Articles tagged “airbus”

Airbus Needs Emirates Airlines to Buy More of Its A380s

Airbus Needs Emirates Airlines to Buy More of Its A380s

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

The Airbus A380 is not cheaper to run than other aircraft on a per-seat basis. Fortunately, well-funded Emirates Airline sees a recovery in demand and may decide to splurge on the superjumbos anyway.

2 days ago

United Airlines Hits Pause on Delivery of Passenger-Friendly Airbus Jets

United Airlines Hits Pause on Delivery of Passenger-Friendly Airbus Jets

Brian Sumers, Skift

Will United Airlines ever take the 35 Airbus A350s it has on order? At one point, it had an acute need for the new long-haul aircraft. But times change, and United already has a worthy successor for its Boeing 747 fleet — the Boeing 777-300ER.

1 week ago

Airbus Sales Boss on Boeing’s Gains: ‘Every Dog Gets His Day’

Airbus Sales Boss on Boeing’s Gains: ‘Every Dog Gets His Day’

Christopher Jasper and Phil Serafino, Bloomberg

Boeing did well at the Paris Air Show. Airbus will still very much be around for the next one.

1 month ago

Boeing Is Just About Giving Up On Selling Jumbo Jets

Boeing Is Just About Giving Up On Selling Jumbo Jets

Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

Boeing is right that its iconic 747 does not have much of a future as a passenger jet. Airbus is in slightly better shape — but not by much. Airlines don't want behemoth four-engine aircraft anymore. Most want single-level, two engine planes.

1 month ago

Airbus Is Making Some of Its Most Popular Jets More Passenger-Friendly

Airbus Is Making Some of Its Most Popular Jets More Passenger-Friendly

Brian Sumers, Skift

Is this a game-changer? No. But let's give Airbus some credit for making short-haul travel a little more pleasant. Too bad passengers must wait until 2020 to see the new cabins.

1 month ago

Paris Air Show Will Put Spotlight on Airbus Versus Boeing and Drones

Paris Air Show Will Put Spotlight on Airbus Versus Boeing and Drones

John Leicester, Associated Press

The annual Paris Air Show couldn't come too soon as it gives the airline industry a chance to change the topic from high-profile customer service transgressions and IT failures to innovation from leading manufacturers and newbies.

1 month ago

Airbus is Considering Adding Winglets to Boost A380 Efficiency

Airbus is Considering Adding Winglets to Boost A380 Efficiency

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

The Airbus A380 carries a lot of people, but on a per-seat basis, it's not cheaper to operate than other aircraft. Airbus wants to make it more efficient, so airlines will consider buying more of them. Few airlines want new A380s anymore.

2 months ago

For the First Time, Allegiant Air Learns What It’s Like to Configure a New Airplane

For the First Time, Allegiant Air Learns What It’s Like to Configure a New Airplane

Brian Sumers, Skift

Did you know how much effort went into designing a plane's cabin? Skift got the scoop from Allegiant Air, which will take its first new airplane from Airbus later this month.

3 months ago

Airbus Lands China Southern Deal for up to $6 Billion

Airbus Lands China Southern Deal for up to $6 Billion

Dong Lyu, Bloomberg

China Southern shows an enormous appetite for buying aircraft. It may buy about 300 planes by 2020, bringing its total to 1,000. That's more than American Airlines is expected to own by then.

3 months ago

Forget the Amenities — To Sell A380s Airbus Is Helping Airlines Add Seats

Forget the Amenities — To Sell A380s Airbus Is Helping Airlines Add Seats

Benedikt Kammel , Bloomberg

For nearly a decade, airlines have made the A380 their flagship, adding bars and lounges and showers. That fun stuff will remain, but in the future, we're more likely to see the A380 fill a different niche — as a people mover. Airlines can easily put more than 600 seats on it.

4 months ago

Boeing Wins Another Big Potential Sale in Iran

Boeing Wins Another Big Potential Sale in Iran

Julie Johnsson, Terrence Dopp and Richard Clough, Bloomberg

There are so many unknowns. We don't know whether the U.S. government will allow the sale to go through. And we don't know whether Iran's airlines can absorb or pay for all the aircraft they've ordered. They certainly need new planes, but perhaps not hundreds of them from Airbus and Boeing.

4 months ago

Lufthansa is Counting on A350s to Boost Profitability in Munich

Lufthansa is Counting on A350s to Boost Profitability in Munich

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

With fuel prices low, it's not as important for airlines replace older planes. But there's an exception. The Airbus A340s flown by Lufthansa have four engines, and they're considered gas guzzlers. For Lufthansa, replacing them with A350s makes a lot of sense, and it should help profitability in Munich.

4 months ago