Airbus Sees Growing Support For Hydrogen-Fueled Aircraft

By Thierry Dubois Sep 23, 2021
Airbus has been gathering positive signs that its 2035 ambition for a hydrogen-fueled commercial aircraft is realistic. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

EASA Directive Targets Airbus A380 Fuselage Reinforcement

By Sean Broderick Sep 08, 2021
EASA plans to mandate an Airbus-recommended fuselage modification which addresses A380 fuselage cracks operators are discovering when conducting a similar fix required by the European regulator.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Daily Memo: Slow Asia-Pacific Recovery Threatens OEM Deliveries

By Jens Flottau Jul 13, 2021
Despite recoveries to varying degrees elsewhere, the situation in Asia-Pacific is concerning for Airbus and Boeing.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: EASA Mulls Extended Role In Switch To Hydrogen

By Thierry Dubois Jul 09, 2021
As the idea of hydrogen-powered commercial air travel has gained traction in Europe, EASA believes it may have to look at certification beyond the aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Lufthansa Technik/Hamburg To Demo Hydrogen Ground Handling

By Graham Warwick Jul 08, 2021
Lufthansa Technik, working with the City of Hamburg and other German partners, plans to modify an Airbus A320 to test maintenance and ground-handling procedures for liquid-hydrogen-powered aircraft. Operation of the demonstrator is planned to begin in 2022.
Airports & Routes

Daily Memo: Airbus, Boeing Watching How Aircraft, Crews Return To Flight

By Thierry Dubois Jun 25, 2021
As the gradual lifting of travel restrictions sets the stage for a swift traffic recovery this summer, Airbus and Boeing plan on sticking to strategies that can now be described as proven.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Boeing Establishes Support Team For Potential German P-8 Purchase

By Tony Osborne Jun 17, 2021
Boeing is teaming with Germany’s Lufthansa Technik and defense electronics company ESG to provide support for a potential German purchase of the P-8 Poseidon maritime-patrol aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Wind Tunnel Tests Advance France’s EcoPulse Hybrid-Electric Testbed

By Graham Warwick Jun 11, 2021
The tests at Airbus UK in Filton, England, evaluated the complete assembly of the Safran electric engine, Airbus nacelle and DUC Helices propeller.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Restarts Work On New Narrowbody Final Assembly Line

By Jens Flottau May 12, 2021
Based on Airbus’ latest thinking that single-aisle demand will return sooner than expected, the OEM is resuming preparatory work for a new narrowbody final assembly line in Toulouse to be operational by the end of 2022.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Prepares Single-Aisle Ramp-Up Despite ‘Lack Of Predictability’

By Jens Flottau Apr 29, 2021
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury warned April 29 that there is a “lack of predictability” as to the expected recovery of the industry as trends have diverged in different regions, even though the company posted relatively good results for the first quarter.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Details Aerostructures Relaunch Plans

By Jens Flottau Apr 21, 2021
Airbus is moving ahead with the relaunch of its aerostructures business by proposing to reintegrate some of it into the core Airbus structure while carving out a detailed parts company that it could put up for sale later.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Eurodrone Secures German Spending Approval, Signing Expected Soon

By Tony Osborne Apr 15, 2021
The German Parliament has approved spending for the Eurodrone medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system program, paving the way for a quad-national contract to be signed in the next few weeks. 
Budget, Policy & Operations

Airbus Makes Sweeping Changes To Executive Board

By Jens Flottau Apr 12, 2021
Airbus is making several changes to its executive board following the departure of Airbus CEO of defense and space Dirk Hoke and chief technology officer Grazia Vittadini. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Takes Lead On Aircraft-Based Laser Communication Terminal

By Tony Osborne Apr 08, 2021
Airbus and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) are to develop a terminal for aircraft to receive laser-based communications. 
Connected Aerospace

Airbus Offers Higher Maximum Take-Off Weight A220-300 Version

By Jens Flottau Mar 25, 2021
Airbus is increasing the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of the A220-300 by around one additional ton and is now offering the aircraft with a 70.9-ton option.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus, Rolls-Royce Testing Inflight Use Of 100% SAF On Passenger Aircraft

By Helen Massy-Beresford Mar 18, 2021
Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Neste and German research center DLR have teamed for the world’s first inflight study of the effects on emissions and performance of using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a widebody passenger aircraft.  
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Unfazed By EASA A321XLR Fuel Tank Special Conditions

By Jens Flottau Mar 03, 2021
Airbus says it is working on solutions addressing concerns raised by EASA and Boeing about the fire safety of the Airbus A321XLR rear center tank (RCT), adding that the variant’s development and certification schedule remain on track.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Says Aerostructures Will Remain Core, Gives Cautious Outlook

By Jens Flottau Feb 18, 2021
Around a decade after preparing to divest its aerostructures businesses, Airbus is now reversing course and wants to keep component manufacturing inside the group for the long term.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Proposes Additional FCAS Demonstrators

By Tony Osborne Feb 16, 2021
Airbus has said it could be “useful” if the trinational Future Combat Air System (FCAS) countries France, Germany, and Spain could build three new-generation fighter demonstrators to support developments in their respective state. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Reaffirms ‘Conventional’ Next-Gen Aircraft Plan

By Guy Norris Jan 27, 2021
Contrasting Boeing’s strategic direction against that of Airbus, which in 2020 unveiled concepts for liquid hydrogen fueled zero emissions airliners for potential entry-into-service in 2035, company CEO Dave Calhoun said SAFs are “the only answer between now and 2050.”
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Slows Down Production Rate Increase

By Jens Flottau Jan 21, 2021
Airbus plans to raise single-aisle production rates later in 2021, but the ramp-up will be slower than previously planned “in response to the market environment.”
Aircraft & Propulsion

New Skytra Tool Paves Way For Airline-Revenue Hedging

By Victoria Moores Jan 12, 2021
Airbus subsidiary Skytra has secured UK finance regulator approval for a data tool which will allow airlines to hedge revenue for the first time, in the same way they do for fuel and currency.
Airlines & Lessors

Airbus Plans To Raise Single-Aisle Production In Second Half Of 2021

By Jens Flottau Jan 08, 2021
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said Jan. 8 that he expects the company to begin ramping up single-aisle production in the second half of 2021, with further steps following in 2022 and 2023.
Aircraft & Propulsion

EasyJet, Airbus Agree On A320neo Delivery Deferrals

By Helen Massy-Beresford Dec 22, 2020
EasyJet says it has agreed with Airbus to defer aircraft deliveries from its 2022-24 financial years.
Airlines & Lessors

Alaska Airlines Upsizes Boeing MAX Order, Pivots Away from Airbus

By Ben Goldstein Dec 22, 2020
Alaska Airlines reached an agreement in principle with Boeing to take as many as 120 new 737-9 jets in coming years, marking the first sale of a MAX aircraft to a U.S.-based customer since the type was grounded nearly two years ago.
Airlines & Lessors