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Remembering Jacques Rosay: A true pilot among pilots

15 June 2015 Feature story

At the Paris Air Show this week, Airbus is remembering and honouring its long-time test pilot Jacques Rosay, who made significant contributions to the company’s success and was the first pilot to fly Airbus’ A380 aircraft.   

He held various roles at the company, including Vice President ...

The best gets even better: Airbus’ A380 cabin modifications improve revenue potential

11 June 2015 Feature story

The A380 has been helping its operators capture more business, open new routes and increase profits since 2007 – confirming this double-deck jetliner’s reputation as the new “queen of the skies.” And as passenger demand continues to grow worldwide, Airbus is taking steps to further improve the A380’...

The power of Airbus’ A350 XWB in a flyable scale model

5 June 2015 Feature story

Nearly two years after the no. 1 A350 XWB’s maiden flight in 2013, a “first-of-its-kind” 1:20 scale model of this new-generation jetliner has joined the skies – the result of a project spurred by an aeronautical mechanic-in-training at Airbus.

The A350 XWB’s “smaller brother” performed its own inau...

Airbus innovation brings aircraft maintenance “indoors” on the airport apron

3 June 2015 Feature story

To reduce delays in unscheduled engine maintenance due to a lack of hangar space, Airbus has introduced an innovative solution that “flips the script” on conventional airport procedures – allowing a hangar to be brought to aircraft in need, rather than the other way around. 

The solution is an...

A print for the future: Innovation is helping the A320neo take flight

13 April 2015 Feature story

The company is utilizing 3D printing (also known as additive layer manufacturing) to produce components for the pylon of A320neo developmental aircraft powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A – which is one of two new-generation engine choices for the single-aisle NEO Family, along with the PurePower...

Fighting foam: Airbus leverages innovation in order to help keep a river clean

10 April 2015 Feature story

Airbus has marked another environmental achievement with its introduction of an innovative new method for cleaning aircraft landing gear in Toulouse, France – which was specifically developed to prevent the discharge of foaming, non-toxic waste water in the nearby Touch River.

As part of Airbus’ re...

Relocating to innovate: the Airbus Wichita, Kansas engineering centre will join a new U.S. innovation campus

3 April 2015 Feature story

Airbus’ initial engineering centre established in the United States will be moving to a new home – joining a developing innovation hub to help accelerate the application of new ideas and technologies into the company’s market-leading commercial jetliners.  

Airbus plans to relocate its Wichita...

Focus on innovation: building your own cockpit

19 March 2015 Feature story

The IKEA superstore in Toulouse, France isn't the obvious starting place for an innovative approach to one of aviation's most intensively technical areas. Nevertheless, it was this home retailer's ready-to-assemble furniture that gave Airbus systems designer Raphael Andre an idea that already is pro...

Airline 1: supporting a smooth A350 XWB commercial service entry

18 March 2015 Feature story

When the cornerstone member of Airbus’ new-generation A350 XWB Family – the A350-900 – entered commercial service earlier this year with Qatar Airways, it did so with an unprecedented maturity level thanks to the multi-functional, collaborative platform called Airline 1.

Launched on the widebody je...

Watching out for customers to ensure the A350 XWB’s smooth service entry

11 March 2015 Feature story

With the second A350 XWB aircraft commencing commercial service this month – and Airbus’ production ramp-up ongoing – the company is developing new ways of working to facilitate the jetliner’s smooth service entry with operators worldwide. 

As part of this approach, Airbus has created the EIS ...

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