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Assembly begins for the A350 XWB "MSN1" horizontal tailplane

Assembly begins for the first A350 XWB horizontal tailplane
24 October 2011 News in brief

Airbus has started the assembly of the first A350 XWB’s horizontal tailplane (HTP) in Getafe, Spain. Joining of the two lateral boxes will produce the 17-metre span primary structure of the HTP. Structural assembly will continue over the coming weeks, followed by installation of the unit’s electric ...

Malaysia Airlines’ first A380 takes off from Toulouse for its maiden flight

Malaysia Airlines’ first A380 takes off from Toulouse for its maiden flight
21 October 2011 News in brief

The first A380 for Malaysia Airlines took off for its maiden flight yesterday following completion of final assembly and system tests in Toulouse, France. After a successful five-hour flight, the aircraft returned to Toulouse to be prepared for its next journey to the Airbus facilities in Hamburg, G...

The A350 XWB’s Trent engine rolls out for initial flight tests

The A350 XWB’s Trent engine rolls out for initial flight tests
18 October 2011 News in brief

Airbus has completed installation of the first Rolls-Royce Trent XWB flight test engine on the A380 “flying-testbed” aircraft. The aircraft and engine will now be prepared for the flight test campaign commencing in the coming weeks. The Trent XWB engine, which is the largest Rolls-Royce turbofan wit...

Airbus-supported high school competition selects best “green” ideas for the aviation sector

Airbus-supported high school competition selects best “green” ideas for the aviation sector
4 October 2011 News in brief

Six Singaporean students have earned a trip to Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France after winning first prizes in the island nation’s annual “CREATE” high school competition – which promotes career paths in the engineering field. Supported by Airbus and Singapore Airlines, this year’s challenge f...

The A350 XWB "MSN1" forward fuselage takes shape

The first A350 XWB forward fuselage takes shape
30 September 2011 News in brief

Airbus aerostructures partner Premium Aerotec has successfully put together the first forward fuselage for the A350 XWB at Nordenham, Germany. The impressive all-composite fuselage is 13 metres long and comprises four panels and the floor grid. Structural assembly work will continue over the coming ...

First A350 XWB nose section coming together in St Nazaire

First A350 XWB nose section coming together in St Nazaire
27 September 2011 News in brief

The first A350 XWB nose section has been transported by Beluga to Airbus in St Nazaire from partner company Aerolia’s site in Méaulte. The A350 XWB nose section comprises three main sub-assemblies: the cockpit plus upper and lower forward fuselage parts, which incorporate door one and the nose landi...

The A400M passes new certification tests in France and Spain

The A400M passes new certification tests in France and Spain
22 September 2011 News in brief

The Airbus Military A400M has completed a series of key tests over the past week as this new-generation airlifter moves closer to its civil and military type certification. These successful evaluations included the A400M’s high-energy rejected takeoff test in Toulouse, France, which confirmed the br...

Singapore Airlines signs for 15 A330-300s

Singapore Airlines signs for 15 A330-300s
15 September 2011 News in brief

Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong yesterday signed the final agreement to acquire 15 more A330-300 aircraft with John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France. The signature firms up an announcement from 29 June 2011. The A330 Family – which...

The first A350 XWB wing upper cover is en route to Airbus’ wing assembly plant in Broughton, UK

The first A350 XWB wing upper cover is en route to Airbus’ wing assembly plant in Broughton, UK
6 September 2011 News in brief

The first flyable A350 XWB wing upper cover manufactured at Airbus’ Stade, Germany site today was loaded on to a Beluga to be transported to Airbus’ wing assembly site in Broughton, UK. The A350 XWB lower wing cover made in Illescas, Spain will arrive in Broughton in the coming days. The A350 XWB wi...

Airbus continues its support for famine relief in Somalia

Airbus continues its support for famine relief in Somalia
2 September 2011 News in brief

An Airbus flight in support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) took off this morning on route to Nairobi, Kenya, to help support hunger relief efforts in Somalia. This flight carrying 41 tons of high energy food is the second Airbus relief flight following...

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