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Mar 25, 2015

Warren of laboratories outside Paris at heart of German plane crash inquiry

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

The cockpit voice recorder of the Germanwings Airbus A320
arrived on Wednesday at the spartan offices of France’s
Bureau d’Enquete d’Accidents (BEA, or bureau of accident
investigations), where it will be studied in coming weeks.

Mar 25, 2015

Cockpit voice tape hoped to unravel Airbus crash riddle

SEYNE-LES-ALPES/PARIS (Reuters) – Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the German Airbus plane that smashed into the Alps, killing everyone onboard, and they expect a preliminary read-out of their content in days, an official said on Wednesday.

The development came as French President Francois Hollande, Germany’s Angela Merkel and Spain’s Mariano Rajoy traveled to the crash site in a remote French Alpine region to pay tribute to the 150 victims, mostly Germany and Spanish.

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.