Germanwings crash raises concerns with Airbus cockpit design

A320 cockpit

The tragic crash, along with others recently involving Airbus aircraft, show that it’s too easy for junior officers to take control of a plane. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 on Tuesday sent a stark message that aircraft manufacturer Airbus needs to address issues with the design and layout of its cockpits. The crash, along […]

Air India Pilots Voice Concern Over 26-Year-Old Airbus A320s

Air India

Voicing its concern over the 26-year-old fleet of Airbus A320s in the national carrier Air India, one of its pilots’ union has sought grounding of these planes from aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA. The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), which represents erstwhile Indian Airlines pilots in the now combined entity Air […]

Air Canada Airbus A320 Crash Lands At Stanfield International Airport

Aircanada A320 crash landing

In the early hours of Sunday morning, an Air Canada Airbus A320, flying from Toronto, Ontario, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, had a rough landing at Halifax’s Stanfield Airport, as it skidded off the runway during a snowstorm. Power outages at the airport were reported, leading some to believe that the Airbus hit a power line […]

Germanwings Airbus Carrying 150 Crashes in French Alps

GermanWings crush

Search and rescue teams were scrambling on Tuesday to reach a remote and rugged site in the southern French Alps where the French aviation authorities confirmed that a German plane carrying 144 passengers and six crew members had crashed while en route to Düsseldorf from Barcelona. It was feared that there were no survivors. The […]

Airbus Sales Chief Announced Further Output Hikes for A320 Jet Family

Airbus A320

Airbus, which recently announced an output increase for its A320 jet family, has amassed enough excess orders through overboooking to justify further production increases at some point in the future, its sales chief said on Monday. Airbus last month announced plans to increase output of its best-selling jet family to 50 aircraft a month in […]

Record January for Airbus & Boeing; 76% of deliveries are single-aisles

Boeing 737 MAX with updated winglets

Following a busy December, both Airbus and Boeing delivered fewer aircraft this January. The combined deliveries of both producers for the first month of the year, was 86, of which 50 came from the American manufacturer, and 36 from the European one. Notably, Boeing enhanced its performance when compared to the same month last year, […]

Spring Airlines receives its 50th Airbus A320

Spring Airlines A320

Spring Airlines, an all Airbus A320 Family operator and China’s first low cost airline, has taken delivery of a new A320 at Airbus (Tianjin) Delivery Centre on lease from ICBC Financial Leasing, a leasing company owned by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. The newly received aircraft brings the carrier’s total Airbus A320 fleet […]

CALC firms order for 100 A320 family aircraft

China Aircraft Leasing Airbus A320

Hong Kong-based lessor China Aircraft Leasing Co. (CALC) has finalized an order from its previously announced commitment for 74 Airbus A320neos, 16 A320ceos and 10 A321ceos. The deal, which was first announced as a memorandum of understanding in November, will take CALC’s total Airbus backlog to 140 A320 family aircraft. “Adding these A320 family aircraft, […]

Airbus A320: A Global, Short-Range Single-Aisle Workhorse

Airbus A320

Much has been said about the rivalry between Airbus and Boeing and the Airbus A320 features prominently in this. The twin-engined A320 entered service in 1988, some two decades after its single-aisle rival, Boeing’s 737. There have been a total of 11,163 orders for the A320, with 6,331 deliveries to date and slightly less aircraft […]