Record Airbus backlog good for SA suppliers

2015-01-13 17:11

For Airbus’s South African suppliers, the record industry backlog orders for future deliveries could mean a positive spin-off.

Ejectable black boxes coming to Airbus jets

2015-01-12 21:28

The Airbus A350 and A380 passengers jets will soon come equipped with ejectable black boxes that can float, making them easier to find in an air crash at sea, aviation sources say.

Skymark shares dive as Airbus lawsuit looms

2014-12-22 15:15

Shares in Japan's Skymark Airlines have slumped after it said Airbus is moving closer to filing a lawsuit over a failed $2.2bn jet order.

Airbus reshuffle paves way for jet output

2014-12-18 17:00

A management reshuffle at Airbus marks a step towards focusing the company on industrial performance rather than the political interests of key shareholders.

Airbus A350 cleared to fly record distance

2014-10-15 18:15

Airbus has won permission for its twin-engined A350 to fly more than six hours on one engine in the event of a breakdown.

Airbus-China partnership keeps growing

2014-10-10 17:00

Airbus and its Chinese partners have re-confirmed their intention to set up an A330 completion and delivery centre in Tianjin, China.

Airbus tests the A320neo

2014-09-25 18:00

The first A320neo has successfully completed its first flight which lasted around two and a half hours.

Airbus signs alliance with SA companies

2014-09-16 14:13

Leading global aircraft manufacturer Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding with two South African companies to bolster the local aviation industry.

Bees provide solution to Airbus' pollution problem

2014-07-31 13:20

Beehives are placed near an airport runway in Hamburg to measure pollution levels on behalf of aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus.

Airbus jet re-launch heralds busy airshow

2014-07-14 08:48

Airbus will kick off the Farnborough Airshow with up to 100 commitments for its revamped A330neo wide-body jet, industry sources say.

Look up Durban! BA's A380 is overhead

2014-07-02 09:23

If you’re a Durban-based aerophile you might want to look up this week, as British Airways has been flying its big and beautiful Airbus A380 over the city for the past few days.

A350 XWB test fleet now complete

2014-06-20 18:00

With the first flight of the Airbus A350 MSN005, the five-strong development fleet is now complete.

Airline industry a huge jobspinner

2014-05-27 21:13

Flying has become a commodity and the number of people supported by the airline industry is expected to double every 15 years, an Airbus director has told Fin24.


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Airbus may cut more defence jobs

2014-05-23 19:40

Restrictive arms export policy of Germany may trigger additional layoffs, says Airbus chief executive Tom Enders.

Pressure on suppliers as Boeing, Airbus hum

2014-03-03 16:00

The world's largest plane makers are soaring these days, fueled by historic demand for new jets that has cranked up their factories to record speeds.

Airbus gets order for 20 superjumbo's

2014-02-12 12:27

Airbus has sealed a deal for 20 of its superjumbo A380s during Singapore Airshow.

Airbus faces high bar in 2014

2014-01-13 13:39

Airbus has enjoyed a banner year in 2013 as airlines gobbled up their offerings to renew or build their fleets and cut fuel costs.

Gulf carriers' 15 minutes of jet order hysteria

2013-11-17 20:16

While Western carriers languish amid weak margins and high fuel costs, airlines are the Gulf's economic weapon to globalise its economy and diversify revenue.

Dwindling sales clip A380's wings

2013-11-08 08:37

Three cancellations and not a single order this year - as Airbus announced a disappointing outlook for the once-feted A380, analysts warned that the jetliner may not go the distance.

Airbus pushing airlines to cram A380s

2013-08-01 12:02

Airbus is pushing airlines to view its A380 superjumbo as a high-density workhorse rather than a luxury flagship as it targets orders from mass-market carriers.

SAA receives first of new Airbus fleet

2013-07-24 07:29

South African Airways has ordered a total of 20 A320 aircraft from Airbus, marking the next phase in its fleet modernization plan.

BA gets Airbus A380 in fleet upgrade

2013-07-05 11:05

The first Airbus A380 jet, the world's biggest commercial aircraft, has landed in the UK as part of a $15bn upgrade to top-of-the-range planes.

Boeing launches bigger Dreamliner

2013-06-18 16:56

Boeing has launched the biggest version of its Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show with over 100 orders worth about $30bn.

Airbus A350 reopens battle with Boeing

2013-06-14 17:04

The maiden flight of the new Airbus A350 reopens the battle of the wide-body planes between Boeing and Airbus.


