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FAA issues emergency order to inspect airliners

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Tuesday ordered airlines to inspect their most heavily used older-model Boeing 737 jetliners for fuselage cracks. Get the full story »

Boeing takes 58 commercial orders, loses 8

Boeing Co. said Thursday it took 58 new orders for commercial planes in the week that ended March 9, but reduced the number of 787 orders by eight.

The company on its website said it took orders for four 767s from the U.S. Air Force. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd ordered 10 777s. American International Group’s International Lease Finance Corp ordered 33 737s. Get the full story »

Boeing leaning toward building new 737

A model of the current Boeing 737 in Boeing's booth at a 2008 exhibition in Singapore. (AP Photo/Maye-E Wong, file)

Boeing Co. is still leaning toward building an all-new version of its hot-selling narrowbody 737, and the new plane would outperform Airbus’ competing A320neo, Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney said Thursday.

“We’re going to do a new airplane that will go beyond the capability of what the NEO can do,” McNerney said on a webcast of an event hosted by Cowen and Co.

He reiterated that the U.S. planemaker is still making its decision on whether to rebuild its 737 or simply put new fuel-efficient engines in the existing model. A redesigned plane would produce better fuel savings, but would take longer to bring to market. Get the full story »

Experts: Dubai firm canceled some 737 orders

The cancellation of 32 orders for Boeing 737s this week appears to have been by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), and more order retractions could be coming from the airplane lessor, an analyst said on Friday.

Boeing declined to comment on Friday and has not identified the customer that canceled the order, potentially worth more than $2 billion. DAE representatives were not immediately available to comment. Get the full story »

Boeing loses 32 orders for 737s; gains 10

Boeing Co. says it has lost orders for 32 of its 737s, though the update posted by the company on Thursday did not identify the customer or customers who dropped the orders.

Boeing also says it added orders for ten 737s from unidentified customers. Get the full story »

Southwest Air pilots approve bigger Boeing jet

Southwest Airlines Co said its pilots approved changes to their labor agreement allowing the addition of a bigger-capacity Boeing Co 737 plane that will enable the carrier to transport more passengers as it expands.

The traditional low-fare airline, which is planning to buy rival AirTran Holdings Inc to bolster its presence in U.S. East Coast cities, said it would now move to finalize talks with Boeing on substitutions of 737-800 models for 737-700s. It added it expects delivery of its first 737-800 in the first quarter of 2012. Get the full story »

Sources: Airbus, Boeing mull further output hikes

Airbus and Boeing have begun sounding out suppliers on their ability to cope with further production increases of their most popular jets, taking combined output well above 80 a month within four to five years.

Three senior industry sources told Reuters consultations had started on a historic upswing which could see Airbus producing as many as 44 A320 single-aisle planes by 2014 or 2015 and its rival simultaneously rising to as many as 42 737s a month. Get the full story »

Boeing adds orders for 20 new planes

Boeing Co. says it booked orders for 20 new aircraft in the last week, although it lost a few, too. The new orders include 15 new 737s. That jet is a workhorse and it dominates Boeing’s order book. Customers also ordered five new 777s, a larger plane often used on longer flights. None of the customers were identified.

Southwest looks at adding larger 737s to fleet

Southwest Airlines Co. is considering including Boeing Co.’s 737-800 aircraft in its domestic fleet, with a decision expected before year’s end, as the discount carrier plans a push to win more business travelers and restore capacity slashed during the economic downturn.

The largest carrier of domestic U.S. passengers said the company still needs to discuss the plans with its labor units, as well as look at issues such as network flow and scheduling. Get the full story »