The success story of Airbus
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A brief overview

Airbus makes the freedom of flight possible, having evolved during the past 40 years thanks to the vision, innovation and passion of its employees.

The A300 became the world’s first twin-engine widebody jet with its commercial service entry during 1974. It was followed in the early 1980s by Airbus’ shorter-fuselage A310 derivative, then later that decade by the company’s single-aisle A320 – which has developed into one of the most successful aircraft families in history with the A318, A319, A320 and A321.

The 1990s saw Airbus introduce its long-range A330/A340 Family, and a new era of airline travel started in 2007 when the 500-plus-seat A380 began commercial operation. Responding to market requirements, Airbus launched its A350 XWB twin-engine jetliner in the 2000s. The highly-efficient aircraft entered commercial service in 2015, bringing together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies.

To maintain its competitive edge, Airbus continues to invest in improvements across its market-leading, modern product line – including development of the A320neo (new engine option) version, the A330neo variant and more. The company’s international production network also has been significantly expanded over the years, highlighted by its single-aisle final assembly line in Tianjin, China, along with the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility for A320 Family jetliners – which commenced aircraft assembly operations in 2015.