Rare video of an Airbus A380 cutting through clouds

Sometimes you get a unique combination of circumstances that produces a rare look into a common event, like this Emirates' Airbus A380 arriving to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport at the perfect time and the perfect angle to produce a few seconds of beautiful cinematography, cutting a cloud in two. » 2/03/15 1:29am 2/03/15 1:29am

Watch Airbus' mad stunt with $1.5 billion worth of airplanes

I have to give kudos to Airbus for having the guts to do this using five test A350-900 XWB airplanes, its newest wide-body airliner. I know the stunt was well calculated and the pilots—all of them ex-military aviators—knew exactly what they were doing, but the entire thing still looks insane. » 12/22/14 9:32am 12/22/14 9:32am

This Plane That Carries Planes Costs a Quarter of a Billion Dollars

With a front end like Megamind's noggin, this massive airliner may not be the prettiest of airplanes but her whopping 47 ton cargo capacity more than makes up for her homeliness. Popularly known as the "Beluga," this super-capacity transport helps keep the European aviation industry in the air. It's a whale of a plane. » 11/19/14 11:40am 11/19/14 11:40am

Airbus's Electric Airplane Prototype Is Eerily Silent in Flight

Airbus just showed its battery-powered E-Fan 2.0 electric airplane to the public for the first time, at England's Farnborough International Airshow. Standing still, it looks like a normal if slightly odd-shaped tiny plane. In the air, though, it seems decidedly abnormal. Where's the noise? » 7/18/14 1:37pm 7/18/14 1:37pm

Airbus: Who Needs Real Seats When You Can Straddle Bike Saddles?

Today in Questionable Airbus Patents, it's not the pilot being displaced; it's our sweet, precious legroom. And about three-quarters of the seats themselves. We just hope you're not a fan of personal space, because otherwise—it's going to be a long flight. » 7/14/14 2:37pm 7/14/14 2:37pm

Airbus: Eh, Pilots Don't Really Need Windows

As a kid (or, let's be honest, even as an a adult), nothing is more thrilling than getting to venture into an airline pilot's coveted cockpit throne. But if Arbus' new cockpit-less patents ever become a reality, those days are behind us. Because let's face it—a "tour of the baggage locker" just doesn't have quite the… » 7/03/14 4:00pm 7/03/14 4:00pm

Airbus's X3 Prototype Uses Three Rotors to Break Airspeed Records

In the chimeric world of vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft, the most common hybrid one finds are tiltrotor planes with helicopter-like abilities. But the X3 prototype from Airbus took the opposite approach. It transformed a traditional helicopter into a high-speed turboprop. » 6/24/14 3:20pm 6/24/14 3:20pm

Etihad's New 'Residence' First Class Will Make You Insanely Jealous

Like many things in the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways has gone above and beyond what most of us will ever expect. Today, the airline showcased their new "Residence" First Class suite. Most of us will never get to fly in it, but let's give it a look anyway. » 5/04/14 12:52pm 5/04/14 12:52pm

These guys put a GoPro camera inside a running airplane jet engine

This video shows the typical life of an Airbus A340, one of the most popular long-range airliners in the world. As a passenger, and even as a pilot, you never get to see this beast from most of these angles—especially from inside one of the jet engines. » 12/30/13 5:26am 12/30/13 5:26am

​Sex 'n Spas: The Future (And Not So Future) of In-Flight Entertainment

Careening through the air 30,000 feet above the ground in seats that get smaller every day are too cramped to recline can be a brutal experience. To help us cope, airlines have evolved sophisticated on-demand entertainment in the form of games, movies, internet, and the occasional backrub. Here's a look at some of… » 11/29/13 10:00am 11/29/13 10:00am

If only all planes could empty out 873 passengers in 78 seconds

Let's hope none of us ever have to be put in a situation where we have to evacuate an airplane but this 2006 evacuation test of an Airbus A380 makes our current plane deplaning process look like a complete waste of time. The test incredibly emptied out all 873 passengers of the plane in less than 80 seconds. Typical… » 11/11/13 8:20pm 11/11/13 8:20pm

Airbus A350 XWB First Flight Video: The Dreamliner's Nightmare Is Real

What you're looking at here is history; the triumph of seven years of design and engineering. Today, the Airbus A350 XWB completed its first flight. Here's the video of the mammoth taking to the skies: » 6/14/13 9:05am 6/14/13 9:05am

6 Tech Company Slogans That Mattered

Intel's always been a bit of a brand machine—remember the "Intel Inside" stickers?—and on Tuesday it upheld that tradition. In a pivot from the sort of stodgy "Sponsors of Tomorrow" slogan, the company is going with the hacker-friendly "Look Inside." How much can a new slogan really matter, though? A lot, if history… » 6/05/13 3:01pm 6/05/13 3:01pm

Airbus Isn't Taking Any Chances as It Drops Li-Ion Option from the…

Turns out, Boeing's latest lithium troubles are shaking down to the rest of the airline industry. Airbus, just announced that it is scrapping plans to outfit its A350 jets with the same secondary batteries that have caused its rival so much trouble. » 2/14/13 11:00pm 2/14/13 11:00pm

The Wicked and Beautiful Turbulence Problems of the Giant Airbus A380

This beautiful shot was made for the first episode of Richard Hammond's: Engineering Connections, which was dedicated to the Airbus A380. Apparently, wind tunnels can look like the lair of the wicked witch in an old Disney animation movie. » 12/04/12 8:40am 12/04/12 8:40am

This Photo Really Shows How Impossibly Huge the Airbus A380 Is

I know that the Airbus A380 is a titan, a winged colossus, the biggest passenger airliner in the world and all that. But this pictured taken at LAX—showing an Air France A380 taxiing by a Boeing 737-900—really shows its flabbergasting dimensions. » 8/14/12 9:50am 8/14/12 9:50am

Air France 447 Crash a Result of Crew Ignoring Alarms

In June 2009 an Airbus A330-200, Air France flight 447, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean tragically killing 228 people. Now, the final BEA report into the event reveals that the tragedy occurred because the crew ignored the warning alarms in the cabin. » 7/06/12 5:24am 7/06/12 5:24am

This Is Airbus' New Crazy Airplane Design

If you thought that the monster Airbus A380 wasn't crazy enough, you have to check out their latest design, which just got awarded a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office. » 6/18/12 1:20pm 6/18/12 1:20pm