Articles tagged “a380”

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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.

1 year ago

Virgin Atlantic Cancels Airbus Super Jumbo Order

Virgin Atlantic Cancels Airbus Super Jumbo Order

Benedikt Kammel, Bloomberg

Richard Branson loved the idea of the Airbus A380, and promised his airline would make the aircraft its flagship. But the economics of the airplane don't work for a carrier like Virgin Atlantic, and within the past few years, it became apparent the carrier would never fly them.

2 years ago

Malaysia Air Finds a New Use for Its Surplus Superjumbos

Malaysia Air Finds a New Use for Its Surplus Superjumbos

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Once seen as the future of the airline industry, the A380 is now on life support. Airlines are going to have to come up with creative ways to make it viable.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years ago

Airbus Needs Emirates Airlines to Buy More of Its A380s

Airbus Needs Emirates Airlines to Buy More of Its A380s

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

The Airbus A380 is not cheaper to run than other aircraft on a per-seat basis. Fortunately, well-funded Emirates Airline sees a recovery in demand and may decide to splurge on the superjumbos anyway.

2 years 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.

2 years ago

Airbus is Considering Adding Winglets to Boost A380 Efficiency

Airbus is Considering Adding Winglets to Boost A380 Efficiency

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

The Airbus A380 carries a lot of people, but on a per-seat basis, it's not cheaper to operate than other aircraft. Airbus wants to make it more efficient, so airlines will consider buying more of them. Few airlines want new A380s anymore.

2 years 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.

3 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.

3 years ago