Airbus A400M military cargo planes grounded after test flight crash – an annotated infographic

As E&T news reported this morning, fleets of Airbus’ new military cargo plane A400M have been grounded after an aircraft crashed during a test flight in Spain, killing four people aboard. The plane, a four-engine turboprop, was performing its maiden flight before a planned delivery to Turkey. According to French newspaper El Pais, the aircraft crashed into a pylon about 1.6km from the San Pablo airport in Seville while attempting an emergency landing. Airbus has sent a team of investigators to the crash site, but refused to speculate on the causes of the disaster. Spanish investigators have said they have … Continue reading Airbus A400M military cargo planes grounded after test flight crash – an annotated infographic

100 years of commercial aviation – an annotated graphic

Believe it or not, humans have now been travelling hither and thither aboard commercial aeroplanes for 100 years. January 1st 1914 saw the inaugural flight of a passenger air service in Florida, USA, shuttling between the cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa. The service used two seaplanes, ran for nearly four months in total and ferried an impressive total of 1,200 pioneering souls back and forth. No details about the in-flight meals are available. More excitingly, in 1919 (so that’s 95 years ago), the first daily international passenger air service was launched, flying between London and Paris. We wondered if … Continue reading 100 years of commercial aviation – an annotated graphic

#Boeing and #Airbus 2013 sales fly up, up and away – an annotated graphic

Despite battery problems, crash landings and the astronomical cost of ownership, people are apparently buying aeroplanes by the bucketload. Of course, when we say people, we mean multinational airlines. And when we say bucketload, we mean lots. Entire hangars full of shiny fresh planes ordered up. The Paris Air Show last month certainly helped, as our infographic today reveals. During the first half of 2013, Boeing and Airbus delivered aircraft at a rate of three a day. Boeing delivered 306 planes and Airbus 295 – a rare sign that the global economy could be on the mend. These things don’t … Continue reading #Boeing and #Airbus 2013 sales fly up, up and away – an annotated graphic

Airbus A350 XWB set to take on Boeing 787 Dreamliner – an annotated graphic

Given Boeing’s ongoing woes with its Dreamliner passenger airplane, there couldn’t be a better time in commercially competitive terms for rivals Airbus to stick the knife in by preparing the first flight of its Airbus A350 XWB. The Airbus is a little bigger all round, so what does this mean for the Dreamliner? Game on, wing-masters! E&T news regularly follows the latest airline developments such as this. Also, check out our dynamically updated page dedicated to Boeing Dreamliner news. We can’t promise it will make comfortable reading for Boeing executives. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Airbus A350 XWB set to take on Boeing 787 Dreamliner – an annotated graphic

Airbus A380 wing cracks – an annotated graphic #2

The Airbus A380 wing cracks story continues. Now the European Aviation Safety Agency has ordered the entire global fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbos to be checked for cracks inside the wings. The EASA last month ordered “a detailed visual inspection” of a third of the planes, but yesterday announced it was extending the checks to the entire fleet of 68, currently flying with seven different airlines, after Qantas grounded one of its A380s after discovering wing cracks. Read E&T‘s news story on these latest Airbus A380 developments. We also offer here an updated version of the graphic we posted yesterday. … Continue reading Airbus A380 wing cracks – an annotated graphic #2

Airbus A380 wing cracks – an annotated graphic

The inspection of Airbus A380 planes for wing cracks continues by European airlines – now Qantas has grounded one of its A380 planes after dozens of cracks were found. E&T reports more on this in our latest news about the Airbus A380 wing cracks today. We also share this useful graphic with you, which details the construction of the A380 and the kind of issues airlines are now checking for. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Airbus A380 wing cracks – an annotated graphic