Airlines back creation of global drone registry -IATA

By Allison Lampert and Jamie Freed MONTREAL/SINGAPORE, Apr 18 : The world’s airlines are backing the development of a United Nations-led global registry for drones, as a rise in near collisions by unmanned aircraft and commercial jets fuels safety concerns, an executive of their trade group said on Tuesday. The International Air Transport Association backs […]

Malaysia Airlines launches widebody tender process, could oust Boeing 787 deal -source

By Jamie Freed SINGAPORE, Apr 10 : Malaysia Airlines has launched a fresh tender process for 20-30 widebody jets that could supersede a deal with Boeing Co agreed during a high-profile U.S. visit by the country’s prime minister last year, a source with knowledge of the matter said. Its non-binding memorandum of understanding with Boeing […]

U.S. Republicans press for F-35 fighter jet sales to Taiwan amid China threat

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, March 27 : Two senior U.S. Republican senators asked the Trump administration on Monday to allow the sale of Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 fighter jets to Taiwan, saying it would help it “remain a democracy” in the face of threats from China. China’s hostility towards self-ruled Taiwan has grown since Tsai […]

Boeing moves to keep 777X on track after engine snag

By Tim Hepher SEATTLE, Mar 17 : Boeing Co has scrambled to reorganize testing of its new 777X to avoid being delayed by engine snags, while robots and mechanics are starting work on the fuselage, the executive who heads efforts to build the world’s largest twin-engined jet said in an interview. Engine supplier General Electric […]

MTU Aero says new fighter project needs to get started soon

By Andrea Shalal BERLIN, Mar 17 : Germany and France need to hammer out a realistic timetable and key requirements soon for a joint next-generation fighter jet to ensure it will be ready for use by the target date of 2035, a top MTU Aero Engines executive said Friday. MTU Chief Programme Officer Michael Schreyoegg […]

Vietnam’s FLC aims to buy 24 Airbus planes

By Mai Nguyen HANOI, March 6 : Vietnamese property developer FLC Group said on Tuesday it wants to buy 24 Airbus A321neo aircraft for its planned Bamboo Airways operation up until 2025, a deal potentially worth $3 billion. The announcement signalled an increasingly ambitious plan to invest in Vietnam’s fast-growing aviation industry by FLC, which […]