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Mar 12, 2014

777 mystery sharpens hunt for black-box alternatives

PARIS (Reuters) – The search for the missing Malaysian jet could speed development of new ways of locating wreckage, but such technology is unlikely to replace the traditional “black box” any time soon, France’s top crash investigator said on Wednesday.

Mystery over the Boeing 777′s whereabouts deepened on Wednesday when Malaysia said it was searching an area hundreds of miles from its last known position.

Mar 7, 2014

Boeing reports wing cracks on 787 Dreamliners in production

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Friday that “hairline cracks” had been discovered in the wings of 40 787 Dreamliners that are still in production, marking another setback for its newest jet.

The cracks have not been found on in-service planes and therefore posed no flight risk, and the problem will not alter Boeing’s plans to deliver 110 787s this year, the Chicago-based aerospace and defense giant said.

Mar 6, 2014

Airbus orders more frequent A380 wing fatigue checks

BERLIN, March 6 (Reuters) – Europe’s Airbus has
ordered more frequent inspections of the wings of the world’s
largest passenger jet after discovering unexpected levels of
metal fatigue during testing on an A380 factory mock-up,
industry sources said on Thursday.

The planemaker has asked airlines to inspect the wing’s
“spars” or main internal beams during regular major overhauls
carried out after six years in service, and then again at 12
years, instead of waiting for the 12-year overhaul, they said.

Mar 5, 2014

Lufthansa, Qatar Air clash over in-flight movies on smartphones

PARIS, March 5 (Reuters) – Germany’s Lufthansa on
Wednesday announced plans to offer wirelessly streamed movies to
passengers on trans-European flights, sparking a clash over the
future of traditional seatback systems at the world’s largest
travel fair.

Europe’s largest traditional network carrier said passengers
on some medium-haul flights would be able to stream movies, TV
programmes, music or games from an onboard server to their own
portable devices or smartphones starting from the summer.

Feb 25, 2014

Airbus faces tough battles over A330 longevity plan

SINGAPORE/PARIS (Reuters) – As Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) races through flight testing of its newest plane, the next-generation A350, Europe’s planemaker faces growing battles to secure a future for the A330, until now its only truly lucrative wide-body jet.

Twenty years after it entered service, the 250 to 300-seat jet has repeatedly been pronounced dead by rival Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) but refuses to lie down, outliving its A340 sibling and surviving for now the arrival of lighter new jets like Boeing’s 787 and the A350.

Feb 25, 2014

Analysis: Airbus faces tough battles over A330 longevity plan

SINGAPORE/PARIS (Reuters) – As Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) races through flight testing of its newest plane, the next-generation A350, Europe’s planemaker faces growing battles to secure a future for the A330, until now its only truly lucrative wide-body jet.

Twenty years after it entered service, the 250 to 300-seat jet has repeatedly been pronounced dead by rival Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) but refuses to lie down, outliving its A340 sibling and surviving for now the arrival of lighter new jets like Boeing’s 787 and the A350.

Feb 21, 2014

Exclusive: Testing detente, U.S. firms move to sell jet parts to Iran

By Tim Hepher and Andrea Shalal

(Reuters) – U.S. aerospace companies are seeking permission to sell airliner parts to Iran for the first time in three decades, in a key test of the temporary relief on sanctions given under talks to curtail Iran’s nuclear activities.

At least two leading manufacturers, Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and engine maker General Electric (GE)(GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), have applied for export licenses in a six-month window agreed by Iran and six world powers in November, industry officials and other sources familiar with the matter said.

Feb 21, 2014

Testing detente, U.S. firms move to sell jet parts to Iran

Feb 21 (Reuters) – U.S. aerospace companies are seeking
permission to sell airliner parts to Iran for the first time in
three decades, in a key test of the temporary relief on
sanctions given under talks to curtail Iran’s nuclear
activities.

At least two leading manufacturers, Boeing and engine
maker General Electric (GE), have applied for export
licences in a six-month window agreed by Iran and six world
powers in November, industry officials and other sources
familiar with the matter said.

Feb 21, 2014

Britain lifts flying suspension on Airbus-made Voyager fleet

LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Britain has lifted a flying
suspension on its fleet of six Airbus-made Voyager
military aircraft, the operator of the aircraft said on Friday.

The Royal Air Force said on Feb. 12 that it had stopped
flying its Voyager fleet after an “inflight issue” on Feb. 9.
Two sources told Reuters that the plane plummeted around 4,000
feet while flying over Turkey.

Feb 20, 2014

Safran profits rise on strong aftermarket for aero engines

PARIS, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Record demand for new jet engines
and stronger than expected maintenance activity for those
already flying lifted profits at Safran last year and
the French group said it expected that growth to continue.

However, some analysts said the aerospace, security and
defence firm’s forecast for group revenue and profit in 2014 was
not as strong as hoped for and the shares were down 1.7 percent
at 52.60 euros by 0849 GMT.