Posts Tagged “A320”

Airbus Formally Opens Final Assembly Line in Mobile, Alabama

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Airbus has formally opened its final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama, and conducted a media tour on Sunday 13 September before the formal opening ceremony tomorrow.  The facility is impressive, and has the capability to build eight narrow-body aircraft per month operating at full capacity, although current plans are to ramp up to four per…

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Premium #184 – Does Delta’s old aircraft strategy make sense?

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Premium #184 – Does Delta’s old aircraft strategy make sense?






In the US, Delta is famous for its decision to keep old aircraft flying, and has purchased second hand aircraft into its fleet. The most prominent of recent purchases include the 717 and the MD-90. We, like others, have thought that this strategy may have economic limitations. After all, older aircraft are less fuel-efficient and…

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Garuda A350 sale in jeopardy?

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News from Indonesia does not look good for Airbus.  Despite the fact that the A350 flight test program was completed without any major hitches, deliveries have been slow.  However, orders have been even slower.  In 2014 and 2015 Airbus has seen negative net orders for the A350.  Recently, at Airbus’ request, Singapore Airlines handed back…

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Fuel Costs and the Workhorses

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Fuel Costs and the Workhorses






We hear it all the time – fuel costs are the airlines’ biggest input cost.  When looking at the data, it certainly is the largest input on flight operations.  However, what does it look like for the aircraft airlines depend on most?  The workhorse aircraft seating from 125 to 200 passengers?  Airbus and Boeing dominate…

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Is Software now the Achilles’ Heel of Aircraft Design?

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Recently we’ve seen a number of instances in which software problems have emerged on commercial aircraft, most recently, a glitch that could shut down a Boeing 787 in flight, rendering the electrical system that controls the aircraft useless.  We’ve also heard that a member of the hacking community, who runs a computer security service, may…

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Comparing Flight Ops Numbers

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Comparing Flight Ops Numbers






The use of DoT Form 41 data is something many analysts argue over. Is the data reliable? (Sometimes) Do the airlines report the data honestly? (We hope) Is there reason to doubt the numbers (More often than anyone likes).   Even with these caveats, Airbus and Boeing will use the data to make a point that…

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