Airbus SAS is in discussions with Japan’s two biggest carriers about an order for its A350-1000, a long-range plane aimed at eroding Boeing Co.’s dominance in wide-body aircraft, three people familiar with the talks said.
Qatar Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he was told by Airbus SAS that the smallest variant of its new A350 plane wouldn’t see the light of day and dropped his order, a claim the manufacturer disputes.
Skymark Airlines Inc. , Japan’s biggest low-cost carrier, said it plans to buy four Airbus SAS A380 superjumbo aircraft, putting it on track to become the first Japanese customer for the world’s biggest passenger plane.
Airbus SAS is developing plans to use standard batteries in its new A350 model and jettison the lithium-ion power source that grounded Boeing Co.’s rival 787 Dreamliner, two people familiar with the plans said.
Airbus SAS is poised to announce plans for a commercial-jet assembly line in Alabama, its first in the U.S., to meet demand as North American airlines renew their fleets, two people with knowledge of the plan said.
AMR Corp.’s American Airlines is in talks with Airbus SAS about buying at least 100 narrow-body planes, a possible break from its longtime reliance on Boeing Co. jets, two people familiar with the matter said.