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U.S. imposes tariffs on EU goods, targeting Airbus, wine and whisky

Oct 18, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Airbus, French wine and Scottish whiskies are among the high-profile targets with Europe ready to hit back against its own list of iconic or politically sensitive US products in 2020

WTO approves U.S. tariffs worth $7.5B on EU goods in Airbus retaliation

Oct 02, 2019 - 10:48 PM

The ruling is the largest arbitration award in World Trade Organization history and a landmark moment in the 15-year long Airbus-Boeing battle

US TARIFFS. The World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva on April 12, 2018. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Airbus hit by series of cyberattacks on suppliers – security sources

Sep 26, 2019 - 3:34 PM

There have been 4 major attacks on Airbus in the last 12 months, according to two security sources involved in investigating the hacking

Airbus profits soar in H1 2019 as rival Boeing stumbles

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Airbus' revenues are up by 24% in the 1st half of 2019, with airlines placing more orders for fuel-efficient planes

Air France-KLM orders 60 new Airbus planes, plans A380 phaseout

Jul 31, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Air France-KLM says Airbus A220s would be cheaper to fly while also 'significantly reducing CO2 and noise emissions'

Image from Airbus

Airbus to ask airlines to check wings of older A380s for cracks

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency says there are reports of cracks found in wings of in-service A380 airplanes

Saudi carrier Flyadeal ditches grounded Boeing MAX for Airbus

Jul 07, 2019 - 10:40 PM

(UPDATED) Flyadeal will operate an all-Airbus A320 fleet instead of purchasing Boeing's grounded 737 MAX jets

Photo from flyadeal's Facebook page

Airbus pulls plug on costly A380 superjumbo

Feb 14, 2019 - 4:35 PM

(UPDATED) It marks a disappointing end to a bold bet on how millions of people would travel in the future, as airlines struggled to fill a plane capable of carrying anywhere from 500 to 850 people

AIRBUS A380. A picture taken on February 14, 2019 in Toulouse shows an Emirates' airline Airbus A380 parked in front of Airbus plant, as European aerospace giant announced it would end production of the A380 superjumbo. Photo by Remy Gabalda/AFP

British engine maker Rolls-Royce cuts 4,600 jobs

Jun 14, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The London-listed company, whose engines are used in Airbus and Boeing aircraft, says the latest cuts would produce $536 million of annual cost savings by the end of 2020

ENGINE MAKER. File photo shows a Rolls Royce Trend 1000 engine exhibited during the Singapore Airshow on February 7, 2018.  Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

LOOK: Philippine Airlines gets 1st aircraft under fleet renewal program

Jun 01, 2018 - 4:25 PM

It is one of the 21 A321neos PAL is getting from Airbus, and will be deployed across the Asia-Pacific region

TWO-CLASS LAYOUT. The Philippine Airlines’ A321neo has 12 business class seats and 154 seats in the main cabin. PAL photo

Your next pilot could be drone software

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

By combining their enormous amounts of flight data and experience, drone-control software applications are poised to quickly become the world’s most experienced pilots

SAFETY QUESTION. Would you be – or feel – safer if one of these people were a robot? Image from Skycolors/

PAL eyes Airbus A350-1000 as plane marks 1st touchdown in Manila

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Philippine Airlines, which is undertaking a $2-billion fleet modernization program, says it will consider Airbus' latest wide-body jet

DEMO TOUR. This is amid PAL's over $2-billion fleet modernization program, which would help the airline push its newly acquired 4-star airline status to 5 stars. Photo by Chrisee dela Paz/Rappler

PAL to spend around $2 billion on 15 new planes in 2018

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine Airlines also says it is waiting for the Civil Aeronautics Board to decide on its petition for a fuel surcharge

PAL 4 Star Awarding

Emirates announces $16-B deal for 36 A380s

Jan 18, 2018 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) The company says it has placed firm orders for 20 of the double-decker aircraft with options for a further 16. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2020.

