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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.

Airbus' new delivery centre processes its first customer aircraft

12 September 2006 Feature story

Initial deliveries of Airbus aircraft to customers have begun from a large new centre in Toulouse, France in preparation for its full operational startup in early 2007. The new delivery facility at Toulouse Blagnac International Airport is significantly larger than Airbus' existing centre, and...

Fire extinguishers get environmentally friendly

11 September 2006 Feature story

An Airbus project has resulted in the development of a new, environmentally-friendly fire extinguishing system for aircraft engines and auxiliary power units, underscoring the company's commitment to the environment. The halon-free system consists of a sphere partially filled with Novec 1230, ...

"Air+ by Airbus" adds value for customers

28 August 2006 Feature story

Airbus' customer services offering has been re-branded to underscore all of the capabilities available to operators of its aircraft around the world. "Air+ by Airbus" provides a comprehensive range of support and services that enhance the quality of operations, and which can be tailo...

Satellite communications will keep A380 pilots in touch

28 August 2006 Feature story

A new, lighter-weight antenna will enable A380 pilots to keep in contact with air traffic controllers and their own operations departments via satellite. Satellite relay links are particularly important when the aircraft is over water or is crossing remote areas during long-range flights.

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