Updated Airbus A330 "NEO" Gets New Engines, Wings And Cabin

After months of speculation within the industry, Airbus officially announced a major update to its popular A330 long-haul jet today at the Farnborough air show. The A330neo will feature interior upgrades including all LED lighting, more efficient engines, and aerodynamic improvements. The new plane has already… » 7/14/14 4:24pm 7/14/14 4:24pm

Boeing Issues $5.2 Trillion 20-Year Market Forecast

Between now and the year 2033, Boeing is anticipating a worldwide demand for nearly 37,000 new passenger planes, worth an estimated $5.2 trillion. Boeing also expects a 4.2 percent increase in global passenger traffic over this period. And you thought planes and airports were crowded now? » 7/10/14 11:15am 7/10/14 11:15am

Airbus Marks 40 Years Of Service For Its Game-Changing A300

This week, Airbus is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of its A300's entry into service. The A300B was the first commercial airliner produced by Airbus — a joint venture between France and Germany. It first flew on September 28, 1972, and Air France took delivery of the first production plane on May 10, 1974,… » 5/13/14 8:48pm 5/13/14 8:48pm

Near-Vertical Walls Make Airbus' New A350 Straight-Up Comfortable

Yesterday in Hamburg at the 2014 Aircraft Interior Expo, Airbus unveiled the primary cabin design of the A350-XWB. While the design remains somewhat customizable, it gave the industry a sneak peak into the interior of the newest medium sized long range jet, expected to be delivered later this year. » 4/08/14 8:18pm 4/08/14 8:18pm

This Hovering French Drone Is Coming To Watch You From 13 Miles Up

The space division of French aerospace firm Thales Alenia is developing a drone/blimp hybrid called the StratoBus. The company claims many functions for the blimp including observation, meteorology, and telecom, but if you watched the video, you'll be thinking "spy blimp." » 3/26/14 2:18pm 3/26/14 2:18pm

World’s largest airliner overflies world’s tallest bridge

This is one of those French things. The airliner is the Airbus A380 and the bridge is the 1,125-ft tall Millau Viaduct in France, which you have probably seen on Top Gear. All that’s missing is the world’s longest Citroën SM, a splendid omelette, and maybe that museum relic of Mach 2: the Concorde. Happy Bastille Day! » 7/14/11 9:30am 7/14/11 9:30am