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Celebrating the “Airbus family spirit” on International Civil Aviation Day

7 December 2016 News in brief

In celebration of today’s International Civil Aviation Day, Airbus has released a video showing its jetliner family in action – underscoring how the company is shaping the future of air transportation with its comprehensive product line of modern jetliners.

Timed with a yearly worldwide observance of the aviation industry’s benefits, as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly for December 7, the five-minute Airbus video takes a behind-the-scenes look as the company’s multi-national flight test crew prepares and executes a formation flight involving the A320neo, A330-200, A350-900 and A380.

Airbus has always placed a high priority on maximizing the commonality of its jetliner families, which pays dividends for customers – making operations, training and maintenance easier and less expensive. In line with this proven philosophy, 15 of the company’s aircraft models – from the 100-seat A318 to the double-deck A380 – feature nearly identical flight decks and similar handling characteristics.

To date, more than 10,000 Airbus aircraft have been delivered to airline customers in all regions of the world – including Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa; along with handovers to lessors, government and private jet operators.

See also the Airbus Group aviation day story

 

Thailand student innovators experience the future of “greener” aviation at Airbus headquarters

2 December 2016 News in brief

Winners of a Thailand student competition that addresses environmental aspects of air transport were welcomed to Toulouse, France for briefings on Airbus technical innovations, along with visits to the A350 XWB and A380 final assembly lines, and a close-up look at the passenger cabin mock-up centre. 

Thai Airways International (THAI) is the sponsor of this contest, called “TG Travel Green Innovation,” with the nine winners from its second competition provided the opportunity to visit Airbus’ Toulouse, France headquarters during November.  

Accompanied by their professors and two TV crews, the group initially flew to Paris aboard one of THAI’s A380 jetliners, then travelled to Toulouse in southwestern France for a first-hand experience at the heart of Airbus operations. 

Opening doors in South Korea: Airbus’ A380 supports growth at the country’s major hub

21 November 2016 News in brief

As a highly modern society, it is no surprise that South Korea today has two home-based A380 airline operators – Korean Air and Asiana Airlines – who are taking advantage of the “A380 effect” to define new opportunities in the Seoul Capital Area and own the sky. 

Using Incheon Airport as a finely-tuned hub-and-spoke operation to serve South Korea and its capital city, Seoul, these carriers’ A380s are important assets in capturing traffic growth, developing business and increasing tourism links across Asia and beyond. 

A combined total of 15 A380s currently are flown by the two airlines, helping put Incheon Airport on track to become one of the world’s top global airports. 

For more on how the A380 is generating business and development for Korea, see Airbus’ YouTube video.

Flying high in China: Airbus’ A350 XWB concludes a successful demonstration tour in the country

17 November 2016 News in brief

Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB jetliner took centre stage in China this month – proving that the world’s most-modern and fuel-efficient widebody aircraft is ready to shape the future in a country which is expected to become the largest market for passenger air traffic over the next 20 years. 

The aircraft manufacturer showcased its MSN002 test aircraft – which features a carbon-themed livery and full passenger cabin – to airlines, officials and media during an 11-day trip that included stopovers at Haikou, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, along with the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China) in Zhuhai. 

With 5 percent of the A350 XWB aircraft manufactured in China, contributions from the country’s aviation sector represent an important strategic industrial cooperation with Airbus. The A350 XWB also has received several key endorsements from Chinese customers, including firm A350-900 orders from China Eastern Airlines and Air China, as well as Sichuan Airlines’ Letter of Intent to lease four A350-900 jetliners. 

A “carbon copy:” The no. 2 A350-1000 rolls out sporting the A350 XWB Family’s signature composites livery

23 September 2016 News in brief

Airbus’ second A350-1000 flight test aircraft has emerged from the paint shop in Toulouse, France with a distinctive carbon fibre-themed livery that is inspired by the advanced composites technology incorporated on the world’s most-modern widebody aircraft product line. 

The A350-1000 is the longest-fuselage member of the all-new, highly efficient A350 XWB Family, which features the most comfortable and quietest twin-aisle cabin in the world. The A350-1000 typically seats 366 passengers and offers a 25 percent lower operating cost than its similarly sized competitors. 

