Ben Sandilands September 21, 2017 17 Comments
Airbus sees potential to 'complete' its largest twin engined jet the A350 in the just opened A330 plant in Tianjin
Ben Sandilands June 12, 2017 7 Comments
China Eastern flight at Sydney was barely off the ground when engine failed last night
Ben Sandilands April 5, 2017 9 Comments
Virgin Australia throws everything at Qantas on the Melbourne-Los Angeles route
Ben Sandilands July 1, 2015 4 Comments
Orders and commitments to up to 75 A330s for China’s airlines are being reported in France as a step closer to Airbus setting up a wide-body completion factory in the PRC.
Ben Sandilands August 1, 2014 6 Comments
Globalisation becomes less about lowering costs and more about nailing down sales in massive emerging markets
Ben Sandilands February 19, 2014 3 Comments
Airbus could have a regional version of its A330 delivered within two years, further refine the efficiency of the A380 by 2018, and have an NEO version of that giant Airbus ready early next decade.
Ben Sandilands February 7, 2014 4 Comments
Airbus now has two new engine speculations running in tandem, both of which have the potential to extend the life and reach of its A330 and giant A380 lines.
Ben Sandilands September 25, 2013 12 Comments
The Airbus Global Market Forecasts to 2032 last night were somewhat eclipsed by Airbus predictions that its A330s will play a continuing and pivotal role in the airline game for another 10 years.
Ben Sandilands July 20, 2013 5 Comments
The gauntlet throwing that goes on between Airbus and Boeing sometimes resembles play school gone wrong if you follow the brand warrior battles on some aviation forums, but there does seem to be serious intent among the two big jet makers to focus much more on medium if not shorter range wide body airliners than […]
Ben Sandilands October 15, 2012 6 Comments
The countdown is on for Jetstar to take a sizable fleet of 787s, but unanswered questions persist, and not all of its wide-body routes appear to be thriving.
Ben Sandilands January 18, 2012 5 Comments
Seen in the wide view that comes with distance, the most interesting thing said at the Airbus 2012 New Year press conference in Hamburg was a reference by chief operating officer John Leahy to an investigation of the use of ‘sharklet’ wing tips on its mid-sized A330 wide body designs. Keep in mind that Leahy, […]
Ben Sandilands January 16, 2012 1 Comment
Virgin Australia delivered this morning on its promise of more A330-200 flights in 2012, with Melbourne-Perth double dailies from 14 May and a Sydney-Melbourne morning peak hour rotation from 15 May. But there is one metric in the announcement that speaks loudly about the problems domestic flights, and their often long suffering regular flyers, are […]
Ben Sandilands May 10, 2010
The ATSB has launched an inquiry into two very dangerous incidents at the Gold Coast Airport last week, on May 3 and May 4, when an AirAsiaX A330-300 dropped below the safe radar minimum altitude while apparently looking for the runway in bad visibility. The announcement of the inquiry says little. But the words mean […]
Ben Sandilands May 7, 2010 5 Comments
Even if the ‘black boxes’ from Air France flight AF447 which have just been located are retrieved and read, there is a question of great importance to all airlines that they mightn’t be able to answer. And that is, to what extent (if any) was this disaster caused by pilots thinking more like accountants or […]
Ben Sandilands December 18, 2009 9 Comments
The phraseology is circumspect, but it is fair to say the French air crash investigator BEA is making it clear Airbus was slow to respond to a known issue with unreliable air speed warnings on its A330s and A340s in the year before Air France flight AF447 crashed killing all 228 people on board in […]
Ben Sandilands November 2, 2009 4 Comments
Two recent incidents officially rated as serious involving Jetstar and Qantas flights are under investigation by the ATSB. The Jetstar incident, on October 28, may have involved an iced up pitot or external speed measuring device on an A330 which was flying from Tokyo to the Gold Coast. The flight experienced an involuntarily autopilot disconnection […]
Ben Sandilands October 10, 2009 7 Comments
There is one strange but not necessarily consequential omission in the official interim report into the AF447 disaster. Nowhere does it confirm that the weather radar was switched on. It says the ‘correct functioning of the radar’ would have been checked during taxiing to take off. And it summarises the Air France radar operating procedures, […]
Ben Sandilands October 6, 2009 4 Comments
An alternative report into the June 1 crash of an Air France A330-200 prepared by the airline’s pilot union takes aim at the airline, at Airbus, and at Thales, the French company that built the pitot tubes or external airspeed measuring devices fitter to the Airbus. The disaster killed all 228 people on board flight […]