A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

#AirbusID May 22, 2019, © Leeham News, Toulouse: The A380 is a success for Airbus despite being forced by the lack of market demand to decide to close the program in 2021, well short of break-even sales. Guillaume… Read More

Challenge 777X tax breaks, “correct” US ExIm Bank Boeing funding, says Airbus CEO

Challenge Boeing 777X tax breaks and adjust the US ExIm Bank rules. This is the view of Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier. We had the opportunity for what amounted to a one-on-one, on-the-record discussion with Bregier during the Airbus… Read More

Airbus Innovation Days, Part 5: wide body twin development

Kiran Rao, executive vice president, strategy and marketing. Rao discussed the wide-body strategy for Airbus at Innovation Days on Wednesday. The following paraphrasing synopsizes his remarks. More than 3,500 wide bodies have been sold by Airbus, starting with… Read More

Airbus Innovation Days, Part 3: the A320neo

Klaus Roewe, SVP of the A320neo Family: There are 2,700 A320neos in the backlog. Roewe provided a program update during the Airbus Innovation Days. Here is a paraphrased synopsis. The first flight remains on target for 3Q2014. Final… Read More

Airbus Innovation Days: A350 Media Test Flight Review

The 150 members of the media received an hour-long ride on A350-900 MSN002 (the “carbon fiber” liveried test plane in the Airbus fleet), a rare event. Entry into the airplane gave a clean, spacious impression, though the Boeing… Read More

Analyzing the Emirates order cancellations

The cancelled order for 70 Airbus A350s before the company’s annual Innovation Days was a surprise and an embarrassment that took the edge off what was intended to be a two day promotion of Airbus programs. The cancellation… Read More

Airbus Innovation Days, Part 1: Leahy speaks about Emirates A350 order cancellation

We’re at the Airbus Innovation Days Wednesday-Thursday, with most of the information embargoed until Thursday evening. However, the following was not embargoed. John Leahy, COO-Customers of Airbus, called the Emirates Airlines cancellation “not good news commercially,” but noted… Read More

Airbus Innovation Days-Day 1/2

Day 2 summary after the jump. We’re at the Airbus Innovation Days and here are some highlights: Tom Williams, EVP Programmes, believes that a re-engined A320 family will eliminate the business case for the CSeries. The concern is… Read More