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Good vibrations! Airbus improves drilling processes with an innovative new technology

11 January 2017 Feature story

Airbus is developing a new, fully-automated drilling technology to significantly enhance the drilling of rivet holes in aircraft structural components. 

The creation of rivet holes is a key step in the production and assembly of airplanes, typically performed manually or semi-automatically usi...

Development milestone: Integration begins for Airbus’ next-generation Beluga XL

6 January 2017 Feature story

Airbus’ next-generation oversize cargo airlifter is transitioning from concept to reality as the first Beluga XL core airframe starts its 18-month integration process at the company’s production facilities in Toulouse, France.

The core airframe is an extract of an Airbus A330-200 freighter that alr...

From ST to XL: defining the differences between Airbus’ two generations of Beluga aircraft

27 December 2016 Feature story

While Airbus’ new-generation Beluga XL oversized airlifter may resemble its Beluga ST predecessor, several key physical changes will bring additional capabilities to the movement of major aircraft sections and components within the company’s production network. 

The Beluga XL, which is based o...

Approved for airline service: how the A321neo received its airworthiness certification

26 December 2016 Feature story

This month’s A321neo certification was the culmination of an extensive effort to confirm the “ready-for-service” status of Airbus’ longest-fuselage version in its New Engine Option single-aisle jetliner family. 

To receive such type certification, Airbus demonstrates that every system, charact...

Bigger and ready for service: the A321neo is certified with Pratt & Whitney engines

15 December 2016 Feature story

The A321neo’s type certification with Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines clears the way for the service entry of this longest-fuselage version in Airbus’ New Engine Option jetliner family – meeting airline demands for efficient, comfortable and environmentally-friendly single-aisle jet...

Airbus is reaching new heights in providing in-flight connectivity solutions for passengers

15 November 2016 Feature story

Airbus is evaluating a new standard high-bandwidth architecture that will provide faster and more wide-reaching connectivity services on-board its modern, market-leading jetliners. 

Using the in-house A330 testbed aircraft this autumn, Airbus became the first in the industry to flight demonstr...

Taking research to the next level for improved air traffic management with trajectory-based operations

14 November 2016 Feature story

Airbus is helping make the skies more efficient and reduce the aviation sector’s environmental footprint through its participation in developing the initial 4D (i4D) concept for a more connected airspace. 

This is a key part of Europe’s SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) joint undertakin...

Airbus explores a new cabin innovation for passengers with limited mobility

24 October 2016 Feature story

Making the freedom of flight possible is one of Airbus’ core values – a main reason why the company is working with wheelchair users to find an innovative lavatory solution for those with limited mobility. 

Visiting the lavatory in-flight can be a complicated and unpleasant process for wheelch...

Airbus innovation goes digital for the distribution of technical data

20 October 2016 Feature story

Airbus is leading the digital shift in the aviation industry, taking advantage of wide-ranging benefits from improving its business performance and customer support to reducing the company’s environmental footprint. 

One area Airbus has targeted is the distribution of technical data manuals to...

Airbus and SESAR: Helping deliver innovative solutions for air traffic management

13 October 2016 Feature story

In keeping with its pioneering spirit, Airbus has joined forces with key European stakeholders to find new solutions for building a more efficient air traffic management (ATM) system. 

The company has an active role in the SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) initiative, part of its commit...

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