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Concorde MSN1 arrives at its new home

14 March 2014 News in brief

One of the first Concorde jetliners built at Toulouse, France has made its final “voyage” with the aircraft’s ground transfer to the Airbus-supported Aeroscopia museum site at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.  Designated MSN1, this Concorde made its last flight in April 1985, returning to Toulouse aft...

Airbus is named title sponsor of the LPGA golf tournament in Mobile, Alabama

21 January 2014 News in brief

While its first U.S.-based aircraft assembly plant is under construction at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, Alabama, Airbus is venturing into another international project with local connections – professional women’s golf.

SKYMARK Airlines signs FHS Components contract with Airbus covering its leased A330s

20 November 2013 News in brief

Securing the highest service level for SKYMARK’s daily A330 operations

European tour for Airbus’ A330 highlights the widebody aircraft family’s 1,000th delivery

23 September 2013 News in brief

Airbus’ in-house A330 developmental aircraft visited the company’s facilities across Europe this month, marking the milestone 1,000th delivery of an A330 Family jetliner – which was received by Cathay Pacific Airways earlier this summer. On its tour, the A330 was shown off for Airbus teams in Getafe...

Airbus ProSky will implement advanced navigation procedures for Drukair’s operations

17 September 2013 News in brief

Under an agreement signed with the Airbus ProSky subsidiary, Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines will utilise Required Navigation Performance Authorization Required (RNP AR) procedures throughout its network, starting with Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. Drukair – the Kingdom of Bhutan’s nation...

Airbus Customer Services offers AP/FD-TCAS for in-service aircraft

12 September 2013 News in brief

Operators can now upgrade their in-service aircraft with Auto-Pilot/Flight-Director Traffic alert and Collision Avoidance System (AP/FD-TCAS) capability, which allows pilots to fly avoidance manoeuvres triggered by the TCAS system with either the auto-pilot or flight-director. Airbus’ packaged solut...

Staying connected: Internet and GSM mobile access are now in production on A320 Family jetliners

11 September 2013 News in brief

The first A320 Family aircraft offering Wi-Fi internet and GSM telephone connectivity are now being completed at the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse, France. With this installed equipment, the single-aisle jetliners will join Airbus’ other aircraft families – the A330, A380 and soon the A350 ...

Airbus ProSky partners with Chinese authorities to improve airport operations

10 September 2013 News in brief

The Airbus ProSky subsidiary is to work with China’s Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) in implementing RNP AR-to-ILS transition approaches for commercial aircraft at Chengdu Airport, with the goal of improving overall airport capacity. This capability will enable aircraft to perform satellite-bas...

The A320neo product line’s LEAP-1A powerplant begins its certification phase

10 September 2013 News in brief

In a major milestone for Airbus’ A320neo (new engine option) family jetliners, CFM International conducted the first run of its LEAP-1A turbofan at GE’s Peebles, Ohio outdoor test facility – kicking off an extensive certification programme. During these initial evaluations, the engine – which is a n...

A400M successfully performs unpaved runway tests

4 September 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s A400M has completed an important set of trials demonstrating the new-generation airlifter’s performance on gravel runways, after tests lasting more than a week in Ablitas, Spain. Using a development aircraft, Airbus Military conducted 25 landings during six flights on the same runw...

The first Airbus Military A400M for Turkey makes its maiden flight

22 August 2013 News in brief

The Turkish Air Force’s no. 1 A400M completed its initial flight this month with a five-hour, 35-minute mission that began and ended in Seville, Spain. The Turkish Air Force has ordered 10 of these multi-role military airlifters, and crew training is underway at the Airbus Military International Tra...

A400M military standard acceptance clears the way for airlifter’s initial delivery

31 July 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s A400M today received its Type Acceptance at the Initial Operating Clearance (IOC) standard from the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), representing the programme’s seven European launch nations: Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and the United Ki...

The A400M military airlifter confirms its airfield assault capability

17 July 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s A400M has successfully demonstrated its ability to deploy vehicles and troops rapidly in order to seize an enemy airfield. This was confirmed with a series of tests held at RAF Boscombe Down in the UK, during which a Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle and weapons-mounted supp...

