February 27, 2007 |
The board of Airbus parent EADS approved a restructuring plan for the troubled European aircraft maker Monday, breaking a weeklong deadlock over job cuts and future jet programs between France and Germany. The European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co. said details would be released Wednesday after they were passed through company ranks. The plan will allow the civil airliner division of Airbus to "face the challenge of the U.S.
February 24, 2007 |
United Parcel Service Inc. and plane maker Airbus have agreed that either company can cancel an order this year for 10 A380 freighters after repeated production delays. UPS will decide whether to retain the $2.8-billion order after getting new delivery dates from Airbus, a UPS spokesman said Friday. The companies declined to provide details of the accord.
February 15, 2007 |
Los Angeles officials lashed out Wednesday at Airbus, saying the European airplane maker reneged on a promise to bring its new A380 jetliner to Los Angeles International Airport on its first U.S. test flight. Airport officials called on Airbus to reconsider a recent decision to have the A380 -- the world's largest passenger jet -- touch down in New York next month on its first U.S. visit.
January 19, 2007 |
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus may get assistance from European governments to help fund $15.4 billion in development costs for its A350 model, French Transport Minister Dominique Perben said. France and the other countries where Airbus has its main operations will keep an earlier commitment to help the company if it makes the request, though the aid may not be direct loans as in the past, Perben said.
January 5, 2007 |
Boeing Co. may finally have won back some bragging rights. The world's second-largest commercial aircraft maker said Thursday that it booked 1,044 orders for its airplanes last year, setting a company record that is likely to help Boeing beat its European archrival Airbus for the first time since 2000. Airbus, which plans to release its year-end results Jan.
November 16, 2006 |
The U.S. set out its claims that European government spending on Airbus to develop new planes is illegal, fixing for the first time a deadline for a World Trade Organization decision on the fight with Boeing Co. The U.S. says Airbus, the world's biggest maker of commercial aircraft, has benefited from risk-free grants worth $23 billion over the last four decades. In September 2004, the U.S. asked WTO judges to find that the financing violated global subsidy rules.
October 27, 2006 |
European plane maker Airbus won orders from China and a new U.S. airline worth $14.3 billion and said it would set up a plant in China to win a greater share of sales in the world's second-largest aviation market. The factory in China will be Airbus' first final assembly plant outside Europe. The Chinese order is worth $10 billion at list prices for 150 of the A320s. Airbus also won an order for 65 single-aisle A319 planes from Skybus Airlines Inc.
October 13, 2006 |
France and Germany urged Airbus on Thursday to keep job losses to a minimum as it restructures, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that her government was mulling over the acquisition of a stake in the troubled jet maker's parent company. The comments by French President Jacques Chirac and Merkel after a summit in Paris underline the pressure on new Airbus Chief Executive Louis Gallois as he prepares to unveil a major turnaround plan for the company.
October 11, 2006 |
The new head of Airbus pledged Tuesday to go ahead with plans to develop a new mid-size jetliner and impose cost reductions, both items that were identified by his predecessor, who quit amid a leadership struggle. Louis Gallois, appointed Monday to succeed Christian Streiff as chief executive, said he was in favor of pressing ahead with the A350 XWB program. The A350 would be a competitor to Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner.
October 9, 2006 |
Airbus' double-decker A380 is a giant spaghetti bowl of electrical wires. If the 100,000 individual sections of wire strung through the world's largest passenger jet were laid end to end, they would stretch 330 miles, the distance from Los Angeles to San Jose. The wires control virtually every function on the jetliner, including the pilot's basic task of turning the 500-ton aircraft and enabling all 555 passengers to customize what they see on personal video screens.