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A leader today and tomorrow: Increased takeoff weight version positions the A330 Family for continued success

A new evolution in Airbus’ market-leading widebody product line is now taking shape as the company’s A330-300 offering the increased 242 tonne maximum takeoff weight capability has entered final assembly in Toulouse, France. 

This marks a key milestone for the A330 programme, with Airbus apply...

7 November 2014 Headline news

A new evolution in Airbus’ market-leading widebody product line is now taking shape as the company’s A330-300 offering the increased 242 tonne maximum takeoff weight capability has entered final assembly in Toulouse, France. 

This marks a key milestone for the A330 programme, with Airbus applying its philosophy for incremental innovation to further increase the cost-effectiveness and versatility with this popular twin-engine widebody aircraft product line.

Airbus is utilising a “two-way” approach to innovation in achieving the higher maximum takeoff weight of 242 tonnes for its...

Airbus and UNESCO partner on global student challenge Fly Your Ideas

Empowering a new generation of young innovators

20 November 2014 Press Release

Leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) have signed a formal partnership supporting Airbus’ global student challenge, Fly Your Ideas.

This new agreement is another milestone in the partnership between Airbus & UNESCO, following the granting of patronage to the biennial student challenge in 2012. The partnership aims at further inspiring a new generation of engineers and innovators, while harvesting relationships between universities and industries through Fly Your Ideas. The agreement builds on the...

Airbus announces distinguished evaluation Jury for the 2nd GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

Leading Aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, announces the members of the prestigious evaluation committee who will assess presentations from the three finalists of the 2014 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award taking place on 3rd December at the <lin...

20 November 2014 Press Release

Leading Aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, announces the members of the prestigious evaluation committee who will assess presentations from the three finalists of the 2014 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award taking place on 3rd December at the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) in Dubai. The three 2014 finalists are from Australia and USA and were selected from over 20 candidates from 12 countries.

Led by Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering, this international jury will be...

Airbus to expand oversize air transport capability

Launches development of new Beluga oversize transport aircraft

17 November 2014 Press Release

To industrially accompany the A350 XWB ramp-up and other aircraft production rate increases, Airbus took the decision to launch the development and production of five new Belugas.

The new Beluga will be based on the A330 with a large re-use of existing components and equipment. The distinctive looking lowered cockpit, the cargo bay structure and the rear-end and tail will be amongst the items which will be newly developed. 

The first of the five new Belugas will enter in service in mid-2019. The existing Beluga fleet will operate in parallel, and will be progressively retired through...

The A350 XWB embarks on demonstration tour of Asia

MSN5 takes off to South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia

17 November 2014 Press Release

The world’s newest airliner, the Airbus A350-900, just took off from Toulouse for its very first demo tour taking it on an 11-day trip around Asia. 

This Asian Demo Tour follows the completion of the A350-900 flight test campaign which recently led to the EASA and FAA type certification. After visiting Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia earlier this year during the route proving certification exercise, the A350-900 will now visit more airports and customers in Asia Pacific to demonstrate the aircraft’s superior credentials. The region is one of the faste

Latin American and Caribbean airlines will need 2,300 aircraft by 2033

Intra-regional traffic to be Latin America’s greatest potential

14 November 2014 Press Release

According to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast (GMF), Latin American and Caribbean airlines will require 2,294 new passenger and freighter aircraft between 2014 and 2033, including 1,784 single-aisle, 481 twin-aisle and 29 very large aircraft (VLA) worth an estimated US$292 billion. Globally, by 2033 some 31,358 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at nearly US$4.6 trillion will be required to satisfy future robust market demand.

Latin America and the Caribbean has become one of the most urbanized regions in the world. The region’s GDP is currently growing at 3.9 percent per year,...

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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 research is giving deeper insights into complex biological systems, and imaging techniques are shedding light on the hidden secrets of nature. In order to step up its research in this field and foster exchange between various experts, Airbus has established a company-wide bionics network – which plans to...

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Time to “fly your ideas:” Airbus is accepting entries for the fourth edition of its student competition

12 November 2014

Students around the world are getting ready to “reach for the skies” with Airbus as the deadline for entering the company’s Fly Your Ideas 2015 contest approaches. Supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the biennial Fly Your Ideas competition challenges teams of 3-5 students to develop innovative concepts for aviation’s future. 

For Round 1, during which teams submit their ideas, Airbus will continue accepting registrations and project proposals by 1 December. At the end of three progressively challenging rounds, the winning team...

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