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Airbus unveils concepts for hydrogen-powered plane

Airbus unveils concepts for hydrogen-powered planeTOULOUSE - It is the planemaker's latest effort to draw public attention to its "zero-emission" ambitions as European governments push for cleaner technology in their post-COVID recovery plans. Airbus has set itself a deadline of 2035 to put a carbon-free commercial aircraft into service, a target engine makers described as ambitious.
Crisis deepens
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Airbus CEO warns of compulsory layoffs

Airbus CEO warns of compulsory layoffsTOULOUSE - The head of European planemaker Airbus has warned staff of compulsory layoffs as air travel fails to recover as quickly as expected from the coronavirus crisis. The warning in a letter to its 130,000 staff from Chief Executive Guillaume Faury, seen by Reuters, marks a more pessimistic tone from the planemaker.
Safety
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Boeing in talks with FAA about 787 production issue

Boeing in talks with FAA about 787 production issueSEATTLE - Boeing said late on Thursday it was in discussions with U.S. safety regulators about a manufacturing issue found last year in its 787 Dreamliner. KOMO News Radio in Seattle reported the issue involved the vertical tail fin on the 787, citing federal records, and could affect 680 airplanes.
China
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Zhuhai airshow to go ahead as originally planned

Zhuhai airshow to go ahead as originally plannedBEIJING - China's International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, the country's biggest airshow, will go ahead in November, the organiser said on Wednesday, backtracking on an earlier announcement the 2020 event had been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Quality issues
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Boeing expects 787 delivery delays

Boeing expects 787 delivery delaysSEATTLE - Boeing warned on Tuesday of delays in deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner, as three separate production flaws over the past year hamper efforts to develop an alternative cash cow to its grounded 737 MAX. The 737 MAX secured its first firm order in 2020, Boeing said in separate news.
Trade war
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U.S. leaves tariffs on Airbus aircraft unchanged

U.S. leaves tariffs on Airbus aircraft unchanged WASHINGTON - The U.S. government on Wednesday said it would maintain 15% tariffs on Airbus aircraft and 25 percent tariffs on other European goods, despite moves by the European Union to resolve a 16-year-old dispute over aircraft subsidies - a step Airbus "profoundly regrets".
EASA
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Rolls-Royce reveals A350 engine issues

Rolls-Royce reveals A350 engine issuesLONDON - Britain's Rolls-Royce will carry out extra inspections on some of its Trent XWB engines which power the Airbus A350 airliner. Rolls-Royce said on Tuesday that the issue would not cause significant customer disruption or material cost, as it affected a small number of XWBs of a certain age.
Sunday Times
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Private sector to lead British aerospace bailout

Private sector to lead British aerospace bailoutLONDON - Led by Airbus the British aerospace industry plans to put aside one billion pounds to bail out struggeling suppliers, the Sunday Times reported without revealing sources. The private sector initiative hopes to be matched by additional government funds to keep supply chains alive.
Test flights
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EASA gives no firm date for 737 MAX to fly again

EASA gives no firm date for 737 MAX to fly againPARIS - Europe's air safety watchdog has no firm date for Boeing's grounded 737 MAX to resume flights, it said this week, adding that the U.S. planemaker had some more work to do before a 17-month-old safety ban could be lifted in Europe. The U.S. is moving to clear the jet for skies soon.
United States
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Airbus faces shareholder lawsuit

Airbus faces shareholder lawsuitNEW YORK - Airbus was sued on Thursday by shareholders who accused the European planemaker of securities fraud for misleading them about its ability to avoid and manage corruption accusations over nearly 4-1/2 years. Airbus had already settled a probe with U.S. authorities.
FAA
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Boeing fined for pressuring safety oversight workers

Boeing fined for pressuring safety oversight workersCHARLESTON - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday said it was proposing to fine Boeing Co 1.25 million Dollars after the agency alleged Boeing managers at its South Carolina plant exerted undue pressure on workers who handle safety oversight work on behalf of the agency.
Loss
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Boeing winds down 747 production by 2022

Boeing winds down 747 production by 2022SEATTLE - Boeing said on Wednesday it would cut production on its marquee 787 and 777 jet programs, delay ramp-up plans on the 737 MAX, and confirmed the demise of the 747 jumbo, as it reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss due to the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Poised for commercial flights
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Virgin Galactic unveils space plane's cabin

Virgin Galactic unveils space plane's cabinWASHINGTON - Billionaire Richard Branson's space tourism firm Virgin Galactic revealed the interior of its centerpiece space plane on Tuesday, showing off a cabin with new custom seats and a "space mirror" in a virtual tour of what its passengers can expect to experience on flights to the edge of space.
Airbus
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Britain rockets into unknown with OneWeb

Britain rockets into unknown with OneWebTOKYO - Internet for remote regions: Britain is betting that Airbus co-sponsored satellite operator OneWeb will help it boldly go into a post-Brexit era. But it faces formidable challenges to complete a working constellation and rebuild a collapsed venture that has proved a money pit for investors.
JetZero
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UK wants to be first with carbon zero Atlantic plane

UK wants to be first with carbon zero Atlantic planeLONDON - The United Kingdom wants to be the first to develop a commercial jet plane to fly across the Atlantic Ocean without any carbon emissions. Prime Minister Boris Johnson surprised some in the aviation sector on Tuesday when he promised the United Kingdom would produce the world’s first zero emission long haul passenger plane.
737 MAX
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Boeing completes FAA certification flights

Boeing completes FAA certification flightsWASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Co have completed certification test flights on the 737 MAX, a key milestone toward the plane's return to service, the U.S. regulator said on Wednesday. The MAX has been grounded since March 2019 after two fatal crashes in five months killed 346 people.
Report
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Boeing kept FAA in the dark about MCAS

Boeing kept FAA in the dark about MCASWASHINGTON - Boeing failed to submit certification documents to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) detailing changes to a key flight control system faulted in two fatal crashes, a long-awaited government report seen by Reuters has found. The FAA currently evaluates an update to the system.
Aerospace crisis
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Airbus to cut 15,000 jobs

Airbus to cut 15,000 jobsPARIS - Airbus on Tuesday unveiled plans to shed around 15,000 jobs including 900 already earmarked in Germany, saying its future was at stake after the coronavirus pandemic rocked the air travel industry. An additional 900 jobs are at stake at Airbus tier 1 supplier Premium Aerotec.
FAA
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Boeing begins crucial certification test flights for 737 MAX

Boeing begins crucial certification test flights for 737 MAXSEATTLE - Boeing began a series of long-delayed flight tests of its redesigned 737 MAX with regulators at the controls on Monday, hoping to win approval and rebuild its reputation after fatal crashes that toppled its leaders and grounded the jet worldwide.
FAA
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Boeing starts 737 MAX certification flight tests

Boeing starts 737 MAX certification flight testsWASHINGTON - Pilots and test crew members from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing are slated to begin a three-day certification test campaign for the 737 MAX on Monday, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Regulators abroad will watch the flights and data closely.

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