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A350 XWB customers’ dream cabins

The A350 XWB cabin was revealed to excited customers and the media in Hamburg, Germany on 7 April. But as photographers, journalists and film crews admired the cabin installed on flight test aircraft MSN002, other visitors attended the inauguration of Airbus’ A350 XWB Customer Definition Centre (CDC...

7 April 2014 Headline news

The CDC is a unique showroom, located in close proximity to cabin engineering and A350 XWB production activities in Hamburg. The impressive building previously housed Transall aircraft assembly, and it retains the atmosphere of an industrial loft. “It is a highly attractive one-stop shop, designed specifically to support A350 XWB customisation,” says Jörg Schuler, head of centre of competence, Cabin and Cargo. The CDC combines lessons learned from previous programmes and showcases the variety of cabin products offered.

The CDC has 5,000 square metres of presentation and lounge areas spread...

China’s Qingdao Airlines takes delivery of its first A320

Start-up airline chooses Airbus to launch operations

10 April 2014 Press Release

Qingdao Airlines, a Chinese start-up airline, has taken delivery of the company’s first ever aircraft, an Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklets, on lease from Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC). The airline will become a new operator of the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft and make its first commercial flight from its home base of Qingdao in Eastern China to Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province in Southwestern China, later in April.

The A320, powered by CFM56 engines, features a comfort two-class cabin with eight business and 144 economy class...

A350 XWB makes first touchdown in UK

Next generation Airbus flown in by British test pilot Frank Chapman

10 April 2014 Press Release

The new Airbus A350 XWB has made its first ever landing on British soil, visiting Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire as part of routine certification tests.

The aircraft, MSN3, was flown by London-born experimental test pilot, Frank Chapman, and is one of the four A350 test aircraft currently flying and undergoing rigorous testing in preparation for the A350’s certification and entry into service later this year. In total the A350 XWB flight test campaign will accumulate around 2,500 flight hours with the fleet of five aircraft.

Captain Chapman said: “The A350 XWB has significant UK input,...

Airbus’ US A320 Final Assembly Line takes shape

Snapshot one year after ground-breaking in Mobile, Alabama

10 April 2014 Press Release

One year after the ground breaking ceremony for Airbus’ first A320 Family assembly facility to be built in the U.S., the Mobile Assembly Line is making good progress. The main buildings are taking shape and the first employees have started their on-the-job training at Airbus Hamburg in Germany.

The steelwork on the main building, the Final Assembly Line hangar where the A320 Family aircraft will be assembled, started in April 2013 and is nearing completion. In addition, the powerhouse, which will provide utilities such as electricity, hot and chilled water is also nearing completion. The...

Airbus recognises cabin BFE suppliers’ customer support

Recognising suppliers for best in-service performance

8 April 2014 Press Release

Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014, Hamburg – At the 2014 Airbus Cabin Supplier Support Rating awards, Airbus recognised the cabin Buyer-Furnished-Equipment (BFE) suppliers who achieved outstanding levels of customer satisfaction throughout 2013. The suppliers were identified through the Airbus process which captured in-service feedback from over 111 Airbus Customers representing 73 percent of the operators worldwide, operating over 90 percent of the Airbus fleet and covering all aircraft families. Sixty-eight suppliers were measured during 2013.

The awards, present

Airbus expands the A350 XWB’s Catalogue offering for Economy with Recaro CL3710 seat

• Offering even more interior choices for A350 XWB operators

• Recaro introduces new seat model into the A350 XWB’s Catalogue

• Sogerma enriches the A350 XWB’s Premium Economy Seating offer

 

8 April 2014 Press Release

Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014, Hamburg – Airbus has further enriched its Economy and Premium Economy Seating offering in the A350 XWB Catalogue*, working in partnership with the manufacturers Recaro and Sogerma. These latest additions now mean even more choice for future operators of the all-new A350 XWB family of airliners.

Recaro Aircraft Seating will introduce its new generation, modular seat model, the CL3710, in the A350 XWB Catalogue. The CL3710 combines maximum living space and comfort with an exceptionally light weight.

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Flight test A350 XWB opens its doors

7 April 2014 Feature story

Since its maiden flight on 26 February 2014, the aircraft has completed 76 flight hours over a total of 12 flights. It is the first of two aircraft in the A350 XWB’s development fleet to be fitted with a cabin – which is equipped with a medium flight test installation to be used for testing all cabin-related systems. 

Intensive cabin flight and ground tests already have been performed on the aircraft since its arrival in Hamburg during mid-March. MSN002 also will be used for a partial evacuation test on the ground, as well as hot and cold cabin evaluations.

MSN002 will be the first...

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Concorde MSN1 arrives at its new home

14 March 2014

One of the first Concorde jetliners built at Toulouse, France has made its final “voyage” with the aircraft’s ground transfer to the Airbus-supported Aeroscopia museum site at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.  Designated MSN1, this Concorde made its last flight in April 1985, returning to Toulouse after a career that included a full range of test and development activity.  The Aeroscopia museum where Concorde MSN1 will be permanently displayed has received funding from Airbus, and its collection also will include one of the initial A300s – the cornerstone widebody jetliner in Airbus’...

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