Articles tagged “airbus”

Korean Air May Make A Big Widebody Jet Order to Grow Fleet

Korean Air May Make A Big Widebody Jet Order to Grow Fleet

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Korean Air flies the most modern of narrowbody jets — the Airbus A220 — but some of its widebody airplanes are getting older. It's probably time for replacement.

2 days ago

Boeing Risks Becoming a Casualty in the U.S.-China Trade War

Boeing Risks Becoming a Casualty in the U.S.-China Trade War

Bloomberg

Boeing has sought to avoid becoming caught in the trade fight between the U.S. and China, but Xiamen Airlines is in early-stage talks with Airbus, sources say. That doesn't bode well for Boeing.

2 days ago

Airbus May Race Boeing to Build Long-Range Narrow-Body Jets

Airbus May Race Boeing to Build Long-Range Narrow-Body Jets

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Airbus hinted that a longer-range version of its newest narrow-body jet, the A321 XLR, could be available by 2023. That would likely beat to market Boeing’s comparable but all-new 797. It's remarkable that the airplane manufacturer duopoly can maintain such fierce competition.

1 week ago

Emirates’ Deal to Save the Airbus Superjumbo Program Hits a Snag

Emirates’ Deal to Save the Airbus Superjumbo Program Hits a Snag

Benjamin Katz and Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

It's probably time to let the Airbus A380 die. It's an impressive machine, and a decade ago, it showed so much promise. But it turned out the world — or most of the world — didn't need a giant, double-decker aircraft with four engines.

2 weeks ago

Singapore Airlines Readies for World’s Longest Flight

Singapore Airlines Readies for World’s Longest Flight

Anand Krishnamoorthy, Bloomberg

As fuel efficiency continues to improve, the next generation of ultra-long-range aircraft will enable more of these routes to pop up. Qantas has debuted a London-Perth nonstop route, for example.

4 weeks ago

Boeing and Airbus Struggle to Deliver New Planes Because of Engine Issues

Boeing and Airbus Struggle to Deliver New Planes Because of Engine Issues

Julie Johnsson, Mary Schlangenstein and Noah Buhayar, Bloomberg

Here's yet another problem with engines that Airbus and Boeing face. The world's airlines can't be happy with these production delays.

1 month ago

Lufthansa Expects No Quick Fix for Engine Troubles on Its Newest Narrow-Body Jets

Lufthansa Expects No Quick Fix for Engine Troubles on Its Newest Narrow-Body Jets

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Lufthansa, like many airlines, hoped the Airbus A320neo would be a game-changer because of its new engines. Eventually, it probably will be. But for now, the aircraft is not performing as promised, and engine problems are to blame. Let's hope Pratt & Whitney sorts this out soon.

2 months ago

Boeing Will Deliver Some New Narrowbody Jets Late Because of Supplier Issues

Boeing Will Deliver Some New Narrowbody Jets Late Because of Supplier Issues

Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

Boeing and Airbus are producing more of their popular narrow-body jets than ever. Unfortunately, some suppliers can't keep up, and that's causing delays.

2 months ago

Uganda’s New National Airline Could Launch an Initial Public Offering

Uganda’s New National Airline Could Launch an Initial Public Offering

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Launching an airline is awfully difficult, even under ideal circumstances. At least Uganda Airlines is ready to learn from past mistakes.

2 months ago

World’s Biggest Passenger Aircraft Begins Its New Life as a Charter Airliner

World’s Biggest Passenger Aircraft Begins Its New Life as a Charter Airliner

Benjamin Katz and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

It's not unusual for an established airliner to go on to a second career as a charter aircraft. But it's rare that a charter company like Hi-Fly to get an aircraft so new. That's what happens when an aircraft falls out of favor in the industry. Only a few major airlines see much of a future for the superjumbo.

3 months ago

Uganda to Borrow From Overseas to Revive National Airline

Uganda to Borrow From Overseas to Revive National Airline

Fred Ojambo, Bloomberg

Maintaining a national carrier has already proven too difficult in some parts of Africa. Hopefully Ugandan Airlines can learn from the success of competitors like Ethiopian Airlines.

3 months ago

Superjumbo Jets Could Get New Lives After Major Airlines Retire Them

Superjumbo Jets Could Get New Lives After Major Airlines Retire Them

Ania Nussbaum and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

The Airbus A380 isn't the most efficient aircraft, and major airlines usually only make money with it flying between the biggest cities. But carriers with different models can improve the jet's economics by packing on seats, so it makes sense some operators would want used A380s, if they can get them cheaply.

3 months ago