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China Southern Airbus A350-900 MSN398 (Photo: Airbus)

China Southern Receives 2 New A350s

On Dec. 29, China Southern received two new Airbus A350 XWBs from Toulouse, France. The new aircraft will be the 11th and 12th A350s operated by China Southern. The added capacity will be based in Shenzhen, China, the southern city that borders the special administrative region of Hong Kong. Shenzhen has been a strategic market for China Southern, as its proximity to the headquarters of China Southern in Guangzhou and its vast travel demand resulting from its status as the…

Airbus Eyes Expanding Business in China

On Dec. 20, Airbus operated the first dual-test flight in China above its Tianjin plant. Two Airbus A320neos ordered by Juneyao Airlines and Spring Airlines conducted their test flights at the same time. The operation was supported by Beijing and Tianjin air traffic control centers. Airbus Tianjin is expected to…

Boeing Records Decrease In Orders, Observes Increase In Air Cargo

On Nov. 9, Boeing reported that deliveries fell to 27 aircraft in October, while Boeing's 787 Dreamliners remained on the shelf. However, the prominent American aircraft manufacturer took advantage of robust air cargo demand by gaining an order for two Boeing 777 cargo freighters for Maersk's Star Air. The U.S.…

ANA Welcomes Final A380 to Fleet

The largest carrier in Japan — All Nippon Airways — finally took delivery of its final of three Airbus A380s that will round out its fleet operating from the archipelagic nation to the Hawaiian islands. Much like its sister planes, this A380 once again graces the skies in a turtle-themed…

Airbus Posts a Solid Month of Orders As Boeing Struggles

The global decrease in air travel in 2020 created a glut of aircraft, many of which were sent to storage to ride out the pandemic with the hope that demand returns. This meant that aircraft manufacturers, which had enjoyed orders hand over fist in the years preceding 2020, were in…

Emirates to Receive Last A380s in November As Production Ends

Dubai-based Emirates announced on Wednesday its intention to receive the final three of its Airbus A380s in November of this year, putting an end to Airbus's 14-year run building the iconic double-decker aircraft. The three aircraft were originally planned to be delivered to the carrier by June 2022. However the…

Airbus Delivers First A350 from Widebody Center in China

The quick development of China's aerospace and aviation industry has pushed it down the path to becoming one of the world's largest aviation markets in the years ahead, as the world has seen the nation inch forward with the recent manufacturing of a next-generation widebody aircraft by the Commercial Aircraft…

Air Cairo Takes Delivery of its First A320neo

Air Cairo has taken delivery of the first of two A320-200neos, with the second aircraft expected in early August. These aircraft will expand the Egyptian low-cost carrier while complementing its current fleet of seven A320s. “Adding these aircraft to our all-A320 fleet will provide Air Cairo with much-needed capacity to…

Qatar Airways Stops A350 Deliveries After Surface Paint Issues

Qatar Airways has temporarily halted deliveries of the Airbus A350 aircraft, a result of the airline's disapproval of the paint finish on the aircraft, whereby the surfaces below the paint have been deteriorating at an alarming rate. "Qatar Airways continues to experience and has witnessed a condition in which the…

Cathay Pacific Could Shrink Boeing 777X Order

Hong Kong's largest airline, Cathay Pacific, plans to reduce its order of Boeing 777-9Xs from 21 aircraft to 10-15 aircraft, according to a report from the South China Morning Post. Two internal sources briefed on the issue stated that the airline would "optimize" its order, removing billions of dollars in…