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17 June 2015
Commercial Aircraft

10 years at Le Bourget and going strong: Airbus A380 continues to “wow” passengers and airlines

Paris Air Show 2015_A380 Day 3 demo flight 3
Paris Air Show 2015_A380 Day 3 demo flight 3 P.PIGEYRE/MASTERFILMS, PIGEYRE Pascal - MasterFilms
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17 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015_A380 Day 3 demo flight 3

Visitors on Day 3 of the Paris Air Show had an opportunity to see a flight presentation performed by Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner

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17 June 2015

A320neo Avianca

Synergy Aerospace Corporation, Avianca’s largest shareholder and owner of Avianca Brasil, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 62 A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement paves the way for Avianca Brasil to base its fleet renewal and network growth strategy on the A320neo Family.

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17 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015_Airbus and JAMCO A350 XWB rear-galley option 2

The A350 XWB aft galley and lavatory module option to be developed by Airbus and JAMCO – called “ICE Rear Galley” – will become available from 2018 to airline customers as a “supplier-furnished-equipment” (SFE) offering

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Paris Air Show 2015_Airbus and JAMCO A350 XWB rear-galley option 3 MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE HERVE
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17 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015_Airbus and JAMCO A350 XWB rear-galley option 3

Yoshihisa Suzuki, JAMCO President and CEO (at right with Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier): “This ICE Rear Galley project will be a very important opportunity for both Airbus and JAMCO to further develop our partnership for future”

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Paris Air Show 2015_A320/A321P2F signing 2 MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE HERVE
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17 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015_A320/A321P2F signing 2

Airbus’ agreement with ST Aerospace to offer passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion solutions for A320/A321 aircraft was signed by (from right to left): Harald Wilhelm, Chief Financial Officer of Airbus Group and Airbus– Serh Ghee Lim, President of ST Aerospace– Andreas Sperl, CEO of EFW– and Tom Williams, Airbus Chief Operating Officer

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Paris Air Show 2015_VietJetAir A321 firm order 4 P.PIGEYRE/MASTERFILMS, PIGEYRE Pascal - MasterFilms
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17 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015_VietJetAir A321 firm order 4

VietJetAir signed a firm order for six additional A321s at the Paris Air Show to meet demand on some of this Vietnamese carrier’s most popular routes

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17 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015_VietJetAir A321 firm order 5

Madam Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, VietJetAir President and CEO: “The A320 Family has proven to be extremely efficient in service with VietJetAir”

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17 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015_AirFlight 2

AirFlight is meant to address three major items: provide flight tracking, optimise airline operations and provide a base for Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) with reliable information

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17 June 2015

Beluga XL major aerostructure suppliers

This infographic spotlights the major aerostructure suppliers selected by Airbus for the Beluga XL, which was launched to address the transport capacity requirement for the A350 XWB ramp-up, as well as other aircraft production rate increases

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17 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015_Airbus Supplier Awards

Airbus recognised suppliers for best in-service performance during the company’s annual Supplier Awards ceremony held during the 2015 Paris Air Show

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10 years at Le Bourget and going strong: Airbus A380 continues to “wow” passengers and airlines
Ten years since making its high-profile debut appearance at the International Paris Air Show, Airbus’ A380 jetliner is going strong – taking off or landing every three minutes somewhere in the world, on average – and remains well positioned for the future.
As a key symbol of Airbus’ passion for aviation, the A380 continues to “bring the excitement back to travel” offering its unrivalled spaciousness to provide a unique passenger experience on the 100 routes and 46 destinations it currently serves – having flown more than 80 million passengers to date.
“It’s the aircraft that passengers love to fly – the quietest, the most comfortable and the smoothest way to travel,” said Frank Vermeire, Airbus’ Head of A380 Product Marketing. “For airlines it’s a flagship product, offering them the opportunity to innovate and enhance the flying experience.”
Maximising revenue: The embarking on a new chapter in innovation
Airbus has already applied its philosophy of continuous improvement to deliver key performance benefits for A380 operators – including a 2 percent reduction in fuel burn and 500 nm. more range since its introduction.
Now, the company is turning its innovative spirit to boosting revenue for operators through cabin offerings such as the new four-class 544-seat layout. This configuration features a new premium economy class, while maintaining superior comfort in all classes of service, including the Airbus modern standard of 18-inch-wide seats in economy class. 
Such cabin enablers generate more revenue for operators, while boosting airlines’ contribution to profit by 65 percent through an optimized, segmented cabin.   
Positioned for the future: Serving congested airports
With its superior operating economics, the A380 is Airbus’ answer for sustainable growth in rapidly-expanding markets – providing critical capacity to help capture traffic increases and service high-value routes at peak times. 
A380s are ideally suited for aviation megacities – airports that accommodate more than 10,000 long-haul international passengers per day – which are predicted to nearly double, increasing from 47 today to 91 in the next 20 years, according to Airbus’ latest global market forecast.  
“You cannot just increase frequency, you have to have larger and more efficient aircraft,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers, during a briefing this week. “That’s called the A380.”
A game-changing freighter market derived from Airbus’ single-aisle product line
Also generating a “buzz” at the Paris Air Show today, is Airbus’ agreement with Singapore-based ST Aerospace to launch passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions of A320 and A321 aircraft, deliveries of which are expected to begin in 2018.
Elbe Fugzeugwerkre (EFW) will be responsible for marketing and managing A320/A321P2F-coverted aircraft. In order to implement the new passenger-to-freighter aircraft, ST Aerospace will provide the company’s specially-developed conversion technology and increase its stake in EFW to 55 percent. Subsequently Airbus Group will become a minority partner, reducing its shareholding to 45 percent.
More orders for Airbus on Day 3
Headlining Airbus’ other commercial announcements today were two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) for more than 120 A320neo (new engine option) Family jetliners.
Synergy Aerospace Corporation, Avianca’s largest shareholder and owner of Avianca Brasil, has committed to 62 A320neo Family aircraft, paving the way for Avianca Brasil to base its fleet renewal and network growth strategy on Airbus’ single-aisle NEO. In the other agreement, an undisclosed Asian airline signed an MoU with Airbus for 60 A320neo jetliners.
In addition, Vietnam’s VietJetAir placed a firm order for six additional A321s, which adds on to a previous commitment by the low-cost carrier to purchase and lease 100 Airbus A320 Family aircraft.
Airbus also announced the selection of major aerostructure suppliers for the Beluga XL, which is the new-generation oversized air transporter for carrying large components between the company’s industrial locations.  Separately, it was disclosed that the Airbus ProSky air traffic management subsidiary – backed by Airbus’ BizLab innovation team – has partnered with Flightradar24 to launch AirFlight, which combines aircraft data with Flightradar24’s flight-tracking program.
Capping off commercial announcements today was the agreement between Airbus and JAMCO for the development, manufacture, supply and support of a new aft galley and lavatory module option to increase cabin efficiency on the A350 XWB, while maintaining high levels passenger comfort.
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