Articles tagged “a380”

World’s Biggest Passenger Aircraft Begins Its New Life as a Charter Airliner

World’s Biggest Passenger Aircraft Begins Its New Life as a Charter Airliner

Benjamin Katz and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

It's not unusual for an established airliner to go on to a second career as a charter aircraft. But it's rare that a charter company like Hi-Fly to get an aircraft so new. That's what happens when an aircraft falls out of favor in the industry. Only a few major airlines see much of a future for the superjumbo.

4 months ago

Superjumbo Jets Could Get New Lives After Major Airlines Retire Them

Superjumbo Jets Could Get New Lives After Major Airlines Retire Them

Ania Nussbaum and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

The Airbus A380 isn't the most efficient aircraft, and major airlines usually only make money with it flying between the biggest cities. But carriers with different models can improve the jet's economics by packing on seats, so it makes sense some operators would want used A380s, if they can get them cheaply.

4 months ago

British Airways May No Longer Want More Superjumbo Jets

British Airways May No Longer Want More Superjumbo Jets

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

British Airways is one of the only airlines in the world that might want to take more Airbus A380s, if the price is right. Considering the narrow market, Airbus may have to make British Airways an offer it can't refuse. Otherwise, the airline will look elsewhere for large jets.

6 months ago

British Airways Could Buy Several More Superjumbo Jets from Airbus

British Airways Could Buy Several More Superjumbo Jets from Airbus

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Do you also have whiplash? Earlier this week, a senior Airbus executive said the manufacturer may have to kill the A380 program because of a lack of sales. But soon after, Airbus said it sold at least 20 to Emirates. Now comes word British Airways may want more. Perhaps the end is not near for the superjumbo.

10 months ago

Emirates Offers the A380 a Lifeline With New Order

Emirates Offers the A380 a Lifeline With New Order

Christopher Jasper and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

The A380 isn't dead yet but it will need someone other than Emirates to show an interest if it is going to survive in the long run.

10 months ago

Airbus Casts Doubt on the Future Production of the World’s Largest Jet

Airbus Casts Doubt on the Future Production of the World’s Largest Jet

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

The A380 hasn't sold early nearly as well as Airbus expected. Is it possible most airlines will never want a plane so big? Or is the A380 merely ahead of its time? Perhaps more carriers will want a massive jet as more airports face capacity crunches. But by that time, the A380 could be out of production.

10 months ago

Airbus Mulls China Production Role to Jumpstart Sales of Superjumbo Plane

Airbus Mulls China Production Role to Jumpstart Sales of Superjumbo Plane

Ania Nussbaum and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Spreading out production facilities too widely can sometimes lead to problems, but Airbus would be aware of the complications. Getting Chinese airlines to buy into the A380 proposition is a high priority to revive lackluster sales.

10 months ago

Boeing Is Just About Giving Up On Selling Jumbo Jets

Boeing Is Just About Giving Up On Selling Jumbo Jets

Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

Boeing is right that its iconic 747 does not have much of a future as a passenger jet. Airbus is in slightly better shape — but not by much. Airlines don't want behemoth four-engine aircraft anymore. Most want single-level, two engine planes.

1 year ago

Forget the Amenities — To Sell A380s Airbus Is Helping Airlines Add Seats

Forget the Amenities — To Sell A380s Airbus Is Helping Airlines Add Seats

Benedikt Kammel , Bloomberg

For nearly a decade, airlines have made the A380 their flagship, adding bars and lounges and showers. That fun stuff will remain, but in the future, we're more likely to see the A380 fill a different niche — as a people mover. Airlines can easily put more than 600 seats on it.

2 years ago

Qantas Has Eight More A380s On Order, But has Little Use for Them

Qantas Has Eight More A380s On Order, But has Little Use for Them

Andrea Rothman and Angus Whitley , Bloomberg

For any airline not called Emirates, A380s work best for the biggest cities, such as London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Sydney and Shanghai. For most other places, they have too many seats.

2 years ago

You Will Have to Wait a Little Longer to Fly the World’s Most Crowded A380

You Will Have to Wait a Little Longer to Fly the World’s Most Crowded A380

Marisa Garcia, Skift

Certain routes just demand more crowded seating to be viable, and not every passenger market seems to mind as much, but that's still a lot of people on a single plane.

3 years ago

Airbus A380 Is the Plane Airlines Aren’t Ordering Anymore

Airbus A380 Is the Plane Airlines Aren’t Ordering Anymore

Andrea Rothman, Bloomberg

The Airbus 380 is facing an identity crisis as the manufacturer encourages airlines to stuff more seats into the aircraft for efficiency's sake.

4 years ago