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The Airbus A380 superjumbo, the largest and most expensive commercial airliner in history, turned out to be a failure, and Airbus announced this month it will stop producing the plane. For my 14-hour flight to New York from Dubai, I decided to fly business class for $US5,400 on an A380 operated by Emirates Airlines, Airbus’s biggest A380 customer. The flight was my first time flying business class. From the chauffeur service and extravagant pre-flight lounge to the inflight cocktail bar and spacious pod seat, it was unforgettable. With business class far from full on my flight, it’s clear why the A380 was not a success. As Business Insider’s senior reporter Benjamin Zhang has written, the plane is “too big, expensive, and inefficient for most operators.” With tickets costing thousands of dollars, it’s never made sense for me to fly business class. Until last week, that is, when Airbus announced that in 2021 it will stop producing the A380, … [Read more...] about I flew 14 hours nonstop in business class on the world’s biggest passenger plane, the discontinued $446 million Airbus superjumbo jet, and it was even more luxurious than I could have imagined
By Tim Hepher MONTREAL (Reuters) - Europe's Airbus <AIR.PA> is ratcheting up pressure on suppliers like United Technologies <UTX.N> to cut costs for its Canadian-developed A220 jetliner as it expands factory facilities to cope with anticipated demand for the former Bombardier model. Long seen as low on the list of priorities for top suppliers as Canada struggled to break into the main airliner market, the A220 now has the clout of the world's second largest planemaker behind it after Airbus bought the loss-making project last year. Philippe Balducchi, head of an Airbus-led venture which took over production last July, said the planemaker was looking for a "significant double-digit" percentage reduction in costs but played down suggestions that it could slash costs by half. Speaking at the Mirabel airplane plant outside Montreal which Bombardier now shares with Airbus, Balducchi indicated the bulk of the reduction in costs would come from the supply chain as Airbus uses its … [Read more...] about Airbus steps up pressure on suppliers over Canadian jet
FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A220-300 aircraft flies during its unveiling in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau MONTREAL (Reuters) - Europe’s Airbus is looking for a “significant double-digit” percentage reduction in costs for a recently acquired Canadian jet programme, as it expands production capacity to cope with anticipated demand for the former Bombardier jet. Philippe Balducchi, head of an Airbus-led venture which took over production of the loss-making A220 last year, indicated the bulk of the reduction in costs would come from the supply chain as Airbus uses its greater clout in negotiations for parts. Other savings would come from more efficient operations as workers gain experience of building the lightweight 110-130-seat jet, whose deliveries doubled to 33 aircraft last year. But overall economies will go “way beyond” what Airbus can achieve internally on the assembly line, Balducchi said. “Our focus … [Read more...] about Airbus seeks hefty cost cuts for Canadian A220 jet
FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A220-300 aircraft flies during its unveiling in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau MONTREAL (Reuters) - Europe’s Airbus said on Monday its Canadian-developed A220 jet had won approval to fly up to three hours away from the nearest airport in the event of a shutdown of one of its two engines - a safety standard which underpins its use on longer-range routes. The extended operations or ETOPS approval was granted by agencies in Canada, the United States and Europe and affects the number of routes the plane can fly over water or remote areas. Airbus took control of the loss-making aircraft program from Canada’s Bombardier (BBDb.TO) in mid-2018. An Airbus executive said the company is looking for double-digit-percentage cuts in unit costs, partly from suppliers. Reporting by Tim Hepher; editing by Richard Lough … [Read more...] about Airbus says A220 jet receives approval for longer-range routes