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Coulson Group Converting 737-300s into Firefighting Tankers

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The Coulson Group purchased six Boeing 737-300s formerly operated by Southwest Airlines to be converted into firefighting tankers, a new role for the already versatile 'Baby Boeing.' (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Engineer at Boeing admits trying to sell space secrets to Russians

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Gregory Allen Justice, a 49-year-old engineer living in Culver City, Calif., has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted economic espionage and attempted violation of the Export Control Act. Justice, who according to his father worked for Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, Calif., was arrested last July after selling technical documents about satellite systems to someone he believed to be a Russian intelligence agent. Instead, he sold the docs to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation… (arstechnica.com) More...

In Bombardier fight, Boeing sees ghost of Airbus ascent. Risks of loss of selling military planes to Canada

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Two words underpin Boeing's (BA.N) decision to launch a U.S. trade complaint against Bombardier (BBDb.TO), which plunged it into a row with Canada last week: "Never again". Still, Boeing faces a headache over what to do about lost fighter sales if Canada makes good on a threat to drop a deal for F/A-18 warplanes in retaliation for Boeing's trade claim. With Boeing's future fighter production in jeopardy as sales run dry, Boeing is anxious to keep its presence in that business long… (www.reuters.com) More...

First Delta A350XWB Takes Flight

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The first Airbus A350XWB destined for Delta Air Lines completed its first flight this morning in Toulouse, France. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Delta shoots down Boeing’s CSeries dumping claim

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Delta Air Lines shot down Boeing’s claim that Bombardier “dumped” the CSeries order, in testimony last week before the US International Trade Commission. Boeing filed a complaint April 27 that Bombardier sold the CS100 to Delta for $19.6m, well below its production cost, a price that constitutes “dumping.” (leehamnews.com) More...

Allegiant Celebrates Delivery of First New Airbus A320

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The low-cost carrier, Allegiant Air, unveiled the first brand new aircraft, an Airbus A320 (N246NV) in an event at Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). N246NV is the first aircraft from Allegiant’s July 2016 order for 12 A320ceo aircraft. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Bombardier Flies Green to EBACE

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Bombardier Learjet 75, Challenger 350 and 650, and Global 6000 jets on show at Static SD15 were flown here using biofuels supplied by AEG Fuels. The fuel was produced by AltAir Fuels, which starts with used cooking oils, and supplied by Netherlands-based SkyNRG to the KLM Jet Center in Amsterdam, where the business jets were fueled for their flights to Geneva. (aviationweek.com) More...

Embraer Executive Jets Expands Service in Russia

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Embraer Executive Jets announced the appointment of JF Service as its new authorized service center for Legacy 450s and 500s in Russia. The Moscow-based company will support operators of Embraer midsize jets with local and EASA registrations. This partnership follows the growth of Embraer’s business jet fleet in the region. Presently, more than 220 Embraer business jets are based in Europe and Africa, and Embraer recently delivered its first Legacy 500 to a Russian customer. (www.ainonline.com) More...

UAL and AAL 737s clip wings at KAUS

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A United Airlines plane and an American Airlines plane taxiing at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport have hit one another Wednesday night. The airport is waiting for the FAA to approve moving the planes back to the gates so the passengers of both flights can be unloaded. In a statement, American Airlines said the wingtip of the United plane came into contact with AA Flight 2675, which had just arrived from New York’s JFK Airport, when the American flight was stationary and… (kxan.com) More...

The Airbus A380 superjumbo is the next big thing in private jets

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The Airbus A380 has officially found a new lease on life as an ultraluxurious private jet. On Monday, Sparfell & Partners announced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition that it would sell secondhand Airbus superjumbos as head-of-state aircraft. The Geneva-based firm also announced that it would work with London's Winch Design to create the A380 private jet's opulent interior. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

India’s Vistara receives its first A320neo

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Airbus has delivered the first A320neo to Vistara, a Delhi based full service airline and joint venture between Tata Sons Ltd. and Singapore Airlines (SIA). (www.tradearabia.com) More...

Newark Airport reopens after United Airlines 757 engine fire

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New York Newark Airport (EWR) has reopened after a United Airlines Boeing 757 had a suspected engine fire while taxiing, leading to minor injuries during the ensuing evacuation. (atwonline.com) More...

Airbus might have found a way to reverse Howard’s uncomfortable legacy

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Ever since John Howard decided that the PM’s then-brand new Boeing BBJ VIP jets in 2002 had to be as uncomfortable as possible, there have been press gallery reporters, and perhaps political successors, pining for a less agonising way of covering long-distance trips. Airbus has just rekindled those dreams by releasing details of a VIP version of its high-tech remake of its wide-body A330 capable of taking a select prime ministerial party non-stop from Canberra to London, or Washington DC, or… (www.crikey.com.au) More...

TaxiBot granted certification for Airbus A320 family

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Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) TaxiBot, the semi-robotic pilot-controlled vehicle for dispatch towing, has obtained EASA certification for operation with the Airbus A320 aircraft family. (www.aerospacetestinginternational.com) More...

Delta is One Step Closer to Flying the Airbus A350 (And the New Delta One Business Class Suite)

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Delta Air Lines is one step closer to starting services with its new A350-900 aircraft. The first of 25 of the high-tech aircraft took off for the first time from the Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse, France yesterday. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Woman arrested on charges of smuggling U.S. space technology to China

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A California woman was arrested on Tuesday on federal charges of conspiring to procure and illegally export sensitive space communications technology to her native China, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Si Chen, also known as Cathy Chen, 32, could face a prison term of up to 150 years if convicted of all charges contained in the 14-count indictment returned against her by a federal grand jury on April 27, the department said. (uk.reuters.com) More...