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Airbus’s Big A380 Plane Has a Small (Order) Problem

Airbus’s double-decker A380 wide-body has generated more than its share of buzz. That’s understandable for a plane that can carry as many as 850 passengers and be tricked out with shower suites (on Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways), personal butlers (on Etihad), and stand-up bars for gregarious business-class passengers (on Qatar Airways, Korean Air Lines, Emirates, and Etihad). Despite these luxuries, sales of new A380s have been dismal. Not a single A380 has been ordered by a passenger airline so far in 2014. (The sole new buyer this year was Dublin-based leasing company Amedeo, which has yet to line up a single carrier to take any of the 20 jets it ordered.) The dearth of orders for the seven-year-old plane led Airbus Chief Financial Officer Harald Wilhelm on Dec. 10 to raise the … [Read More...]

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Boeing Looks Set To Beat Airbus In Orders And Deliveries In 2014

Boeing is set to beat competitor Airbus in the race for new commercial airplane orders and deliveries in 2014. Through November this year, Boeing has received net orders for 1,274 commercial airplanes, while Airbus has received net orders for 1,031 commercial airplanes. The launch of the wide-body 777X by Boeing in late 2013 has boosted […]

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Airbus Reshuffle Prepares Planemaker for Record Jet Output

A management reshuffle at Airbus this week marks another step towards focusing Europe’s biggest aerospace company on industrial performance rather than the political interests of key shareholders France and Germany, industry sources said. But Tuesday’s announcement also includes a nod towards national sensitivities, while not letting these dominate the choice of industrial leadership as Airbus […]

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Will Low Oil Price Slow Down Boeing, Airbus Production?

Both Boeing and Airbus are riding high with airlines scrambling to order new fuel efficient jets. But could the drop in oil prices cause a slowdown? Boeing’s Renton factory only builds 737s and is running at a record rate of 42 airplanes per month. Boeing has announced plans to go to 52 each month. Currently […]

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Southwest Airlines employees protest work conditions, delays

As Southwest Airlines on Wednesday prepares to announce new departures from Indianapolis, its baggage handlers are contending that increased flights are causing unprecedented delays and overworked employees. Members of Transport Workers Union Local 555 picketed at Indianapolis International Airport and other airfields Tuesday, saying workers are being asked to do more without any increase in […]

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Are Airlines Making Too Much Money?

First time in more than five years, you can actually smile when you fill up, as gas prices fall below $2.80 per gallon. You aren’t smiling, though, when you go online or call a travel agent to book an airline ticket these days. Prices seem to know only one direction: up. It’s not just the […]

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No Gas Money: Low-cost SpiceJet Grounds Flights

No Gas Money : Low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet grounded all flights Wednesday after oil companies stopped supplies of jet fuel to the financially beleaguered carrier. No SpiceJet flights had taken off Wednesday and passengers were making arrangements to shift to other airlines, a Delhi airport official said speaking on condition of anonymity because he was […]

Boeing 777X

Boeing 777 Production: To Cut Or Not To Cut?

Airbus is facing quite a challenge lately with filling its production line for the Airbus A330, and competitor Boeing is facing a similar challenge for the Boeing 777. The current Boeing 777 has been one of the best-selling wide-body aircraft ever, if not the absolute best. But with the 777X coming to market in 2020, […]

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Celebrates Five Years of Flying

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the skies over Washington 787 First Flight K64825-03for the very first time exactly five years ago today. Despite major delays that caused the first flight to occur two years behind schedule, December 15, 2009 was a dream come true for Boeing. The maiden flight departed Snohomish County Airport in […]

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Boeing will expand seating on its new 777-9X by 20 seats

An authoritative aviation industry web site says Boeing, at the suggestion of a Mideast airline customer, will add 20 more seats to its planned 777-9X aircraft. Aspire Aviation reports that Boeing will lengthen the fuselage of the updated plane by some 8 inches and reconfigure the interior to accommodate those additional seats. The extra seats […]

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United Airlines Spreads Wings in China

United Airlines showed more signs today of how it plans to boost scheduled service during the upcoming 2015 peak summer travel season. The Chicago-based airline said it will operate additional flights next summer on two major routes to Chinese markets from its trans-Pacific gateway hub in San Francisco. United’s current daily service between SFO and […]

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Sen. Charles Schumer Wants Federal Probe Into Airline Fare Prices

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, wants the Department of Justice and Department of Transportation to investigate why airline fare prices are so high even as gas prices are falling across the country and airlines are raking in billions in profits. “Fuel costs make up about half of an airline’s total costs,” Mr. Schumer […]

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New Canadian Jetlines discount airline orders up to 21 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Boeing and Canada’s Jetlines today announced an order for five 737 MAX 7s as the new Canadian ultra-low cost carrier builds its future fleet. The order, valued at $438 million at current list prices, includes purchase rights for an additional 16 737 MAXs. “This agreement with Boeing is a major milestone for Jetlines,” said Jim […]

AirAsia X A330

AirAsia confirms order of 55 Airbus A330Neos for $15bn

Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia X confirmed Monday its order of 55 long-haul Airbus A330neo passenger planes from Airbus at a list price of $15 billion, in what is the biggest single order for the line of aircraft. Since signing an agreement to purchase 50 of the new-generation A330s in July, AirAsia X has added five […]

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Boeing Revisits Past In Hunt For 737 / 757 Replacements

For years, Boeing wrestled with how to replace a best–selling single-aisle product with an all-new design in one size s-ector while simultaneously protecting the longer-range, middle-of-the-market (MOM) from the predatory ambitions of Airbus. Although this may sound like the 737 and 757 replacements conundrum faced by Boeing today, it is, in fact, the scenario that […]


Airbus A380 vs Boeing 787 Revisited

Eight and a half years ago, my friend Tim Pollak and I predicted in this column, that the Airbus A380 would turn out to be a commercial flop. Now, according to Bloomberg, “Airbus Group NV (AIR) raised the prospect of discontinuing its A380 superjumbo as soon as 2018, the first admission that it may have […]

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Congress Pleases both Sides in Norwegian Air dispute, European Airlines oppose

In a long-running dispute about a discount Norwegian airline, Congress is poised to approve legislation that both sides say helps their cause. However, European airlines oppose Norwegian plans. Norwegian Air International, a subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle, Europe’s third-largest discount airline — asked the Transportation Department a year ago for approval to fly routinely to […]