Evoking the composite materials that make up more than 50 percent of the A350 XWB airframe, the recognizable carbon paint scheme is harmonised on two aircraft in the A350 XWB test fleet: the no. 2 A350-1000, designated MSN065 in Airbus’ numbering system; and its “sister” MSN002, an A350-900 version.  

MSN065 will take part in the certification campaign as the only A350-1000 flight test aircraft to be equipped with a full passenger cabin. It will perform cabin and air systems tests, along with undertaking the early long flights and route proving in 2017. 

A rapid phase-in for Saudi Arabian Airlines’ A330-300 Regional jetliners

1 September 2016 News in brief

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) is quickly building up its A330-300 Regional jetliner fleet, receiving ten aircraft during 2016 from a total of 20 on order. After Saudia’s initial A330-300 Regional delivery earlier this summer, two more were provided by Airbus in August, along with seven others before year-end. 

Saudia is leasing the A330-300 Regional fleet from International Air Finance Corporation (IAFC). These aircraft are joining the national carrier of Saudi Arabia’s current A330-300 and A320 Family jetliners to boost capacity on some of its most in-demand regional/domestic routes. 

The A330-300 Regional is Airbus’ latest A330 family member, optimized for flights out to distances of 2,700 nm. – covering short- to medium-haul routes with up to five hours’ flight time. 

Airbus reduces VOC emissions with improved technologies and processes

23 May 2016 News in brief

Minimising harmful VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions is a continuing focus at Airbus as part of its multi-pronged Blue5 initiative for improved environmental performance. Since 2006, the company has made impressive progress – decreasing VOC emissions by more than 60 per cent compared to revenue (and nearly 30 per cent in absolute terms) across its European sites. 

This improvement was underscored with recent achievements in Europe – such as the installation of a new washer for painting tools at Saint-Eloi, France; the replacement of a solvent-based primer with a water-based alternative at Puerto Real, Spain; and implementation of a new water-based touch-up paint dispensing/distribution process at Broughton, UK. In addition to the VOC guidelines, Blue5 sets targets for conserving energy and water, as well as reducing waste and CO2 emissions.

Reach new heights with Airbus-branded merchandise

29 March 2016 News in brief

The revitalized “Let’s shop Airbus” official store is now on-line, offering a full collection of branded apparel, accessories, scale models, collectables and other items for aviation enthusiasts of all ages.

Open 24 hours a day at www.airbus-shop.com, the available merchandise includes plastic models representing the company’s best-selling commercial jetliners; clothing and apparel ranging from caps, shirts and jackets to stylish cashmere scarves; along with lanyards, key rings, watches, headsets and luggage. Shoppers also can stay connected with the Airbus store via newsletter sign-up.

Going the Xtra distance: Continuous innovation for the A350-900

28 March 2016 News in brief

The A350-900 version of Airbus’ A350 XWB jetliner will be able to fly even farther from 2020, thanks to increased fuel efficiency and an optional increased maximum takeoff weight (MTOW).

Contributing to the longer range are aerodynamic enhancements by Airbus and engine improvements to the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB powerplant, which together reduce A350-900 fuel consumption by two per cent. Combining this with the higher takeoff weight option of 280 metric tonnes enables the A350-900 to cover a distance of 8,100 nautical miles with a typical full passenger load – 500 nautical miles farther than at the jetliner’s entry-into-service in 2015.

Belgian artist René Magritte is honoured with special Brussels Airlines A320 livery

21 March 2016 News in brief

Brussels Airlines has unveiled its second A320 with a special livery inspired by famous Belgians. This aircraft is dedicated to surrealist artist René Magritte, and its exterior incorporates elements from two of his most famous paintings: La Clairvoyance and Le Retour. The A320’s interior also has undergone a surrealist makeover – featuring a flock of cloud-filled birds from Le Retour, along with the work La Belle-Société, which includes Magritte’s iconic man in a bowler hat. The A320 was designed by Brussels Airlines marketing team members in conjunction with the Fondation Magritte, and it follows last year’s unveiling of an A320 depicting well-known Belgian comic book character Tintin. 

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