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Kiitos! Airbus says thank you to Finnair

The delivery of MSN0018 on 7 October made Finnair the A350 XWB’s first European operator.

7 October 2015 Headline news

There was a crackle of excitement in the air as Finnair took delivery of its first A350-900 in Toulouse today. Working closely with Airbus, the Nordic carrier had been preparing the handover for ten years. “Today heralds an exciting chapter in our history,” CEO Pekka Vauramo said. “The A350 XWB is the future of flying. This is the moment we have been waiting for.”

The airline became the first to commit to the type in 2007 with an order for 19 A350 900s. The delivery makes it the A350 XWB’s third operator. “Ties between our two companies are becoming even stronger,” commented Fabrice...

Airbus launches new Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900

Enables Singapore Airlines to resume non-stop flights to the US

13 October 2015 Press Release

Airbus launches new Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has selected Airbus’ newly launched Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900 for non-stop flights to the US. Under an amendment to the carrier’s existing order for 63 A350-900s, seven of the aircraft will now be delivered with an Ultra-Long Range capability for flights of up to 19 hours. In addition, the carrier has placed an additional order for four A350-900s, taking its total firm orders for the A350 XWB Family to 67.

Optimised for non-stop flights to the US, the aircraft, designated A350-900ULR...

Finnair becomes first European A350 XWB operator

Offering a new generation flying experience for passengers

7 October 2015 Press Release

Finnair has taken delivery in Toulouse of the first of 19 A350 XWBs on order, thus becoming the first European operator and the third worldwide of the all-new airliner. The aircraft is configured in a premium three-class layout, with 297 seats, comprising 46 Business Class, 43 Economy Comfort and 208 Economy.

Finnair will commence commercial services with the A350 XWB later this week, with a European tour starting at Amsterdam and Oslo on October 9th. Furthermore, on the 21st of November 2015, non-stop long-haul A350 XWB flights will start from Helsinki

Air China takes delivery of its 50th A330

Flag carrier becomes China’s first to operate the longer range 242 tonnes version

30 September 2015 Press Release

China’s flag carrier Air China has taken delivery of its 50th A330 in Toulouse, France. The aircraft, an A330-300 is the first 242 tonnes maximum take-off-weight (MTOW) version to be operated by a Chinese airline. The increased MTOW allows airlines to operate longer range at improved operating costs.

Displaying a special livery to celebrate...

Airbus BizLab global network expands with accelerator in Hamburg

Network announces second call for start-up projects to support

28 September 2015 Press Release

Airbus has inaugurated a second BizLab aerospace business accelerator as part of its strategy to establish a global network. Alexander Katzung, Innovation manager Airbus Corporate Innovation, will lead the accelerator in Hamburg. In parallel Airbus has opened a second round of applications for start-ups seeking support. Applicants can apply from September 28th to October 28th by registering on


Airbus starts assembly of the first A350-1000

Fuselage assembly begins in Hamburg and Saint-Nazaire

25 September 2015 Press Release

Less than one year after delivering the first A350 XWB (-900), the first A350-1000 is taking shape with the assembly start of the first fuselage major components at Airbus plants in Hamburg and Saint-Nazaire.

The forward fuselage section has been delivered by Premium Aerotec to Airbus in Hamburg where it will be equipped before being flown to Saint-Nazaire on board the Beluga. The nose fuselage section has been delivered by Stelia Aerospace to Airbus in Saint-Nazaire for assembly and equipping. The forward and nose fuselage sections will then be joined together in Saint-Nazaire to form the...

Featured story

Services by Airbus: going for growth

8 September 2015 Feature story

A new business unit called “Services by Airbus” has been launched within Airbus’ Customer Services operation, bringing a more integrated approach for worldwide operators and reinforcing the company’s service offering that keeps its market-leading jetliners competitive on every level.

“Our customers want to maintain, upgrade and operate their fleets, as well as train their crews to the highest standards with minimal disruption,” explained Laurent Martinez, leader of the business unit.  “Our integrated services offer can make a real difference. For them the cost of operating is just as...

News in brief

Airbus “hits the switch” for reduced energy use in the workplace

12 October 2015

As energy efficiency plays a crucial role in a more competitive and sustainable business, Airbus is now pushing for even greater improvements across the company. 

A particular emphasis has been placed on the four Airbus home countries: France, Germany, Spain and the UK – each of which is transitioning to a low-carbon grid, deploying renewables and new technologies. Airbus also is working to harmonise processes across the Airbus Group parent company with its fellow divisions, Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence and Space. 

Since 2006, Airbus has successfully reduced the...




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