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The new Airbus A321LR

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

Airbus has flown a new version of its A320 jetliner that it hopes will take the twin-engine workhorse onto long-haul routes. The plane-maker already makes the A321, a stretch version of the A320 capable of seating over 200 passengers. Airlines like the A321’s combination of capacity, economy and commonality with other members …
Emirates A380s at Dubai airport

A380 saved as Emirates orders another 20 planes, plus 16 options

Three days after warning the A380 might not have a future, Airbus says it will likely keep making the plane into the 2030s. The turnaround came after Dubai-based Emirates placed an order for 20 more of the behemoths, with options for another 16. The carrier already has 101 A380s in its fleet and had already ordered another 41 …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2018
Airbus A380

Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

Airbus has reported its most prolific year to date in terms of deliveries, but also warned that it needs a new buyer of its flagship A380 if it is to continue production. Speaking at its annual “Orders and Deliveries” event yesterday, the plane-maker said it delivered 718 passenger craft last year, four more than its previous …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2018
Rolls Royce Airbus Siemens electric plane

Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens tease electric flight engine project

British aero engine maker Rolls-Royce will team up with Airbus and Siemens to develop hybrid electric-powered flying machines, it has been announced today. Speaking at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, the trio said their intention was to have a demonstration engine ready by 2020, called the E-Fan X. The BAe 146 demo …
Richard Priday, 28 Nov 2017
Bombardier C-series and Airbus A320

Aviation industry hits turbulence as Airbus buys into Bombardier’s new jetplanes

Airbus has struck a deal to buy a majority stake in Canadian plane-maker Bombardier's C Series Aircraft in a deal that will mean a shakeup for the global aviation market. Bombardier's C Series are regional jets with between 100 and 150 seats. Neither Airbus nor its main rival Boeing currently compete in this market. Airbus …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2017
Airbus A350-1000

Airbus issues patch to prevent A350 airliner fuel tanks exploding

Airbus has issued an emergency patch to stop its A350 airliners from exploding. The fix, an update to the aircraft's Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL), adds a number of items to in-cockpit displays to prohibit affected airliners from flying. "Recently, an overheat failure mode of the the A350 hydraulic Engine Driven Pump ( …
Gareth Corfield, 24 Aug 2017
China's first large passenger jet, the C919, starts its takeoff roll on its maiden flight

China's first large passenger jet makes maiden flight

China's first large passenger jet has successfully taken to the skies and then landed again. Just after 06:00 GMT, the first C919 rolled down and off a runway at Shanghai Pudong airport, to the sounds of applause of onlookers and plenty of senior officials who showed up to celebrate a milestone for Chinese industry.It touched …
The first A319 takes to the skies

Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time

Airbus and Boeing have both debuted new commercial jets. Boeing's 787-10 took to the skies over South Carolina last Friday and spent four hours and fifty eight minutes strutting its stuff. The 787-10 is the biggest variant of the 787, also known as the “Dreamliner”. The plane boasts the same 60m wingspan and 574cm cross- …
France taxi

Look! Up in the sky! Is it a drone? Is it a car? It's both, crossed with Uber

Airbus and italdesign have offered the world a hybrid car/copter concept that they think can Make The World A Better Place™. The “Pop.Up System” starts with innovative punctuation and then offers us the vision of a two-seater “carbon-fibre passenger capsule” that mates with a “battery-powered ground module” or an “air module …
An RAF Airbus Voyager tanker-cum-troop transport aircraft. Pic: MoD/Crown copyright

RAF pilot sacked for sending Airbus Voyager into sudden dive

The Royal Air Force officer who sent his Airbus Voyager into an accidental dive from 33,000 feet, injuring passengers and crew, has been dismissed and given a suspended prison sentence. Flight Lieutenant Andrew Townshend was captain of an Airbus A330 Voyager which dropped 4,400 feet in about 30 seconds during a flight from the …
An RAF Airbus Voyager tanker-cum-troop transport aircraft. Pic: MoD/Crown copyright

RAF pilot awaits sentence for digicam-induced airliner dive

A Royal Air Force pilot has been cleared of perjury – but will be sentenced at court martial today after admitting he allowed his digital camera to jam his military airliner’s controls, sending it into a 4,000ft plummet. Flight Lieutenant Andrew Townshend was taking photos while flying an Airbus A330 Voyager from RAF Brize …
An RAF Airbus Voyager tanker-cum-troop transport aircraft. Pic: MoD/Crown copyright

RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

An RAF pilot sent his military airliner into a dramatic dive after the DSLR camera he was mucking about with became wedged in the aircraft's controls, a court martial heard yesterday. Flight Lieutenant Andrew Townshend caused his Airbus Voyager – a militarised A330 airliner – to plummet 4,400 feet in 33 seconds during a flight …
Airbus A350-1000

Airbus flies new plane for the first time

Airbus has successfully flown a new commercial jet model, with the first A350-1000 taking to the skies over Toulouse on Thursday. The A350-1000 is the new member of the A350 program, Airbus' attempt to offer a long-haul twin-engine jet a little larger and rather more modern than its A330 range, and also cheaper to operate than …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2016
An Air Asia Airbus A330. Pic: Mingman/Shutterstock

Typo made Air Asia X flight land at Melbourne instead of Malaysia

Finger trouble with onboard navigation systems led to an Air Asia flight making a two-hour internal hop in Australia before its scheduled journey to Malaysia. An investigation report by the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) into the March flight disclosed the cockup, which it said was down to the A330's captain “ …
Drone jammer

Airbus doesn't just make aircraft – now it designs drone killers

Vid A new joint venture between aircraft manufacturer Airbus and California startup Dedrone is selling a security system that can spot drones miles away and knock them out of the sky. The system uses a network of cameras, radars, microphones, and directional scanners developed by Dedrone that can detect and target a standard …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jul 2016
Airbus rendering of the new Beluga XL jetliner

Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

The A380 may be able to haul hundreds of people across oceans and continents in considerable comfort, but aerosexuals* find it hard to love on aesthetic grounds. And now Airbus has signalled it intends to make even uglier planes next year. You'll need to be a very dedicated aviation enthusiast to see the new ugly birds, …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2016
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Heathrow Airbus collision 'not a drone incident'

The UK's Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, has told Parliament that what was thought to be the Britain's first recorded incident of a collision between a UAV and an airliner was probably "not a drone incident" after all. A British Airways Airbus A320 flying in from Geneva was approaching Heathrow airport on 17 April …
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2016

Airbus boarded by 12 nation-state, crimeware 'breaches' every year

ACSC 2016 Airbus chief security officer Stephane Lenco says the company is hit by successful state-sponsored and ransomware attacks a dozen times each year. The attacks aren't full breaches, instead representing penetration beyond simple scanning trigger a response from the aviation giant's security and computer emergency response team …
Darren Pauli, 13 Apr 2016

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