Ben Sandilands July 13, 2014 23 Comments
If it costs less to make airliners in America than Asia, a lot of things are going to change for Airbus and Boeing, and there are wider implications for the Australian economy.
Ben Sandilands July 11, 2014 12 Comments
The delivery of Emirates’ A380 number 50 is not the story for the airline industry. The story is its disclosing that it will have a further 40 of them in service in little more than three years
Ben Sandilands June 11, 2014 11 Comments
There are several ways to look at Emirates cancelling its entire order for Airbus A350s this morning, Toulouse time. One is to see the giant Dubai carrier as having blinked, for the first time, in its seemingly endless program of massive expansion.
Ben Sandilands January 28, 2014 2 Comments
In separate developments, India is allowing A380 services and Indonesia’s Lion Air is tendering for larger capacity airliners than the 787s it had on order, citing growth and airport congestion issues at Jakarta.
Ben Sandilands January 18, 2014 3 Comments
The publicist effect which worked so badly for Boeing when the Dreamliner was constantly on-time but kept slipping until it was more than three years late entering service is starting to work its magic for Canadian airliner manufacturer Bombardier
Ben Sandilands January 14, 2014 5 Comments
The group's most senior managers gave away little when it comes to new or derivative airliner plans, keeping industry onlookers and Boeing in a continued state of anticipation or anxiety respectively.
Ben Sandilands January 4, 2014 8 Comments
Will the vote heal the bitterness, and sense of loss? As someone with family in Washington state, and who nearly went to work for the man at Renton in the mid 60s, when I was still entitled to US citizenship, I wish.
Ben Sandilands January 4, 2014 9 Comments
The first Boeing 787-9, which will after testing become an Air New Zealand jet, is on its way to Auckland, the first stage of a tour which will take it to Alice Springs for trial hot weather operations.
Ben Sandilands January 4, 2014
The sense of anxiety over the Bombardier CSeries small jet airliner project is growing even as the second of the test aircraft, FTV-2, made its much delayed first flight on 3 January.
Ben Sandilands January 2, 2014 16 Comments
Airbus A350-900 will not enter service until at least 1 October this year.
Ben Sandilands January 1, 2014 4 Comments
The shiny new toys neither Qantas nor Virgin Australia are likely to buy this year.
Ben Sandilands December 30, 2013 24 Comments
Yet another argument has been advanced that Airbus is moving toward offering a new engine option A330 to undercut Boeing's 787 Dreamliners. This time, it may be right.
Ben Sandilands December 30, 2013 17 Comments
Often claimed to be the most beautiful subsonic jet airliner yet built, 2013 saw off the last of the Vickers VC-10s
Ben Sandilands December 20, 2013 6 Comments
The 777-9 order rush resumes, with of course, no sign of Qantas
Ben Sandilands December 12, 2013 12 Comments
The main contest between Airbus and Boeing is for single aisle jets offering between 150-236 seats, and Air Canada has just committed to take up to 109 of the US planemakers 737 MAX airliner as a total replacement for its current fleet of Airbus A320s.
Ben Sandilands November 20, 2013 5 Comments
The airliner buying orgy at the Dubai Air Show on Sunday has not moved Virgin Australia closer to making a decision on its wide-body fleet replacement needs from 2017-18 onwards.
Ben Sandilands November 20, 2013 4 Comments
In the closing days of the Dubai Air Show, Emirates has made a call for the blindingly obvious, which is to apply Super Twin technology improvements to the Airbus A380.