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Boeing appears conflicted on 737 decision

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 passenger jet prepares to land at Midway Airport on April 5, 2011. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Boeing Co. may be leaning toward building a new version of its best-selling 737 narrowbody jet, but industry experts said Tuesday the company seems to be conflicted on the matter and appears increasingly less likely to make a decision in the next few months.

Boeing is deciding whether to redesign the 737 or simply put a more fuel-efficient engine in the existing design as its top rival Airbus intends to do with its competing A320. Get the full story »

Airbus moves up launch date of revamped A320

Airbus plans to bring forward by six months the entry into service of its revamped A320 jetliner, seen as key to battling Boeing and fending off emerging rivals in the largest aircraft segment. Get the full story »

Airbus probed in 2009 Air France crash

European planemaker Airbus was placed under investigation on Thursday over the 2009 crash of a flight between Rio de Janeiro and Paris that killed 228 people, Airbus Chief Executive Thomas Enders said.

Investigators are trying to establish why the Airbus 330 plane, operated by Air France, plunged into the Atlantic during a storm on May 31, 2009, killing passengers from 32 nations, including 72  French citizens. Get the full story »

WTO finds Boeing got illegal subsidies

Plane maker Boeing received unfair subsidies from the U.S. government, according to a World Trade Organization report on Monday, and Boeing and its European rival Airbus immediately quarreled over the scale of the support.

European rival Airbus said the report showed Boeing had received at least $5 billion in illegal subsidies and was only able to launch its 787 Dreamliner with such support. Boeing denied the assertions. Get the full story »

Airbus lands record $16 billion IndiGo order

Airbus on Tuesday announced what it called the biggest jet order in commercial aviation history with a $15.6 billion deal to sell 180 planes to Indian budget carrier IndiGo including the first orders for a revamped model.

The deal comes as the European planemaker tallies its plane orders for 2010, but will not enter the order book in time to decide whether Airbus will come from behind to win a fiercely contested annual battle for most sales against Chicago-based Boeing. Get the full story »

Boeing, Airbus net big orders for narrow-body jets

Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS are ringing in the the new year with large aircraft order announcements for their popular narrow-body jets.

Finance company CIT Group Inc. ordered 38 next-generation Boeing 737s worth about $3.2 billion at list price. This is the largest order CIT has placed with Chicago-based Boeing and a sign the commercial lender intends to remain a player in the aircraft leasing business after emerging from bankruptcy last year. Get the full story »

No quick decision in Boeing 737 engine debate

The waiting game is about to go into extra innings for the aviation world as Boeing Co. grapples with a tough decision on how to update its hot-selling single-aisle airplane, the 737.

Experts say an announcement on Wednesday by Boeing’s rival Airbus that it would update its competing A320 jetliner with a new engine starting in 2016 gives Boeing plenty of time to assess market needs and its own engineering capabilities. Get the full story »

Boeing keeps options open on new aircraft

Boeing Co. Wednesday said it will keep its options open on whether it will follow rival Airbus’s footsteps, after the European manufacturer said it will replace the engines on its popular A320 family of aircraft in a bid to help airlines become more efficient and save costs. Get the full story »