Airbus underscored its commitment to eco-efficiency with a leading role at the recent Aeromart Toulouse 2010 forum and exhibition, which attracted participants from 1,100 companies and 41 countries to spotlight sustainable development in aviation. The company’s presence included discussions on research and technology’s role in environmental improvement, as well as its support of the event’s “Green Aviation Village” – where Airbus offered a glimpse of air transport’s future with its model Concept Plane.
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Looking to the future at Aeromart Toulouse 2010
Production underway for Airbus’ initial A350 XWB fuselage barrel section
Airbus’ first carbon fibre fuselage barrel for the A350 XWB jetliner is now in production at the company’s Illescas, Spain facility. This 5.5-metre-long, 56-square-metre rear fuselage section is tapered, making its production as a barrel section the optimum solution, compared to a majority of the A350 XWB fuselage – which is made from long carbon fibre panels that are easier to manufacture and assemble than barrel sections.
Emirates' A380 fleet continues to grow
Dubai-based Emirates received its 15th A380 on 30 November, with the handover occurring at Airbus’ delivery centre in Hamburg, Germany. It is the 40th A380 provided to customers so far, and the 17th delivered this year. More than 7.5 million passengers have flown on A380s in revenue service to 20 international destinations.
The longest fuselage panel for Airbus’ A350 XWB completes its curing process
The A350 XWB programme has reached a new industrial milestone with the successful curing of this new-generation jetliner’s composite “crown” fuselage panel. The 19.7-metres-long, 77-square-metre component was completed by Airbus partner Spirit Aerosystems at its Kinston, North Carolina, USA site – where the panel is now ready for its trimming, drilling and non-destructive inspection processes, to be performed over the coming weeks.
An A380 visits the site of China's A320 assembly line
Tianjin, which is home to the A320 Family Final Assembly Line and Delivery Centre in China, gave a traditional welcome for the A380’s first visit to Tianjin Binhai International Airport. Today’s arrival brings to 125 the number of airports around the world visited by Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner.
Airbus’ President and CEO joins parachutists for jump from the A400M airlifter
The A400M’s superior capabilities for paratroop operations were underscored by a successful parachute jump from the Grizzly 3 developmental aircraft, which occurred yesterday over the La Juliana drop-zone near Seville, Spain. Included in the ten-man team of parachutists were Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders and Bruno Delannoy, A400M Programme Manager at the OCCAR organisation – both of whom are accomplished skydivers. See footage from the jump in Airbus’ video gallery.
The A380 takes to Egyptian skies for the first time
Airbus’ 21st century flagship A380 has completed its initial visit to Egypt, which concluded with a special flight over the country’s ancient pyramids. This milestone trip also included the A380 developmental aircraft’s presence at the 2010 AVEX International Airshow in Sharm el-Sheikh, as well as successful airport compatibility tests at Cairo International Airport.
Airbus delivers its 400th aircraft in 2010
Maintaining the sustained delivery rate in 2010, Airbus has handed over its 400th aircraft this year. The milestone jetliner was an A330-300 provided on 22 October to Cathay Pacific Airways. This Hong Kong-based carrier is a long-time operator of Airbus aircraft, with a major fleet of A330s/A340s currently in service and A350s on order.
China Southern Airlines' first A380 is fitted with its tail
The impressive 122-square-metre vertical tail plane for China Southern Airlines’ initial A380 has been fitted to the aircraft on the Final Assembly Line at Airbus’ Toulouse, France facility. This installation process takes about eight hours at the assembly line’s Station 40, which is the position where A380 major sections – including the wings – are fitted together. The A380’s tail is almost equivalent in size to an A320 wing, and when joined to the fuselage its tip stands 24 metres from the ground.
Delivery of the first A380 tail for China Southern Airlines
The vertical tail for China Southern Airlines’ initial A380 has arrived at its final assembly facility in Toulouse, France. This component was delivered today from Airbus’ production site in Hamburg, Germany, aboard a Beluga transport aircraft. China Southern Airlines, which has five A380s on order, is scheduled to become a new operator of Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner in 2011.