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Masters Of the Universe: Design Ideas For Your Own Private A350XWB

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For Masters of the Universe who need their own private A350 XWB to get wherever it is they need to be in maximum comfort, Airbus has released new cabin lay-out proposals which are sure to please.

The airframe manufacturer launched its ACJ350 XWB during EBACE (European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition) this past month, as the ideal flying castle for the Master of the Universe who literally has everything already—except his own private A350 XWB. (We’re just assuming you’re a gentleman, but if you’re a lady more power to you!)

Feast Your Eyes: The Making of Cathay Pacific A350

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I love watching “how it’s made” videos. This one takes us through the manufacturing process of Cathay Pacific Airways’ new A350 aircraft which landed for the first time in Hong Kong yesterday.

Cathay is the sixth airline to fly Airbus’ sleek wide body introduced in 2014.

The Cathay A350-900 feautres a three class layout with 280 seats in all, including 38 Business Class seats convertible to fully lie-flat beds, 28 in Premium Economy seats and 214 Economy seats..

Airbus A380, Source: Airbus, photo by master films/A. Doumenjou

Major Airport Cities Want the A380, Airbus Says

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John Leahy, COO Customers for Airbus argued in favor of the A380 from the airport point of view during today’s Airbus Innovation Days morning sessions.

He pointed out that the aircraft helps to relieve strain on major hubs with heavy traffic.

Airbus refers to it as the A380 effect. “When a city introduces the world’s biggest passenger plan–the impact on business and tourism development is substantial,” Airbus states.

Airbus Chairman Hints at New Single Aisle Plane, But What Size?

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While greeting press gathered for Airbus Innovation Days in Hamburg, Klaus Richter, Chief Procurement Officer, Airbus and Chairman of the Board for Airbus Germany, caught our attention when highlighting the importance of Hamburg in the group’s plans by saying, “If there’s a new plane it will be a single aisle plane.”

Richter mentioned Hamburg’s growing development capabilities in fields of research into new materials, through the ZAL Technical Centre, and also significant in-house capabilities including for full-sized aircraft simulations. As he said, all in the interest of “shooting for a single aisle development that needs to enter the market.”

Delta Follows Up Huge Bombardier Order with Pretty Big Airbus Order

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Delta is on an aircraft buying spree and Airbus is the latest manufacturer to benefit from its shopping frenzy.

Following yesterday’s announcement of the largest Bombardier CS-100 series order placed by any airline, valued by the manufacturer at $5.6 Billion in list prices, Delta has just announced an order for 37 New A320.

Delta Confirms Order for 75 Bombardier CS100 Worth $5.6 Billion, List

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Delta Air Lines has confirmed that it placed an order for 75 fuel-efficient Bombardier C-Series CS-100 Aircraft, as part of its narrow body fleet renewal program, with an option for another 50 C-Series aircraft and flexibility to substitute the larger CS300 aircraft.
Delta becomes the U.S. launch customer for the aircraft, and this represents the largest order Bombardier has received for this aircraft model.

The Passenger-Friendly Way this Independent Designer Would Approach Vertical Cabins

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I’ve written about Olivier Grégoire’s proposal for a vertical cabin design previously on Skift.
He first approached me in December of last year with a unique concept to make vertical cabin design work around a passenger needs for space and privacy during long haul flights.

Grégoire has since sent me a link to a video he produced which illustrates more clearly how the design would work. He proposes the cabin concept for the A350 aircraft.

Long-Haul Luxury or Supersonic Thrill: Which Would You Choose?

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Airlines launch new long-haul routes and set new records, on the same week that NASA announces new low-boom Supersonic aircraft project.

So which way are we headed around the world? The long and winding road, or fast as the meteor flies?

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