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A major milestone for “multi-tasking:” A350-1000 final assembly begins on time while production ramps up for the A350-900

It’s “full speed ahead” for Airbus’ A350 XWB with final assembly start-up for the new-generation jetliner family’s longest-fuselage member, the A350-1000 – which was kicked off this week, as per planning, in parallel with the baseline A350-900 version’s continued production ramp-up to meet market de...

10 February 2016 Headline news

It’s “full speed ahead” for Airbus’ A350 XWB with final assembly start-up for the new-generation jetliner family’s longest-fuselage member, the A350-1000 – which was kicked off this week, as per planning, in parallel with the baseline A350-900 version’s continued production ramp-up to meet market demand. 

The no. 1 A350-1000 is one of three test aircraft that will be utilised for this model’s certification process, with the maiden flight scheduled before the end of the year. 

To facilitate the concurrent A350-900 and A350-1000 production, Airbus has introduced three new “stations”...

Airbus starts A350-1000 final assembly

Largest member of A350 XWB Family becomes reality

10 February 2016 Press Release

Airbus has started final assembly of the first A350-1000 on schedule at the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. This A350-1000, one of three flight test aircraft to be built, will take to the skies for its maiden flight before the end of 2016. A350-1000 deliveries will start in mid-2017.

To ensure the smooth integration of the A350-1000 into the FAL while A350-900 production is ramping-up, Airbus has added three additional final assembly stations. For maximum flexibility, all stations in the A350 XWB FAL can be used for both models.

Currently in “Station 50” for fuselage...

A321neo takes to the sky for the first time_

Largest of Airbus’ best-selling single aisle with new engine option starts flight tests

9 February 2016 Press Release

The first A321neo equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines completed its maiden flight on February 9th from Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft, registration D-AVXB, was flown by Experimental Test Pilots Martin Scheuermann and Bernardo Saez Benito Hernandez. Accompanying them in the cockpit was Test-Flight Engineer Gérard Leskerpit and monitoring the flight’s progress were Flight-Test Engineers Sandra Bour Schaeffer and Emiliano Requena Esteban.

The flight lasted five hours and 29 minutes during which tests were performed on the engine speed variation (low/high), systems behaviour and to...

Airbus commends global agreement on CO2 Standard

Major achievement to reduce CO2 emissions from civil aircraft

9 February 2016 Press Release

Airbus welcomes the CO2 emissions standard for commercial airplanes proposed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) on the 8th February 2016 in Montreal, Canada. The agreement on the ICAO “ CO2 Standard” is the result of work by a task force of experts from governments and observers and will be endorsed by the ICAO Council later this year.

The aim of this certification standard is to reduce CO2 emissions from aviation by encouraging the integration of fuel efficient technologies...

Singapore Airlines’ first A350 XWB takes to the sky

The first A350-900 for Singapore Airlines yesterday completed its maiden flight over the skies of South West France. The aircraft, featuring the airline’s iconic livery, will now enter the final phase of production, including further ground checks and test flights, before being prepared for delivery...

3 February 2016 Press Release

The first A350-900 for Singapore Airlines yesterday completed its maiden flight over the skies of South West France. The aircraft, featuring the airline’s iconic livery, will now enter the final phase of production, including further ground checks and test flights, before being prepared for delivery in the coming weeks.

The all-new A350 XWB will form the backbone of Singapore Airlines’ future mid-size widebody fleet. Altogether the airline has ordered 67 A350-900s which will be operated on long range flights, as well as on selected regional services. Seven of the aircraft will be delivered...

Comlux orders three Airbus ACJ320neo aircraft

Becomes largest customer for new corporate jet family

1 February 2016 Press Release

Comlux The Aviation Group has announced a firm order for three Airbus ACJ320neo aircraft, becoming the largest customer for Airbus’ new corporate jet family. The order also consolidates Comlux’s leadership in Airbus corporate jet deals, with more to its credit than any other client.

Deliveries of the aircraft begin at the end of 2018. Comlux has chosen CFM International LEAP-1A engines to power the aircraft. Cabin outfitting will be by Comlux America, in Indianapolis, the first independent authorised Airbus corporate jet service...

Featured story

Airbus innovation effectively streamlines the repair process for fibre optic cables

2 February 2016 Feature story

A transnational, transfunctional Airbus team has been honoured for developing a highly-efficient new method to repair fibre optic cables, which are used extensively across the company’s product line of modern commercial jetliners. 

Lighter than traditional metallic wiring and offering much higher bandwidths, fibre optic cables are applied throughout an aircraft – integrated in taxi aid cameras, head-up displays, in-flight entertainment, cockpit systems and other key components. However, if non-conformities were discovered in a cable during its installation, making the necessary repairs...

News in brief

Turkish Airlines’ 300th aircraft is an Airbus A330-300

4 February 2016

The fleet of Turkish Airlines reached the 300th aircraft milestone with an A330-300, handed over during a ceremony today in Istanbul. To be deployed on medium- and long-haul routes in developing the airline’s growth strategy, this aircraft is fitted with “made in Turkey” galleys and economy-class seats. 

Turkish Airlines is a long-time operator for Airbus jetliners, starting in 1984 with the A310. Today, it operates some 160 Airbus-built aircraft, including more than 50 from the A330 Family.

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