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Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, CubaA Cuban airliner with 114 people on board plummeted into a yuca field just after takeoff from Havana’s international airport on Friday. There was no immediate word on casualties, though residents told The Associated Press they saw at least some survivors being taken away in ambulances.



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Boeing reports jump in 1Q profits, lifts 2018 forecast

Boeing reports jump in 1Q profits, lifts 2018 forecastBoeing reported a surge in first-quarter profits on Wednesday and lifted its full-year earnings forecast following a strong performance in commercial aviation and defense programs. The results again reflect broad health in commercial aviation as the airline industry enjoys a more stable financial period and as flying becomes much more common in the Middle East, Asia and other developing regions. A big player in China, Boeing has often been seen as vulnerable to a trade war between the United States and China, a possibility that topped Wall Street’s list of worries earlier this month but has receded of late amid softer rhetoric between Washington and Beijing.



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European agency orders expanded Boeing 737 engine checks after accidents

European agency orders expanded Boeing 737 engine checks after accidentsPARIS (Reuters) – The European Aviation Safety Agency on Friday ordered emergency checks on some Boeing 737 jet engines, followed by regular inspections, in response to two Southwest Airlines engine blowouts including a deadly accident earlier this week. The order expands a previous European directive, issued in response to the 2016 incident, and was issued in coordination with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, making mandatory a fresh recommendation from engine maker CFM International. CFM is jointly owned by General Electric and France's Safran. …



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Indonesia's Lion Air buying 50 Boeing 737's in $6.2 bn deal

Indonesia's Lion Air buying 50 Boeing 737's in $  6.2 bn dealIndonesia’s Lion Air is buying 50 Boeing 737 MAX 10 airplanes in a deal valued at about $ 6.2 billion, the firms said Tuesday, as the carrier looks to cash in on a transport boom in the Southeast Asian nation. The new single-aisle plane is the latest incarnation of Boeing’s 737 MAX series, which can accommodate between 130 and 230 passengers and fly up to 3,850 nautical miles (7,130 kilometres), the companies said in a statement. The order — the largest to date for the MAX 10 — was valued at $ 6.24 billion, although multi-plane deals tend to end up costing carriers less than list prices.



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American Airlines orders 47 Boeing 787s, cancels A350 order

American Airlines orders 47 Boeing 787s, cancels A350 orderAmerican Airlines has ordered 47 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a deal valued at $ 12 billion at list prices, while cancelling a major order for Airbus A350s. The sale brings American Airlines’ total number of 787s to 89 aircraft. American Airlines said: “As part of the strategy to simplify its fleet, American agreed with Airbus today to terminate its order for 22 A350s, which was originally placed by US Airways,” which it bought in 2013.



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British Airways seats to shrink as airline squeezes more passengers into Boeing 777s

