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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...

The A400M is awarded key certification from European Aviation Safety Agency

3 May 2012 News in brief

Airbus Military has received the initial type certification for its new-generation A400M airlifter, with this first approval – known as a Restricted Type Certificate – presented by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today in Toulouse, France. This milestone marks an important step toward the...

New agreement extends Airbus research and technology efforts in the U.S.

23 April 2012 News in brief

Airbus has further expanded its research and technology (R&T) activities in the United States through a six-year renewal agreement signed with the Hampton, Virginia-based National Institute of Aerospace. This accord follows completion of a previous six-year agreement, during which over $6 millio...

The Royal Australian Air Force carries its most passengers ever with the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport

23 April 2012 News in brief

The Airbus Military-produced A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport has marked a new operational milestone for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), carrying a record number of passengers for the military service during a single flight. This sortie – flown last month as part of the aircraft’s service int...

The A400M showcases new-generation capabilities during ongoing Asian tour

18 April 2012 News in brief

Asian nations are receiving a first-hand look at the A400M as this next-generation airlifter continues its 14-20 April tour of the region. The aircraft began its circuit with a touchdown in Malaysia that also marked the A400M’s milestone initial appearance in Asia. During this three-day stopover, go...

Putting a priority on inspiring the high fliers of tomorrow

12 April 2012 News in brief

The Airbus Corporate Foundation is expanding two programmes aimed at helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds realise their full potential. The organization’s “Flying Challenge” – which is being piloted at Bellefontaine College in the Toulouse, France area with The United Way charity – in...

Airbus Military’s A330 MRTT begins its service career with the UK Royal Air Force

9 April 2012 News in brief

The Airbus Military A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has entered service with the UK Royal Air Force, performing a training sortie on 8 April from the RAF Brize Norton facility – the military service´s primary transport/tanker base.  This first operational UK aircraft, along with 13 othe...

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