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