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The Airbus Military A400M performs water ingestion tests

The Airbus Military A400M performs water ingestion tests
27 October 2011 News in brief

Airbus Military has successfully completed testing to demonstrate the new-generation A400M airlifter’s ability to operate on wet runways and taxiways without ingesting water into the engines. During these tests at Istres, France, the aircraft travelled through troughs containing 2-6 cm of water at s...

The Royal Saudi Air Force begins flight training on the A330 MRTT

The Royal Saudi Air Force begins flight training on the A330 MRTT
26 October 2011 News in brief

Royal Saudi Air Force crews have started flight training on their first A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) with Airbus Military instructors in Spain, which will allow them to qualify for air logistic transport and air-to-air refueling with pods and boom. Handover of the first A330 MRTT to the R...

Celebrating four years of “love at first flight”

Celebrating four years of “love at first flight”
25 October 2011 News in brief

Four years ago today, Airbus’ 21st century flagship A380 entered commercial revenue service in the fleet of Singapore Airlines. Since that time, the double-deck aircraft has been winning over business and leisure passengers alike – leading many travelers to specifically request flights on the A380, ...

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...

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