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Electrical “genius” is on display at the ILA Berlin Air Show

12 September 2012 News in brief

The Airbus-sponsored e-Genius electrically-powered aircraft – which is being utilised to examine the long-term potential of electricity as a major onboard energy source for commercial aviation applications – is on display at the 2012 ILA Berlin Air Show. Data collected from operation of the Universi...

Singapore Airlines receives the milestone 80th A380

31 July 2012 News in brief

Airbus reached another programme milestone for its 21st century flagship A380 with delivery of the 80th aircraft, received today by Singapore Airlines. This carrier was the first to operate the double-deck jetliner in October 2007, and has used the A380 to such destinations as Frankfurt, Hong Kong, ...

Airbus Military starts final assembly for Turkey’s first A400M airlifter

12 July 2012 News in brief

The initial A400M for the Turkish Air Force has begun its final assembly process, which kicked off this week at Airbus Military’s Seville, Spain facility following arrival of the airlifter’s vertical and horizontal tailplane components. Turkey is scheduled to receive its no. 1 A400M during 2013.

Airbus launches dedicated website for Fly Your Ideas contest

12 July 2012 News in brief

With the 2013 edition of Airbus’ “Fly Your Ideas” student competition gearing up to start in September, the company has launched a new website to provide information on this international contest. Visitors to the site have the opportunity to register for e-mail updates on the competition, which invo...

The Airbus Military A400M receives its official naming: ATLAS

6 July 2012 News in brief

A new programme milestone has been reached for Airbus Military’s A400M with announcement of this next-generation airlifter’s official naming: ATLAS. The designation was confirmed today during a ceremony held at the Royal International Air Tattoo industry event in England, which involved the European...

Malaysia Airlines’ no. 1 A380 is ready for service

28 June 2012 News in brief

The first of six A380s ordered by Malaysia Airlines departed Airbus’ Toulouse, France facility today on its way to Kuala-Lumpur, where it is scheduled to be placed into service on 1 July. Seating 494 passengers in a premium three-class layout, the aircraft features a special celebration livery,...

The five A400M test aircraft complete an impressive formation flight

7 June 2012 News in brief

As the next-generation A400M continues its certification evaluations, all five of the programme’s flight test aircraft took to the sky this week for a unique formation flight performed by the Airbus Flight Test teams. The exercise originated from Toulouse, France, and provided many impressive visual...

Airbus employees on the move for “cycle to work” week

31 May 2012 News in brief

To mark Europe’s bicycle week, nearly 1,500 Airbus employees at the company’s Toulouse, France-area facilities used this two-wheel means of transport in May for their travel to work – with many posing for a family photo at the A350 XWB final assembly line.  “Cycle to work” activities also were ...

The A400M begins unpaved runway evaluations in Germany

29 May 2012 News in brief

Airbus Military has opened rough field testing for its new-generation A400M airlifter, beginning with a set of unpaved runway evaluations performed at Cottbus-Drewitz airfield in Germany. These initial trials were competed on grass surface, and included maximum-braked rejected takeoff operations, as...

A400M makes first refuelling contacts with an A330 MRTT

9 May 2012 News in brief

Airbus Military’s new-generation A400M airlifter has demonstrated its refuelling compatibility with the company’s A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport, successfully completing a series of 30 “dry contacts” with the tanker aircraft’s hose and drogue system. This testing – which utilised an A330 MRTT to b...

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