It was less than 20 years ago that Airbus officially launched the monstrous A380 project. The first true double-decker passenger aircraft from nose to tail, the A380 was built to hold more passengers than any other airliner — up to 800+ in a single class configuration that was never realized. … Read the post
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Mitsubishi to turn MRJ into cheaper, smaller ‘Space Jet’ – Nikkei Asian Review
It is going to be really interesting to watch what happens in the regional jet space in the US. Bombardier has basically given up while Embraer has focused its development efforts on the … Read the post
Less than 20 years after the aircraft program was launched, Airbus announced last week that it would begin winding down production on the A380. I’ve always thought this was an airplane that never should have been built. If Airbus breaks even on this program, then that would be the best … Read the post
When Singapore Airlines first launched its A380s a decade ago, it was quite the spectacle. Though people had long heard about the 800-seat capacity of the A380, Singapore rolled out a relatively-light 471-seat configuration. The vast majority of those seats were obviously coach, but it was those 12 lonely “Suites” … Read the post
This week is the Paris Air Show, the pinnacle of the air show circuit (alternating with Farnborough every other year). It’s usually an opportunity for aircraft manufacturers to shine by revealing a slew of orders along with future development plans. This year, those order books are somewhat lighter, especially … Read the post
There isn’t anything quite like the A380. The airplane is enormous, and frankly, it is a true delight to fly (as a passenger, at least). The cabin design feels spacious, you can barely hear any engine noise, and it handles turbulence well. From an airline perspective, however, it’s the economics … Read the post
There is a terrible rumor going around this week that United is going to take on 2 A380s, pretty much because Airbus is desperate and needs to place them somewhere for CHEAP. I can only hope this isn’t true, since the idea of inducting a new aircraft type for 2 … Read the post
World’s largest passenger plane gets more U.S. routes – USA Today
There are a lot more A380s in the US today than there were just a couple years ago. I was asked my thoughts on why.
Someone sent me an article last week that I thought was pretty funny. Apparently, Airbus super salesman John Leahy thinks United is going to buy A380s. Now, I suppose that it’s possible, but I just don’t see why United would do that.
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Boeing’s Response to the Airbus A320 Revamp Is Simple: Nothing – BNET Headwinds
Now that Airbus has decided to re-engine the A320, Boeing has to decide what to do. I don’t think we’ll see anything for awhile.