Airbus, Boeing face continued issues with A380s, 737 MAXs

Boeing 737 Max

They are very different airliners but they both face important issues that continue to attract analyst and carrier scrutiny. The giant Airbus A380 needs more sales, and the comparatively miniscule Boeing 737 MAX needs, according to a range of reports, a better new tech engine. This Reuters story makes it crystal clear that Airbus is […]

Airbus needs more time to decide on A380 changes

Airbus A380

Airbus will not abandon its A380 jumbo jet program despite slow sales, its chief executive told Les Echos newspaper, and needs more time to decide whether to redesign its engines as major customer Emirates Airline has requested. Emirates, the leading buyer of the existing A380 jet with 140 orders, has been pushing Airbus to revamp […]

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


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

Emirates Airbus A380

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?

British Airways A380

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


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

Emirates Airbus A380

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 […]