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Now 20 years “young,” Airbus’ Beluga airlifters show no signs of slowing down

Twenty years to the day since its maiden flight, the Beluga cargo aircraft continues to play an invaluable role in keeping the Airbus’ production and assembly network working at full output.  As the company ramps up production to meet a record order backlog, the Beluga’s airlifter fleet’s impor...

15 September 2014 Headline news

Twenty years to the day since its maiden flight, the Beluga cargo aircraft continues to play an invaluable role in keeping the Airbus’ production and assembly network working at full output.  As the company ramps up production to meet a record order backlog, the Beluga’s airlifter fleet’s importance – as well as its overall pace of operations – will grow accordingly.

Officially designated as the A300-600ST Super Transporter, the Beluga is a modified version of Airbus’ A300-600 passenger airliner, purpose-made to ferry crucial aircraft components among its network of European production...

Qatar Airways flies into a new era of travel with delivery of its first A380

World’s flagship aircraft takes Gulf airline to new heights with innovative solutions and bespoke design

17 September 2014 Press Release

At a ceremony in Hamburg hosted by Airbus, Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines welcomed a new star to its fleet – the A380. In the presence of His Excellency  Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, the airline took delivery of the first of its 10 Airbus A380 aircraft on order.

The delivery marks the beginning of a new chapter for Qatar Airways, as it pushes boundaries and expands its operations. The A380, with its unique combination of increased capacity, long-haul range and unbeatable fuel efficiency,...

Airbus launches new pivoting overhead carry-on stowage bins for A320 Family with order from Delta Air Lines

A320 Family non-stop cabin innovation: offering passengers the greatest overhead stowage volume per passenger of any single-aisle airliner

16 September 2014 Press Release

Airline Passenger Experience APEX Expo 2014, Anaheim USA – Airbus will introduce its new pivoting overhead stowage option for the A320 Family aircraft beginning in Q1 2016 with the delivery of the first of 45 brand new A321 aircraft for Delta Air Lines. In 2013, Delta placed an order for 30 new A321s and added a further 15 in 2014.

The new pivoting bins from Airbus, which are also available for retrofit, take full advantage of the A320’s wide fuselage cross section to offer the most overhead stowage volume of any single-aisle airliner per passenger. Aesthetically, they embody a modern curved...

Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace launch “Space-Flex v2” cabin option

• Providing A320 Family operators with increased galley capacity while offering up to six extra seats for higher-density seating;

• Offers a lavatory for “Persons with Reduced Mobility” (PRM) capability.

16 September 2014 Press Release

Airline Passenger Experience APEX Expo 2014, Anaheim, U.S.A. - Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace will develop a second option of the integrated “Space-Flex” PRM (Persons with Reduced Mobility) lavatory and galley module. Called “Space-Flex v2”, this latest example of continuous innovation on the A320 Family offers a larger galley area while maintaining the original Space-Flex’s benefit of facilitating up to six extra passenger seats. Its entry-into-service is planned for the first half of 2016.

Space-Flex v2 builds on the in-service experience from Airbus’ Space-Flex ‘v1’ as well as market...

Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Mike Turner, Airbus and the National Composite Center host procurement conference to bolster Ohio’s aerospace iIndustry

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, David Williams, Vice President of Procurement for Airbus Americas, and the National Composite Center (NCC) today co-hosted a procurement conference for Ohio business representatives and state officials to promote and facilitate increased business...

15 September 2014 Press Release

The conference gave approximately 135 Ohio business representatives from 90 companies an opportunity to learn about contracting with Airbus and connect with Airbus and Airbus Tier-1 supplier representatives from companies such as GE, Parker Aerospace, RTI and United Technologies Aerospace Systems in one-on-one meetings. The event was held at the NCC in Kettering, Ohio. The National Composites Center is a proud partner of Airbus in their combined mission to further expand the use of made-in-America supply chains in the aerospace industry.  

Senator Brown said, “This procurement...

Beluga celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first flight

Flight hours per aircraft have since doubled and will do so again by 2017

12 September 2014 Press Release

With its maiden flight on September 13, 1994, the popular Beluga cargo aircraft, affectionately named after the white whale because of its remarkable shape, is celebrating this week twenty years of transporting Airbus component parts between Airbus’ European manufacturing sites.

Since 1995, the fleet of five Beluga aircraft replaced the ageing Super Guppy transporters in order to supply the Airbus final assembly lines in Toulouse and Hamburg. Today, more than sixty flights are performed each week between eleven sites, carrying crucial parts for all of the Airbus programmes, including the...

Featured story

Think ink: Airbus revolutionises how an airline’s livery is applied to jetliners

9 September 2014 Feature story

However, the difficulties may become a thing of the past thanks to a new method currently being developed by Airbus – which employs direct inkjet printing to deliver a broad range of production and operational improvements. 

The method was developed by engineers from Airbus’ A320 Family paint shop in Hamburg, Germany, and is able to reproduce any livery design – be it a photographic motif, modern art or other complex patterns – faster and more efficiently than traditional painting processes, and with finer detail as well. 

The direct printer functions much like a traditional...

News in brief

Airbus’ newest customer support centre begins operations in Malaysia

10 July 2014

Airbus Customer Services’ Malaysian-based subsidiary – Airbus Customer Services Sbn Bnd – has commenced operations, providing support to customers in close proximity to this fast-growing South East Asia region. Co-located with Sepang Aircraft Engineering near Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the new Malaysian center will offer services that cover the complete range of Airbus’ modern, efficient jetliner product line – with a focus on the A380 and A350 XWB.

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