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Dutch government supports Airbus initiative with nation’s thermoplastic composite sector

26 June 2013 Feature story

The potential use of thermoplastic composites technology on Airbus aircraft took a new step this month as Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp signed a letter of intent for a proposed extension of the Thermoplastic Affordable Primary Aircraft Structure (TAPAS) consortium.

JASTAC-II agreement moves Airbus research partnership in Japan to the next phase

25 June 2013 Feature story

This month during the Paris Air Show, Airbus extended its partnership with a Japanese industrial consortium for research and development into structural health monitoring (SHM) for aircraft composites with a five-year follow-on programme, called JASTAC-II (Japan Airbus SHM Technology for Aircraft Co...

An entirely new perspective on the A350 XWB first flight with Airbus’ latest “Shaping Efficiency” issue

21 June 2013 Feature story

Relive A350 XWB first flight with Airbus’ latest “Shaping Efficiency” magazine issue

Airbus has published the latest edition of its interactive “A350 XWB Shaping Efficiency” magazine, dedicated to the history-making first flight of the company’s new-generation A350 XWB jetliner – whi...

The A350 XWB dazzles during its debut Le Bourget fly-by

21 June 2013 Feature story

As far as the visitors to the Paris Air Show were concerned, Airbus saved the best for last.

As part of its third test flight from Airbus’ Toulouse headquarters in southwestern France, the no. 1 A350 XWB headed north to offer a show-stopping performance in the skies above Le Bourget Airport today –...

Airbus and EADS celebrate recruitment efforts with flash graffiti event

21 June 2013 Feature story

The persistent rain at this week’s Paris Air Show held off just long enough for Airbus and its EADS parent company to bring a festive atmosphere into the aircraft display area at Le Bourget Airport – highlighting their efforts to recruit new talent.

“Joining Airbus is a world of opportunity, creati...

A red-carpet welcome for the French President

21 June 2013 Feature story

An Airbus Military A400M provided quite the entrance today for French President Franҫois Hollande, who visited the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport.

Hollande – joined by Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Fabrice Brégier – arrived this morning aboard the multi-role airlifter after a s...

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...


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