Key Airbus Military A400M training devices enter service

19 June 2013 News in brief

Two of the most advanced aids for training A400M crews have entered service at the Airbus Military International Training Centre in Seville, Spain: the ground-breaking A400M Full Flight Simulator, for which the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has recommended issuance of an Interim Level C Qua...

Explore EADS’ Paris Air Show exhibit area from anywhere in the world

19 June 2013 News in brief

Bring the Paris Air Show’s spirit of innovation as presented by Airbus and its EADS parent company to your computer or tablet device with a “360-degree” online tour. 

Offering a panoramic view of the entire exhibit area inside EADS’ pavilion at Le Bourget airport, this tour’s interac...

Airbus Military shows off a landmark C295 at Paris Air Show

19 June 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military today marked the milestone delivery of its 100th C295 multi-role tactical transport aircraft, which officially will be transferred to the Royal Air Force of Oman following an appearance at the Paris Air Show.

“We are very proud to deliver this aircraft to Oman,” Airbus Mi...

The A400M marks self-protection system milestone with release of decoy flares

18 June 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s A400M airlifter has successfully demonstrated the release of decoy flares, marking a key development step for this new-generation aircraft’s self-protection systems. The flares are designed to mislead heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles, particularly surface-to-air missiles (SAM). ...

The no. 2 production A400M makes its maiden flight

11 June 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s second production A400M – designated MSN8 – marked an important milestone this month with completion of the aircraft’s initial flight from Seville, Spain on 7 June. This new-generation military airlifter is planned for delivery to the French Air Force during the third quarter of 20...

A320neo engine makes first flight

4 June 2013 News in brief

The Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engine for Airbus’ highly efficient A320neo jetliner is now in flight testing.  This powerplant successfully completed its maiden flight on a test bed aircraft from Pratt & Whitney’s facilities in Quebec, Canada after more than 375 hours of groun...

EASA certification granted for Airbus’ Sharklets on A319 aircraft powered by CFM56 engines

29 May 2013 News in brief

Airbus has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for Sharklet-equipped A319 jetliners fitted with CFM International CFM56 powerplants. This milestone marks an important step for the planned service entry later this year of the shortened-fuselage A320 Family member with these ...

The second production A400M accomplishes engine run milestone

24 May 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s second production A400M marked a key step toward its delivery to the French Air Force later this year with the successful completion of its first engine runs. Designated MSN8, this aircraft – one of the four next-generation airlifters that Airbus Military expects to complete in 201...

Airbus A380 dazzles in Malaysian flyover

27 March 2013 News in brief

Airbus’ 21st century A380 flagship jetliner turns heads wherever it goes, and did so this time with some high-powered help at the 2013 Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia. The aircraft from Malaysia Airlines’ growing fleet of A380s partnered with four Sukhoi Su-30M...

Qatar Airways receives its first A330-200F cargo aircraft

13 March 2013 News in brief

Airbus has delivered the initial A330-200F for Qatar Airways, further expanding the list of international carriers enhancing their aircraft fleets with this new-generation freighter. Qatar Airways’ A330-200F is the first of three to be provided on lease from BOC Aviation, and will be used on the ope...

The first production A400M soars on its maiden flight

6 March 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military marked a key milestone towards delivery of the initial A400M with today’s successful maiden flight of the first production aircraft. This new-generation airlifter, designated “MSN7,” took off from Seville, Spain and returned there after a smooth 5-hour, 42-minute trip. The French Air...

A400M training service contract is awarded to Airbus Military and Thales UK

4 March 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military and Thales UK have signed an 18-year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence to supply training services for its A400M Atlas next-generation transport aircraft, which are to be operated by the Royal Air Force. Provided through the A400M Training Services Ltd.  joint venture of ...