Airbus beats US rival in new orders

2015-01-13 15:30

Europe's largest aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, has garnered more new orders in 2014 than its US rival Boeing, but the latter has delivered more planes.

Qatar Airways leading the way - CEO

2015-01-07 18:08

Qatar Airways chief Akbar Al-Baker says European carriers "cannot keep up" with competition from Gulf carriers as his airline welcomed the first Airbus A350.

Germany takes delivery of its first Airbus A400M

2014-12-19 10:59

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the first Airbus A400M military transport ordered by Germany.

Airbus deepens carmaker thinking

2014-11-19 19:03

An industrial drumbeat is picking up in European aircraft factories as Airbus borrows a new range of carmaking strategies to keep pace with record demand.

Indigo signs deal with Airbus

2014-10-15 12:45

Indian low-cost airline IndiGo has signed an agreement with Airbus for 250 A320neo single-aisle aircraft, says the company.

Further delay in Airbus insider trading trial

2014-10-07 18:00

Prosecutors in the Airbus insider trading case have suffered another setback when a Paris court refused to accept the prosecution dossier.

IAG finalises deal for 8 Airbus A330s

2014-09-22 17:09

International Airlines Group says has finalised a deal to buy eight long-haul Airbus A330-200 aircraft worth $1.48bn at list prices for Spanish unit Iberia.

Airbus, UWC research hydrogen fuel cells

2014-09-02 14:28

Hydrogen South Africa Systems, the National Aerospace Centre and Airbus are teaming up at UWC to research use of fuel cells for commercial airliners.

Skymark shares slump after Airbus cancels deal

2014-07-30 10:30

Shares in Skymark have plunged for a second straight day wiping out a quarter of its value after Airbus had cancelled a deal with the Japanese budget airline.

Jury still out on A330neo airshow - Airbus

2014-07-06 12:00

Airbus Group says it has not decided if it will launch its A330neo jet at this month's Farnborough Airshow but is confident about the outlook for plane orders.

China's plane demand surges

2014-06-25 10:30

China is developing its own passenger planes and building scores of airports, but its aviation expansion faces turbulence from slowing growth.

Airbus, Safran team up to compete with SpaceX

2014-06-16 17:30

Aerospace giant Airbus Group and French engine maker Safran have announced a joint venture on space launchers.

Airbus bets on SA for aviation boost

2014-05-27 15:53

South Africa and Ethiopia are among the 15 countries in the world Airbus has identified for their future strategic value to the airline industry, says Airbus.

High expectations push airline innovation

2014-05-27 09:44

There is no time for complacency in the airline industry as consumers become ever more demanding, an Airbus official has told Carin Smith in Toulouse.

Brazil bans Airbus A380 at Sao Paulo

2014-02-14 18:45

Brazil has banned the Airbus A380 from Sao Paulo airport, saying the runway is not wide enough.

A350-XWB test flights making progress

2014-02-10 15:08

Test flights of the Airbus A350-XWB, which is scheduled to come into service later this year, have seen remarkable progress, the European aircraft maker says..

New airline orders Airbus A320s

2014-01-10 08:43

Singapore Airlines has decided to lease Airbus A320s for the launch of its Indian carrier, a joint venture with the giant Tata Group.

Boeing, Airbus bag $140bn worth of orders

2013-11-17 17:52

Dubai Airshow has taken off with huge aircraft orders and commitments worth around $140bn for Boeing and Airbus from Gulf carriers.

Jetmakers feud over seat width

2013-11-01 19:49

A row has flared up among planemakers over the width of tourist-class seats on long-distance flights, setting the tone for a confrontation at the Dubai Airshow.

BA to fly Airbus A380 on SA route

2013-07-24 13:04

British Airways has announced that it will start flying its largest, most modern aircraft, the superjumbo Airbus A380, to Johannesburg from February 2014.

Dreamliner 'not reliable' - Airbus

2013-07-19 22:39

A senior Airbus executive has hit out at rival Boeing's troubled Dreamliner, saying the aircraft was clearly not reliable and suggested it was rushed to market.

Airbus shows off new 'flossie'

2013-06-21 16:03

The new Airbus military transport plane, much delayed and much needed by European defence forces, has flown in to the Paris Air Show.

Airbus takes off for battle with Boeing

2013-06-14 19:57

Airbus's new A350 plane glided smoothly through its maiden flight, leaving company executives relieved and brimming with confidence for the battle with Boeing.

No party for A350 Airbus jet

2013-05-08 18:59

Airbus has started painting its newest jet, but has bowed to the industry's increasingly pragmatic mood by deciding against a traditional rollout celebration.

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