Articles tagged “airbus”

Look for Charter Airlines to Pick Up More Airbus Superjumbos

Look for Charter Airlines to Pick Up More Airbus Superjumbos

Richard Reiss, Bloomberg

The Airbus A380 could have a longer second career as a dense people-mover for charter airlines. They can probably add them cheaply, but like the big airlines, charter carriers will have to contend with high operating costs. Fueling those four engines is not cheap.

5 days ago

Killing the Airbus Superjumbo Was an Act of Kindness

Killing the Airbus Superjumbo Was an Act of Kindness

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

Travelers and aviation enthusiasts will be sad about the end of the Airbus A380 program. But it's been on life support for awhile. It was time for it to go. On the bright side, some superjumbos should keep flying for a couple of decades.

6 days ago

Etihad Takes an Axe to Its Aircraft Order Book

Etihad Takes an Axe to Its Aircraft Order Book

Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

Norwegian isn't the only airline trying to scale back its ambitious expansion plans. Etihad is making its own drastic cost reductions in a bid to turn its business around.

7 days ago

Airbus to Cease Production of World’s Largest Passenger Plane

Airbus to Cease Production of World’s Largest Passenger Plane

Benedikt Kammel and Benjamin Katz , Bloomberg

The end has been in the cards for a while but Airbus is finally pulling the plug on the A380. It seems like the era of the double-decker jet is over.

7 days ago

One Big Jet Now Means One Big Headache for Emirates

One Big Jet Now Means One Big Headache for Emirates

David Fickling, Bloomberg

Bigger-is-better has been the mantra of Emirates when it came to jets. But the reality is that it may have to bid farewell to the A380s based on economics. Speaking of, cancelling its Airbus order will have ripple effects up and down the aviation economic spectrum.

2 weeks ago

Qantas CEO Refines Plan for London Direct Flights as the Last Frontier of Aviation

Qantas CEO Refines Plan for London Direct Flights as the Last Frontier of Aviation

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

We can tell you unequivocally that Project Sunrise, as Qantas CEO Alan Joyce describes his plans for direct service to London, Paris, Frankfurt, New York and Chicago, would not indeed be the "last frontier" of aviation. But it would be a mighty fine step.

2 weeks ago

Qantas Cancels an Order for More Airbus Superjumbo Planes

Qantas Cancels an Order for More Airbus Superjumbo Planes

Angus Whitley, Bloomberg

No one who was paying attention thought Qantas would take these aircraft. This is not a major surprise. But, yes, it is another suggestion the Airbus A380 program may not be around for much longer. The future is long-range, twin-engine jets.

2 weeks ago

Emirates May Spurn Airbus With a Big Order for Boeing’s Newest Jet

Emirates May Spurn Airbus With a Big Order for Boeing’s Newest Jet

Julie Johnsson, Benjamin Katz and Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

Emirates seems open to taking nearly any widebody jet from Boeing or Airbus except one — the double decker Airbus A380. The Boeing 777X would fit nicely with Emirates' existing fleet, but who knows if the carrier is serious about making an order.

2 weeks ago

Airbus A380 Superjumbo Has a Big Problem on Its Hands

Airbus A380 Superjumbo Has a Big Problem on Its Hands

Benedikt Kammel, Christopher Jasper and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Too many airlines may be moving on from the Airbus A380, opting for more nimble aircraft instead. It's leading to a midlife crisis.

3 weeks ago

Airbus Production of Superjumbo Jet May Depend on Emirates Deal

Airbus Production of Superjumbo Jet May Depend on Emirates Deal

Benjamin Katz and Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

Sales of the massive A380s are tumbling, with many airlines opting for more compact models. Now Airbus may be facing a decision: Is it really worth the cost to keep building them?

3 weeks ago

Boeing Faces Fateful Decision About Creating a 797 Jetliner

Boeing Faces Fateful Decision About Creating a 797 Jetliner

Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

Boeing executives may decide this year whether to plow an estimated $15 billion into a new jetliner family nicknamed the 797. A misfire would tarnish the company’s halo on Wall Street. Watch this space.

3 weeks ago

Airbus Threatens to Leave the UK If a No-Deal Brexit Unleashes Chaos

Airbus Threatens to Leave the UK If a No-Deal Brexit Unleashes Chaos

Benjamin Katz and Joe Mayes, Bloomberg

The boss of the European aerospace group Airbus told Britons to ignore "Brexiters' madness” that the company was too settled in Britain to leave. Certainly Airbus's 14,000 workers in the UK may face at least gradual job losses if a botched Brexit made it more difficult to manufacture aircraft parts in the UK than elsewhere. But maybe Airbus was playing politics, too.

4 weeks ago