Beechcraft signs order for King Air C90GTx at ABACE

Beechcraft has sold a King Air C90GTx aircraft to Chinese state-owned company Beidahuang General Aviation Beechcraft Corporation, part of the Textron Aviation segment of Textron Inc., announced the sale of a Beechcraft King Air C90GTx to the state-owned Beidahuang General Aviation Company of Harbin, China. The companies held a signing ceremony at the Asian Business Aviation…

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U.S. Travelers Say No to Knives in Union Survey

In a recent survey conducted by Washington, D.C.-based researchers Penn, Schoen & Berland for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), 90 percent of the 1,206 Americans questioned said the current policy of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on knives aboard an airplane should not be changed. The survey was conducted in response to TSAadministrator John…

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Upgrades in the Works for Farnborough Airshow Venue

The Farnborough International airshow facilities will soon see almost $39 million in upgrades, the show organizer announced last week at the Paris Air Show. These upgrades will be accomplished in two phases–the first of which includes building a permanent Chalet Row A and the latter involving erecting a permanent Hall 1. According to show organizer Farnborough…

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Feds delay policy to allow small knives on planes

Airline passengers will have to leave their knives at home after all. And their bats and golf clubs. A policy change scheduled to go into effect this week that would have allowed passengers to carry small knives, bats and other sports equipment onto airliners will be delayed, federal officials said Monday. The delay is necessary…

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Airbus Ties Up Air France-KLM, Singapore and Sri Lankan on A350s at Paris Air Show

by Julian Moxon Airbus notched up firm orders for a further 55 examples of its now-flying A350 XWB airliner yesterday here in Paris, with Air France-KLM and Singapore Airlines signing major deals. The European airframer now has 668 firm orders for the A350. And, for good measure, Airbus also managed yesterday to close a major…

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Boeing Launches the 787-10, Its Largest Dreamliner at Paris Air Show

by Gregory Polek Boeing fired the starting pistol on the much-anticipated launch of the 787-10 here yesterday, in the process collecting order commitments for 102 airplanes from five customers across Europe, Asia and North America. Air Lease, United Airlines, GE Capital Aviation Services, British Airways and Singapore Airlines form the group of launch customers. Appearing…

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Boeing and Airbus Have Good First Day at Paris Le Bourget

Despite the torrential rain at Le Bourget yesterday, Airbus and Boeing both notched up some key commitments at the Paris Air Show. While the latter edged closer to being able to launch the 787-10X, with interest from Gecas, its rival across the Atlantic also courted the world’s leading lessors, with ILFC ordering even more A320neos;…

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