Wide-body aircraft

November 13, 2011 - 3:30am
Airbus A350 assembly line

Evidently regarding discretion as the better part of valor, Airbus has revised the production schedule for its planned A350 XWB, owing to delayed sub-assemblies under production by partners in Europe and the U.S. Airbus has moved the twin-aisle twinjet’s first-flight date from late 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.

November 12, 2011 - 10:50am
ANA 787 Dreamliner

Few would argue against the proposition that Boeing has and will absorb a serious financial hit from the three years of delays and the unanticipated complications that arose from its attempt at a new approach to supply-chain management with the 787 program.

November 12, 2011 - 10:11am
AIrbus ACJ

As a market with a distinct preference for larger VIP and business aircraft, the Middle East has long been considered good sales territory for Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJs). Recent experience proves this with four more operators in the region having committed to swelling the local fleet.

November 12, 2011 - 9:10am

With engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, Airbus is developing an enhanced A350-1000 variant with “outstanding [increased] payload and long[er] range, the best economics and 25-percent lower fuel burn and carbon dioxide emissions than [the Boeing 777-300ER].”

November 12, 2011 - 9:00am
Airbus A350XWB

Since the Boeing 787 entered service last month, the spotlight has turned toward Airbus, which is working hard on the competing A350XWB.

November 12, 2011 - 8:57am

Rolls-Royce arrives at this week’s Dubai Air Show pleased with the “very positive” results achieved during 1,200 hours of testing eight examples of the new Trent XWB engine developed for the planned Airbus A350XWB twin-aisle twinjet. The first Trent XWB has recently been fitted to Airbus A380 (MSN001) and is expected to fly shortly.

November 12, 2011 - 7:47am

Rolls-Royce arrives at this week’s Dubai Air Show pleased with the “very positive” results achieved during 1,200 hours of testing eight examples of the new Trent XWB engine

November 10, 2011 - 8:35am
Airbus A340

Airbus has manufactured its last A340 following an extended period of extremely slow sales for the four-engine widebody. A EADS spokesman today confirmed the “termination” of the program, as revealed today in the company’s third-quarter earnings report. The decision resulted in a “positive one off” of €192 million ($263 million), according to the report.

October 26, 2011 - 12:53pm

In a $280 million deal AAR has acquired Telair International and Nordisk Aviation Products.

October 19, 2011 - 5:08pm

Associated Air Center named Chip Fichtner as vice president of engineering. Fichtner previously served as director of production, engineering and program management for Gore Design Completions, where he led the engineering, operations and program management effort on multiple single-aisle and widebody executive completions.

 
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