Articles tagged “airbus”

For the First Time, Allegiant Air Learns What It’s Like to Configure a New Airplane

For the First Time, Allegiant Air Learns What It’s Like to Configure a New Airplane

Brian Sumers, Skift

Did you know how much effort went into designing a plane's cabin? Skift got the scoop from Allegiant Air, which will take its first new airplane from Airbus later this month.

3 weeks ago

Airbus Lands China Southern Deal for up to $6 Billion

Airbus Lands China Southern Deal for up to $6 Billion

Dong Lyu, Bloomberg

China Southern shows an enormous appetite for buying aircraft. It may buy about 300 planes by 2020, bringing its total to 1,000. That's more than American Airlines is expected to own by then.

4 weeks 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 months ago

Boeing Wins Another Big Potential Sale in Iran

Boeing Wins Another Big Potential Sale in Iran

Julie Johnsson, Terrence Dopp and Richard Clough, Bloomberg

There are so many unknowns. We don't know whether the U.S. government will allow the sale to go through. And we don't know whether Iran's airlines can absorb or pay for all the aircraft they've ordered. They certainly need new planes, but perhaps not hundreds of them from Airbus and Boeing.

2 months ago

Lufthansa is Counting on A350s to Boost Profitability in Munich

Lufthansa is Counting on A350s to Boost Profitability in Munich

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

With fuel prices low, it's not as important for airlines replace older planes. But there's an exception. The Airbus A340s flown by Lufthansa have four engines, and they're considered gas guzzlers. For Lufthansa, replacing them with A350s makes a lot of sense, and it should help profitability in Munich.

2 months ago

Boeing Feels Heat From Airbus to Debut Its Longer 737 Aircraft

Boeing Feels Heat From Airbus to Debut Its Longer 737 Aircraft

Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

Aircraft delivery schedules are complicated mechanisms and notorious for delays. But for Boeing's sake it sounds like their customers aren't willing to wait forever as Airbus also dangles attractive products in front of the industry.

3 months ago

Hawaiian Air Won’t Fly the Plane Expected to Revitalize Its Fleet Until 2018

Hawaiian Air Won’t Fly the Plane Expected to Revitalize Its Fleet Until 2018

Brian Sumers, Skift

A three-month delay isn't that big of a deal, but the timing isn't great for Hawaiian. The airline would have preferred to have some of its new A321neos in service by the fourth quarter, when demand for Hawaiian vacations picks up.

4 months ago

Airbus Keeps Its Slight Edge Over Boeing in Aircraft Orders

Airbus Keeps Its Slight Edge Over Boeing in Aircraft Orders

Benjamin Katz , Bloomberg

It's a good thing Boeing and Airbus have such a large backlog, because it's likely both manufacturers will see more order cancellations and deferrals in the coming years. Many airlines probably committed to adding more planes than they need.

4 months ago

As Cycle Ebbs, Airlines Need Fewer Jets from Airbus and Boeing

As Cycle Ebbs, Airlines Need Fewer Jets from Airbus and Boeing

Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

Airlines placed massive orders over the past decade from Boeing and Airbus. Many carriers committed to buying planes they did not need. Now, Boeing and Airbus are finally starting to feel the pinch. But don't worry too much for the manufacturers. They still have plenty of firm orders to fill.

5 months ago

Airbus Wants Airlines to Radically Rethink the Passenger Experience

Airbus Wants Airlines to Radically Rethink the Passenger Experience

Brian Sumers, Skift

The basic aircraft cabin has not changed in decades. Airbus wants to give airlines flexibility to innovate, and that's impressive. But let's be honest. It is unlikely carriers will ever adopt Airbus' new platform. And if they do, it's even less likely they use the new functionality to install coffee shops or onboard gyms.

5 months ago

Airbus’ Biggest A350 Jet Makes Its First Flight

Airbus’ Biggest A350 Jet Makes Its First Flight

Christopher Jasper and Andrea Rothman, Bloomberg

The ascendance of twin-jets like the Airbus A350-1000 doesn't mean four-engine wide-bodies will see their retirement anytime soon. The price of fuel will have a lot to say about the viability of the biggest planes.

6 months ago

Can a Chinese Manufacturer Challenge Airbus and Boeing?

Can a Chinese Manufacturer Challenge Airbus and Boeing?

Dong Lyu, Bloomberg

Three decades ago, few analysts thought Airbus could challenge Boeing, and now the two manufacturers essentially have a duopoly, so it's probably best not to sell COMAC short. But the company has a lot to accomplish before it will match its larger competitors.

7 months ago