• 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 2 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

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