The Airbus Military A400M has completed a series of key tests over the past week as this new-generation airlifter moves closer to its civil and military type certification. These successful evaluations included the A400M’s high-energy rejected takeoff test in Toulouse, France, which confirmed the braking system’s ability to safely stop the aircraft following a rejected takeoff at high speed and high weight. In parallel, Airbus Military also conducted emergency evacuation tests in Seville, Spain – demonstrating that the airlifter can safely be evacuated in a specified time when loaded with troops or other passengers.
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The A400M passes new certification tests in France and Spain
Singapore Airlines signs for 15 A330-300s
Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong yesterday signed the final agreement to acquire 15 more A330-300 aircraft with John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France. The signature firms up an announcement from 29 June 2011. The A330 Family – which spans 200 to 400 seats for the passenger variants and also includes freighter, VIP, and military transport/tanker variants – has now attracted over 1,150 orders.
The first A350 XWB wing upper cover is en route to Airbus’ wing assembly plant in Broughton, UK
The first flyable A350 XWB wing upper cover manufactured at Airbus’ Stade, Germany site today was loaded on to a Beluga to be transported to Airbus’ wing assembly site in Broughton, UK. The A350 XWB lower wing cover made in Illescas, Spain will arrive in Broughton in the coming days. The A350 XWB wing covers measure 32 metres long by six metres wide, making them the biggest single civil aviation parts made from carbon fibre ever.
Airbus continues its support for famine relief in Somalia
An Airbus flight in support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) took off this morning on route to Nairobi, Kenya, to help support hunger relief efforts in Somalia. This flight carrying 41 tons of high energy food is the second Airbus relief flight following an earlier one in early August this year. The A340 test aircraft was loaded in Toulouse by Airbus volunteers and left for Nairobi. The aid flight mission arranged between the Red Cross and the Airbus Corporate Foundation follows an appeal by the United Nations to private companies to provide logistical help to deliver aid to people in areas of Southeast Africa. Since its launch in December 2008, the Airbus Corporate Foundation, has completed some 20 relief flights to several destinations all over the globe.
China Southern Airlines’ first A380 enters final round of tests
The final phase of testing has begun for China Southern Airlines’ initial A380, which is scheduled to enter commercial service with the carrier later this year. These flight and ground evaluations, which are being carried out from Airbus’ facilities in Hamburg, Germany, are validating the double-deck jetliner’s general performance and cabin systems – including air flow and air conditioning, lighting, galleys, lavatories, seats and in-flight entertainment – before its upcoming flight to Toulouse, France for pre-delivery preparations.
Airbus provides famine relief for southeast Africa
The Airbus Corporate Foundation has helped deliver 36 tonnes of dried food to famine-blighted areas of southeast Africa, in a relief effort organised jointly with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IRFC). On 27 July, a flight test crew left Toulouse, France aboard an A340 and collected the supplies from Bergen, Norway – just two days after the United Nations appealed to private companies for help. The food was delivered to Nairobi, Kenya the following day, to be transported by road to the most-affected areas of neighboring Somalia.
Singapore high school competition seeks “green” ideas for the future of aviation
Airbus and Singapore Airlines are teaming up to support CREATE, an annual high school competition that promotes career paths in the engineering field. Organised by the Singapore government, this year’s edition focusses on “green” ideas for the aviation sector – with teams competing for a chance to visit Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France.
The 800th A330 Family aircraft is delivered by Airbus
Airbus has reached a new delivery milestone with handover of the 800th aircraft from its widebody A330 Family, which occurred today during a ceremony in Toulouse, France. The aircraft – an A330-200F freighter – was received by Aircastle Advisor Ltd for operation by Hong Kong Airlines, part of the HNA Group, and it marks the third added to Hong Kong Airlines’ fleet. To date, Airbus has received a total of 1,140 A330 orders from customers around the world.
New A330 delivery underscores the jetliner’s continued popularity in China
China Southern Airlines has received its latest A330-200, with handover occurring today during a ceremony at the 2011 Paris Air Show. This delivery reinforces the A330’s status as China’s most popular widebody aircraft – with a total of 77 jetliners now in service across the country. China Southern Airlines will mark another milestone later this year when it becomes the first Chinese operator of Airbus’ 21st century flagship A380.
Deliveries continue for Airbus Military’s A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport
Airbus Military today delivered Australia’s second A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), less than one month after handover of its initial aircraft – which was received for operation by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on 1 June. Designated the KC-30A in RAAF service, the country’s newest A330 MRTT was converted by Qantas Defence Services in Brisbane, Australia. The third aircraft currently is undergoing its conversion process in Brisbane, with delivery scheduled for later this year.