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Airbus deliveries down 50% in 1st half of 2020

Jul 09, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Airbus delivers only 196 planes in January-June 2020, compared to 389 in the same period in 2019

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Airbus seeks aid to minimize job cuts as workers fret

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:15 AM

Airbus says thousands of jobs could be saved if the German and French governments extend aid

AIRBUS. In this file photo taken on November 17, 2019, an Airbus plane is seen at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates. File photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

'Urgent' help needed for UK Airbus staff facing redundancy

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The United Kingdom's leading manufacturing union, Unite, describes Airbus' planned layoffs as an 'act of industrial vandalism'

AIRBUS. The logo of European aircraft manufacturer Airbus at its Wings Campus in Blagnac, France, on March 7, 2018. Photo by Pascal Pavani/AFP

Airbus cuts 15,000 jobs to face aviation's 'gravest crisis'

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:10 AM

Airbus says positions would be cut in France, Germany, Spain, Britain, and the company's other worldwide sites

A picture shows the Airbus logo outside the company headquarters in Blagnac, southern France, on June 30, 2020. - European aircraft maker Airbus said on June 30 that it is planning to cut around 15,000 jobs worldwide, 11 percent of its total workforce, in response to the coronavirus crisis. The cuts are to happen by the summer of 2021, Airbus said in a statement, and follow a drop of nearly 40 percent of the commercial aviation business in recent months. (Photo by REMY GABALDA / AFP)

Virus prompts Air France-KLM to ditch A380s

May 21, 2020 - 12:15 AM

Air France-KLM says it will switch to a newer generation of aircraft, including smaller Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 jets

JUMBO PLANE. A file photo of the Airbus A380 of Air France after landing in Cancun, Mexico on November 27, 2013. File photo by Elizabeth Ruiz/AFP

Coronavirus pushes Airbus into Q1 2020 loss

Apr 29, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Airbus reports a net loss of 481 million euros ($522 million) in the 1st quarter of 2020, compared to a profit of 40 million euros in the same period in 2019

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 7, 2018 shows the logo of European aircraft manufacturer Airbus outside entrance of the site of Airbus' Wings Campus in Blagnac.. - European aviation giant Airbus on April 29, 2020 reported a first quarter net loss of 481 million euros (521,800,000 USD) under the impact of the coronavirus crisis. (Photo by PASCAL PAVANI / AFP)

Airbus cuts production by a third due to pandemic

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Airbus is 'now revising its production rates downwards to adapt to the new coronavirus market environment'

AIRBUS. In this file photo taken on November 17, 2019, an Airbus plane is seen at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates. File photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Airbus unions in Spain oppose restart of operations

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Airbus plans to resume production in Spain on Monday, March 30, but workers say their health would be at risk

AIRBUS. The Airbus logo on the company's building in Illescas, Spain. Photo from Shutterstock

Airbus cancels 2019 dividend, 2020 forecasts due to coronavirus

Mar 23, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Airbus says these measures are intended to 'secure business continuity for itself even in a protracted crisis'

AIRBUS. In this file photo taken on November 17, 2019, an Airbus plane is seen at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates. File photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

AirAsia's Fernandes returns as boss after Airbus probe

Mar 20, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun are reinstated to their executive positions following an independent review of AirAsia's aircraft procurement

CONTROVERSY. In this file photo taken on March 12, 2015, AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes speaks at a press conference in Sydney. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Airbus Defence and Space to cut over 2,300 jobs

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Airbus is cutting Defence and Space division jobs in Germany, Spain, France, and Britain

Airbus Defence and Space executive vice president for marketing and sales Bernhard Brenner stands in front of a A350-1000 model plane at the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on February 12, 2020. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Airbus 'deeply regrets' U.S. tariff hike from 10% to 15%

Feb 16, 2020 - 7:00 AM

European aerospace giant Airbus says the United States' decision to increase tariffs 'further escalates trade tensions between the US and the EU'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 17, 2019 an Airbus 330 commercial airplane is seen during an event at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates on November 17, 2019. - Airbus said on February 15, 2020, it "deeply regrets" Washington's move to increase tariffs on its planes imported into the United States from Europe. The decision to impose tariffs from March 18 "further escalates trade tensions between the US and the EU, thereby creating more instability for US airlines that are already suffering from a shortage of aircraft", the European manufacturer said in a statement. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Bombardier exits commercial aviation with A220 sale to Airbus