British Airways seats to shrink as airline squeezes more passengers into Boeing 777sBritish Airways passengers will be squeezed into narrower seats, after the beleaguered airline said it will add an extra passenger space into economy rows on some aircraft. This week the company unveiled its ‘make-over’ for World Traveller section on its Boeing 777 long haul fleet flying from Gatwick Airport. But although BA announced ‘elegant new seats’ with entertainment screens that are 50 per cent larger, they failed to mention that economy passengers will be sitting in spaces that are nearly 10 per cent smaller. The World Traveller section will now contain 10 seats per row, instead of nine, moving from a 3-3-3 formation to a 3-4-3 design, which according to industry experts, will bring the size of long haul seats down by 1.5 inches. A diagram showing the changes  Credit: British Airways  British Airways  refused to say what the new size of seats would be, but when its part-owner Qatar Airways ‘densified’ its own 777 economy seats, their width shrank from 18.5 inches to 17. Experts said the move, which adds 12 more seats into the World Traveller cabin, would make lengthy trips of up to 11 hours more uncomfortable and leave passengers feeling hemmed-in. “The drawback is a combination of physical discomfort and a sense of overcrowding,” said travel writer Simon Calder. The revamped aircraft, which are scheduled to be in operation by this winter, will be flying on routes to Cancun in Mexico, the Dominican Republic resort of Punta Cana and the Jamaican capital, Kingston. There will now be four seats in the middle row of World Traveller  Credit: Nick Morrish British Airways But from next year, all British Airways long haul flights from Gatwick will use the new layout. The announcement is the latest in a series of changes at the airline which is struggling to compete with budget rivals. In January 2017, BA stopped free food on short-haul flights and introduced a range of paid-for Marks & Spencer sandwiches and snacks, to the consternation of passengers. The following March the airline announced it was reducing legroom from 30 inches to 20 inches on its A320 and A321 Airbus aircraft. Fresh flowers were also scrapped in the First Class Toilets as well as a complimentary amuse-bouche on boarding. BA announced that screens would become larger, but refused to say how much smaller seats would be Credit: Nick Morrish British Airways  However the company was forced to reintroduce a second hot meal and free snacks on long-haul flights after customer uproar when they removed them last year. Alex Cruz, the head of BA who was brought in from budget airline Vueling to cut costs, admitted that ‘mistakes had been made’ On Tuesday the carrier announced that it was planning to launch no-frills “basic economy” fares on its long-haul flights. The tickets which are expected to be between 10 and 20 per cent cheaper, do not include checked luggage or seat selection and are designed to compete with Norwegian on popular routes to North America. It could mean that the cost of a return flight from London to New York could fall from £468 to between £375 and £420. Travellers can already fly from London to New York over the same dates for as little as £265 with Norwegian. British Airways budget travel “In April 2018, we will be introducing a new long-haul basic economy fare on selected transatlantic routes,” said BA in a statement. “The new fare will give customers a lower price point and more choice.” The airline also announced that travellers in the new 777 World Traveller Plus would enjoy new bespoke lighting to reflect the time of day, helping to lull travellers to sleep at night and wake them in the morning to combat jet-lag. Six hundred million pounds is also to be spent on Club World to improve catering and introduce bedding from The White Company. British Airways has also promised that wi-fi will be available on all flights within the next two years.



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Canada to accept bid from Boeing for new fighter jets

Canada to accept bid from Boeing for new fighter jetsCanada said Thursday it was allowing Boeing to submit a bid to replace the country’s aging F-18 fleet, after an earlier trade dispute between the American manufacturer and Ottawa. The announcement came a month after the US International Trade Commission rejected a complaint filed by Boeing against its Canadian rival Bombardier, demanding nearly 300 percent anti-dumping duties on the C Series passenger plane. Boeing, which makes the Super Hornet, is one of five manufacturers invited to submit proposals in spring 2019 for an order of 88 advanced fighter jets, which are to be delivered in 2025, according to a Canadian government statement.



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Airbus gets early 2018 jump on rival Boeing with Mexico order

Airbus gets early 2018 jump on rival Boeing with Mexico orderAirbus got an early jump on rival Boeing for 2018 with news Tuesday that low-cost Mexican airline Volaris has ordered 80 of its popular A320 planes for a total $ 9.3 billion. The planned purchase, which entails deliveries over the next eight years, comes after the European Aerospace giant overtook Boeing last year in terms of aircraft orders, booking 1,109 against the US company’s 718. “The announcement of the investment in 80 Airbus aircraft by Volaris for a total $ 9.3 billion is very important,” Mexican Communications Minister Gerardo Ruiz said, accompanied by Volaris executives.



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Brazil defense ministry opposes giving up Embraer control to Boeing

Brazil defense ministry opposes giving up Embraer control to Boeing(Reuters) – Brazil’s defense minister voiced opposition on Thursday to selling control in Embraer SA to Boeing Co , saying the defense operations of the Brazilian planemaker cannot be separated from the commercial business. Boeing and Embraer said last week they were discussing a “potential combination”, in a move that would consolidate a global passenger jet duopoly provided Brazil’s government gives its blessing. Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said on Thursday the ministry was concerned that the negotiations between the aerospace companies had advanced without its knowledge.



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Boeing, Embraer confirm merger talks ongoing; deal not guaranteed

Boeing, Embraer confirm merger talks ongoing; deal not guaranteedUS aerospace giant Boeing and Brazil’s Embraer said Thursday they were in talks on a “potential combination” but cautioned there was no guarantee of a deal. The talks ignited shares of the Brazilian company, which makes commercial, military and executive jets, despite immediate signs of opposition to the transaction in Brazil. Any deal would need to be approved by the Brazilian government.



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