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  • PARIS, Jan 16- When the Airbus A350 jet made its commercial debut with Qatar Airways this week, the event marked a milestone for engine supplier Rolls-Royce-- but slipping unnoticed under the radar with financing was its arch-rival General Electric. The rare decision to invest in rival technology highlights the complexities of keeping ahead in a highly...

  • Midday Glance: Aerospace companies Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 1:18 PM ET

    Lockheed Martin Corp. rose $1.57 or. 8 percent, to $193.94. Northrop Grumman Corp. rose$. 43 or. 3 percent, to $152.74. Raytheon fell$. 41 or. 4 percent, to $105.46.

  • Early Glance: Aerospace companies Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 10:13 AM ET

    Boeing fell$. 26 or. 2 percent, to $129.88. Lockheed Martin Corp. rose$. 55 or. 3 percent, to $192.92. Northrop Grumman Corp. fell$. 07 or percent, to $152.24.

  • Final Glance: Aerospace companies Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 6:08 PM ET

    Boeing fell$. 24 or. 2 percent, to $130.14. Lockheed Martin Corp. fell$. 86 or. 4 percent, to $192.37. Northrop Grumman Corp. rose$. 20 or. 1 percent, to $152.31.

  • Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh told a separate news conference at the Pentagon that he was confident the Air Force would meet its target date of declaring the F-35 A-model ready for initial combat use by August to December 2016. He said the Air Force had found a way to maintain its initial detachment of operational F-35s despite a shortage of...

  • A Jan. 5 memorandum signed by top Navy and Marine Corps officials described plans to use the V-22, built by Boeing Co and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter unit, instead of opting for a new plane, or upgrading the existing C-2As. Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley declined to confirm the Navy had decided to use the V-22 for the carrier on-board delivery mission, but he...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google will stop selling its Internet-connected eyewear to consumers until the company can develop a more polished and affordable version that's less likely to be viewed as a freakish device. Ross will report to Tony Fadell, who played an instrumental role in the design of Apple's iPod and now runs the smart-appliance maker Nest Labs that...

  • Midday Glance: Aerospace companies Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 1:59 PM ET

    Boeing fell$. 17 or. 1 percent, to $130.21. Lockheed Martin Corp. fell $1.18 or. 6 percent, to $192.05. Northrop Grumman Corp. fell$. 69 or. 5 percent, to $151.42.

  • $1 Billion contract for Northrop  Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 1:44 PM ET

    The Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a contract worth nearly $1 billion over 5 years to service and maintain nuclear missile stockpiles.

  • He said the Navy still expected to declare the F-35 C-model, which is designed for use on aircraft carriers, ready for combat use by the end of the decade, as planned. Mabus said the Navy was also looking at whether it needed additional EA-18G Growler electronic attack planes built by Boeing Co, since it was now the only military service providing that electronic...

  • Early Glance: Aerospace companies Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    Boeing fell$. 45 or. 3 percent, to $129.93. Lockheed Martin Corp. fell$. 61 or. 3 percent, to $192.62. Northrop Grumman Corp. fell$. 73 or. 5 percent, to $151.38.

  • World's newest airliner begins first commercial flight Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 12:39 AM ET

    DOHA, Qatar— The world's newest jetliner, the Airbus A350, took to the skies Thursday carrying its first paying passengers from the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar. The Qatar Airways flight departed the Qatari capital of Doha in the morning and landed around 12:30 p.m. local time in Frankfurt, Germany. Thanks to its lower operating costs, the jet, marketed by Boeing as the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James on Wednesday mapped out a series of initiatives aimed at lowering the cost of key weapons systems and getting them fielded sooner, saying that leaner budgets and growing threats made action imperative. James said the initiatives are part of a broader push by the Air Force to be more flexible, adaptable and...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Wednesday she was disappointed that SpaceX was not certified to launch military and spy satellites by the end of December as hoped, but added she was confident the company would complete the process soon. James said the Air Force remained committed to completing the certification process as...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- The U.S. Navy plans to buy V-22 tiltrotor aircraft built by Boeing Co and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter unit to replace the older C-2A turboprop aircraft it now uses to ferry passengers and cargo to aircraft carriers, two people familiar with the issue said late Tuesday. The sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, confirmed that top...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- The U.S. Navy plans to buy V-22 tiltrotor aircraft built by Boeing Co and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter unit to replace the older C-2A turboprop aircraft it now uses to ferry passengers and cargo to aircraft carriers, two people familiar with the issue said late Tuesday. The sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, confirmed that top...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Jan 13- Florida's Cape Canaveral expects to be the world's busiest spaceport this year with up to 24 rocket launches, the U.S. Air Force's operations commander said on Tuesday. The 2015 launch lineup would give the Cape Canaveral spaceport its busiest year since 1992, said Thomas Falzarano, commander of the operations group for the Air...

  • SEATTLE, Jan 13- Boeing Co said on Tuesday that it sees no business case for offering an extended-range version of its largest 737 jet, the forthcoming 737 MAX 9, to compete with a long-range plane that rival Airbus launched on Tuesday. Boeing said both its existing 737-900 jet and the MAX 9 exceed the A321's range so the long-range Airbus plane will simply catch up...

  • SEATTLE, Jan 13- Boeing Co said on Tuesday it picked the chief of its fastest-running assembly line to head the South Carolina factory where it makes the 787 Dreamliner. Beverly Wyse, who streamlined the 737 factory in Renton, Washington, as Boeing increased output to 42 airliners a month, will become vice president and general manager of the second Dreamliner...

  • SpaceX, Elon Musk and the reusable rocket dream Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 2:06 PM ET
    The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket launched by SpaceX, lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida January 10, 2015.

    A reusable rocket would slash the cost of launches, and no one is pursuing the concept more than Elon Musk.