Sunday, June 18, 2017

Airbus to showcase major A380 upgrade at Paris Airshow

Airbus is making big changes to its A380 superjumbo with a new wingtip design that promises to improve fuel efficiency, a report said.

The latest modifications, part of efforts to boost slow sales of the world's largest aircraft, will be announced at this week's Paris Airshow, said a report in Reuters.

The roughly three-metre-high wingtip, which is raised at the edges, would reduce fuel consumption by approximately 2 per cent.

The A380 has suffered a shortfall of sales as airlines switch to slightly smaller models with two engines, which are easier to fill and cheaper to maintain.

Airbus last week revised down its forecast for the A380 category by 6 per cent to 1,184 aircraft, though at 4 per cent of total deliveries this remains more optimistic than Boeing - which has seen production fall, even for the Boeing 747-8.

Boeing looks set to revise down or even scrap its 20-year forecast for such 'very large aircraft' in a survey next week, the report said.
 



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