Airbus SAS said it’s starting to explore ways to refresh its flagship A380 to improve performance toward the end of the decade and keep the double-decker plane competitive as newer long-range jets draw customers.
Airbus SAS said it’s working on a two-step fix of cracked wing brackets on its A380 that emerged during inspections and stem from a combination of manufacturing processes and materials used on the world’s biggest airliner.
Airbus SAS is putting stricter controls on how airlines can custom-design the cabins of A350 widebody planes after a multitude of requests for different interiors for the A380 led to cost overruns and delays.
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Airbus is exploring higher output of A320 single-aisle and A350 wide-body aircraft, following a similar move by Boeing Co. to help shorten the wait time for customers following its highest order intake ever last year.
Airbus SAS Chief Executive Officer Fabrice Bregier said he’s sticking with a goal of flying the A350 jet mid-year and that it represents “a lower risk approach” than the Boeing Co. 787 grounded by U.S. regulators yesterday.