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“Lining up” for innovation: A new non-destructive testing tool takes off with the Airbus A350 XWB

30 March 2016 Feature story

An easy-to-use testing tool for inspecting the composite airframe of Airbus’ popular A350 XWB jetliner has become a commercial success itself, with key airline customers ordering the device to support their daily operations. 

Named the Line Tool, this ultrasound system is used to inspect an A3...

Airbus highlights its market leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean

29 March 2016 Feature story

Airbus’ presence at this week’s FIDAE 2016 air show in Chile underscores the company’s leading presence in Latin America and the Caribbean, with more than 600 jetliners in operation and market share of 65 per cent based on the to-be-delivered aircraft backlog.

Rafael Alonso, the Airbus head in Lati...

The customer welcome reaches new heights at Airbus’ A320 Family final assembly facility in Germany

24 March 2016 Feature story

Airbus is further improving the welcome for airline customer personnel who monitor the build-up of A320 Family aircraft at its final assembly facilities around the world, with the latest initiative being a new SkyLounge meeting point at the Hamburg-Finkenwerder site in northern Germany. 

Outfi...

Airbus and India: A growing industrial cooperation

15 March 2016 Feature story

India is playing an increasingly important industrial role for Airbus as this country’s air transportation market continues to grow. 

Airbus’ cooperation with India offers the benefits of cost-competitiveness and a highly-skilled workforce, and is fully aligned with Prime Minister Narendra Mod...

Airbus’ innovative cable tie solution transitions from the shop floor to the world

10 March 2016 Feature story

A patented, paper-based Airbus solution that improves the process for installing cables and wires throughout an aircraft is now going global, underscoring the company’s continuing role as an innovation leader. 

The idea began with Marc Bennion, a long-time Airbus employee working at the aircra...

Aircraft painting innovation: Airbus leads the way toward zero CO2 emissions

1 March 2016 Feature story

In its on-going effort to help reduce aviation’s contribution to climate change, Airbus has designed and built an innovative paint booth for its new-generation A350 XWB jetliner that uses significantly less energy than standard facilities, while also minimising CO2 emissions. 

Airbus’ current ...

The A330’s continued commercial success leads to a new production rate increase

24 February 2016 Feature story

Airbus has announced a production rate increase for its A330 Family, responding to new commercial successes that underscore this versatile widebody product line’s popularity with customers around the globe.

Taking effect in January 2017, the change will raise production from its current level – six...

Airbus’ Getafe, Spain production facility delivers the first A350-1000 horizontal tail plane

24 February 2016 Feature story

Airbus has reached another A350 XWB programme milestone with start-up of A350-1000 horizontal tail plane deliveries from the company’s Getafe, Spain facility.

The initial A350-1000 horizontal tail plane will be integrated on Airbus’ no. 1 flight test aircraft, which currently is going through its f...

Virtual solutions provide real benefits for Airbus' Beluga XL development.

15 February 2016 Feature story

As Airbus continues development of its next-generation oversize cargo transporter – the Beluga XL – the company has devised innovative solutions that are advancing this particular programme and will be used to benefit others in the future.  

The Beluga XL was launched during November 2014 base...

Airbus innovation effectively streamlines the repair process for fibre optic cables

2 February 2016 Feature story

A transnational, transfunctional Airbus team has been honoured for developing a highly-efficient new method to repair fibre optic cables, which are used extensively across the company’s product line of modern commercial jetliners. 

Lighter than traditional metallic wiring and offering much hig...

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