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Etihad unveils new A340

18 August 2006 Feature story

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has taken delivery of one of the world's most luxurious passenger airliners ever built - an A340-500 equipped with a multitude of special features. With three classes - Diamond, Pearl and Coral - the new aircraft offers world-cl...

Airbus unites with industry to create single European sky

13 July 2006 Feature story

The unification of Europe is now moving skyward, as the region's air traffic control system becomes more integrated and unified. Airbus is an important element of this pan-European effort, participating in the Air Traffic Alliance association, which also includes EADS and Thales.

Airbus to open new engine test facility

13 July 2006 Feature story

A new engine run-up facility in Toulouse, France will be used for full-scale testing of jet engines once they have been integrated on Airbus aircraft. The circular-shaped test complex allows technicians to validate the engines' performance up to their full thrust output.

New film protects fuselage during assembly

31 May 2006 Feature story

Airbus is using a new transparent polyester film to protect the delicate cladding of fuselage sections during assembly. The film, which is 125 micrometres thick, covers the joints of the fuselage segments before they are drilled, positioned and riveted. Following successful trials, the film will be ...

Airbus launches new titanium supply strategy

15 May 2006 Feature story

Airbus has signed agreements with major suppliers to balance and secure the supply of titanium to meet long-term requirements for its ramp-up in production, in particular for the A380. The supply contracts were signed with RTI International Metals, Inc., of the United States, Russia's VSMPO an...

Strong Airbus presence at EBACE 2006

3 May 2006 Feature story

A flying display of the Airbus A318 Elite corporate airliner was the center of attention at the opening day of the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, which continues through 5 May. Also on display at EBACE is the A319 Long Range corporate jet, which features a ne...

Airbus at the Aviation & Environment Summit 2006

2 May 2006 Feature story

Participating in the 2006 Aviation & Environmental Summit, Airbus underscored its commitment to environmental care and the harmonising of aviation sector efforts in this area. Airbus executives attending the annual gathering - held April 25-26 in Geneva, Switzerland - underscored the company's...

Airbus names its new delivery centre after Henri Ziegler

11 April 2006 Feature story

Airbus' new Toulouse, France delivery centre was officially named after one of the company's founding fathers, Henri Ziegler, during a ceremony on April 10. Ziegler supported and helped launch the A300B  which led to the successful debut of Airbus  while acting as the organisa...

The Airbus-led PAMELA recycling project receives an A300 for experimentation

16 March 2006 Feature story

The arrival of an A300-B2 at Tarbes airport in southwest France marked an important milestone in the Airbus-led PAMELA recycling project. This A300, which reached the end of its operational life, will be used to validate environmentally-responsible techniques for the decommissioning and recycling o...

The Airbus-led PAMELA recycling project receives an A300 for experimentation

2 March 2006 Feature story

The arrival of an A300-B2 at Tarbes airport in southwest France marked an important milestone in the Airbus-led PAMELA recycling project. This A300, which reached the end of its operational life, will be used to validate environmentally-responsible techniques for the decommissioning and recycling o...

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