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Opinion: How A Merger May Be A Zero-Sum Deal

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Mergers and acquisitions have an interesting side effect: They often bring to the surface things that otherwise would remain hidden or unnoticed. The recently announced merger of Harris Corp. and Exelis is a case in point. Beyond the usual M&A lingo (“transformational,” “powerful combination,” “growth platform,” “scale,” etc.), this transaction brings back to light some fundamental truths about the U.S. defense sector that otherwise tend to be forgotten. (aviationweek.com) More...

Early 'overweight' Dreamliners that nobody wanted finally set to sell after price is slashed by 50%

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Ten aircraft dubbed 'terrible teens' after early production design problems. After six years two buyers have come forward to snap up the Dreamliners. Air Austral and Ethiopian Airlines are said to be in 'advanced discussions' (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Airplane Repo Owners Jet runs off runway

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Marco Island, FL - Investigators are looking into what caused a private jet to crash land at the Marco Island Executive Airport Sunday. The plane is owned by Six Hundred NP, LLC - and reality star Nick Popovich of the Discovery Channel's Airplane Repo is registered to own that company. (www.nbc-2.com) More...

OPINION: Why The Airbus A380 Is a NEO Too Far

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Slightly more than a decade ago, it was Boeing’s turn to make a hard decision. Airbus had launched the A380, so the company weighed up whether to respond with a clean-sheet design or a simpler product revamp. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Analysts Flag Potential Airliner Glut

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A prominent research firm is warning that Airbus and Boeing may be on a path to produce more jets than the airline market can absorb. (aviationweek.com) More...

Swiss International Air Lines Adds More Chicago and San Francisco Flights

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Swiss International Air Lines is adding second daily flights from its Zurich hub to Chicago O’Hare and San Francisco airports, to add to the second daily service it is now operating between Zurich and Miami. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) More...

United sees potential fit for Boeing 777-300ER, not yet 777X

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United Airlines has no immediate interest in purchasing 777X aircraft from Boeing Co. but views the plane's predecessor, the 777-300ER, as a potentially good fit for its network, the carrier's Chief Financial Officer, John Rainey, told Reuters in an interview Monday. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Mexico’s Interjet Firms 10 Sukhoi Superjet 100 Options

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Mexican airline Interjet has firmed 10 Sukhoi Superjet 100 options valued at $350 million (atwonline.com) More...

Aerolíneas Argentinas Receives First of Four New A330-200s from Airbus

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Aerolíneas Argentinas has taken delivery of the first of four Airbus A330-200s the carrier ordered directly from the manufacturer, as part of the carrier’s fleet-renewal strategy. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) More...

From props to jets

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The sleek, twin-engine jet, trimmed in red, white and blue, was ready for takeoff at the Long Beach airport in California, idling on the main runway, when Rene Francillon drove up for work on Feb. 25, 1965, and had to wait. The Douglas Aircraft Co. employee couldn’t pass through the gate and reach his office near the runway until the airplane was airborne. (www.boeing.com) More...

Boeing, Silk Way West Announce Order for Three 747-8 Freighters

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BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Azerbaijan-based Silk Way West today announced an order for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Search for Malaysia Airline Flight 370 Could End Soon

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Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss has said the country’s search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 “cannot go on forever.” Truss added that talks on a cessation of the search are currently underway. (atwonline.com) More...

Boeing: First All-Electric Propulsion Satellites Send First On-Orbit Signals

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Mar. 2, 2015 – Two Boeing [NYSE: BA] 702SP (small platform) satellites, the first all-electric propulsion satellites to launch, have sent initial signals from space, marking the first step toward ABS, based in Bermuda, and Eutelsat, based in Paris, being able to provide enhanced communication services to their customers. What’s more, the satellites were launched as a conjoined stack on a single SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, demonstrating a patented Boeing technology that promises… (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

American Airlines Mechanic Killed in Accident at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

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A mechanic who had worked for American Airlines for 30 years died Monday after falling from a jet bridge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. (www.nbcdfw.com) More...

Air Tahiti Nui Agrees to Order Boeing 787s

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Air Tahiti Nui (ATN), the major carrier of French Polynesia, has decided to order four Boeing 787-9 aircraft to replace its fleet of Airbus A340-300s. (atwonline.com) More...