BIG BIRD. A picture take on September 14, 2017 shows an Airbus A380 of Emirates landing at the tarmac at Dubai's International Airport. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Airbus warns A380 program at risk as orders dry up

Jan 16, 2018 - 7:19 AM

So far, the A380 has cost Airbus 18 billion to 20 billion euros, and the company says it needs to build at least 6 a year for the program to remain viable

FYING AWAY. This file photo taken on June 21, 2017 shows an Airbus A380 during a flying display at the International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget outside Paris. Christophe Archambault/AFP

Airbus to enter into partnership with Canada's Bombardier

Oct 17, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Airbus will take a majority stake in Bombardier's marquee C-Series airliner program as the Canadian firm battles against a stiff tariff ruling in the US

AIRCRAFT IN QUESTION. The Bombardier C-Series plane, which faces preliminary anti-dumping duties of 220% from the US Commerce Department. Photo courtesy Bombardier

PAL to begin direct Cebu-Bangkok flights on December 2

Oct 09, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Philippine Airlines cites 'public demand' for the route, which will have thrice weekly flights

Airbus, Boeing eye lucrative maintenance market

Jun 22, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Airbus and Boeing are targeting the service and maintenance market as a means of boosting business with the global fleet of planes on course to double by 2036

AIRBUS AND BOEING FACE-OFF. Visitors walk on the tarmac at Le Bourget on June 21, 2017, during the International Paris Air Show. Eric Piermont/AFP

Boeing, Airbus to battle it out at Paris Air Show

Jun 19, 2017 - 12:12 PM

The biennial Paris Airshow which runs to June 25 is expected to attract 150 000 industry professionals from 2 370 companies

BIG BIRDS. Jetliners stand on the tarmac on June 16, 2017 in le Bourget near Paris prior to the opening of the International Paris Air Show on June 19. Eric Piermont/AFP

Cebu Pacific to buy 7 Airbus jets for $812 million

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:03 PM

Cebu Pacific best known for its budget flights says the new planes will start arriving next March

New Russian jet takes to air in bid to rival Airbus, Boeing

May 29, 2017 - 1:25 AM

The MC 21 manufactured by Irkut Corporation can carry up to 211 passengers and fly up to 6 000 kilometers

Made-in-China passenger jet set to take wing

May 03, 2017 - 2:42 PM

China s home grown passenger jet is built to meet soaring domestic travel demand and challenge the dominance of Boeing and Airbus

FLYING SOON. A mock-up scale model of the proposed COMAC C929, a wide-bodied commercial jet to be made by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), is seen on display during the Zhuhai Air Show in Zhuhai, southern China's Guangdong province, on November 3, 2016. Stringer/AFP

PAL to gain 2 more Boeing 777s in December

Apr 24, 2017 - 4:50 PM

The incoming planes will be Philippine Airlines’ 9th and 10th of the flagship aircraft to be used primarily to service the Manila London route

Cebu Pacific links up with KLM AFI to service expanding fleet

Mar 29, 2017 - 7:44 PM

The long term contract covers a fleet of what is expected to be over 40 Airbus A320s

Boeing, Airbus trade barbs as China competition heats up

Nov 02, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The two aerospace giants also face competition from homegrown firms backed by Beijing authorities which aim to eventually beat them

The front fuselage of an aircraft is seen at the Airbus Tianjin plant in Tianjin on March 1, 2016. Air China, which is China's third largest carier by passengers carried, on February 29 said it had ordered twelve Airbus A330-300 long-haul wide-bodied jets for 2.9 billion USD. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

3 dead in Vietnam helicopter crash

Oct 19, 2016 - 6:43 PM

The Airbus EC130 helicopter disappears from radar just 23 minutes after take off in Ba Ria Vung Tau province with a pilot and two trainees on board

Engine shut down as smoke fills cabin of Jetstar flight

Sep 23, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The captain decided to shut down one of the engines as a precaution and divert the aircraft to Brisbane says a spokesman for the Australian budget airline

Airbus A320 file photo from Wikimedia Commons

Vietnam carriers sign $6.5B, 40-plane deal – Airbus

Sep 06, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Low cost private airline VietJet known for its bikini clad hostesses bought 20 planes while national carrier Vietnam Airlines and budget airline Jetstar Pacific bought 10 each

In this file photo, Vietnamese officials walk up into an Airbus A350-900 XWB during a ceremony marking the reception of the first new Airbus A350-900 XWB by Vietnam Airlines at Hanoi's Noi Bai international airport on July 2, 2015. Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Airbus profit lifted by exceptionals

Jul 28, 2016 - 12:30 AM

Orders slide by 27 but the plane manufacturer cites brisk sales at this month s Farnborough Airshow

epa05422053 An Airbus A380 is seen at the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, Britain, 12 July 2016. The Farnborough International Air Show runs from11-17 July. EPA/HANNAH MCKAY

