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Airbus A380 and Emirates, what the future holds?

The future of Airbus A380, the flagship model of the plane manufacturer from Europe hangs in balance. The only two factors justifying the jumbo are the need for transporting more people out of busy slot constrained airports such as Beijing and Heathrow and the Middle East airline giant, Emirates. The A380 super jumbo is lagging in sales and yet to make a profit for Airbus, hence the frame maker is not very keen on bringing in the neo version of the plane which has long been demanded by Emirates, the biggest customer of the aircraft with 140 of those birds on order. The airline has repeatedly said that it needs more of these jumbo to satisfy its need of moving more people around the world…

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Air China to order Airbus jets worth 

As part of the local capability building roadmap, the Chinese government has been luring Airbus and Boeing to build locally by doling out large orders for their jets. The latest in this case is the huge Air China order worth $3.1 billion for Airbus A330 jets. The Chinese government agency COMAC has been trying to build jets on its but its effort have been more of test dummies at best which are still lagging behind the industry standard features and technology. IN order to jump-start itself into the big boys league of the Boeings and the Airbuses of the world. The government has used the large market potential to its advantage whereby its handing out large orders to satisfy its market need by making the…

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Thai airways to ground it fleet of A340s

As per Bloomberg report, Thai Airways has grounded its entire fleet of Airbus A340s, some of which are barely a few years old for cost efficiency purposes. The airline says that it’s unable to make any flights on these quad engine aircrafts profitable even after the substantial oil price drop. In this age of twin engines aircrafts performing as good as the yesteryear 4 engine beauties, the need for such aircrafts has been almost wiped out. No airline has any pressing need to fly these birds anymore unless they are flying to hot and high destinations such as Johannesburg or Mexico to name a few. Thai has tried to sell these aircrafts for a while now but without any success and as has been the case…

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Now Qatar wants to claim the longest flight crown

In this race to run the longest flight in the world everyone wants to score the brownie points. Qatar Airways has jumped into the fray now and wants to run the world’s longest flight. As per the The Telegraph’s report, the airlines intends to run the flight from Doha to Auckland which would be a 9,032 mile flight beating the current record holder Dallas-Sydney flight which is a cool 8578 miles and takes 17hrs. Now I know you would say that Emirates is planning to launch Dubai-Panama route which is planned to begin service from mid-March 2016 but even that flight at 8588 miles and 17.5hrs of flight time will not be able to beat this planed route. In the past running such long route…

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A320neo facing production issues?

Airbus’s top seller seems to be facing some production issues even before it can be inducted by the airlines in their fleet. Initially news came in about Lufthansa being the launch customer for the aircraft replacing Qatar. Now we are hearing that Indian customers, Indigo and GoAir have also expressed reservations about the delivery schedule of the A320neo aircrafts. The airlines have commented that they are not confident about when will Airbus be able to start the deliveries of the latest generation aircraft to them. Indigo which is the largest acquirer of the aircraft model seems to be hit hardest should these delays pile up. The major cause of these issues is the new Pratt and Whitney engine which has been blamed to be having issues…

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Singapore Airlines to sport new livery on its A380s

Singapore is celebrating its 50th year of independence and as part of these celebrations; Singapore Airlines has decided to mark the occasion by painting 2 of its Airbus A380s in the national colours. As per the press release from Singapore Airlines the jumbos will be painted in “the special livery, featuring a large Singapore flag-themed design on the fuselage.” The first of the A380s to don the new livery will start flying in early June and the second in July. The Airbus A380s are expected to be donning the livery up until the end of 2015, and will be operating the routes from Singapore to Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Sydney and Zurich. Also the two inboard engines would be displaying the…

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Does Airbus A380 helps easing traffic congestion at airports?

Bloomberg ran an interesting article about how the current regulations mandating 12% more separation between the Airbus A380 and other planes to avoid the wake turbulence generated by the A380 is inhibiting Dubai airport to maximize the benefits of the super-jumbo by increasing the number of flights it can land or take off from the airport. There are no clear cut answers as to whether the A380 is really making the airlines help carry more passengers in totality from an airport. The article has interesting comparison between the separation required between the Boeing 777s which are the other mainstay of Dubai’s flagship carrier, Emirates and the Boeing 747 jumbos and how that fares against the A380. The comparison seems true at face value but to quantify…

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ANA places $16.6 billion order for 70 planes

After months of hectic negotiations, ANA seems to have finally made up its mind to place an order for 70 planes worth $16.6 billion at list prices. The order consists of 40 planes for Boeing and 30 for Airbus. The Boeing order consists of 20 777-9X, 14 787-9 and 6 777-300ER and 7 A320neo along with 23 A321neo. The planes which will be delivered from 2016 to 2027 are aimed at replacing the existing A320/21, 737-500 and A320ceo. This is also the biggest buy in carrier’s history. Adding up to the previous total the ANA total orders for the 787 series now stands at 80. With rapid modernization, both ANA and JAL are trying to capitalize on the growth in the Asian markets and putting…

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Airbus scores big with $15b worth A320 family orders

Airbus has been having runaway success in the single aisle category with its A320 family planes garnering a lion’s share of the market. The recent deals worth $15 billion is due the booming asian market with the Chinese carriers Qingdao Airlines and Zhejiang Loong Airlines along with BOC Aviation and Vietnamese operator Vietjet placing a combined order of 160 planes. Vietjet, the only private airline in Vietnam that flies internationally, has been flying since December 2011 with a fleet of nine jets including the fuel-saving A320 with “Sharklet” wingtips. It is the only private airline in Vietnam that offers domestic and international flights. The deals, once confirmed, will bring Airbus beyond the 1,000 aircraft order book. This is already equivalent of the number that the company…

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Etihad all set for its India push

Etihad is trying to make the most of the bilateral pact signed between India and Abu Dhabi that allows it to expand the current allocation of 13,600 seats on flights between the two countries to a whopping 50,000. In a statement made by the airline, it stated its intention to use a wide-body Airbus A340-600 aircraft on one of the two daily flights to Mumbai and the wide-body A330-200 aircraft on one of the two daily flights to Delhi. Not only that ,the airline will also operate a larger aircraft which can seat 174 passengers instead of the 136-seater deployed currently on its daily flight to Chennai. This capacity increase is going to be in addition to the Jet Airways flights that will now be using…

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