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Innovation and leadership on display: Airbus at the 2015 Paris Air Show

4 June 2015 News in brief

Airbus will showcase its highly-efficient families of commercial aircraft – which range from 100 to more than 500 seats – and continuous technological innovations at this year’s Paris Air Show, which runs from 15-21 June.

The company’s market-leading widebody product line will be out in “full force” on the grounds of Le Bourget Airport near Paris – with four total A350 XWB and A380 aircraft appearing during the event. Qatar Airways – the next-generation A350 XWB’s launch customer – will display one of its A350-900s, along with an A380. These jetliners are to be joined by two Airbus in-house developmental A350 XWB (MSN002) and A380 (MSN001) which will take part in flying demonstrations during the week. 

Airbus will also provide company news and updates throughout the event, and its traditional end-of-show news conference will be held on 18 June, at the Airbus Group Pavilion.

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Airbus and ORACLE TEAM USA: one step closer to the 2017 America’s Cup yacht race

27 February 2015 News in brief

Airbus, as Official Innovation Partner of ORACLE TEAM USA, and the defending champion of the America’s Cup, passed a key milestone in February when ORACLE TEAM USA launched its new foiling AC45S catamaran. This boat is a testing platform for the technology the team will use in the AC62 - the type of boat that will race in the 2017 America’s Cup.

To learn more about how Airbus engineers have been working alongside on this technology partnership to help ORACLE TEAM USA prepare to defend its title, visit and see the ORACLE TEAM USA channel on YouTube.    

Handover of the first A350 XWB jetliner to Qatar Airways is scheduled for 22 December

19 December 2014 News in brief

Airbus and Qatar Airways are set to open a new chapter in commercial aviation together with the official delivery of the world’s first customer A350-900 aircraft, which is planned for 22 December 2014 in Toulouse, France. Qatar Airways – the global launch customer for this highly efficient next-generation widebody jetliner type – has 80 total A350 XWB Family aircraft on order, including 43 A350-900s and 37 of the longer-fuselage A350-1000 versions. The carrier plans to commence commercial service with the A350 XWB between its Hamad International Airport hub in Doha, Qatar and Frankfurt, Germany in January. 

Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB incorporates the latest in aerodynamic design and advanced materials – including an airframe comprised of 53 percent composites – along with new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines to deliver a significant reduction in fuel burn and emissions, as well as lower maintenance costs.

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Luxury reaches new heights with the three-room suite on Etihad Airways’ A380

18 December 2014 News in brief

Benefitting from the A380’s spacious interior, Etihad Airways is equipping its 21st century Airbus flagship jetliner with a three-room suite.  Designated “The Residence by Etihad,” it is designed for up to two guests travelling together, and incorporates a living room, separate bedroom and ensuite bathroom.

The suite was created by leading interior designers and hospitality experts, reflecting an exclusive lifestyle with the ultimate in high-end luxury. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has 10 A380s on order, the first of which was provided by Airbus today to the United Arab Emirates’ flag carrier.

Time to “fly your ideas:” Airbus is accepting entries for the fourth edition of its student competition

12 November 2014 News in brief

Students around the world are getting ready to “reach for the skies” with Airbus as the deadline for entering the company’s Fly Your Ideas 2015 contest approaches. Supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the biennial Fly Your Ideas competition challenges teams of 3-5 students to develop innovative concepts for aviation’s future. 

For Round 1, during which teams submit their ideas, Airbus will continue accepting registrations and project proposals by 1 December. At the end of three progressively challenging rounds, the winning team will be selected from five finalists by a panel of Airbus and Industry experts in June 2015.  Fly Your Ideas’ top-prize is €30,000, with €15,000 awarded to the second-place team.  

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Airbus’ newest customer support centre begins operations in Malaysia

10 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus Customer Services’ Malaysian-based subsidiary – Airbus Customer Services Sbn Bnd – has commenced operations, providing support to customers in close proximity to this fast-growing South East Asia region. Co-located with Sepang Aircraft Engineering near Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the new Malaysian center will offer services that cover the complete range of Airbus’ modern, efficient jetliner product line – with a focus on the A380 and A350 XWB.

An even quieter approach: Airbus introduces air flow deflectors on the A320 Family

10 July 2014 News in brief

Building on the A320 Family’s established reputation for quiet operations, Airbus is reducing noise levels even further for its popular single-aisle product line with the introduction of small underwing air flow deflectors. Positioned just ahead of underwing cavities for the fuel over-pressure protection system, these devices prevent the cavities from generating a “whistling” sound which can sometimes be heard on the ground when the engines are at idle during final approach. Air flow deflectors were implemented in production A320 jetliners this spring and are also available as a retrofit modification.

Sichuan Airlines’ Flight Hour Services agreement for its A330 Family aircraft is extended

10 July 2014 News in brief

China’s Sichuan Airlines has extended its existing Flight Hour Services (FHS) components support contract to cover the airline’s entire fleet of A330 Family aircraft. This agreement – which will run for 12 years – provides A330 line-replaceable units, guaranteed spare parts availability through pool access service, on-site stock at Sichaun Airlines’ main base and selected outstations, along with repair services, components reliability and APU services. 

Maintenance programme submitted in preparation for the A350 XWB’s certification and service entry

9 July 2014 News in brief

The A350 XWB’s maintenance programme has been submitted for approval to the EASA, FAA and Transport Canada airworthiness authorities, representing a major milestone in preparations for the jetliner’s service introduction.  Definitive approval is expected during the summer, prior to the aircraft’s type certification and first customer delivery. The early involvement of Airbus’ maintenance and engineering teams – and discussions with authorities and customers – contributed to the development of an efficient A350 XWB maintenance programme. In particular, it will feature fewer and simpler maintenance visits, and flexible packaging of tasks, resulting in reduced scheduled maintenance workload compared with earlier generation aircraft.

Airbus moves forward with its “factory of the future” concept

9 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus has incorporated innovative digital tracking and monitoring RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology to help streamline and increase the efficiency of its industrial operations. By using RFID tags – attached to objects such as aircraft components and tools, and which are read automatically from distances of up to approximately 100 metres – Airbus can track and visualise its production processes in real-time. These capabilities have been deployed on the A330 and A350 final assembly lines in Toulouse, France, as well as for A400M wing assembly operations in the UK.




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