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Bombardier sees 50 percent market share with revamped CRJ 900 jet

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc's revamped CRJ 900 regional jet should win "half or more" of the market against competing planes from Brazil's Embraer SA, the company's Commercial Aircraft President Fred Cromer told reporters on Thursday.<p>The Canadian plane-and-train-maker, which won an order …

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This 32kW plane will fly twice as high as commercial jets on SunPower

SunPower isn’t just powering roofs and solar farms these days. The company, which touts its solar panels as the most durable and efficient on the market, is looking at other applications. I’d be hard pressed to find one as awesome as the upcoming Mission SolarStratos expedition which will be …

Solar Power

Nasa’s electric X-plane soars closer to its first flight

Despite once appearing to be a far off dream, electric transportation is largely commonplace today. Sales of Tesla cars are already surpassing that of their gas powered competitors, electric boats are sailing the seas and even electric buses are displacing traditional gas powered mass transit.<p>While …

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Bombardier to sell 20 regional jets with new cabin design to Delta

(Reuters) - Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) said on Wednesday that Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) has signed an agreement to buy 20 CRJ900 regional jets with its new Atmosphere cabin design.<p>The airplanes, which Delta will take delivery of in late 2018, are valued at about $961 …

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After surrendering CSeries, Bombardier pushes regional plane revival

MONTREAL (Reuters) - As Bombardier <BBDb.TO> surrenders hopes of securing a top spot in commercial aviation with the sale of its money-losing CSeries jet program to Airbus <AIR.PA>, the Canadian company is now drawing up plans to breathe new life into its older regional planes.<p>Bombardier is shoring …

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Is The Airbus A321XLR Vaporware Or The New Long-Range Leader?

Two months ago, a new Airbus aircraft, the A321LR, flew 4750 nautical miles, from the Seychelles to Toulouse, France with a simulated load of 160 dummies. The company claimed a distance record for a single-aisle twin jet. Now, rumor has it, Airbus will roll out another, even longer range version, …

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Airlines Could Save $15 Billion Per Year By Offering Better Wi-Fi

Airline connectivity suppliers released new studies this week which highlight opportunities for airlines to profit from offering passengers better Wi-Fi.<p>Honeywell and Inmarsat each released reports on how an Internet-of-Planes, with Connected Aircraft applications, could save airlines billions each …

Internet of Things

UPDATE 1-Ethiopian Airlines eyes orders at Farnborough air show

(Adds comments on liberalisation in Africa)<p>BRUSSELS, June 19 (Reuters) - Ethiopian Airlines may decide on possible orders for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and smaller CSeries or Embraer E2 jets at the Farnborough air show, the African airline’s chief executive said.<p>“Hopefully we will decide in …

Air Shows

Norway tests its first all-electric plane, hopes for passenger flights by 2025

While a growing number of outfits are developing electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, the plan to use them for taxi-like services …

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Air India stake sale plan shelved, alternatives being worked on: government | Reuters

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) - India has shelved a plan to sell a 76 percent stake in state-owned carrier Air India due to lack of interest from bidders, a government official said on Wednesday, marking the latest setback in its ambitious efforts to rescue the ailing airline.<p>FILE PHOTO: An Air India …

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Why U.S. Regional Airlines May Not Be Able to Fly Embraer's Newest Jet

Within three years, a popular aircraft manufacturer will produce an updated version of a workhorse North American jet that’s more fuel efficient, …

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What It's Like to Fly in HondaJet, the Amazingly Cheap ($5 Million) Business Jet - ExtremeTech

What It’s Like to Fly in HondaJet, the Amazingly Cheap ($5 Million) Business Jet<p>By on June 18, 2018 at 10:30 am<p>This site may earn affiliate …

Carbon Fiber

1970 Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge N007

Reading time: about 3 minutes.<p>Boats<br>• Design<br>• Engineering<br>• Planes<br>• Vintage<p>The Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge<p>The Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge is an unusual curiosity from …

Cold War

Rolls-Royce files patent for electric jet engines

Engineering giant Rolls-Royce has filed a patent for a new type of electric engine that could revolutionise commercial air travel, as it strives to …

