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.

Airbus breaks ground on US plant

2013-04-08 19:37

Airbus has launched its first US assembly plant, hoping it will help carve a greater share in the US market for the European aircraft maker.

Airbus, Boeing battle moves to Indonesia

2013-03-24 10:27

A new rivalry between the world's biggest planemakers is heating up in Indonesia after a record deal for Airbus in a market with huge potential.

Airbus learns from Boeing's battery issue

2013-02-15 08:05

Airbus is dropping the use of lithium-ion batteries for its A350 due to regulatory concerns.

Planes could fly on sawdust or straw

2012-09-19 22:16

Passenger jets could be chomping straw or flying on fuel extracted from sawdust in coming years as the search widens for cleaner alternatives to kerosene.

Airbus launches CSIR partnership

2012-09-14 08:50

Airbus has announced a partnership with the CSIR and Aerosud to manufacture new materials to reduce the cost of aircraft components.

Airbus to increase A380 production - CEO

2012-02-15 16:50

Airbus still plans to increase production of its flagship A380 despite the discovery of tiny cracks in some of the planes' wings, says CEO Thomas Enders.

All Airbus A380s to be checked for cracks

2012-02-08 11:28

The European Aviation Safety Agency has ordered all 67 Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft currently in operation to be checked for wing cracks, says a spokesperson.

More examples of A380 cracks

2012-01-31 09:47

Singapore Airlines says it has found examples of recently identified wing cracks in all six of the Airbus A380s on which it carried out mandatory inspections.

Third of Airbus A380s face checks: Sources

2012-01-20 15:03

European safety authorities are set to order airlines to carry out checks on almost a third of the Airbus A380 fleet after the discovery of new wing cracks, say industry sources.

Airline in Airbus deal despite 'impasse'

2011-11-15 17:30

Qatar Airways has announced the purchase of 50 Airbus A320neo aircraft, in addition to five A380 superjumbos, shortly after the chief of the Gulf carrier said the deal had hit an "impasse".

Bad data behind Air France crash - claim

2011-10-05 22:09

The Lawyer for families of Air France victims says it seems pilots got bad data from their aircraft.

Rio-Paris jet crash probe whitewash

2011-08-03 21:39

Victims' relatives and a pilots' union have lost faith in a probe into the 2009 crash of an Air France jet that killed 228 people, alleging it sought to clear Airbus.

Armscor still after R3bn from Airbus

2011-06-30 15:07

Parastatal Armscor says it is trying to secure an undertaking from Airbus for a reimbursement after an order for eight A400 military planes was cancelled.

Minister made mistake, Airbus says

2011-06-01 22:18

Aircraft giant Airbus has stepped in after Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba's apparent blunder in his budget vote speech.


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 breaks ground in US

2013-04-09 15:09

US aircraft maker Boeing's turf is being invaded by archrival Airbus as the European aircraft giant started constructing its first assembly line in America.

Boeing trails arch-rival Airbus

2013-04-04 20:11

US aerospace giant Boeing trailed European rival Airbus in jetliner orders and deliveries in the first three months of the year, according to company data.

Airbus gets biggest order ever

2013-03-18 18:04

Airbus and an Indonesian airline have signed a $24bn contract, the biggest ever for the aircraft maker.

Airbus leads global airliner market

2013-01-17 13:15

As Boeing sinks into crisis, European aircraft giant Airbus says it has cornered over 50% of the global market for commercial aircraft.

New Denel-Airbus agreement signed

2012-09-17 16:56

Arms manufacturer Denel Aerostructures and Airbus Military have signed a new agreement on aircraft components for the A400M military transport.

Air Canada makes biofuel flight

2012-06-19 12:26

Air Canada's first flight using biofuels is an effort to showcase the aviation industry's global commitment to greener transportation.

Airbus 'screwed up' on A380 wings - CEO

2012-02-13 12:02

Airbus Chief Executive Thomas Enders has vowed that the company will quickly fix tiny cracks detected on the wings of its flagship A380 super jumbo, admitting "we screwed that up".

Qantas grounds A380 over cracks in wings

2012-02-08 10:59

Australia's Qantas Airways says it is temporarily grounding one of its A380 superjumbos after discovering dozens of hairline cracks in its wings during a maintenance inspection.

A380 cracks - factory, design flaws

2012-01-26 22:33

Airbus are blaming a combination of manufacturing and design flaws as more examples of wing cracks arose during checks on the A380.

More cracks found in Airbus A380 wings

2012-01-20 08:29

An engineering union says Airbus is downplaying the discovery of cracks in the wings of its A380 superjumbo.

Airbus 'still learning to make planes'

2011-11-15 14:05

Qatar Airways chief Akbar Al Baker has dismissed Airbus as "still learning to make airplanes" and announced his carrier was cancelling an announcement for an expected large order.

Pilots battled to save Air France jet

2011-08-08 15:46

A transcript of the last minutes of a doomed Air France jet that crashed into the sea on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris reveals how pilots tried to prevent the disaster.

Cockpit chaos on doomed Air France jet

2011-07-30 18:17

Investigators see confusion, unexplained manoeuvres in cockpit on doomed Air France flight 447.

Airbus maps future travel

2011-06-22 14:06

Future aircraft will hopefully be safer, kinder to the environment, and more luxurious thanks to research being done in SA.

EADS "seeks veto right" against takeovers

2011-05-29 11:25

The head of Airbus parent EADS is pushing for a veto right to be introduced in the defense industry to prevent hostile takeovers, reports a German magazine.

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