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Australia to buy 58 US F-35s for $11.6bn

Australia will purchase 58 more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at a cost of Aus$12.4 billion ($11.6 billion, the government said. The new aircraft will bring Australia's total JSF force to 72 aircraft, with the first due to arrive in Australia in 2018 and enter service in 2020. "The F-35 will provide a major boost to the Australian Defence Force's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities," Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in a statement released late Tuesday. The deal is in addition to 14 F-35s Australia already approved in 2009.

Australia to buy 58 US F-35s for $11.6bn

Australia will purchase 58 more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at a cost of Aus$12.4 billion ($11.6 billion) in a major upgrade to defence capabilities, the government said. The new aircraft will bring Australia's total JSF force to 72 aircraft, with the first due to arrive in Australia in 2018 and enter service in 2020. "The F-35 will provide a major boost to the Australian Defence Force's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities," Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in a statement released late Tuesday.

JetBlue pilots vote to join Air Line Pilots Association after turning down earlier union bids

WASHINGTON - The National Mediation Board said Tuesday that pilots at JetBlue Airways Corp. voted overwhelmingly to unionize, reversing two earlier votes. The pilots will join the Air Line Pilots Association. Of the 96 per cent of pilots eligible to vote, the association said 71 per cent voted to unionize. JetBlue has more than 2,500 pilots. Both the airline and the pilot's union will now organize negotiating committees, JetBlue CEO Dave Barger said.

JetBlue pilots vote to join union; shares fall

(Reuters) - JetBlue Airways Corp <JBLU.O> pilots voted on Tuesday to join the Air Line Pilots Association union, opting to have a bargaining agent after rejecting unionization in two prior votes. The pilots are the first employee group at the New York-based discount carrier to elect to have a bargaining agent. Shares of JetBlue were down 1.9 percent to $8.59 in afternoon trading.

Government says average airfare rose less than 1 per cent to $381 per trip in 4Q 2013

DALLAS - The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the average domestic airfare rose to $381 in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 0.3 per cent increase from a year earlier. The government said that the highest average fares were in Huntsville, Ala., at $528, and the lowest were $249 in Long Beach, Calif.

Lost codes spark Japan airport scramble on eve of Obama trip

Airport authorities in Japan launched a frantic scramble to change security pass codes, an official said Tuesday, the day before Barack Obama arrives, after an airline employee dropped a memo containing the details. The news came as security in the Japanese capital was dramatically ramped up, with 16,000 police officers deployed in readiness for the first state visit by a US president in nearly two decades. A Skymark Airlines employee at the busy Haneda airport in Tokyo lost a piece of paper bearing security codes on Sunday afternoon, a transport ministry official said.

China's Shandong Airlines orders 50 Boeing planes for $4.6 bn

Shandong Airlines, one of China's smaller carriers, said it has agreed to buy 50 passenger planes from US manufacturer Boeing for $4.6 billion, in another sign of the country's growing demand for air travel. The company signed a deal on Monday to purchase 16 Boeing 737-800s and 34 Boeing 737 MAX planes, a statement said, in a drive to grow its fleet for future business expansion.

China's Shandong Airlines orders 50 Boeing planes for $4.6 bn

Shandong Airlines, one of China's smaller carriers, said it has agreed to buy 50 passenger planes from US manufacturer Boeing for $4.6 billion, in another sign of the country's growing demand for air travel. The company signed an agreement with Boeing on Monday to purchase 16 Boeing 737-800s and 34 Boeing 737 MAX planes, a statement said, in a drive to grow its fleet for future business expansion.

China's Shandong Airlines orders 50 Boeing 737s worth $4.6 bn

China's Shandong Airlines said it has agreed to buy 50 737 passenger airplanes worth $4.6 billion from US manufacturer Boeing. The company "signed an agreement with Boeing on April 21 to purchase 50 Boeing 737 planes", it said in a statement dated Monday. The order includes the purchase of 16 Boeing 737-800s and 34 Boeing 737MAX models, the statement said, adding that the base price of the total order was about $4.6 billion. Shandong Airlines, based in eastern China, will receive the aircraft in batches between 2016 and 2020, the statement said.

China's Shandong Airlines orders 50 Boeing 737s worth $4.6 bn

China's Shandong Airlines said it has agreed to buy 50 737 passenger airplanes worth $4.6 billion from US manufacturer Boeing. Shandong "signed an agreement with Boeing on April 21 to purchase 50 Boeing 737 planes", it said in a statement dated Monday. The planes include 16 737-800s and 34 737MAX models, the statement said, adding that the base price of the planes was $4.6 billion. tjh/cdh/dan
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