Odds and Ends: More from Airbus annual press conference; IAM focuses on wages

Jan. 13, 2015: More from Airbus: Airbus held its annual press conference today in Toulouse, reporting its full year 2014 orders and deliveries results. Our Bjorn Fehrm was there and filed a report from the event. He will have more this week. Here are some stories from other media.

Reuters: Airbus to juggle production, defense A380. Airbus says it will likely take A320 production about 50/mo. We reported months ago the supply chain has been notified to prepare for rate 54 in 2018. Airbus also said it will bring A330ceo production down after 2015. We predict 5-6. Decisions are to be made in the coming months.

Bloomberg: Airbus to add 20 passengers to A350-1000.

Aviation Week: Airbus formally launches the A321neoLR. You read this plan here first last October.

Seattle Times: Boeing is No. 1 by some metrics. Dominic Gates takes his usual thorough look at the bragging rights of Airbus and Boeing.

IAM on wages: Boeing’s touch-labor union, the IAM 751, says a Washington State study about aerospace jobs shows 58% of non-Boeing aerospace jobs in the state are paying less than $15 per hour.

8 Comments on “Odds and Ends: More from Airbus annual press conference; IAM focuses on wages

  1. Bloomberg: Airbus to add 20 passengers to A350-1000.

    If the airframe doesn’t grow it mimplies less galley space, smaller lavatories, seat pitches and other compromises. Nothing substantial. But it works great for costs per seat and other marketing / PR truths..

    Boeing will have to beef up the 787-10 to offer serious competition to the A350-900 & -1000. The 777-8 will be too heavy, hurting CASM.

    The fact
    – AA, DL, UA in the USA,
    – BA, AF/KLM, LH in Europe and
    – CX, SQ and JAL in Asia
    – Ethihad, QR and soon likely EK again

    ordered A350XWB should have rang some alarm bells in Chicago, they nearly all use 777s. Customer Quality counts as much as orders.

    • I believe Airbus got the cross section right on the A350 for 9 abreast. Maybe in five years the 787 sees a split between economy extra and regular with 8 and 9, or the 777 could be the right cross section for a mix of 9 and 10, but so far that is not playing out, which makes me think the A350 is in the better position for the preferred cabin.

    • after anouncing 350 seats on delta a350-900 and 9 abreast a330neo… I think a350-1000 is going to get close to 400 seats…am I the only one who thinks thomson aero cozy suites is behind the dramatic increase in capacity?

      • Not sure where you’ve read Delta’s A330neo will be 9 abreast. It will stay 8 (and 9 for A350).

  2. Much appreciate the continuing receipt of the subject
    “Odds and Ends:” More from Airbus annual press conference; IAM focuses on wages

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