Rolls-Royce

Engines Of Distraction For A Booming Aviation Industry

As airlines gear up for the peak summer travel season, some vacations may take a detour due to problems with Rolls-Royce engines on Boeing 787 Dreamliners.<p>The failure of compressor blades in two variants of Rolls’ Trent 1000 engines has forced airlines to cancel flights and lease replacement planes …

Aviation

Rolls-Royce Jet Engine Flaws Spell Opportunity for GE

Aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce keeps encountering new problems with its Trent 1000 engine. This will help its rival GE gain market share on …

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Etihad Airways Hemorrhages Another $1.5B In 2017

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has posted a loss of $1.52 billion for 2017, while also revising its 2016 loss up to $1.95 billion.<p>The disastrous performance comes one year after the state-owned Gulf airline removed James Hogan as its chief executive, slamming the brakes on his strategy of growing …

Qatar Airways

Exclusive: Etihad Airways in talks to cancel, defer Boeing 777X orders - sources

DUBAI/ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Etihad Airways is exploring options with Boeing to cancel or defer orders for 777X jets worth billions of dollars in a fresh sign of the carrier's financial strains and potentially squeezing Boeing's newest model, four sources familiar with the matter said.<p>Etihad, owned …

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NASA's Uncrewed Airplane Makes Its First Historic Flight

The breakthrough could pave the way for other drone uses.<p>NASA has been flying unmanned aircraft for a while, but until now they’ve needed chase …

Airspace

Lufthansa plane catches fire at Frankfurt Airport

The aircraft bound for Philadelphia was empty at the time of the accident. Ten people, including ground staff and firefighters, have been taken to a …

Aviation

For This Boeing Engine Supplier, Things Just Went From Bad To Worse

A problem in Rolls-Royce jet engines that earlier grounded certain <b>Boeing</b> (BA) Dreamliner jets has been found in a different engine model, forcing a …

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Why Cathay Pacific Wants to Take On Low-Cost Carriers Without Creating Its Own

Few airlines in the Asia region have such a strong brand as Cathay Pacific, the more than 70-year-old Hong Kong-based carrier known for its onboard …

Chinese New Year

Rolls-Royce reveals further problems with troubled Trent 1000 engines

Rolls-Royce has discovered even more problems with its latest Trent 1000 jet engines, warning it will incur further costs to fix them.<p>The engineering giant said that a potential fault had been discovered that may affect 166 of its “Package B” Trent 1000 engines.<p>Rolls said a “durability issue” had …

Engines

Airbus Books $2.8 Billion Worth Of Orders

Each year, Boeing (BA) and Airbus (OTCPK:EADSF) engage in a fierce order battle. In 2017, Airbus won that battle by numbers, but in terms of dollar …

Aviation

It's the world's longest non-stop flight... for now

<b>Move over Qatar, and back off Qantas. Singapore Airlines (SIA) is reclaiming the world's longest non-stop flight.</b><p>From October, passengers will be able to fly from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey - a journey that will take nearly 19 hours.<p>The longest non-stop flight available at the moment is …

Singapore Airlines

Airbus nails down Bombardier CSeries deal in boost to jet

(Reuters) - European planemaker Airbus SE <AIR.PA> has finalized a rescue deal for Bombardier Inc's <BBDb.TO> CSeries jet and is expected to flex its cost-cutting and marketing muscle to revive the money-losing Canadian venture.<p>Bombardier agreed in October to sell Airbus a 50.01 percent stake in …

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We checked out the high-tech Airbus H160 helicopter and are convinced it could be a game changer

In 2014, Airbus retired its long-running Eurocopter brand and reorganized its vertical take-off and landing division into Airbus Helicopters.<p>And the first "purely Airbus" creation to emerge since the rebranding is the Airbus H160. It's the company's newest entrant into the medium-sized twin-engine …

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Honda to start selling Hondajet in Japan next year

TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co (7267.T) on Wednesday said it would start selling its six-seater business jet in Japan next year, as it seeks to expand global sales by tapping into demand from a growing class of high net-worth individuals.<p>The automaker is currently awaiting certification for the …

Selling

What Boeing Must Prove About Its Folding Wingtips Before They Can Fly

After years of testing and safety developments, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a list of safety requirements for Boeing’s …

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