Articles tagged “a380”

Look for Charter Airlines to Pick Up More Airbus Superjumbos

Look for Charter Airlines to Pick Up More Airbus Superjumbos

Richard Reiss, Bloomberg

The Airbus A380 could have a longer second career as a dense people-mover for charter airlines. They can probably add them cheaply, but like the big airlines, charter carriers will have to contend with high operating costs. Fueling those four engines is not cheap.

1 month ago

Killing the Airbus Superjumbo Was an Act of Kindness

Killing the Airbus Superjumbo Was an Act of Kindness

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

Travelers and aviation enthusiasts will be sad about the end of the Airbus A380 program. But it's been on life support for awhile. It was time for it to go. On the bright side, some superjumbos should keep flying for a couple of decades.

1 month ago

Airbus to Cease Production of World’s Largest Passenger Plane

Airbus to Cease Production of World’s Largest Passenger Plane

Benedikt Kammel and Benjamin Katz , Bloomberg

The end has been in the cards for a while but Airbus is finally pulling the plug on the A380. It seems like the era of the double-decker jet is over.

1 month ago

Qantas Cancels an Order for More Airbus Superjumbo Planes

Qantas Cancels an Order for More Airbus Superjumbo Planes

Angus Whitley, Bloomberg

No one who was paying attention thought Qantas would take these aircraft. This is not a major surprise. But, yes, it is another suggestion the Airbus A380 program may not be around for much longer. The future is long-range, twin-engine jets.

2 months ago

Airbus A380 Superjumbo Has a Big Problem on Its Hands

Airbus A380 Superjumbo Has a Big Problem on Its Hands

Benedikt Kammel, Christopher Jasper and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Too many airlines may be moving on from the Airbus A380, opting for more nimble aircraft instead. It's leading to a midlife crisis.

2 months ago

Airbus Production of Superjumbo Jet May Depend on Emirates Deal

Airbus Production of Superjumbo Jet May Depend on Emirates Deal

Benjamin Katz and Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

Sales of the massive A380s are tumbling, with many airlines opting for more compact models. Now Airbus may be facing a decision: Is it really worth the cost to keep building them?

2 months ago

Emirates’ Deal to Save the Airbus Superjumbo Program Hits a Snag

Emirates’ Deal to Save the Airbus Superjumbo Program Hits a Snag

Benjamin Katz and Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

It's probably time to let the Airbus A380 die. It's an impressive machine, and a decade ago, it showed so much promise. But it turned out the world — or most of the world — didn't need a giant, double-decker aircraft with four engines.

6 months ago

Norwegian Air to Rent a Superjumbo as It Sorts Out Rolls-Royce Engine Issues

Norwegian Air to Rent a Superjumbo as It Sorts Out Rolls-Royce Engine Issues

Brian Sumers, Skift

Norwegian is likely paying a lot more to a rent a gently-used Airbus A380 than it did for Wamos Air Boeing 747. But passengers hated the antiquated 747, and Norwegian took some criticism for flying it from New York to London. This is probably a better approach.

8 months ago

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.

8 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.

8 months ago

Some Airbus Superjumbos Head to Scrapyards Due to Weak Demand

Some Airbus Superjumbos Head to Scrapyards Due to Weak Demand

Tom Lavell and Benedikt Kammel, Bloomberg

Airbus last year met its sales targets by producing more older-model planes. But the European manufacturer needs to learn from its missteps with the A380, A320neo, and other attempts at next-generation aircraft.

10 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.

10 months ago