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A leader today and tomorrow: Increased takeoff weight version positions the A330 Family for continued success

7 November 2014 Headline news

A new evolution in Airbus’ market-leading widebody product line is now taking shape as the company’s A330-300 offering the increased 242 tonne maximum takeoff weight capability has entered final assembly in Toulouse, France. 

This marks a key milestone for the A330 programme, with Airbus apply...

The Common Type Rating is approved for A350 XWB and A330 pilot training

22 October 2014 Headline news

Airlines and pilots will both benefit from the Common Type Rating pilot training on the A350 XWB and A330 jetliners, further extending Airbus’ concept of flight operational commonality between its fly-by-wire aircraft families.

The new regulatory approval means that pilots who are qualified and cur...

“Stretching its legs” – the A380 now serves the world’s longest airline route

3 October 2014 Headline news

The growing network of A380 flights now includes the world’s longest airline route: Qantas’ Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth service, which covers a 13,804-km. distance and connects the most populous city in Australia with the busy gateway airport facility in the U.S. state of Texas. It is one of more than ...

Already “at home in the sky” – the A320neo continues Airbus’ single-aisle jetliner leadership

25 September 2014 Headline news

Maintaining its reputation for non-stop innovation, Airbus marked a new aviation milestone with today’s successful first flight of the A320neo (new engine option) jetliner – the latest evolution in the company’s highly efficient and popular single-aisle aircraft product line.

Now 20 years “young,” Airbus’ Beluga airlifters show no signs of slowing down

15 September 2014 Headline news

Twenty years to the day since its maiden flight, the Beluga cargo aircraft continues to play an invaluable role in keeping the Airbus’ production and assembly network working at full output.  As the company ramps up production to meet a record order backlog, the Beluga’s airlifter fleet’s impor...

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

17 July 2014 Headline news

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.

Living up to its billing: Airbus officially launches the A330neo programme

14 July 2014 Headline news

Airbus is familiar with making headlines at the Farnborough International Airshow, but the company’s A330neo (new engine option) programme has been creating a “buzz” long before this week’s opening of the biennial aerospace industry event.

The first A320neo Family jetliner is readying for the company’s flight-test programme

1 July 2014 Headline news

The highly-efficient NEO (new engine option) single-aisle jetliner project is another step closer to taking flight with today’s rollout of the initial A320neo – a key milestone as Airbus continues on-schedule for the aircraft’s maiden flight.

Sound business thinking guides Airbus’ environmental philosophy

5 June 2014 Headline news

Airbus has established its reputation as an aerospace industry leader for environmental responsibility, a commitment that – first and foremost – benefits Airbus’ bottom line, while also supporting a cleaner planet.

Airbus and Germany: A long, and important relationship

20 May 2014 Headline news

Today’s A350 XWB appearance at the 2014 ILA Berlin Air Show has the dual role of spotlighting Airbus’ newest jetliner and underscoring the company’s important industrial, engineering and research ties to Germany.

Happy birthday to the A300 Family! Airbus marks 40 years since its initial A300B2 delivery

12 May 2014 Headline news

This month marks the 40th anniversary of Airbus’ first-ever delivery – an A300B2 version handed over to Air France on 10 May 1974, which established the basis for the company’s global success and commitment to non-stop innovation.

A350 XWB customers’ dream cabins

7 April 2014 Headline news

The A350 XWB cabin was revealed to excited customers and the media in Hamburg, Germany on 7 April. But as photographers, journalists and film crews admired the cabin installed on flight test aircraft MSN002, other visitors attended the inauguration of Airbus’ A350 XWB Customer Definition Centre (CDC...

Unprecedented demand drives evolution of Airbus’ most efficient single-aisle jetliner production

21 March 2014 Headline news

As the first A320neo (new engine option) jetliner moves into its final assembly phase, Airbus is taking the necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition from the company’s A320ceo (current engine option) version – while factoring in the production rate increase announced recently across its single-...

