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Reinforcing Airbus’ widebody leadership: A330neo is a winner at the Farnborough Airshow

Wrapping up its best performance ever at a biennial Farnborough Airshow, Airbus logged new business for 496 aircraft – including 133 widebody jetliners with agreements involving the newly-launched A330neo and in-production A330ceo versions, along with the soon-to-enter-service A350 XWB.

17 July 2014 Headline news

The A330neo (new engine option) was at the centre of attention throughout the week-long industry event, with Airbus’ go-ahead for the launch of this new engine option aircraft followed by rapid-paced announcements of commitments for 121 aircraft.  

These bookings involved both versions being offered: the A330-800neo, which has the same fuselage length as Airbus’ in-production A330-200ceo (current engine option); and the A330-900neo, which uses the A330-300ceo’s fuselage length.  

With this latest product line addition, Airbus continued to reinforce its widebody jetliner...

Airbus A350 XWB completes its Route Proving World Tour

On track towards Type Certification in Q3 this year

14 August 2014 Press Release

The world’s newest Widebody airliner, the Airbus A350-900, has successfully completed a series of Route Proving trials, receiving an enthusiastic welcome at each of the 14 cities it has visited over the past three weeks. At the technical Route Proving the aircraft must demonstrate its readiness for airline operations on a global scale. This last series of trials is required for Type Certification, which is expected in Q3 this year.

The A350 XWB completed its Route Proving after landing in Toulouse, France on August 13th (17:00 UTC) coming from Helsinki, Finland. The exercise took...

Airbus chooses AIDC as new supplier for best-selling A320 Family

Taiwanese corporation to supply composite panels for aft belly fairing

14 August 2014 Press Release

Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) in Taiwan has become a new tier-one supplier for Airbus. Under the agreement, which followed a thorough evaluation process, AIDC will produce composite panels for A320 Family aircraft aft belly fairings. The contract was signed by François Mery, Airbus Senior Vice President Aerostructure, Procurement and Tony Liou, AIDC Senior Vice President.

The Airbus A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line. As of end July 2014, the A320 Family had accumulated over 10,900 firm orders, with more than 6,100 aircraft delivered. The...

The A350 XWB arrives in Sao Paulo for the first time ever

The world’s newest, most modern and efficient aircraft, the Airbus A350 XWB, made its Brazilian debut, arriving at Guarulhos International Airport (GRU), in Sao Paulo, on Wednesday, 6th August.

The aircraft, MSN 005, is one of five A350 XWB prototypes used to perform comprehensive flight test and ...

7 August 2014 Press Release

The world’s newest, most modern and efficient aircraft, the Airbus A350 XWB, made its Brazilian debut, arriving at Guarulhos International Airport (GRU), in Sao Paulo, on Wednesday, 6th August.

The aircraft, MSN 005, is one of five A350 XWB prototypes used to perform comprehensive flight test and development trials. The aircraft flew to Sao Paulo as part of its “Route Proving” mission required for Type Certification, which is expected in September this year. This exercise will include the aircraft flying a representative airline schedule, demonstrating its maturity for airline operations....

The A350 XWB arrives in Santiago for the first time ever

World tour in final phase of testing to reach certification

7 August 2014 Press Release

The world’s newest, most modern and efficient aircraft, the Airbus A350 XWB, made its Chilean and South American debut this morning, arriving at the FIDAE fairgrounds located in the Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport.

The aircraft, MSN 005, is one of five A350 XWB prototypes used to perform comprehensive flight test and development trials. The aircraft flew to Santiago as part of its “Route Proving” mission required for Type Certification, which is expected in September this year. This exercise will include the aircraft flying a representative airline schedule,...

The A350 XWB makes its debut in New Zealand

World tour in final phase of testing to reach certification

6 August 2014 Press Release

The world’s newest, most modern and efficient aircraft, the Airbus A350 XWB has made its debut in New Zealand, landing at Auckland International Airport carrying VIP guests on August 5th, from Sydney. Earlier in the day, the A350 XWB touched down in Sydney from Johannesburg, South Africa. On the 6th afternoon, the aircraft will fly to Santiago, Chile.

The aircraft is operated by Airbus flight crews and during this route proving exercise a representative airline schedule operation has to be demonstrated such as normal airline turnarounds using airport handling services

The tests form part...

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Aircraft and honey: Bees are playing a key role in “monitoring” Airbus’ environmental footprint

28 July 2014 Feature story

To help analyze the environmental footprint of its operations at Finkenwerder Airport in Hamburg, Germany, Airbus also produces more than 600 jars of honey per year from beehives on site.

As part of the company’s bio-monitoring efforts, honey from these bees – which collect the pollen and nectar from hundreds of thousands of plants across an approximately 12-square-kilometre area – can provide key data on the quality of surrounding soil, air and water. For example, any metal or chemical deposits in flowers from the surrounding areas would also be detected in the honey.

The honey is sent to...

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Airbus’ newest customer support centre begins operations in Malaysia

10 July 2014

Airbus Customer Services’ Malaysian-based subsidiary – Airbus Customer Services Sbn Bnd – has commenced operations, providing support to customers in close proximity to this fast-growing South East Asia region. Co-located with Sepang Aircraft Engineering near Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the new Malaysian center will offer services that cover the complete range of Airbus’ modern, efficient jetliner product line – with a focus on the A380 and A350 XWB.

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