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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 Saudi’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, 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. 

Turkish Airlines’ 300th aircraft is an Airbus A330-300

4 February 2016 News in brief

The fleet of Turkish Airlines reached the 300th aircraft milestone with an A330-300, handed over during a ceremony today in Istanbul. To be deployed on medium- and long-haul routes in developing the airline’s growth strategy, this aircraft is fitted with “made in Turkey” galleys and economy-class seats. 

Turkish Airlines is a long-time operator for Airbus jetliners, starting in 1984 with the A310. Today, it operates some 160 Airbus-built aircraft, including more than 50 from the A330 Family.

Airbus pays homage to Jacques Rosay with the naming of its no. 1 A380.

30 November 2015 News in brief

The no. 1 A380, which continues to serve as Airbus’ flight test aircraft, has been named after late company test pilot Jacques Rosay, who was the first to fly the 21st century flagship and also contributed to development and certification activities for the A318, A319, A330-200, A340-600, and A340-500 while with Airbus. 

During a naming ceremony for A380 MSN 001 (Manufacturer’s Serial Number 1) at Airbus’ Toulouse, France headquarters facility this month, Rosay was recognized for his professional qualities, as well as his humility and down-to-earth attitude. Rosay’s name has been added below the cockpit windows on the A380 testbed aircraft.  

With a true passion for aviation, Rosay served as Airbus’ Chief Test Pilot from 2000 to 2011. He died on 12 June 2015 at the age of 66.

Building tomorrow’s leaders: Airbus Little Engineer initiative fosters talent development

12 November 2015 News in brief

With a focus on the future, Airbus is successfully spreading its spirit of innovation through a programme that inspires students in the Middle East and North Africa region to pursue careers in the aerospace industry. 

This initiative – called Airbus Little Engineer – has been a strong success from the start in 2012. It has attracted more than 2,000 students to date for specially tailored workshops in such countries as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Sri-Lanka, Morocco, Lebanon and Oman. 

Designed to inspire the next generation of professionals that will support the region’s fast-growing aviation sector in the future, these Airbus Little Engineer workshops offer a fun and engaging environment for students. They are currently providing a “hands-on” introduction in three aerospace topics: Airbus Little Engineer “Robotics” workshop, for ages 10; Airbus Little Engineer “A380 Assembly” workshop, for ages 13-15; and Airbus Little Engineer “Space” workshop, for ages 15-17.

Workshops for the Airbus Little Engineer initiative have even come to this year’s Dubai Airshow and took place during Future’s Day, for which Airbus is one of the main sponsors. These workshops were run in collaboration with key stakeholders and partners, such as the General Civil Aviation Authority, Mubadala, UAE Space Agency and Dubai Airport Free Zone.

Airbus Little Engineer results from the Airbus Middle East subsidiary’s partnership with The Little Engineer, an edutainment organisation that promotes the appreciation of science, technology, engineering and math.  

Getting ready for the show: Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB arrives for the 2015 Dubai Airshow

7 November 2015 News in brief

Airbus’ A350 XWB jetliner is ready for the spotlight at the Dubai Airshow as part of its Middle East demonstration tour that is showcasing this highly-efficient member of the company’s market-leading widebody product line.

The A350 XWB’s Dubai Airshow presence is the third stop in a high-profile demo tour for airlines across the Middle East region, which kicked off earlier this week with visits to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait City, Kuwait, before the jetliner’s arrival in the United Arab Emirates. Following the Dubai Air Show, the tour will conclude in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, marking the A350 XWB’s first-ever appearance in Africa.

The Middle East demonstration tour is being carried out by Airbus’ cabin-equipped MSN002 developmental A350-900 jetliner. During the Dubai Airshow, the aircraft will be displayed in Airbus’ static exhibition area and also performing in the air show’s flying presentations.



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