Doomed EgyptAir flight broke up midair after fire

Jul 23, 2016 - 2:34 PM

It remains unclear whether the blaze was triggered by mechanical malfunction or a criminal act

EGYPTAIR. An EgyptAir Airbus A320 at Brussels Airport on 14 June, 2015. EgyptAir Flight MS804 was a similar plane. Image courtesy Lentokonefani/WikiMedia Commons

Farnborough reels as Airbus slashes superjumbo output

Jul 14, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Airbus will halve production of its enormous A380 to one a month beginning 2018 due to weak demand

epa04316926 The Airbus A380 at the Farnborough AIrshow in Farnborough, Hampshire, south east England, 15 July 2014. Airbus state that the company?s widebody product line ? including the next-generation A350 XWB jetliner, is making its Farnborough Airshow debut, and the double-deck A380 ? along with two aircraft from Airbus? best-selling single-aisle A320 Family will beon display at the show wichruns from 14 - 20 July 2014. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Airbus and Boeing face off at rain-soaked Farnborough

Jul 12, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Airbus reveals a 4 4 billion firm order from Virgin Atlantic while Boeing announces that China s Donghai Airlines plans to buy jets worth over 4 0 billion

epaselect epa05420940 Plane enthusiasts watch an Airbus A-380 during a flight demonstration at the Farnborough International Airshow, in Farnborough, Britain, 11 July 2016. The Farnborough International Air Show runs from 11 to17 July 2016. EPA/HANNAH MCKAY

'Probable' EgyptAir debris washes up on Israeli beach

Jul 08, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed that the plane parts found on a beach in the coastal town of Netanya on Thursday July 7 be handed over to Egypt

IN MEMORY. Egyptians light candles during a candlelight vigil for the victims of EgyptAir flight 804, inside Cairo Opera house, Cairo, Egypt, May 26, 2016. File photo by Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Second black box recovered from EgyptAir crash site

Jun 17, 2016 - 7:43 PM

It is not immediately clear how much of its data would be useable but Cairo s civil aviation authority says salvage experts managed to retrieve the voice recorder s crucial memory unit despite extensive damage to the black box

SECOND BLACK BOX FOUND. An undated handout picture provided by Deep Ocean Search Ltd (DOS) on June 16, 2016 shows crew of the search vessel 'S.V. John Lethbridge' at an undisclosed location. Photo by F. Bassemayousse/DOS LTD/EPA

Black box recovered from EgyptAir crash site

Jun 16, 2016 - 10:19 PM

The device is found broken into pieces but the salvage experts manage to retrieve the recorder s crucial memory unit

RECOVERED. A handout picture provided by Deep Ocean Search Ltd (DOS) on 16 June 2016 shows the search vessel 'S.V. John Lethbridge' in Alexandria, Egypt, 09 June 2016. Photo by F. BASSEMAYOUSSE/DOS LTD/EPA

Russia challenges Airbus, Boeing with new jet

Jun 08, 2016 - 11:00 PM

The MC 21 plane which can carry up to 211 passengers is Moscow s answer to the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737

epa05351116 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attends an official ceremony of the rollout of the first MC-21-300 mid-range passenger aircraft at Irkutsk Aviation Plant (IAP), an affiliate of Irkut Corporation, in Irkutsk, Russia, 08 June 2016. EPA/ALEXANDER ASTAFYEV / SPUTNIK / GOVERNMENT PRESS SERVICE POOL MANDATORY CREDIT

Airbus presents 3D-printed mini aircraft

Jun 05, 2016 - 4:15 PM

The 46 pound Thor is a test of what s possible with 3D printing technology

The prototype of the 3D printed plane THOR aircraft is pictured at the boot of Airbus at the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) in Schoenefeld near Berlin, on June 01, 2016. The Aerospace Exhibition at Schoenefeld Airport near Berlin takes place from June 1 till 4. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

EgyptAir black box signal detected – French investigators

Jun 01, 2016 - 8:00 PM

3rd UPDATE The flight recorder could help solve the mystery of why the Airbus A320 plunged into the sea with 66 people on board en route from Paris to Cairo on May 19

IN MOURNING. EgyptAir flight crew mourn during a march and a candlelight vigil for the victims of EgyptAir flight 804, inside Cairo Opera house, Cairo, Egypt, May 26, 2016. Photo by Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

EgyptAir crash: What we know so far

May 21, 2016 - 10:22 PM

French experts confirm that smoke was detected in the cabin of an EgyptAir plane that crashed into the eastern Mediterranean carrying 66 people but what brought it down remains a mystery