Airbus and the Asia-Pacific region: Focus on the future

14 February 2014 Headline news

Airbus’ high-profile participation in the 2014 Singapore Airshow underscored its commitment to support the continued development of Asia-Pacific’s air transport industry, which represents the world’s fastest growing airline market.

As part of continued deployment of resources in this region, Airbus...

Airbus makes its mark on the dynamic Asia-Pacific market

12 February 2014 Headline news

This week’s Singapore Airshow is spotlighting Airbus’ important presence in Asia-Pacific – one of the world’s most dynamic regions for air transportation – where it is committed to remain a leader in both the single-aisle and widebody jetliner categories.

Riding on 2013’s sales successes, when Airb...

Airbus maintains the market lead in 2013 and prepares its 2014 “roadmap for success”

13 January 2014 Headline news

Airbus’ 2013 record commercial results and industrial performance confirm benefits of the company’s steps to further increase agility, enhance reactivity and improve the decision-making process – maintaining its market leadership position for both single-aisle and widebody jetliners sized at above 1...

Airbus’ jetliner product line is endorsed by Dubai Airshow order announcements from Middle East carriers

21 November 2013 Headline news

The 2013 Dubai Airshow has once again underscored Middle East airlines’ growing importance in the global air transport marketplace, as well as the Airbus jetliner product line’s ability to meet their needs in both passenger and cargo operations. 

With a clearly upbeat atmosphere at this week’s...

A major vote of confidence for Airbus jetliners at the Dubai Airshow’s opening day

17 November 2013 Headline news

Three orders from Middle East airlines involving the full range of jetliner families in Airbus’ current and future production portfolios provided a major kickoff during the Dubai Airshow’s opening today, and marked major new votes of confidence for the A380, A350 XWB, A330 and A320 product lines.

T...

Airbus partnership aims to help aircraft “avoid” volcanic ash dangers

13 November 2013 Headline news

An Airbus collaboration with easyJet and Nicarnica Aviation has successfully flight tested a system that allows pilots to “see” volcanic ash clouds – which pose a risk to jet engines – and safely navigate around them.

The Sharklets success story continues with Airbus’ retrofit offer for A319 and A320 jetliners

29 October 2013 Headline news

The fuel-saving and performance-enhancing Sharklets on A320 Family airliners will become an increasingly frequent sight in the world’s skies following Airbus’ go-ahead for these distinctive wingtip devices’ retrofit on in-service aircraft.

Rest assured: Airbus’ Head of Passenger Comfort is focused on inflight well-being

28 October 2013 Headline news

Passengers can literally sleep easier on Airbus aircraft as a result of the company’s commitment to their comfort.

A strategic A350 XWB order from Japan Airlines expands Airbus’ presence in the Japanese market

7 October 2013 Headline news

Japan Airlines’ order for 31 A350 XWBs brings the first Japanese carrier into the customer list for this next-generation extra-widebody jetliner, and further expands Airbus’ market presence in the island nation for its jetliner product line.

Today’s announcement of this important booking – involvin...

It’s the seat: Airbus’ family of jetliners is setting the modern standard for comfort

1 October 2013 Headline news

Dating back to the beginning of Airbus’ product line, the company has always championed the comfort of passengers travelling in all classes of service aboard its aircraft.

With more than 10 billion people having flown on the worldwide Airbus aircraft fleet since the A300’s introduction in the 1970s...

Airbus’ newest A330 version: “The right aircraft, right now” for domestic and regional operations

27 September 2013 Headline news

The newly-unveiled A330-300 domestic/regional version benefits from Airbus’ continued investments in the most efficient mid-size widebody jetliner operating today, providing a highly reliable, cost-effective and modern aircraft for growing passenger markets such as China and India.

Global Market Forecast 2013-2032: Continuing the trend toward larger and more efficient aircraft

24 September 2013 Headline news

The growing worldwide demand for commercial air transportation – which is detailed in Airbus’ latest 20-year Global Market Forecast – will continue to drive the airline industry toward more efficient and operationally-effective aircraft, with large widebodies representing the majority in terms of sa...

