Boeing is leading its European competitor, Airbus, in the race for new commercial airplane orders in 2014. Through July this year, Boeing has mopped up orders for 833 commercial airplanes, compared to 705 orders received by Airbus. The launch of wide-body 777X by Boeing late last year has given a boost to its order tally […]
Airbus’ “Xtra” work is paying off as the five-aircraft test fleet’s activity remains on-track for this jetliner’s certification in the third quarter, with the first customer delivery – to Qatar Airways – before the end of 2014. Making its Farnborough Airshow debut this week, the A350 XWB’s high-profile appearance represents a pause in the busy […]
Airbus’ initial A350 XWB full-flight simulator – located at the company’s Flight Training Centre in Toulouse – is nearing the start-up of training operations with airline flight crews. Installed several months ago, this training device has been fine-tuned using data from the A350 XWB’s flight tests and is getting ready for its qualification process with […]
In offering even more efficiency for airline operators, Airbus is increasing seating capacity for A320neo (new engine option) and A320ceo (current engine option) jetliners to 189 seats, while also adding 20 more seats for A321neo aircraft to accommodate 240 passengers in an efficient high-density, all-economy layout. “We are supporting the higher seat count with intelligent […]
A breakthrough technology that could protect pilots from potentially hazardous laser sources will be evaluated by Airbus through an agreement signed with Canadian-based Lamda Guard. Utilizing nano-structured metamaterials, Lamda Guard has designed innovative thin films that can be applied to any transparent surface – such as the interior of an aircraft’s cockpit windshield – to […]
Final assembly of the first Airbus A320neo is advancing rapidly in Toulouse, France, putting this “new engine option” jetliner programme on track for its maiden flight later this year, to be followed by the initial customer delivery in 2015.
Airbus has started final assembly of the first A320neo at its Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse (France), with the join-up of the forward and aft fuselage sections which recently arrived from St. Nazaire in France and Hamburg in Germany respectively.
Airbus and Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) today celebrated the handover of the 1,000th fuel-saving Sharklet for the A320 Family and 25 years of partnership at a special ceremony at the Korean manufacturer’s facility in Busan. Sharklets are 2.4 metre tall wingtip devices for the best-selling A320 Family that reduce fuel burn by up to […]
On Feb. 9, Boeing released its 20-year market forecast for the Asia-Pacific region. The good news is the 20-year market for new airplanes is valued at $1.9 trillion. The bad news is Boeing faces stiff competition from its chief rival, European Aeronautical Defense and Space’s Airbus. Here’s what else you need to know. When giants […]
An A350 XWB flight test aircraft (MSN3) has made its premiere appearance at Doha’s new Hamad international airport, on its way to the Singapore Airshow. The visit is part of the Entry-into-Service preparations between Airbus and Qatar Airways, the A350 XWB launch customer, who will take delivery of its first A350 XWB in Q4 this […]