Articles by Laurence Frost

Airbus Tests Jet, Appoints New A380 Program Chief

  • 05 September 06
  • The Associated Press
The Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger jet, took off with a full load of passengers for the first time Monday and the European aircraft maker announced further management changes in the wake of costly delays to the 10 billion euro ($13 billion) superjumbo program.

Airshow Provides Impetus for Airbus

  • 18 July 06
  • The Associated Press
Airbus, reeling from a management shakeup that followed delays in its flagship superjumbo jet program, unveiled a long-awaited revamp of its mid-sized A350 on Monday.

Airbus Remains No. 1 by Sales

  • 18 January 06
  • The Associated Press
A December sales surge kept Airbus on top of the global passenger jet market in 2005, the company said Tuesday -- bettering Boeing's orders and deliveries in a record year by both measures.

Virgin Plans to Put Casinos in the Sky

  • 20 January 05
  • The Associated Press
High-paying passengers aboard Virgin Atlantic's Airbus ""superjumbos"" will be able to work out in the gym, get a makeover, gamble in a casino then head to the bar for some cocktails before easing onto a double bed.

Airbus Launches World's Biggest Jumbo

  • 19 January 05
  • The Associated Press
Airbus showed off its giant A380, a double-decked behemoth that could revolutionize long-haul flying, at a lavish ceremony Tuesday with European leaders gathered for the first official look at the world's largest passenger plane.

China Surpasses U.S. in Attracting Investors

  • 29 June 04
  • The Associated Press
China overtook the United States as a recipient of foreign direct investment in 2003 as companies broadened their strategies in emerging markets, according to a report published Monday.

Insurance Giant Suing Google for Trademark

  • 28 April 04
  • The Associated Press
AXA, the world's No. 3 insurer, is taking Google to court next month in the latest trademark challenge to threaten the heart of Google's business model -- advertising.

Sanofi Unveils 'Friendly' $65Bln Aventis Bid

  • 27 April 04
  • The Associated Press
Pharmaceuticals maker Sanofi-Synthelabo formally announced Monday plans to create the world's third-largest pharmaceutical company after making a new, ""friendly"" bid for the Franco-German Aventis worth 55.3 billion euros ($65.4 billion).

Boeing Scandal Offers EADS U.S. Foothold

  • 08 December 03
  • The Associated Press
An ethics scandal that put a key government contract on ice and helped set off a top-level shake-up at Boeing Corp. could aid archrival Airbus and its parent company, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, in their search for a foothold in the U.S. defense market.

French Vintners Urge Drinking and Driving

  • 18 November 03
  • The Associated Press
France's wine industry wants drivers to know: It's OK to have a drink for the road. Or three.