Airbus’ new U.S. A320 Family final assembly facility is ready to take shape

27 August 2013 Headline news

Like the jetliners it will one day produce, Airbus’ new U.S. A320 Family final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama is preparing for “takeoff,” with foundation and ground-level work now setting the stage for this facility to rise from the ground.

Airbus deliveries: 8,000 jetliners provided to customers, and still going strong

5 August 2013 Headline news

Airbus’ milestone 8,000th delivery reaffirms the company’s position as a market leader for jetliners in the 100-500-seat categories, with a product line recognised worldwide for its efficiency, reliability and operational flexibility.

The right aircraft, right now: Airbus’ A330 reaches the 1,000th delivery mark

19 July 2013 Headline news

Today’s milestone handover of Airbus’ 1,000th A330 Family aircraft underscores the continuing popularity and success of this widebody jetliner based on its demonstrated reliability, efficiency, and versatility, as well as continuous improvements to the product line.

Another global carrier – British Airways – is ready to “Own the sky” with the A380

4 July 2013 Headline news

British Airways is poised to become the 10th operator of Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner following handover of the airline’s no. 1 A380 today

Airbus “owns the sky” at the Paris Air Show

20 June 2013 Headline news

Airbus had a dominant presence at this week’s Paris Air Show – from the high-profile participation of its aircraft in the display area and during daily flight presentations to the event’s business-oriented hospitality chalets – where new orders and commitments were announced for 466 jetliners.

In a...

From the A380 to A320: Airbus makes its mark on the Paris Air Show’s first day

17 June 2013 Headline news

The A380 literally “owned the skies” during the opening hours of this week’s Paris Air Show, creating an initial “buzz” with a major acquisition announcement that expands lease opportunities for airlines, followed by the rollout of a new marketing campaign for the flagship jetliner, and topped off w...

The A350 XWB’s first flight: Fantastic…impressive…and quiet!

14 June 2013 Headline news

The world’s aviation sector moved to the rhythm of Airbus’ A350 XWB today as this new-generation jetliner performed its first flight – viewed by thousands of company employees, industry executives and aircraft enthusiasts at Toulouse, France, and followed on the Internet by a global audience.

Begin...

Airbus teams up with EADS Innovation Works to create “stealthy” airport buildings

16 April 2013 Headline news

An Airbus cooperative effort with its EADS parent company has developed a highly effective technology that enables the construction of buildings nearer to airport runways without hindering the vital landing systems that guide aircraft to a safe touchdown.

Airbus’ “game-changing” U.S. A320 Family final assembly line comes to Alabama

8 April 2013 Headline news

Today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the new A320 Family final assembly line at Mobile, Alabama underscored how this new facility will further enhance Airbus’ presence within the key U.S. airline marketplace, while also broadening the company’s global footprint and providing additional flexibility to...

Strong demand takes A330 production to highest ever rate

4 April 2013 Headline news

Culminating a nine-year doubling of production capacity, Airbus’ A330 output rate has now reached 10 aircraft monthly – responding to this twin-engine jetliner’s continued popularity with airlines, cargo carriers, military services and VIP operators.

Another significant A320 endorsement by a leading low-cost carrier

19 March 2013 Headline news

The major order finalised today with Indonesia’s Lion Air brings another airline into the list of worldwide low-cost carriers that have selected Airbus’ A320 Family for their fast-paced, demanding operations.

Lion Air’s order for a total of 234 jetliners in the ceo (current engine option) and neo (...

The A380 global fleet spreads its wings as deliveries hit the “century mark”

14 March 2013 Headline news

Today’s delivery of the 100th A380 marks another milestone for Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner, which demonstrates daily the capability to increase capacity, enhance productivity, generate more revenue and improve the profit for its operating airlines – all while being a good neighbour with l...

