Articles tagged “airbus”

Boeing Gains an Edge as Airbus Struggles with Engine Issues

Boeing Gains an Edge as Airbus Struggles with Engine Issues

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

Boeing and Airbus don't control the entire supply chain, and sometimes, that's a big problem. Manufacturers are having trouble delivering reliable engines for Airbus jets, and that is becoming a major issue for the manufacturer. But there's not much Airbus can do.

4 weeks ago

Airbus Likely Will Rename Bombardier’s New Plane After Takeover Closes

Airbus Likely Will Rename Bombardier’s New Plane After Takeover Closes

Frederic Tomesco and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Does the name of what is today the Bombardier CSeries matter to the general public? Not at all. But it will be weird to ride on an Airbus jet called the A200, right?

1 month ago

An Aviation Schmooze Fest Reveals a Passenger’s Wish List for Jet Travel

An Aviation Schmooze Fest Reveals a Passenger’s Wish List for Jet Travel

Brian Sumers, Skift

Yes, there's some innovation on display at the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. But mostly, the three-day show is about networking and building relationships.

1 month ago

Spirit Airlines Considers Smaller Jets With an Eye Toward Expansion

Spirit Airlines Considers Smaller Jets With an Eye Toward Expansion

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Under previous management, Spirit Airlines only wanted the largest single-aisle aircraft, as it flew almost exclusively between the biggest U.S. markets. Now Spirit is looking at other route options, and it may want smaller aircraft. That makes sense.

1 month ago

Airbus Wants Passengers to Start Sleeping in the Cargo Hold

Airbus Wants Passengers to Start Sleeping in the Cargo Hold

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

It sounds like a late April Fools' joke but Airbus and seat manufacturer Zodiac seem serious. On ultra-long haul flights, beds in the cargo hold makes sense but on shorter flights the business case is pretty thin.

2 months ago

American Airlines Disses Airbus and Orders 47 Dreamliners

American Airlines Disses Airbus and Orders 47 Dreamliners

Brian Sumers, Skift

Once all the aircraft arrive, American will be the largest Dreamliner operator in the western hemisphere, according to Boeing. That's good for customers, considering the aircraft receives the highest customer satisfaction scores of any widebody in American's fleet.

2 months ago

Boeing Could Be a Big Loser in U.S.-China Tariff Skirmish

Boeing Could Be a Big Loser in U.S.-China Tariff Skirmish

Bloomberg

Boeing can take solace in the fact that China is going to need a lot of airplanes in coming years and they are not all going to be Airbus aircraft. Still, China's actions have to be very worrying to Boeing.

2 months ago

Embraer and Bombardier Sharpen Duel as Major Airlines Eye Their Upgraded Jets

Embraer and Bombardier Sharpen Duel as Major Airlines Eye Their Upgraded Jets

Julie Johnsson, Frederic Tomesco and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

The Embraer and Bombardier slugfest could turn out to be a proxy war between Airbus and Boeing. It would appear to be good for competition and their airline customers.

2 months ago

JetBlue Drops Trays for Carts to Speed Up Service Out of Cramped Galleys

JetBlue Drops Trays for Carts to Speed Up Service Out of Cramped Galleys

Justin Bachman and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

JetBlue recently switched to something called Space Flex, which shrinks galleys and bathrooms so airlines can add seats. JetBlue calculated it needed to make the configuration change to keep pace with the competition, but the airline's CEO doesn't seem happy about it.

2 months ago

American Airlines Snubs Airbus and May Buy More Boeing Dreamliners

American Airlines Snubs Airbus and May Buy More Boeing Dreamliners

Julie Johnsson, Benjamin Katz and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Airbus had high hopes for its next-generation Airbus A330, but it's a plane based on older technology, and the new model hasn't been as popular as expected. Look for American Airlines to add to its Boeing 787 fleet.

2 months ago

India Grounds 11 Airbus Jets in a Move the European Union Calls Unnecessary

India Grounds 11 Airbus Jets in a Move the European Union Calls Unnecessary

Benjamin Katz and Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

Hats off to Indian watchdogs for quickly responding to two shutdowns of aircraft with faulty parts in the past week. Affected airlines include IndiGo, India's largest carrier, with eight aircraft grounded. Hey, engine maker Pratt and Whitney: You're on notice.

3 months ago

Indian Low-Cost Airline IndiGo Wants to Expand Into Long-Haul Flights

Indian Low-Cost Airline IndiGo Wants to Expand Into Long-Haul Flights

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

Indian airlines have long been underrepresented on long-haul routes, permitting Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways to become defacto national carriers. It's nice to see a strong Indian airline adding widebody jets.

3 months ago