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The first A320neo Family jetliner is readying for the company’s flight-test programme

The highly-efficient NEO (new engine option) single-aisle jetliner project is another step closer to taking flight with today’s rollout of the initial A320neo – a key milestone as Airbus continues on-schedule for the aircraft’s maiden flight.

1 July 2014 Headline news

Prominently featuring the NEO branding on its livery, this aircraft – designated MSN6101 in the company’s numbering system – is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines and is the first in Airbus’ A320neo Family developmental fleet. It is equipped with extensive flight test instrumentation for handling qualities, performance and engine tests, along with the high-altitude, and hot- and cold-weather campaigns.

In total, Airbus’ NEO flight-test fleet will comprise eight aircraft. This includes two A320neos, one A319neo and one A321neo for each of the new engine choices: Pratt &...

Airbus’ first A320neo reaches completion

Gearing up to first flight in September 2014

1 July 2014 Press Release

The assembly of Airbus’ first A320neo has been completed following painting of the aircraft and the mounting of Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines. MSN6101, which will be the first A320neo to fly, will soon start its ground tests to prepare for first flight.

The flight test campaign for the A320neo will kick-off in September 2014, paving the way for Entry Into Service in Q4 2015.

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Airbus’ leading wide-body aircraft Family on show at Farnborough

The A350 XWB takes centre stage with UK airshow debut

1 July 2014 Press Release

The newest member of the Airbus commercial aircraft family will be making its first airshow appearance at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow taking place between 14-20th July. 

The A350 XWB will take part in the flying and static display for the first part of the week while the A380 will be on display throughout the week.

The Airbus wide-body family is the world’s most modern and versatile range. Airbus is the only manufacturer covering all market segments from 100 to 500 passengers and over. The aircraft deliver unmatch

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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Airbus offers added seating capacity for the A320 Family while retaining modern comfort standards

3 July 2014 Feature story

In offering even more efficiency for airline operators, Airbus is increasing seating capacity for A320neo (new engine option) and A320ceo (current engine option) jetliners to 189 seats, while also adding 20 more seats for A321neo aircraft to accommodate 240 passengers in an efficient high-density, all-economy layout.

“We are supporting the higher seat count with intelligent means to give living space to passengers,” said Klaus Roewe, Airbus’ Senior Vice President - A320neo Programme. “These new A320 Family configurations do not compromise on comfort, as they retain the Airbus standard of...

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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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