ion Batteries for Latest Plane

Concerns over Boeing 787 lead Airbus to scrap controversial battery

(Newser) - Airbus abandoned its plans to use lithium-ion batteries for its new A350 airplanes due to the uncertainty surrounding the technology following the grounding of Boeing's 787, the company said. The European aerospace group said yesterday it would revert to conventional nickel-cadmium batteries for the A350. The plane is a... More »

Boeing Looks to Old 777 Model in Airbus Battle

Will re-tool tanker to compete for Pentagon refueling contract

(Newser) - With its 787 Dreamliner delayed, Boeing is turning to its 14-year-old 777 to compete with Airbus’ next plane, Bloomberg reports. At the Paris Air Show today, Boeing said it may make a new wing for the 777 in an effort to boost fuel efficiency, and will also showcase a 777-based... More »

Strike Grounds Dreamliner to '09

Test flight for Boeing's first new jet in 14 years pushed back for a fifth time

(Newser) - The maiden flight of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has been delayed for the fifth time, reports the AP. The company says the 8-week strike by its workers means the next-generation passenger jet now won't take off until an unspecified date next year. Canceled orders are unlikely despite the delay, says an... More »

Dreamliner Delays May Drive JAL Away

Longtime customer weighs defecting from Boeing to Airbus

(Newser) - Japan Airlines may abandon its plan to stock up on Boeing Dreamliners because of tie-ups in production of the new 787, Reuters reports. The carrier, a loyal Boeing customer, planned to buy 55 Dreamliners, but the delivery date has slipped again, to early 2009. Now JAL is checking out the... More »

Boeing Sees More Delays for New 787

Production glitches might force another postponement

(Newser) - Boeing is expected to announce soon that it will delay yet again delivery of its 787 Dreamliner, the Wall Street Journal reports. Production is already 6 months behind schedule, and the goal of finishing 109 by the end of next year looks impossible. Boeing may have to pay millions in... More »

Emirates Air Inks $35B Order With Airbus

Boeing passed over for not launching its new 787-10 soon enough

(Newser) - Airbus got a huge boost from Emirates Airline on the first day of the the Dubai air show yesterday, winning a record $35-billion order for 81 planes. Emirates ordered 11 A380 super jumbos and 70 mid-sized A350 XWBs in the largest-ever single purchase of aircraft. Boeing got a consolation prize... More »

Singapore Airlines Sends Airbus Skyward

Huge order of planes puts Airbus ahead of rival Boeing

(Newser) - With a $3.78 billion order from Singapore Airlines as the Paris Air Show wrapped up today, Airbus regained the lead over archrival Boeing, Bloomberg reports. The carrier ordered 20 new A350s from the world's largest maker of commericial aircraft, bringing the total of the company's record number of firm... More »

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