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15 June 2015
Commercial Aircraft

Airbus’ next-generation A350 XWB takes centre stage on Day 1 of the Paris Air Show

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Paris Air Show 2015_A350 XWB flying display 3 MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE HERVE
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15 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015_A350 XWB flying display 3

Airbus’ cabin-equipped MSN002 developmental A350 XWB jetliner took to the skies for an opening day flight presentation at the Paris Air Show

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Paris Air Show 2015_Hollande Brégier A350 XWB cockpit 2 MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE HERVE
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15 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015_Hollande Brégier A350 XWB cockpit 2

On the Paris Air Show’s opening day, the A350 XWB cockpit played host to Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier and French President François Hollande (from left to right)

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PAS 2015 350 XWB red carpet MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE HERVE
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15 June 2015

PAS 2015 350 XWB red carpet

A350 XWB on day one at the PAS

Alpha Star orders Airbus ACJ319neo MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE HERVE
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15 June 2015

Alpha Star orders Airbus ACJ319neo

Riyadh-based Alpha Star – the largest VVIP charter operator in the Middle East – owns, manages and operates a fleet of Airbus corporate jets, comprising ACJ318s, ACJ319s ACJ320s, an ACJ330, an ACJ340, and other aircraft types

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15 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015_Global Market Forecast 2

Airbus’ Global Market Forecast for the 2015-2034 period – which was presented on Day 1 of the 2015 Paris Air Show – projects a need for 32,585 new passenger aircraft

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Paris Air Show 2015_Global Market Forecast 1 MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE HERVE
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15 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015_Global Market Forecast 1

Chief Operating Officer – Customers John Leahy presented Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast – covering the 2015-2034 timeframe – during the 2015 Paris Air Show

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15 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015_A350 XWB opening demo flight 2

Airbus’ new-generation A350 XWB jetliner – which took to the skies on the Paris Air Show’s opening day – is shaping the future of medium- to long-haul airline operations

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Paris Air Show 2015_Hollande arrival 1 MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE HERVE
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15 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015_Hollande arrival 1

All eyes were on Airbus’ A350 XWB jetliner as it delivered France’s President François Hollande to the 2015 International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport

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15 June 2015

GE Capital Aviation Services’ Airbus A320neo

The aviation leasing and financing arm of General Electric – GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) – announced a firm order on 15 June 2015 for 60 A320neo (new engine option) Family aircraft during the 51st International Paris Air Show

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15 June 2015

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Airbus at the 2015 Paris Air Show - Sharing its passion for aviation: Airbus is featuring its market-leading product line and continuous technological innovations at the Paris Air Show, which runs 15-21 June at Le Bourget Airport

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15 June 2015

A320 Sharklet ALC

Today at the 51st International Paris Air Show, Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL), announced a firm order for additional Airbus widebody and single-aisle aircraft (1 A350-900, 1 A321ceo and 3 A320ceo*) to meet strong market demand for Airbus’ modern, fuel-efficient aircraft.  -

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15 June 2015

A350 900 RR Garuda

Garuda Indonesia’s Airbus A350 XWB - To help develop its medium and long-haul network, Garuda Indonesia has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Airbus for the purchase of 30 A350 XWB aircraft – a commitment announced during the 2015 Paris Air Show. -

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Paris Air Show 2015_Garuda Indonesia signing 2 MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE HERVE
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15 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015_Garuda Indonesia signing 2

Arif Wibowo, CEO of Garuda Indonesia (standing at right with Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier): “With its reduced fuel consumption, range capability and extra wide cabin, the A350 XWB will be one of the options for us to reposition ourselves as a leading premium carrier in the competitive long haul market out of Asia”

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15 June 2015

A350 900 RR ALC

Today at the 51st International Paris Air Show, Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL), announced a firm order for additional Airbus widebody and single-aisle aircraft (1 A350-900, 1 A321ceo and 3 A320ceo*) to meet strong market demand for Airbus’ modern, fuel-efficient aircraft. 

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15 June 2015

A320 Sharklet Saudi Arabian Airlines

Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Arabia Airlines has chosen to expand its fast-growing fleet with 30 A320ceo (current engine option) jetliners

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15 June 2015

A321 Sharklet ALC

Today at the 51st International Paris Air Show, Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL), announced a firm order for additional Airbus widebody and single-aisle aircraft (1 A350-900, 1 A321ceo and 3 A320ceo*) to meet strong market demand for Airbus’ modern, fuel-efficient aircraft. 

