Airbus Helicopters has delivered the U.S. Army’s 400th UH-72A Lakota helicopter, fulfilling its contract requirements to date by delivering every aircraft on time, on budget and meeting the Army’s rigorous quality standards.
In a long-ranging, multi-continent battle before the World Trade Organization concerning commercial aircraft subsidies, there have been lots of complicated arguments and accusations. When billions of taxpayer dollars are at stake, the finger-pointing perhaps is not so surprising. But what’s really behind the battle and what does it mean for global trade, the aviation industry and taxpayers on both sides of the Atlantic?
In this video clip, Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier puts a spotlight on the company’s U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama – which was inaugurated on 14 September 2015 and assembles the industry-leading family of A319, A320 and A321 jetliners. By 2018, the facility will produce between 40 and 50 single-aisle aircraft per year.
It was a red, white and blue theme as Airbus officially inaugurated its first U.S. manufacturing facility – an A320 Family final assembly line located in Mobile, Alabama – on 14 September 2015. The ceremony featured comments from key state, federal and local officials, as well as top Airbus and Airbus Group management – all of whom reinforced the strong relationship between Airbus and Mobile.
The A320neo’s airworthiness certification from European and American aviation authorities – both achieved in November 2015 – cleared the path for this best-selling single-aisle aircraft’s commercial service entry. In this video, Airbus Senior Vice President A320 Family Programme Klaus Roewe explains how the certification process works.
This video recaps a wide range of commercial and operational achievements for Airbus during 2015. Highlights for the year included the company’s 9,000th total aircraft delivery, the official inauguration of the new U.S.-based A320 Family final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama, as well as key milestones for the company’s market-leading product line of advanced and modern jetliners.
In a key programme milestone, Airbus’ delivered its first 242-tonne maximum takeoff weight A330-300 variant, which was received by U.S.-based launch customer Delta Air Lines. This enhanced member of the A330 Family offers increases range at lower costs, and underscores Airbus’ philosophy for incremental innovation, while serving as a platform for the A330neo. Relive the highlights of the delivery ceremony held at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France on 28 May 2015 as Delta Air Lines officially welcomed the 242-tonne A330 into its fleet.
JetBlue officially took delivery of the first A320 Family aircraft produced at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama on 25 April 2016. The milestone jetliner was an A321 – the longest-fuselage member of Airbus’ popular single-aisle product line. This historic event was marked with a festive American football-themed ceremony held at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley – which was decorated in the U.S.’s red, white and blue colours.
The festive groundbreaking event for Airbus’ A320 Family final assembly line in Alabama included a traditional Southern U.S. welcome – complete with a Dixieland Band and the Azlea Trail Maids, who serve as Mobile’s “official ambassadors” in antebellum-style dresses – along with speeches by elected officials, business representatives, a major A320 airline customer and a key Airbus supplier. Spotlighted at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex was a JetBlue Airways A320 – symbolizing the designation of this carrier to receive the first U.S.-built aircraft from the Mobile final assembly line, scheduled for delivery in 2016.
Construction of Airbus’ U.S. A320 Family final assembly line – which will be located at Mobile, Alabama’s Mobile Brookley Aeroplex – is simulated in this three-dimensional video, which shows what the production facility will look like upon its completion.
President and CEO Fabrice Brégier provides his perspective on the importance of Airbus’ U.S. A320 Family final assembly line as the groundbreaking for this game-changing production facility was celebrated on 8 April 2013. Brégier highlights Airbus’ growth in the U.S. advantages of building the final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama; the strong support received from the state’s business and political community, and more.
In September, VietJetAir – the first private airline in Vietnam to operate domestic and international flights – took delivery of its initial A320 aircraft featuring the fuel-saving Sharklets wingtip devices from Airbus via U.S.-based leasing company AWAS.
The A350 XWB received its Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 30th September 2014, which paves the way for the jetliner’s planned first customer delivery to Qatar Airways in the fourth quarter. The A350 XWB’s on-time certification process – which included initial evaluations with suppliers and on test rigs, a rigorous flight test campaign and the global route-proving tour – is a years-long process to ensure the aircraft’s readiness and maturity at service entry. This video explains the key steps along the way.
Airbus has forged a technology partnership with the sailing team ORACLE TEAM USA, as it prepares to defend its title at the 2017 contest for the 35th America’s Cup, which is the world’s oldest international sporting trophy. As official Innovation Partner of ORACLE TEAM USA, Airbus will share the know-how of its experts in areas such as aerodynamics, composites and data analysis, and more, while benefiting from the innovative approach of a world leader in sailing.
Two world leaders – Airbus in the aerospace industry and ORACLE TEAM USA in competitive international sailing – have teamed up with a mutually beneficial partnership that takes advantage of the similarities between designs for aircraft and America's Cup yachts. Airbus is providing its engineering expertise and support to the defenders of America’s Cup as the team prepares its wingsail-powered AC62 class catamaran, which flies above the water on foils, for this 2017 competition.