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BRISBANE, Australia, July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Virgin Australia today finalized a firm order for 23 fuel-efficient 737 MAX airplanes with options for four additional 737 MAX airplanes. With this order, Virgin Australia becomes the first Australian airline to finalize an order for the new 737 MAX, while adding to their existing fleet of 68 Next-Generation 737 airplanes. More 

Boeing Projects Increased Demand for Pilots, Technicians in Next 20 Years Boeing on Wednesday predicted the aviation community will require an additional 460,000 new pilots and 601,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians over the next 20 years. More

Irish lessor Avolon placed a $2.3 billion provisional order for up to 30 Boeing jetliners on Wednesday, picking a moment when many airlines are slowing orders and prices are under pressure to expand its own fleet on hopes of an economic recovery. More

Airbus on Wednesday said it is now providing its Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) performance-calculating applications for Pilots on iPad. Airlines will soon be able to download the first apps as part of its “FlySmart with Airbus” EFB portfolio from the App Store, the airframe manufacturer said. More

Humans aren't the only cargo Virgin Galactic is planning to take into space. At the Farnborough International Airshow in southern England on Wednesday, Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, announced the company's plans to build LauncherOne, a low-cost satellite launch vehicle that will put satellites into orbit, the Associated Press reports. More

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