Airbus Mulls Single-Pilot Flights as Artificial Intelligence Could Enable Autonomous Planes

Airbus Mulls Single-Pilot Flights as Artificial Intelligence Could Enable Autonomous Planes

  Airbus acknowledges that the “explainability” of artificial intelligence is an impediment to getting regulators to sign off on certain products. Passengers will definitely need some very good explainers, too. Though autopilot is not a new technology, Airbus’s Chief Technology Office Grazia...
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Airbus Preparing for ‘Worst’ Brexit Outcome

Airbus Preparing for ‘Worst’ Brexit Outcome

Questions about Airbus’s strategy in the event of a so-called no-deal Brexit following the crushing defeat in the UK parliament of British prime minister Theresa May’s plan for a negotiated “soft” exit from the European Union largely overshadowed Wedne...
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Airbus negotiates with suppliers to cut A220 costs

Airbus negotiates with suppliers to cut A220 costs

Airbus now has “a very good understanding of the cost base” of the A220 program, but negotiations with suppliers, key to bringing down costs, are still ongoing, Airbus-Bombardier partnership CEO Philippe Balducchi said. Airbus aims to cut unit costs by a...
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Airbus achieves 800 commercial aircraft deliveries in 2018

Airbus achieves 800 commercial aircraft deliveries in 2018

Airbus has confirmed it “achieved 800 commercial aircraft deliveries” in 2018. The target for 2018 was achieved, an Airbus spokesperson said. Airbus plans to release the “final 2018 audited commercial aircraft order and delivery numbers” on Wednesday. ...
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Airbus Falls Just Short of Its Aircraft Delivery Goal for 2018

Airbus Falls Just Short of Its Aircraft Delivery Goal for 2018

Airbus SE came nail-bitingly close to meeting its reduced target for aircraft deliveries last year as factories operated until the last minutes of Dec. 31 to complete remaining jetliners, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Handovers for the 12...
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Airbus Scrambles to Deliver 800 Jets in 2018

Airbus Scrambles to Deliver 800 Jets in 2018

The race is on for Airbus to meet a year-end goal of delivering 800 jetliners. But Boeing still looks like it will deliver more. But who knows? Three days and counting. With just a few days left before the year...
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Airbus Weighed Down by Potential Corruption Penalties

Airbus Weighed Down by Potential Corruption Penalties

For commercial airline manufacturers, business has never been better. But Airbus took some shortcuts over the past decade, and those are catching up to the company. Anti-corruption authorities in the United States and Europe are investigating whether the manuf...
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Airbus Unveils New Analysis Software

Airbus Unveils New Analysis Software

Airbus has presented its new reliability analysis software, Skywise Reliability, offered with Skywise Core. The application integrates all relevant fleet-wide data, such as part replacements, flight plans and delays and historical maintenance actions, and ful...
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Airbus Faces Huge Headaches in Delivering Aircraft On Time

Airbus Faces Huge Headaches in Delivering Aircraft On Time

Airbus SE has a mighty challenge ahead of it, one that seems to be getting tougher. The European planemaker is targeting deliveries of around 800 commercial aircraft this year, an 11 percent jump from 2017. To do it, Airbus needs...
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Airbus May Race Boeing to Build Long-Range Narrow-Body Jets

Airbus May Race Boeing to Build Long-Range Narrow-Body Jets

Airbus hinted that a longer-range version of its newest narrow-body jet, the A321 XLR, could be available by 2023. That would likely beat to market Boeing’s comparable but all-new 797. It’s remarkable that the airplane manufacturer duopoly can maintain suc...
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