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TAP Portugal to Launch the Airbus A330neo with Airspace Interior

By signing an agreement with Airbus to be the first operator of the new A330neo, TAP Portugal has also become the launch carrier to fly the Airspace cabin brand by Airbus. In 2015, the airline placed a large fleet renewal contract with Airbus which included an order for 14 A330-900neo's. Passengers will soon be able to experience the Airspace cabin interiors for the first time when these aircraft enter service around the end of 2017. Trey Urbahn, Chief Commercial Officer at TAP Portugal said,…

Airbus Announces New Cabin Brand

On March 23, 2016, Airbus announced the launch of their new cabin brand, "Airspace by Airbus." The design will be first implemented on the A330neo. According to the company, the cabin will overall be more spacious than other designs, including larger overhead bins and wider aisles and seats. “Airbus’ history…

Virgin America Sets Its Sights on a Buyer

Virgin America, based in Burlingame, CA and known for its famous backer, Richard Branson, has begun communicating with various groups in regards to a potential sale. Shares of the company rose over 10% today as a result of the speculated buyout, even as no decision has been made. Inside sources have…

First US Manufactured Airbus Aircraft Takes Flight

As of March 21, 2016, the first airplane manufactured at Airbus' manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama took its maiden flight. The Airbus A321 took off at 9:36 AM, flying for 3 hours 26 minutes before landing back in Mobile at 1:02 PM. “We’ve come to an exciting milestone in the production…

Delta’s First Airbus A321 Arrives in the United States

After months of anxiously waiting, Delta can proudly say it owns its first Airbus A321 aircraft. The newest addition to the fleet joins from none other than Airbus' factory in Hamburg, Germany before a long journey to its eventual home in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. While only the first of…

Singapore Airlines to Take Delivery of Airbus A350

Singapore Airlines will take delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 on March 2, which will arrive in Singapore on March 3. The airline currently has 63 firm orders for the jet with options for 20 more. After delivery, Singapore will operate the aircraft on crew familiarization flights between Singapore and Kuala…

ANALYSIS: Why a United Airlines Order For The C-Series Could…

The diverse United Airlines fleet had 256 50-seat regional jets at the end of 2015. A few weeks ago, United announced their order for 40 Boeing 737-700 aircraft. This will allow the Chicago-based carrier to reduce its fleet of 50-seat aircraft by more than half by 2019. “We are continuing…

Iran Strikes a Deal with Airbus

January 28, 2016, was not only a big day for Iranian aviation but also for the Airbus Corporation. Not only did Iran place an order for 118 new aircraft, but all 118 airframes were also placed in a single order with Airbus. The order consists of 73 widebody jets and…

Virgin Atlantic: Challenging the British Airways Dominance

For years, the British international market was dominated by British Airways and its predecessors, B.O.A.C and B.E.A. Few carriers had tried to nudge into this stronghold, but most faded out into the history books. However, one remains strong and flying to this day. History In 1982, Britain was celebrating the…

The Biggest Global Aviation/Aerospace Clusters

Aviation has been around for more than a century now since the Wright Brothers invented the airplane. Still regarded as one of the most technologically advanced industries, aviation has seen the rise and fall of airlines, manufacturers, and other companies since its inception. This has led to cities developing into…