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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 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,...

Airbus A350-900 receives FAA Type Certification

Successfully achieves industry’s most rigorous aircraft test programme

13 November 2014 Press Release

The world’s latest generation commercial airliner, the A350-900, received Type Certification on the 12th November from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at FAA headquarters in Washington D.C. FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Peggy Gilligan and Airbus Group Inc. Chairman Allan McArtor were among the signing authorities at the official ceremony. The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Today’s milestone follows the A350-900 Type Certification awarded by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 30

Lion Group celebrates first deliveries of Airbus aircraft

Best-selling A320 joins the fleet of Batik Air

12 November 2014 Press Release

Indonesia’s Lion Group has celebrated the delivery of its first three Airbus aircraft at a special ceremony in Toulouse today. The event was attended by Rusdi Kirana, Chairman and Co-Founder of Lion Group and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.

The aircraft are the first from an order placed by Lion Group in March 2013 for 234 A320 Family aircraft, comprising 109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo. The initial batch of A320s are set to join the fleet of the Group’s full service subsidiary Batik Air, flying on domestic and regional services. The Bat

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Airbus-supported SESAR demonstration activities are guiding the way towards improved air traffic management

14 November 2014 Feature story

Ongoing demonstrations as part of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking – for which Airbus is playing a leading role – are providing tangible evidence of the benefits offered by its solutions to increase air traffic management (ATM) and overall aviation performance in Europe. 

This was the central conclusion from the Airbus-hosted SESAR demonstration activities workshop held 28-29 October in Toulouse, France – which brought together more than 50 SESAR participants to discuss the results achieved so far, as well as to reveal projected plans from a selection of...

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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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