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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.

Airbus “hits the switch” for reduced energy use in the workplace

12 October 2015 News in brief

As energy efficiency plays a crucial role in a more competitive and sustainable business, Airbus is now pushing for even greater improvements across the company. 

A particular emphasis has been placed on the four Airbus home countries: France, Germany, Spain and the UK – each of which is transitioning to a low-carbon grid, deploying renewables and new technologies. Airbus also is working to harmonise processes across the Airbus Group parent company with its fellow divisions, Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence and Space. 

Since 2006, Airbus has successfully reduced the revenue-based energy consumption of its European facilities by 45 per cent and simultaneously decreased their absolute energy consumption by 7.6 per cent. 

For more information on Airbus’ efforts to reduce energy consumption, visit the dedicated page in the “Eco-efficiency” section.

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.  

• For more information on Fly Your Ideas 2015, visit

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.




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