Airbus Military’s A330 MRTT is accepted into the Royal Saudi Air Force fleet

27 February 2013 News in brief

Saudi Arabia has placed its first A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport into operational service with this new-generation aircraft’s formal acceptance into the Royal Saudi Air Force fleet. The clearance was given by Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khaled bin Sultan during a dedication ceremony held ear...

The A330 MRTT is certified for Royal Australian Air Force operations

26 February 2013 News in brief

The Australian Department of Defence has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for its A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport, which is designated the KC-30A in service with the Royal Australian Air Force. This announcement was made today at the Australian International Airshow, and it reinforces th...

The A400M once again demonstrates its cold weather capabilities

20 February 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s new-generation airlifter has completed another round of cold weather testing as preparations continue in advance of the first A400M customer delivery. These latest evaluations were completed during a week-long deployment to Iqaluit, Canada using a production-representative aircraft...

Airbus Military signs initial support services contract for French Air Force A400Ms

18 February 2013 News in brief

A key milestone has been reached for the upcoming delivery start-up of French Air Force A400Ms with Airbus Military’s signing of the initial In-Service Support contract, which was inked with France’s OCCAR (Organization for Joint Cooperation in Armaments) and spans a period of 18 months. The agreeme...

Airbus ProSky inks new agreement for enhanced air traffic management in Singapore

14 February 2013 News in brief

The partnership of Airbus’ ProSky subsidiary with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has advanced with signing of a joint research and collaboration agreement – marking an important step toward strengthening Singapore as a centre of excellence for air traffic management. Under this pac...

The United Arab Emirates receives its initial A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport

7 February 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military has delivered the first of three new-generation A330 Multi Role Tanker Transports (MRTT) to the United Arab Emirates, which will be operated in service with the nation’s Air Force and Air Defence. This latest handover marks a key milestone for the MRTT programme, as each of Airbus Mi...

The first production A400M shows off its French Air Force colours

15 January 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s new-generation A400M airlifter programme marked a key milestone with an unveiling of the no. 1 production aircraft in colours of the French Air Force – the initial customer scheduled to receive an A400M.  This aircraft was shown at Seville, Spain, which is home to the A400M’s ...

India selects Airbus Military as preferred bidder to supply its A330 MRTT

7 January 2013 News in brief

India has selected Airbus Military as the country’s preferred bidder to supply A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft, following a selection process that included the refuelling of multiple Indian Air Force fighter types and operations from the high-altitude base at Leh.  Detailed negot...

The A400M is on track for full certification following its latest critical flight test activity

10 December 2012 News in brief

Airbus Military’s A400M has achieved the last major requirement for its full type certification with completion of Function & Reliability (F&R) flight testing – which evaluated this new-generation military airlifter’s behavior in conditions representative of normal in-flight operations. The ...

The A380 “chills out” with a new supplementary cooling system

3 December 2012 News in brief

Malaysia Airlines is the first operator to receive an A380 equipped with a new-generation supplementary cooling system, which keeps certain aircraft systems – along with stored food and drinks – at optimum temperatures, particularly in hot regions of the world.  Developed with Liebherr, the new...

Sharklets flight testing expands to include the A319

23 November 2012 News in brief

Airbus has widened the flight test programme for its Sharklets-equipped A320 Family with today’s maiden flight of the initial A319 incorporating these fuel-saving, performance-enhancing wingtip devices. The A319 joins A320 and A321 aircraft that have been validating the Sharklets’ efficiency, w...

A350 XWB MSN001 wing join-up

5 November 2012 News in brief

Shortly after the arrival of the second fully equipped wing for the A350 XWB MSN001 aircraft, the wing join-up started in the Roger Béteille Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse. The wings will be attached to the fuselage and other finishing activities such as the spoilers will also be installed. ...

Korean students design livery and win a trip to Airbus

30 October 2012 News in brief

Two lucky students – Kim Min-seo (age 12) and Park Kyung-lin (13) – have won a trip to visit Airbus in France as well as having their painting featured as a special livery on a Korean Air A330-200. The two were winners of Korean Air’s Future Artist Olympiad competition, which was co-sponsored by Kor...

