Tag Archives: Airbus

January 2012 in review: Airbus and Boeing

As we come to the close of January 2012, we feel that it is time to look back at the successful month enjoyed by both original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)from an aircraft orders perspective. Airbus Net Orders: 102 A320neo: 100 (Norwegian- 100)A330-200F: 2 (Etihad Airways-2) Airbus also firmed up orders from Latin American carriers Volaris and Avianca/TACA for 44 (30 neo, …

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Video: Differences between the cockpits of the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320

The Baltic Aviation academy has made this video on the differences between the cockpits of the two most popular aircraft in the world today, the American Boeing 737 and the European Airbus A320 families. The video also brings forth the different in the thinking and design philosophy at the two airframers. Boeing and Airbus dominate the airframe world. The 737 …

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2011 US airline industry review – The return of profits, but only just

Air travel and economic growth are widely recognized to be linked together; the industry typically grows at about double the rate of economic growth. However, despite the economic malaise in the United States, 2011 was not a bad year for the aviation industry here. As US airlines dealt with stagnating demand and appreciating fuel prices, they still managed to pull …

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Airbus A320neo vs. Boeing 737-8 MAX: a battle that’s just beginning

When Southwest Airlines announced the first firm order for the re-engined Boeing 737 MAX on Wedenesday, it represented the latest in a series of back and forths between Boeing and Airbus regarding their re-engine programs of the 737NG and Airbus A320 family respectively. Earlier this year, speaking at the Credit Suisse Aerospace Conference, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers, John …

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PHOTOS: Airbus delivers its 7000th aircraft, an A321 to its largest operator, US Airways

European airframer Airbus S.A.S. delivered its 7,000th aircraft delivered, an A321-231 to US Airways, the airline which operates the largest Airbus fleet in the world. MSN 4957 which was test registered at D-AZAE was delivered with a registration N552UW. By the end of the year, US Airways is expected to operate a fleet of 93 A319s, 72 A320s, 63 A321s …

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The end of an era: Airbus officially removes Kingfisher A340-500s from its order book

A news report from the Dow Jones yesterday stated that Airbus had finally removed the Airbus A340-500 that were once ordered by Kingfisher. Airbus has officially taken (06-Dec-2011) Kingfisher Airlines’ two A340-500s off its order book. The carrier, as previously reported, was expected to cancel the two orders after Airbus announced last month it was abandoning production of the aircraft …

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MAP: All the routes flown by all airlines operating the Airbus A380

As of date there are seven airlines operating the Airbus A380 superjumbo. Singapore Airlines QANTAS Emirates airline Lufthansa Air France Korean Air Lines China Southern Airlines This post summarises all the A380 routes operated by these seven operators. See more A380 articles. The launch operator of the A380 was Singapore Airlines. The newest route is SQ25/SQ26 Singapore – Frankfurt – …

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PHOTOS: Sharklets fitted Airbus A320 completes first flight

Airbus has completed the first flight of the company’s A320 development aircraft MSN001 F-WWBA fitted with the new ‘Sharklet’ wing-tip devices. Airbus A320 MSN001 F-WWBA takes off for its first flight equipped with “Sharklets” This flight marks the start of the early flight-test campaign to capture data for fine-tuning the flight control laws required for the fly-by-wire controls, as well …

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Lessors start taking back aircraft from Kingfisher Airlines. New aircraft to join fleet airline says.

A little over a month ago, we opined that Kingfisher’s announced withdrawal from the low cost segment would most likely lead to an enforced fleet reduction at the beleagured carrier. It appears our fears are coming true, The airline announced that lessor AerCap Holdings N.V. of the Netherlands will be taking back possession of two aircraft. In a statement spokespersons …

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Qatar Airway’s CEO Al Baker throws tantrum at Dubai air show

Airbus A350 XWB is special Qatar Airways Launch Customer livery

The recently concluded Dubai Airshow on November 15th, became the Akbar Al Baker public tantrum show. The capricious boss of Qatar Airways is known for his mercurial temper, and public berating of airframe manufacturers. At the Paris 2009 air show, it was Boeing that was at the receiving end of his verbal broadsides. At this moment, in Dubai, Boeing is …

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Kingfisher Airlines posts Rs. 469 cr loss in Q2 FY 2012. Pays 22% of revenue as interest and finance charges

Contrary to its claimed cash-starved position, Kingfisher Airlines has actually performed relatively better than its counter-part listed private airlines counter-parts in India. In a perverse silver lining to the ongoing fiscal crisis at Kingfisher, the airline slid from a net loss of Rs. 263 Cr. in the first quarter of fiscal year 2011~12 (FY12) to a net loss of Rs. …

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Investigative agency to file criminal charges in Airbus Indian Airlines aircraft purchase deal

The Press Trust of India and other media is reporting that the India’s federal investigative agency the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is getting ready to file a criminal case against European airframer Airbus, the erstwhile national domestic carrier Indian Airlines (which is now merged in to Air India), senior civil aviation officials, for alleged irregularities in the 43 narrow …

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Singapore Airlines excludes south Asia from special New York to Asia A380 fare offer

From January 15, 2012, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will withdraw its last Boeing 747-400 MegaTop service when it upgrades its SQ25/SQ26 Singapore-Frankfurt-New York JFK service to the Airbus A380 superjumbo. Starting today, for five days Singapore Airlines is offering a very special fare to most of its Asian destinations for its New York passengers. That is, except all of its destinations …

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Metallica music equipment arrives in Bangalore ahead of concert aboard TMA A300 freighter

The concert gear of music group Metallica arrived in Bangalore on Saturday afternoon, ahead of their concert scheduled for today October 30th. An Airbus A300F4-622R Trans Mediterranean Airways Cargo freighter OD-TMA brought the equipment in to Bengaluru International Airport around 1pm on Saturday. Some members of India’s official plane spotting group — Aviation Photographers India Foundation were at the airport, …

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China Eastern cancels Boeing 787 Dreamliner order, goes with Airbus A330s

On October 17, China Eastern Airlines announced that it would be converting its order for 24 Boeing 787s into an order for 45 Boeing 737 narrowbodies, citing extended delivery delays for the 787 program. Additionally, the carrier announced an order for 15 Airbus A330 aircraft, while simultaneously selling its 5 Airbus A340-300s back to Airbus. China Eastern Airlines Airbus A330-200. …

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Latest AMR financial results validate American Airline’s large narrow-body order

Earlier today, AMR corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2011. Traditionally, the third quarter is the strongest financial quarter for US airlines. However, AMR posted a net loss of $162 million, $0.48 per diluted share. This stood in contrast to their $143 million net profit in the third quarter of …

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