A340 Family

A unique look at the A340
15 January 2010

The A340 is the star of this stylized music video, which provides an up-close look at Airbus’ long-range, four-engine widebody aircraft that is the most modern in its segment flying today.

A unique look at the A340
15 January 2010 1:10

A340-600 final assembly in time laps
15 January 2010 1:55

"New Standards. Together"
04 February 2010 1:59

A350 XWB test fleet completed with milestone first flight
24 June 2014

The fifth and final A350 XWB flight test aircraft – which is designated MSN005 – took to the skies for the first time on 20 June 2014. This milestone maiden flight confirmed that the A350 XWB development programme is operating at full speed and on track for certification during the third quarter of 2014. As the second passenger cabin-equipped A350 XWB, MSN005 will be tasked with route proving and ETOPS validation.
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A350 XWB test fleet completed with milestone first flight
24 June 2014

The fifth and final A350 XWB flight test aircraft – which is designated MSN005 – took to the skies for the first time on 20 June 2014. This milestone maiden flight confirmed that the A350 XWB development programme is operating at full speed and on track for certification during the third quarter of 2014. As the second passenger cabin-equipped A350 XWB, MSN005 will be tasked with route proving and ETOPS validation.

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A350 XWB hot weather testing at Al Ain
18 June 2014

The validation of Airbus’ A350 XWB in various climatic conditions continued with a hot weather campaign during June at Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. These evaluations utilized the no. 3 developmental A350 XWB, designated MSN003.

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A350 XWB first flight anniversary and test/certification update
18 June 2014

The “power of Airbus people” in bringing the A350 XWB programme to flight is discussed by Patrick du Ché, the Head of Development Flight Test, who recalls the next-generation jetliner’s maiden takeoff on 14 June 2013, its flyby at the Paris Air Show one week later, followed by the fast-paced test campaign that has logged nearly 2,000 flight hours during the first year of development and certification activity.

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Airbus' A350 XWB flight test campaign
12 June 2014

This video highlights the milestones in Airbus’ A350 XWB flight test and certification programme from the maiden flights of the first four developmental jetliners to high altitude evaluations in Bolivia, cold weather testing in Canada, extreme temperature tests in the U.S, and more. In addition, other key evaluations from the campaign are featured – including minimum unstick velocity, rejected takeoffs, natural icing, water ingestion, cabin environment and Early Long Flight (ELF) testing.

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Innovation at Airbus: 3D printing
12 June 2014

Airbus is exploring applications of additive layer manufacturing – or 3D printing – in its jetliner product line to take advantage of this innovative production method which results in parts that are 30-55 per cent lighter, with shorter lead times, fewer materials used during production and a significant reduction in the manufacturing process’ environmental footprint.

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Airbus 3D Printing technology transformation underway
11 June 2014

Airbus is at the start of an innovation revolution using 3D printing technology. 3D plastic parts are already flying on a commercial A310 and an A350 XWB test aircraft. Metal parts for wing slats, a section of the tail wing and door hinges have also been made with 3D printing. In the coming years the technology will allow manufacturing costs to fall while lighter parts will mean less fuel burn for airlines.

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Innovation at Airbus: Making airport buildings “stealthy”
10 June 2014

The Airbus Group’s innovative “stealthy” building panel technology opens up new area for construction near airport runways by significantly reducing interference with safety-critical signals from instrument landing systems (ILS). First applied on Airbus’ C65 hangar in Toulouse in its 70-centimetre-wide thick-panel form in 2013, the technology’s thin-panel version – which is 8 centimetres in depth – also has been validated. The stealthy building panels’ development results from a collaborative effort between Airbus and Airbus Group Innovations – the corporate-level research and technology network of its Airbus Group parent company.

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Airbus’ A350 XWB shines during its two Early Long Flights
05 June 2014

The A350 XWB’s successful Early Long Flight evaluations – which were performed 2-3 June 2014 from Toulouse, France – are highlighted with comments from their passengers, consisting of Airbus employees selected in recognition of strong work performance. Operating the MSN002 developmental aircraft in typical airline conditions with cabin crews from Air France and Lufthansa (two of the A350 XWB’s current customers), the Early Long Flight campaign is part of Airbus’ commitment to ensuring the next-generation jetliner’s maturity at service entry – which is planned for the fourth quarter of 2014.

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First "passenger" experience in the A350 XWB’s early long flight
03 June 2014

An important step towards the A350's maturity at entry into service was performed on 2 June with the first of two Early Long Flights (ELFs) that carried Airbus employee passengers and airline cabin crew. Using the no. 2 A350 XWB development aircraft (MSN002), the flight provided a realistic evaluation in typical operating conditions, including passengers’ use of the in-flight entertainment system, food service and boarding. It was performed as a round-trip from Airbus’ Toulouse-Blagnac headquarters airport, covering some 6,800 km. while overflying France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and the UK, before returning to Toulouse.

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Formation flight: Beluga and the “Patrouille de France”
02 June 2014

In a once-in-a-lifetime formation flight conducted 30 May 2014, Airbus’ Beluga transporter shared the skies with the “Patrouille de France” aerobatic demonstration team of the French Air Force. This historic flight was photographed and filmed, and will be used to mark the Beluga’s 20th anniversary in September 2014.