Airbus settles old corruption cases with French prosecutor

Airbus has reached a settlement with the French Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) to avoid prosecution and a potential fine in two corruption cases. The cases involve the acquisition of civil aircraft, helicopters, and satellites by Libya and Kazakhstan in 2007 and...

Airbus and Air Canada invest in Canadian carbon capture plant

Airbus and Air Canada have both announced investments in a Canadian firm that is developing direct air carbon capture and storage (DACCS) technology. Carbon capture is seen by both the airframer and the airline as a means to decarbonize aviation. Airbus and Air Canada...

Insight: Calhoun’s rabbit could be Embraer

Boeing’s President and CEO’s line about pulling a rabbit out of the hat may resonate in unintended ways. It was, on reflection, not the way David Calhoun might have given his message. Firstly, it was not a signal of strength. It was back to the “moonshot” –  akin to buying a lottery ticket. Secondly, don’t be surprised that if and when Boeing’s next airplane emerges, it is nicknamed Rabbit. If Volkswagen could have one, why not Boeing?

On the face of it, the rabbit comment reflects poorly on Boeing. A company with a century of aviation history. The company with an unmatched heritage. After 100 years of leading aviation, we are asked to wait for a rabbit out of the hat. Seriously?


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Boeing seeks exemption to address 787 paint peeling

Boeing is seeking an exemption from the FAA from regulations that prevent it from properly addressing the issue of paint peeling on the wings and horizontal stabilizers of the 787. The airframer says that it can solve the problem with a new paint system, but that...