A criminal investigation is likely to dent Airbus's reputation and hand an advantage to U.S. rival Boeing.
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.
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.
Airlines tend to follow each other, so expect more carriers to defer orders for big jets in the near future.
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.
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.
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.
There's certainly demand for faster coast-to-coast and intercontinental flights. But airlines and aircraft manufacturers don't seem to want to develop the technology that could make it happen.
Just because airlines are placing large airplane orders doesn't mean part manufacturers can necessarily keep up with demand while maintaining high quality.
BA is the envy of every European airline right now.