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The A380: Pleasing airlines and passengers worldwide

21 June 2013 Feature story

Just as the A380 has dominated the Paris Air Show with an impressive presence this week at Le Bourget Airport, the double-deck jetliner is becoming an increasing familiar sight at airports around the world – demonstrating its popularity with passengers, along with the operational and revenue-generat...

The AFDX® backbone network technology is licensed for the helicopter market

21 June 2013 Feature story

A new licensing agreement for the Airbus-patented AFDX® backbone network technology was confirmed with Italy’s Selex ES S.p.A. at this week’s Paris Air Show, bringing an end-system manufacturer into the official AFDX® data network partner community and broadening its use to the helicopter market.

When it rains…Airbus gains

20 June 2013 Feature story

Persistent rainy weather throughout this week’s Paris Air Show did not dampen the event’s business environment for Airbus, which announced key wins across its entire product line for an impressive 466 new sales and commitments.

“The rain brought us some very good luck,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chie...

Teaming up for the environment

20 June 2013 Feature story

Airbus, as part of a French-industrial collaboration, conducted the “Joining our Engines – Biofuel Initiative France” flight today during the Paris Air Show to demonstrate the nation’s technical capability and research into developing sustainable biofuels in the country.

An Airbus A321 test aircraf...

The A400M advances toward its military service entry

20 June 2013 Feature story

Airbus Military’s A400M is being readied for service entry, as the first three production versions of this multi-role airlifter are progressing towards planned deliveries this year to the French Air Force and the Turkish Air Force.

The initial A400M for delivery – designated MSN7 in Airbus’ aircraf...

An “electrifying” A320 demonstration at the Paris Air Show

20 June 2013 Feature story

While the Paris Air Show is famous for its aerial displays, a more down-to-earth demonstration at Le Bourget Airport is showing the way for the increasingly electric future of aviation. 

A modified A320 showed off its moves on the runway this week, powered by its environmentally-friendly elect...

Airbus’ A330-200F: Tailored for the cargo market’s needs, today and tomorrow

20 June 2013 Feature story

With the A330-200F now in service with major operators around the world, this modern mid-sized freighter is flying a wide variety of freight – including such unique loads as live baby whales – to destinations on all continents.

“The A330-200F’s unique flexibility is proving itself in fulfilling mar...

Applying innovation to improve the airline luggage experience

20 June 2013 Feature story

Airbus hopes to alleviate the stress of waiting in line at airports for luggage check-in with innovative smart baggage designed to make air travel more efficient for passengers and airlines alike. 

At this week’s Paris Air Show, Airbus highlighted the Smart Baggage concept – a joint initiative...

Shhh! Airbus uses modern technology for quieter aircraft

19 June 2013 Feature story

Airbus continues to implement innovative technologies across its product line to further reduce jetliner noise emissions and meet the goals of Europe’s Flightpath 2050 guidelines – including a 65 per cent reduction in noise emissions by airborne aircraft relative to 2000 levels. 

“We obviously...

A320neo Family shows strong start at Le Bourget Airport

19 June 2013 Feature story

The world’s fastest-selling commercial airliner kept the momentum going in the first days of the Paris Air Show, as Airbus added 123 A320neo (new engine option) Family firm orders and commitments while expanding the aircraft’s customer base into a new market.

In an on-site announcements at the air ...

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