Hackers and cyber-terrorists present an ever-evolving threat to airlines, with experts constantly testing for new vulnerabilities - including the fear that drones could be used to throw a plane off course.
Used cooking oil is one of the latest biofuel alternatives used by aviation companies to reduce carbon emissions. But even if it is already used in planes, critics say production will remain insufficient to make a difference on a larger scale.
The business outlook for civil aviation is looking bright thanks mainly to rising Asian demand for aircraft. But airlines are expected to have a harder time, with tougher competition in Europe leading to a consolidation of the sector, according to the latest industry forecast.
Aviation superpowers Airbus and Boeing are battling to dominate the transcontinental jet market, each vowing to outdo the other in delivering quieter, more fuel-efficient aircraft. EurActiv reports from the Paris Air Show.
A day after European authorities grounded Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, a team of experts from US aviation agencies and Boeing arrived in Japan on Friday (18 January) to inspect the passenger jet that made an emergency landing on a domestic All Nippon Airways flight earlier this week.
European aviation officials said on Wednesday (16 January) they are monitoring international safety investigations of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as two Japanese carriers grounded their fleets following several scares.
American aircraft manufacturer Boeing is still getting US subsidies despite Washington's claim to have stopped the handouts, the European Union said yesterday (25 September) in the latest round of the world's biggest trade dispute.
Airbus joined a chorus of concern that a European scheme to charge airlines for carbon emissions risks triggering a full-blown trade war, with implications for aircraft deals and even Europe's crippling sovereign debt crisis.
Trade judges on Wednesday (18 May) partially overturned a ruling that had accused EU states of giving Airbus illegal subsidies, but said the aircraft maker did receive billions of dollars of unfair aid that harmed Boeing.
The World Trade Organisation handed a report to US and EU officials on Monday (31 January), which industry sources said found that plane manufacturer Boeing received billions of dollars in unfair subsidies from the US government.
A World Trade Organisation (WTO) panel yesterday (23 March) called on the European Union to end illegal subsidies to Airbus, ratcheting up the stakes in the multi-trillion-dollar large aircraft market.
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has lost $27 billion in revenues over the past three years, due to the United States' payment of "lavish" illegal subsidies to its own planemaker Boeing, EU lawyers have told the World Trade Organization.
US allegations that member states granted Airbus $205 billion in illegal subsidies are "completely unrealistic", EU trade officials have said ahead of a hearing on what is expected to be the biggest-ever trade dispute in the history of the World Trade Organization.
The US plane-maker has told EurActiv of its plans to fly aircrafts on a 50% biofuels blend in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint. However, it says that it does not expect much from the inclusion of aviation in the EU's CO2-trading scheme.
In the biggest case ever to come before the World Trade Organisation, the EU and US traded charges on 22 March 2007, claiming that rival plane makers Airbus and Boeing had received billions in illegal subsidies over the past decades.
In an interview with EurActiv, Ted Austell, Boeing’s vice-president of international trade policy, and Robert T. Novick, who represents Boeing in the WTO aircraft subsidy cases, explain why they are confident in the US' case against the EU regarding subsidies awarded to Airbus, while reassuring that this dispute will not be detrimental to transatlantic relations nor to the WTO as an institution.
As the EU and the US prepare for their biggest-ever battle in the WTO, Boeing plays down the effect that the dispute could have on transatlantic relations but stresses the need for both parties to focus on a negotiated settlement.
The Commission has swiftly responded to the US decision to bring the EU to the WTO on Airbus subsidies. The Commission has decided to countersue the US and is ready for "the biggest, most difficult and costly legal dispute in the WTO’s history," said the EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson.