Topic archives: airbus

Airbus might have found a way to reverse Howard’s uncomfortable legacy

May 24, 2017

Press gallery journalists will be singing Airbus' praises if the company pulls this off.

A first close-up look at the soon to fly A350 prototype

June 7, 2013

On a hot clear southern French spring day, Ben Sandilands takes a look at the A350 XWB MSN1, the first to fly of a small fleet of test and certification A350-900s soon to be released by Airbus.

The A340 becomes a travel collectible

The A340 becomes a travel collectible

November 15, 2011

Although Airbus has closed the A340 production line, it is likely to continue serving several routes of importance to Australian travellers for some years to come, explains Ben Sandilands.

An all new Airbus single aisle design is still out there

An all new Airbus single aisle design is still out there

October 7, 2011

Airbus gave more clues at a briefing in Sydney yesterday as to what it will do when it eventually launches an all new design to replace its single aisle A320 program. Ben Sandilands reveals all.

American Airlines embarks on largest jet buy in history

American Airlines embarks on largest jet buy in history

July 21, 2011

American Airlines has split what it says is the largest jet purchase in history between Airbus and Boeing with firm orders for 260 A320 family airliners, and 200 Boeing 737s, says Ben Sandilands.

The Airbus A320 Fat Lady sings

December 2, 2010

It has been an incredibly long game of poker between Airbus and Boeing over the question of whether to re-engine their cash cow single aisle jets, the A320 and 737NG families respectively, or go directly to an all-new design in the 2020s, writes Ben Sandilands.

Rolls-Royce under fire over A380 engines

November 19, 2010

Airbus is seeking compensation from Rolls-Royce for the additional costs it is incurring because of the serious issues that have emerged with the Trent 900 engine used by Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa on their A380 fleets, reports Ben Sandilands.

How far has myth making outflown the realities of plastic jets?

May 25, 2010

The age of lightweight breakthrough composite airlines is still a long way away. That's the problem of letting myth making run ahead of an investment in new designs and their supporting engineering and technology, writes Ben Sandilands.

A380 vs. the volcano: who are the crazy pilots who fly into the ash?

April 20, 2010 12

Both Airbus and Boeing have a hardcore cadre of test pilots who are paid very, very well to deliberately do insanely dangerous things to passenger aircraft -- like, say, fly through volcanic ash...

The 700-seat Jetstar Airbus A380 is coming

The 700-seat Jetstar Airbus A380 is coming

February 19, 2010

Never mind the fate of first class seating on Qantas, says Ben Sandilands: a 650-700-seat Jetstar A380 is coming -- the writing is on the terminal walls.