Boeing and Airbus Battle For Dominance

Qatar Airbus A350-900 XWB

Boeing and Airbus News Qatar Airways will receive the newest plane from Airbus, the A350 airliner, this coming Saturday, the first delivery in an 80-plane order. The Gulf carrier will be the first airline to receive Airbus’ new wide-body long-haul jet, which is built with a carbon composite fuselage and wingtips, making it a direct […]

First Airbus A350s to be delivered

Qatar Airbus A350-900 XWB

The first of the Airbus A350-900s, the aerospace company’s most advanced passenger jet to date, will be in the hands of Qatar Airways by Dec. 15 and ready to take flight. Kinston’s Spirit AeroSystems facility manufactures the A350’s composite center fuselage and wing spars. On Nov. 18, Dubai-based Gulf News reported Qatar Airways CEO Akbar […]

Next-gen Airliners: Who’s Flying A380s and 787s, and Where

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

 It shouldn’t just be planespotters who get excited about new airliners – agents and operators should too, because they are good selling points. New additions to an airline’s fleet generally mean state-of-the-art entertainment systems, more comfortable seating, bar and lounge areas for the lucky few in the premium cabins and, in some cases, Wi-Fi […]

Boeing’s 777 Problem: Delta and Everyone Else Want Newer Planes

Delta airlines

Boeing faces that issue with its 777, a jumbo jet that has become a well-liked staple of global airline fleets over the past 15 years. The 777 sales problem drew a fresh spotlight this week, when Delta Air Lines announced an order for 50 twin-aisle jets from Airbus, split between the A350 and A330neo models, […]

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 […]