His Royal Highness The Duke of York visited Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, praising the company and its workers as models of Europe's capability to be a world leader in aviation and technology.
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Duke of York praises Airbus' success
Airbus' newly-opened Engineering Centre in Beijing will perform work that includes an important share in the A350 airliner programme.
Chinese low-cost carrier United Eagle has become the latest operator of A320 Family aircraft, joining nine other carriers that have been added to the ranks in 2005.
The popular A320 Family has accumulated a combined total of 40 million flight hours, making it the first Airbus airliner family to attain this milestone.
Rapid growth of the Chinese aviation market is expected to generate the need for some 200 large aircraft over the next 20 years, according to Airbus market forecasts.
A survey published in the June issue of Fortuna China the Chinese edition of America's Fortune magazine has ranked Airbus ahead of its competitor as a top brand in 2005, based on indicators that include product quality, market share and company influence in the market.
The creation of a new engineering centre in the U.S. state of Alabama will support the development of civil and military Airbus widebody aircraft.
The first of two new A380 simulators is now installed at the Airbus Training Centre in Toulouse. The new simulators will benefit from an enhanced visual system and an incorporated flight analysis system.
The 555-seat A380, revealed to the public at a ceremony in January and due to enter service in 2006, is the most advanced, spacious and efficient airliner yet produced. Launched in December 2000, the aircraft which Airbus sees as the flagship of the 21st century was designed in close col...