Airbus A380, the Big Star at Dubai Airport, Faces a Pivotal Year

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A new report said the Airbus A380, the airplane that landed in the middle of the controversy involving the Gulf airlines, is entering a pivotal year. That’s because the airplane’s principal buyer, Emirates President Tim Clark, is calling for an updated, more efficient, re-engined version, an A380neo. Clark wants seat costs to decline by 10%. […]

Emirates Urges Airbus to Take Decision on A380 Super Jumbo Relaunch

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Airbus’s most important customer for the A380 superjumbo is demanding the manufacturer decide this month on the case for relaunching the passenger jet, which has already cost billions of euros in a fraught, decade-long journey from drawing board to runway. Sir Tim Clark, president of fast-growing Emirates Airline, which is the biggest A380 operator, said […]

Airbus’s Multibillion-Dollar Question: To Overhaul or to Dump A380 Jets?

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Airbus’ pursuit of new buyers for the A380 jet looms large as the plane maker approaches a crucial decision: whether to plow billions of dollars into revamping the world’s largest passenger aircraft. While Emirates Airline president Tim Clark floats the idea of taking as many as 200 more superjumbos provided they get new, upgraded engines, […]

Airbus Considering New Engines for A380 Superjumbo Jet

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Airbus Group NV ’s chief jetliner salesman on Monday said the company is considering new engines for its double-deck A380 superjumbo jet, but won’t make the change solely based on the demands of a single buyer. Dubai-based Emirates Airline is the largest customer for the A380 superjumbo jet, and has been clamoring for a “double […]

Emirates eyes 50 to 70 Airbus or Boeing long-haul jets

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Emirates Airlines is considering the purchase of up to 70 twin-engine Airbus A350s or Boeing 787s, company president Tim Clark said in Berlin Thursday, which would bolster the carrier’s long-haul fleet. Clark remained vague on the number and maker of twin-engine wide-body planes, but said the acquisition was part of Emirates’s efforts to increase its […]

Airbus Still Sees Need For Jumbo Jets

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Airbus continues to maintain a super-sized forecast for its super-sized jumbo jet, the A380, as it presented its 20-year market outlook at the 2015 Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance conference. The two aerospace manufacturers see largely eye to eye on total frames needed, with Airbus forecasting a need for 31,358 aircraft through 2033. Most of that […]

Skymark Air Files for Bankruptcy After Airbus A380 Deal Flops

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Skymark Airlines Inc., Japan’s third-largest carrier, filed for bankruptcy protection after running short of cash, hastening the downfall of a low-fare airline and its growth ambitions that climaxed in an ill-fated purchase of six Airbus A380 superjumbos. The carrier filed at the Tokyo District Court with 71 billion yen ($603 million) in liabilities, according to […]

Emirates Will Buy 100 More A380s If Airbus Upgrades Model

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Emirates, the biggest customer for the A380 superjumbo, said it has told Airbus Group NV it would commit to buying 100 more jets worth more than $43 billion at list prices if the manufacturer agrees to equip the plane with a new engine. The world’s largest airliner, typically seating 525 people, has “enormous” possibilities in […]