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:00 AM

Former Canadian manufacturing titan Bombardier will use funds from the sale to help pay off its debt

The new bombardier aircraft CSseries is shown in Mirabel, Quebec as it is due to take off for the first time on September 16, 2013. Bombardier Inc. carried out final preparations for the maiden flight of its CSeries on September 16, 2013, hoping to translate its ambitions to shatter an Airbus and Boeing duopoly into faster sales of Canada's most ambitious jet. The jet was due to fly from Bombardier's Mirabel factory in Quebec at 9.30 am ET, capping a 5-year $3.4 billion development of the first all-new plane in its class in decades. AFP PHOTO/CLEMENT SABOURIN (Photo by Clement Sabourin / AFP)

Airbus reports 2019 net loss of 1.36 billion euros

Feb 13, 2020 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) The 3.6-billion-euro fine slapped on Airbus affects its bottom line in 2019

SOARING. Airbus posts robust profits from January to June 2019. Image from Airbus website

Airbus closes China plant due to novel coronavirus

Feb 05, 2020 - 9:30 PM

'China domestic and worldwide travel restrictions are posing some logistical challenges,' says Airbus

A worker walks past planes under construction at the Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line, after the inauguration ceremony of the Airbus A330 Completion and Delivery Centre in Tianjin, China on September 20, 2017. - Aerospace giant Airbus inaugurated a completion center for A330 widebody aircraft, which will provide cabin equipment, furnishing and exterior paint for the planes bought by Chinese airlines - a new selling point for the European group in the crucial and fast expanding Chinese market, where it experiences tough competition with its US rival Boeing. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

AirAsia's Tony Fernandes steps aside amid Airbus bribery probe

Feb 04, 2020 - 7:35 PM

AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes will relinquish his post for two months, but denies any wrongdoing

CONTROVERSY. In this file photo taken on March 12, 2015, AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes speaks at a press conference in Sydney. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Sri Lanka to probe aircraft deal after Airbus settlement

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:12 PM

Investigators accuse Airbus of failing to prevent persons associated with the company from bribing directors or employees of the airline to 'obtain or retain business or advantage'

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 21, 2018 shows a logo at the Airbus A380 assembly site in Blagnac, southern France. - European aerospace giant Airbus said on January 28, 2020 it had reached "agreement in principle" with the French, British and US authorities over corruption investigations. "These agreements are made in the context of investigations into allegations of bribery and corruption as well as compliance with the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations," Airbus said in a statement. (Photo by PASCAL PAVANI / AFP)

Airbus strikes anti-corruption deals with France, UK, U.S.

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:41 PM

Airbus says it reached an 'agreement in principle' with French, British, and US authorities over corruption investigations

AIRBUS. This file photo taken on March 21, 2018 shows a logo at the Airbus A380 assembly site in Blagnac, southern France. File photo by Pascal Pavani/AFP

Airbus fires 16 over suspected German army spying – report

Dec 01, 2019 - 10:12 PM

The firing comes after reports that Airbus employees had obtained secret files of the German army involving the acquisition of a communication system

NEXT-GEN PLANES. Cebu Pacific buys Airbus A330 new engine option planes from Airbus. Photo from Airbus

Cebu Pacific signs $4.8-billion deal for 16 Airbus planes

Nov 04, 2019 - 10:43 AM

The fuel-efficient and eco-friendly planes are scheduled to be delivered between 2021 and 2024

BRAND-NEW PLANES. Cebu Pacific signed the purchase agreement for 16 A330 new engine option aircraft, in line with its fleet modernization program. Photo from Airbus

U.S. imposes tariffs on EU goods, targeting Airbus, wine and whisky

Oct 18, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Airbus, French wine and Scottish whiskies are among the high-profile targets with Europe ready to hit back against its own list of iconic or politically sensitive US products in 2020

WTO approves U.S. tariffs worth $7.5B on EU goods in Airbus retaliation

Oct 02, 2019 - 10:48 PM

The ruling is the largest arbitration award in World Trade Organization history and a landmark moment in the 15-year long Airbus-Boeing battle

US TARIFFS. The World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva on April 12, 2018. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Airbus hit by series of cyberattacks on suppliers – security sources

