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Winglets go a long way to give airlines fuel savings

Boeing calls the odd-looking upturned wingtips on aircraft “blended winglets,” Airbus calls them “sharklets” and Southwest Airlines, in ads, simply calls them “little DooHickeys.” Whatever the name, these wingtip extensions have become prevalent in recent years and have saved airlines billions of dollars in fuel costs. The newest, and funkiest-looking, version was used on a [...]

Co-pilot detained after Ethiopian Airlines flight forced to land in Geneva

  Swiss police have detained the co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that was forced to land at Geneva’s international airport early on Monday morning. Police said the co-pilot, who has asked to be granted asylum, took control of the plane when the pilot went to the toilet, then landed and left through the window [...]

Asiana Airlines pilot was ‘nervous’ about landing before deadly San Francisco crash caught on camera

  Horrific new details into last summer’s deadly Asiana Airlines crash have emerged along with shocking new footage showing the fated passenger airline tumbling onto the San Francisco runway like never before. Firefighter interviews and a National Transportation Security Board accident summary reviewed at an NTSB hearing Wednesday admitted for the first time that a [...]

Emirates orders 50 more superjumbos amid airshow mega-deals

It was a security consultant’s nightmare and a moment to savour – royalty, airline bosses, planemakers and press hordes wedged into the same overcrowded room wanting to see the same thing: the colour of money in the oil-rich and fast-growing Gulf. Gulf airlines dropped $US100 billion ($A106 billion) in 15 minutes on the opening day of the Dubai Airshow, as [...]

Canada’s WestJet to buy 65 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Canada’s WestJet Airlines has plans to buy 65 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes as it tries to modernize its fleet. The Calgary-based low-cost carrier’s pending order is valued at $6.3 billion, Boeing said. It will consist of 40 737 MAX 8s and 25 737 MAX 7s. Delivery is expected to begin in September 2017. WestJet President [...]

First 787 to Australia Marks the Return of Air India

The first commercial flight of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Australia touched down on Friday morning, in an event that also marked the return of Air India resuming direct flights here. Flight AI312 touched down at Sydney Airport at 8.29am, 14 minutes behind schedule. The flight will continue on to Melbourne, scheduled to arrive at [...]

Xiamen Airlines places $1.3bn Boeing order

Boeing and Xiamen Airlines have finalised an order for six 787-8s. Originally announced by Xiamen Airlines in May 2011, the order is valued at $1.3 billion at list prices. “Adding 787s to our all-Boeing fleet is a strategic decision to facilitate our international expansion plans,” said Che Shanglun, president, Xiamen Airlines. “The range and efficiency [...]

First look at new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

  CNN) – It’s been a year of mishaps, but Boeing finally has some good news. The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer announced over the weekend it had completed its first 787-9 Dreamliner. A larger incarnation of the 787-8, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is 206 feet long — 20 feet longer than its predecessor — and holds 40 [...]

Boeing continues to push 747 sales as others worry about its future

SEATTLE – A sign of the worry came in the form of a tweet linking to the on-line aviation blog L.A. Airspace: “United removes last 747 flight from Los Angeles.” While just a piece of a broader picture, the story captures the anxiety some feel about the future of the venerable Jumbo jet, as fewer [...]

Boeing secretly tests new 777x automation

At a secret facility in Anacortes, more than 64km north of Boeing’s widebody-jet plant in Everett, Washington, a small group of engineers will shortly begin testing advanced automation methods for building the soon-to-be-launched 777X jet. The hush-hush project reveals Boeing intends to dramatically change the way the plane’s metal hull is built, reducing manual labour [...]

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