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Past articles by Tim:

Ariane 5 lifts off on last mission as Europe faces space gap

Europe's Ariane 5 rocket on Wednesday blasted off from French Guiana for the final time, carrying two military communications satellites and leaving its nations with a vacuum in autonomous access to space for the first time in more than four decades. → Read More

Airbus trials new wing designs in technology race with Boeing

Airbus is stepping up testing of radical new wing technology as the planemaker lays the foundation for a future successor to its best-selling A320 series, but faces a battle to bring down costs. → Read More

New orders and supply chain progress as Paris Airshow grapples with pandemic aftermath

The first Paris Airshow in four years has clocked up billions of dollars in commercial jet orders and offered some respite for suppliers as air travel springs back sharply from the pandemic. → Read More

Paris air show takes off with biggest ever plane order

Airbus announced a record 500-plane deal with Indian airline IndiGo on day one of the Paris Airshow on Monday, as strong demand for jets and missiles vied for attention with the industry's supply chain problems. → Read More

Biman Bangladesh to buy 10 Airbus jets, breaking Boeing reliance -minister

State-owned carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines has decided to purchase 10 planes from Airbus , in a shift from its Boeing-dominated fleet, the South Asian country's junior minister for civil aviation told Reuters on Monday. → Read More

Analysis: Lockheed-Airbus face lengthening odds in U.S. tanker re-run

European hopes of winning at the second attempt a groundbreaking U.S. military order for refueling planes are fading after the Pentagon scaled back its potential order, cooling the prospect of a new transatlantic "Tanker War," industry sources said. → Read More

Exclusive: Mystery X9 helicopter takes shape as potential successor to Airbus H145

After a decade in the shadows, one of Europe's mystery aerospace projects - the X9 helicopter - is taking shape as a potential future successor to Airbus Helicopters' H145 light-twin chopper, with plans for a demonstrator underway, industry sources said. → Read More

Spain's PLD Space aborts test rocket launch

Spanish startup PLD Space aborted a test launch of its reusable Miura-1 rocket at the last moment early on Saturday in the latest setback to European attempts to develop mainland launch capacity for small payloads. → Read More

Diverted Indian jet lands in middle of Russia airspace row

The diversion of a U.S.-built Air India jetliner to Russia with engine problems has thrust industry tensions surrounding Russian airspace into the spotlight - just a day after the head of a major American carrier predicted an almost identical scenario. → Read More

Global airlines more than double 2023 profit outlook

Global airlines on Monday more than doubled their forecast for the industry's 2023 profit but warned delays in getting planes to cope with rising demand could dampen their post-pandemic recovery. → Read More

Global airlines target Europe over green policies

Airlines took aim at Europe over green fuel mandates and its failures to stem France's air traffic control strikes as they weigh on carrier capacities at a global airlines meeting in Istanbul on Monday. → Read More

Global airlines more than double 2023 profit outlook

Global airlines on Monday more than doubled their forecast for the industry's 2023 profit but warned delays in getting planes to cope with rising demand could dampen their post-pandemic recovery. → Read More

Airbus heads towards 500-jet IndiGo order

Airbus is closing towards a potentially record deal to sell 500 narrow-body A320-family jets to India's largest carrier IndiGo , industry sources said on Sunday. → Read More

Global airline summit to tackle travel boom, climate goals

Airlines will ride the crest of a faster-than-expected recovery and discuss ways of translating climate pledges into action at a summit buoyed by a return to business as usual next week. → Read More

Cathay Pacific nears Boeing 777-8F freighter order -sources

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd is close to placing an order worth around $2 billion for Boeing 777-8F freighters as the Hong Kong carrier embarks on the partial renewal of a fleet of dedicated 747 cargo jets, industry sources said on Monday. → Read More

Qatar Airways CEO suggests 2050 net-zero goal beyond reach

The head of Qatar Airways voiced scepticism on Tuesday over an aviation industry target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, citing inadequate supplies of Sustainable Aviation Fuel and alternative hydrogen designs in their infancy. → Read More

Analysis: Jet orders boom as airlines fear shortage

Planemakers can't build them but airlines can't stop buying them. → Read More

Analysis: Airbus faces steep climb in 'make or break' delivery year

Airbus and U.S. rival Boeing were locked in a dead heat for deliveries for the first two months of the year, but the European planemaker has a tougher task to meet annual forecasts amid ongoing supply woes. → Read More

Spain may cancel remaining Airbus A400M orders -sources

Doubts are growing over the future of Madrid's remaining orders for the Airbus A400M troop plane, European defence sources said on Monday, as corporate leaders and dignitaries marked the centenary of Spain's military planemaking activities. → Read More

Dassault Aviation seeks more Rafale exports, defends business jets

Dassault Aviation highlighted negotiations for new Rafale fighter export orders and hit back at European critics of business jets as it posted higher profits on Thursday. → Read More