FOUND. A picture uploaded on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian military spokesperson on May 21, 2016 and taken from an undisclosed location reportedly shows some debris that the search teams found in the sea after the EgyptAir Airbus A320 crashed in the Mediterranean. Photo from the Egyptian military spokesperson's Facebook page / AFP

Search teams hunt for EgyptAir black boxes

May 21, 2016 - 3:32 PM

While Egypt s aviation minister has pointed to terrorism as more likely than technical failure French Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault says there was absolutely no indication of why the plane went down

This handout picture taken and released by the French naval Force SIRPA Marine on May 20, in Toulon, southeastern France shows the EV Jacoubet patroller leaving to take part in a search operation of the missing EgyptAir plane. Photo by Stephane Dzioba / SIRPA Marine / AFP

Wreckage of EgyptAir plane found in Mediterranean

May 20, 2016 - 11:44 PM

UPDATED They haven t died yet No one knows We re asking for God s mercy says a woman in her 50s whose daughter had been on board

Body part, seats, luggage found in EgyptAir search

May 20, 2016 - 8:20 PM

The Greek defense minister says a body part seats and one or more items of luggage have been found by crews searching for the wreckage of an EgyptAir passenger jet that crashed in the Mediterranean

LANDING. An Egyptair Airbus A330 plane lands at the Charles de Gaule airport near Paris, France,19 May 2016. Photo by Etienne Laurent / EPA

Air-sea search intensifies for missing EgyptAir plane

May 20, 2016 - 8:30 AM

UPDATED Egypt s aviation minister says while it is too soon to say why the Airbus A320 had vanished from radar screens a terrorist attack would be a more likely scenario than a technical failure

MISSING. An Egyptair plane takes off from the Charles de Gaule airport near Paris, France, May 19, 2016. According to media reports quoting Egyptair, EgyptAir Airbus A320 Flight MS804 disappeared off radar some 10 miles (16km) after entering Egypt's airspace. Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA

Cebu Pacific sells 4 Airbus planes to Allegiant Air

May 12, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Between 2016 and 2021 Cebu Pacific will also receive 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft and 16 ATR 72 600 turboprop planes

MODERNIZATION PROGRAM. The delivery of 4 Airbus aircraft to Allegiant is scheduled from 2017 to 2018

Etihad: 31 passengers injured in Indonesia turbulence

May 04, 2016 - 11:37 PM

Etihad: Twenty two are being treated by paramedics for minor injuries at the airport Nine other passengers have been taken to a local hospital

Indonesia's Garuda signs $4B-deal for new generation Airbus planes

Apr 20, 2016 - 10:38 AM

Garuda signs a firm purchase order for 14 of Airbus new generation wide bodied A330 900neo airliner

FLAG CARRIER. A technician cleaning a Garuda Boeing 747-400 plane at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang. File photo by AFP

Airbus 2015 net profits soar to $3B

Feb 24, 2016 - 5:30 PM

UPDATED The plane manufacturer also expects record breaking order levels in 2016

epa05167352 Ground crew stand next to the fuselage and livery of an Airbus A350 XWB commercial jet during the Singapore Airshow, in Singapore, 18 February 2016. The fifth edition of the biennial Singapore Airshow will run from 16-21 February 2016 at the Changi Exhibition Centre. EPA/WALLACE WOON

PAL to fly between Manila and London daily starting June 28

Feb 19, 2016 - 2:24 PM

The flag carrier increases the frequency of its direct flights to London amid strong demand

INCREASED CONNECTIVITY. The Manila-London route provides convenient connections to Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea

Airbus wins $1.85B order from Philippine Airlines

Feb 17, 2016 - 3:47 PM

3rd UPDATE The planes will be used for PAL s non stop long haul flights from Manila to the United States Canada and Europe

In this file photo, airport personnel work under Philippine Airline planes parked at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, October 8, 2015. Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

Indonesia inspects Airbus planes after AirAsia crash probe

Dec 03, 2015 - 8:06 PM

To prevent similar accidents the transport ministry said 18 officials would conduct inspections on the 75 Airbus A320s registered in Indonesia

DEBRIS. A foreign investigator inspects debris from the AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft tail during the recovery mission at Panglima Utar Kumai Harbour in Kumai, Central Borneo, Indonesia, 12 January 2015. EPA/BAGUS INDAHONO