Airbus, Qatar Airways Conflict Escalates With A321neo Order Termination
In a highly unusual move Airbus has terminated a Qatar Airways order for 50 A321neos.
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Singapore Airlines Orders Seven A350Fs, Options For Another Five

By Chen Chuanren Dec 15, 2021
Singapore Airlines will be the first airline to operate the A350F, which is set to enter service in Q4 2025.
Aircraft & Propulsion

EASA Flags 13 A350s With Lightning-Protection Risk

By Alan Dron Dec 08, 2021
The proposed airworthiness directive (PAD) is to ensure affected aircraft do not have two production-quality problems that, when subjected to an intense lightning strike, could create a fuel tank vapor ignition source.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Qatar Airways Seeking Replacement Capacity For Grounded A350s

By Victoria Moores Nov 30, 2021
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has said that ongoing problems with his Airbus A350 fleet are causing a “large dent” in his carrier’s widebody operations.
Airlines & Lessors

Finnair Taxiway Incident Linked To Pandemic-Related Airport Staff Cuts

By Sean Broderick Nov 30, 2021
The probe into the Feb. 21 incident found risks linked to airport operator Finavia’s decision to reduce airfield maintenance staff.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Shipping Giant CMA CGM Group Signs For Four A350F Freighters

By Mark Nensel Nov 19, 2021
CMA CGM's A350Fs are the second commitment for the type following Air Lease Corporation’s order for seven A350Fs at the Dubai Airshow.
Airlines & Lessors

Qatar Airways Grounds 13 A350s In Dispute Over Fuselage Surface

By Jens Flottau Aug 05, 2021
Qatar Airways says it has grounded 13 Airbus A350s after “the fuselage surface below the paint” was found to be “degrading at an accelerated rate.”
Aircraft & Propulsion

Lufthansa Expects U.S. To Reopen International Travel In September

By Jens Flottau Aug 05, 2021
Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr now expects the U.S. to reopen air travel for fully vaccinated international passengers by the end of September, a step that could be a key milestone in the airline’s recovery.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Gets Board Approval For A350 Freighter

By Jens Flottau Jul 29, 2021
The aircraft is to enter service in 2025, though no launch order has been signed to date. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Delta Air Lines Secures Deals For Used A350s, 737-900ERs

By Lori Ranson Jul 14, 2021
Delta Air Lines is taking advantage of opportunities in the used aircraft market to fortify its fleet.
Airlines & Lessors

LATAM Opts To Shed A350s Amid Bankruptcy Restructuring

By Lori Ranson Apr 09, 2021
LATAM Airlines Group is using its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization to retire its Airbus A350 widebodies, which will streamline its twin-aisle fleet to all Boeing aircraft.
Airlines & Lessors

Airbus, Malaysia Airlines Sign Five-Year Flight Hour Services Extension 

By Chen Chuanren Apr 08, 2021
Airbus and Malaysia Airlines have signed an agreement to extend an existing Flight Hour Services Components (FHS-C) contract for another five years. 
Maintenance & Training

Lufthansa Converts A350 To Climate Laboratory

By Graham Warwick Apr 07, 2021
The A350 will replace an A340-600 previously used to measure trace elements and greenhouse gases in the tropopause. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Aeroflot Resumes Widebody Fleet Development After COVID-19 Pause

By Maxim Pyadushkin Mar 12, 2021
Russia’s Aeroflot has resumed the evolution of its widebody fleet after a one-year pause. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Taiwan's Starlux Eyes Los Angeles For First U.S. Route

By David Casey Dec 15, 2020
Los Angeles has been earmarked by Starlux Airlines as the Taiwanese carrier’s first U.S. destination as it builds on plans to grow its international network.
Airports & Routes

Japan Airlines To Slash Boeing 777 Fleet, Citing COVID-19 Travel Shifts

By Adrian Schofield Oct 30, 2020
Japan Airlines (JAL) plans to cut its widebody fleet by retiring many of its Boeing 777s, following a similar move announced recently by All Nippon Airways (ANA).
Airlines & Lessors

Rolls-Royce Acts On Trent XWB High-Time Wear Issue

By Guy Norris Aug 11, 2020
Rolls-Royce has discovered cracks in the intermediate pressure (IP) compressor blades of higher-time Trent XWB-84 engines during scheduled overhaul but said early detection will enable the speedy development of a fix.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus To Increase Interest Payments In Bid To Resolve WTO Dispute

By Alan Dron Jul 24, 2020
Airbus has agreed to increase the amount of interest it is paying on launch aid from the French and Spanish governments for the A350 in a bid to end…
Aircraft & Propulsion

Qantas Stresses March Deadline For Project Sunrise Deal, Report Says

By Adrian Schofield Feb 13, 2020
Qantas has reportedly reiterated that it needs to reach a deal with its pilots by the end of March so it can finalize an order for Airbus A350-1000s to operate new ultra-long-haul routes.
Air Transport

Air France Ramping Up Airbus A350 Operations

By Thierry Dubois Feb 11, 2020
Air France is gradually increasing the importance of the Airbus A350-900 in its operations, notably as a way to cut costs compared to earlier-generation aircraft.
Air Transport

EASA Issues Emergency AD After A350 Cockpit Liquid Spills

By Jens Flottau Feb 06, 2020
EASA published an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) Feb. 6 requiring a liquid-prohibited zone in Airbus A350 cockpits, following two inflight engine shutdown incidents.
Air Transport

Singapore Airlines To Launch Brussels Service

By Chen Chuanren Dec 17, 2019
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced it will launch commercial flights to Brussels, Belgium, starting Oct. 25, 2020
Air Transport

Cathay Pacific To Cover Hong Kong Route For Air New Zealand

By Adrian Schofield Dec 12, 2019
Cathay Pacific Airways has agreed to temporarily take over its partner Air New Zealand’s (ANZ) Hong Kong flights, which will help ANZ cover for a shortage of international capacity.
Air Transport

Airline CEO Sees Reduced Long-Haul Crew In Near Future

By Thierry Dubois Dec 11, 2019
The advent of two-pilot crews in long-haul operations—without a third pilot for rotation during the flight—may be as close as five to six years from now, according to Groupe Dubreuil’s chief airline executive.
Air Transport