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Jul 20, 2014

Emirates calls for airlines summit on MH17 ‘outrage’

PARIS (Reuters) – The head of one of the world’s largest airlines has called for an international meeting of carriers to agree a response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner, including a potential rethink of the threats posed by regional conflicts.

Tim Clark, president of Dubai’s Emirates, the world’s largest international airline by number of passengers, also said domestic regulators worldwide may decide to be more involved in giving their carriers guidance on where it is safe to fly.

Jul 16, 2014

Airbus, Boeing climb close to $100 bln in air show deals

FARNBOROUGH England (Reuters) – Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) climbed close to the $100 billion mark for plane deals at the Farnborough Airshow on Wednesday, demonstrating healthy demand for new passenger jets despite concerns raised by their already record full order books.

Recent profits warnings from the likes of Lufthansa (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) have stoked fears of a sharp slowdown in demand for new aircraft or even cancellations.

Jul 16, 2014

Airbus offers Poland core status in helicopter bid

FARNBOROUGH England (Reuters) – Airbus Group is ready to offer Poland a sweeping partnership alongside its core European nations to support its bid for a major military helicopter contract, a senior executive told Reuters.

The proposal comes as Airbus Group competes with Sikorsky of the United States, a unit of United Technologies, and AgustaWestland, owned by Italy’s Finmeccanica, in a contest to sell 70 rotorcraft worth an estimated $3 billion.

Jul 15, 2014

Airbus clinches first airline customer for revamped jet

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 15 (Reuters) – Airbus clinched
its first airline customer for a newly revamped model with a
tentative deal with Malaysia’s AirAsia for 50 A330neo
wide-body jets worth over $13 billion on Tuesday.

The deal was sealed with a peck on the cheek from the French
boss of Europe’s largest planemaker for AirAsia founder Tony
Fernandes, who told the Farnborough Airshow: “We’re Airbus’s
largest plane customer and definitely the most loved”.

Jul 15, 2014

Financiers keep tills ringing at UK air show

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 15 (Reuters) – The world’s
largest planemakers returned to business as usual on day two of
the Farnborough Airshow, inking deals worth about $25 billion
with the industry’s top financiers on Tuesday after an
ill-tempered clash over their latest aircraft designs.

The flurry of business deals involved names that mean little
to most travellers but which keep the wheels turning of a $100
billion annual market for jetliners that remain in hot demand in
emerging markets, as the West limps out of recession.

Jul 15, 2014

AirAsia to order 50 Airbus A330neo: sources

FARNBOROUGH England (Reuters) – Airbus has clinched a deal with Malaysia’s AirAsia (AIRA.KL: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for 50 A330neo jets worth at least $12 billion at list prices, making it the first airline to sign up for the newly launched wide-body jet, people familiar with the matter said.

The deal, which is due to be announced at the Farnborough Airshow on Tuesday, mainly replaces earlier models of A330 that have been ordered but not yet delivered, they added.

Jul 9, 2014

Airbus pushes for A330neo orders ahead of Farnborough Airshow

PARIS, July 9 (Reuters) – Airbus is sprinting to line up
preliminary orders for a revamped version of its A330 jet and is
on stand-by to make an announcement as early as next week’s
Farnborough Airshow, but no decision has been taken, people
familiar with the matter said.

The keenly awaited launch of the so-called A330neo hinges on
the response of airlines and lessors being courted just days
before the July 14-20 event, but the planemaker appears to be
close to winning at least two provisional buyers, they said.

Jul 8, 2014

Air France warns on profit as overcapacity hits prices

PARIS (Reuters) – An Air France-KLM profit warning bruised European airline shares on Tuesday, as the latest evidence of overcapacity set the stage for possible further job cuts.

Europe’s second-largest traditional network carrier warned its 2014 profits could be as much as 12 percent lower than previously predicted, mainly as a result of overcapacity and resulting weak prices in both the passenger and cargo sectors.

Jul 7, 2014

China signs deal to purchase 123 Airbus helicopters

BEIJING/PARIS (Reuters) – Airbus Group NV’s (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) helicopter division sealed a $600 million deal on Monday to sell 123 helicopters to Chinese companies during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The orders, including both light single-engine helicopters from Airbus Helicopters’ Ecureuil family and the light twin-engine EC135, are being placed by three Chinese general aviation service providers, the company said.

Jul 1, 2014

Boeing captures UK’s Monarch after jet contest -sources

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Boeing is poised to win a
$3 billion jet order from UK carrier Monarch Airlines, ousting
its European rival Airbus for a key victory two weeks before the
Farnborough Airshow, industry sources said on Tuesday.

The expected order for some 30 revamped 737 aircraft follows
a contest lasting several months as the Luton-based carrier
became the latest hotspot in a global battle for market share
between two popular types of narrowbody jets.