Sep 26, 2019 - 3:34 PM

There have been 4 major attacks on Airbus in the last 12 months, according to two security sources involved in investigating the hacking

Airbus profits soar in H1 2019 as rival Boeing stumbles

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Airbus' revenues are up by 24% in the 1st half of 2019, with airlines placing more orders for fuel-efficient planes

Air France-KLM orders 60 new Airbus planes, plans A380 phaseout

Jul 31, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Air France-KLM says Airbus A220s would be cheaper to fly while also 'significantly reducing CO2 and noise emissions'

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Airbus to ask airlines to check wings of older A380s for cracks

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency says there are reports of cracks found in wings of in-service A380 airplanes

Saudi carrier Flyadeal ditches grounded Boeing MAX for Airbus

Jul 07, 2019 - 10:40 PM

(UPDATED) Flyadeal will operate an all-Airbus A320 fleet instead of purchasing Boeing's grounded 737 MAX jets

Photo from flyadeal's Facebook page

Airbus pulls plug on costly A380 superjumbo

Feb 14, 2019 - 4:35 PM

(UPDATED) It marks a disappointing end to a bold bet on how millions of people would travel in the future, as airlines struggled to fill a plane capable of carrying anywhere from 500 to 850 people

AIRBUS A380. A picture taken on February 14, 2019 in Toulouse shows an Emirates' airline Airbus A380 parked in front of Airbus plant, as European aerospace giant announced it would end production of the A380 superjumbo. Photo by Remy Gabalda/AFP

British engine maker Rolls-Royce cuts 4,600 jobs

Jun 14, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The London-listed company, whose engines are used in Airbus and Boeing aircraft, says the latest cuts would produce $536 million of annual cost savings by the end of 2020

ENGINE MAKER. File photo shows a Rolls Royce Trend 1000 engine exhibited during the Singapore Airshow on February 7, 2018.  Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

LOOK: Philippine Airlines gets 1st aircraft under fleet renewal program

Jun 01, 2018 - 4:25 PM

It is one of the 21 A321neos PAL is getting from Airbus, and will be deployed across the Asia-Pacific region

TWO-CLASS LAYOUT. The Philippine Airlines’ A321neo has 12 business class seats and 154 seats in the main cabin. PAL photo

Your next pilot could be drone software

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

By combining their enormous amounts of flight data and experience, drone-control software applications are poised to quickly become the world’s most experienced pilots

SAFETY QUESTION. Would you be – or feel – safer if one of these people were a robot? Image from Skycolors/

PAL eyes Airbus A350-1000 as plane marks 1st touchdown in Manila

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Philippine Airlines, which is undertaking a $2-billion fleet modernization program, says it will consider Airbus' latest wide-body jet

DEMO TOUR. This is amid PAL's over $2-billion fleet modernization program, which would help the airline push its newly acquired 4-star airline status to 5 stars. Photo by Chrisee dela Paz/Rappler

PAL to spend around $2 billion on 15 new planes in 2018

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine Airlines also says it is waiting for the Civil Aeronautics Board to decide on its petition for a fuel surcharge

PAL 4 Star Awarding

Emirates announces $16-B deal for 36 A380s

Jan 18, 2018 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) The company says it has placed firm orders for 20 of the double-decker aircraft with options for a further 16. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2020.

BIG BIRD. A picture take on September 14, 2017 shows an Airbus A380 of Emirates landing at the tarmac at Dubai's International Airport. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Airbus warns A380 program at risk as orders dry up

Jan 16, 2018 - 7:19 AM

So far, the A380 has cost Airbus 18 billion to 20 billion euros, and the company says it needs to build at least 6 a year for the program to remain viable

FYING AWAY. This file photo taken on June 21, 2017 shows an Airbus A380 during a flying display at the International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget outside Paris. Christophe Archambault/AFP

Airbus to enter into partnership with Canada's Bombardier

Oct 17, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Airbus will take a majority stake in Bombardier's marquee C-Series airliner program as the Canadian firm battles against a stiff tariff ruling in the US

AIRCRAFT IN QUESTION. The Bombardier C-Series plane, which faces preliminary anti-dumping duties of 220% from the US Commerce Department. Photo courtesy Bombardier

