Airbus

Airbus, Delta, Sprint Announce New In-Flight Internet Alliance, Seamless

Airbus, Delta, Sprint Announce New In-Flight Internet Alliance, Seamless

Airbus, in conjunction with Delta Air Lines, OneWeb, Sprint, and Bharti Airtel announced that the five companies joined together to form the Seamless Air Alliance, a group that aims to provide new in-flight Internet options for passengers.
The goal of the alliance is to eventually see mobile operators extend their services into aircraft cabins, allowing them to provide their users with Internet connectivity via satellite technology.
“Easy-to-use, high-speed connectivity is part of …

Emirates Deal to Allow Airbus A380 Production to Continue

Emirates Deal to Allow Airbus A380 Production to Continue

Emirates Airline announced it signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire up to 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft.
The agreement, valued at $16 billion at list prices, is for 20 A380s, with an option for 16 more.
Deliveries for the planes are expected to start in 2020.
Last month, a report by Reuters citing several people familiar with the matter stated that Airbus would phase out production of its A380 double-decker aircraft if …

Airbus May Phase Out A380 if Emirates Deal Doesn’t Materialize

Airbus May Phase Out A380 if Emirates Deal Doesn’t Materialize

Airbus would phase out production of its A380 double-decker aircraft if it isn’t successful in obtaining a key order from Emirates, according to a report by Reuters citing several people familiar with the matter.
The A380, a two deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner, is the world’s largest passenger aircraft. It made its first flight in 2005 and was designed to challenge Boeing’s 747 jumbo jet, which went into commercial service in …

United Places New Order for Airbus A350 XWBs

United Places New Order for Airbus A350 XWBs

United Airlines and Airbus announced an order for 45 Airbus A350-900s. The aircraft model and number is an updated version of the carrier’s previous order of 35 A350-1000s, which the airline has since cancelled.
The A350-900 is part of Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB family, which can seat up to 369 passengers in a typical two-class layout.  It has a carbon fuselage and new wings, and is powered by Rolls Royce Trent …

Delta Becomes First Operator of Airbus A350-900 in U.S.

Delta Becomes First Operator of Airbus A350-900 in U.S.

Delta Air Lines announced that it took delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The carrier is the first in North America to operate the plane.
The Atlanta-based airline plans to deploy the aircraft on its Detroit-Tokyo Narita route on October 30.
The new A350-900 is equipped with 306 seats in a three class configuration, with 32 seats in Delta One, 48 seats in the new Delta Premium Select cabin, and 226 …

Brussels Airlines to Upgrade Long-Haul Fleet

Brussels Airlines to Upgrade Long-Haul Fleet

Brussels Airlines announced that it plans to replace seven of its ten long-haul aircraft by the end of 2019.
The carrier will take delivery of seven Airbus A330-300ceo aircraft, replacing seven of its A330-200 and A330-300 planes during that period.
The new aircraft will be equipped with newly-designed cabins in all three classes, namely business class, Economy Privilege, the carrier’s premium economy lite section, and economy class.
The first of the new planes …

Lobby Bar – October 14: Indoor Cars, Broadway Takes Flight, and Parachuting to the Bay Area

Lobby Bar – A Confounding Concoction of FBT News and Views
Icebreaker. Paul Riegler heads to California and checks into the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Rather than using alarm wakeup calls, the hotel dispatches a butler to use the ice machine nearest your room at the hour you request. The mechanical grinding sound of ice being crushed is far more pleasant than the phone’s ringtone, the hotel insists.
Mini stereos. Jonathan Spira …