The first A319neo equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines completed its maiden flight on 31 March 2017, with the aircraft taking off from Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport in Germany and landing five hours later at Airbus’ Toulouse, France headquarters location.</div>
Airbus delivered its 100th Sharklet-equipped A320 Family aircraft – which also is the initial A319 equipped with these fuel-saving wingtip devices – to American Airlines during a special ceremony held 23 July 2013 in Hamburg, Germany.
Airbus’ next-generation A350 XWB completed its four-trip route-proving campaign – which is designed to demonstrate the aircraft’s readiness for airline operations and is part of the final stage toward certification. On its fourth trip, this highly-efficient jetliner made stops in Doha, Qatar, Perth, Australia, Moscow, Russia and Helsinki, Finland to wrap up a campaign that amassed some 81,700 naut. mi. in approximately 180 flight hours. The A350 XWB performed as expected and on schedule at each destination, and is expected to achieve Type Certification in the third quarter of 2014.
The no. 1 Asiana Airlines A380 receives its colours in this video clip, which includes time-lapse footage of the double-deck jetliner’s painting process – which was performed at Airbus’ highly-advanced paint shop in Hamburg, Germany.