• How the new Airbus A321XLR will shake up business travel

    Airbus will add an ultra-long range A321XLR to its best-selling family of single-aisle jets, allowing airlines to open new routes and sharpen competition on existing popular routes such as London-New York. Long rumoured and recently hinted at by Airbus executives, the A321XLR was formally l...

    POSTED 17 Jun, 2019 18 Comments

  • Airbus sees high interest in below-deck sleeping bunks

    Airbus is edging closer to putting railway-like sleeping berths in the belly of its long-range aircraft, including the globe-striding Airbus A350-1000ULR which Qantas is considering for non-stop ‘Project Sunrise’ flights to London and New York. Although the concept also espouses usin...

    POSTED 23 May, 2019 26 Comments

  • Airbus CEO tamps down talk of A350-2000

    Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury has scotched talk of a super-sized Airbus A350-2000 replacing the Airbus A380 as the company's largest commercial jetliner. With the last A380 rolling out of the hangar in 2021, speculation has swirled that Airbus would seek to stretch the A350-1000 into an even longer...

    POSTED 22 May, 2019 2 Comments

  • Lufthansa's SkyRetreat cabin re-imagines the Airbus A220 as a VIP ride

    Business jets don't need to be filled to the gills with the latest technology or even a riot of I-ticked-all-the-boxes options. Proof of concept? Here's a zen-like approach to customising the Airbus A220 for a unique private jet experience. It's the SkyRetreat cabin from Lufthansa Technik, an...

    POSTED 22 May, 2019 1 Comment

  • Airbus CEO hints on launch of ultra-long range Airbus A321XLR

    Airbus is expected to give its A321neo jet ever longer legs with a mid-2019 launch of an extended-range model dubbed the A321XLR. The single-aisle jet would build on the ocean-hopping and continent-striding scope of the A321LR, with a range up to 8,300km (4,500nm). JetBlue and Aer Lin...

    POSTED 22 May, 2019 25 Comments

  • These recycled parts of an Airbus plane bring the sky into your home

    Seeking a unique piece of decor for your office or home? Airbus is now working with feted designers to transform parts of decommissioned aircraft into objets d’art – and each is a guaranteed conversation-starter with its own story to tell. Dubbed A Piece of Sky, the ‘upcyclin...

    POSTED 21 May, 2019 7 Comments

  • Inside Four Seasons' new Airbus A321LR luxury jet

    Luxury hotel chain Four Seasons is upgrading its private jet experience with the promise of round-the-world tours which will 'evoke the bygone glamour of air travel'. A highly-customised Airbus A321LR will let wealthy travellers take wing from early 2021 and once in the air, enjoy everything fro...

    POSTED 29 Apr, 2019 0 Comments

  • Airbus’ swish Settee Corner concept seat is a business class couch

    With an increasing number of airlines considering flat-beds in business class for single-aisle jets such as the Airbus A320 family, Airbus itself has revealed a new twist on the concept. Introducing the business class Settee Corner, in which the passenger reclines rather than the seat. Making...

    POSTED 2 Apr, 2019 14 Comments

  • Airbus Corporate Helicopters lands in Australia

    As a business traveller, chances are you’ve flown on plenty of planes manufactured by Airbus – their popularity around the world means that there’s over 10,000 Airbus jets currently in operation with every major airline. However, the European company also does a fine line in he...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2019 0 Comments

  • RIP superjumbo: Airbus axes the A380

    After almost a dozen years, Airbus is pulling the plug on its A380 superjumbo. The last of the double-deck behemoths will roll out of Airbus' hangar in 2021 and be handed over to Emirates, the stalwart airline which has essentially kept the A380 alive in recent years through repeated orders of t...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 43 Comments

  • 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 6 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

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