• Photos: how Airbus plans to put passengers in the cargo hold

    EXCLUSIVE | Join Australian Business Traveller as we go below decks on a tour of Airbus’ innovative design concept for putting passenger lounges and bunk beds into an aircraft's cargo hold. I’m at the sprawling Airbus headquarters at Toulouse, France, but visiting a part of it which ...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2018 22 Comments

  • Qantas looks to order ultra-long range Airbus or Boeing jets in 2019

    The countdown clock is ticking on Qantas' ambitious plans to launch non-stop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York, with the airline ready to place an order for ultra-long range Airbus or Boeing jets next year for flights from 2022. "We're having good dialog with both Boeing a...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2018 34 Comments

  • Airbus mulls ultra-long range A350-1000ULR for non-stop Qantas flights

    Airbus is considering an ultra-long range version of its A350-1000 jet as an alternative to the A350-900ULR for Qantas’ non-stop flights to New York and London. Speaking to journalists in Sydney ahead of this week's IATA summit, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Eric Schulz confirmed that an...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2018 18 Comments

  • The secret to Airbus' ultra-long range A350 jets? There isn't one...

    Airbus has seen widespread popularity for its newest A350 long-haul aircraft. But only one carrier so far – Singapore Airlines – has found the need for an ultra long-range version of the A350 that can fly almost 10,000 non-stop miles from Singapore to New York, and that airline has or...

    POSTED 2 Jun, 2018 5 Comments

  • Airbus debuts new Airbus A330, A350 private jet cabin

    For those times when merely flying first class won’t do, Airbus Corporate Jets can now outfit your own private Airbus A330-800, A330-900 or Airbus A350 with its new Harmony cabin, designed specifically for ultra-long flights. Passengers boarding the aircraft are greeted by an entry lobby w...

    POSTED 29 May, 2018 2 Comments

  • This Airbus Day & Night first class suite concept offers a 'real' bed

    As ever-improving business class seats narrow the gap against first class, Airbus is joining the push to elevate first class to a whole new level with its Day & Night suite. This two-room concept divides each first class suite into seperate day-time and night-time areas, each designed around...

    POSTED 15 May, 2018 5 Comments

  • Airbus plans to put sleeping bunks into the cargo hold

    Airbus will offer airlines the opportunity to convert part of an airplane's downstairs cargo hold into sleeping berths using custom-designed 'lower deck modules'. The spaces are designed to be interchangeable with a standard cargo container, making it possible for airlines to easily swap out car...

    POSTED 10 Apr, 2018 22 Comments

  • Flying on Airbus' A350-1000 test aircraft

    There's a new plane on the horizon: the Airbus A350-1000, a longer version of the A350-900 already flying with airlines like Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Hong Kong Airlines, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines, but capable of carrying even more passengers. Inside, the experience is much the same as...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2018 8 Comments

  • Airbus floats shutdown of A380 superjumbo production as orders stall

    Airbus publicly questioned the future of the A380, saying its flagship aircraft program risks being shut down if the manufacturer fails to win a crucial order from the plane’s main backer, Emirates. Emirates is the only airline with enough capacity to take enough planes to keep the program...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2018 0 Comments

  • C Series swoop gives Airbus edge over Boeing for future jets

    Airbus' acquisition of a majority stake in Bombardier's C Series plane threatens to leave Boeing trailing in a race to develop a new generation of more advanced short-haul jets. At one level, the deal appears to be neat way of providing Airbus with a 108 to 160 seat narrow-body aircraft, fitting...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

  • Airbus rethinks the aircraft cabin with 'Airspace'

    Regardless of how an plane's cabin irks you – no legroom, garbage Wi-Fi, scant overhead bin space – most of the experience is dictated by the carrier flying it. Aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus must satisfy their customers – and you are not their customer. This ...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

  • Airbus, Boeing bullish on new globe-spanning jets for Qantas

    Airbus and Boeing have thrown their hats into the ring to produce ultra-long range jets capable of non-stop flights from Australia's largest cities to New York and London. Under Qantas' ambitious 'Project Sunrise' program, the highly-competitive Kangaroo Route from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2017 33 Comments

  • Qantas: non-stop Sydney, Melbourne to London, New York by 2022

    Qantas wants to begin non-stop flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to London, New York, Paris and Rio by 2022 – provided it can convince Airbus or Boeing to develop an ultra-long range jet capable of conquering the 18 to 20-hour direct routes. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce formally launche...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2017 66 Comments

  • Airbus slashes A380 superjumbo production

    Airbus said it will almost halve production of its slow-selling A380 superjumbo, casting further doubt over the program’s future, while warning that engine glitches are still weighing on deliveries of the single-aisle A320 that’s due to become its largest-volume model. The A380 build...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • Airbus A380 superjumbo could be even larger, with bigger wings

    The Airbus A380 superjumbo may sprout extended wings as the European manufacturer intensifies studies into the addition of curved extensions aimed at reducing drag and boosting efficiency. The so-called winglets, which on the A380 would each measure as much as 5 meters, could reduce fuel burn by...

    POSTED 10 Jun, 2017 15 Comments

  • Airbus set to cut A380 manufacture

    Airbus is planning a further cut in build rates for the beleaguered A380 superjumbo amid a continuing dearth of new orders for the 525-seat behemoth. Airbus is assessing how best to drop output below the 12 planes a year, known as “rate one,” that the company said in July should be s...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2017 9 Comments

  • Airbus rolls out new private jets with lush Pagani cabins

    What's the fun in springing for a VIP jet if it's got the same boring interiors as everybody else's private ride? This is more of what you want: a slick envy-inducing cabin crafted by the makers of Italian supercar Atelier Pagani Automobili. Dubbed the Infinito, this showstopper is available ...

    POSTED 23 May, 2017 3 Comments

  • Airbus seatmaker Stelia's Ultimate 17 first class suite design

    Airbus' seatmaking arm Stelia Aerospace is now shopping a new first class cabin among airlines. The Ultimate 17 represents the company's first foray above business class, where its staggered Solstys seats have proven popular with airlines such as Thai Airways, Asiana and Etihad. The fu...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2017 8 Comments

  • Airbus Pop.Up concept: electric car + drone for a new jetset

    Airbus is bringing a whole new meaning to 'fly-drive' with its radical Pop.Up concept: an electric car with a detachable passenger pod which can be airlifted by a supersized drone to fly over congested traffic. Unveiled overnight at the Geneva International Motor show, the Pop.Up was create...

    POSTED 8 Mar, 2017 4 Comments

  • Airbus unveils A320neo 'Melody' private jet concept

    Take the very latest Airbus single-aisle jet, the A320neo – add many, many millions of dollars and a dollops of designer vision – and you’ll be the coolest mogul at the private jet parking lot. Meet Melody, a cabin concept for what’s officially badged as the ACJ320neo. Th...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2016 2 Comments

  • Photo tour: behind the scenes at the Airbus A350 factory

    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

  • Airbus wants airlines to have inflight bars on the A330neo

    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

  • On board Airbus' 10,000th delivery flight with Singapore Airlines

    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

  • Airbus plans first flying car for 2017: it's the Uber of the skies

    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

  • Airbus rolls out first A350-1000

    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

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