Airbus to Deliver First A350 Jetliner Around December 12

Airbus A350 Engines on an A380

European planemaker Airbus aims to deliver the first A350 jetliner to launch customer Qatar Airways by mid-December, the airline said on Tuesday. Gulf News quoted its chief executive Akbar Al Baker as saying the mid-sized jet would be delivered between Dec. 12 and 15‎ and appeared to rule out any last-minute hitches that might rattle […]

Emirates hopes for talks with Airbus on A350 in next few months

British Airways Airbus A350

Dubai’s Emirates hopes to talk to plane maker Airbus in the next few months over possibly buying A350 planes after it unexpectedly cancelled an order for 70 in June, the airline’s president Tim Clark said on Thursday. The cancellation of the wide-body planes was a blow for Airbus and Clark acknowledged he was not “flavour […]

Airbus A350 Jetliner Approved by FAA

Airbus A350

Planemaker Airbus said on Wednesday the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had given safety approval to its newest and most technically advanced airliner, the A350. Airbus already won European safety approval in September for the A350, clearing the main regulatory hurdle before the jet can fly passengers, but approval from the U.S. regulator was seen […]

Airbus Builds Ties with Asia

ALC Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Airbus is strengthening its presence in Asia – a market which is shaping up as a key battleground for competition with rival Boeing. Both companies have won billions of dollars in orders from leasing companies in the past three months in what is the fastest growing aviation market in the world. Airbus says Asia is […]

Malaysia Airlines Eyes Airbus A350, Boeing 787 but Unsure of 777X

Malaysia Airlines Airbus A350

Malaysia Airlines could decide between the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 for its future long-range fleet as early as March next year for delivery in 2017 as a first step in a sweeping restructuring of the airline. The Malaysian flag-carrier is preparing to be nationalised under full control of state-run Khazanah Nasional by year’s end […]

Airbus Gears Up for A350-900 Service Entry

A350 XWB

After gaining 370-minute Etops certification for the A350-900 earlier this month, Airbus continues preparations for entry into service with additional approvals such as in-cockpit Wi-Fi and A330 common type rating (CTR), while also expanding parts inventories near customer bases. Airbus has received regulatory approval for A330/A350 CTR, meaning that pilots current and qualified on the […]

World’s largest passenger plane gets more U.S. routes

Airbus A380

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) became the latest U.S. airport to land service on the Airbus A380 last week, joining seven other U.S. airports that already have regular flights on the double-decked airliner. The A380, so big that it’s been dubbed a “superjumbo” jet, isn’t new to the United States. It’s been flying here since 2008, when […]