Aircraft News July 2005.

 
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Demand for planes and parts increases May factory orders. Strong demand for airplanes and parts helped raise U.S. factory orders 2.9% in May. The gain was the largest in 14 months. However, gains across different sectors were uneven, machinery and computer orders decreased, and orders for cars were flat. Jul 6, 2005

WTO creates panel to investigate Boeing, Airbus subsidy dispute. World Trade Organization panels will investigate whether the EU and U.S. paid illegal subsidies to respective jet makers Airbus and Boeing. The U.S. claims Airbus receives illegal state aid to develop its jetliners. Airbus counters that Boeing receives unfair subsidies in the form of defense contracts. Observers say the conflict could escalate into the biggest trade battle in history. Both sides say they are open to further negotiations. Jul 20, 2005

Airbus may forgo state subsidies for A350. The chief financial officer of EADS said jetmaker Airbus may decide not to use state loans to develop its planned A350 jetliner. Hans Peter Ring said forgoing the loans may help Airbus reach a settlement in a dispute with the U.S. over aircraft subsidies. U.S. jetmaker Boeing believes the state loans Airbus receives to develop new planes amount to unfair subsidies. Airbus counters that Boeing receives subsidies in the form of defense contracts. Ring said EADS will decide by September whether to develop the A350. Jul 8, 2005

Air China orders 20 Airbus A330-200s. Air China said it will buy 20 Airbus A330-200s which will help it expand to more international destinations. Airbus will start delivering the planes in May. Jul 22, 2005

Airbus lands orders for up to 80 jetliners. Airbus received orders from LAN Airlines and GE Commercial Aviation Services for up to 80 jetliners, Air Transport World reported. LAN ordered 25 narrowbodies with options for an additional 15 planes. GECAS signed a letter of intent for 40 jetliners. Jul 1, 2005

American considers winglets to improve 757s' efficiency. American Airlines may soon add winglets to its Boeing 757s. The small airfoils installed at the wingtips would reduce a plane's drag and allow it to fly longer routes, such as New York to Europe. A spokesman said the company hasn't made a decision to purchase the winglets yet, but is "looking to maximize our aircraft capabilities." Jul 8, 2005

ATA Airlines to outsource more maintenance, reservations jobs. Bankrupt ATA Airlines plans to outsource more heavy maintenance and reservations jobs. The company said the move will save $100...

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