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December 14, 2006, 8:20 AM

The landing gear extension and retraction system for the Airbus A380 and the Boeing KC-767A tanker mission system are among Smiths Aerospace’s most visible contributions to this year’s Paris Air Show, but they are just the tip of a highly diversified iceberg, according to the group’s president, D

December 14, 2006, 8:17 AM

Malaysian discount-fare airline AirAsia finally chose an engine type for the 60 Airbus A320s it ordered in two batches last December and in March.

December 14, 2006, 8:13 AM

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker and Lufthansa Technik CEO August Henningsen yesterday celebrated the signing of agreements whereby Lufthansa will provide engine maintenance and live TV installations for select aircraft operated by the Arabian flag carrier.

December 14, 2006, 8:12 AM

Here at the Paris Air show on Monday, Sukhoi unveiled a mockup of its Russian Regional Jet (RRJ) forward fuselage section, including the new flight deck supplied by Thales.

December 14, 2006, 8:11 AM

France’s beleaguered President Jacques Chirac opened the 46th Paris Air Show here at Le Bourget yesterday. While his visit is intended primarily to cheerlead the country’s own aerospace and defense industry, he has lately proved to be a best friend to foreign exhibitors, too.

December 14, 2006, 8:10 AM

International Aero Engines (IAE) is talking with Airbus and Boeing about a prospective powerplant for a next-generation 150-seat airliner to follow on from the A320 and 737 families.

December 14, 2006, 8:08 AM

Avions de Transport Regional yesterday landed the first pair of three orders it plans to announce this week at the show, when Finnish regional airline Finncomm signed for eight 48-seat ATR 42-500s and New Caledonia’s Air Caledonie inked a deal for a still undefined mix of three ATR 42-500s and AT

December 14, 2006, 8:07 AM

Sweden’s Ericsson yesterday launched an airborne GSM base station intended to enable passengers to use their cellphones on board aircraft.

December 14, 2006, 8:05 AM

Gulfstream officials yesterday got a chuckle out of claims by rival Bombardier that the Canadian manufacturer’s Global 5000 business jet beat their own Savannah, Georgia-built G450 on a recent speed-record flight.

December 13, 2006, 1:40 PM

The dream of solar-powered, long-distance flight is taking shape. Bertrand Piccard, one of the two pilots who became famous with the first round-the-world balloon flight, yesterday introduced a model of a sun-powered, single-pilot airplane that could fly in 2008.

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