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Already “at home in the sky” – the A320neo continues Airbus’ single-aisle jetliner leadership

Maintaining its reputation for non-stop innovation, Airbus marked a new aviation milestone with today’s successful first flight of the A320neo (new engine option) jetliner – the latest evolution in the company’s highly efficient and popular single-aisle aircraft product line.

25 September 2014 Headline news

With the global aerospace industry focused on Toulouse, France, the initial NEO aircraft – powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM engine – took off at noon local time from Runway 32L at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, ascending through clear skies. 

The jetliner performed an approximately two-and-a-half-hour evaluation before landing back in Toulouse to the cheers and applause of the crowd gathered on-site, which included top executives from Airbus, its Airbus Group parent company and NEO programme partners. 

“The aircraft really feels like an A320, which is great news,”...

First A320neo successfully completes first flight

 

· Kicking off a 3,000 hour flight test programme

· Paving the way for entry into airline service in the 4th quarter of 2015

25 September 2014 Press Release

The first A320neo to fly has landed back at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at 02:22 pm local time after successfully completing its first flight which lasted around two and a half hours. The aircraft – carrying the registration F-WNEO – was flown by Airbus Experimental Test Pilots Philippe Pellerin and Etienne Miche de Malleray. Accompanying them in the cockpit was Test-Flight Engineer Jean-Paul Lambert. Monitoring the progress of the flight profile were the Flight-Test Engineers Manfred Birnfeld and Sandra Bour-Schaeffer. 

Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier said: “I congratulate...

First A320neo takes off for its first flight

The first A320neo to fly has lifted off at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at 12 noon local time. The aircraft is flown by Airbus Experimental Test Pilots Philippe Pellerin and Etienne Miche de Malleray. Accompanying them in the cockpit are Test-Flight Engineer Je...

25 September 2014 Press Release

The first A320neo to fly has lifted off at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at 12 noon local time. The aircraft is flown by Airbus Experimental Test Pilots Philippe Pellerin and Etienne Miche de Malleray. Accompanying them in the cockpit are Test-Flight Engineer Jean-Paul Lambert. Monitoring the progress of the flight profile are the Flight-Test Engineers Manfred Birnfeld and Sandra Bour-Schaeffer.

This aircraft, MSN6101 with registration F-WNEO, started assembly in March...

Emerging markets and Urbanisation driving air traffic growth

Over 31,000 new aircraft required in the next 20 years, worth US$4.6 trillion

24 September 2014 Press Release

It is one hundred years since the world’s first paying passenger took to the skies in 1914. Today 32 million flights carry three billion passengers and 50 million tonnes of freight a year. Globally the aviation sector’s economic impact is estimated at US$2.4 trillion annually. Today aviation is so integral to jobs, to commerce and to international trade that it has become a necessity. Flying has become so easily accessible that people chose to fly on demand.

In the next 20 years (2014-2033), according to Airbus’ Global Market Forecast, passenger traffic will grow annually at 4.7% driving a...

A320neo Family sets new standards with 20% reduced fuel burn

A result of Airbus’ latest cabin innovations reinforced by further engine enhancements

23 September 2014 Press Release

The A320neo Family is reaching new heights, with increased fuel burn savings per seat further improved to 20% across the entire family by 2020. The 20% fuel burn saving is achieved through Airbus’ latest cabin innovations reinforced by further engine efficiency improvements.

“The A320neo Family keeps getting better as we are continuously innovating both in cabin productivity and engine efficiency to stay ahead of the game,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating...

Airbus Americas seeking next group of Liaison Engineers for Mobile Assembly Line

• Liaison Systems Engineer-Powerplant & Mechanical

• Liaison Systems Engineer-Cabin Systems

• Liaison Engineer-Structure

22 September 2014 Press Release

Airbus is looking for its next group of Liaison Engineers for three areas of its assembly line in Mobile, Alabama. The three job openings posted today are for Liaison Systems Engineers-Powerplant & Mechanical, Liaison Systems Engineers-Cabin Systems and Liaison Engineers-Structure.  

Liaison Systems Engineers will be responsible for providing engineering support during final assembly and delivery of A320 Family aircraft produced in the Mobile Assembly Line.

Liaison Engineers provide critical, time sensitive engineering support to Airbus production and are accountable for all...

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A320neo: A “new” leader takes flight

25 September 2014 Feature story

Airbus’ highly efficient A320neo (new engine option) jetliner took to the skies for its maiden flight today from Toulouse, France – opening a new chapter for the company’s market-leading single-aisle product line.  

The A320neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM engines ascended from at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, kicking off this historic first mission with a five-member crew of Airbus flight test pilots and engineers.

Today’s planned flight of approximately two-and-a-half-hours – which is flying over Southern France before landing back in Toulouse –...

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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