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  • Airbus Curtails Production Of A380 Freight Superjumbo

    03/01/2007 12:56:24 PM PST · by magellan · 56 replies · 1,568+ views ^ | 1 March 2007 | David Rising
    Financially troubled European airplane manufacturer Airbus has stopped work on the freight version of its new A380 superjumbo so it can focus more on the troubled passenger version of the aircraft, a spokesman for its parent company said Thursday. "The work on the freight version of the A380 has just been temporarily cut off ... so that all capacities can be directed at the A380 passenger version," said Michael Hauger, spokesman for the European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co., in a telephone call from Munich. Last week, United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) postponed taking delivery on the A380 freight version....
  • Honeywell's Cote said A380 delays 'not a problem'

    06/25/2006 7:03:11 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 29 replies · 948+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jun 22, 2006 4:42pm ET | Staff
    WASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) - The chief executive of Honeywell International Inc. (HON.N: Quote, Profile, Research), the world's largest maker of cockpit electronics, said on Thursday that delays in the launch of Airbus' superjumbo jet the A380 were "not a problem" for the company. "If you've spent the money to be on any platform you'd just as soon see the platform take off," David Cote, who is also Honeywell's chairman, said in an interview. "I wouldn't be happy about saying, 'Gee, all that money we spent on the A380 was wasted,' but the money's been expensed, gone, you just move...
  • US lawmaker wants limits on A380 airport upgrades

    06/24/2006 12:23:19 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 44 replies · 1,219+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Fri Jun 23, 4:56 PM ET | Staff
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Republican lawmaker influential on transportation matters said on Friday he wants Congress to prohibit U.S. airports from spending federal funds on upgrades to accommodate the European-made superjumbo Airbus A380. "Until a U.S. airline chooses to acquire and operate the passenger version of the A380, foreign airlines that operate A380 passenger service to and from the United States should pay for any needed infrastructure improvements at the airports they serve," U.S. Rep. John Mica (news, bio, voting record), a Florida Republican, said in a statement. Mica is chairman of the House of Representatives transportation subcommittee on...
  • Aircraft fail due to technical reasons or market reasons or both (A380)

    06/22/2006 8:48:32 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 44 replies · 1,260+ views ^ | June 2006 Letter | Richard Aboulafia
    Dear Fellow Stunned Observers, Mapping failure in our industry is easy. Aircraft fail due to technical reasons or market reasons or both. Technical failures include the A-12 and the Comet 1 jetliner. Market failures include the 717, F-20, and Concorde. Finding combinations of both types of failure is rare. Most of these get quashed before they leave the drawing board—like Sonic Cruiser. You need to search history for aircraft that represented both types of failure, like the Spruce Goose. I’ve always thought the A380 would be a market failure. But we might be witnessing an unusual dual market and technical...
  • Insults Flying in France Over Airbus Woes

    06/21/2006 8:25:49 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 34 replies · 1,105+ views
    AP via ^ | June 21, 2006 10:28 AM | Staff
    PARIS (AP)--French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin Wednesday said emergency measures are required at Franco-German aerospace company European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. (5730.FR) "and they will be taken." Addressing the national assembly, Villepin said the French government "is ready to take all the necessary measures so that EADS ensures its production schedule and supplies its customers properly." On Tuesday, left-wing lawmakers in France's National Assembly jumped from their chairs, booed and shouted "Resign, resign!" after a visibly agitated Villepin accused Hollande of cowardice. The unusual uproar caused the body's president to interrupt the session. Wednesday's apology was as uncharacteristic...
  • ILFC could dump $5 bln Airbus deals-Bloomberg

    06/20/2006 9:53:41 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 35 replies · 1,200+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 20, 2006 4:29am ET | Staff
    LONDON, June 20 (Reuters) - The biggest aircraft leasing firm, International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC), has warned it might cancel deals to buy the Airbus A380 superjumbo and the planned A350 model, contracts worth more than $5 billion at list prices. "We could cancel and are considering cancelling all or some of our A380 order ... We are not happy and on safe ground to cancel the order," ILFC Chief Executive Steven Udvar-Hazy told financial newswire Bloomberg. A delay of up to seven months for the A380 announced last week and blamed on wiring complications has angered customers, sparking calls...
  • BAE hit by Airbus delay (A380)

    06/14/2006 7:22:31 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 19 replies · 669+ views
    The Irish Examiner. ^ | 15 June 2006 | Michael Harrison
    BAE Systems was caught in the fall-out today after last night’s warning from Airbus that deliveries of its new A380 superjumbo had been put back. Shares in EADS, which owns 80% of Airbus, lost around a third of their value in Paris today, while BAE was affected as investors feared it may end up with less money from the planned sale of its 20% stake in Airbus. BAE shares were at the top of the FTSE 100 Index fallers board today with a drop of more than 3%, wiping almost £400m (€585.8m) from its market value. Engine-maker Rolls-Royce, which...
  • Super jumbo jets 'will need full-time medics onboard'

    03/24/2006 8:20:20 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 53 replies · 1,330+ views ^ | 22-Mar-06 14:09 GMT | Staff
    THE next generation of super jumbo jets will need a full-time medic on board, the Royal College of Nurses said today. Rita Mody, a committee member of the college's In-flight Nurses Association, said the move is needed to make sure people who fall ill can get care immediately. Statistics show that one in 1400 passengers have an onboard medical emergency and eight per cent of those incidents result in an unscheduled landing. Ms Mody said the high numbers of passengers that can be carried on Airbus A380s will lead to a "high probability that someone will fall ill". The...