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One year of operation for the Beijing Engineering Centre

16 March 2007 Feature story

The Airbus engineering centre in Bejing, China - which will play an important role in the A350 XWB's design and development - currently has 104 locally-employed engineers and is on target to reach its head count of 200 by 2008. This Airbus joint venture with China's two largest aviation c...

A400M pylons completed as first aircraft takes shape

8 February 2007 Feature story

The world's first engine pylons produced completely in titanium have been unveiled in France prior to their shipment to Spain, where they will be equipped for use on Airbus' A400M military transport aircraft. These pylons will support the A400M's powerful TP400-D6 turboprop engines, ...

The Airbus Corporate Jetliner heads to Antarctica

1 February 2007 Feature story

Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) flights to Antarctica will involve operations in extreme conditions - including landings and takeoffs from a blue ice runway that is topped by a bonded snow pavement. This passenger and cargo air service, performed for the Australian Government Antarctic Division, is...

Airbus develops new three-dimensional textile for cabin interiors

19 January 2007 Feature story

An innovative three-dimensional textile has been created by the Airbus Design Studio for Portugal's national airline, TAP, using patented stamping techniques that create patterned material which a shiny or matt effect. The process - which was evolved in partnership with Lantal Textile (an aero...

U.K. research programme to investigate wing designs for future civil aircraft

13 December 2006 Feature story

Airbus will lead a public/private-funded wing technology validation programme that forms a core element of the U.K. National Aerospace Technology Strategy. This programme brings together 17 leading British organisations to work on such "sustainable aviation" challenges as reduced fuel bu...

Airbus completes a major A400M wing assembly milestone

7 December 2006 Feature story

The A400M military transport's initial set of wings has completed its assembly process at the Airbus U.K. facility in Filton, Bristol. These wings are the first for an Airbus aircraft to be built largely from composite materials.

Improvements keep the single-aisle competitive

9 November 2006 Feature story

Updates to the A320 Family will ensure this world's best-selling single-aisle aircraft product line will continue to maintain its dominant marketplace position. Interior improvements include innovate ceiling and sidewall panels that reduce noise, as well as smoother lines and advanced lighting...

Clean Sky initiative moves a step closer

27 October 2006 Feature story

The European "Clean Sky" initiative is one major step closer to reality following the signature of a memorandum of understanding in Vienna by Airbus and eight other leading aeronautics companies. This effort is aimed at further reducing the impact of air transportation on the environment ...

Airbus evaluates the mechanical milling of fuselage panels in a European programme

2 October 2006 Feature story

The use of a more environmentally-friendly mechanical process in the manufacture of aluminium aircraft panels is the focus of an evaluation project by Airbus in partnership with Dufieux Industrie. This effort, called GAP (Green Advanced Panels), would eliminate waste created with chemical milling -...

Airbus takes a lead role in protecting the environment during the recycling of decommissioned airliners

19 September 2006 Feature story

Airbus is setting up a special centre in Southwest France for its

aircraft-recycling project called PAMELA, which will test procedures for the environmentally-friendly recycling of jetliners that have reached the end of their operational lifetimes.

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