Airbus announced it has begun A330-800 production in preparation for final assembly in late 2017 and first flight in early 2018. It is also preparing for the first flight of the A330-900.
Boeing, JetBlue startup Zunum Aero to launch 12-seat regional aricraft
US startup Zunum Aero plans to launch a 12-passenger regional airliner with hybrid-electric propulsion with venture-capital backing from Boeing and New York-based JetBlue Airways.
Boeing to acquire Aurora Flight Services
Boeing will acquire Aurora Flight Sciences Corp., a northern Virginia-based advanced aerospace platforms manufacturer, to further the development of autonomous systems technologies behind future robotic aircraft and aerospace vehicles. Pictured: Aurora CEO John Langford & Boeing CTO Greg Hyslop
MH370 final report
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which coordinated and led the huge underwater search for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that went missing in 2014, has issued its final report, saying it is “almost inconceivable and certainly societally unacceptable” that what happened to the aircraft and those onboard remains unknown.
Bahrain-based Gulf Air and Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines are to codeshare on their services between Bahrain and Istanbul. Pictured: Gulf Air deputy CEO Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi and Turkish Airlines deputy chairman Bilal Ekşi.
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