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The A330 MRTT showcases its compatibility with United Arab Emirates fighter aircraft

26 March 2012 News in brief

Airbus Military has successfully demonstrated the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport’s (MRTT) refuelling compatibility with Mirage 2000 and F-16 Block 60 fighter jets – which are the primary aircraft types to be supported by A330 MRTTs in future service with the United Arab Emirates Air Force. This re...

Final assembly begins for the second series production A400M airlifter

20 March 2012 News in brief

The second series production A400M is now taking shape inside Airbus Military’s Seville, Spain final assembly line. This activity was kicked off in February with integration of the aircraft’s wings and central wing-box, followed by arrival of the A400M’s other main components – including its vertica...

I-4D receives the “Enabling Technology Award” for air traffic management excellence

13 March 2012 News in brief

The Airbus-developed I-4D (initial four-dimensional) system has been recognised for technological excellence by leading information provider IHS Jane's, underscoring its capabilities for improving the efficiency of air traffic management operations worldwide. I-4D - which is a cornerstone of the SES...

Airbus’ John Leahy receives the highest civil decoration in France

13 March 2012 News in brief

In recognition of his contributions to aviation, Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers John Leahy has been named an “Officer” of the French Legion of Honour – which is the country’s highest civil decoration. Leahy joined Airbus in 1995, and has led a commercial team that has sold 80 per cent of...

Malaysia Airlines provides first glimpse of A380 in new livery

8 March 2012 News in brief

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) today revealed the design and specifications for its new A380, featuring a bright new livery and luxurious cabin layout.

The aircraft will accommodate 494 passengers in a three class configuration, seating eight passengers in First Class, 66 in Business Class and 420 in...

The King of Spain becomes first head of state to fly in Airbus Military’ A400M

1 March 2012 News in brief

King Juan Carlos I of Spain has become the first head of state to fly in Airbus Military’s new-generation A400M military airlifter. With Airbus Chief Test Pilot Military Edward Strongman and Experimental Test Pilot Ignacio Lombo, the King of Spain made a local flight of some 40 minutes from the Torr...

Airbus Military A330 MRTTs fly in formation

28 February 2012 News in brief

Three A330 MRTTs (Multi Role Tanker Transports) destined for different customers recently completed a formation flight in the skies above Spain. The lead aircraft, located furthest from the camera in the accompanying photo (at left) will join the UK Royal Air Force, where it is to be known as Voyage...

First A400M for the French Air Force takes shape in Seville

14 February 2012 News in brief

The first Airbus Military A400M for the French Air Force is taking shape in Seville, Spain, where its final assembly line is located. The final assembly process for this aircraft started last November. The nose and fuselage are already integrated and the aircraft was recently moved, on its landing g...

A330 production rate is at an all-time high

A330 production rate is at an all-time high
25 January 2012 News in brief

The production of Airbus’ A330 reached a rate of nine per month in January, bringing the output of this popular twin-engine jetliner to a record rate in meeting international demand.  Assembly of the A330 is performed in Toulouse, France, with Airbus planning a further ramp-up to 9.5 aircraft m...

A350 XWB static test aircraft parts arrive at final assembly line in Toulouse

First A350 XWB parts arrive at final assembly line in Toulouse
23 December 2011 News in brief

Airbus has delivered the first major airframe section to the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France. The 21-metre-long front fuselage section, delivered from Airbus in Saint-Nazaire,  is destined to become part of the A350 XWB static test airframe.  Final assembly of this airfram...

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