Though Boeing won the title of largest aircraft maker for the better part of a decade, woes over its troubled 737 Max may let rival Airbus steal the spotlight. With 150 more aircraft deliveries during the first half of 2019 than its competitor, the French planemaker seems ready to take the crown. In other news, Virgin Galactic plans to go public and France may impose an “eco-tax” on flights leaving of the country.
In Mexico, Santa Lucia International Airport remains a hot topic. While its construction has been postponed indefinitely, the Minister of Communications and Transport seems confident that construction can begin as soon as this month and the Minister of Tourism is planning informative talks with tourism associations to discuss the topic.
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Boeing’s aircraft deliveries fell by 37 percent in 2Q19. The US OEM halted deliveries of 737 Max in March after two fatal crashes led airlines and governments worldwide to ground the plane. Should this trend continue, Boeing may lose its title as the “biggest planemaker.”
Airbus soared in deliveries during the first half of 2019, surpassing Boeing by 150 aircraft. This places the French planemaker well on its way to become the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer.
Virgin Galactic plans to go public by late 2019. The company will merge with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp to list its shares.
France will “eco-tax” airlines flying out of the country. This tax, which will vary depending on flight length and destination, is expected to raise about €180 million per year.
Santa Lucia International Airport
Mexico’s Minister of Tourism, Miguel Torruco, plans to hold a series of informative chats with tourism associations addressing the Santa Lucia International Airport (AISL).
The Minister of Communications and Transportation (SCT), Javier Jímenez Espriú, claimed that despite pending lawsuits AISL will begin construction in July.
Mexico’s Civil Engineers College (CICM) said the construction of Mexico’s New International Airport (NAIM) was more viable than AISL’s.