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A successful first flight for the United Arab Emirates’ initial A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport

A successful first flight for the United Arab Emirates’ initial A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport
12 April 2011 News in brief

Airbus Military’s A330-based aerial refueling programme has marked a new milestone with the maiden flight of the United Arab Emirates Air Force’s no. 1 A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) – which was completed on 9 April. As this aircraft features certain avionics differences from A330 MRTTs ord...

A new milestone with the first nose landing gear for Airbus A350 XWB programme

A new milestone for the Airbus A350 XWB programme
28 March 2011 News in brief

The first nose landing gear for Airbus’ next-generation A350 XWB has successfully been installed at the jetliner’s landing gear integration test facility in Filton, UK. This milestone will be followed by incorporation of the aircraft’s main landing gear, clearing the way for testing to demonstrate t...

The A400M undergoes low-speed take-off trials

The A400M undergoes low-speed take-off trials
24 March 2011 News in brief

Marking a new step in its testing, Airbus Military’s A400M has completed a series of trials to validate the lowest speed at which this new-generation airlifter can take off. The operations were performed in Istres, France, and are standard for the development of military and civil aircraft. During t...

Airbus Military’s first tanker for the UK Royal Air Force displays its refuelling system

Airbus Military’s first tanker for the UK Royal Air Force displays its refuelling system
23 March 2011 News in brief

The “three-point” refuelling system for the UK Royal Air Force’s Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) has been demonstrated during handling qualities flight testing.  Built by Airbus Military, these aerial tankers are outfitted with hose and drogue units contained in pods below each wing, as...

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...

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