PAL to begin direct Cebu-Bangkok flights on December 2

Oct 09, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Philippine Airlines cites 'public demand' for the route, which will have thrice weekly flights

Airbus, Boeing eye lucrative maintenance market

Jun 22, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Airbus and Boeing are targeting the service and maintenance market as a means of boosting business with the global fleet of planes on course to double by 2036

AIRBUS AND BOEING FACE-OFF. Visitors walk on the tarmac at Le Bourget on June 21, 2017, during the International Paris Air Show. Eric Piermont/AFP

Boeing, Airbus to battle it out at Paris Air Show

Jun 19, 2017 - 12:12 PM

The biennial Paris Airshow which runs to June 25 is expected to attract 150 000 industry professionals from 2 370 companies

BIG BIRDS. Jetliners stand on the tarmac on June 16, 2017 in le Bourget near Paris prior to the opening of the International Paris Air Show on June 19. Eric Piermont/AFP

Cebu Pacific to buy 7 Airbus jets for $812 million

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:03 PM

Cebu Pacific best known for its budget flights says the new planes will start arriving next March

New Russian jet takes to air in bid to rival Airbus, Boeing

May 29, 2017 - 1:25 AM

The MC 21 manufactured by Irkut Corporation can carry up to 211 passengers and fly up to 6 000 kilometers

Made-in-China passenger jet set to take wing

May 03, 2017 - 2:42 PM

China s home grown passenger jet is built to meet soaring domestic travel demand and challenge the dominance of Boeing and Airbus

FLYING SOON. A mock-up scale model of the proposed COMAC C929, a wide-bodied commercial jet to be made by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), is seen on display during the Zhuhai Air Show in Zhuhai, southern China's Guangdong province, on November 3, 2016. Stringer/AFP

PAL to gain 2 more Boeing 777s in December

Apr 24, 2017 - 4:50 PM

The incoming planes will be Philippine Airlines’ 9th and 10th of the flagship aircraft to be used primarily to service the Manila London route

Cebu Pacific links up with KLM AFI to service expanding fleet

Mar 29, 2017 - 7:44 PM

The long term contract covers a fleet of what is expected to be over 40 Airbus A320s

Boeing, Airbus trade barbs as China competition heats up

Nov 02, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The two aerospace giants also face competition from homegrown firms backed by Beijing authorities which aim to eventually beat them

The front fuselage of an aircraft is seen at the Airbus Tianjin plant in Tianjin on March 1, 2016. Air China, which is China's third largest carier by passengers carried, on February 29 said it had ordered twelve Airbus A330-300 long-haul wide-bodied jets for 2.9 billion USD. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

3 dead in Vietnam helicopter crash

Oct 19, 2016 - 6:43 PM

The Airbus EC130 helicopter disappears from radar just 23 minutes after take off in Ba Ria Vung Tau province with a pilot and two trainees on board

Engine shut down as smoke fills cabin of Jetstar flight

Sep 23, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The captain decided to shut down one of the engines as a precaution and divert the aircraft to Brisbane says a spokesman for the Australian budget airline

Airbus A320 file photo from Wikimedia Commons

Vietnam carriers sign $6.5B, 40-plane deal – Airbus

Sep 06, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Low cost private airline VietJet known for its bikini clad hostesses bought 20 planes while national carrier Vietnam Airlines and budget airline Jetstar Pacific bought 10 each

In this file photo, Vietnamese officials walk up into an Airbus A350-900 XWB during a ceremony marking the reception of the first new Airbus A350-900 XWB by Vietnam Airlines at Hanoi's Noi Bai international airport on July 2, 2015. Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Airbus profit lifted by exceptionals

Jul 28, 2016 - 12:30 AM

Orders slide by 27 but the plane manufacturer cites brisk sales at this month s Farnborough Airshow

epa05422053 An Airbus A380 is seen at the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, Britain, 12 July 2016. The Farnborough International Air Show runs from11-17 July. EPA/HANNAH MCKAY

Doomed EgyptAir flight broke up midair after fire

Jul 23, 2016 - 2:34 PM

It remains unclear whether the blaze was triggered by mechanical malfunction or a criminal act

EGYPTAIR. An EgyptAir Airbus A320 at Brussels Airport on 14 June, 2015. EgyptAir Flight MS804 was a similar plane. Image courtesy Lentokonefani/WikiMedia Commons