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With A350 Airbus expects to consolidate toehold at Japan Airlines

The delivery, last week in Toulouse, of Japan Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 aircraft was full of symbolism for both Airbus and the Japanese airline. This was nothing less than the first delivery by the European manufacturer to an airline that, to date, was...

Are aging fleets a problem?

With another two stories today about in-flight component failures (Southwest, Sichuan), we are being reminded that airplanes are vulnerable.  There is nothing quite like an airline/airplane scary story to catch people's attention. The industry safety statistics are...

Premium – Japan Airlines Fleet Review

Japan Air Lines, as it was first known at its start in 1951,  was a state-owned airline.  It remained this way until in 1987 when it was privatized.  As happened in the US, this period was the start of deregulation.  JAL, as the airline is typically known, had to...

Premium #219 – Boeing’s 787 – Breaking through Headwinds

News reports out last week suggested that Boeing’s 787 sales have slowed, and the company may be facing more financial headwinds as a result.  But before you buy into doom and gloom headlines, let’s take a look at some data points underlying the program. The 787...

Are aging fleets a problem?

With another two stories today about in-flight component failures (Southwest, Sichuan), we are being reminded that...