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
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 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 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 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
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 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
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' 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 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
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