Programmes

  • A310
    Opinion

    Hailing the A310’s lasting legacy

    2020-04-09T12:03:00Z

    Airbus invented the original widebody twinjet more than half a century ago, so it seems appropriate that a Toulouse product looks set to be the first of the breed to become extinct.

  • Faury
    News

    Airbus chief: Crisis likely to be ‘a long one’

    2020-04-08T18:50:00Z

    Airbus is expecting to review its production rates every month after reducing its output by a third in response to the coronavirus impact. Chief executive Guillaume Faury, speaking on 8 April, was unable to estimate when rates would be restored but said he thought the crisis would “probably be ...

  • A350-1000
    News

    Airbus records 15 A350 cancellations but reveals order for 10

    2020-04-08T17:43:00Z

    Airbus has recorded cancellations of 15 A350s as well as four A330neos during March, although it secured a firm agreement for 10 A350s from an undisclosed customer. Six A350-1000s and four A350-900s from Latin America’s LATAM are part of the cancellation. Five A350-900s ordered by Kuwait Airways have ...

  • A320 production
    News

    Airbus cuts aircraft production by a third as 60 jets stay undelivered

    2020-04-08T16:47:00Z

    Airbus is cutting monthly production of single- and twin-aisle aircraft by about a third, slashing output of A320s to just 40 aircraft. It is taking monthly production of A350s down to six and A330s down to two. “With these new rates, Airbus preserves its ability to meet customer ...

  • Air Transat
    Analysis

    End looms for passenger A310s as Air Transat retires fleet

    2020-04-08T08:56:00Z

    Operational airline fleet decline to single digits as Canadian airline calls time

  • A330-800
    News

    A330-800 obtains ETOPS clearance beyond 180min

    2020-04-07T15:56:00Z

    Airbus’s A330-800 has secured European approval for extended twin-engined operations (ETOPS) running beyond 180min. The clearance was granted on 2 April according to a certificate revision from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. EASA certified the A330-800 – the smaller member of the A330neo family – in mid-February. ...

  • Boeing Charleston
    News

    Boeing shuts down South Carolina 787 site due to coronavirus

    2020-04-06T21:35:00Z

    Boeing will suspend production at its 787 facility in North Charleston, South Carolina on 8 April “until further notice” due to the spread of coronavirus.

  • Airbus Mobile
    News

    Airbus suspends A220 and A320 assembly at Mobile

    2020-04-06T17:28:00Z

    Airbus is temporarily suspending aircraft production at its US assembly line in Mobile for about three weeks, and is adapting activity at its German facilities in Bremen and Stade. The airframer assembles A320 and A220 jets at the Mobile plant. Airbus says it will “pause” production this week ...

  • Trent 1000
    News

    Rolls-Royce shores up defences as airlines’ widebody engine activity drops

    2020-04-06T07:20:00Z

    Rolls-Royce has disclosed that the primary impact of the coronavirus crisis on its civil aerospace business has been a reduction in widebody engine flying hours by 25% over the first quarter, including a 50% fall in March. It expects “further deterioration” during April, and beyond, given the increasing grounding ...

  • Avolon 737 Max
    News

    Boeing acknowledges ‘realities’ of market after Avolon cuts Max order

    2020-04-03T16:02:00Z

    Lessor Avolon’s cancellation of 75 Boeing 737 Max jets is set to provide a degree of relief to the US airframer as it rejigs the extensive backlog for the re-engined aircraft. But Boeing also acknowledges that the decision is the “right step” to “align with the realities of the ...

  • Seat bags
    News

    Crisis accelerates approval of A320 seat-bag cargo modification

    2020-04-01T12:27:00Z

    European regulators have approved an interior modification for Airbus A320-family jets which enables seats to be converted into cargo-transport facilities, after an accelerated development effort in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The cargo seat-bag configuration has been developed by Baltic parts firm Colibri Aero and design specialist J ...

  • Airbus visor
    News

    Airbus uses dormant Spanish operation to build medical visors

    2020-04-01T12:09:00Z

    Airbus has turned to medical equipment production at its otherwise-dormant Spanish facilities, manufacturing visor frames through 3D printing. Spain has been badly affected by the coronavirus crisis and Airbus aircraft production at its centres in the country has been temporarily suspended after the government brought in strict new containment ...

  • Thai AirAsia X Domhnal Slattery Avolon
    Analysis

    Lessors exposed to more than 800 near-term jet deliveries

    2020-03-31T09:53:00Z

    The sector is committed to around 25% of the Airbus and Boeing deliveries due by end of 2021, according to Cirium fleets data

  • A330 MRTT
    News

    Airbus uses A330 tanker to fly coronavirus air bridge

    2020-03-28T10:49:00Z

    Airbus is deploying additional aircraft including an A330 tanker conversion airframe to provide flight support for medical supplies from China to Europe. The aircraft, an A330-200 (EC-338), has been undergoing conversion as a multi-role tanker transport, for the French Air Force, according to Cirium fleets data. Airbus says ...

  • Rolls-Royce Trent XWB assembly
    News

    Rolls-Royce cools UK civil aerospace activity for a week

    2020-03-27T11:38:00Z

    Rolls-Royce is to shut down its UK civil aerospace operations for a week, from 27 March, as part of its response to the coronavirus crisis. The manufacturer says it will “significantly reduce” all but essential activity within its civil aerospace facilities. Workers will continue to be paid, it stresses. ...

  • 737 Max
    News

    Safran reinforces finances as outbreak exacerbates Max misery

    2020-03-26T20:59:00Z

    French aerospace firm Safran has enhanced, in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, measures it had already been implementing in response to the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. Safran’s activities include production of the CFM International Leap-1B engines for the Max as well as the Leap-1A powerplants for ...

  • An-225
    News

    An-225 returns to flight after modernisation

    2020-03-26T16:21:00Z

    Antonov has restarted flights with the An-225 outsize transport, after a period of absence during which the aircraft underwent modernisation. The design bureau says the aircraft has commenced a series of test flights following installation of a domestically-designed power management and control system. Departing from the Gostomel airfield ...

  • A350 wings Broughton
    News

    Airbus temporarily cuts wing production at UK and German sites

    2020-03-26T07:31:00Z

    Airbus is to roll back wing production at its UK and German plants, to bring wing supply into line with demand at its final assembly lines. Production at its UK wing sites at Broughton and Filton, as well as its high-lift operation in Bremen, will be reduced for three ...

  • A320neo assembly
    News

    A320neo overbooking will help steer Airbus through crisis: Faury

    2020-03-25T14:07:00Z

    Airbus believes its policy of overbooking orders will give the airframer a degree of flexibility to manage the impact of the coronavirus crisis on its production and delivery processes. Chief executive Guillaume Faury says the single-aisle backlog, over 6,200 A320-family jets, includes a “significant level” of overbooking which is ...

  • A380 lands c Airbus
    In depth

    How the A380 ran out of runway after just two decades

    2020-03-25T08:35:00Z

    A year on from Airbus’s decision to halt A380 production, the outlook for the superjumbo’s long-term prospects has diminished further