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And now there are three! The A319neo performs its first flight

The third member of Airbus’ best-selling A320neo Family – the A319neo – has gone airborne, performing its maiden flight today. After taking off from Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport in Germany (which is one of four final assembly line sites worldwide for the single-aisle jetliner family), the aircraft t...

31 March 2017 Headline news

The third member of Airbus’ best-selling A320neo Family – the A319neo – has gone airborne, performing its maiden flight today. After taking off from Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport in Germany (which is one of four final assembly line sites worldwide for the single-aisle jetliner family), the aircraft touched down five hours later at Airbus’ Toulouse, France headquarters location. 

This shortest-fuselage member of the A320neo product line is equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines – one of the two powerplants available on the NEO jetliners. 

Once in airline service, the...

China Southern Airlines orders 20 Airbus A350 XWBs

China Southern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900s, becoming the latest customer for the aircraft. 

China Southern Airlines now operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with more than 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising the A320 Family, the...

26 April 2017 Press Release

China Southern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900s, becoming the latest customer for the aircraft. 

China Southern Airlines now operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with more than 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising the A320 Family, the A330 Family and five A380s. 

Tan Wangeng, President of China Southern Airlines said: “With its very long range capability, economic fuel consumption and spacious cabin, the A350 XWB is the ideal choice for our international long haul routes. The introduction of the A350 XWB will help to...

WOW air takes delivery of its first A320neo

The Iceland-based airline to strengthen its all Airbus fleet

26 April 2017 Press Release

WOW air the low-fare airline based in Iceland has taken delivery of its first A320neo on lease from  Air Lease Corporation. WOW air is an all Airbus operator with 12 aircraft in its fleet to date.

WOW air selected the A320neo for its low operating costs and excellent fuel efficiency. The aircraft will feature a single-class cabin layout with 180 seats. The airline has chosen CFM engines to power the aircraft that will operate throughout Europe.

The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with over 5,0

Airbus delivers first ever A321neo to Virgin America

• Aircraft powered by CFM engines boosts fuel efficiency by at least 15 percent

• Significant reductions in emissions and noise

20 April 2017 Press Release

Airbus has delivered the first-ever A321neo. The latest generation aircraft powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines was handed over to U.S. airline Virgin America, an all-Airbus operator, at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany. 

“After Virgin America having been the first customer signing for the A320neo back in December 2010, we are today delighted to deliver the first A321neo to them,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer and President Commercial Aircraft. “With our largest, latest, most fuel efficient NEO Single Aisle aircraft we are turning a n

Airbus names finalists for “Fly Your Ideas 2017” student competition

New technologies and business models to shape the future of aviation

Five teams compete for the crown of most innovative and a €30,000 prize

12 April 2017 Press Release

Toulouse, 12th April – Airbus has shortlisted the five finalist student teams competing in the fifth edition of the Fly Your Ideas challenge. The radical concepts selected cover a wide range of innovations going from an alternative to satellite imagery, to improved aircraft taxiing, clever ways of boarding, new areas for luggage storage or offering a new business model using existing Airbus aircraft.

Representing nine different nationalities and eight universities across Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific, the five finalist teams embody true diversity, which is

BelugaXL hits the road

First large sections road convoy reaches final assembly hangar in Toulouse

12 April 2017 Press Release

Toulouse, 12 April 2017 – The first large sections of Airbus’ next generation new transport aircraft, the BelugaXL, have arrived at the aircraft Final Assembly facility (L34) in Toulouse. 

Following a five night long road convoy from Aernnova’s factory in Berantevilla, north eastern Spain, the panels (two laterals, one central) are required to complete the rear section of the BelugaXL. 

Together with further work packages built by various other partners, the sections will eventually form the first BelugaXL. The design concept

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Design decision: Airbus employees put a smile on the BelugaXL’s “face”

25 April 2017 Feature story

Smile, it’s often said, and the world smiles with you. If true, the world will soon find itself grinning ear to ear, but it still won’t match the BelugaXL’s supersized expression of joy. 

With the first of five next-generation oversize cargo airlifters slated to enter service in 2019, Airbus asked its employees to select how the A330 Family-based BelugaXL should appear to the world. “The six designs we proposed for consideration by employees respected our brand identity while running from the conventional to the unconventional, even adding a touch of fun,” explained Tim Orr, Airbus’...

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Airbus’ A350-1000 shows off its cold weather capabilities under the Northern Lights

2 March 2017

The latest member of Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB widebody family has undergone rigorous ground and flight tests in the extreme operating conditions of Iqaluit, Canada – which provided a picturesque backdrop accentuated by the Northern Lights. 

Iqaluit, a Canadian territory with a polar climate caused by the Labrador Current, allows Airbus’ longest-fuselage A350-1000 version to face-off against one of the most challenging environments for an aircraft. The jetliner successfully completed five days of intensive testing at an outside air temperature (OAT) th

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