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First A350 XWB air inlet is provided for engine test campaign

First A350 XWB air inlet is provided for engine test campaign
11 June 2010 News in brief

Airbus has delivered the initial jet engine air inlet for its next-generation A350 XWB, which is to be utilised by Rolls-Royce for cross-wind testing and certification of the Trent XWB engine.  This highly-advanced component feeds engines with air, keeps the fan stable and performs a de-icing role – while also reducing overall engine noise.  Two additional air inlets will be supplied in 2010 for blade-out rig testing and aerodynamic and noise tests.

The A380 makes its 100th airport visit

The A380 makes its 100th airport visit
2 June 2010 News in brief

Another A380 milestone was achieved on 31 May when Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner was welcomed to its 100th airport.  This occurred with the stopover of Lufthansa’s no. 1 A380 at Karlsruhe/Baden Baden Airport, Germany, in the framework of the carrier’s line-training activities. The 100 airports visited to date by the A380 include such large international hubs as London Heathrow, Beijing and New York; medium-sized passenger airports like Milwaukee in the United States and Karlsruhe/Baden Baden; and smaller airfields such as Canada’s Iqaluit and Oshkosh in the U.S.

Chinese A320 final assembly line delivers its 10th aircraft in 2010

Chinese A320 final assembly line delivers its 10th aircraft in 2010
1 June 2010 News in brief

Production of A320 Family jetliners on the new Tianjin final assembly line in China is on track at the rate of two aircraft per month, and will continue to ramp up to the planned four monthly pace by 2012.  Since the start of this year, 10 A320 Family aircraft have been provided to customers from the Tianjin facility, bringing the total number to 21 since the Chinese final assembly line delivered it first aircraft in June 2009.

“See the bigger picture” photo exhibit raises biodiversity awareness in Germany

“See the bigger picture” photo exhibit raises biodiversity awareness in Germany
10 May 2010 News in brief

Continuing its world tour as part of the International Year of Biodiversity, the “See the bigger picture” photo exhibition is now appearing in Berlin, Germany for Reisepavillon 2010 – the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism. The display – which features winning images from Airbus’ youth photo competition highlighting biodiversity – is part of the company’s support for the United Nations’ Green Wave initiative.

A320 gets state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system

A320 gets state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system
26 April 2010 News in brief

The best keeps getting better at Airbus, which continues to develop new innovations for its benchmark A320 single-aisle aircraft family. Saudi Arabian Airlines' initial A320 is the first to be equipped with a high bandwidth in-flight entertainment system, which allows passengers to access high-speed interactive services such as full audio and video on demand. This option is now available on all Airbus aircraft.

Chinese A320 production facility delivers seventh aircraft this year

Chinese A320 production facility delivers seventh aircraft this year
16 April 2010 News in brief

Airbus' new Chinese final assembly line recently delivered its 18th aircraft to date - an A320 to China Southern Airlines, which operates the largest Airbus fleet in the country. Output at this modern Tianjin-based facility will be ramped up to four aircraft monthly by the end of 2011 to meet China's growing demand for highly efficient single-aisle aircraft.

Airbus reinforces its management team in Japan

Airbus reinforces its management team in Japan
16 April 2010 News in brief

Stephane Ginoux has been named Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Japan, succeeding Glen S. Fukushima, who becomes Chairman of the organisation. In his new role, Ginoux will assume responsibility for all Airbus activities in Japan - including marketing, commercial strategy and customer relations - and strive to further strengthen business ties with the country's aviation industry. Ginoux is a 14-year veteran of Eurocopter Japan, which he will continue to lead as CEO.

A second aircraft joins the A400M flight test campaign

A second aircraft joins the A400M flight test campaign
15 April 2010 News in brief

The second Airbus Military A400M - designated MSN2 - has entered the flight test programme. MSN2 - one of five aircraft that will conduct the 3,700-hour campaign - joins the no. 1 A400M, which already has completed more than 66 flight hours in 15 flights. The third aircraft is expected to fly by the beginning of summer, and the fourth A400M near the end of 2010.

16th Chinese-assembled aircraft delivered to Spring Airlines

16th Chinese-assembled aircraft delivered to Spring Airlines
11 March 2010 News in brief

China's first private low-cost carrier Spring Airlines has received its initial A320 produced at Airbus' Chinese final assembly line, joining the growing list of operators to receive aircraft from this facility. The A320 - configured in an efficient 180-economy seat layout - will be deployed on routes between Shanghai and other Chinese cities. It is the 16th aircraft built at the Tianjin assembly line, as well as the 16th A320 to join Spring Airlines' all-Airbus fleet.

First Chinese-built A320 is delivered to Shanghai's Juneyao Airlines

First Chinese-built A320 is delivered to Shanghai's Juneyao Airlines
8 February 2010 News in brief

First Chinese-built A320 is delivered to Shanghai's Juneyao Airlines

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