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15 June 2015

A330 300 Regional Saudi Arabian Airlines

Announced on 15 June 2015, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabian Airlines – will become the launch operator of the A330-300 Regional, which is optimised for regional and domestic operations in high-growth regions -

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The world’s most modern commercial jetliner – the A350 XWB – kicked off the 2015 International Paris Air Show in style – “wowing” crowds at Le Bourget Airport just as it is impressing a growing number of passengers around the globe in commercial service.
Highlighting the A350 XWB’s major presence at the world’s oldest and biggest aerospace gathering, Airbus announced a new order and commitments covering 31 of these aircraft from two customers today. This includes a Letter of Intent with Garuda Indonesia for the purchase of 30 A350 XWB to expand its medium- and long-haul network aircraft, and an additional firm order for one A350-900 from U.S.-based Air Lease Corporation, which now has ordered 26 total A350 XWBs .
Meanwhile, all eyes were on Airbus’ cabin-equipped MSN002 developmental A350 XWB jetliner as it kicked off the Paris Air Show in style today by delivering France’s President François Hollande to Le Bourget Airport, before he formally opened the aerospace event. MSN002 – which is also performing flying displays at the show – is one of two A350 XWBs on the grounds of Le Bourget Airport this week, joined by a Qatar Airways A350-900 that is being displayed in the Airbus static exhibition area.
100,000 passengers and counting: Exceeding expectations in commercial service
And Le Bourget Airport isn’t the only place the A350 XWB is making strong impressions. It also is doing so in the skies for global launch customer Qatar Airways and its passengers – providing superior operating economics for the Gulf-based carrier, while offering unrivalled comfort to travellers.
Four A350 XWB aircraft are currently in service for Qatar Airways and the jetliner is already exceeding expectations – having flown 100,000 passengers and counting, with an average daily utilisation of more than 11 hours.
On track: focusing on new customers and production ramp-ups
The next step for Airbus will be to continue this smooth service entry as three new airlines are scheduled to join Qatar Airways in welcoming the A350 XWB to their fleets this year, bringing this highly-efficient jetliner to four total operators in four different regions.
Vietnam Airlines is set to receive the A350 XWB this summer, becoming the type’s first Asian operator. Finnair is slated to be the no. 1 operator in Europe, when it takes delivery of the A350 XWB in autumn, and TAM is to be the initial airline to receive the A350 XWB in the Americas with handover planned by year-end.
Overall, Airbus is on track to deliver approximately 15 of the highly-efficient aircraft during 2015 – keeping the company on pace to reach its ramp-up target of 10 aircraft produced per month by 2015.
The longer-fuselage A350-1000 version is also progressing well with production activities commencing in all Airbus plants – including the start of sub-assemblies –which keeps the A350-1000 on track per programme planning. 
Formulating the future 
Alongside the A330 and A380, the A350 XWB helps provide Airbus with a comprehensive market-leading product line of widebody jetliners that range from 200 to over 500 seats and are well positioned to meet the significant growth expected in the aviation industry.
“What we are really seeing is much more growth year-after-year in the emerging markets around the world,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers, during a briefing at the Paris Air Show to announce Airbus’ latest global market forecast, which is entitled “Formulating the Future” and covers the 2015-2034 timeframe.
According to the report, Airbus latest projection foresees a 4.6 percent annual worldwide rate of air traffic growth over this time period – driven by developing markets and urbanisation – that will requiring some 32,600 new passenger and dedicated freighter aircraft valued at $US 4.9 trillion.
A firm endorsement of Airbus’ commercial jetliners
Underscoring this growing need for commercial aircraft and the popularity of its jetliners, Airbus announced firm orders and commitments from across its widebody, single-aisle and corporate jet product lines on the first day of the Paris Air Show.
In addition to the A350 XWB’s commercial activity, Airbus also announced that Saudi Arabian Airlines has decided to add 20 A330-300 Regionals to its fleet, becoming the launch operator for the jetliner type. Sized to accommodate approximately 400 passengers, this lower-weight A330 version is optimised for use on domestic and regional routes in high-growth markets. 
From the A320 Family, orders and commitments were announced for 95 single aisle aircraft, including 60 A320neo (new engine option) Family aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services; 30 A320ceo (current engine option) for Saudi Arabian Airlines; along with four jetliners for Air Lease Corporation (one A321 ceo and three A320ceo); In addition, Riyadh-based Alpha Star committed to one ACJ319neo as a launch customer for this enhanced member of Airbus’ corporate jet family. 
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