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Boeing: Cancellations, not storage limits, are MAX production threat 
Storage space for stockpiling newly minted 737 MAXs is not an issue, Boeing told US securities regulators in a newly unveiled document, and the embattled manufacturer has been more worried about delayed or canceled orders for the grounded narrowbody.
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Report: Aviation industry is safer, but accidents more costly 
Aircraft collisions and crashes account for more than half the value of all aviation-related insurance claims (57%), equivalent to $9.3 billion and more than a quarter of claims by number (27%), according to a new report provided by major insurance provider Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Analysts: Spike in aircraft order cancellations ‘slightly concerning’ 
Year-to-date cancellations of large commercial aircraft orders are totaling 441 units through November, according to financial analysts, a worrying but not catastrophic increase over the 303 in 2018.
WTO rejects EU effort to reduce US aircraft tariff amount 
The European Union (EU) failed to prove it fixed illegal subsidies of Airbus A380 and A350 XWB production, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced Dec. 2, dispelling the assertion that the A380’s eventual wind-down settles that part of the long-running large aircraft dispute with the US and Boeing.
CAE creates white-tail MAX simulators for training demand 
Pilot training specialist CAE sees enough pent-up demand for Boeing 737 MAX training that the Canadian company has created an unspecified number of unsold “white tail” simulators, executives revealed Nov. 13.
KLM Cityhopper signed a firm order for 21 E195-E2 aircraft.
Embraer 3Q earnings take a hit from delayed Boeing deal 
The prolonged delay in closing Embraer’s sale of 80% of its commercial aircraft business to Boeing is eating into the Brazilian aerospace company’s finances in more ways than one, Embraer executives acknowledged Nov. 12 as they released their latest quarterly earnings.
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Spirit AeroSystems to buy Bombardier Aerostructures for $1.1 billion 
Marking the largest move yet in the overhaul of the aerostructures sector, provider Spirit AeroSystems will buy Bombardier’s aerostructures businesses in Northern Ireland and Morocco.
Boeing still expects MAX return to service in 2019 
Boeing remains confident the Boeing 737 MAX will be cleared to fly in at least some parts of the world by year-end, even as it acknowledges that regulatory reviews of required changes are taking longer than its return to service timeline assumes.
Analysts predict more 737 production cuts, Boeing cash strain 
The prospects of Boeing cutting or halting 737 production have grown, financial analysts and others said Oct. 21 after an internal Boeing pilot conversation over the MAX and the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) became public.
Boeing removes Muilenburg as chairman, remains CEO 
Boeing has split its CEO and chairman roles, demoting Dennis Muilenburg on the board of directors, and giving the chair seat to the company’s leading independent director, David Calhoun, in the wake of the 737 MAX fiasco.
United Technologies, Raytheon merger approved 
Raytheon and United Technologies shareowners “overwhelmingly” approved all proposals necessary to complete the merger of UTC’s aerospace businesses—Collins Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney—with Raytheon, the companies announced Oct. 11.
Boeing-Embraer commercial JV postponed to early 2020 
Boeing and Embraer on Oct. 3 formally acknowledged they do not expect their commercial aircraft joint venture deal to close until “early 2020” after the European Commission indicated its competition review will extend into a Phase II.
WTO arbitrator permits US to collect up to $7.5 billion in EU tariffs 
The European Commission and Airbus doubled down on calls for the US and Boeing to negotiate an end to the 15-year-old airliner subsidy dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO) after a WTO arbitrator green-lighted the US to collect up to $7.5 billion in punitive tariffs on European imports.
Impending WTO decision on aircraft subsidiary has industry nervous 
Nerves are fraying over the pending release of another World Trade Organization (WTO) decision in the long-running commercial airliner subsidy spat between Airbus and Boeing, with industry observers preparing for a ruling favorable to the US and Boeing that deepens a trade war with Europe.
Aviation Capital Group bought out by Tokyo Century 
Tokyo Century will buy out the rest of US lessor Aviation Capital Group (ACG) from Pacific Life Insurance this year, the companies announced Sept. 9.
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Dec 6, 2019

Next-generation bundling: Emissions offsets included

In the face of mounting social pressure, European airlines are upping their environmental game. Are emission offsets about to follow the path of WiFi and online-purchase delivery fees, where they become bundled into the basic price?...More
Nov 14, 2019

Wizz CEO’s attack on premium cabins is a sustainability red herring

The CEO and co-founder of Budapest LCC Wizz Air has issued a statement calling for all airlines to ban premium cabins on flights of less than five hours....More
Nov 4, 2019

Korean goes K-pop in its safety video

Korean Air has just released details of its new safety video and it is certainly different; it’s a music video featuring K-pop band SuperM, which created a song for this purpose....More

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