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A350 XWB customers’ dream cabins

The A350 XWB cabin was revealed to excited customers and the media in Hamburg, Germany on 7 April. But as photographers, journalists and film crews admired the cabin installed on flight test aircraft MSN002, other visitors attended the inauguration of Airbus’ A350 XWB Customer Definition Centre (CDC...

7 April 2014 Headline news

The CDC is a unique showroom, located in close proximity to cabin engineering and A350 XWB production activities in Hamburg. The impressive building previously housed Transall aircraft assembly, and it retains the atmosphere of an industrial loft. “It is a highly attractive one-stop shop, designed specifically to support A350 XWB customisation,” says Jörg Schuler, head of centre of competence, Cabin and Cargo. The CDC combines lessons learned from previous programmes and showcases the variety of cabin products offered.

The CDC has 5,000 square metres of presentation and lounge areas spread...

AirAsia to implement Airbus Managed Inventory service

• Automatically replenishing inventory levels at AirAsia facilities

• Guaranteeing parts availability and decreasing inventory stock levels

15 April 2014 Press Release

AirAsia has signed an agreement to implement the Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) service for its A320 and A330 fleets at bases in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. The AMI service, which underlines Airbus’ strategy in offering customized services based on latest industry standards, ensures the automatic and continuous replenishment of high-usage and non-repairable parts at the customer’s facilities.

Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin, Group Head of Engineering of AirAsia says: “AirAsia is confident that the Airbus Managed Inventory service will support AirAsia and our associated compa

Airbus launches new version of ACJ319 corporate jet

Brings big-cabin comfort to broader market

14 April 2014 Press Release

Airbus has launched a new version of its popular corporate jet, the ACJ319, offering customers simplicity, speed and savings in the cabin. Called ACJ319 Elegance, the new version complements today’s fully customisable version.

“Airbus corporate jets have always been great at enabling customers to take their lifestyles into the air, because they have the widest and tallest cabins of any business jet”, points out Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “Our new ACJ319 Elegance makes it even easier and quicker for customers to realise the cabin of their dreams, by choosing from a...

China’s Tibet Airlines takes delivery of its first A319 with Sharklets

Wing-tip devices further enhance the A319’s superior high altitude performance

11 April 2014 Press Release

Lhasa based Tibet Airlines from the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China has taken delivery of its first A319 with Sharklets. The aircraft which was handed over at the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre (ATDC) joins Tibet Airlines’ existing fleet of eight existing A319s. The aircraft is the 165th assembled at Airbus’Tianjin Final Assembly Line (FALC).

The aircraft is powered by CFM56-5B engines and features a comfortable two class cabin, seating 128 passengers with eight in business class and 120 in economy.

Tibet Airlines’ base is Gongga Airport, Lhasa, is one of the world’s highest...

China’s Qingdao Airlines takes delivery of its first A320

Start-up airline chooses Airbus to launch operations

10 April 2014 Press Release

Qingdao Airlines, a Chinese start-up airline, has taken delivery of the company’s first ever aircraft, an Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklets, on lease from Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC). The airline will become a new operator of the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft and make its first commercial flight from its home base of Qingdao in Eastern China to Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province in Southwestern China, later in April.

The A320, powered by CFM56 engines, features a comfort two-class cabin with eight business and 144 economy class...

A350 XWB makes first touchdown in UK

Next generation Airbus flown in by British test pilot Frank Chapman

10 April 2014 Press Release

The new Airbus A350 XWB has made its first ever landing on British soil, visiting Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire as part of routine certification tests.

The aircraft, MSN3, was flown by London-born experimental test pilot, Frank Chapman, and is one of the four A350 test aircraft currently flying and undergoing rigorous testing in preparation for the A350’s certification and entry into service later this year. In total the A350 XWB flight test campaign will accumulate around 2,500 flight hours with the fleet of five aircraft.

Captain Chapman said: “The A350 XWB has significant UK input,...

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Flight test A350 XWB opens its doors

7 April 2014 Feature story

Since its maiden flight on 26 February 2014, the aircraft has completed 76 flight hours over a total of 12 flights. It is the first of two aircraft in the A350 XWB’s development fleet to be fitted with a cabin – which is equipped with a medium flight test installation to be used for testing all cabin-related systems. 

Intensive cabin flight and ground tests already have been performed on the aircraft since its arrival in Hamburg during mid-March. MSN002 also will be used for a partial evacuation test on the ground, as well as hot and cold cabin evaluations.

MSN002 will be the first...

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Concorde MSN1 arrives at its new home

14 March 2014

One of the first Concorde jetliners built at Toulouse, France has made its final “voyage” with the aircraft’s ground transfer to the Airbus-supported Aeroscopia museum site at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.  Designated MSN1, this Concorde made its last flight in April 1985, returning to Toulouse after a career that included a full range of test and development activity.  The Aeroscopia museum where Concorde MSN1 will be permanently displayed has received funding from Airbus, and its collection also will include one of the initial A300s – the cornerstone widebody jetliner in Airbus’...

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