Tag: A380

First ANA A380 Takes to the Skies

The first A380 for All Nippon Airways (ANA) took to the skies, completing a maiden flight from the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France to the Airbus site in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is now being prepared for cabin installation and painting in the airline’s special A380 livery. ANA HOLDINGS INC. placed a firm […]

First ANA A380 Rolls Out of Final Assembly Line in Toulouse

The first A380 for All Nippon Airways (ANA) has rolled out of the final assembly line (FAL) in Toulouse. The aircraft has now been moved to an outside station where various ground tests will be undertaken in preparation for first flight in the coming weeks. The aircraft will then be transferred to the Airbus facilities […]

Emirates Airbus A380 Does not Retract Landing Gear at London Gatwick

An Emirates Airbus A380-800, performing flight from London Gatwick to Dubai, was climbing out of Gatwick’s runway 26L when the aircraft was seen not retracting the landing gear. The aircraft stopped the climb and entered a hold, subsequently diverted to London’s Heathrow Airport where the aircraft landed safely on runway 27R one hour after departure. […]

Turbulence as One of the Most Misunderstood Elements of Flying

A lot of effort goes into avoiding turbulence but it still can be faced  unexpectedly  in everyday  flights. Chief Pilot Richard Tobiano from Qantas provided his statement about this daily incident. The recent reports on QF94 show that turbulence is probably one of the most misunderstood elements of flying. For pilots, it’s an everyday part of our job […]

Major Blow to Airbus A380 Program as TwoJets to Be Stripped for Parts

After ten years in operation, Singapore Airlines chose not to renew its lease on two Airbus A380-800s in 2017. Owners of the two ‘superjumbos’, the Dr. Peters Group, a Dortmund, Germany-based traditional financial and management holding company, have subsequently failed to attract buyers for the jets, having made approaches to several airlines, including, British Airways, […]

All Nippon Airways First A380 Final Assembly to Begin Next Month

A special convoy of six vehicles has arrived at the Airbus Toulouse final assembly line, carrying six sub-assemblies for the Airbus A380 – the nose, central and aft fuselage sections, the tailplane, and the two wings. The plane is the first of three which have been on order from All Nippon Airways (ANA) and final […]

Airbus A380 Program Suffers New Blow – Virgin Atlantic Cancels Order

The struggling A380 superjumbo program at Airbus has been hit with more disappointment as Virgin Atlantic cancels its order for six of the 550-seat plane. The order was placed back in 2000 and confirmed in 2001. While an initial delivery date had been set for 2006, continued delays on Airbus’ side, followed by postponements on […]

Airbus A380 and A400M Production Cuts Put 3700 Jobs at Risk

Following the previously announced changes to the A380 and A400M delivery plans, Airbus confirms the formal adjustment of production rates for its A380 and A400M programmes. The new plan, which was presented to the European Works Council, involves the production of six A380s per year starting from 2020 and eight A400Ms per year, also as […]

Airbus to Discus Job Cuts with European Works Council

As a result of continued poor interest in both the Airbus A380 commercial passenger jet and the A400M turboprop military aircraft, Airbus is being faced with making substantial reductions in the workforces associated with these two aircraft. According to a Company press release: Airbus has a policy of first addressing workforce issues with its social […]

Airbus Jumps Most in Nearly a Decade

Shares in European plane maker Airbus flew higher on Thursday after the company reported improved earnings and was more upbeat about the future following problems to several of its key aircraft programs. The company said that it surged to a net profit of 1 billion euros ($1.25 billion) in the fourth quarter, from a loss […]