Jim Rogers is sitting in his sleek, modern office on the 48th floor of the Duke Energy Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, explaining how, after a merger capped off by an 11th-hour management coup, he remains chief executive officer of the largest electric utility in the U.S. He wonders aloud whether to enliven the account with a metaphor about soured romance.
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.
Boeing Co. accelerated the planned debut of its upgraded narrow-body jet while Airbus SAS said it would boost output of a rival model as they vied for advantage in the biggest part of the commercial-aircraft market.