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China threatens sanctions on US firms linked to Taiwan warplanes sale

Bejing - China on Wednesday blasted a huge planned US arms shipment to self-ruled Taiwan and threatened to sanction firms involved in the sale of F-16 fighter jets.

Chocks away for round-the-world Spitfire flight

Chichester - A vintage World War II Spitfire plane took off for an unprecedented journey around the world on Monday, which will see the iconic aircraft soar over some 30 countries.

Airbus profits more than double in first half

Paris - European aerospace giant Airbus Wednesday reported profits more than doubled in the first half of the year, a strong result it attributed mainly to increased production of its A320 family of aircraft.It said net profits reached 1.197 billion euros ($1....

Boeing apologises for 737 MAX crashes as Paris Air Show opens

A top Boeing executive apologised Monday for two crashes of 737 MAX jets that together killed 346 people, disasters which have pushed safety to the top of the agenda as aerospace firms gathered for the opening of the Paris Air Show.

Boeing's embattled chief faces tough crowd at Paris Air Show

Paris - Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg will have his work cut out for him at the Paris Air Show this week as he tries to reassure airlines and industry partners over the fate of its flagship 737 MAX plane, indefinitely grounded after two fatal crashes.

Gathering clouds cast shadow over Paris Air Show

Paris - Slumping orders, production bottlenecks, regulatory pressures and the prospect of fewer flyers: Aviation executives have plenty on their minds as they head to France on Monday for the opening of the Paris Air Show.

Global airline body warns of US-China trade war spillover

Seoul - The intensifying US-China trade war and rising fuel prices will continue to bog down airline profits this year, the International Air Transport Association said Sunday.

Global airline body warns of US-China trade war spillover

Seoul - The intensifying US-China trade war and rising fuel prices will continue to bog down airline profits this year, the International Air Transport Association said Sunday.

737 MAX jet grounded for at least 10-12 more weeks: IATA

Paris - The global aviation association IATA expects Boeing's troubled 737 MAX 8 plane to remain grounded for at least 10 to 12 more weeks, director general Alexandre de Juniac said Wednesday.

FAA considered grounding some Boeing 737 Max planes last year: source

New York - US regulators considered grounding some Boeing 737 MAX planes last year after learning belatedly of a problem with a system that is now the main suspect in two deadly crashes, a source close to the matter said.

Acting Pentagon boss cleared of ethics wrongs by internal inquiry

Washington - Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was on Thursday cleared of any ethics violations in an internal Pentagon investigation into links with his former employer Boeing, where he worked for 30 years.

FAA sets multi-nation review of Boeing's troubled Max planes

Washington - The US Federal Aviation Administration is planning what it calls a comprehensive multi-nation review of the control systems of the Boeing 737 Max airliner to include experts from nine civil aviation authorities.

EU 'ready to respond' to US in Airbus/Boeing row

Washington - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned on Friday that Europe was ready to hit back at any US tariffs against Airbus as he pleaded for an "amicable solution" to the long-running dispute.

Battle for space more stealth than Star Wars

Colorado Springs - At tens of thousands of kilometers above the Earth, a Russian satellite slowly approached the French-Italian satellite Athena-Fidus in October 2017, a move France later denounced as "an act of espionage.

US approves $3.8 billion F-16 sale to Morocco

Washington - The United States on Monday approved the sale of 25 F-16 fighter aircraft to Morocco for $3.8 billion, the State Department announced.

A week after Ethiopia crash, questions swirl around Boeing

New York - Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft are grounded across the world following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, casting a harsh spotlight on the plane's safety certification and the close relationship between Boeing and American authorities.

Grounding the Boeing 737 a touchy subject for US authorities

New York - Following Sunday's crash in Ethiopia of another Boeing 737 MAX 8, the second such accident in five months, the flagship US manufacturer faces fresh questions about the planes' airworthiness.

SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully docks on ISS

Washington - SpaceX's new Dragon capsule successfully docked on the International Space Station on Sunday, NASA and SpaceX confirmed during a live broadcast of the mission."We can confirm hard capture is complete," NASA said.

SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully docks on ISS

Washington - SpaceX's new Dragon capsule successfully docked on the International Space Station on Sunday, NASA and SpaceX confirmed during a live broadcast of the mission."We can confirm hard capture is complete," NASA said.

Dragon capsule successfully separates from rocket: SpaceX

Cape Canaveral - SpaceX's new Crew Dragon astronaut capsule was on its way to the International Space Station Saturday after it successfully launched from Florida on board a Falcon 9 rocket.

NASA to make final attempt to contact Mars Opportunity Rover

Washington - US space agency NASA will make one final attempt to contact its Opportunity Rover on Mars late Tuesday, eight months after it last made contact.

Embraer shares take off after Bolsonaro approves Boeing merger

S - The share price in Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer soared Friday as markets reacted favorably to the country's President Jair Bolsonaro approving a merger with us giant Boeing.The share price jumped 7.

Airbus shares plunge on reported US corruption probe

Paris - Shares in European aircraft maker Airbus tumbled more than nine percent Thursday after French daily Le Monde reported it could face record fines of several billion dollars in a US corruption inquiry.

Boeing, Embraer forge on with tie-up after Brazil suspension reversed

S - US planemaker Boeing and Brazil's Embraer said Monday they have approved the terms of a partnership to create a joint venture now worth $5.26 billion -- more than when they first announced it in July.

Germany opens negligent homicide probe in Mali Airbus chopper crash

Berlin - German prosecutors said Wednesday they had opened a probe against three individuals for negligent homicide in the 2017 crash of a German military helicopter in a UN operation in Mali.

NASA counts down to landing of Martian quake-sensor, InSight

Tampa - NASA is counting down to a nail-biting touchdown Monday of the $993 million Mars InSight, the first spacecraft to listen for quakes and study the inner workings of another rocky planet.

Silent plane with no moving parts makes 'historic' flight

Paris - The blue glowing jets of science fiction spacecraft came a step closer to reality on Wednesday as US physicists unveiled the world's first solid-state aeroplane powered in flight by supercharged air molecules.

Cygnus cargo ship launches to ISS

An unmanned Cygnus cargo ship blasted off Saturday toward the International Space Station, marking the second supply mission in 24 hours destined to carry food and supplies to the astronauts living in space.

Poor weather delays US space cargo launch to Saturday

Washington - Windy weather pushed back until Saturday the planned launch of a US cargo ship loaded with supplies for astronauts living at the International Space Station, NASA said Thursday.

China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered

Zhuhai - China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the international community's orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country's major ambitions beyond Earth.
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