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Photo Essay and Virtual Tour: Qatar Airways A350

Qatar Airways' new Airbus A350 visiting JFK

While Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has been the stuff of which headline writers dream about, Airbus’ new A350 XWB has quietly taken flight over the past year.
There are currently 21 in service, and the launch customer for the A350 was Qatar Airways, which currently flies the new plane from Doha to three cities in the United States, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia . Other operators (in order of appearance) include Vietnam …

American to Retire E190s, A330-300s, and some 767-300s by 2019

American to Retire E190s, A330-300s, and some 767-300s by 2019

American Airlines said on Friday it plans to accelerate the retirement of some of its Boeing 767-300 jets and stop flying its Embraer E190 and Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
The news was announced in a memo to employees on Friday.
American retired its last Boeing 767-200 exactly two years ago and plans to stop flying more 767-300s than originally planned, citing “reliability” issues. The airline will retire an additional eight 767-300s in 2018, …

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Airbus Receives Orders from China Eastern, Philippine Airlines for A350-900s

Airbus Receives Orders from China Eastern, Philippine Airlines for A350-900s

Airbus and China Eastern Airlines announced a new order for 20 Airbus A350-900 aircraft Friday, while Philippine Airlines finalized an earlier order for six of the planes.
China Eastern which operates one of the largest Airbus fleets in the world with some 300 Airbus aircraft, is becoming the third airline in China to fly the A350. The order is worth $6.1 billion at current list prices
Philippine Airlines said it had finalized …

Delta Places Order for 37 Airbus A321s

Delta Places Order for 37 Airbus A321s

Delta Air Lines announced an order for an additional 37 Airbus A321 jets Friday. The order follows Delta’s announcement on Thursday that the airline would be the U.S. launch customer for Bombardier’s C-series small narrow-body jets, as well as an order for up to 125 of the aircraft.
The A321s will have LED ambient lighting, 110v power outlets in every row, in-flight Wi-Fi, and high-capacity overhead bins.
The planes will also come …

JetBlue Takes Delivery of First U.S.-Made Airbus

JetBlue Takes Delivery of First U.S.-Made Airbus

Airbus announced the delivery of the first aircraft to be manufactured in its new plant in the United States.
The aircraft manufacturer presented the plane, an Airbus A321, to customer JetBlue Airways, at Airbus’s manufacturing plant in Mobile, Alabama. The aircraft made its first flight on March 21.
In addition to the plane delivered on Monday, Airbus currently has nine other A320 family aircraft in production at the plant. Airbus said that …

Airbus Forecasts Doubling of Latin American Jetliner Market

Airbus Forecasts Doubling of Latin American Jetliner Market

Airbus Group said Wednesday it sees the number of commercial jets operated in Latin America doubling over the next two decades.
The forecast indicates that the region will need 2,540 new passenger jets and freighters in that period, the value of which would be approximately $330 billion.
Air traffic in the region will grow at an average rate of 4.7%, Airbus said, a figure slightly higher than the world average of 4.6%. …