Articles tagged “airbus”

Delta Makes Conciliatory Gesture Toward Boeing After Trade Dispute

Delta Makes Conciliatory Gesture Toward Boeing After Trade Dispute

Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

Yes, Delta Air Lines got caught in a nasty trade dispute recently with Boeing. But it can't stay mad forever. Boeing is likely going to develop a new medium-haul jet, and it's no surprise Delta wants to be a part of the sales process. It needs to replace a lot of 767s and 757s.

1 week ago

Airlines Want Bigger Planes for Short-Haul Routes

Airlines Want Bigger Planes for Short-Haul Routes

David Fickling, Bloomberg

In recent years, Airbus and Boeing have introduced completely new airplanes for long-haul routes. Now, it's time for them to do the same for short-haul and regional flying. Boeing may move first, with its proposed 797. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

2 weeks ago

New Airbus Sales Chief Promises a More Subdued Approach Than His Predecessor

New Airbus Sales Chief Promises a More Subdued Approach Than His Predecessor

Benjamin Katz and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

If you're new to aviation, it might surprise you. But 25 years ago, Airbus wasn't much of a competitor to Boeing. A lot of executives helped the European manufacturer grow, but few were as influential as its long-time sales chief, John Leahy, who just retired. Eric Schulz has big shoes to fill.

2 weeks ago

China’s New Commericial Jet Won’t Threaten Airbus or Boeing

China’s New Commericial Jet Won’t Threaten Airbus or Boeing

Dong Lyu and Bruce Einhorn, Bloomberg

It seems unlikely any airline in the Americas, Australia or Europe will take a chance on an unproven airplane. But China is a large market so that bodes well for the C919. And maybe once the aircraft is proven — if it ever is — airlines elsewhere will take a closer look.

2 weeks ago

Boeing and Airbus Salivate Over Growing Asian Air Market

Boeing and Airbus Salivate Over Growing Asian Air Market

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

The first 787 model was the 787-8. The Airbus A380 is technically the A380-800. Do you think the manufacturers put all those lucky 8s in their models just by chance?

3 weeks ago

Etihad Strategic Review May Jeopardize Aircraft Orders

Etihad Strategic Review May Jeopardize Aircraft Orders

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Etihad is a toxic mess financially, in sharp contrast to its consumer reputation. New chief executive Tony Douglas will have his hands full this year.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

JetBlue Postpones Upgrading the Smaller Aircraft in Its Fleet

JetBlue Postpones Upgrading the Smaller Aircraft in Its Fleet

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

JetBlue said it is delaying decisions on its narrow-body, 100-seat aircraft because of the murky plans of manufacturers Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer. But it may also be debating if the revenue benefits are worth the fleet's costlier operation than other types of aircraft.

1 month 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 months ago

Airbus Sold 705 Planes in 2 Weeks But Jumbos Are a Tough Proposition

Airbus Sold 705 Planes in 2 Weeks But Jumbos Are a Tough Proposition

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Both Airbus and Boeing have experienced troubles in selling their largest wide-body planes, but Boeing has managed the issue more efficiently.

2 months ago