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
Malaysia Airlines is nearing a deal to purchase as many as 30 Airbus A330neo jets, but the price remains a sticking point and no announcement is expected at this week's Paris Air Show. The Oneworld member is also seeking clarity regarding other aspects of the transaction, including delivery sche...
POSTED 18 Jun, 2017 3 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
Virgin Australia will reduce domestic Airbus A330 flights in order to launch its new Melbourne-Hong Kong route in July 2017. The unusual schedule of flights from Melbourne to Hong Kong – which will run five days each week but with departure times ranging from shortly after midnight to mid-...
POSTED 27 Mar, 2017 26 Comments
Malaysia Airlines is looking to order as many as 30 new Airbus A330neo or Boeing 787 jets as the troubled flag-carrier sees a welcome upturn in its bookings and revenue. "Things have gone a bit better a bit quicker than I expected," says CEO Peter Bellew. "We're ahead of where we hoped we would ...
POSTED 24 Mar, 2017 0 Comments
TAP will fit its new Airbus A330-900neo fleet with a slick-looking business class seat from Recaro. The Portuguese flag-carrier and Star Alliance member is the global launch customer for the A330-900neo, a fuel-efficient 'new engine option' version of the A330 jets flown locally by both Qantas...
POSTED 10 Mar, 2017 15 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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