If it costs less to make airliners in America than Asia, a lot of things are going to change for Airbus and Boeing, and there are wider implications for the Australian economy.
The delivery of Emirates’ A380 number 50 is not the story for the airline industry. The story is its disclosing that it will have a further 40 of them in service in little more than three years
There are several ways to look at Emirates cancelling its entire order for Airbus A350s this morning, Toulouse time. One is to see the giant Dubai carrier as having blinked, for the first time, in its seemingly endless program of massive expansion.
In separate developments, India is allowing A380 services and Indonesia’s Lion Air is tendering for larger capacity airliners than the 787s it had on order, citing growth and airport congestion issues at Jakarta.
The publicist effect which worked so badly for Boeing when the Dreamliner was constantly on-time but kept slipping until it was more than three years late entering service is starting to work its magic for Canadian airliner manufacturer Bombardier
The group's most senior managers gave away little when it comes to new or derivative airliner plans, keeping industry onlookers and Boeing in a continued state of anticipation or anxiety respectively.
Will the vote heal the bitterness, and sense of loss? As someone with family in Washington state, and who nearly went to work for the man at Renton in the mid 60s, when I was still entitled to US citizenship, I wish.
The first Boeing 787-9, which will after testing become an Air New Zealand jet, is on its way to Auckland, the first stage of a tour which will take it to Alice Springs for trial hot weather operations.
The sense of anxiety over the Bombardier CSeries small jet airliner project is growing even as the second of the test aircraft, FTV-2, made its much delayed first flight on 3 January.