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Airbus says factory wages lower in US than China

Airbus says factory wages lower in US than China

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.

Emirates will fly 90 A380s by late 2017

Emirates will fly 90 A380s by late 2017

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

Emirates cancels A350 continues A380 support

Emirates cancels A350 continues A380 support

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.

Bigger jets looking better in India, Indonesia

Bigger jets looking better in India, Indonesia

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.

Wait and see CSeries worries investors, customers

Wait and see CSeries worries investors, customers

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

Airbus A350 wing makes, not breaks, its stress test

Airbus A350 wing makes, not breaks, its stress test

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.

Boeing workers vote Yes to 777-X deal, give up benefits

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.

Boeing 787-9 on way to hot date in Alice Springs

Boeing 787-9 on way to hot date in Alice Springs

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.

Bombardier to explain CSeries test delays as 2nd jet flies

Bombardier to explain CSeries test delays as 2nd jet flies

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.

Third Airbus A350-900 breaks cover in carbon livery

Third Airbus A350-900 breaks cover in carbon livery

Ben Sandilands January 2, 2014 16 Comments

Airbus A350-900 will not enter service until at least 1 October this year.

New jets not top of mind for airlines on New Year’s day

New jets not top of mind for airlines on New Year’s day

Ben Sandilands January 1, 2014 4 Comments

The shiny new toys neither Qantas nor Virgin Australia are likely to buy this year.

Airbus about to launch A330 NEO?

Airbus about to launch A330 NEO?

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.

The Lost Jets of 2013, the Vickers VC-10

The Lost Jets of 2013, the Vickers VC-10

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

Cathay Pacific orders 777-9 in first buy since Dubai launch

Cathay Pacific orders 777-9 in first buy since Dubai launch

Ben Sandilands December 20, 2013 6 Comments

The 777-9 order rush resumes, with of course, no sign of Qantas

Boeing scores major win with Air Canada 737 MAX deal

Boeing scores major win with Air Canada 737 MAX deal

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.

Virgin Australia puts new wide-body choice on hold

Virgin Australia puts new wide-body choice on hold

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.

Emirates urges Airbus A380 engine upgrades

Emirates urges Airbus A380 engine upgrades

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.

Etihad buys another 50 A350XWBs, 36 A320, 1 A330F

Etihad buys another 50 A350XWBs, 36 A320, 1 A330F

Ben Sandilands November 17, 2013 2 Comments

The ambitions of the major Gulf carriers, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar, are only just becoming fully apparent