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Now 20 years “young,” Airbus’ Beluga airlifters show no signs of slowing down

Twenty years to the day since its maiden flight, the Beluga cargo aircraft continues to play an invaluable role in keeping the Airbus’ production and assembly network working at full output.  As the company ramps up production to meet a record order backlog, the Beluga’s airlifter fleet’s impor...

15 September 2014 Headline news

Twenty years to the day since its maiden flight, the Beluga cargo aircraft continues to play an invaluable role in keeping the Airbus’ production and assembly network working at full output.  As the company ramps up production to meet a record order backlog, the Beluga’s airlifter fleet’s importance – as well as its overall pace of operations – will grow accordingly.

Officially designated as the A300-600ST Super Transporter, the Beluga is a modified version of Airbus’ A300-600 passenger airliner, purpose-made to ferry crucial aircraft components among its network of European production...

Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Mike Turner, Airbus and the National Composite Center host procurement conference to bolster Ohio’s aerospace iIndustry

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, David Williams, Vice President of Procurement for Airbus Americas, and the National Composite Center (NCC) today co-hosted a procurement conference for Ohio business representatives and state officials to promote and facilitate increased business...

15 September 2014 Press Release

The conference gave approximately 135 Ohio business representatives from 90 companies an opportunity to learn about contracting with Airbus and connect with Airbus and Airbus Tier-1 supplier representatives from companies such as GE, Parker Aerospace, RTI and United Technologies Aerospace Systems in one-on-one meetings. The event was held at the NCC in Kettering, Ohio. The National Composites Center is a proud partner of Airbus in their combined mission to further expand the use of made-in-America supply chains in the aerospace industry.  

Senator Brown said, “This procurement...

Beluga celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first flight

Flight hours per aircraft have since doubled and will do so again by 2017

12 September 2014 Press Release

With its maiden flight on September 13, 1994, the popular Beluga cargo aircraft, affectionately named after the white whale because of its remarkable shape, is celebrating this week twenty years of transporting Airbus component parts between Airbus’ European manufacturing sites.

Since 1995, the fleet of five Beluga aircraft replaced the ageing Super Guppy transporters in order to supply the Airbus final assembly lines in Toulouse and Hamburg. Today, more than sixty flights are performed each week between eleven sites, carrying crucial parts for all of the Airbus programmes, including the...

Airbus to Open Flight Training Center in Monterrey

VivaAerobus selects Airbus as Flight Training provider

12 September 2014 Press Release

VivaAerobus, the low cost carrier serving Mexico, has chosen “Training By Airbus” to provide simulator training and courses for pilots, maintenance personnel, flight operations engineers and cabin crews in Miami and Monterrey, Mexico. The 10-year agreement includes more than 25,000 flight training hours for approximately 750 pilots. VivaAerobus, which is in the process of converting to an all-Airbus operator, has ordered a total of 52 A320 Family aircraft.  

Full-flight training for VivaAerobus pilots has been ongoing at the Airbus Training Center in Miam

Airbus showcases innovations and passenger comfort at Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) 2014 Expo

• Explore the Airbus comfort standard

• High-definition video A380, A350 XWB, A330 & A320 cabin walkthroughs

• Latest A320, A330neo, A350 XWB and A380 cabin updates


Visit Airbus at: Stand # 1438, Tuesday 16th – Thursday 18th September

Dedicated Media Briefing & announcements: Tuesday 16th @ ...

12 September 2014 Press Release

At the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) 2014 Expo held this year in Anaheim USA, Airbus once again showcases its cabin innovations to match today’s and tomorrow’s needs. Visitors to the Airbus stand will be able to judge for themselves the quality of Airbus’ recent cabin offerings.

At APEX this year visitors and media will also be able to discuss with our experts the latest cabin innovations planned for the A320 Family and also of course those for the recently launched A330neo. Meanwhile, updates on A350 XWB test campaign and cabin will also

Airbus establishes flight operations documentation centre in Bangkok

Subsidiary to produce standard manuals and customisation services

10 September 2014 Press Release

Airbus has established a new subsidiary in Thailand for the production of flight operations data for use by airlines worldwide. The centre, to be named Airbus Flight Operations Services, will produce electronic versions of the standard flight operations manuals, improving the growing use of the Electronic Flight Bag for all Airbus aircraft types. The centre will offer several additional services, such as data customisation services for individual airlines where required.

Airbus Flight Operations Services will begin operations in Thailand early in 2015 and wi

Featured story

Think ink: Airbus revolutionises how an airline’s livery is applied to jetliners

9 September 2014 Feature story

However, the difficulties may become a thing of the past thanks to a new method currently being developed by Airbus – which employs direct inkjet printing to deliver a broad range of production and operational improvements. 

The method was developed by engineers from Airbus’ A320 Family paint shop in Hamburg, Germany, and is able to reproduce any livery design – be it a photographic motif, modern art or other complex patterns – faster and more efficiently than traditional painting processes, and with finer detail as well. 

The direct printer functions much like a traditional...

News in brief

Airbus’ newest customer support centre begins operations in Malaysia

10 July 2014

Airbus Customer Services’ Malaysian-based subsidiary – Airbus Customer Services Sbn Bnd – has commenced operations, providing support to customers in close proximity to this fast-growing South East Asia region. Co-located with Sepang Aircraft Engineering near Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the new Malaysian center will offer services that cover the complete range of Airbus’ modern, efficient jetliner product line – with a focus on the A380 and A350 XWB.



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