Airbus' acquisition of a majority stake in Bombardier's C Series plane threatens to leave Boeing trailing in a race to develop a new generation of more advanced short-haul jets. At one level, the deal appears to be neat way of providing Airbus with a 108 to 160 seat narrow-body aircraft, fitting...
POSTED 19 Oct, 2017 0 Comments
Airbus and Boeing have thrown their hats into the ring to produce ultra-long range jets capable of non-stop flights from Australia's largest cities to New York and London. Under Qantas' ambitious 'Project Sunrise' program, the highly-competitive Kangaroo Route from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane...
POSTED 5 Sep, 2017 33 Comments
Qantas wants to begin non-stop flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to London, New York, Paris and Rio by 2022 – provided it can convince Airbus or Boeing to develop an ultra-long range jet capable of conquering the 18 to 20-hour direct routes. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce formally launche...
POSTED 25 Aug, 2017 66 Comments
Boeing sees the future and it doesn’t include jumbo passenger jets. Not its own iconic 747 – but not the Airbus A380 'superjumbo', for that matter. The US planemaker has dropped the category reserved for four-engine behemoths from its annual forecast for the commercial-aircraft marke...
POSTED 20 Jun, 2017 16 Comments
Boeing's new 737 Max 10 received the green light at the Paris Air Show today, with the company touting orders and commitments for 240 jets from at least 10 airlines, worth roughly US$30 billion at list prices. The aircraft marker's first new jet in almost four years is a stretched upgrade of the...
POSTED 19 Jun, 2017 2 Comments
Boeing's newest and largest 737 Max gunned down the runway and soared over the shore of Lake Washington, south of Seattle, on its way to an almost three-hour maiden flight Thursday. The latest model in Boeing’s best-selling jet family took wing five days ahead of schedule, during a week ma...
POSTED 14 Apr, 2017 5 Comments
Boeing and JetBlue Airways are investing in a startup developing an electric-powered aircraft with the potential to transform short-haul flights. Zunum Aero is designing and building 10- to 50-seat planes for trips of 700 miles initially and as much as 1,000 miles by 2030. The aircraft would fi...
POSTED 7 Apr, 2017 4 Comments
Right now, the Boeing 797 is a ‘paper plane’ – a concept existing purely in hand-drawn sketches and digital pixels. But the aircraft manufacturer could greenlight its next-gen jetliner as early as next year, with first commercial flights in 2025. Boeing will position the 797 b...
POSTED 12 Mar, 2017 19 Comments
Why settle for a pint-sized private jet when you can have one of the world's most advanced commercial jetliners parked in your hangar? That's clearly the philosophy of one very well-heeled flyer who has bought a Boeing 787 as his (or her) private jet. It's a bespoke version of the Dream...
POSTED 28 Dec, 2016 22 Comments
If you're going to plonk down the mega-dollars for a private jet, why settle for an off-the-rack interior when you can have one of the world's foremost designers create a bespoke cabin? Marc Newson – best known among the flying fraternity for his work on the Qantas Airbus A380, and now hel...
POSTED 30 May, 2016 10 Comments
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