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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...

Swiss International Air Lines orders up to 25 A320neo

Successful A320 operations expand with eco-efficient NEOs

17 September 2014 Press Release

Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has announced that SWISS, a member-airline of the Group, will expand its A320 fleet with a firm order for 15 A320neo aircraft, plus an additional ten of the type to be confirmed at a later stage. The fuel-efficient NEO-fleet will gradually renew and replace SWISS’ existing fleet of A320 Family aircraft.

“Our decision to go with the cleanest, the most reliable and the most efficient belongs to the image of Switzerland, thus the A320neo was a natural fit with our modernization strategy,” says Nico Buchholz, Executive Vice President Lufthansa Group Fleet...

Lufthansa Group orders 10 A320ceo aircraft for Eurowings

Eurowings to become new A320 operator

17 September 2014 Press Release

Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has approved the purchase of ten A320ceo aircraft for its subsidiary Eurowings. The new aircraft will become the backbone of the new low cost business model announced by the Lufthansa Group in July 2014, which foresees Eurowings operations on direct connections within Europe.

“By purchasing fuel-efficient A320 aircraft with the highest reliability standards, we offer our customers a comfortable, appealing and modern product in a highly competitive market environment,” said Nico Buchholz, Executive Vice President, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management. “These...

Qatar Airways flies into a new era of travel with delivery of its first A380

World’s flagship aircraft takes Gulf airline to new heights with innovative solutions and bespoke design

17 September 2014 Press Release

At a ceremony in Hamburg hosted by Airbus, Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines welcomed a new star to its fleet – the A380. In the presence of His Excellency  Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, the airline took delivery of the first of its 10 Airbus A380 aircraft on order.

The delivery marks the beginning of a new chapter for Qatar Airways, as it pushes boundaries and expands its operations. The A380, with its unique combination of increased capacity, long-haul range and unbeatable fuel efficiency,...

Airbus launches new pivoting overhead carry-on stowage bins for A320 Family with order from Delta Air Lines

A320 Family non-stop cabin innovation: offering passengers the greatest overhead stowage volume per passenger of any single-aisle airliner

16 September 2014 Press Release

Airline Passenger Experience APEX Expo 2014, Anaheim USA – Airbus will introduce its new pivoting overhead stowage option for the A320 Family aircraft beginning in Q1 2016 with the delivery of the first of 45 brand new A321 aircraft for Delta Air Lines. In 2013, Delta placed an order for 30 new A321s and added a further 15 in 2014.

The new pivoting bins from Airbus, which are also available for retrofit, take full advantage of the A320’s wide fuselage cross section to offer the most overhead stowage volume of any single-aisle airliner per passenger. Aesthetically, they embody a modern curved...

Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace launch “Space-Flex v2” cabin option

• Providing A320 Family operators with increased galley capacity while offering up to six extra seats for higher-density seating;

• Offers a lavatory for “Persons with Reduced Mobility” (PRM) capability.

16 September 2014 Press Release

Airline Passenger Experience APEX Expo 2014, Anaheim, U.S.A. - Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace will develop a second option of the integrated “Space-Flex” PRM (Persons with Reduced Mobility) lavatory and galley module. Called “Space-Flex v2”, this latest example of continuous innovation on the A320 Family offers a larger galley area while maintaining the original Space-Flex’s benefit of facilitating up to six extra passenger seats. Its entry-into-service is planned for the first half of 2016.

Space-Flex v2 builds on the in-service experience from Airbus’ Space-Flex ‘v1’ as well as market...

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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