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Mar 25, 2015

Laborious ‘black box’ inquiry aims to unlock German crash cause

PARIS, March 25 (Reuters) – A warren of laboratories on the
outskirts of Paris is where French investigators could face
months of laborious and complex detective work to try to
establish what caused a German airline disaster in the French
Alps that killed 150 people.

One of the Germanwings Airbus A320′s two ‘black
boxes’ was found hours after Tuesday’s crash and will come under
scrutiny at the spartan offices of France’s Bureau d’Enquete
d’Accidents (BEA, or office of accident investigations.

Mar 24, 2015

Airbus A320 is an aviation workhorse

PARIS (Reuters) – The Airbus A320 is the workhorse of Europe’s aerospace industry, transporting more than a million people a day from business travelers to backpackers.

The 150-seat medium-haul jet is one of the world’s most intensively used together with its main rival, the Boeing 737.

Mar 20, 2015

Lessor Amedeo sees two potential A380 customers in 2015

PARIS, March 20 (Reuters) – Aircraft leasing company Amedeo
may sign up two customers for the Airbus A380 this
year, its chief executive told Reuters.

The Dublin-based company ordered 20 superjumbos last year
and says it is confident of placing the world’s largest jetliner
with airlines after a period of slow A380 activity.

Mar 19, 2015

Zodiac Aerospace warns on H1 profit after seat delays

PARIS, March 19 (Reuters) – Zodiac Aerospace
issued a profit warning on Thursday after a rise in costs as it
tries to stem delays in seat production that have strained
relations with planemakers Airbus and Boeing.

The French company, one of the leading producers of seats
for passenger jets, said it had carried out management changes
in its Seats unit and hoped to erase a 10-day average backlog in
production by the end of its September-August financial year.

Mar 18, 2015

Jetmakers intervene on Zodiac seat delivery delays

PARIS/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Planemakers Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) have stepped up pressure on French supplier Zodiac Aerospace (ZODC.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) over persistent delays in the delivery of aircraft seats that are disrupting jetliner assembly, industry sources said.

Paris-based Zodiac has been wrestling for months with missed deadlines for seat production, which it blames on its engineering resources being overloaded. A strike last autumn at a Zodiac plant in Texas also affected shipments.

Mar 18, 2015

Exclusive – Jetmakers intervene on Zodiac seat delivery delays

PARIS/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Planemakers Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) and Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) have stepped up pressure on French supplier Zodiac Aerospace (ZODC.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) over persistent delays in the delivery of aircraft seats that are disrupting jetliner assembly, industry sources said.

Paris-based Zodiac has been wrestling for months with missed deadlines for seat production, which it blames on its engineering resources being overloaded. A strike last autumn at a Zodiac plant in Texas also affected shipments.

Mar 16, 2015

Boeing production czar says planemaker won’t repeat errors

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is well-positioned to hit record production targets for its popular 737 jetliner by 2018, having learned from past mistakes, the head of its industrial system told Reuters.

“To the extent that we could accommodate uncertainty and risk, or reduce risk, we are much better postured today than when we have tried this in the past,” said Pat Shanahan, who oversees production at the world’s biggest planemaker.

Mar 14, 2015

Boeing starts building 737 wings with new automated system

SEATTLE, March 13 (Reuters) – Boeing Co has started
using a new automated system to build wing panels for 737
jetliners, an important step in preparing to hit record
production speeds while introducing new models of the popular
plane.

The robotic system, known as the Panel Assembly Line, or
PAL, this week drilled holes and installed rivets for the wings
of a production aircraft, the first such use of the system since
installation began last summer, Boeing officials told Reuters
during a visit to the Renton, Washington, plant.

Mar 9, 2015

Boeing to improve 777, studies options for midsized jet

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) pledged on Monday to improve the efficiency and seating capacity of its 777 jetliner to shore up production of its most profitable airliner as it switches to a newer model.

The 777 “mini-jumbo” is due for an extensive upgrade from 2020 with new engines and wings, but in the meantime Boeing needs to boost sales of the existing version to avoid having to cut production, which would undermine a key source of cash.

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.