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Airbus launches new Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has selected Airbus’ newly launched Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900 for non-stop flights to the US. Under an amendment to the carrier’s existing order for 63 A350-900s, seven of the aircraft will now be delivered with an Ultra-Long Range capability for flights of up to 19 hours. In addition, the carrier has placed an additional order for four A350-900s...

Air France Tries to Get Passengers on Its Side Following Embarassing Labor Fight

Air France sent an unusual appeal Friday to its passengers worldwide, insisting that the violent, clothes-ripping protests against executives earlier should not scar the airline’s reputation. Its appeal came on the day unions and Air France management resumed negotiations over hotly contested job cuts for the first time since activists assaulted airline executives Monday and left two of t...

Air France has a new message to its customers

Dear Sir, Madam, I am sure that like all of us, you were shocked by the events that took place at the end of Air France’s Central Works Council meeting last Monday. What we all saw does not represent Air France. These violent acts were the work of isolated individuals and do not reflect the reality nor the ambition of your airline. Furthermore, these events did not disrupt our fligh...

Dassault Falcon 900B by Mark Huber

Big cabin, great short-runway performance and long legs. This has been the winning formula for Dassault’s Falcon 900 series for nearly 30 years through multiple upgraded iterations, the latest of which is the $43.3 million 900LX. The Falcon 900’s trijet design lets you get into and out of airports you wouldn’t dare try to use in a comparable twinjet, especially on hot days. Its i...

Could Air France shrink like Alitalia?

In 2008, air passenger demand was dipping, Gulf countries were building up their national fleets, and easyJet set up shop in Paris. Other European airlines cut routes and jobs in response. Air France did not. It has not made a profit since. The timing of its attempt to catch up seven years later plays into the hands of aggressive competitors, former airline executives, analysts and union offici...

Air France Pilot Union Says Ready to Resume Talks with Management

Air France's main pilot union SNPL is ready to resume talks with the carrier's management over a planned restructuring, a union spokesman said on Thursday. The airline's unions are up in arms over plans to cut 2,900 jobs at the struggling airline, a move that triggered a fracas on Monday with executives hounded from a meeting, their shirts torn from their backs. Air France-KLM Ch...

Brégier: Airbus confident of A320neo delivery in 2015

Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier is confident the European manufacturer will meet a year-end deadline to bring its A320neo into commercial service. The statement followed last week’s “minor damage” to one of the test aircraft’s engines. MSN6101, the first A320neo prototype equipped with Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G, was affected. The A320neo test plane wa...

Air France may cut 5,000 more jobs in new restructuring

Air France will cut a further 5,000 jobs if a second phase of its cost-cutting plan goes ahead, on top of an already announced plan to cut 2,900 jobs.  Air France, having failed to secure pilots' agreement for a plan to increase working hours for the same pay, had to come up with a more draconian one earlier this week, unveiling 2,900 job cuts and prompting violent protests among staff...

Airbus Helicopters to begin Arrano tests for H160 shortly

Airbus Helicopters will shortly begin trials on its Dynamic Helicopter Zero test rig of the first pair of Turbomeca Arrano engines destined for the H160 programme. Following recent delivery of the two 1,100-1,300shp (820-969kW) turboshafts to the airframer’s Marignane facility in the south of France, they were briefly installed on the second H160 prototype for ground evaluations, says Aur...

Airbus Says Deliveries on Target Despite Cabin Delays

Airbus is on track to meet its delivery targets this year despite delays at cabin suppliers, Fabrice Bregier, head of the European planemaker, said on Wednesday. Bregier criticized suppliers whose delays have disrupted some plane deliveries and said the problems went beyond French seat supplier Zodiac Aerospace, which has had a series of high-profile production delays and profit warnings. &q...

Airbus Helicopters’ HCare Customer Service goes digital

New HCare Fleet and HCare Flight digital solutions to better support customers Tablet-based mission preparation tools, fleet management software and a complete Maintenance Information System Partnership with Accenture on Big Data management  Airbus Helicopters has today announced the latest axis of its HCare services development with the release of two new families of digital Connect...

Lagerfeld invites you to travel on "Chanel Airlines"

Embarking on "Chanel Airlines":exactly in that airport terminal decor Karl Lagerfeld presented on Tuesday spring-summer collection 2016 streetwear key when randomly, air transport is top turbulent social event. Under the glass roof of the Grand Palais, a real airport terminal, everything was right there: check-in desks,luggage, ground personnel, scoreboards fl...