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World’s longest domestic flight flies under radar

When earlier this year Air Tahiti Nui flew from French Polynesia directly to Paris (France), it broke several records along the way, including the longest domestic flight. Two months later, another French airline, French Bee, covered an even larger distance, it said. However, the latter achievement passed largely unnoticed. ...


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Singapore Airlines bets on non-stop services expansion to the US

Singapore Airlines (SIA) continues to expand its non-stop services, focusing on the Southeast Asia-U.S. market. The flag carrier has launched the first non-stop flight from Seattle, Washington, to Singapore, operated by Airbus A350 XWB, the airline’s go-to aircraft for non-stop services....


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Airbus goes the distance, prepares to unveil A350-1000ULR

Airbus A350XWB family of jetliners have become the aircraft-of-choice for many airlines competing in the ultra-long-haul market. But as the market grows, so does the appetite for an aircraft capable of flying ever longer distances. Airbus is reportedly preparing to launch the A350-1000ULR, an ultra-long-range variant of the largest member of the A350 XWB family of jetliners....


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Airbus latest figures: deliveries up, cancellations shadow orders

While the industry is still reeling from the half year 2019 results posted by the world’s two largest plane makers, Airbus continues to showcase a steady rise in its commercial aircraft deliveries. As has been the pattern, however, the airframer’s order tally also remains marred by cancellations. Republic Airways has recently walked back on its long-standing order for 40 A220 jetliners....


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Airbus steps on Boeing’s turf in China with latest A350XWB order

China’s flagship carrier, Air China, has announced it entered into a purchase agreement with Airbus to buy 20 A350-900 aircraft, boosting the European plane maker’s order book for wide-body aircraft. The deal, inked on July 11, 2019, is worth $6.54 billion....


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Airbus: JAL’s A350XWB makes maiden flight

An Airbus A350-900, destined for Japan Airlines fleet, has completed its maiden flight....


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JAL’s shiny new A350XWB rolls out of paint shop in red logo

Airbus has showed a brand new A350-900. Rolling out of the paintshop with JAL livery and a special red logo, the airliner is due for delivery in the coming months....


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Starlux Airlines signs firm order for 17 A350XWB

Starlux Airlines of Taiwan has signed a firm order with Airbus on March 19, 2019, for 17 widebody aircraft, comprising 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s....


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Lufthansa sells four A380s back to Airbus, adds 40 long-hauls

Lufthansa Group decided to update its long haul fleet with as much as 40 new Boeing Dreamliners and Airbus A350 XWBs. The order is to be split in two equal parts between Boeing 787-9s and Airbus A350-900s that are to “primarily” replace current “four engine aircraft”. Speaking of which, the Group is also removing A380s from its fleet, selling some back to the manufacturer.  ...


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Airbus orderbook shrinks by 99 aircraft in February 2019

In February 2019, Airbus faced cancellations of 103 aircraft in its orderbook, while during the same month it landed just one order for four A220s. Knowing that February was also the month when the Toulouse-based manufacturer announced the end of its A380 program, customers changing their minds of the A380 is already a widely discussed topic, but order cuts affected other models as well, including the A380 successor....