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Airbus to revamp aviation’s A320 workhorse

An Airbus employee works on the electrical wiring in a Airbus A320 aircraft at the Airbus SAS plant in Saint-Nazaire, France. (AP)

European planemaker Airbus plans to upgrade its best-selling A320 medium-haul jets from 2016 with new engines offering 15 percent fuel savings, as it fends off upstart competitors.

Airbus said on Wednesday it would invest just over $1.3 billion in the “A320neo” project to improve efficiency and cut harmful emissions and noise. Get the full story »

Rolls-Royce to swap out, repair leaky A380 engines

Rolls-Royce will temporarily replace engines that have oil leaks on the world’s largest jetliner after one motor disintegrated midair, an aviation regulator told The Associated Press on Monday.

The official said the British engine-maker would take off faulty engines and replace them with new ones. It will then fix the leaking part and swap the engine back again. Get the full story »

Smoke forces Boeing 787 test flight landing

A Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner on Tuesday made an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas, after the crew reported smoke in the cabin during a test flight, according to the company and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The No. 2 plane of Boeing’s six-member test fleet was on a planned flight and routine approach to the Texas border city when a fire broke out in the rear of the cabin at about 2:50 p.m. local time. Get the full story »

BMW recalls over 350,000 vehicles on brake issue

A Rolls Royce car at a showroom in London, Oct. 1, 2010. BMW is recalling some of its own brand and Rolls-Royce cars because of a potential braking problem. (Reuters/Paul Hackett)

Bloomberg News | BMW, the world’s biggest maker of luxury cars, said it’s recalling almost 350,800 BMW-brand and Rolls-Royce models worldwide to repair a power-brake system fault.

The voluntary recall involves fixing brake-pressure pumps on 345,000 BMW 5-, 6- and 7-Series models and 5,800 Rolls-Royce cars built from 2002 until 2010, Frank Strebe, a BMW spokesman, said today in a phone interview from the Paris Motor Show. The new version of the 5-Series sedan isn’t affected, he said.

The fault was detected when drivers complained that they needed to push harder on the brake pedal on cars with high mileage, Strebe said. The Munich-based carmaker is telling customers to bring in their vehicles as a “pro-active” measure, and that the fault poses no safety issue, he said, adding that he doesn’t have an estimate of the cost to BMW. Get the full story »

Boeing 787 to meet schedule despite engine blowout

Rolls-Royce Group’s plan to recover from the August blowout of a 787 Dreamliner engine should allow the plane to meet its schedule, said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President Jim Albaugh. A Rolls-Royce team will brief Boeing today and tomorrow in Seattle, where Boeing builds its airliners, Albaugh said. The London-based engine-maker’s steps will let Boeing’s 787 enter service as planned early next year, he said. Get the full story »

Engine problem halts Boeing 787 test plane

Boeing Co. said Wednesday that it had a serious problem with one of the Rolls-Royce engines on one of its 787 Dreamliner test aircraft, requiring it to be replaced.

The plane manufacturer, whose carbon-composite 787 is already almost three years behind schedule, said it was too early to tell if the setback would delay the plane’s testing phase and eventual delivery date. Get the full story »

Boeing blames engine for latest 787 delay

Boeing Co. has pushed back delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner by several weeks, a widely expected decision but also the latest in a series of embarrassing glitches that have disrupted production of the hotly anticipated aircraft.

The postponement of the carbon-composite airplane, already more than two years behind schedule, is attributed to a delay in the availability of a Rolls-Royce engine needed for the final phases of flight testing. Get the full story »