Malaysia Airlines Restructuring Fleet: Selling A380s

After suffering not one but two of the worst air disasters in history in 2014—one of which still remains a total mystery—Malaysia Airlines has found itself in deep financial straits, and is selling off a major part of its fleet as part of a restructuring campaign. Though the airline itself has not commented, multiple sources…

Airbus’ Planned A380 Economy Layout Will Be A Tight Squeeze

At the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany this week, Airbus unveiled its 2017 plans for an 11-abreast, 3 x 5 x 3 seat configuration in the economy section of its A380s. Cramped, narrow and poorly laid out, this design is clearly intended to save shareholders money while disregarding the comfort of the tightly-packed passengers who…

Best Redemptions to Fly on the A380

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looks at the largest jet in the skies and how you can use miles to fly it on one (or several) of 13 airlines. Earlier this month, Airbus CFO Harald Wilhelm told investors that the company was considering discontinuing production of its A380 aircraft by 2018, leading many to speculate about…

Delta Announces New Airbus A350 and A330-900 Orders

In a blow to American aviation manufacturer Boeing, Delta announced yesterday that from 2017 to 2019, the airline will replace its older Boeing 747-400s and 767-300ERs with 25 long-haul A350-900s and 25 medium-haul A330-900neos from European-owned Airbus, which feature Rolls Royce engines, and are expected to save 20% per seat in operating costs. The retail cost of these 50 new…

Should There Be a Minimum Seat Width Size for Long Haul Travel?

You can often find me giving tips on how to get the best economy seats on a plane – a consideration that’s more important than ever now that nearly every airline seems intent on squeezing as many passengers as possible into their planes in order to increase profit margins. I’m not the only consumer advocate…