• Airbus

    I Would Like The Most Blinged Out SuperJet Available

    The super-wealthy are already in competition for who has the biggest, most-blinged out yacht. So why not planes? Joe Sharkey last covered the issue of “mine plane needs to be bigger” in the Times with a story on how some of the biggest ballers were trading up from those cramped, tiny corporate jets to converted […]

    / Mar 27, 2007 at 9:10 AM
  • Airbus

    Look Up In The Sky! It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s The Plane That Nearly Ruined Airbus!

    We’ve had a lot of fun with the troubles European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has had with its giant A380 superjumbo jet but we’ve never actually seen one. Today we’ll get out chance. The first A380 to fly in the United States is scheduled to land at JFK International Airport at half-past noon today. Catch it […]

    / Mar 19, 2007 at 11:25 AM
  • Airbus

    It’s About Time They Hired Some Engineers…

    Airbus on Thursday said it plans to invest some $1 billion in India, setting up an engineering facility and a pilot training school. Airbus also released a study predicting a huge growth in the Indian airline industry, saying that the country will need 1,100 airplanes worth $105 billion by 2025. Airbus to Invest $1 Billion […]

    / Dec 7, 2006 at 12:21 PM
  • Airbus, CEO, Executive Pay

    The Yacht Wars Are Over: Let The Super-Corporate Jet Wars Begin

    Someone has finally discovered a use for the useless Airbus superjumbomamoth jet A380—converting them into personal jets for corporate executives! Writing in his Tuesday Morning Quarterback column, Greg Easterbrook describes plans how versions of the new superjets from Boeing and Airbus into luxury personal jets. The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, due at airports in a […]

    / Dec 5, 2006 at 4:25 PM
  • Airbus

    Airbus Superjumbo Jet Will Make Delays Longer, Skies More Dangerous

    The phrase “wake vortex” sounds like something from science fiction. Isn’t this what happens when they stop punching in the numbers on the Lost Island? Apparently it’s real. Turns “wake vortex” is the air spinning at high speeds off the wings of airplanes after takeoff. And it’s another problem with Airbus’s superjumbo A380 jet. The […]

    / Oct 2, 2006 at 10:37 AM
  • Airbus

    Waiting for the A380

    ESTRAGON: Nothing to be done. VLADIMIR: (advancing with short, stiff strides, legs wide apart). I’m beginning to come round to that opinion. All my life I’ve tried to put it from me, saying Vladimir, be reasonable, you haven’t yet tried everything. And I resumed the struggle. (He broods, musing on the struggle. Turning to Estragon.) […]

    / Sep 21, 2006 at 9:12 AM
  • Airbus

    Another Head Rolls At Airbus

    The man who led Airbus’s super jumbo-jet program whose troubles this June helped crush the share price in its parent company, EADS, is finally out. His departure follows the resignation of Airbus’s chief executive, Gustav Humbert, and the French co-chairman of the parent, Noel Forgeard. Whether or not the super jumbo-jet ever pays off for […]

    / Sep 5, 2006 at 11:46 AM
  • Airbus

    Did The Germans Wreck Airbus?

    The Germans have mostly gotten a pass in the Airbus mess, avoiding the messy French meltdown that has some talking about toppling the government in Paris. But do the Germans deserve to get off so easily? An article in the International Herald Tribune suggestions maybe not. The problem that has delayed the A380’s entry into […]

    / Jun 29, 2006 at 12:11 PM
  • Airbus

    Airbus Chief Won’t Go Quietly

    Noel Forgeard is still fighting to keep his post at troubled planemaker Airbus, Bloomberg reports. Noel Forgeard co-chief executive of Airbus’s parent, said he won’t quit following delays in the delivery of A380 superjumbo jets and questions about his sale of shares, resisting pressure from the group’s German shareholder. Forgeard, 59, responding to questions in […]

    / Jun 28, 2006 at 11:02 AM
  • Airbus

    Airbus: Lawsuits, Right-Wingers and Monks

    The BBC is reporting that a shareholder group has launched a “French-style class action” lawsuit against EADS, the 80% parent company troubled planemaker Airbus. Meanwhile, French right-winger Jean-Marie Le Pen has decided to add his voice to the fray, calling for embattled Airbus co-executive Noel Forgeard to be sent to a monastery. “I think that […]

    / Jun 26, 2006 at 2:55 PM
  • Airbus

    US Congressman Pushes Airbus Further Into Tailspin

    Another day, another crisis at Airbus. The latest news is that Congressman John Mica is saying that federal funds should not be used to rebuild US airports to accommodate Airbus’s A380 super jumbojet, the world’s largest passenger jet. The reason this matters is that Mica is the chairman of the House aviation subcommittee. Although most […]

    / Jun 23, 2006 at 4:51 PM
  • Airbus

    Airbus Meltdown Keeps Getting Stranger

    Okay. Airbus is not a Margritte painting. But following the crisis at Airbus increasing has the same feeling of paranoid unreality. As if some illusion had been lifted and we were discovering that the world is much, much stranger than we thought. Take the latest report from IAG, the travel and aviation consultancy group, which […]

    / Jun 22, 2006 at 1:24 PM
  • Airbus

    Airbus Crisis Goes Political

    The Airbus crisis—touched off when the European airplane maker announced a six month delay in deliveries of its A380 superjumbo jet—continues to spread-out into the political arena. The German finance ministry and DaimlerChrysler, part owner of Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co, broke their silence on the Airbus crisis in order to smack […]

    / Jun 21, 2006 at 12:49 PM
  • Airbus

    Airbus: Crash. Burn. Rise Again?

    The Airbus meltdown keeps getting better. Or maybe worse. It depends what you’re rooting for. If there’s one thing French history teaches us it is: don’t become the focus of “vitriolic exchanges” in the French National Assembly. And if we were Noël Forgeard we’d start to worry that about that vaguely familiar scaffold and steel […]

    / Jun 20, 2006 at 3:04 PM
  • Airbus

    Embattled Airbus Chief Struggles To Keep Post

    Noel Forgeard, co-chief executive of the parent company of European aircraft manufacturer airbus, spent last night locked in talks with the company’s co-chairman and his co-chief executive, discussing the recent crisis involving the A380 superjumbo jet that sent stock prices plummeting and sales of company stock made Forgeard and his family in the weeks leading […]

    / Jun 20, 2006 at 9:25 AM
  • Airbus

    Airbus To Push for Bailout

    Following last week’s disastrous announcement of further problems with the A380 superjumbo jet, word comes this week that Airbus may seek state assistance from Europe to develop a midsize carrier. This promises to up the ante on the aircraft trade war brewing between the US and Europe. The US has vowed to fight further subsidies […]

    / Jun 19, 2006 at 10:39 AM
  • Airbus

    Airbus Chief Probed

    Noel Foregeard, co-chief executive of Airbus parent company EADS, has admitted knowing about problems with the new superjumbo A380 for months before the public announcement that sent the price of EADS tumbling 26% when announced earlier this week. He maintains, however, that he only learned of the problems after he sold shares of the company […]

    / Jun 16, 2006 at 10:04 AM
  • Airbus

    How Do You Spell Concorde?

    A380. Today’s news that delivery of Airbus’s flagship A380 airliner would be further delayed crushed the stock of its parent company, and brought to mind another failed technical vanity project that never took off (at least in terms of profits)—the now retired Concorde. Airbus is now saying they think they can sell 300 of the […]

    / Jun 14, 2006 at 3:55 PM

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