Virgin Atlantic Airways is poised to announce a deal with Airbus Group for 12 A350-1000 jets. The list price of this deal will be approximately $4.3 billion and through this deal Virgin hopes to strengthen its wide-body leisure fleet. Virgin will probably purchase nine of the twin-engine planes directly from Airbus while leasing three from leasing firms, whatever the case the U.K. based airline has its sights set on having more fuel efficient jets such as the Airbus A350 or the Boeing 777 replace the four engine Boeing 747s jumbos that currently form the core of its long-haul leisure fleet.


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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft closes out the year with a great deal with China Express Airlines. The Airlines increases their purchase of CRJ900 Jetliners with 10 more jetliners which brings them to a total 38 to service the Chinse Express Airlines. Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has successfully delivered 20 of the CRJ900 jetliners up to date. The value of this purchase will approximately cost the Chinese Airlines 462.6 million US. Dollars.


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A couple of weeks after having received an order for a crewed mission into space by NASA, Boeing is busy ramping up production of its CST-100 Starliner space capsule. This is the second crewed mission that NASA has ordered from Boeing and the aircraft company is working hard to help bring the U.S. space agency one step closer to launching astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil.


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Emirates, an airline based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has recently decided to retire over 50 aircraft within the next three years, as part of its modernization plan. Next year in 2016, the company will retire 26 airplanes, which include one Boeing 777-300ER, two Boeing 777-300s, six Boeing 777-200ERs, one A340-500, four A340-300s, as well as 12 A330-300s. In order to replace these retired airplanes, Emirates will be adding 36 new aircrafts in 2016, which include 16 Boeing 777-300ERs and 20 Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft.


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The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner is the latest and longest member in the Boeing 787 family of commercial aircraft. It was officially launched at the 2013 Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France, in June 2013. Boeing has finalized the detailed design for the forthcoming 787-10, the company said Wednesday.


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Rolls-Royce has a long history in the aircraft engine business, going as far as 1906. Today, it is the second-largest manufacturer of aircraft engines. The Rolls-Royce family expands by adding the Trent 7000, their seventh generation of the Trent family of engines. Introduced at the Farnborough Airshow in 2014, the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 has successfully completed its first test run on a test bed in Derby, UK.


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BOC Aviation announced that it placed an order with Boeing for 22 737 aircraft. These 22 737’s will be delivered throughout the span of 2018 to 2021. These 22 737’s consist of 11 Boeing Next Generation 737-800’s and 11 Boeing 777 MAX 8’s.


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Textron Aviation is expanding its product line. At this year’s National Business Aviation Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, Textron announced the newest member of the Cessna Citation family, the Citation Hemisphere. The new Citation Hemisphere is the biggest and longest-range Citation jet. It is expected to take its first flight in 2019.


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Bulking up its military spending due to concerns over ISIS and Russia, the UK announced that it placed an order with Boeing for nine P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. In order to beef up Britain’s defense capabilities, Prime Minister David Cameron stated in his Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) speech that the British government expects to spend $270 billion on defense equipment over the next decade-$18 billion of which will be going towards purchasing aircraft such as the nine Boeing P-8 Poseidons.


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Boeing introduced a new single-aisle 737 business jet also known as the BBJ Max. The BBJ is considered a modernized version of the 50-year-old twinjet. The four orders came from two companies. One of the companies is a Middle East operator who ordered three BBJ Max aircraft, while the other one is an Asian operator who ordered the remaining one.


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