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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Belgian artist René Magritte is honoured with special Brussels Airlines A320 livery
Turkish Airlines’ 300th aircraft is an Airbus A330-300
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Follow us on Twitter for live updates throughout the airshow: www.twitter.com/airbus
Airbus and ORACLE TEAM USA: one step closer to the 2017 America’s Cup yacht race
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 www.oracleteamusa.com and see the ORACLE TEAM USA channel on YouTube.
Handover of the first A350 XWB jetliner to Qatar Airways is scheduled for 22 December
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
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.