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The United Arab Emirates receives its initial A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport

7 February 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military has delivered the first of three new-generation A330 Multi Role Tanker Transports (MRTT) to the United Arab Emirates, which will be operated in service with the nation’s Air Force and Air Defence. This latest handover marks a key milestone for the MRTT programme, as each of Airbus Mi...

The first production A400M shows off its French Air Force colours

15 January 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s new-generation A400M airlifter programme marked a key milestone with an unveiling of the no. 1 production aircraft in colours of the French Air Force – the initial customer scheduled to receive an A400M.  This aircraft was shown at Seville, Spain, which is home to the A400M’s ...

India selects Airbus Military as preferred bidder to supply its A330 MRTT

7 January 2013 News in brief

India has selected Airbus Military as the country’s preferred bidder to supply A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft, following a selection process that included the refuelling of multiple Indian Air Force fighter types and operations from the high-altitude base at Leh.  Detailed negot...

The A400M is on track for full certification following its latest critical flight test activity

10 December 2012 News in brief

Airbus Military’s A400M has achieved the last major requirement for its full type certification with completion of Function & Reliability (F&R) flight testing – which evaluated this new-generation military airlifter’s behavior in conditions representative of normal in-flight operations. The ...

The A380 “chills out” with a new supplementary cooling system

3 December 2012 News in brief

Malaysia Airlines is the first operator to receive an A380 equipped with a new-generation supplementary cooling system, which keeps certain aircraft systems – along with stored food and drinks – at optimum temperatures, particularly in hot regions of the world.  Developed with Liebherr, the new...

Sharklets flight testing expands to include the A319

23 November 2012 News in brief

Airbus has widened the flight test programme for its Sharklets-equipped A320 Family with today’s maiden flight of the initial A319 incorporating these fuel-saving, performance-enhancing wingtip devices. The A319 joins A320 and A321 aircraft that have been validating the Sharklets’ efficiency, w...

A350 XWB MSN001 wing join-up

5 November 2012 News in brief

Shortly after the arrival of the second fully equipped wing for the A350 XWB MSN001 aircraft, the wing join-up started in the Roger Béteille Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse. The wings will be attached to the fuselage and other finishing activities such as the spoilers will also be installed. ...

Korean students design livery and win a trip to Airbus

30 October 2012 News in brief

Two lucky students – Kim Min-seo (age 12) and Park Kyung-lin (13) – have won a trip to visit Airbus in France as well as having their painting featured as a special livery on a Korean Air A330-200. The two were winners of Korean Air’s Future Artist Olympiad competition, which was co-sponsored by Kor...

Sharklet-equipped A321 takes off on maiden test flight

23 October 2012 News in brief

The first flight of a Sharklets-equipped A321 was performed today as this aircraft flew from Airbus’ Hamburg, Germany production site to the company’s Toulouse, France headquarters facility.  It joins the on-going certification flight test campaign of these large fuel-saving wing tip devices, w...

A new international destination for China Southern Airlines A380s

12 October 2012 News in brief

China Southern Airlines has expanded the route network for its A380 fleet with the start-up of operations on international routes. This achievement was marked by a trans-Pacific flight between China’s Guangzhou Baiyun airport and Los Angeles International in the United States during October. The thr...

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