Welcome to Toulouse, France: home to aircraft manufacturer Airbus and the 'Final Assembly Line' of its Airbus A350s where these jets quite literally get their wings, plus other important features like landing gear... and business class seats too, of course. Join Australian Business Traveller as ...
POSTED 15 Nov, 2016 9 Comments
Inflight bars and lounges are usually the domain of Airbus A380 superjumbos, but the aircraft manufacturer is eyeing the concept for its smaller A330neo jets, due to fly their first passengers by the end of 2017. A modernised version of the existing Airbus A330s already flying with the likes of ...
POSTED 27 Oct, 2016 10 Comments
When airlines take delivery of a brand new jet from the likes of Airbus or Boeing, the flight from the aircraft factory to the plane's new home is a unique "money can't buy" experience that's more like flying on a private jet. Airbus celebrated the delivery of its 10,000th aircraft this month, h...
POSTED 21 Oct, 2016 13 Comments
Hawaiian Airlines will begin flying its lie-flat business class seats – which the airline dubs as its 'Premium Cabin' offering – between Australia and Honolulu in December. The Honolulu-Brisbane route will see the upgraded Airbus A330s from December 5 (as will Honolulu-Auckland), w...
POSTED 12 Oct, 2016 16 Comments
Airbus will begin testing its first prototype flying car next year in a move that could reshape the short distance transport market currently served by taxis and rideshare services such as Uber. Dubbed ‘CityAirbus’ and capable of vertical take-offs and landings, the vehicle would be ...
POSTED 25 Aug, 2016 12 Comments
The first Airbus A350-1000 has rolled out of the hangar at Airbus' Toulouse factory, with the stretched jetliner set to make its maiden flight by year's end. A larger to the A350-900 – which is now flown by Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways, among othe...
POSTED 1 Aug, 2016 29 Comments
AirAsia customers in Perth and Darwin are in the box seat to enjoy brand new planes in coming years after the Malaysian low-cost carrier today unveiled an order for 100 Airbus A321neo (New Engine Option) aircraft. Valued at some A$16.5 billion (US$12.6 billion) based on list prices, it marks the...
POSTED 13 Jul, 2016 8 Comments
You usually wouldn’t associate aircraft with fast Internet speeds. Flights which are equipped with sky-high WiFi, especially via satellite, rarely deliver what you’d think of as ‘broadband’. But back on the ground, Airbus is helping one tech startup to literally deliver d...
POSTED 10 Jun, 2016 5 Comments
Some days, says Airbus chief commercial officer John Leahy, it's a wonder he gets any work done. "I've got a big plasma screen in my office, showing in real time every A380 flying around the world" Leahy explains. "Today there are 14 daily A380 flights out of Hong Kong, 24 A380 flights out of L...
POSTED 31 May, 2016 18 Comments
Hawaiian Airlines will begin flying its lie-flat Premium Cabin seats in June, with US West Coast destinations first to see and sample the Airbus A330 business class seats on a 'surprise-and-delight' basis (meaning the airline isn't going to lock down initial routes until a few months down th...
POSTED 24 May, 2016 31 Comments
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