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Articles tagged “airbus”

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.

2 weeks 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.

1 month ago

What Will the Airline Cabin of the Future Look Like?

What Will the Airline Cabin of the Future Look Like?

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

It's good to know Airbus takes passenger experience seriously, but let's be honest: Most airlines want to squeeze as much revenue as they can from each seat, while remaining roughly competitive with other carriers.

2 months ago

Boeing 737s Rarely Fly Trans-Atlantic — But That’s About to Change

Boeing 737s Rarely Fly Trans-Atlantic — But That’s About to Change

Richard Weiss, Andrea Rothman and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Keep in mind the Boeing 737 and Airbus A321 essentially will be niche aircraft for trans-Atlantic flights. Neither has the range to fly much beyond the shortest long-haul routes.

3 months ago

Qatar Airways’ Rocky Relationship With Airbus May Impact Large Aircraft Order

Qatar Airways’ Rocky Relationship With Airbus May Impact Large Aircraft Order

Deena Kamel Yousef and Mohammed Aly Sergie, Bloomberg

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker doesn't mince words and he may sting Airbus, after being exasperated with delivery delays, by switching at least part of a pending, big aircraft order to Boeing. In a highly competitive airline market, Qatar wants to get its fleet younger.

3 months ago

Airbus Is Being Investigated by UK Fraud Authorities

Airbus Is Being Investigated by UK Fraud Authorities

Mark Deen, Andrea Rothman and Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

A criminal investigation is likely to dent Airbus's reputation and hand an advantage to U.S. rival Boeing.

4 months 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.

4 months ago

JetBlue will Add New Jets, While Eyeing Transatlantic routes

JetBlue will Add New Jets, While Eyeing Transatlantic routes

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

There's a big difference between talking about trans-Atlantic routes and actually starting them. But it seems JetBlue is taking the prospect of Europe seriously.

5 months ago

As Global Demand Slows, Airlines Defer Widebody Jet Orders

As Global Demand Slows, Airlines Defer Widebody Jet Orders

Julie Johnsson, Benjamin Katz and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Airlines tend to follow each other, so expect more carriers to defer orders for big jets in the near future.

5 months ago

Global Airlines Flirt with Adding Chinese and Russian-made Jets

Global Airlines Flirt with Adding Chinese and Russian-made Jets

Leonora Beck, Associated Press

Russian and Chinese manufacturers have not yet produced airplanes that rival Boeing or Airbus in quality. But over time, because of considerable government funding, that could change.

5 months ago

Jumbo Jets Facing Demise With Stretched-Out Boeing 777

Jumbo Jets Facing Demise With Stretched-Out Boeing 777

David Fickling, Bloomberg

With oil prices at relatively depressed levels, Airbus will do its best to ensure that jumbo jets hang in there but over the long term more fuel-efficient aircraft should rule the day for sustainability's sake.

5 months ago

Airbus Examines Live Data Streaming to End Riddle of Lost Planes

Airbus Examines Live Data Streaming to End Riddle of Lost Planes

Andrea Rothman, Bloomberg

Costly or not, having live streaming of flight data would certainly help with investigations but also provide airlines with much more insight about where more efficiencies can be improved.

6 months ago