Articles tagged “airbus”

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Spirit Airlines Nears Decision on Adding Complexity to Its Fleet

Spirit Airlines Nears Decision on Adding Complexity to Its Fleet

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Often, short-haul low-cost airlines prefer just one fleet type to maximize efficiency. But Spirit might break from tradition and add a new aircraft type. If it does, we're betting it chooses the Airbus A220.

4 weeks ago

Asian Airlines Turn to Super Business Suites Rather Than First Class

Asian Airlines Turn to Super Business Suites Rather Than First Class

Brian Sumers, Skift

Asian airlines still cling to first class, but is the product necessary anymore? Some carriers are rethinking their strategies.

4 weeks ago

Airbus Mulls Single-Pilot Flights as Artificial Intelligence Could Enable Autonomous Planes

Airbus Mulls Single-Pilot Flights as Artificial Intelligence Could Enable Autonomous Planes

Oliver Sachgau, Bloomberg

Airbus acknowledges that the "explainability" of artificial intelligence is an impediment to getting regulators to sign off on certain products. Passengers will definitely need some very good explainers, too.

4 weeks ago

Boeing Edges Airbus to Stay World’s Biggest Commercial Aircraft Manufacturer

Boeing Edges Airbus to Stay World’s Biggest Commercial Aircraft Manufacturer

Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

Boeing produced about 20 more aircraft than Airbus last year, giving it the the title of the world's biggest commericial aircraft manufacturer. That's all nice. But how long will this crazy global duopoly last. Surely, China is on the rise, right?

1 month ago

Airbus Falls Just Short of Its Aircraft Delivery Goal for 2018

Airbus Falls Just Short of Its Aircraft Delivery Goal for 2018

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Whether Airbus delivered 790 aircraft last year or 800 is probably immaterial. It's a big number either way. But how long can this boom in aircraft manufacturing last? Surely not forever, right?

2 months ago

Airbus Scrambles to Deliver 800 Jets in 2018

Airbus Scrambles to Deliver 800 Jets in 2018

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Tick-tock. Tick-tock. The race is on for Airbus to meet a year-end goal of delivering 800 jetliners. But Boeing still looks like it will deliver more. But who knows? Three days and counting.

2 months ago

Airbus Weighed Down by Potential Corruption Penalties

Airbus Weighed Down by Potential Corruption Penalties

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

For commercial airline manufacturers, business has never been better. But Airbus took some shortcuts over the past decade, and those are catching up to the company. Anti-corruption authorities in the United States and Europe are investigating whether the manufacturer broke laws to win sales. That's not good.

2 months ago

Rolls-Royce Turns to Artificial Intelligence in Bid to Improve Airplane Engine Reliability

Rolls-Royce Turns to Artificial Intelligence in Bid to Improve Airplane Engine Reliability

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Airlines are begging engine manufacturers for more reliable technology. They hate taking a plane out of service for engine trouble. Perhaps AI will be the solution that improves reliability. Or maybe not.

3 months ago

Airbus May Simplify Power Structure With Incoming CEO

Airbus May Simplify Power Structure With Incoming CEO

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Incoming Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury is preparing for the transition, and will hopefully help the company deliver its aircraft on time.

3 months ago

Airbus May Build Its First New Narrow-Body Aircraft in Decades

Airbus May Build Its First New Narrow-Body Aircraft in Decades

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Airbus and Boeing have been updating their narrow-body cash cows — the Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 — for decades. That has worked well enough, allowing them to deliver better fuel burn to airlines at limited cost. But it's time for the manufacturers to build a new narrow-body aircraft from scratch.

3 months ago

Airbus Faces Huge Headaches in Delivering Aircraft On Time

Airbus Faces Huge Headaches in Delivering Aircraft On Time

Benjamin Katz , Bloomberg

Guillaume Faury will take control of the Airbus group in April, and the rush to deliver a record number of aircraft in the fourth quarter, given engine delays and other problems, will assuredly be a big test for him.

4 months ago

Lufthansa May Shun Airbus for Boeing With Its Next Long-Range Jet Order

Lufthansa May Shun Airbus for Boeing With Its Next Long-Range Jet Order

Julie Johnsson, Benjamin Katz and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Lufthansa has been a major Boeing customer for decades. But until recently, it has not seen a need for Boeing 787s at any of its group airlines. Is it changing its strategy? Or does it simply want more leverage with Airbus?

4 months ago