Articles tagged with: A380

20
August
2014

Giant Airbus A380 Finds Sales Not So Big

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Giant Airbus A380 Finds Sales Not So Big

But critics like Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst at the Teal Group, an aviation-consulting firm in Fairfax, Va., say the main problem is more fundamental: Airbus made the wrong prediction about travel preferences.

He said people would rather take direct flights on smaller airplanes than get on big ones — no matter their feats of engineering — that make connections through huge hubs. "It's a commercial disaster," Aboulafia says. "Every conceivably bad idea that anyone's ever had about the aviation industry is embodied in this airplane."

Media Outlet: ABC News Tags A380 | Airbus

02
June
2014

Boeing Talks to Emirates About Potential 747-8 Order

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Boeing Talks to Emirates About Potential 747-8 Order

The talks give Dubai-based Emirates leverage as it pushes Airbus Group to upgrade its A380 with fuel-efficient engines, said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst at Teal Group. Boeing would gain momentum for a storied jet with few sales prospects aside from replacing the Air Force One fleet, he said. “It would keep the -8I going through the decade and deliver an unpleasant blow to the A380 that’s long overdue,” Aboulafia said of a potential Emirates order.

Media Outlet: The Seattle Times Tags 748-8 | A380 | Boeing | Emirates

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