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The largest composite fuselage panel for Airbus' A350 XWB completes its curing process

The largest composite fuselage panel for Airbus' A350 XWB completes its curing process
18 March 2011 News in brief

The A350 XWB programme has reached a new industrial milestone with the successful curing of this new-generation jetliner’s largest composite fuselage panel. The 93-square metre component was completed by Airbus partner Premium AEROTEC at its Nordenham, Germany site – where the panel is now ready for...

A first flight of the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport for Saudi Arabia

A first flight of the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport for Saudi Arabia
16 March 2011 News in brief

Airbus Military’s A330-based aerial refuelling programme marked a new milestone as the first A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for the Royal Saudi Air Force completed its maiden flight on 15 March.  The aircraft now enters its final certification and qualification phase for this version o...

A milestone first flight for China Southern Airlines' initial A380

A milestone first flight for China Southern Airlines' initial A380
4 March 2011 News in brief

The first of five A380s for China Southern Airlines has completed its maiden flight, during which this double-deck aircraft travelled from Toulouse, France – where it was assembled – to Hamburg, Germany for cabin installation and painting. China Southern Airlines is scheduled to receive its initial ...

The A400M marks a new milestone on its way to civil type certification

The A400M marks a new milestone on its way to civil type certification
3 March 2011 News in brief

Full-scale fatigue testing for Airbus Military’s A400M has been completed, meeting a requirement for this new-generation airlifter’s civil type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). To date, the A400M test airframe at Dresden, Germany has undergone 1,665 simulated flight-cycle...

Korean Air’s first A380 is rolled out of the paint shop

Korean Air’s first A380 is rolled out of the paint shop
24 February 2011 News in brief

The first A380 for Korean Air has been rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg, Germany, where it was completed with the airline's livery.  Korean Air has 10 A380s on order, and will become the sixth A380 operator after taking delivery of its first aircraft in the second quarter of 2011.

The A400M showcases its mission flexibility with start-up of aerial refuelling trials

The A400M showcases its mission flexibility with start-up of aerial refuelling trials
16 February 2011 News in brief

Airbus Military has opened air-to-air refuelling trials for its A400M airlifter, beginning with a series of dry contacts performed today by the no. 1 development aircraft – Grizzly 1 – and a UK Royal Air Force VC10 tanker. These test flights underscore the A400M’s advanced multi-role capabilities, w...

The A400M begins cold weather trials in Sweden

The A400M begins cold weather trials in Sweden
8 February 2011 News in brief

The second development Airbus Military A400M airlifter – referred to as “Grizzly 2” – has successfully opened its cold weather testing at Kiruna in northern Sweden, where temperatures reached minus-21 degrees Celsius over a four-day period earlier this month. These initial trials focussed on evaluat...

New service support for the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre

New service support for the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre
22 December 2010 News in brief

The Airbus Corporate Jet Centre, which specialises in Airbus Corporate Jet VIP cabin completion and associated services, has signed two agreements to expand its service solutions for operators of Airbus Corporate Jetliners. An accord with Snecma covers full engine service support for CFM Intern...

Looking to the future at Aeromart Toulouse 2010

Looking to the future at Aeromart Toulouse 2010
17 December 2010 News in brief

Airbus underscored its commitment to eco-efficiency with a leading role at the recent Aeromart Toulouse 2010 forum and exhibition, which attracted participants from 1,100 companies and 41 countries to spotlight sustainable development in aviation. The company’s presence included discussions on resea...

Production underway for Airbus’ initial A350 XWB fuselage barrel section

Production underway for Airbus’ initial A350 XWB fuselage barrel section
7 December 2010 News in brief

Airbus’ first carbon fibre fuselage barrel for the A350 XWB jetliner is now in production at the company’s Illescas, Spain facility.  This 5.5-metre-long, 56-square-metre rear fuselage section is tapered, making its production as a barrel section the optimum solution, compared to a majority of ...

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