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Feb 26, 2015

U.S. aviation giants split on Gulf carrier subsidy row

Feb 26 (Reuters) – A push by three U.S. airlines to curb
competition from Gulf state carriers has exposed divisions over
free trade with other powerful U.S. aviation players including
Boeing Co and FedEx Corp, potentially
complicating the airlines’ campaign for Obama administration
support.

Delta Air Lines Inc, United and American Airlines
have asked the White House to look into the financial statements
of competitors from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which
they accuse of receiving more than $40 billion in government
subsidies since 2004.

Feb 26, 2015

Boeing, FedEx battle back vs U.S. airlines on Gulf competition

By Jeffrey Dastin and Tim Hepher

(Reuters) – A push by three U.S. airlines to curb competition from Gulf state carriers has triggered a sharp response from other powerful U.S. aviation companies including Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and FedEx Corp (FDX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), potentially complicating the airlines’ campaign for Obama administration support.

Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), United and American Airlines have asked the White House to look into the financial statements of competitors from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which they accuse of receiving more than $40 billion in government subsidies since 2004.

Feb 25, 2015

Emirates airline urges U.S. to ignore subsidy claims

PARIS (Reuters) – The head of Dubai’s Emirates has hit back at U.S. airlines in an increasingly bitter subsidy spat and urged Washington to block their calls to renegotiate Open Skies agreements.

In an interview with Reuters, Tim Clark, president of the world’s largest international carrier, also urged the U.S. government to think about the impact on its aerospace industry, which has been boosted in recent years by orders from the Gulf.

Feb 24, 2015

Exclusive – Airbus mulls A320 output increase to 50/month from 2017

PARIS (Reuters) – European planemaker Airbus is talking to suppliers about the possibility of raising production of its A320 family of aircraft to 50 jets a month as early as 2017, narrowing a gap with rival Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research), a senior industry source said on Tuesday.

Airbus has asked suppliers to be ready to adjust to production of 48 aircraft a month during 2016, rising to 50 a month in 2017, the source said, asking not to be named.

Feb 24, 2015

Airbus mulls A320 output hike to 50/mth from 2017 -source

PARIS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – European planemaker Airbus is
talking to suppliers about the possibility of raising production
of its popular A320 family to 50 jets a month as early as 2017,
narrowing a gap with rival Boeing, a senior industry
source said on Tuesday.

Airbus has asked suppliers to be ready to adjust to
production of 48 aircraft a month during 2016, rising to 50 a
month in 2017, the source said, asking not to be named.

Feb 19, 2015

Air France-KLM speeds up cost cuts, curbs investments

PARIS, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Air France-KLM stepped
up cost cuts and said it would slash 600 million euros from its
planned investments in its latest bid to tackle a stagnating
European economy.

Europe’s second-largest traditional network carrier after
Germany’s Lufthansa also eased its debt-reduction
goals as a weak euro threatens to dampen the benefits of lower
oil prices.

Feb 17, 2015

France in ‘final stage’ of talks to sell Rafale jets to Qatar

PARIS, Feb 17 (Reuters) – France is in the “final stage” of
negotiations to sell up to 36 Rafale warplanes to Qatar, a
senior French source involved in the discussions said on
Tuesday.

Manufacturer Dassault Aviation is also in talks
aimed at supplying 16 of the multi-role combat jets to Malaysia
and has resumed discussions over potential fighter sales to the
United Arab Emirates (UAE), the source said.

Feb 15, 2015

Libya conflict, order gap spurred French Rafale sale to Egypt

PARIS, Feb 13 (Reuters) – The arms deal that eluded France
for 20 years, its first foreign order for the Rafale combat jet,
came with a Thursday evening phone call crowning weeks of
diplomacy carried out with unusual speed and stealth.

Egypt’s decision to buy 24 of the Dassault Aviation
fighters follows failures by successive French
governments to sell the plane and leapfrogs three years of
inconclusive talks for a 126-plane contract with India.

Jan 29, 2015

Airbus in new shake-up of ‘critical’ A400M army plane project

PARIS/MUNICH, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Airbus Group shook
up the management and the organisation of the A400M military
transport programme on Thursday after the latest in a long
series of delays and technical problems to beset Europe’s
largest defence project.

Chief Executive Tom Enders acted two days after apologising
in Britain over the delays and promising to apply internal
“consequences,” in an effort to stabilise a programme facing
possible new financial charges.

Jan 27, 2015

Exclusive: AirAsia probe vets possible computer glitch, crew response

SINGAPORE/PARIS (Reuters) – Investigators probing the crash of an AirAsia jetliner are examining maintenance records of a key part of its automated control systems, and how the pilots may have handled the plane if it failed, two people familiar with the matter said.

An outage of the twin Flight Augmentation Computers (FAC) could not have directly caused the Dec. 28 crash, experts say, but without them the pilots would have had to rely on manual flying skills that are often stretched during a sudden airborne emergency.