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Airbus’ next-generation A350 XWB jetliner “tours” Mobile, Alabama during its first-ever U.S. visit

23 May 2014 News in brief

Airbus’ A350 XWB MSN2 developmental aircraft made a high-profile appearance today in the skies over the U.S. state of Alabama, where the company’s newest A320 Family final assembly line is being constructed and the Airbus Mobile Engineering Center is located – both situated at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley near the city of Mobile. The jetliner’s special Alabama appearance followed more than two weeks of extreme weather testing at Eglin Air Force Base’s McKinley Climatic Lab in Florida and included a flyover of the Airbus LPGA Classic women’s professional golf tournament in Mobile. 

Opening new “windows”: Airbus offers upgraded electronic flight bag for Windows 8

13 May 2014 News in brief

Airbus is enhancing the capabilities of its “FlySmart with Airbus” electronic flight bag for Windows, with this year’s release of a new version that is fully compatible with the Windows 8 Pro operating system. Complementing the growing success of the company’s iPad application, this Windows version incorporates new functionalities for the electronic flight bag’s performance applications. In addition, Airbus also will soon introduce an updated tablet-optimized interface for Windows 8, which will become available in the fourth quarter of 2014. 

Over 13,000 pilots are “flying smart” with Airbus’ electronic flight bag iPad application

12 May 2014 News in brief

An increasing number of airlines have selected the “FlySmart with Airbus” electronic flight back (EFB) solution for iPad devices. To date, more than 13,000 pilots from 73 customers are taking advantage of this innovative tablet application – a total which represents approximately 14 percent of the worldwide Airbus pilot community. 

A “flying” experience: U.S. middle school students recognized for completing an Airbus-sponsored mentorship programme

9 May 2014 News in brief

Local middle school students from Wichita, Kansas “took to the skies” this month as part of an Airbus Corporate Foundation-sponsored initiative. As a reward for completing the “Flying Challenge” mentorship programme, 66 students were recognized with a flight over their hometown in a general aviation aircraft. Coordinated by the United Way of the Plains, the school-year-long programme seeks to inspire at-risk students to challenge themselves by matching them with locally-based Airbus engineers and Wichita State University engineering students. 

Concorde MSN1 arrives at its new home

14 March 2014 News in brief

One of the first Concorde jetliners built at Toulouse, France has made its final “voyage” with the aircraft’s ground transfer to the Airbus-supported Aeroscopia museum site at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.  Designated MSN1, this Concorde made its last flight in April 1985, returning to Toulouse after a career that included a full range of test and development activity.  The Aeroscopia museum where Concorde MSN1 will be permanently displayed has received funding from Airbus, and its collection also will include one of the initial A300s – the cornerstone widebody jetliner in Airbus’ product line – as well as the no. 1 flight test A400M military airlifter.

Airbus is named title sponsor of the LPGA golf tournament in Mobile, Alabama

21 January 2014 News in brief

Airbus will be the title sponsor for the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) tournament in Mobile this spring. The tournament will be known as the Airbus Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, and will be held May 22-25 at the RTJ Magnolia Grove in Mobile, Alabama. 

“The announcement that Airbus would be assembling A320 Family aircraft in its first U.S.-based production line in Mobile capped a long campaign that brought the community, elected officials and business together and put Mobile on the international stage within the aviation community,” said Allan McArtor, Chairman of Airbus Americas.  “Now, Airbus is proud to combine its name with another event which puts Mobile on the international stage in another arena: ladies professional golf.” 

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, it has diverse membership – with more than 1,700 members representing 29 different countries.

SKYMARK Airlines signs FHS Components contract with Airbus covering its leased A330s

20 November 2013 News in brief

SKYMARK Airlines has signed a Flight Hour Services (FHS) components contract with Airbus covering support for 10 leased A330 aircraft from 2014. Under this long-term agreement, Airbus Customer Services will provide spare parts availability guaranteed through an extensive scope of more than 700 line replaceable units (LRUs).

The contract includes pool access service as well as on-site stock at the main base and selected outstations and components maintenance service. An on-site Airbus FHS team will assist SKYMARK Airlines with daily spares management in order to secure the highest service level for daily A330 operations.

Didier Lux, EVP Customer Services at Airbus said: “We are delighted to welcome SKYMARK Airlines as a new FHS customer.” He adds: “This new FHS contract strengthens our market position in Asia and the ability to develop customized and tailored offers for our customers, through a successful collaboration between our respective teams.”

Airbus FHS contracts have now been selected to cover more than 120 aircraft from operators of A320, A330, A340 and A380. This new contract with SKYMARK reinforces Airbus’ strong presence in the services market.

European tour for Airbus’ A330 highlights the widebody aircraft family’s 1,000th delivery

23 September 2013 News in brief

Airbus’ in-house A330 developmental aircraft visited the company’s facilities across Europe this month, marking the milestone 1,000th delivery of an A330 Family jetliner – which was received by Cathay Pacific Airways earlier this summer. On its tour, the A330 was shown off for Airbus teams in Getafe, Spain; Hamburg and Bremen in Germany; Broughton, U.K; and Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and Toulouse in France.

Airbus ProSky will implement advanced navigation procedures for Drukair’s operations

17 September 2013 News in brief

Under an agreement signed with the Airbus ProSky subsidiary, Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines will utilise Required Navigation Performance Authorization Required (RNP AR) procedures throughout its network, starting with Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. Drukair – the Kingdom of Bhutan’s national carrier – will improve the overall safety and efficiency of its operations with these techniques, which allow aircraft to fly precisely along predefined routes using on-board navigation systems and the GPS-based global navigation satellite system.

Airbus Customer Services offers AP/FD-TCAS for in-service aircraft

12 September 2013 News in brief

Operators can now upgrade their in-service aircraft with Auto-Pilot/Flight-Director Traffic alert and Collision Avoidance System (AP/FD-TCAS) capability, which allows pilots to fly avoidance manoeuvres triggered by the TCAS system with either the auto-pilot or flight-director. Airbus’ packaged solutions cover all aircraft configurations to encourage operators to upgrade, improving safety with optimised reactions in collision avoidance in addition to other operational benefits – including the latest flight management and display functionalities. 

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