The first flight of a Sharklets-equipped A321 was performed today as this aircraft flew from Airbus’ Hamburg, Germany production site to the company’s Toulouse, France headquarters facility. It joins the on-going certification flight test campaign of these large fuel-saving wing tip devices, which are offered as an option on A320ceo (current engine option) Family jetliners and are standard on A320neo (new engine option) Family aircraft.
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Sharklet-equipped A321 takes off on maiden test flight
A new international destination for China Southern Airlines A380s
China Southern Airlines has expanded the route network for its A380 fleet with the start-up of operations on international routes. This achievement was marked by a trans-Pacific flight between China’s Guangzhou Baiyun airport and Los Angeles International in the United States during October. The three initial A380 flights on this route – which also were the first China-U.S. services for China Southern A380s – were a popular ticket for customers, with over 90 per cent of seats sold.
Electrical “genius” is on display at the ILA Berlin Air Show
The Airbus-sponsored e-Genius electrically-powered aircraft – which is being utilised to examine the long-term potential of electricity as a major onboard energy source for commercial aviation applications – is on display at the 2012 ILA Berlin Air Show. Data collected from operation of the University of Stuttgart-developed e-Genius aircraft will be analysed by Airbus’ Future Projects teams to further pursue the technology and better understand its opportunities.
Singapore Airlines receives the milestone 80th A380
Airbus reached another programme milestone for its 21st century flagship A380 with delivery of the 80th aircraft, received today by Singapore Airlines. This carrier was the first to operate the double-deck jetliner in October 2007, and has used the A380 to such destinations as Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo and Zurich. In service with a total of eight airlines around the globe, an A380 takes off or lands every eight minutes.
Airbus Military starts final assembly for Turkey’s first A400M airlifter
The initial A400M for the Turkish Air Force has begun its final assembly process, which kicked off this week at Airbus Military’s Seville, Spain facility following arrival of the airlifter’s vertical and horizontal tailplane components. Turkey is scheduled to receive its no. 1 A400M during 2013.
Airbus launches dedicated website for Fly Your Ideas contest
With the 2013 edition of Airbus’ “Fly Your Ideas” student competition gearing up to start in September, the company has launched a new website to provide information on this international contest. Visitors to the site have the opportunity to register for e-mail updates on the competition, which involves of student teams from all over the world competing for a top prize of €30,000 by developing new ideas for more eco-efficient air travel. The winning team will be selected by a panel of judges from the aviation industry and announced during June of next year.Visit the Fly Your Ideas website at: www.airbus-fyi.com/
The Airbus Military A400M receives its official naming: ATLAS
A new programme milestone has been reached for Airbus Military’s A400M with announcement of this next-generation airlifter’s official naming: ATLAS. The designation was confirmed today during a ceremony held at the Royal International Air Tattoo industry event in England, which involved the European Union’s OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'ARmement) agency for joint armament cooperation and the A400M’s customer nations.
Malaysia Airlines’ no. 1 A380 is ready for service
The first of six A380s ordered by Malaysia Airlines departed Airbus’ Toulouse, France facility today on its way to Kuala-Lumpur, where it is scheduled to be placed into service on 1 July. Seating 494 passengers in a premium three-class layout, the aircraft features a special celebration livery, and is equipped with such cabin amenities as the latest individual in-flight entertainment systems, USB ports and satellite telephone service.Upon its entry into operation on the Kuala-Lumpur to London route, Malaysia will become the eighth operator of Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner.
The five A400M test aircraft complete an impressive formation flight
As the next-generation A400M continues its certification evaluations, all five of the programme’s flight test aircraft took to the sky this week for a unique formation flight performed by the Airbus Flight Test teams. The exercise originated from Toulouse, France, and provided many impressive visuals. Once completed, each aircraft returned to its individual testing activities – which include evaluations for handling quality (performed by A400M test aircraft MSN1), wing pod hose stability (MSN2), engine performance (MSN3), pressurisation and oxygen (MSN4), and function and reliability (MSN6).
Airbus employees on the move for “cycle to work” week
To mark Europe’s bicycle week, nearly 1,500 Airbus employees at the company’s Toulouse, France-area facilities used this two-wheel means of transport in May for their travel to work – with many posing for a family photo at the A350 XWB final assembly line. “Cycle to work” activities also were organised at other worldwide Airbus facilities in recognition of the European bicycle week.