The A380: Not such a big deal?

Airbus A380

At the tender age of 10, the Airbus A380 is already entering a mid-life crisis. The double-decker aircraft has failed to win a single order from any new airline customer for two years now, and senior management was forced to come to its defence in December after the planemaker’s parent introduced the possibility of axing […]

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

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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%. […]