China’s financial leasing arm cancels orders for 29 Boeing 737 MAX jets

On Monday, adding to its string of recent cancellations, China Development Bank (CDB) Financial Leasing Co stated, it has agreed with Boeing, to cancel the purchase of 29 undelivered 737 MAX jets. The 737 MAX has been grounded globally for more than a year following deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. “In light of evolving…

SpaceX could be valued at $36 billion in latest funding round

According to sources familiar with financing of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the company is looking to raise around $250 million, which could see its valuation touch $36 billion, reported CNBC. According to CNBC’s report, SpaceX plans on raising the amount at a price of $220 per share. The funding round is expected to close after the…

Chinese EV startup Xpend raises $400 million in latest funding round

On Wednesday, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd backed Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Xpeng stated it has raised $400 million from investors including Xiaomi Corp, to fund its growth. The fundraising comes at a time when industry watchers as well as bankers describe as an increasingly tough financing environment for Chinese EV startups who are jostling…

U.S. postal service to use self-driving trucks in a landmark pilot project

The implications of this pilot project has manifold benefits. It will not only lower operating costs but also improve delivery time and significantly reduce the problem of driver shortages. On Tuesday, in a development that marks a significant milestone in efforts to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology for hauling freight, the U.S. Postal Service stated, it…

Apple ties up with Ant Financial Services Group and several banks to ease purchase of interest free iPhones

While Apple’s market share in China have shrunk significantly, those of domestic smartphone makers including most notably Huawei, have expanded. Chinese consumers view those using iPhones as traitors. While Apple’s iPhones may be cost effective, unless it targets the core issue of nationalism, it would be surprising if it were to make any significant headway.…