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The Common Type Rating is approved for A350 XWB and A330 pilot training

Airlines and pilots will both benefit from the Common Type Rating pilot training on the A350 XWB and A330 jetliners, further extending Airbus’ concept of flight operational commonality between its fly-by-wire aircraft families.

The new regulatory approval means that pilots who are qualified and cur...

22 October 2014 Headline news

Airlines and pilots will both benefit from the Common Type Rating pilot training on the A350 XWB and A330 jetliners, further extending Airbus’ concept of flight operational commonality between its fly-by-wire aircraft families.

The new regulatory approval means that pilots who are qualified and current on the A330 can already commence their preparations to take the A350 XWB’s controls by undergoing “differences training” only.

Enabling a significant reduction of costs for airlines, the differences training does not necessitate the use of a ground-based full-flight-simulator, and allows a 65...

Airbus launches new VIP widebody cabin-concept

Introduces a new way to greater capacity, comfort and capability

20 October 2014 Press Release

Airbus has launched a new VIP cabin concept, initially for the A330-200, offering a faster and more affordable way to the greater capacity, capability and comfort of a widebody for both private and government customers. Called Summit, the concept features a VIP section at the front of the cabin, and airline-style seating at the rear.

“What most customers want in a widebody is the ability to carry more people and to fly them nonstop to the world, “ points out Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “The Airbus ACJ330 Summit delivers the greater capacity, comfort, and capability...

Airbus to adjust A330 production rate to nine a month

Transition towards A330neo

17 October 2014 Press Release

Airbus has decided to adjust the production rate for its A330 Family from the current rate 10 to 9 aircraft a month in Q4 2015 as it transitions towards the A330neo. 

Since 2013, Airbus has been building 10 A330 Family aircraft each month, the industry’s highest ever production rate for this aircraft size category, reflecting the strong success of Airbus’ market leading widebody family. 

“Our role as an aircraft manufacturer is to anticipate and adapt our output to ensure we continue to maintain a smooth production flow f

Qatar Airways’ first A350 XWB completes its maiden flight

First customer aircraft takes to the sky

16 October 2014 Press Release

The first customer A350-900 which will be delivered to Qatar Airways has successfully completed its maiden flight. The flight was the first time an A350 XWB configured for a customer has taken to the sky. Following the successful flight, Qatar’s A350 XWB will continue its production phase before delivery; this includes cabin completion as well as further ground and flight tests.

Qatar Airways will become the first operator of the A350 XWB when it takes delivery of its first aircraft later this year. The airline has 80 A350s on order, including 43 A350-900 and 37 of the larger A350-1000...

Airbus ACJ319 highlights trend to larger cabins at NBAA

Giving customers more comfort and space in the sky

16 October 2014 Press Release

All of the business jet variants launched in recent years feature larger cabins than their predecessors, highlighting the market’s wish for more cabin. Airbus will be highlighting its leadership of this trend by displaying an Airbus ACJ319, with the widest and tallest cabin of any business jet, at the NBAA show .

The Airbus ACJ319 on display is operated by Tyrolean Jet Services and is offered for VVIP charter. It features lounge areas at the front, a bedroom with ensuite bathroom and shower in the middle, and business-class seating in the rear, and

EASA certifies A350 XWB for up to 370 minute ETOPS

. First new airliner ever to be approved before EIS for “ETOPS Beyond 180 minutes”

. Includes an option for up to 370 minute maximum diversion time, for the most efficient, reliable and direct long-range routings of any two-engined aircraft.

15 October 2014 Press Release

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the new A350-900 airliner for ETOPS (Extended-range Twin engine aircraft Operations) ‘Beyond 180 minutes’ diversion time. This significant achievement marks the A350 XWB as being the first new aircraft type ever to receive such a level of ETOPS approval prior to entry into service (EIS). Moreover, this means that operators will benefit from the most efficient, reliable and direct long-range routings of any two-engined aircraft.

The FAA’s respective ETOPS certification of the A350 is expected soon.

The approval which includes...

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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 engines ascended from at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, kicking off this historic first mission with a five-member crew of Airbus flight test pilots and engineers.

Today’s planned flight of approximately two-and-a-half-hours – which is flying over Southern France before landing back in Toulouse –...

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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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