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An Airbus A330-700 BelugaXL freighter. (Photo: Julien.jeany [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)])

The Whales in the Sky

Today, when you board a newly-built commercial aircraft like the A350 or B787, you are stepping onto an unprecedented global feat of engineering. There aren’t many other endeavors on such a grand scale and scope that draws upon the world’s engineers and manufacturers like a commercial aircraft does.  Building a large commercial passenger aircraft is a global enterprise. An overwhelming number of the Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner main sections are built outside of the U.S. The fuselage is built in Japan…

Embraer Fiscal Year Financial Results ‘Below Expectations’

Embraer delivered its financial results for the year 2019 which some analysts consider to be below expectations. This will add to the fact that the joint venture with Boeing is now delayed as the European Union says it sees a risk for diminished competition in the airliner market. Embraer delivered…

Airbus Pays Huge Settlement in Bribery Case

The long-running probe into Europe’s largest aerospace manufacturer has come to an end and it’s not looking good for Airbus. The European manufacturer has been ordered to pay a record $4 billion to settle allegations of widespread illicit payments to middlemen across the world in countries such as China, South…

Airbus Exceeds Aircraft Delivery Forecast in 2019

Reuters has reported that 863 Airbus aircraft were delivered to customers in 2019 exceeding the manufacturer’s forecast target for aircraft deliveries. The news agency is citing ‘airport and tracking sources’ for the unaudited figure which the European manufacturer refused to comment on pending official confirmation later this month. If the…

Airbus Ends October on a Strong Note

Airbus had a strong October and looks to be finishing off the year on a solid note, albeit a slight reduction in expected aircraft to be delivered. The airplane manufacturer clocked in a series of wins in October that left an already injured Boeing even further behind. Airbus reported 415…

Boeing Rolls Out 10,000th 737, Claims New Guinness World Record

In a celebration held in Renton, Wash., Boeing officially rolled out its 10,000th 737 aircraft, which is destined to be delivered to Southwest Airlines. This milestone for the aircraft manufacturing giant marks a new Guinness World Records title for the "Most Produced Commercial Aircraft Model." The 737 reached its 5,000…

ITC Favors Bombardier and Delta in C Series Dispute

In an unexpected and shocking outcome, the U.S. International Trade Commission voted unanimously in favor of Canadian builder Bombardier, stating that the 108-seat CS100 does not represent a threat to the sales of Boeing's 737-700. The dispute started in April 2017, when Boeing filed a complaint with the US Commerce…

Embraer Reaches 2017 Delivery Outlook

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, the world's third commercial constructor, delivered a total of 210 jets in 2017. Of the 210 aircraft, 101 were commercial aircraft and 109 were executive jets (72 light and 37 large). These deliveries were well within the outlook ranges Embraer set for 2017: 97 to 102 commercial jets,…

Airbus and Bombardier Look to Double C Series Success with…

On Monday, two aircraft manufacturing giants, Airbus SE and Bombardier Inc., announced their partnership to manufacture and sell Bombardier's newest line of aircraft, the C Series. This is the first partnership on a new aircraft program between European-based Airbus and Canadian-based Bombardier, as airlines are rushing to acquire new small,…

The Biggest Global Aviation/Aerospace Clusters

Aviation has been around for more than a century now since the Wright Brothers invented the airplane. Still regarded as one of the most technologically advanced industries, aviation has seen the rise and fall of airlines, manufacturers, and other companies since its inception. This has led to cities developing into…