DXB13, Day 2: A350 Regional; New Libyan airline; 777X production timeline; More on IAM-777X issue

It looks like the big news of the Dubai Air Show has already come-and-gone. There was little order activity on the second day. A350 Regional: Etihad Airlines’ order for Airbus A350s include a regional version, with lighter weight,… Read More

Odds and Ends: Air France may cut A380 orders; Boeing Everett history; BBD, EMB miss targets

Air France May Drop A380s: Bloomberg reports that Air France may cut back its orders for the Airbus A380s. This continues the challenge of Very Large Aircraft sector sales. Boeing has cut production rates twice for its 747-8…. Read More

Odds and Ends: Bombardier and American; C919 EIS; Europe blinks

Bombardier and American Airlines: Bloomberg has an analysis of the campaign at American Airlines for a large regional jet order, and how vital it is to Bombardier to win the deal. Embraer won three previous important orders from… Read More

Bombardier scores huge deal at Russian air show

Bombardier scored a huge deal at the Russian air show, MAKS, with a letter of intent for an order for up to 100 Q400 turbo-props. The Q400 has been trailing rival ATR, which is half owned by Airbus… Read More

Odds and Ends: Airbus will “win” the Air Show; AvWeek’s McNerney interview; 747-8 vs 747-400

Airbus will “win” the air show: We did this preview for CNN International. Jim McNerney Interview: Aviation Week has this long one. Dominic Gates of The Seattle Times will be blogging from the Paris Air Show. You can… Read More

First production CSeries reveal March 7; BBD sees Russia as ripe market

Bombardier earnings call today: CSeries: Bombardier will reveal its first production aircraft March 7, the company said on its earnings call today. First year production will be 20-30 aircraft, and up to 120 a year by 3 1/2… Read More

Odds and Ends: E-190 v Superjet v BBD in Russia; China’s aviation; WestJet’s speed dating; Crandall speaks

E-190 v Superjet v Bombardier: With the finding that the pilot of the demo flight of the Sukhoi SSJ 100 Superjet simply flew into a mountain in Indonesia, rather than there being a problem with the airplane, the… Read More

Odds and Ends: Taking airplanes in on trade; Q400 scores

Taking airplanes in on trade: Much is being made of Boeing taking five Airbus A340-600s in on trade to secure an order for 20 777-300ERs from China Eastern. While trade-ins are not common, neither are they unknown. Boeing… Read More

Odds and Ends: More on the Ex-Im funding renewal; Boeing studies 757 replacement

Ex-Im: Republicans continue efforts to shut down the Export-Import Bank, a move that would hurt Boeing Commercial Airplanes sales most but which also would hurt other industries as well. Delta Air Lines is the driving force behind the… Read More

Odds and Ends: A380 cost, American’s engine order, ‘war on Boeing’

A380 cost: Flight Global reports that Air France–a launch customer of the Airbus A380–just concluded a lease deal for one of the giant airplanes for a rental of $1.8m per month. For an airline of Air France’s credit,… Read More