How Airbus’s bet on big Airbus A380 went awry

Airbus A380

Toulouse is always beautiful in August. But for staff at the Airbus HQ there, last week was particularly sweet. British Airways and its sister airlines Iberia and Vueling signed orders for 31 spanking new aircraft to add to their fleets. The shopping list was hefty, including 11 wide-bodied planes to drive Iberia’s new long haul […]

Airbus weighs revamp to revive sales of A380

Airbus A380

The future of the largest airliner in the world, the Airbus A380 superjumbo jet, was a hot topic at the Paris Air Show this week. Some observers question whether the slow-selling flagship airplane even has a secure future. Airbus gave no definitive answers in Paris last week, but did reveal it’s still considering whether to […]

Airbus to Decide on A380 Revamp This Year

Airbus A380

Planemaker Airbus will decide around the end of 2015 on how to revamp its A380 super jumbo and is on track for its 2015 targets, Chief Executive Thomas Enders was quoted saying by German business weekly WirtschaftsWoche. “The board of directors will certainly need until the end of the year to form a comprehensive overview […]

Airbus Sees Heathrow Gridlock Spurring Sales of A380 Superjumbo

London'a Heathrow Airport

Congestion at major airports like London’s Heathrow may be good news for Airbus Group SE. The planemaker expects rising numbers of passengers at hub airports to spur sales of its A380 superjumbo jet, which has seen demand slow because its size limits service on most routes. “Demand will widen progressively” as carriers seek to make […]

Some airlines taking closer look at A380 than before -Airbus CEO

Emirates Airbus A380

Planemaker Airbus’s chief executive said some potential customers were studying its A380 super jumbo more seriously than before, although orders for other widebodies were more likely at this month’s Paris Airshow. “After some years where people were considering the A380 would not find its place in fleet planning, they are now studying it much more […]

United Airlines does not see a fit for Airbus A380

United Airbus A380

United Continental Holdings Inc has been in talks about purchasing the world’s biggest passenger jet from Airbus Group SE, the A380, but at the moment does not see it fitting with its fleet, the airline said Wednesday. The Chicago-based airline confirmed that its chief financial officer, John Rainey, told aviation news outlet Flightglobal: “We’ve looked […]