DDP/ Airbus

Airplanes Made in Europe

Born out of a partnership between France and Germany four decades ago, Airbus has proven to be Europe's top competitor to American dominance in the aerospace industry. The company has high hopes pegged to its super-jumbo jet, the A380.

Bestellungen, Auslieferungen, Aufträge: Airbus feiert Dreifach-Rekord 2013

Bestellungen, Auslieferungen, Aufträge: Airbus feiert Dreifach-Rekord 2013

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 13, 2014

Der europäische Flugzeughersteller Airbus hat für das vergangene Jahr eine ganze Reihe von Rekorden gemeldet: 2013 gab es für den Konzern so viele Neubestellungen, Gesamtaufträge und Auslieferungen wie noch nie. Der US-Konkurrent Boeing lieferte allerdings deutlich mehr Flugzeuge aus. mehr... Forum ]

Clipped Wings: Berlin Struggles to Certify Military Plane

Clipped Wings: Berlin Struggles to Certify Military Plane

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2013

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière, in trouble over the costly cancellation of the Euro Hawk drone, faces a potentially even greater problem. Certification for the A400M military transport plane is behind schedule and plagued by legal pitfalls. By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Challenging the Dreamliner: Airbus A350 Takes Flight in Toulouse

Challenging the Dreamliner: Airbus A350 Takes Flight in Toulouse

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2013

Competition for Boeing's Dreamliner arrived on Friday with the maiden flight of the new Airbus A350 wide-body jet. The plane took off from the company's plant in Toulouse for a four-hour test. more... Comment ]

'Shards Bring Luck': EADS Searches for Strategy after Failed Merger

'Shards Bring Luck': EADS Searches for Strategy after Failed Merger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2013

In October, German government officials blocked the merger of defense giants EADS and BAE Systems. The merger was a key part of EADS CEO Thomas Enders' strategy to rebalance the company's portfolio. In a SPIEGEL interview, Enders explains how the pan-European firm is picking up the pieces. more... Comment ]

Taking the Lead: Boeing Soars Past Airbus in Deliveries

Taking the Lead: Boeing Soars Past Airbus in Deliveries

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 03, 2013

For the first time in a decade, Boeing has surpassed Airbus in deliveries of passenger jets. Experts blame strategic errors and the influence of politics at the US planemaker's European competitor. By Maria Marquart more... Comment ]

Mega Defense Merger: EADS-BAE Plans Put Merkel Under Pressure

Mega Defense Merger: EADS-BAE Plans Put Merkel Under Pressure

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2012

The planned merger of British defense contractor BAE Systems with aircraft maker EADS is putting Germany's chancellor under pressure. If Merkel consents to the deal, she will jeopardize jobs in the high-tech industry. But if she refuses, she will endanger the future of the aerospace giant. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Lessons of AF 447: Did Faulty Computer Indicator Reinforce Pilot Errors?

The Lessons of AF 447: Did Faulty Computer Indicator Reinforce Pilot Errors?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 09, 2012

The pilots of Air France flight AF 447, which crashed into the Atlantic three years ago, ignored basic rules of flying, but were also misled by faulty computer indicators. Experts say pilots have become excessivley accustomed to automated flying and need to learn how to fly planes by hand. By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Battling Boeing: Airbus Plans to Open First Factory in America

Battling Boeing: Airbus Plans to Open First Factory in America

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2012

European aviation giant Airbus appears set to announce plans to open a plant in Alabama. The move would enable the company to reduce costs and also compete more directly with Boeing in its home market. The aerospace firm already has top-notch American customers including Delta and US Airways. more... Comment ]

Weight Loss for Superjumbos: The A380 and the Aviation Engineering Dilemma

Weight Loss for Superjumbos: The A380 and the Aviation Engineering Dilemma

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2012

To reduce fuel consumption, Airbus used extremely lightweight materials in its flagship A380. Now cracks have appeared in the wings, and repairs will cost the company hundreds of millions of euros. The problem highlights the engineering dilemma caused by the industry drive for fuel efficiency. By Dinah Deckstein and Gerald Traufetter more...

Expensive Checks: Hairline Cracks Could Cost EADS 100 Million Euros

Expensive Checks: Hairline Cracks Could Cost EADS 100 Million Euros

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2012

Last week, European aviation safety authorities ordered all Airbus A380s to be checked after hairline cracks were found in wing brackets. Now SPIEGEL has learned that the inspections and repairs could cost Airbus parent EADS up to 100 million euros -- over 1 million euros per plane. more... Comment ]