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Indian airline decides to stop free meals for some passengers

NEW DELHI: Jet Airways Ltd, India’s biggest full-service carrier, will stop providing free meals to most domestic economy class passengers from January, in the debt-laden airline’s latest move to cut costs and boost revenues. Passengers will, instead, have the option to buy meals on board, the airline said in a statement on Monday. “(The move) reflects the fast-evolving nature of Indian aviation, where an increasing number of guests want the freedom and flexibility to make their own travel choices,” Jet said. Rising…

NASA probes ‘drug-free’ policies, safety at SpaceX, Boeing

WASHINGTON: The US space agency has ordered a sweeping safety review of operations and workplace culture, including drug-free policies, at Boeing and SpaceX, two companies working to send astronauts to space, US media said Tuesday. The review was "prompted by the recent behavior of SpaceX's founder, Elon Musk, according to three officials with knowledge of the probe, after he took a hit of marijuana and sipped whiskey on a podcast streamed on the Internet," said the Washington Post, which first reported on the story.…

China will buy 7,690 new airplanes over next 20 years

BEIJING: Chinese airlines are likely to buy 7,690 planes worth $1.2 trillion over the next 20 years, Boeing Co said on Tuesday. Boeing’s latest estimate for the period to 2037 is 6.2 percent higher than the U.S. planemaker’s previous prediction of 7,240 planes last year. China will also need over $1.5 trillion worth of commercial services for its aircraft fleet, Boeing said. There are more than 10,000 Boeing commercial jetliners in service, flying passengers and freight more efficiently than competing models in the…

‘World needs 43,000 more planes in next 20 years to meet booming demand’

LONDON: The world needs to produce 43,000 new aircraft over the next two decades to meet booming demand, Boeing's CEO forecast here on Sunday. Dennis Muilenberg, chief executive of the US aerospace giant, revealed the outlook upgrade to reporters in London before the sector's Farnborough Air Show starting Monday. "We continue to see the aerospace market grow very strongly," said Muilenberg. "We see $8.1-trillion marketplace in the next ten years" for commercial, defence and services, he added. "We further…

Boeing unveils hyper-sonic jet that can travel from London to New York in two hours

Aerospace giant Boeing has just revealed that it’s working on a jet capable of flying 2.5 times faster than Concorde. Londoners could be traveling to New York City in just two hours by 2030.  The new hypersonic plane will reach a speed of up to Mach 5 (4,000mph) whilst cruising at 95,000ft – a massive 30,000ft higher than Concorde. Boeing said its plane would allow passengers to take day trips across the Atlantic. A drawing of the concept vehicle was revealed at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics…

New Boeing jet to accelerate services shake-up

CHICAGO: Boeing is doubling down on its landmark new strategy designed to muscle in on the business of maintenance providers by making its next jet the laboratory for in-house services that could radically alter the global business model for selling planes. Unlike Boeing’s last all-new design, the 787 Dreamliner, its proposed new mid-market plane will not bring a flood of revolutionary technical designs to the drawing board. But it will give the world’s largest plane maker a chance to test its new business approach of…

Boeing to build future Air Force One planes after Trump deal

WASHINGTON: Boeing said Tuesday it has reached an agreement to build future Air Force One planes after addressing Donald Trump's criticism over hefty costs associated with the presidential aircraft. "Boeing is proud to build the next generation of Air Force One, providing American Presidents with a flying White House at outstanding value to taxpayers," Boeing said on Twitter Tuesday. "President Trump negotiated a good deal on behalf of the American people." In December 2016, between his election and his inauguration,…

End of an era: Boeing 747 takes last US commercial flight

NEW YORK: The Boeing 747, the original jumbo jet that was the favorite of American presidents and key to affordable mass market air travel in the United States, will pass into aviation history this week. Nearly 50 years after the its debut, the 747 will take its final commercial flight with an American carrier Tuesday on Delta Air Lines' Seoul-to-Detroit route. It "made flying available for everyone," said Boeing chief company historian Michael Lombardi said of the iconic jet. "The 747 gave wings to the world."…

Airbus, Boeing close in on Dubai deals worth $30 billion

DUBAI: A battle for orders erupted on day one of the Dubai Airshow on Sunday as Europe’s Airbus and its U.S. arch-rival Boeing prepared to fire opening salvos worth almost $30 billion. Airbus was widely expected to announce a fresh order worth $16 billion at list prices for the world’s largest passenger jet, the A380, from Dubai’s Emirates, injecting new life into its soft-selling superjumbo program. But sources familiar with the matter said Boeing could try to upstage its European competitor by grabbing a surprise…