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Focus on innovation: building your own cockpit

19 March 2015 Feature story

The IKEA superstore in Toulouse, France isn't the obvious starting place for an innovative approach to one of aviation's most intensively technical areas. Nevertheless, it was this home retailer's ready-to-assemble furniture that gave Airbus systems designer Raphael Andre an idea that already is pro...

Airline 1: supporting a smooth A350 XWB commercial service entry

18 March 2015 Feature story

When the cornerstone member of Airbus’ new-generation A350 XWB Family – the A350-900 – entered commercial service earlier this year with Qatar Airways, it did so with an unprecedented maturity level thanks to the multi-functional, collaborative platform called Airline 1.

Launched on the widebody je...

Watching out for customers to ensure the A350 XWB’s smooth service entry

11 March 2015 Feature story

With the second A350 XWB aircraft commencing commercial service this month – and Airbus’ production ramp-up ongoing – the company is developing new ways of working to facilitate the jetliner’s smooth service entry with operators worldwide. 

As part of this approach, Airbus has created the EIS ...

A new attraction in Toulouse for aviation enthusiasts: The Aeroscopia museum opens

28 January 2015 Feature story

Aviation’s past, present and future have come together in southwestern France with this month’s official opening of the Aeroscopia museum – which was developed with Airbus support. 

Aeroscopia is located adjacent to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, putting it in proximity to Airbus’ home location&nbs...

Airbus’ focus on “thermoplastic” composite materials brings environmental and production improvements

19 January 2015 Feature story

While the use of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) has become a mainstay in aircraft production, many are unaware that there is more than one type that can be leveraged. In its continuing role as an innovation and environmental leader, Airbus is working to take maximum benefit of “thermo

Ready for service: first A350 XWB delivery follows a robust development programme

19 December 2014 Feature story

The historic delivery of Airbus’ first A350 XWB – which is to be received on 22nd of December by launch customer Qatar Airways – will mark another major milestone for this advanced widebody jetliner that is setting new standards in terms of passenger comfort, operational efficiency and cost-eff...

Making a waste reduction difference at Airbus

24 November 2014 Feature story

Airbus’ significant efforts to help reduce waste at work are being highlighted during the European Week for Waste Reduction, which begins today to promote awareness-raising actions around sustainable resources and waste management.

At Airbus, the quantity of non-recycled waste was reduced by 24.8 p...

Innovative by nature: Airbus establishes a company-wide network for bionics projects

18 November 2014 Feature story

Airbus believes that much can be learned by studying the natural world, and in putting this philosophy into practice as a global innovation leader, the company has launched numerous projects inspired by biological systems and methods in order to develop new technical solutions. 

Modern researc...

Airbus-supported SESAR demonstration activities are guiding the way towards improved air traffic management

14 November 2014 Feature story

Ongoing demonstrations as part of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking – for which Airbus is playing a leading role – are providing tangible evidence of the benefits offered by its solutions to increase air traffic management (ATM) and overall aviation performance in Europe...

A320neo: A “new” leader takes flight

25 September 2014 Feature story

Airbus’ highly efficient A320neo (new engine option) jetliner took to the skies for its maiden flight today from Toulouse, France – opening a new chapter for the company’s market-leading single-aisle product line.  

The A320neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM eng...

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