As part of its obligations under the European REACH chemicals regulations that came into force in June 2007, Airbus identified and pre-registered all eligible hazardous substances used in the manufacture of its aircraft by the end of November 2008. REACH - which stands for Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals - requires registration of all hazardous substances used, manufactured or imported above one tonne per year in the European Union by 2018.
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A chemical-tracking milestone for environmental regulations
New aircraft research programme to wrap up in 2009
The European NACRE (New aircraft concept research) programme will complete its research work in 2009, having focussed on three areas: green aircraft designed to minimise environmental impacts; passenger-focused aircraft providing game-changing cabin comfort; and economical aircraft that afford a maximum return on investment. The Airbus-led consortium has evaluated many concepts during the NACRE project, including flying wing designs and new propulsion systems.
New eco-efficient landing procedures demonstrated with the A330
New landing procedures that reduce the amount of fuel burned - as well as lowering emissions and noise levels - have been validated in "green" flight trials performed with Scandinavian Airlines A330s. These evaluations were carried out in a cooperative effort with Airbus, Scandinavian Airlines and the Swedish LFV airport authority, and involved a continuous descent approach (CDA) to airports. Scandinavian Airlines estimates the CDA procedures can result in an estimated annual fuel reduction of 95 tonnes per aircraft, equalling a 290-tonne reduction in C02 emissions and a reduction in airport noise levels by 3-5 decibels.
First power-on completed for the A400M
The no. 1 A400M has successfully completed its first electrical system power-on, marking another milestone toward the Airbus military airlifter's maiden flight. This activity took place at Station 40 on the final assembly line in Seville, Spain, and was followed by the A400M's transfer to Station 35 - where all of the on-board systems will be checked for compliance with design requirements, and data automatically recorded for later analysis and evaluation.
Airbus wins radio frequency identification (RFID) award
Airbus won the best company radio frequency identification (RFID) implementation award at the 2008 U.S. RFID Journal LIVE! Conference, held April 16-18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This selection was made by an independent panel of judges who chose Airbus from over 100 entrants, including the U.S. Department of Defense and the Metro Group. The judges were impressed with Airbus' comprehensive approach to deploying RFID company-wide, its pilot and implementation results, and its focus on delivering quick value to the company and its value chain partners.
Two decades of A320 Family airline service
When the first A320 Family aircraft entered revenue service with launch customer Air France in April 1988, it was one of just 16 single-aisle aircraft provided to customers that year. Now, two decades later, more than 3,400 A320 Family aircraft have been delivered to over 200 operators and clients around the globe. And, with a backlog of 2,700 orders, demand for the Airbus single-aisle aircraft has never been higher - with production line slots all but filled through 2013. At its launch, the A320 aircraft product line offered a step change, and its efficiency and versatility remain unmatched today. The family continues to benefit from regular updates to its technology and its interior - maintaining its popularity with airlines worldwide, while also finding a growing customer base among VIP and corporate operators.
Airbus test crew visit children in hospital
Airbus and the French association "Hôpital Sourire" (Hospital Smile) organised an afternoon tea at the Children's Hospital in Toulouse with Airbus test pilots and engineers. This 17 March event was the occasion for hospitalised children to meet crewmembers of the A380's historic first flight. The children viewed a video of this milestone maiden flight and asked questions of the crew. More occasions such as this one are planned in France and other European countries. By this and similar actions, Airbus underscores and reinforces its commitment to the company's main themes of community and corporate citizenship, such as the environment and integrating young people.
Airbus participates in IATA's Madrid meeting
The latest meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) organised 25- 27 February in Madrid, gathered some 800 delegates and representatives of aerospace organisations around the subjects of "Fly safe, fly smart, fly green" and crisis management. Airbus took an active part in the discussions and in particular in the Future Aircraft Technologies panel, the objective of which was to discuss advanced engine technologies, alternative fuels and new aircraft design. IATA, an international organisation created some 60 years ago by a group of airlines, today comprises more than 240 airlines representing some 94 per cent of the international scheduled air traffic.
Royal Jordanian becomes new A319 operator
Royal Jordanian received its first A319 on 13 March in Hamburg in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Al-Hussein. Royal Jordanian's Vice Chairman of the Board and CEO, Mr. Samer A Majali, was delighted with the new product. "By 2014, our fleet of aircraft will grow to 34, and today we have great pleasure in taking delivery of the first of six Airbus A319 aircraft, which will help impose our airline as a leading intra-regional carrier", he declared. The airline has been an Airbus customer since 1987.
First A380 for Qantas
The first A380 for Australia's Qantas is one step closer to its delivery. This aircraft, MSN14, flew from the Toulouse, France final assembly line to Airbus' Hamburg-Finkenwereder facility in Germany for the installation of its cabin. The completion of fuselage painting also will be performed at Hamburg-Finkenwereder prior to the aircraft's delivery in the summer of this year to Qantas. The airline has ordered a total of 20 A380s.