Qantas announced today that it would resume Airbus A380 services between Australia and Los Angeles more than two months after an in-flight uncontained engine failure forced an emergency landing of one of its superjumbos in Singapore. The airline said Flight QF93 from Melbourne would take off for Los Angeles on January 16.
While Boeing lays claim to the status of “China’s leading supplier of passenger airplanes,” Airbus certainly proved itself a worthy competitor for that title last week, as it inked contracts for 102 airliners from China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS). The business included new firm orders for 50 A320-family jets, six A330s and 10 A350XWBs, while the parties confirmed an earlier order for 36 A330s.
Airliner leasing pioneer Steven Udvar-Hazy is back in business with a vengeance. Barely six months after leaving the ILFC group that he founded back in 1973, following a failed bid to take control of a stake in the company from its troubled AIG parent, Udvar-Hazy's new Air Lease venture gave the industry a welcome shot in the arm by ordering about $10 billion worth of aircraft at July's Farnborough International Airshow.
Launch customer Etihad Airways took delivery of the first Airbus A330-200F Freighter at a ceremony on Tuesday here at the Farnborough airshow. The aircraft, which can haul up to 70 metric tons of cargo, will enter service with Etihad’s cargo business, Etihad Crystal Cargo, in September. It is on display for the duration of the airshow, after which it will undertake final pre-delivery preparations by Airbus in Toulouse.
Dubai’s Emirates Airline has ordered a further 32 A380s from Airbus, raising its firm order total for double-deck transport to 90 aircraft. The parties signed the contract, worth $11.5 billion at list prices, in a ceremony today at the Berlin Air Show, witnessed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Emirates Airline group chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum and Airbus president and CEO Tom Enders.
Airbus did its best to show a brave face during the May 19 ceremony marking the delivery of the first Lufthansa Airlines A380. For despite the festive atmosphere and the fact that Lufthansa had become the fifth airline to accept delivery of the superjumbo, the struggles the program has experienced couldn’t go completely ignored.
Emirates Airline plans to reinstate Airbus A380 service between Dubai and New York JFK Airport on October 31, fifteen months after it ceased operating one of its superjumbos on the route due to insufficient demand. The decision to restore A380 service on one of Emirates’ twin daily JFK routes comes as the carrier reports an 8.1-percent revenue increase for the Americas for its 2009-10 fiscal year.
United Airlines has signed a firm order for 25 Airbus A350-900 XWBs, formalizing a commitment originally announced last December, the European manufacturer announced today. Plans call for deliveries of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered jets to begin in 2016 and run through 2019.
Airbus and Boeing tallied their 2009 delivery totals this month and each managed to meet its respective target, giving the companies a chance to trumpet all-time records during a year that by most others measures was “challenging.” In fact, Airbus even met its projections for gross orders for the year with 310, worth $34.9 billion.
Airbus delivered a record total of 498 aircraft last year, which is 15 more than it shipped in 2008, the company announced today. The figure includes 402 A320-family aircraft, 86 A330/A340s and 10 A380s. Airbus Military, the military aircraft division of Airbus, delivered 16 light and medium transport aircraft.