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Airbus Beluga transports Spot 5 satellite for April launch from the Guiana Space Centre, Europe Spaceport in Kourou

22 February 2002 Press Release

Demonstrating the excellence of the European aerospace industry, Airbus' A300-600ST Super Transporter - nicknamed Beluga - featuring the world's most voluminous cargo hold, landed in Cayenna, French Guiana, yesterday at 17:30 (local time). It carried the Spot 5 Earth observation sa...

Ultra-long range A340-500 takes off on maiden flight

Ultra-long range A340-500 takes off on maiden flight
11 February 2002 Press Release

The ultra-long range A340-500, Airbus' longest range airliner to date, took off on its maiden flight today at 10:25 hours local time (09:25 GMT) from the Blagnac international airport in Toulouse, France.



The maiden flight was captained by Airbus Chief Test Pilot Jacques Rosay and co-...

Ansett of Australia to acquire 30 A320 Family aircraft from Airbus

10 February 2002 Press Release

The Australian investment group Tesna has decided to acquire 30 A320 Family airliners from Airbus - A320s and A321s - and to take an option on another ten, and has signed an MOU with Airbus to this effect in Toulouse on 10th February 2002.



Under the terms of the agreement, delivery of the a...

French Air Force takes delivery of its first ACJ

8 February 2002 Press Release

The French Air Force took delivery today of the first of two Airbus Corporate Jetliners (ACJ) it ordered in 2001. The hand-over ceremony took place at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. The ACJs will be used for the transport of government officials.



The French Air Force ACJs...

Hawker de Havilland to make Airbus A380 wingtip fences

1 February 2002 Press Release

Hawker de Havilland has been chosen by Airbus to design and build the wingtips and wingtip fences for the Airbus A380 superjumbo, the world's largest and most modern airliner.



Hawker de Havilland will supply all of the A380 wingtips and fences for the Airbus A380*, as part of business ...

The A380 enters production

The A380 enters production
23 January 2002 Press Release

The A380 entered production on schedule today at Airbus' Nantes site in France. The A380 will enter into service in the spring of 2006.



The traditional "first metal cut" from the machining of an aluminum triform (wing-to-fuselage junction) was accompanied today by the produc...

Honeywell selected for A380 Flight Management System

15 January 2002 Press Release

Airbus has selected Honeywell to supply the Flight Management System (FMS) for all its A380 aircraft. The company's Phoenix, Arizona-based aerospace business will provide the systems for the world's largest airliner, scheduled to enter service in 2006. The computer-driven FMS manages the...

A318 takes off on maiden flight

A318 takes off on maiden flight
15 January 2002 Press Release

Airbus' A318, the latest member of Airbus' popular single-aisle family, was cleared for its maiden take-off from the Finkenwerder airfield in Hamburg this morning. The first A318 took to the skies at 10:11 hours local time (8:11 GMT).



The flight is captained by Bernd Schaefer, Chief P...

JetBlue places first Airbus order in 2002: New York airline orders 10 more A320s

14 January 2002 Press Release

Continuing its growth as an airline and its success with Airbus aircraft, New York City (JFK)-based jetBlue Airways has penned an order for 10 additional A320s. Deliveries of these new additions are slated to begin this year and run through 2005. The newly-ordered aircraft, like all of jetBlue&apo...

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