European Union selects the Graphene project for research funding, opening prospects in aviation and other industries

30 January 2013 Headline news

A research initiative of unprecedented scale – which has the support of Airbus – will investigate the industrial applications of Graphene following this revolutionary material’s official selection today as a European Union Future Emerging Technology flagship, with a planned 10-year budget of 100 mil...

2013 shapes up as another milestone year for Airbus

17 January 2013 Headline news

Airbus will continue its high levels of programme and commercial activity in 2013 – targeting new milestones that include the start-up of A350 XWB flight testing, a further ramp-up in A330 production, and the implementation of deliveries for the A400M military airlifter.

Speaking to inter...

Sharklets to make their service debut on AirAsia’s newest delivered A320

21 December 2012 Headline news

Airbus’ fuel-saving and performance-enhancing Sharkets will soon become a familiar sight in the Asia-Pacific region as the first A320 with these largewingtip devices is readied for its service entry with AirAsia.

European approval is granted for Airbus’ Sharklets on A320ceo jetliners powered by CFM56 engines

3 December 2012 Headline news

The certification of Sharklets on A320s equipped with CFM International CFM56 engines marks a new milestone in Airbus’ application of these fuel-saving wingtip devices on its popular single-aisle jetliner family.

Airbus-supported flight trials demonstrate the benefits of improved aircraft spacing and merging

29 November 2012 Headline news

A major milestone was reached in the Airbus-supported (Single European Sky ATM Research) programme with a series of flight trials conducted on 27 November to validate an improved system for aircraft spacing and merging in congested air traffic environments.

This system – called Airborne Separa...

The A350 XWB is getting ready for static testing

23 November 2012 Headline news

Airbus’ A350 XWB static test airframe has moved into the facility where it will undergo testing to validate the structural design of this next-generation jetliner.

The airframe rolled out of the A350 XWB final assembly line at Toulouse, Blagnac Airport earlier this week and was transferred to the L...

The A380 marks its five-year service anniversary

25 October 2012 Headline news

Airbus’ A380 has earned its place as the airline industry’s new “queen of the skies,” with the first five years of service confirming this 21st century flagship jetliner’s passenger appeal and revenue-generating capabilities.

The A350 XWB Final Assembly Line is named after Airbus visionary Roger Béteille

23 October 2012 Headline news

Today’s naming of the newly-inaugurated A350 XWB Final Assembly Line after Roger Béteille has brought special recognition to one of the Airbus founders and a visionary whose decisions were key to the company’s original successes.

Building the future of Airbus with the A350 XWB

23 October 2012 Headline news

Airbus continued its excellence in widebody aircraft with today’s inauguration of the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line – an event that occurred 40 years after the maiden flight of its game-changing A300, which put the company on track to becoming a world-leading commercial airliner manufacturer.

Today’...

THAI joins the “elite club” of A380 airlines

27 September 2012 Headline news

The sights and sound of Thailand came to Airbus’ Toulouse, France delivery centre today as Thai Airways International (THAI) received the first of six A380s on order, which will bring a new dimension to the airline’s in-flight experience when it enters service next month.

Introduced by a troupe of ...

Airbus’ “Smarter Skies” concept makes a big impression in Berlin

9 September 2012 Headline news

The Airbus vision of more efficient and eco-friendly airline operations was highlighted in a spectacular way this weekend as its futuristic “Smarter Skies” concept came to central Berlin in the form of a projected 4-D light show, which also served as an introduction to the company’s high-profile par...

Meeting the global demand: Airbus’ product line responds to the world’s new aircraft needs from 2012 to 2031

4 September 2012 Headline news

Airbus is well positioned to meet the continued upward demand worldwide for new aircraft during the next 20 years, benefiting from the company’s strengths in rapidly-expanding air transport markets, along with its continued evolution of a modern product line that includes the A320neo and A380.

The Farnborough Airshow brings new endorsements for Airbus’ commercial and industrial strategies

13 July 2012 Headline news

Airbus’ commercial success at the 2012 Farnborough Airshow further reinforces the company’s leadership position

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