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Airbus innovation at work: 25 years of aircraft family commonality

The commonality feature of Airbus’ fly-by-wire jetliner families is marking 25 years of operations, providing benefits that range from enhanced fleet deployment, improved efficiency and better scheduling for airlines to greater productivity, proficiency and job satisfaction for pilots. 

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20 September 2016 Headline news

The commonality feature of Airbus’ fly-by-wire jetliner families is marking 25 years of operations, providing benefits that range from enhanced fleet deployment, improved efficiency and better scheduling for airlines to greater productivity, proficiency and job satisfaction for pilots. 

Airbus’ A320 was the first fly-by-wire airliner to enter commercial service, providing a cornerstone in the company’s forward-looking approach that brought cockpits and flight controls into the modern era. The commonality results from Airbus’ continuous application of similarities in cockpit layout and...

First A330neo starts its final assembly in Toulouse

Newest member of the world’s most popular wide-body family takes shape

27 September 2016 Press Release

Airbus has commenced the final assembly of its first A330neo, an A330-900, at its Final Assembly Line in Toulouse with the joining of the wings to the centre fuselage at station 40. 

As the newest member of the world’s most popular A330 wide-body family the A330neo builds on the Family’s proven economics, versatility and reliability, set to reduce fuel consumption by a further 14 per cent per seat. Both the A330-800 and A330-900 feature a new A350-inspired wing with Sharklet wingtip devices for state-of-the-art aerodynamics, incorporating latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000...

JetBlue becomes launch customer of Airbus’ Scheduled Maintenance Optimizer solution

JetBlue has become the launch customer for the first module of Airbus’ “Scheduled Maintenance Optimizer”, following a successful prototyping and demonstration of value. This application, focusing on Long Term Planning, is part of the Airbus Smarter FleetTM solutions. 

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22 September 2016 Press Release

JetBlue has become the launch customer for the first module of Airbus’ “Scheduled Maintenance Optimizer”, following a successful prototyping and demonstration of value. This application, focusing on Long Term Planning, is part of the Airbus Smarter FleetTM solutions. 

The Long Term Planning module will help decrease maintenance costs through the optimization of scheduled maintenance events at fleet, aircraft and single task level. Thanks to world class optimization algorithms, JetBlue planners will be able to instantly compute the best schedules for a fleet of...

Azores Airlines to expand transatlantic operations with A321neo

SATA owned airline renews its fleet with the longest range of any single aisle airliner

20 September 2016 Press Release

Azores airlines which is fully owned by Sociedade Açoreana de Transportes Aéreos (SATA) is modernizing its short-haul and transatlantic fleet with the A321neo and by 2019 with the longer range A321LR. The decision follows a growth strategy to expand into new transatlantic routes. 

Azores airlines has been an Airbus customer since 1999 operating seven A310, A320 and A330 Airbus aircrafts across Europe, Canada and North America. 

“Our mission is to bring the Azores to the world and the world to the Azores and we are happy to be investing in the Airbus A321neo aircraft to continue...

Spirit Airlines receives its first U.S.-produced Airbus aircraft

Airbus delivers the new A321 to 140 Spirit employees at ceremony in Mobile, Ala.

19 September 2016 Press Release

The first delivery of an A321 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility to Spirit Airlines took place today in Mobile, Alabama. On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus and Spirit Airlines, 140 Spirit Airlines employees, and the 350 Airbus employees at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. 

 “Many years ago, Spirit recognized that Airbus was the right partner to provide the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft, which allowed them to become a leading Ultra Low Cost Carrier in the U.S.,” said Bob Lekites, Executive Vice President-Customers, Airbus Americas....

China Airlines’ first A350 XWB takes to the skies

The first A350 XWB for China Airlines (CAL) has completed its maiden flight over the skies of Toulouse in South West France.

15 September 2016 Press Release

The aircraft bearing the airline’s distinctive livery will now enter the final phase of production, including further ground and flight tests. This first A350-900 for China Airlines is scheduled for delivery in the coming weeks.

China Airlines has 14 A350-900s on order. The aircraft is expected to be deployed on the carrier's long-haul routes to Europe and on selected regional routes. The A350-900 will join China Airlines' Airbus fleet including A330s and A340s on its regional and long haul services. 

The A350 XWB is the world’s latest generation airliner and the newest member of...

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Airbus builds strong business relationships through its “start-up 2 partner” initiative

17 August 2016 Feature story

With start-up companies increasingly driving innovation in various research and technology domains worldwide, Airbus has launched multiple initiatives – including a team called “start-up 2 partner” – to tap into this productive business dynamic.

Embedded within Airbus as part of the company’s Innovation department, the “start-up 2 partner” team aims to build mutually-beneficial partnerships with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in selected domains, supporting start-ups working on new developments in a number of industries through a collaborative approach. 

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A “carbon copy:” The no. 2 A350-1000 rolls out sporting the A350 XWB Family’s signature composites livery

23 September 2016

Airbus’ second A350-1000 flight test aircraft has emerged from the paint shop in Toulouse, France with a distinctive carbon fibre-themed livery that is inspired by the advanced composites technology incorporated on the world’s most-modern widebody aircraft product line. 

The A350-1000 is the longest-fuselage member of the all-new, highly efficient A350 XWB Family, which features the most comfortable and quietest twin-aisle cabin in the world. The A350-1000 typically seats 366 passengers and offers a 25 percent lower operating cost than its similarly sized competitors. 

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