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Designed for the future: Sizing up Airbus’ new Beluga XL transporter

19 July 2016 Feature story

With development of the new Beluga XL airlifter, Airbus is creating a platform tailored to meet its evolving transport needs in the decades to come – particularly to support future production ramp-ups for the company’s range of modern single-aisle and widebody jetliners. 

The Beluga XL program...

Innovation on-board: Exceeding passenger and airline expectations for Airbus jetliner cabins

16 June 2016 Feature story

Airbus’ cabin interior arrangement team is turning airlines’ ideas into real solutions – and bringing the superior cabin experience of an Airbus aircraft to passengers around the world. 

This dedicated team of some 20 members works in close collaboration with customers and the Airbus marketing...

Airbus responds to customer needs with evolved A350 XWB documentation

15 June 2016 Feature story

The A350 XWB ushered in a new era of medium- and long-haul flight operations with its 2014 service entry. In addition to raising the bar for aircraft efficiency and meeting the rising expectations of passengers worldwide, Airbus’ game-changing twin-aisle jetliner also brought about enhanced guidelin...

Airbus tests high-tech concepts with an innovative 3D-printed mini aircraft

13 June 2016 Feature story

A small-sized pilotless aircraft made using 3D printing (additive layer manufacturing) processes is showcasing Airbus’ pioneering and innovative spirit. 

Airbus is using this mini aircraft project – known as THOR (Testing High-tech Objectives in Reality) – as a testbed for futuristic aircraft ...

Ahead of the curve: Airbus and the importance of strategy

6 June 2016 Feature story

When you’re a world-leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft, staying one or more steps ahead of the competition is critical. And because there is no magic “crystal ball” that can predict aviation trends short- or long-term, Airbus relies on an empowered Strategy team that influences all aspects ...

Gaining momentum: Airbus delivers its second U.S.-produced jetliner

17 May 2016 Feature story

In what will become an increasingly familiar occasion, Airbus has delivered another “made in America” A320 Family jetliner from its final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama – marking the second such handover from the facility, and underscoring the company’s continuing focus on internationalisation.&nb...

Racing to the finish: Airbus innovation provides a competitive advantage for ORACLE TEAM USA

10 May 2016 Feature story

ORACLE TEAM USA is completing the design of a state-of-the-art catamaran to be used in defending its championship title at the 35th America’s Cup competition – fully leveraging the expertise and resources of Airbus as this sailing squad’s Official Innovation Partner. 

The productive cooperatio...

From the A330 to Beluga XL: New transport capacity for Airbus’ industrial network

2 May 2016 Feature story

The first of Airbus’ five new Beluga XL airlifter “giants” will begin taking shape early next year, initiating the creation of a new jetliner fleet to transport complete sections of the company’s aircraft from production sites around Europe to final assembly lines in France, Germany and Spain. ...

Airbus leverages innovation to improve the conductivity of aircraft electrical systems

22 April 2016 Feature story

Marking a technological first for Airbus, the company has implemented a new industrial process that uses laser stripping to improve the return current from an aircraft’s electrical systems. This solution was applied by the A350 XWB project teams at Airbus’ Saint-Nazaire plant in France.

On the A350...

First Airbus A321 aircraft produced in the U.S. for American Airlines takes flight

21 April 2016 Feature story

The first Airbus A321 aircraft produced for American Airlines at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility has flown for the first time.

On April 19, the A321 took off from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama, at 1:32 p.m. CDT, performed its test sequences, and landed safely at approxim...

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