It's Incredibly Easy To Lock A Pilot Out Of A Plane's Cockpit

At a press conference earlier this week, a French prosecutor stated that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 most likely deliberately crashed the plane. The co-pilot was alone when the aircraft began its slow descent and the door to the cockpit had "locked automatically." Many questions are being asked about how… » 3/27/15 9:30am Friday 9:30am

World's Biggest Planes Are Endangered As Orders Dry Up

This week, the world's largest passenger jets, the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 each made the kind of news that manufacturers don't like to make. Both Airbus and Boeing signaled their biggest jets might be nearing the end of their production lives, as orders for their large twin-engined planes cannibalize orders for the… » 12/12/14 9:15am 12/12/14 9:15am

This Triangular "Flying Doughnut" Plane Sits Passengers In A Circle

From the brilliant and imaginative minds at Airbus comes a new aircraft concept, in which passenger seats are arranged in circles stemming from the middle of the cabin. The plane itself is shaped a bit like a B-2 bomber, designed in the blended wing body (BWB) style. » 11/18/14 9:20am 11/18/14 9:20am

Here's The Skinny On What's Next For Boeing

On the tail of it's two most recent aircraft launches, the Boeing 737 MAX and the 777X, Boeing is facing pressure to resurrect one of its classic and most popular aircraft, the 757. Production of the 757 ended almost exactly 10 years ago, but competitor Airbus has turned up the heat in the market segment. » 11/16/14 11:30am 11/16/14 11:30am

Airbus A350-XWB Passes Shakedown Tests, Receives FAA Certification

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted type certification to the Airbus A350-XWB, which is the newest commercial airliner on the scene. The sleek, widebody jet received approval after completing over 2,600 flight test hours, using five different test aircraft. » 11/13/14 3:15pm 11/13/14 3:15pm

Watch The First Qatar A380 Get Built Inside And Out

Qatar Airways is one of the world's most luxurious airlines, and is the most recent airline to receive the world's largest passenger jet, the Airbus A380 into its fleet. Airbus has compiled a video series of the plane's production for our amusement, so let's check it out. » 11/06/14 12:32am 11/06/14 12:32am

737 MAX Becomes Boeing's Fastest-Selling Plane Ever

Boeing and Monarch Airlines finalized a deal today for 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, at a list price of $3.2 billion. The order put the MAX at 2,325 orders from 48 customers, making it the fastest-selling commercial plane in the company's history. » 10/31/14 1:30pm 10/31/14 1:30pm

Airbus Will Help Design The Next America's Cup Yacht

Airbus has announced that it will collaborate with the defending champion of the America's Cup, Oracle Team USA to design the next yacht for the team. But why would a company that designs and builds commercial jets want to get into the sport of yacht racing? It makes more sense than you might think. » 10/24/14 9:45am 10/24/14 9:45am

An Indian Airline Just Placed A $25.7 Billion Airplane Order

India's IndiGo Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus on Wednesday: a firm order for 250 Airbus A320neo aircraft, a deal that the list price values at $25.7 billion. This is the largest order ever placed for commercial planes, displacing the previous 230-plane order for Boeing's 737 by Lion… » 10/15/14 10:15am 10/15/14 10:15am

Deployable Recorders Can Help Locate Crashed Aircraft

After the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 this March, the biggest hinderance to the investigation has been the lack of data from the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, presumedly submerged with the rest of the wreckage. But now Airbus will implement a solution for future… » 10/07/14 3:00pm 10/07/14 3:00pm

It's Been A Big Week For The Biggest Planes

The Airbus A380 is the world's largest passenger jet, and one of the quietest on which to fly. And with 139 of the monstrous jets now in service, it continues to come into its own. This week alone, new A380 service was launched to two U.S. cities by three different airlines. » 10/03/14 12:18pm 10/03/14 12:18pm

Airbus A320neo Flies For The First Time

On Thursday afternoon at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France, the Airbus A320neo completed its maiden flight, kicking off a trial period of 3,000 flight hours. She flew for about two and a half hours, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines. » 9/26/14 10:45am 9/26/14 10:45am

The New Airbus A350 Will Be Ready For All Your Streaming Needs

Honeywell Aerospace and Thales In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity announced today at APEX 2014 that they will provide "the same connectivity experience in-flight as they would have at home or work" by integrating Honeywell's JetWave hardware with Thales' cabin network solutions on the new Airbus A350. » 9/16/14 4:40pm 9/16/14 4:40pm

Airbus's Crazy Looking Beluga Transport Plane Just Turned 20 years Old

One of the strangest-looking yet important planes ever created has reached its 20th birthday — the Airbus "Beluga" transport plane. The Beluga is a highly modified Airbus A300, and named for its resemblance to the Beluga Whale. Airbus has marked the occasion with a video about the plane. » 9/15/14 3:00pm 9/15/14 3:00pm

Are Boeing And Airbus Building Too Many Planes?

Aviation industry analysts have voiced concern that the recent swarm of wide-body aircraft offerings and orders for Boeing and Airbus have amounted to too much of a good thing. Could they be shooting themselves in the foot by giving airlines too many options? » 8/03/14 10:00am 8/03/14 10:00am

Here's How Showers Are Built For Emirates A380s

Anyone who's ever flown on a long, overseas flight arrives at their destination feeling like they need a shower. That is, unless you're flying in First Class with Emirates. Each of their Airbus A380s has two large bathrooms, equipped with a shower. Let's look at how they're made. » 8/02/14 10:20am 8/02/14 10:20am

Honeybees Help Airbus Build Environmentally-Friendly Planes

Airbus makes over half the world's single aisle and wide body aircraft - and honey. That's right, honey. What's the link, you ask? It's quite simple. » 8/01/14 12:05pm 8/01/14 12:05pm

Airbus Tells Skymark 'No Planes For You!'

Airbus has canceled a $1.7 billion order for six of its A380 super-jumbo passenger jets, to Japanese budget airline Skymark. The airline had failed to make payments on its order. As a result, the world's largest passenger plane now has no Japanese buyers. » 7/30/14 12:51am 7/30/14 12:51am

Airbus Will Fly A Glider To 90,000 Feet On Huge Waves Of Air

The U2 spyplane can fly at an altitude of 70,000 feet. The glider pictured above is built go soar at 90,000 feet.. for science! Here's everything we know about the Perlan Mission II. » 7/29/14 9:43am 7/29/14 9:43am

A Record 1,210 Planes Were Ordered This Week At Farnborough

If there is a winner to be declared at an international air show, Airbus won this week's event at Farnborough. The manufacturer based in Toulouse, France racked up 496 aircraft orders, worth over $75 billion at list prices, against Boeing's $40 billion haul. » 7/18/14 12:11pm 7/18/14 12:11pm