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A350 high-lift devices combine simplicity with fuel savings

24 August 2007 Feature story

Airbus' new A350 XWB will incorporate the latest high-lift technology in its wings, allowing for greater dynamic response and flexibility. This will provide better aircraft performance, reduced weight, and less maintenance for A350 XWB operators.

Bringing out the best of an aircraft's wing

21 August 2007 Feature story

A multi-year European project has evaluated new wing technologies that will improve aircraft operations in all aspects of flight. The Airbus-managed AWIATOR (Aircraft Wing with Advanced Technology Operation) programme involved the participation of companies, institutes, agencies and universities, a...

Xian Aircraft Company delivers first A319 China-made wing box

25 July 2007 Feature story

The largest Airbus aircraft component ever produced by a Chinese aviation manufacturer has been delivered by Xian Aircraft Company (XAC). This A319 wing box  the first ever made in China  underscores Airbus' high level of industrial cooperation with the Chinese aviation industry, a...

Final assembly begins for first A330 MRTT designated for the U.S. Air Force

20 July 2007 Feature story

The initial A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) allocated for America's modernisation of its ageing aerial refuelling fleet has begun its build-up on the A330/A340 final assembly line in Toulouse.

Extended runway handed over to Airbus in Hamburg

20 July 2007 Feature story

The runway at Finkenwerder has been completed, providing the length necessary for acceptance flights of all A380 versions. Airbus currently outfits the cabin interiors of its customer aircraft at Finkenwerder, and it is to construct a new delivery centre where customers from Europe and the Middle E...

Filton wind tunnel celebrates its 50 year anniversary

30 May 2007 Feature story

Airbus UK is marking the first half-century of operation with its Filton wind tunnel, which has completed more than 64,000 test runs since 1957. This facility, which underwent a significant modernisation in 2004, continues to support the development of new Airbus aircraft - including the A350 XWB.

PAMELA A380: Looking decades ahead with the Green Giant

3 May 2007 Feature story

The A380 static test airframe will be used as part of Airbus' forward-looking approach to ensure its aircraft are environmentally friendly throughout their lifecycle - and beyond. As part of the PAMELA project, parts of the static airframe will be evaluated for a number of aspects, including di...

Airbus opens new Dubai facility

25 April 2007 Feature story

A new spares and repair facility for Airbus' Buxtehude subsidiary has opened in the United Arab Emirates at Dubai to provide enhanced customer support and service to the region's airlines. The Buxtehude subsidiary provides cabin electronic systems, and already has similar service centres ...

Airbus cabin innovations are highlighted at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2007

20 April 2007 Feature story

The A380's cabin advantages for passengers and crew were underscored at the annual Aircraft Interiors show in Hamburg, where Airbus emphasized the aircraft's spaciousness, and comfort. Event attendees also were able to see the A380 that recently returned from an international route proving...

The A400M's first central-rear fuselage arrives at EADS CASA facilities

27 March 2007 Feature story

An A300-600ST Beluga transport aircraft has delivered the first central-rear fuselage for Airbus' A400M military airlifter to Getafe, Spain. This component will be integrated with the A400M's nose, wings and empennage to create a complete airframe that will be used in static testing.

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