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Air Transat's first Airbus A321neo. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Airbus to Add A321 Production Capacity in Toulouse

In a move that will be welcomed by a number of its airline partners, Airbus announced this week that the company will increase the production capacity of its popular A321 at its Toulouse facility.  Airbus Chief Operating Officer Michael Schoellhorn said: “We are enjoying an unprecedented high demand for our winning A320neo Family and especially its A321 Long Range (LR) and Xtra Long Range (XLR) derivatives. In order to optimize the industrial flow, we have decided to increase our global…

Chinese Aviation Could Quadruple Emissions by 2050

As time passes to prevent the earth’s average temperature from rising to potentially-catastrophic levels permanently, airlines are under increasing pressure to reduce their emissions. Airlines have had varying responses to this. JetBlue will go carbon neutral this year, following easyJet's precedent. Other major airlines have revealed plans to reduce their…

Contenders for MAS Stake Become Public

Malaysia Airlines has taken the next step in selling a stake of the carrier to another company in its quest to return to profitability. The country’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says that five bids have been received in hopes of selling part of the struggling carrier and keep it flying.…

Why Boeing Needs the 777X to Have A Smooth Path…

Earlier this week, Boeing announced it expected it's Boeing 777X to make its first flight as soon as Jan. 23, an event that would put an end to a months-long delay that has only exacerbated the manufacturing giant's financial troubles. Originally, the company expected the 777X to first take flight…

The Checkered History of McClellan-Palomar Airport

All airports have periods of growth and decline, but very few have such dramatic service changes, multiple times in a row. That’s exactly what has happened at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif., located roughly 30 miles north of San Diego. The airport has had four different carriers serve the airport…

Aer Lingus Faces Delays with Airbus A321neo LR Orders

Expansion plans for Irish carrier Aer Lingus have been slowed down due to delivery delays of the carrier’s new Airbus A321neo LR aircraft. “I was counting on having four Airbus A321neo LR aircraft last summer,” said Sean Doyle, chief executive of Aer Lingus at the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers conference…

Airport Ads: How Some Cities Try to Win Over Airlines…

When it comes to the world of supply and demand, the middleman isn't considered by the aviation world as passengers buy an airline ticket directly from the company. But choosing the price to pay or the airline to fly usually dictates a flyer’s starting point. For airports large and small,…

Hong Kong’s Aviation Industry Encountering Ongoing Turbulence

Hong Kong’s aviation industry has paid the price for the recent social unrest in the region.  Hong Kong Airport recorded 71.5 million passengers last year, a 4.2 percent decrease compared to the prior year. Meanwhile, total cargo declined 6.1 percent year-over-year. The passenger volume of the airport is facing its…

Embraer Studies Turboprop Development With Boeing

Embraer, the world's third-largest commercial aircraft producer and leader of the regional jets market is in "advanced stages of studying" a new model of passenger turboprop in cooperation with Boeing, stated Reuters this Monday. According to the global news agency, the size range of the aircraft would be similar or…

The Continental Turnaround: Part 2

In the next part of this series, the principles covered here focus on the customer and meeting their needs. Businesses don’t run without their customers. There needs to be money coming in. With the exception of a few special companies in the world, most businesses have competition to deal with.…