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Sound business thinking guides Airbus’ environmental philosophy

Airbus has established its reputation as an aerospace industry leader for environmental responsibility, a commitment that – first and foremost – benefits Airbus’ bottom line, while also supporting a cleaner planet.

5 June 2014 Headline news

“Everything we do at Airbus starts from a business perspective and that is as true of our environmental work as anything else,” said Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Fabrice Brégier. “Our new environmental policy isn’t inspired by green ideals nor is it a simple public relations exercise. It is a fundamental part of being a leading aircraft manufacturer.”

The philosophy is reflected across the company’s global operations, and has resulted in new technologies, industrial processes and initiatives with both commercial and environmental benefits.  

Primary examples of this...

Airbus hosts the third edition of “Carnet de Vol Alternance”

Job dating days for some 350 Airbus apprentices

23 June 2014 Press Release

On Tuesday June 24 in Toulouse and on Thursday June 26 in Saint Nazaire, Airbus will welcome the third edition of “Carnet de Vol Alternance”, an initiative that aims to match Airbus apprentices with jobs in aviation on completion of their apprentiship.

The job matching days make it possible for some 350 Airbus apprentices to meet nearly 70 companies in aeronautics in a 15-minute interview. Companies include Airbus subcontractors, suppliers and industrial partners to meet and exchange with these apprentices. This year, for the first time, temporary employment agencies, APEC (Managerial Staff...

A350 XWB test fleet now complete: ‘MSN005’ – the fifth and final flight-test aircraft takes to the skies

With the first flight today of A350 MSN005, the five-strong development fleet is now complete. Being the second passenger cabin-equipped A350 and tasked with route proving and ETOPS validation, MSN005 embodies the operationally defin...

20 June 2014 Press Release

With the first flight today of A350 MSN005, the five-strong development fleet is now complete. Being the second passenger cabin-equipped A350 and tasked with route proving and ETOPS validation, MSN005 embodies the operationally definitive configuration for Type Certification duties. This milestone means that the A350 XWB development programme is at full speed and on track for certification in the third quarter of this year, to be followed thereafter by delivery of the first customer aircraft to Qatar Airways in the fourth...

Airbus and the CESI training organisation sign a partnership agreement.

Airbus, the leading aircraft manufacturer worldwide, and CESI, the training and higher education group, have reached a partnership agreement in the areas of training that is designed to develop and strengthen their relations.

This collaboration is organised along the

19 June 2014 Press Release

Airbus, the leading aircraft manufacturer worldwide, and CESI, the training and higher education group, have reached a partnership agreement in the areas of training that is designed to develop and strengthen their relations.

This collaboration is organised along the following lines:

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A350 XWB completes hot weather testing in Al Ain

Focussing on engines and systems performance in hot weather conditions

18 June 2014 Press Release

Airbus’ A350 XWB flight test aircraft (MSN3) has completed hot weather testing in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The objective of the tests is to check the behaviour of the engines and aircraft systems at temperatures reaching above 40°C.

The aircraft performed several tests in flight as well as on the ground, including heat soak tests. These involve the airplane being left on the ground and in the sun for several hours and checks later performed on various cooling systems.

The A350 XWB is getting closer to certification in Q3 2014. To date it has performed more than 2,000 flight test hours...

Airbus launches the fourth edition of its Fly Your Ideas challenge

Exploring new concepts and solutions of future aviation through co-innovation

17 June 2014 Press Release

Airbus is challenging the next generation of students to stretch their imagination and to re-invent the norms associated with air travel today by launching the fourth edition of its Fly Your Ideas Challenge.

Fly Your Ideas is a biennial, global competition granted UNESCO patronage in 2012. The challenge offers students a unique opportunity to put their classroom learning and research to the test, by working with a team of aviation professionals on real-world challenges, going beyond the aircraft itself. It offers students a chance to apply their creativity in an exceptional learning...

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A partnership for smarter aviation: Europe’s SESAR Joint Undertaking extended

20 June 2014 Feature story

The Council of Ministers of the European Union has extended the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking to 2024 – with the objective of fostering research and innovation for the region’s air traffic management (ATM) system.

Established in 2007, the SESAR Joint Undertaking is a public-private partnership which manages the development of the SESAR research and innovation project.

SESAR 2020 – this initiative’s next phase – will continue the results already developed during the SESAR programme, which commenced in 2008 and runs through 2016.  SESAR...

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One year since first flight: a successful anniversary for the A350 XWB

14 June 2014

With its historic takeoff from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport on June 14, 2013, the A350 XWB opened a new era in commercial aviation.  One year later, Airbus’ four development A350 XWBs have logged nearly 2,000 hours aloft, placing the jetliner programme well on track for certification – and service entry – before year-end.  The flight test pace has reached the highest flying rate ever achieved by Airbus – with each of the four aircraft accumulating an average of 80 flight hours per month.  A fifth A350 XWB currently is being readied for flight. <link...

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