Qatar Airways is ready to fly with the A380’s “mighty wings”
17 September 2014

Qatar Airways’ first A380 delivery marks a new step in this very large aircraft’s growing presence across the worldwide air transportation system. A total of four A380s from Qatar Airways’ order for 10 jetliners will be provided to the carrier by Airbus this year.
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Qatar Airways is ready to fly with the A380’s “mighty wings”
17 September 2014

Qatar Airways’ first A380 delivery marks a new step in this very large aircraft’s growing presence across the worldwide air transportation system. A total of four A380s from Qatar Airways’ order for 10 jetliners will be provided to the carrier by Airbus this year.

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Introducing Qatar Airways’ new A380
16 September 2014

“It’s all in the detail” for Qatar Airways’ new A380 jetliner, which was delivered by Airbus during September 2014. The airline’s first of these double-deck jetliners is continuing its reputation as a “five-star” carrier – delivering the unrivalled spaciousness, comfort and passenger experience that only an A380 can offer.

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Airbus’ Beluga: 20 years of reliable service
12 September 2014

Since its first flight on 13 September 1994, Airbus’ A300-600ST Super Transporter – known as the Beluga – has been transporting components for the company’s jetliners between its European production facilities and final assembly lines. This video highlights the unique airlifter’s maiden flight 20 years ago.

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Airbus’ Beluga celebrates 20 years in the air
11 September 2014

The Beluga, both the oddest looking and one of the most popular aircraft in the Airbus family is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the air. The cargo plane affectionately named after the Arctic white whale is responsible for ferrying crucial parts including new wings and fuselage sections between factories across Europe. It will see its work rate double as Airbus ramps up production along its assembly lines to meet a backlog of orders that stretches nearly 8 years.

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A350 XWB route proving: The jetliner’s fourth trip
15 August 2014

Airbus’ next-generation A350 XWB completed its four-trip route-proving campaign – which is designed to demonstrate the aircraft’s readiness for airline operations and is part of the final stage toward certification. On its fourth trip, this highly-efficient jetliner made stops in Doha, Qatar, Perth, Australia, Moscow, Russia and Helsinki, Finland to wrap up a campaign that amassed some 81,700 naut. mi. in approximately 180 flight hours. The A350 XWB performed as expected and on schedule at each destination, and is expected to achieve Type Certification in the third quarter of 2014.

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A350 XWB route proving: Visiting 5 Southern Hemisphere airports
09 August 2014

Airbus’ MSN005 developmental A350 XWB jetliner continues on the third trip of its global route-proving tour to demonstrate the aircraft’s readiness for airline operations. In this phase, the aircraft received warm welcomes in Johannesburg, South Africa; Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Santiago, Chile then flew to Sao Paulo, Brazil before returning to Toulouse, France.

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A350 XWB route proving: Hong Kong and Singapore
02 August 2014

Airbus’ MSN005 developmental A350 XWB jetliner travelled to Asia on the second trip of its global route-proving tour to demonstrate the aircraft’s readiness for airline operations. In this phase, the jetliner flew from Toulouse, France to Hong Kong, and then operated multiple flights between Hong Kong and Singapore before returning to Toulouse. The Asian trip allowed Airbus to evaluate the A350 XWB’s performance in hot and humid conditions, as well as showcase the aircraft for Cathay Pacific Airways – which has 46 of these highly efficient jetliners on order.

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A sweet solution: Bee honey helps Airbus think green
28 July 2014

Airbus has enlisted bees to “monitor” its environmental performance with hives in two locations near the company’s Hamburg, Germany facilities. Airbus collects the bees' honey, which can provide key data on the quality of surrounding soil, air and water. In addition to sending the honey off for pollution-level analysis at an independent lab, the company also produces more than 600 jars per year – which are given away to customers, suppliers and staff.

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A350 XWB route proving: Europe-Canada via the North Pole and back
27 July 2014

The first phase of A350 XWB route-proving flights took Airbus’ newest jetliner from Toulouse, France over the North Pole to Iqaluit Airport in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. On its return flight, the A350-900 made a stopover in Frankfurt, Germany for visits by personnel from Lufthansa – one of the 38 customers placing firm orders for the A350 Family to date. The world route proving flights are demonstrating the A350-900 version’s readiness for airline operations, and will include operations to14 major airports worldwide.

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The week in review for Airbus’ “best Farnborough Airshow ever”
19 July 2014

The excitement of Airbus’ best Farnborough Airshow in the company’s history is reviewed in this video from the 2014 event. Its highlights include the A330neo launch and initial customer signings for Airbus’ new engine option jetliner, the announcements of additional bookings for in-production A320 Family and A350 XWB aircraft, the daily flying display that spanned generations of aviation from the A380 and A350 XWB to World War 1-era airplanes, along with views of the Airbus Group pavilion at Farnborough Airport and the ambience during the biennial aerospace industry event.