John Leahy

February 15, 2012 - 4:45pm

The Airbus A330 P2F (passenger-to-freighter conversion) will finally become a reality after Airbus, Singapore’s ST Aerospace and EADS Elbe Flugzeugwerke Dresden (EFW) signed a memorandum of understanding at the Singapore Airshow on Wednesday.

Airbus CEO Tom Enders, ST Aerospace president Chang Cheow Teck and EADS EFW chief executive Andreas Sperl, in the presence of Stanislaw Tillich, prime minister of the German state of Saxony, signed the deal. The MOU calls for the first A330-300P2F to enter service in 2016, followed by a version based on the A330-200 a year later.

January 23, 2012 - 5:59pm
The A380 production line is moving more efficiently following earlier problems

Starting 2012 with a record backlog of airliner orders, Airbus remains unconcerned that fall-out from anticipated capital exposure by banks to Europe’s debt crisis could undermine its position.

November 14, 2011 - 11:05am
Airbus ACJ321 announcement

Comlux Aviation placed the first-ever order for an Airbus ACJ321 at the Dubai Air Show on Monday, expanding the Airbus Corporate Jet family.

June 19, 2011 - 8:00pm
Assemblies for the Airbus A350 include the structure around the flightdeck wi...

As Airbus prepares to put together the first A350 XWB, the European manufacturer acknowledges the stiff task it faces to open the final assembly line (FAL) by the end of this year and to fly the aircraft within 12 months thereafter. It says significant challenges remain to start the FAL by year’s end with “an appropriate level of quality to prepare the ramp-up.”

June 19, 2011 - 10:25am

The Airbus A320neo (for “new engine option”) is “the fastest selling aircraft in history” and the manufacturer set itself the target of accruing “over 500” commitments by this week’s Paris Air Show, according to chief operating officer (customers) John Leahy. By early April, the company had booked more than 330 orders and “commitments” and this prompted it to accelerate the program by six months.

April 15, 2011 - 10:00am
New plans call for the Pratt & Whitney-powered A320neo to reach the market si...

Airbus has moved forward by six months its target to introduce the A320neo, in effect pre-empting any word from Boeing about its choice of whether to re-engine the 737 or introduce a new “clean-sheet” design. John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer for customers, said he thinks the U.S.

April 7, 2011 - 6:22am
Airbus has advanced the service-entry date for the A320neo to October 2015, s...

Airbus has rescheduled plans to address perceived airline requirements for more-efficient single-aisle jetliners. To take advantage of emerging new “open rotor” engine technologies, it has extended beyond 2030 the time frame in which an all-new “A30X” replacement for the A320 might appear.

March 8, 2011 - 7:09am

Early interest in the Airbus A320neo appears to have spread beyond the ranks of two potential launch operators, as aircraft leasing powerhouse ILFC today signaled its endorsement of the re-engined narrowbodies with a memorandum of understanding covering 75 A320neos and 25 A321neos. However, ILFC also cancelled its purchase agreement for 10 A380s in an effort to “rebalance” its order book, undoubtedly tempering Airbus’s satisfaction. 

February 28, 2011 - 6:14am

Airbus has secured its third potential customer for the A320neo, and the first in Latin America, the manufacturer announced this morning. Brazil’s TAM Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding covering 22 Airbus A320neos and 10 standard A320s. The companies did not reveal the subvariants involved in the deal, nor did they talk about delivery dates. Airbus expects the A320neo to reach the market in 2016.

February 18, 2011 - 5:51am

Japan’s Skymark Airlines converted a memorandum of understanding for four Airbus A380s to a firm order yesterday, officially marking the first sale of the superjumbo to a Japanese airline. 

 
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