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Jun 19, 2015

Airbus to resume deliveries of A400M after crash

PARIS, June 19 (Reuters) – Airbus said on Friday it
will resume deliveries of the A400M military transporter after
all remaining flight restrictions imposed following a fatal
crash last month were lifted by Spanish authorities.

The A400M crashed on May 9 in Spain on a pre-delivery test
flight, killing four out of six crew, after three of its engines
froze due to a suspected software problem, according to details
of investigations published earlier this month.

Jun 18, 2015

Airbus steals show with last-minute $14 bln Wizz deal

PARIS, June 18 (Reuters) – Airbus won the Paris
Airshow with a last-minute $14 billion deal to sell 110 jets to
Hungary’s Wizz Air on Thursday, diverting attention from a
growing industry debate over how quickly a record backlog of jet
orders can be built.

The deal, sealed in an all-night negotiating session with
ordered-in pizza, avoided a rare defeat for the France-based
planemaker at its home arena and is expected to be followed by
orders for dozens of A330 jets from China in weeks to come.

Jun 18, 2015

Airbus on CSeries: ‘nice little airplane’, but no threat

PARIS, June 18 (Reuters) – Airbus Group SE sales
chief John Leahy on Thursday brushed off the idea Bombardier
Inc’s new CSeries jet might pose a competitive threat.

The CSeries, which is in the midst of flight testing, made
its air show debut in Paris with two test planes. Montreal-based
Bombardier has not announced a firm order for the jet since

Jun 18, 2015

Airbus says weighing up both Skymark rescue plans

PARIS (Reuters) – Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Thursday it was studying two proposals to revive Skymark (SKALF.PK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and would favor any plan that both gives the bankrupt Japanese airline a future and takes account of the planemaker’s interests.

Alongside aircraft leasing firm Intrepid Aviation Ltd, Airbus is one of the biggest creditors to Skymark, which ran into financial trouble after embarking on an ambitious expansion that included buying A380 superjumbos.

Jun 18, 2015

Airbus pips Boeing in Paris after last-minute Wizz deal

PARIS, June 18 (Reuters) – Airbus won more business
than rival Boeing at this week’s Paris Airshow, helped by
a last-minute deal with Eastern European low-cost carrier Wizz
Air and buoyed by demand from Asian customers.

Airbus ended the show with orders and commitments for 421
aircraft worth $57 billion, against 331 aircraft worth $50.2
billion for Boeing.

Jun 18, 2015

Airbus wins $16 bln of firm orders at air show

PARIS, June 18 (Reuters) – Airbus had a better
Paris Airshow than it expected, winning firm orders for 124
aircraft worth $16.3 billion, as well as commitments for plane
purchases worth $40.7 billion, including a last-minute deal with
Wizz Air.

The planemaker’s chief executive said on Thursday the latest
deals confirmed demand was “extremely positive,” and queried
whether Airbus might have been too hasty in cutting production
rates of its A330 wide-body plane to six per month.

Jun 18, 2015

Wizz Air commits to buy Airbus planes worth $13.7 billion

PARIS (Reuters) – Hungary’s Wizz Air (WIZZ.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) committed to buy 110 Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) A321neo aircraft at the Paris air show on Thursday worth $13.7 billion at list prices as the Eastern European-focused budget airline continues to expand its network and capacity.

The memorandum of understanding, reached early on Thursday after all-night negotiations in Paris, calls for 110 firm deliveries and purchase rights for a further 90 aircraft.

Jun 17, 2015

Scientists plan risky move to get Rosetta spacecraft nearer comet

PARIS, June 17 (Reuters) – European scientists are planning
a risky manoeuvre to get their Rosetta spacecraft closer to the
comet it is orbiting, so it can communicate with its robotic
lander on the surface and start experiments that could unlock
some of the universe’s secrets.

The lander, called Philae, surprised scientists at the
weekend by waking up and sending a signal to Earth. Its historic
landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November was
marred when it bounced into a position too shadowy to power its
solar panels.

Jun 16, 2015

Korean Air orders Airbus, Boeing narrow-body jets worth $6.9 billion

PARIS (Reuters) – Korean Air (003490.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) split a $6.9 billion order for narrow-body jets between rival planemakers Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) at the Paris air show on Tuesday as it looks to renew its fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft.

Korean Air unveiled a firm order worth $3.7 billion at list prices for 30 Airbus A321neo planes, the first time the Asian carrier has bought single-aisle jets from the European manufacturer. It also took options on 20 more of the aircraft.

Jun 16, 2015

Qatar Airways CEO says ILO has ‘vendetta’ against Qatar due to discrimination report

PARIS (Reuters) – Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker on Tuesday accused the International Labour Organization (ILO) of having a “vendetta” against Qatar and its state carrier after the U.N. agency called for it to stop discriminating against women staff.

The ILO published a report on Saturday detailing its recommendations to Qatar on how the airline should change its employment rules in order to end discrimination. The report was triggered by complaints from global workers’ rights movements, the ILO said.

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