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An Airbus Success Story: 10,000 Aircraft and Continual Growth

Airbus' success story comes from a time of slow growth, patience, and a variety of aircraft that were capable of changing the way that we see the air travel industry. The company emerged as an aircraft manufacturer where they started off competing in the dynamic twin-engine market. Where It All Began [caption id="attachment_8204" align="alignleft" width="408"] The first Airbus A300B2 was for Air France and was delivered on May 10th, 1974 (Photo: Airbus)[/caption] It all kick-started in 1969 when Airbus announced…

Airbus Celebrates 10,000th Aircraft Delivery

On Friday, Airbus delivered its 10,000 aircraft  The airplane, 9V-SMF (MSN54), was an Airbus A350-941 with a special sticker to commemorate the occasion. The delivery also has significance in terms of the relationships that the two companies have with each other. Singapore Airlines has been receiving aircraft for 37 years ranging from the…

Spirit Is The First US Carrier To Take Delivery of…

Fuel efficiency and environmental impact is always a topic in the world news and among aircraft manufacturers that are always trying to do something to lessen the negative effect flying has on our  environment. Airbus has created a new A320 series aircraft that, inline with the new Pratt & Whitney…

Germanwings 9525: A Lesson On the Importance of Pilot Mental…

On March 24, 2015, the world watched as images showed an airplane in pieces on the side of a mountain in the southern region of France. The early details were sketchy and the cause appeared to be a long way from being known. The world was only just being introduced…

Second A350-1000 Test Aircraft Rolls Out of Paint Shop

Airbus has rolled out the second A350-1000 test aircraft from their paint shop in Toulouse, France, featuring Airbus’ signature carbon fiber themed livery, which reflects the advanced composite design implemented on the company’s latest aircraft. Composite materials make up over 50 percent of the airframe, the symbolic livery is featured…

Qantas Drops Its Remaining A380 Deliveries: Where Does This Leave…

This week Qantas' Chief Executive Officer announced that the airline sees no market for the remaining eight A380 aircraft the airline is due to receive, highlighting the continued decline for the airframe's long-term prospects. "There's a network for 12 [the airline currently has in service] that's very good and works very…

Johannesburg to Say ‘Hello’ to Emirates A380

Emirates announced today that Johannesburg will be the next city in its network to receive Airbus A380 service. Currently, Emirates uses the Boeing 777-300ER to serve Johannesburg with four daily flights. Beginning February 1, one of the daily flights will be operated by the A380. The Schedule Flight # Departure…

Delta Announces Order for 37 Additional A321s

As of April 29, 2016, Delta announced that they had placed 37 additional A321 orders to renew their narrow body aircraft fleet. The A321s, which are significantly more fuel efficient than older airplanes, will replace aircraft such as the MD-88. This additional A321 order comes after Thursday's announcement that the…

JetBlue Takes Delivery of First US Manufactured A321

On April 25, 2016, Airbus delivered their first US manufactured aircraft to JetBlue from their facility in Mobile, Alabama. The entire Airbus team based in Mobile attended the inaugural delivery to present the newly manufactured A321, along with JetBlue senior management, including CEO and president Robin Hayes. "I am immensely…

JetBlue to Expand Mint Service

JetBlue announced today it will expand its Mint service to seven more transcontinental routes. The airline launched its premium Mint service in 2014 on its flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco from its main hub at New York’s JFK airport. Currently, JetBlue operates Mint service to Los Angeles and…