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Airbus springs a wide body jet airliner surprise in China

Airbus springs a wide body jet airliner surprise in China

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

Airbus sends a note to those who think 3D printing is a gimmick

Airbus sends a note to those who think 3D printing is a gimmick

Ben Sandilands September 14, 2017 5 Comments

Certainty in component quality and a potential drop in costs drive more complex uses of 3D printing in jet making

Melbourne-Los Angeles becomes a route where A380s don’t rule

Melbourne-Los Angeles becomes a route where A380s don’t rule

Ben Sandilands April 5, 2017 9 Comments

Virgin Australia throws everything at Qantas on the Melbourne-Los Angeles route

Airbus updates outlook for new versions of A330, A380

Airbus updates outlook for new versions of A330, A380

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.

Airbus flies closer to new engine options on A330s, A380s

Airbus flies closer to new engine options on A330s, A380s

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.

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.

Dubai Air Show scoops now tip big A380, A350 orders

Dubai Air Show scoops now tip big A380, A350 orders

Ben Sandilands November 17, 2013 8 Comments

After a crescendo of plausible stories about large scale ordering of Boeing 777-X series jets at the Dubai Air Show, the media ‘scoops’ are now tipping substantial orders (or letters of intent maybe) for Airbus A380s and A350s. Whether these reports are as well informed as they seem should be known very soon, with the […]

The A350 could get longer, and best is yet to come for A380

The A350 could get longer, and best is yet to come for A380

Ben Sandilands October 14, 2013 26 Comments

Stop worrying about the A380. The best for the giant Airbus is yet to come, and the A350 line could get bigger too. That was the carefully worded message from EADS CEO, Tom Enders, at a National Aviation Press Club luncheon in Sydney today.

Three new jets, one air show, and two or three no shows

Three new jets, one air show, and two or three no shows

Ben Sandilands May 27, 2013 15 Comments

The lean green flying machines are lining up for first flights this year. But will the bean counters make them pain machines too?

Emirates now sees 777-X as a 2020-21 jet!

Emirates now sees 777-X as a 2020-21 jet!

Ben Sandilands May 9, 2013 4 Comments

  In an interview in Gulf News, Emirates president Tim Clark pushes back the timing of the  777-X to late 2020-2021, which is something of a jolt to those already suitably jolted only months ago by his insistence that Boeing had to have the airliner ready for his airline by late 2017.

Airbus A350-900 prototype gets compete wing

Airbus A350-900 prototype gets compete wing

Ben Sandilands February 28, 2013 8 Comments

First A350 takes wing but not yet flight while the 787-9, the next model Dreamliner it was supposed to follow is somewhere off stage waiting for grounded 787-8s to get out of the way

Airbus chief wishes the 787 up where it belongs, in the sky

Airbus chief wishes the 787 up where it belongs, in the sky

Ben Sandilands January 17, 2013 5 Comments

Airbus chief says it is the role of all new jets to fly well, and says he wants the 787 to succeed in being a good competitor because he is confident its answer, the yet to fly A350 will be even better

Aviation legend, and two new jets, meet in Toulouse

Aviation legend, and two new jets, meet in Toulouse

Ben Sandilands October 24, 2012 3 Comments

Europe stages a dazzling reminder that it knows much more about designing jet airliners than managing a single currency

Neither the 737 MAX nor A350 add up at present

Ben Sandilands December 3, 2011 4 Comments

There is ample reason to believe the two new airliner programs,  the Airbus A350, and the Boeing 737 MAX,  are under severe pressure to reconcile marketing hype with engineering reality. For those who have been on Pluto, the former is a slightly scaled up mid sized wide body replacement for the existing Airbus A330 line […]

Revisiting the Airbus GMF before the next GFC

Revisiting the Airbus GMF before the next GFC

Ben Sandilands October 7, 2011 6 Comments

For the curious air traveller, the recently launched Airbus Global Marketing Forecast to 2030 could hardly have come out at a time when assessing the future could have been more difficult. But Airbus continues to  exude confidence. When its head of projects Tom Williams gave the Australian version of the GMF for the next 20 […]

More talk from Airbus about plastic limits on new jets

Ben Sandilands November 6, 2009 3 Comments

Airbus has sent another signal that there are some plastic limits to its enthusiasm for advanced composites in new airliners after all. Following John Leahy’s answers to Plane Talking‘s inquiries in Sydney on Wednesday, November 4, this item is being carried by Bloomberg: By Sabine Pirone Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) — Airbus SAS, the world’s largest […]

The 787 calamity: Lies and evasions continue

Ben Sandilands July 23, 2009 8 Comments

In a few hours time Boeing is to conduct a conference call on its earnings outlook. However this story in The Seattle Times is the real story, one of a company that continues to lie and misrepresent the calamity that the 787 Dreamliner project has become. The original lie that Boeing used to makes fools […]

Dreamliner-An Impossible Dream?

Dreamliner-An Impossible Dream?

Ben Sandilands June 28, 2009 8 Comments

The most alarming question to arise from the Dreamliner fiasco is whether high composite airliners are doomed to fail. Not fail as in fail to reach production, although that is a possibility even at this stage, but fail as in start crashing after large numbers of the two high composite airliners in question, the Boeing […]