Aircraft Manufacturers

  • B787 problems force A330 freighter delay

    Ongoing production delays of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner passenger aircraft is resulting in customers looking to Airbus passenger aircraft as a replacement which is forcing Airbus to postpone production of its freighters. Setbacks in technical development and an eight-week...... Read More
  • New engine company for consolidated China Aviation

    China Aviation Industry Corp. Group, the result of the merger of AVIC I and AVIC II, was launched in November and will be responsible for the production of China’s large commercial aircraft. CAIC has since signed an agreement with...... Read More
  • Airbus/Avic labour over Harbin composites

    Airbus has said it is close to an agreement with China’s Avic’s Harbin Aircraft to set up a joint composite-components plant in China. Technology transfer has been a sticking point in the negotiations from the beginning, according to Chinese...... Read More
  • Americas : Boeing strike deadlock more bad news

    Airlines waiting for Boeing aircraft deliveries have no immediate hope in sight as the strike at the US planemaker’s Everett assembly plant near Seattleappears no closer to a resolution. This follows the adjournment of a second round of mediated...... Read More
  • Europe & CIS : Airbus will deliver 12 more A380s this year

    Airbus will meet its target of delivering 12 A380 super jumbo aircraft this year, the company’s chief executive pledged recently, brushing aside reports that manufacturing and engineering difficulties had again put the project behind schedule. The 525-seat, A-380 has...... Read More
  • Airbus

    Airbus, owned by Franco German EADS, is to double the amount of vendor financing it offers to about US$2.64 billion next year, the Financial Times reported. The financing is aimed at supporting commercial aircraft sales and maintaining deliveries as...... Read More
  • Boeing

    Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers reached tentative agreement on a new four-year contract covering 27,000 employees in Washington, Oregon and Kansas. Union leadership is recommending that employees vote to ratify the contract. The company...... Read More
  • Airbus trials P&W’s geared turbofan

    Following earlier trials with Boeing, Airbus and Pratt & Whitney (P&W) have commenced a series of flight tests to evaluate the ‘PurePower’ PW1000G technology demonstrator engine which features P&W’s patented ‘Geared Turbofan’ (GTF) architecture. The tests are being performed...... Read More
  • Americas: Boeing production still idle from ongoing strike

    Boeing and the International Association of Machinists union appear far apart and unwilling to compromise to settle a strike, both sides indicate as the strike enters its second month. With a strike by Boeing machinists idling some 27,000 workers...... Read More
  • Europe/ CIS: Airbus sells its UK wing component plant

    Airbus and GKN have signed a contract under which GKN will purchase the wing component and assemblies manufacturing unit based at Airbus’ site at Filton, near Bristol, UK. This includes all operational business, assets and activities being transferred to...... Read More