The United States has issued licenses that allow these companies to sell commercial airliners to Iran. These aircraft purchases are likely the beginning of a whole new set of relationships.
With legendary inventor Elon Musk in the vanguard, innovators are racing to design an all-electric aircraft. One fact that spurs them on: Today's aviation-fuel airplanes are a significant part of the pollution crisis.
French leader François Hollande announced Tuesday that there were no survivors in the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525, which went down that morning in a remote area of the Alps in southern France.
The West Europeans are contemplating handing their independent arms and aerospace companies over to a conglomerate that would bestow on the United States an effective veto over the greater part of Europe's rival defense industry.
Heavy seasonal rains contributed to the fatal crash of a Pakistani passenger airplane on Wednesday morning near the country's capital city of Islamabad. Earlier reports that survivors had been found in the wreckage proved not to be true, according to The Washington Post.
A Sudan Airways passenger jet carrying around 200 people crashed while landing at the Khartoum airport late Tuesday, skidding off the runway during stormy weather, catching fire and splitting in half. Dozens of people on the craft were reported killed after earlier estimates placed the toll much higher.
Airbus, Siemens and dozens of other European companies are working on a system that would reroute control of hijacked aircraft to the ground. The system would then safely land the plane at the nearest airport.
The Airbus A380, the world's largest airliner, touched down for the first time at London's Heathrow Airport on May 18. It can carry 800 passengers, nearly 400 more than the Boeing 747. It has a lounge, fully reclining bed-chairs, a shopping area and a bar.