… / News in brief

News in brief

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.

Visit the website: www.a350xwb.com/delivery/qatar-airways/

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.  

• For more information on Fly Your Ideas 2015, visit www.airbus-fyi.com

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.

On track for certification: The A350 XWB flight test campaign marks key milestones

8 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus’ flight test department is moving at full-speed with all five A350-900 developmental aircraft now flying – a fleet that has accumulated more than 2,100 total hours in over 500 flights. Among the key recent achievements of the programme are crosswind tests with MSN001 in Keflavik, Iceland; MSN003’s hot-weather test campaign in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates; the first flight of MSN005 and two Early Long Flights (ELFs) performed by MSN002. Remaining certification tests include route-proving and “maximum energy” rejected takeoff evaluations, which will help pave the way for the A350 XWB’s planned certification in the third quarter of 2014 and the subsequent delivery of the first customer aircraft to Qatar Airways before year-end.

The first A350 XWB full-flight simulator is readied for airline flight crews

8 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus’ initial A350 XWB full-flight simulator – located at the company’s Flight Training Centre in Toulouse – is nearing the start-up of training operations with airline flight crews. Installed several months ago, this training device has been fine-tuned using data from the A350 XWB’s flight tests and is getting ready for its qualification process with aviation authorities this summer. Based on a CAE Series 7000 simulator and equipped with the latest visual system, the A350 XWB full-flight simulator is the Training Centre’s first such device to be fitted with a full electrical motion system – which delivers the same or improved performance compared to a hydraulic system while providing energy savings and environmental benefits.

Event

Orders & deliveries

LATEST NEWS BY THEMES

Innovation

A350 XWB

A380

A320

Twitter feed