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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...

Innovative 3D printing solutions are “taking shape” within Airbus

20 April 2016 Feature story

Airbus is making significant investments in revolutionary additive layer manufacturing technologies (3D printing) – with expanding capabilities that are demonstrating the company’s pioneering spirit to create new and better ways to fly. 

At the centre of Airbus’ innovative efforts is the compa...

Etihad Airways is honoured for its reliable A380 operations

14 April 2016 Feature story

Airbus has recognised United Arab Emirates flag carrier Etihad Airways with a prestigious award for delivering the best-ever operational reliability performance in the first year of A380 operations. 

The Etihad Airways A380 fleet recorded an impressive 99.8 per cent operational reliability rat...

Landing within the runway length using Airbus’ ROPS alert system

13 April 2016 Feature story

Airbus’ innovative Runway Overrun Protection System (ROPS) is proving its usefulness in daily airline service around the world, and will be further enhanced with additional functionality based on operational experience.

Introduced on the A380 in 2009 – and now available on all in-production Airbus ...



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