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Airbus vs. Boeing: Who Came Out on Top in 2018?

The two biggest names in commercial aircraft manufacturing both broke delivery records last year. Boeing edged ahead of its European rival Airbus with 806 deliveries to 800, retaining the coveted title as the world’s biggest aeroplane producer. The latest figures

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Record 2018 for London Airports

London’s biggest airports enjoyed a record-breaking 2018, with passenger numbers at an all-time high. Highlights included Heathrow passing the 80 million passenger figure for the first time in its history. Traffic at the west London hub was up 2.7% in 2018,

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Lion Air Voice Recorder Recovered

Divers from the Indonesian Navy have recovered the ‘black box’ voice recorder from Lion Air flight JT610. The Boeing 737 MAX 8 (PK-LQP c/n 43000) crashed into the Java Sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta/Soekarno–Hatta to Pangkal Pinang in October

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Air France Pulls Plug on Joon

In one of the less surprising aviation developments of the new year, Air France has revealed plans to re-integrate the Joon brand back into its mainline operation. The airline, which was launched in late 2017, made a conscious effort to

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Bamboo Airways Makes Maiden Flight

The latest entrant into Vietnam’s rapidly-growing commercial aviation scene has taken to the skies for the first time today (January 16). Bamboo Airways performed its long-awaited maiden flight, just a week after obtaining its air operators certificate (AOC) from the

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Pilot’s Union Seeks Reassurances Over Flybe Deal

The British pilot’s union has requested more detail about the sale of regional carrier Flybe to a consortium including Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group. Together with Cyrus Capital, the firms are set to create a new company called Connect Airways which

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ANA’s Turtle Livery A380 Unveiled

The first Airbus A380 for All Nippon Airways (ANA) has been rolled out of the company’s paint shop in Hamburg, Germany in this distinctive Hawaiian green sea turtle livery. ANA is the first customer in Japan to order the superjumbo

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Boeing and Embraer Detail $4.2bn Deal

Boeing and Embraer have approved terms of a joint venture deal that would see the US aircraft manufacturer hold an 80% ownership stake in the South American airframer’s commercial aircraft and services operation. Under the deal – valued at US$4.2bn

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First Look at WestJet 787-9

WestJet has released the first images of its new Boeing 787-9. The example, C-GUDH (c/n 64974) is pictured straight out of the paint shop with a refreshed livery, representing the first of ten Dreamliners on order for the Calgary-based carrier.

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First 737 From Boeing’s Chinese Delivery Centre

The first 737 has rolled out of Boeing’s new completion and delivery centre in Zhoushan. Air China received the first plane from the facility which is a joint venture between Boeing and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC). The

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