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Clean Sky marks progress toward a “greener” air transport industry

30 March 2017 Feature story

The first eight-year phase of the European Union’s Clean Sky joint technology initiative – which targets significant reductions in noise, CO2 and NOX emissions for air transportation – came to an end last year.

Included in this activity was the flight testing of a more “green” electrical environmen...

New manufacturing solutions take shape with 3D printing

28 March 2017 Feature story

The advantages of 3D printing – also known as additive layer manufacturing – are being applied to the A330neo (New Engine Option) jetliner and BelugaXL airlifter, enabling fast reaction that saves both time and money. 

A prototype air nozzle was 3D printed for the A330neo passenger cabin’s cli...

Airbus sees the future through the vision of “smart glasses”

24 March 2017 Feature story

The use of “smart glasses” in an innovative application of 3D technology developed in a teaming of Airbus and Accenture has enabled greater efficiency and time savings during the outfitting of Airbus aircraft, and is being extended to flight test equipment installation on A330neo (New Engine Option)...

The innovative Airspace cabin takes a step closer for the A330neo

8 March 2017 Feature story

The Airspace by Airbus cabin – which offers a more relaxing and functional environment for passengers while optimising the use of cabin space for airlines – remains on track for its introduction on the A330neo jetliner version. 

Inspired by the new family of Airbus cabins introduced on the A35...

ANA unveils special livery for its new A380 fleet

6 March 2017 Feature story

On March 6, All Nippon Airways (ANA) revealed a special livery for the A380. The livery was selected from over 2,000 submissions received in an open competition organised by the carrier. The winning design will be painted on the airline’s first new A380, which will be delivered early in 2019. ANA wi...

Aircraft lifecycle from design to operations

27 February 2017 Feature story

When the A350-1000 and A330neo (new engine option) enter service as Airbus’ latest jetliner family members, these aircraft will have completed a comprehensive process called the development lifecycle. 

The lifecycle’s guiding principle is to provide “key deliverables” at each milestone – which...

30 years young…and still going strong!

22 February 2017 Feature story

When the no. 1 A320 performed its maiden flight 30 years ago today, few could have predicted how this single-aisle jetliner would transform the air transport industry – and Airbus itself. 

The A320’s initial liftoff, performed from France’s Toulouse-Blagnac Airport adjacent to Airbus headquart...

A ground-based workout for the A350-1000’s passenger cabin

20 February 2017 Feature story

As Airbus’ longest-fuselage A350 XWB version – the A350-1000 – continues to be put through its paces during flight trials, the jetliner’s cabin has undergone ground-based testing to validate the operation of systems for the comfort and well-being of passengers. 

A cabin simulator in Hamburg, G...

Shaking things up: Airbus speeds up ground vibration testing for the A350-1000

13 February 2017 Feature story

An optimised method for the ground vibration testing of Airbus jetliners has reduced this validation phase for the A350 XWB’s stretched-fuselage A350-1000 version, and will now be used for the next new widebody aircraft: the A330neo (New Engine Option). 

Ground vibration testing is performed t...

Winglets: a tip-top solution for more efficient aircraft

3 February 2017 Feature story

When the first A330neo (New Engine Option) jetliner takes to the skies this year, it will mark the latest use of Airbus’ Sharklets™ – those graceful-looking upturned wingtip extensions that save fuel by reducing drag while also lowering noise emissions by improving take-off performance. 

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