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December 3, 2011

Final Call: Airbus Sues Boeing Over Winglet Patent, Qatar Demands A330 Freighters

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Written by: Phil Derner Jr.
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Photo of the Day: Air Force One hangs out at JFK while the President does his thing in NYC. (Photo by Manny Gonzalez)

• Airbus has sued Aviation Partners Boeing in a fight against the patent of their winglet design, which Boeing says is being copied by Airbus. [Reuters via Airwise]

• NASA’s New Horizons probe, launched in 2006, is now the closest that a spacecraft has ever come to Pluto. It’s not quite there yet though. It has a mere 1.5 billion kilometers to go, and is expected to reach the distant dwarf planet in 2015. [UniverseToday]

• Cathay Pacific Cargo has placed into service its first Boeing 747-8F. of their ordered 10, showing off the special scheme at a ceremony for the unveiling of a new Honk Kong cargo terminal. [WorldAirlineNews]

• Qatar Airways CEO Al Baker warns Airbus that they are late in the cargo game as they are slow to offer freighter conversions of Airbus A330-200s, of which Airbus is looking to produce directly instead of rebuilding existing airframes. [FlightGlobal]

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Phil Derner Jr.
Phil Derner founded NYCAviation in 2003. A lifetime aviation enthusiast that grew up across the water from La Guardia Airport, Phil has aviation experience as a Loadmaster, Operations Controller and Flight Dispatcher. He owns and operates NYCAviation and performs duties as an aviation expert through writing, consulting, public speaking and media appearances. You can reach him by email or follow him on Twitter.



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