Airbus is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military airlifters, having evolved during the past 40 years on the vision, innovation and passion of its employees.
A brief history of Airbus
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 jetliner Family, and a new era of airline travel started in 2007 when the 525-seat A380 began commercial operation. Responding to market requirements, Airbus also launched its A350 XWB twin-engine jetliner – which brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies – during the 21st century’s opening decade, with initial deliveries scheduled to begin in 2014.To maintain its competitive edge, Airbus continues to invest in improvements across the product line – including development of the A320neo (new engine option) version, its A330 Regional variant for domestic use 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 A320 Family final assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama, USA – the construction of which began in 2013. Click on the image to play the video.