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  • Jul 14, 2014
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Airbus is an aircraft manufacturing unit of the European aerospace group, EADS. The A300 made its maiden flight in 1972, and the launch of the A320 in 1981 reinforced Airbus as a challenger to the two major incumbents, Mcdonnell Douglas and Boeing. 

Airbus vows not to rush A330 revamp

Airbus has mapped out a potential revamp of its A330 jet but vowed not to let the estimated US$2 billion investment divert it from improving profits at Europe's largest aerospace group.

Saturday, 14 June, 2014, 4:21am

China signs deal to extend domestic production of Airbus A320 for 10 years

China signed a new 10-year agreement allowing Airbus to assemble A320 planes on its soil until 2025 and unblocked orders for larger jets worth more than US$6 billion, restoring ties after a row with Europe over aircraft emissions.

28 Mar 2014 - 12:35am

Airbus receives zero orders for freighter aircraft this year

A prolonged down-cycle in the air cargo market has taken a heavy toll on demand for new freighter aircraft, with Airbus receiving zero orders so far this year.

11 Oct 2013 - 3:51am

Airbus secures 31-jet order from Japan Airlines, ending Boeing's dominance

Airbus announced its first jet order from Japan Airlines (JAL) yesterday, breaking open the last big aviation market dominated by Boeing in a move that suggests the US company may pay for the troubled debut of its 787 Dreamliner.

8 Oct 2013 - 1:58am

Airbus deepens China push with orders for 68 aircraft

Three Chinese companies have ordered a total of 68 A320 aircraft from Airbus, the European plane maker said yesterday as it also announced a lighter version of a wide-bodied jet aimed at emerging markets.

27 Sep 2013 - 5:40pm

Chinese launch seen for regional version of Airbus A330

Airbus will launch a short-range “Regional” version of its best-selling A330 wide-bodied jet at an airshow in China on Wednesday, industry sources said.

25 Sep 2013 - 2:32pm

Bombardier’s all-new CSeries makes inaugural flight

Bombardier successfully flew its CSeries jetliner for the first time on Monday, kicking off a renewed effort to sell the all-new narrow-body plane, but raising questions about its development cost.

The first flight of the CS100, a key milestone in creating the first new commercial jet of its size in decades, also revealed at least one technical problem.

17 Sep 2013 - 12:22pm

Airbus struggles to loosen Boeing’s grip on Fortress Japan

Airbus appears to have been pushed back once again in landmark efforts to break Boeing’s grip on Japan’s two largest airlines, which need to buy billions of dollars worth of planes in the next decade.

3 Sep 2013 - 8:48am

A380 pilots’ skill averted crash: Australian regulator

Rolls-Royce failed to identify a defect that caused one of its engines to explode on a Qantas Airways Ltd aircraft carrying more than 400 people over Indonesia three years ago, an Australian safety regulator found.

27 Jun 2013 - 1:08pm 1 comment

Airbus wins order battle at Paris Airshow

Last-minute orders swept Airbus to victory over Boeing at a Paris Airshow marked by stormy weather and hot debate over the next generation of big jets.

European planemaker Airbus clinched deals for 90 more planes on Thursday, taking its orders and commitments at the world’s top aviation fair to 466 aircraft worth US$69 billion at list prices.

21 Jun 2013 - 12:08pm 1 comment