Sharklet-equipped A321 takes off on maiden test flight

23 October 2012 News in brief

The first flight of a Sharklets-equipped A321 was performed today as this aircraft flew from Airbus’ Hamburg, Germany production site to the company’s Toulouse, France headquarters facility.  It joins the on-going certification flight test campaign of these large fuel-saving wing tip devices, w...

A new international destination for China Southern Airlines A380s

12 October 2012 News in brief

China Southern Airlines has expanded the route network for its A380 fleet with the start-up of operations on international routes. This achievement was marked by a trans-Pacific flight between China’s Guangzhou Baiyun airport and Los Angeles International in the United States during October. The thr...

Electrical “genius” is on display at the ILA Berlin Air Show

12 September 2012 News in brief

The Airbus-sponsored e-Genius electrically-powered aircraft – which is being utilised to examine the long-term potential of electricity as a major onboard energy source for commercial aviation applications – is on display at the 2012 ILA Berlin Air Show. Data collected from operation of the Universi...

Singapore Airlines receives the milestone 80th A380

31 July 2012 News in brief

Airbus reached another programme milestone for its 21st century flagship A380 with delivery of the 80th aircraft, received today by Singapore Airlines. This carrier was the first to operate the double-deck jetliner in October 2007, and has used the A380 to such destinations as Frankfurt, Hong Kong, ...

Airbus Military starts final assembly for Turkey’s first A400M airlifter

12 July 2012 News in brief

The initial A400M for the Turkish Air Force has begun its final assembly process, which kicked off this week at Airbus Military’s Seville, Spain facility following arrival of the airlifter’s vertical and horizontal tailplane components. Turkey is scheduled to receive its no. 1 A400M during 2013.

Airbus launches dedicated website for Fly Your Ideas contest

12 July 2012 News in brief

With the 2013 edition of Airbus’ “Fly Your Ideas” student competition gearing up to start in September, the company has launched a new website to provide information on this international contest. Visitors to the site have the opportunity to register for e-mail updates on the competition, which invo...

The Airbus Military A400M receives its official naming: ATLAS

6 July 2012 News in brief

A new programme milestone has been reached for Airbus Military’s A400M with announcement of this next-generation airlifter’s official naming: ATLAS. The designation was confirmed today during a ceremony held at the Royal International Air Tattoo industry event in England, which involved the European...

Malaysia Airlines’ no. 1 A380 is ready for service

28 June 2012 News in brief

The first of six A380s ordered by Malaysia Airlines departed Airbus’ Toulouse, France facility today on its way to Kuala-Lumpur, where it is scheduled to be placed into service on 1 July. Seating 494 passengers in a premium three-class layout, the aircraft features a special celebration livery,...

The five A400M test aircraft complete an impressive formation flight

7 June 2012 News in brief

As the next-generation A400M continues its certification evaluations, all five of the programme’s flight test aircraft took to the sky this week for a unique formation flight performed by the Airbus Flight Test teams. The exercise originated from Toulouse, France, and provided many impressive visual...

Airbus employees on the move for “cycle to work” week

31 May 2012 News in brief

To mark Europe’s bicycle week, nearly 1,500 Airbus employees at the company’s Toulouse, France-area facilities used this two-wheel means of transport in May for their travel to work – with many posing for a family photo at the A350 XWB final assembly line.  “Cycle to work” activities also were ...

The A400M begins unpaved runway evaluations in Germany

29 May 2012 News in brief

Airbus Military has opened rough field testing for its new-generation A400M airlifter, beginning with a set of unpaved runway evaluations performed at Cottbus-Drewitz airfield in Germany. These initial trials were competed on grass surface, and included maximum-braked rejected takeoff operations, as...

A400M makes first refuelling contacts with an A330 MRTT

9 May 2012 News in brief

Airbus Military’s new-generation A400M airlifter has demonstrated its refuelling compatibility with the company’s A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport, successfully completing a series of 30 “dry contacts” with the tanker aircraft’s hose and drogue system. This testing – which utilised an A330 MRTT to b...

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