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ATR: 12-year Global Maintenance Agreement with PNG Air

Papua New Guinea’s airline, PNG Air, formerly Airlines PNG, and ATR have signed a comprehensive long-term Global Maintenance agreement (GMA) providing a total support package for the airline’s fleet of ATR 72-600 aircraft. The airline has recently received one aircraft, with further six to join the fleet over within two years. The GMA contract...

Airbus Helicopters and Korea Aerospace Industries affirm partnership

Airbus Helicopters and Korea Aerospace Industries affirm partnership for export and support of Korean helicopter platforms. Korean-made Light Civil Helicopter and Light Armed Helicopter to be marketed worldwide in a joint effort by both partners. Scope of cooperation to include also after-sales services including MRO and training. Strategic collaboration will ensure the advancement of Air...

ANALYSIS: The crucial decisions facing Airbus over A350 and A380

As Airbus begins assembly of its largest twinjet to date, the A350-1000, it faces a crucial decision about whether to add an even bigger version to its armoury to enable it to go head to head with the Boeing 777-9X. Toulouse’s strategy in the “big-twin” sector is just one of the potentially life-changing decisions it is facing, as the time is coming for it to “put up or...

Airbus Proves More A400M Capabilities, and Eyes Exports

Airbus Defence & Space reported substantial progress in the flight-testing of functions and capabilities for the A400M airlifter. But negotiations with the seven launch partner nations about amending the contract again will continue into next year. In the past 12 months, Airbus has made provision for losses of €841 million ($925.2 million) on the A400M. At...

Airbus confirms A320 production increase to 60 aircraft a month by 2019

Airbus has confirmed plans to open an additional A320 production line in Hamburg as part of moves to increase the production rate of its popular single aisle aircraft to 60 a month by the middle of 2019. The manufacturer’s executive vice-president for programmes Didier Evrard said growing demand for single aisle aircraft and an “impressive” backlog for both the current models...

France's air safety agency to send team to Egypt to investigate plane crash

France's civil aviation safety agency (BEA) will be sending a team to Egypt after a Russian-operated airliner crashed in the Sinai peninsula, killing all aboard, the agency said hours after the disaster on Saturday. The plane, a European-made Airbus A321 operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, was flying from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersb...

Airbus Statement: Metrojet A321-200 Flight 7K-9268 Accident over Sinai Peninsula

Airbus regrets to confirm that an A321-200 operated by Metrojet was involved in an accident shortly after 6:17 local time (04:17 GMT) over the Sinai Peninsula today. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight 7K-9268 from Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) to St. Petersburg (Russia). The concerns and sympathy of the Airbus employees go to all those affected by this tragic accident of Flight 7K...

Air France Offers Early Star Wars Screening to Lure U.S. Passengers

Air France is offering U.S. Star Wars fans a unique flight-and-film package to see the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in a special screening on December 16, two days before its official US release. Air France has set up a dedicated microsite where Star Wars fans can take advantage of the limited bookings available before December 10. The film will be shown in two screenings at Luc B...

Airbus Group Reports Strong Nine-Month (9m) 2015 Results

Commercial aircraft market robust with book-to-bill above 1  Single-aisle aircraft production rate to increase to 60/month in mid-2019 Board of Directors approves € 1 billion share buyback for completion by mid-2016** Airbus Group SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported strong nine-month results and confirmed its 2015 guidance. “We again increased revenues, profitabil...

First Airbus Helicopters final assembly line in China to be set up in cooperation with Sino-German Ecopark

Historic partnership paves the way for the establishment of an H135 final assembly line and a comprehensive industrial hub in China. Sino-German Ecopark, located in Qingdao, Shandong province, makes commitment to acquire 100 H135s to be produced locally over the next 10 years for Chinese general aviation needs. Airbus Helicopters consolidates its position as the leading helicopter...

Airbus to Boost A320 Production to 60 a Month in Mid-2019

To match ongoing high demand for its bestselling A320 Family, Airbus has taken the decision to further increase the production rate of the Single Aisle Family to 60 aircraft a month in mid-2019. The decision follows thorough studies on production ramp-up readiness in the supply chain and in Airbus sites to allow the ramp-up. To enable the ramp-up Airbus will extend its capacity in Hamburg with...

Uncommanded Nosegear Steering a Factor in GIV Crash

Improper crew response to an off-center nosegear orientation was the primary factor in the July 2012 fatal runway excursion of a Gulfstream IV at Le Castellet Airport on the French Riviera, according to a final report released yesterday by the French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA). Investigators blame the accident, in part, on lack of training...