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Jul 18, 2014

Investigators face tough task in Ukraine plane inquiry

BERLIN/GENEVA, July 18 (Reuters) – As international
investigators head to rebel-held eastern Ukraine to piece
together what – and who – caused a Malaysian airliner to plunge
into the steppe, securing evidence in the middle of a war zone
is a major challenge.

Proving what happened beyond doubt and to the satisfaction
of the warring parties may already be all but impossible, after
local people and rebel fighters have spent 24 hours sifting and
moving debris and bodies and Ukraine and Russia make detailed
allegations against each other and argue over the black boxes.

Jul 17, 2014

Aerospace firms place long-term bets on 3D printing

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 17 (Reuters) – The prospect of
huge time savings, less waste and more design options have drawn
aerospace firms to invest in additive layer manufacturing, also
known as 3D printing, though it may be years before parts made
this way are common in planes and weapons.

In 3D printing, components are made by building up layers of
titanium or other raw materials using computer-driven machines,
compared with traditional casting which involves taking a piece
of material and cutting away to create the desired part.

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 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 9, 2014

Lufthansa’s new boss plans no-frills long-haul service

SEEHEIM, Germany, July 9 (Reuters) – Lufthansa may
launch low-cost long-haul flights under a new brand as part of
plans by the company’s new boss to battle competition from
Middle East carriers and no-frills airlines.

The long-haul plan would mark a big shift for the company
which prides itself on still being a full-service airline and
also represents a high-risk route that few others have taken.

Jul 7, 2014

New Lufthansa CEO may step up challenge to low-cost rivals

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, July 7 (Reuters) – With state-owned Gulf
airlines and low-cost rivals poaching more of its customers,
Germany’s biggest airline Lufthansa may have decided
it has little choice but to join them.

New Chief Executive Carsten Spohr will say this week how he
aims to win back investors after a profit warning knocked $2
billion off Lufthansa’s market value. A new round of cost cuts,
a deeper push into cheaper no-frills services or a possible
alliance with a Middle Eastern airline could be on the menu.

Jul 2, 2014

Germany will study security aspects of proposed defence merger

BERLIN, July 2 (Reuters) – A proposed Franco-German defence
merger to create Europe’s biggest maker of tanks and other
ground armaments would be scrutinised to see if it threatens
Germany’s security interests, the German economy ministry said.

The deal between France’s Nexter and Germany’s Krauss-Maffei
Wegmann (KMW), announced on Tuesday, was heralded as a means of
cutting costs among arms suppliers at a time when defence
spending is under pressure.

Jun 27, 2014

TUI Travel, TUI AG revive merger plans to create travel giant

FRANKFURT, June 27 (Reuters) – Europe’s biggest tour
operator TUI Travel and its majority owner TUI AG plan to
merge in an all-share, nil-premium deal worth around 4.4 billion
pounds ($7.49 billion) to cut costs and create the world’s
largest leisure tourism group.

Investors have long expected such a tie-up since TUI Travel
was created in 2007 from the merger of Britain’s First Choice
and the travel business of TUI AG, which now owns
around 55 percent of the London-listed firm.

Jun 11, 2014

Lufthansa warns on profit, shares plunge

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Lufthansa cut back its profit targets for the next two years on Wednesday citing competition from Middle East and low-cost rivals, sending shares of Europe’s biggest-selling airline plunging.

The warnings surprised investors after better-than-expected results in May and come just over a month after new chief executive Carsten Spohr took charge.

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      "Based in Frankfurt, covering German companies in the retail, travel and leisure sectors. In my previous Reuters incarnation in London, I focused on green tech firms, utilities and an array of smallcaps that came my way on the Breaking News team. I started my career as a translator with the Financial Times in London before switching into journalism."
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