Airbus Seeking Patent For Bicycle Seats In Plane Cabins Because Flying Isn’t Uncomfortable Enough Already

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While you’re fighting for territory on the arm rest and suffering the kicks, nudges and otherwise annoying seat disturbances that come with flying commercial airlines, just think… it could be worse. How much worse? Like perching on a bicycle seat worse. [More]

Airbus: Pilots Don’t Need Windows In Cockpit, Or Even A Cockpit

Airbus: Pilots Don’t Need Windows In Cockpit, Or Even A Cockpit

All those windows in the cockpit of your jumbo jet? They’re expensive to maintain and just slow the plane down, but they’re necessary for the whole “seeing” thing. The folks at Airbus disagree. [More]

Airbus Asks Airlines To Please Stop It With The Super-Narrow Seats

Airbus Asks Airlines To Please Stop It With The Super-Narrow Seats

Shaving just a few inches off an airplane seat’s dimensions can make room for additional seats on the aircraft, but what do narrower seats do to passengers’ ability to relax during longer flights? The folks at French jet-maker Airbus say wider seats can result in more well-rested passengers. [More]

Pilots Who Nap Together Should Not Be Responsible For Flying A Plane Together

I mean, right?

Here’s some simple, scary math: If you have two pilots flying an Airbus passenger plane going at a speed of X miles per hour, how many pilots are flying the plane when both are asleep? The answer is:  Zero pilots. No pilots were flying a UK-operated aircraft on an August flight when the two pilots fell asleep at the same time. Unless you count auto-pilot, which… Yeah, not a good scenario. [More]

Airbus Working On Wider Aisle Seats That Will Cost More

Airline passengers have proven they are willing to pay for minor luxuries like legroom and early boarding, and airlines have proven their willingness to collect those fees. Thus, the folks at Airbus are working on a seating arrangement that would give some people wider seats and allow the carriers to make some more cash. [More]

Airbus Finds More Cracks In Plane Wings But Assures Travelers They're Safe To Fly

Airbus Finds More Cracks In Plane Wings But Assures Travelers They're Safe To Fly

After cracks were reported two weeks ago in the wings of Airbus’ A380 superjumbo planes, the company is assuring customers that the 525-seat double-decker behemoths are safe to fly. These models have been in the air for four years. [More]

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Two Airlines Ground Airbus A380s After Qantas Engine Explosion

After what Australian airline Qantas calls a “significant engine failure” during a flight from Singapore to Sydney, both it and Singapore Airlines have temporarily grounded their fleets of Airbus A380 jumbo jets. [More]

873 Airplane Passengers Evacuated In 77 Seconds

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Cell Phones Infest Airplanes By 2008

Cell Phones Infest Airplanes By 2008

Watch out whoever owns those ridiculously expensive in-flight phones…Almost half of all airlines plan to offer in-flight mobile phone connectivity for passengers by the end of 2008.

Photograph of Airbus Human Steerage

Photograph of Airbus Human Steerage

You might remember Airbus passionately denying that they intend on introducing standing room only human steerage cattle cars into their airplanes.

Fly the Friendly Skies in a Coffin

Fly the Friendly Skies in a Coffin

Call it “Standing Tomb Only” airplane seating, a new cost-cutting measure proposes shuttling passengers across the sky strapped into coffin-sized spaces.