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Boeing CEOs timeline: will Calhoun bring change?

Weekend Special | January 18, 2020
When the Boeing 737 MAX was grounded by aviation authorities in March 2019, nobody expected it to last as much as it has. Latest MAX operator schedule changes indicate that the 737 MAX could stay put for at least a few more months and Boeing will see its famous narrow-body, once called a game-changer, grounded for more than a year since the second fatal crash in Ethiopia in March 2019.
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Malaysia Airlines Halts Deliveries of Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft

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Malaysia Airlines Halts Deliveries of Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft

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Airbus Commercial Aircraft 2019: Records In Greater Detail
Airbus Aircraft 2019: Records In Greater Detail

Boeing Faces 53% Slump in Deliveries During 2019
Boeing Faces 53% Slump in Deliveries During 2019

Delta Boeing 777 Dumps Jet Fuel over Los Angeles Schools

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Delta Boeing 777 Dumps Jet Fuel over Los Angeles Schools

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First Airbus BelugaXL Enters Service
First Airbus BelugaXL Enters Service

Air Canada Places Its First Airbus A220 Into Revenue Service
Air Canada Places Its First Airbus A220 Into Service

Spirit AeroSystems to Cut Over 2,800 Jobs Amid 737 MAX Production Halt

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Spirit AeroSystems to Cut Over 2,800 Jobs Amid 737 MAX Production Halt

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Airbus Secures Type Certification for Its A350-900 from Russia
Airbus Secures Type Certification for Its A350-900 from Russia

China Aircraft Leasing Places Order for 40 New Airbus A321neo
China Aircraft Leasing Places Order for 40 New Airbus A321neo

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Welcome to the family, A330: Airbus most successful wide-body

AeroTime Daily News | January 17, 2020
Aviation History
With the introduction of the A300 in the early 1970s, Airbus had one goal in mind – to create a family of aircraft. The family that would serve various markets and needs of customers: from the smallest narrow-body jets to the big boys that are able to carry more than 350 passengers, the European manufacturer’s goal was to conquer the world with its wide array of products. The family’s first addition was the A310, a derivative of the A300, the A310 could seat 220 people in a typical two-class configuration, flying as far as 5,150 nm (9,540 km) with the -300 variant.
The Canadian aerospace and transportation manufacturer, Bombardier, announced its preliminary financial results for Q4 2019 and the full year. With the results being below guidance, as the company indicates, it is “actively pursuing strategic options to accelerate deleveraging.”
By Gediminas Ziemelis
2019 brought a challenging period for aviation industry. Boeing MAX grounding, “flight shame” movement, airline bankruptcies and other important events made a huge impact on the annual results. However, positive news like the fact that 2019 was the safest in the last five years brightened up the day.
Airbus performed the first fully automatic vision-based take-off using an Airbus Family test aircraft on January 16, 2020. The automatic take-off was enabled by image recognition technology installed directly on the aircraft, instead of relying on an Instrument Landing System (ILS). A crew of five people, composed of two pilots, two flight test engineers and a test flight engineer, performed a total of 8 take-offs within four and a half hours at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS) in France.

From all-Boeing to mixed: Xiamen Airlines asks for Airbus jets

AeroTime Daily News | January 16, 2020
Reports and rumors about the financial difficulties at the British regional carrier Flybe prompted some interesting reactions. Some were questioning why was this happening, as just a few months ago, Virgin Atlantic-led consortium Connect Airways announced a rebranding of the carrier to Virgin Connect to better align with the Virgin family. Others were questioning whether the British government should be involved in rescuing the allegedly ailing airline as Flybe is crucial to regional connectivity within the United Kingdom.
Why is Flybe so important to the United Kingdom and its connectivity? How come with the backing of Virgin Atlantic, the carrier is struggling once again? And finally, what are some of the factors that might have led to the potential demise of the regional airline?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating Delta Air Lines Flight 89 incident when a Boeing 777 aircraft in emergency dumped fuel over Los Angeles. The fuel landed on several schools grounds. Now, the U.S. authority is puzzled on what prompted Delta’s crew to perform a usual procedure in a very unusual way. 
Xiamen Airlines, an all-Boeing operator, is planning to add the first Airbus-made aircraft to its fleet by leasing ten A321neo from 2021. The news from a formerly exclusive Boeing Chinese client comes a day after the United States and China signed a Phase One trade deal, likely to help Boeing sell more of its products in the Asian country. 
Qatar Airways announced a significant codeshare expansion agreement with its partner from South East Asia, Malaysia Airlines. The Doha-based carrier‘s newest agreement will enable its passengers to book tickets to such Malaysian destinations as Sibu, Alo Setar and two Indonesian cities, namely Medan and Surabaya.

Delta Boeing 777 dumps fuel over school (Video)

AeroTime Daily News | January 15, 2020
Boeing announced its Q4 and subsequently full-year orders and deliveries results. Struggling to deal with the 737 MAX crisis and other issues, including the 777X delays and KC-46 safety issues, the once-biggest aircraft manufacturer was forced to cede its position to Airbus.
Delta Air Lines landed in hot water after one of its Boeing 777 aircraft dumped fuel over the suburbs of Los Angeles. To make matters even worse, the location where the fuel landed happened to be an elementary school. About twenty children and ten adults who were in the courtyard of the school were affected. 
International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of such airlines as British Airways and Iberia, filed a complaint with the European Union regarding the British Government’s intervention to help the ailing Flybe. With Flybe struggling to stay afloat once again, the Government stepped in to help the regional carrier after it reached an agreement with the airline’s shareholders to keep the company flying.
IndiGo’s woes with its A320neo engines might soon come to an end. Calling the work that the airline has done so far “impressive”, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has set a new deadline for IndiGo to completed remove unmodified, potentially dangerous engines from its fleet. 
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Avion Express, leading ACMI operator in the world, is delighted to announce that the company reached record yearly production results in 2019.

Flight attendant falls from Finnair A320 in Helsinki

AeroTime Daily News | January 14, 2020
The Finnish Accident Investigation Board (OTKES) opened an investigation after a serious incident in which a cabin crew member was injured after falling from a Finnair Airbus A320 aircraft.
The French procurement and technology agency, Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) has awarded the Archange airborne strategic intelligence program to Dassault Aviation and Thales. This program will see three Dassault Falcon 8X being fitted with Thales electronic intelligence technologies.
Etihad, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, announced that it is partnering with the British low-cost carrier easyJet. According to Etihad, the partnership comes into effect immediately and would allow easyJet customers to book flights on the combined network of both airlines.
BOC Aviation placed a firm order with Airbus for 20 A320neo aircraft, the manufacturer announced on January 7, 2020. At least ten of the aircraft (and up to twelve in total) would go to the lessor’s new customer ‒ Avianca Airlines.
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