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PARIS 2019: Spirit Aero shows new production technologies 
Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems unveiled new production methods for carbon fiber composite materials that the company said will lower costs and increase production volumes on future aircraft components.
US report on airline IT outages finds few customer complaints 
A US government watchdog report on airline IT outages and their effect on passengers concludes that while a large majority of outage events lead to flight delays and cancellations, they account for less than 1% of customer complaints.
Analysts: Environmental risk grows for commercial airliner industry 
A group of financial analysts have said they suddenly see environmental concerns emerging as the next major risk to commercial aircraft deliveries, on top of international trade wars and other conflicts.
United Technologies, Raytheon agree to merge 
United Technologies and Raytheon have agreed to a merger, which could lead to a $74 billion company that provides a wider array of aircraft engines, parts, avionics, interiors, missiles and cyber technology than any other company.
Spirit AeroSystems cuts hours in response to MAX slowdown 
Spirit AeroSystems, the aerostructures provider for 70% of the Boeing 737, will shorten its workweek to 32 hours as a result of the aircraft’s production slowdown.
Boeing looks to ease supply chain strain in MAX production slowdown 
Boeing—looking at the health of its 737 production system and supply chain while MAX deliveries are halted and monthly manufacturing slowed—has a plan for raising production rates that includes potentially helping with financing for suppliers.
UBS analysis: Public perception of MAX not damaged too much 
Two crashes, 346 deaths, almost three months of groundings and a steady stream of new revelations about the Boeing 737 MAX still may have not much dented the aircraft’s image in the public’s mind, a public poll run by part of investment company UBS has suggested.
Analysts: eVTOL market could reach $13.8 billion by 2040 
Urban air mobility for the masses is not expected to take off for several years, but once it does it could become a multibillion-dollar enterprise that upends traditional aviation companies, say new consultant studies on electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
Boeing CEO: NMA timeline for 2025 entry into service ‘has not changed’ 
Boeing’s chief executive recently said that despite 737 MAX and other issues, the US manufacturer’s overall timeline for a potential new midmarket aircraft (NMA) “has not changed” and Boeing would expect a 2025 entry into service.
Collins Aerospace to expand commercial engine nacelle work at Foley plant 
Collins Aerospace executives are confident they can increase the capacity of their commercial engine nacelle operations here to meet future demands without growing their footprint or workforce, now that they have achieved delivery of the 1,000th nacelle for the A320neo program out of Foley, Alabama.
Aircraft lessors stay resilient in face of challenges 
The global Boeing 737 MAX grounding is not dooming lessors' financial results and may even help in the short term.
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Embraer 1Q results deepen analyst concerns 
Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, which is selling off most of its commercial aircraft business to Boeing, missed Wall Street’s expectations for the first quarter of 2019, leaving financial analysts increasingly worried worse could be to come.
Analysts: Lessors could benefit from Export-Import bank revival 
The Trump administration’s decision to put the US Export-Import Bank (EXIM) back in business is good news for aviation lessors, according to credit analysts.
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Embraer delivers 11 commercial aircraft in 1Q 
Embraer delivered 11 commercial aircraft in the 2019 first quarter, including the first E175 jet to Mauritania Airlines, the first of this model to the African continent.
Spirit AeroSystems suspends 2019 guidance after MAX production slowdown 
Aerostructures provider Spirit AeroSystems has suspended its financial guidance for 2019 and shelved stock buybacks, executives announced May 1, as the Wichita manufacturer tries to get a handle on costs and challenges from the Boeing 737 MAX production slowdown and groundings.
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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
Oct 30, 2019

Boeing scrutiny by lawmakers tough but necessary

While Boeing employees—and particularly CEO Dennis Muilenburg—have endured an awful two days at the US Senate and House hearings into the 737 MAX crashes today and yesterday, these hearings were necessary, and the questions posed by lawmakers were fair if often tough....More
Oct 28, 2019

Value for emissions ​

Just as value for money is a priority for airline customers, could ‘value for emissions’ be a better way of balancing the environmental – and economic - impact of aviation....More

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