Flightglobal  3 hrs ago  Comment 
Airbus's new Beluga XL transport will be some 4.3m longer than the A330-200 on which the aircraft will be based.
Flightglobal  Sep 15  Comment 
Airbus has reached the final stages of regulatory reviews over a plan to use lithium ion batteries for backup and starting power on the A350-900, says executive vice-president of engineering Charles Champion.
The Hindu Business Line  Sep 15  Comment 
European jetmaker Airbus has inaugurated its first US plant in a move to wrest away a chunk of rival Boeing’s domination of the domestic aircraft market, including lucrative Pentagon contracts.
Clusterstock  Sep 14  Comment 
By Alwyn Scott MOBILE, Ala. (Reuters) - Airbus Group said on Sunday that its first U.S. factory, due to formally open on Monday, will be the most efficient in the world and will focus on building the largest version of the company's single-aisle...
Clusterstock  Sep 13  Comment 
By Alwyn Scott MOBILE, Ala, (Reuters) - Airbus Group NV threw a party for its new U.S. workers ahead of the formal opening Monday of its first commercial jet factory in the United States, and representatives of the machinists union joined the...
Wall Street Journal  Sep 13  Comment 
newratings.com  Sep 12  Comment 
SCHIPHOL-RIJK (dpa-AFX) - Wizz Air Holdings Plc (WIZZ.L) said that, further to its announcement of the entry into a memorandum of understanding on 18 June 2015, it signed the purchase agreement with Airbus which provides for the purchase of 110...
Clusterstock  Sep 12  Comment 
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The United States will be a cheaper location for making the A320 aircraft than either France or Germany, Airbus Group Chief Executive Fabrice Bregier told the German weekly Welt am Sonntag. Local production is needed to meet...
Financial Times  Sep 11  Comment 
Tentative sale of 28 fighter jets provides lift for Finmeccanica, BAE Systems and Airbus
Forbes  Sep 11  Comment 
Airbus will formally inaugurate its new U.S. manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama on September 14th, 2015. This will be Airbus' fourth A320 family assembly line after France, Germany and China. The new production line will also impact Boeing...


The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS.PA) is the dominant aerospace company in Europe today. Its largest subsidiary, Airbus S.A.S., is an aircraft manufacturing company based out of several European nations, with the majority of its operations in France, Germany and Spain. The majority of EADS's profits arise from Airbus' operations.

Airbus and its primary competitor Boeing control most of the commercial airplane industry. Recently, Airbus has faced a barrage of difficulties stemming from delays with both the A380 and A350. These delays could cost Airbus more than $4B in the form of penalties, higher production costs and order cancellations. As a result of these delays Airbus is also significantly behind Boeing in terms of its current production cycle. It may be years before they can launch a new model that can effectively compete with Boeing's latest aircraft. In a positive development for EADS, the company beat 1Q08 sales and earnings forecasts on the strength of strong sales across all major divisions other than Airbus.

So true. Honesty and everything recgoniezd.

Trends and Forces

Future of Aviation: Hub and Spoke vs. Point to Point

In investing such a great deal of its resources towards the development of the A380, Airbus has made a bet on the growth of the Hub and Spoke model of transport. If this model takes hold in the future, it will bode well for the A380 as it can cater to high-density routes. If a point-to-point model of transport takes hold, the existance of extremely high volume routes will be minimized thereby lowering the demand for the A380.

Fuel Costs

Airplane fuel costs account for a large part of airline operating costs. Fuel prices move in tandem with oil prices, their primary determinant. When fuel costs rise airlines have two choices: pass on higher fuel costs to passengers, decreasing consumer demand for travel, or absorbing costs direct order fewer aircraft. Rising fuel costs can also lead to greater demand for more fuel efficient aircraft.ly .

That's ralely thinking at a high level

Aviation Sector Demand

Demand for Airbus Aircraft is determined by the success comercial airlines, which is in turn related to the fortunes of the individual airline and the state of the Aviation industry as a whole. The Aviation industry is extremely cyclical in nature, with downturns resulting from freak occurrences such as terrorist attacks. In taking orders for Aircraft, Airbus takes a risk that orders may be later cancelled. Generally, when airlines place orders, they pay between 3-5 percent of the total costs on order, and the next 20% in installments over the next year or two, while the final 75% is paid upon delivery. This backlog represents a potentially high risk in the event of a recession or large default.

International Demand

The commercial aircraft industry currently lies at a turning point in the dynamics of international aircraft demand. Traditionally emerging markets have accounted for less than 5% of commercial aircraft demand but over the course of the next twenty years, 1 in 5 aircraft deliveries will be to emerging markets. With traffic growth rates of 10% a year, markets like India and China will be crucial to the successes of Airbus.

Aircraft Fleet Growth in India and China
Country Passenger Fleet Size in 2005 Passenger Fleet Size in 2025 Freighter Fleet Size in 2005 Freighter Fleet Size in 2025
India 190 959 8 134
China 758 26666 33 409

This trend continues to the rest of the emerging world in Eastern Europe, Latin America, the CIS, and Africa. Traffic Growth rates in the developed world will average 4-5% compared to 8-10% for the emerging world.


Airbus and Boeing dominate the manufacturing of commercial aircraft. Currently Airbus has 48% of future orders in terms of value and 51% percent of orders in terms of total aircraft. Airbus dominates in the category of narrow-body aircraft orders with its workhorse A320. Boeing dominates in the more lucrative category of small/medium wide-body orders.


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