Articles tagged “airbus”

Boeing Feels Heat From Airbus to Debut Its Longer 737 Aircraft

Boeing Feels Heat From Airbus to Debut Its Longer 737 Aircraft

Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

Aircraft delivery schedules are complicated mechanisms and notorious for delays. But for Boeing's sake it sounds like their customers aren't willing to wait forever as Airbus also dangles attractive products in front of the industry.

3 weeks ago

Hawaiian Air Won’t Fly the Plane Expected to Revitalize Its Fleet Until 2018

Hawaiian Air Won’t Fly the Plane Expected to Revitalize Its Fleet Until 2018

Brian Sumers, Skift

A three-month delay isn't that big of a deal, but the timing isn't great for Hawaiian. The airline would have preferred to have some of its new A321neos in service by the fourth quarter, when demand for Hawaiian vacations picks up.

2 months ago

Airbus Keeps Its Slight Edge Over Boeing in Aircraft Orders

Airbus Keeps Its Slight Edge Over Boeing in Aircraft Orders

Benjamin Katz , Bloomberg

It's a good thing Boeing and Airbus have such a large backlog, because it's likely both manufacturers will see more order cancellations and deferrals in the coming years. Many airlines probably committed to adding more planes than they need.

3 months ago

As Cycle Ebbs, Airlines Need Fewer Jets from Airbus and Boeing

As Cycle Ebbs, Airlines Need Fewer Jets from Airbus and Boeing

Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

Airlines placed massive orders over the past decade from Boeing and Airbus. Many carriers committed to buying planes they did not need. Now, Boeing and Airbus are finally starting to feel the pinch. But don't worry too much for the manufacturers. They still have plenty of firm orders to fill.

3 months ago

Airbus Wants Airlines to Radically Rethink the Passenger Experience

Airbus Wants Airlines to Radically Rethink the Passenger Experience

Brian Sumers, Skift

The basic aircraft cabin has not changed in decades. Airbus wants to give airlines flexibility to innovate, and that's impressive. But let's be honest. It is unlikely carriers will ever adopt Airbus' new platform. And if they do, it's even less likely they use the new functionality to install coffee shops or onboard gyms.

4 months ago

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.

4 months 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.

5 months 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.

6 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.

6 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.

7 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.

8 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.

8 months ago