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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...

Innovative ideas bring Singaporean students to Airbus’ headquarters

Innovative ideas bring Singaporean students to Airbus’ headquarters
14 December 2011 News in brief

Six Singaporean students were given “VIP treatment” by Airbus earlier this month, with a visit to the company’s headquarters in Toulouse, France – which the group earned in September by winning first prizes in the island nation’s annual CREATE high school competition. Their trip included tours of th...

Airbus starts joining the A350 XWB "MSN1" front fuselage

Airbus starts joining the first A350 XWB front fuselage
9 December 2011 News in brief

Airbus has started joining the first 21-metre long front fuselage section for the A350 XWB in Saint-Nazaire, France. This phase will continue over the coming weeks, and once completed, the front fuselage will be transported by Beluga to the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse. It will be the fi...

A beneficial change of scenery for Airbus’ Indian engineering centre

A beneficial change of scenery for Airbus’ Indian engineering centre
8 December 2011 News in brief

The Airbus Engineering Centre India (AECI) has relocated to a larger building within Bangalore, allowing for a consolidation of its teams into a single integrated facility and providing the necessary space for long-term growth over the next decade. The centre originally opened during April 2007, and...

Final assembly of first THAI A380 begins

Final assembly of first THAI A380 begins
23 November 2011 News in brief

Assembly of the first A380 for Thai Airways International (THAI) has now commenced at the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Toulouse. The final assembly process of an A380 is made up of several phases. At the first station, front, central, and aft fuselages, wings, horizontal and vertical tail planes (H...

Airbus starts making the wings for first A350 XWB

Airbus starts making the wings for first A350 XWB
22 November 2011 News in brief

Assembly of the first A350 XWB’s 32-metre-long carbon fibre wings has begun at Airbus’ recently-opened North Factory in Broughton, UK.  Pre-assembly of ribs, upper and lower covers and fixed leading and trailing edges already has taken place. These components will be moved into the main assembl...

A320 fitted with fuel-saving Sharklets prepares for flight-tests

A320 fitted with fuel-saving Sharklets prepares for flight-tests
21 November 2011 News in brief

Airbus has completed installation of the first set of Sharklet wing-tip devices on the company’s A320 development aircraft (MSN 001), preparing for the flight-test campaign in the coming weeks. Sharklets, which have been specially designed for the Airbus A320 Family, will reduce fuel burn by up to 3...

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