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December 12, 2006, 9:20 AM

Marco Cavazzoni says to mark his words: “We’ll deliver the first 747-400 Special Freighter on December 13.

December 12, 2006, 9:17 AM

The chasm separating the realm of full-size airliners and regional airplanes has claimed another victim, swallowing the Boeing 717 as surely as it did the Fokker 100 and British Aerospace 146/Avro RJ. So who, you ask, would dare tempt fate again? All signs point to Canada’s Bombardier.

December 12, 2006, 9:07 AM

As Canadian conglomerate Onex prepared for its historic buy of Boeing’s commercial subassembly plants in the midwestern U.S., 9,300 employees at Boeing sites in Wichita, Kansas, and Tulsa and McAlester, Oklahoma, understandably felt a nagging unease over their futures.

December 12, 2006, 9:04 AM

Last month Air France Industries opened an €84 million ($103 million) maintenance facility adjacent to Paris Orly Airport with a new work organization system to cater to the constant increase in third-party customers.

December 12, 2006, 9:00 AM

NH Industries (NHI) has put project studies for a commercial version of the NH90 helicopter on the back burner.

December 12, 2006, 8:56 AM

BAE already derives 34 percent of its revenues from North America, where 27,000 employees produce an annual turnover of $5.6 billion. Of equal significance, the return on sales is 8.4 percent–the highest figure in all of BAE.

December 12, 2006, 8:55 AM

The Rochester, UK facility of BAE Systems has developed the world’s first control stick that tells a pilot, through feel, that the airplane is exceeding the design envelope.

December 12, 2006, 8:54 AM

BAE Systems Platform Solutions claims leadership in developing a multispectral enhanced vision system that allows pilots to land in zero-zero visibility.

December 12, 2006, 8:53 AM

BAE Systems has all but abandoned Europe. The British defense conglomerate is putting its money into North America, where the budgets are large and the risks are low. But the U.S. government has imposed major bureaucratic controls on all foreign entities that seek to share defense technology.

December 12, 2006, 8:48 AM

Some 20 new aircraft, including the world’s largest–such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777-200 Long Range–are among the 200 types on display here, making the Paris Air Show an exceptional showcase of flying hardware.

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