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Airbus lights the way: First A321 with LED lighting throughout the cabin

12 March 2014 Feature story

Passengers will soon “see the difference” aboard Airbus A320 Family aircraft with the company’s latest enhancements to this single-aisle product line’s cabin atmosphere.

The A320 Family: 6,000 deliveries and counting

10 March 2014 Feature story

The A320 Family marked another milestone with Airbus’ 6,000th delivery from this modern single-aisle jetliner product line.

Printing the future: Airbus expands its applications of the revolutionary additive layer manufacturing process

3 March 2014 Feature story

Innovative 3D-printing (additive layer manufacturing) technology used by Airbus is beginning to shape the future of aircraft component manufacture for its jetliners.

Parts produced with this method are beginning to appear on a range of the company’s aircraft – from the next-generation A350 XWB to i...

Airbus “goes local” with its customer support strategy

14 February 2014 Feature story

As the global aviation sector continues to evolve, Airbus is ensuring its operators are ready for the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow with tailored customer service solutions that increasingly are being provided in close proximity to their individual home bases.

This emphasis on closeness ...

Airbus and Satair combine their resources for global aircraft support

14 February 2014 Feature story

This week’s opening of a new dedicated parts support and distribution facility in Singapore is a major milestone for the Satair Group – a common organisation officially launched in January that combines the resources of Airbus’ former Material and Logistics Management operation and Satair, which is ...

Airbus/Singapore Airlines joint venture aims to broaden the scope of pilot training for Asia.. and beyond

14 February 2014 Feature story

In addition to an impressive lineup of eight full-flight simulators for Airbus’ complete family of jetliners, the planned Airbus Asia Training Centre in Singapore also will open the frontiers of training for pilots.

Airbus and Singapore Airlines signed a Memorandum of Unde...

The A350 XWB says good bye to Singapore

13 February 2014 Feature story

With a tip of its wings to signal good-bye, the A350 XWB departed Singapore today for its Toulouse, France base of operations, completing a highly successful tour that began in Qatar and wrapped up with a starring appearance at the 2014 Singapore Airshow.

While at Singapore, this A350 XWB – the MSN...

The A330 Family builds on its 2013 success and evolution

13 February 2014 Feature story

Following a year of significant commercial milestones and key programme announcements in 2013, Airbus’ A330 widebody jetliner family is building the momentum in 2014 with continued improvement, innovation and high production output to meet sustained global demand.

On the commercial side, 2013 broug...

“Seating” is believing: Airbus’ comfort standard comes to life in Singapore

13 February 2014 Feature story

Airbus’ seat-width demonstrator at this week’s Singapore Airshow is providing visitors with increased awareness on passenger well-being aloft.

Underscoring the superior level of comfort offered in all Airbus products, the “Airbus Comfort Zone” at the air show features a full-scale cabin mockup wit...

A “comfortable” position: Airbus focusses on passenger well-being in Asia

13 February 2014 Feature story

Airbus’ continuing commitment to full service long-haul passenger comfort is on full display at this week’s Singapore Airshow, highlighted by the new-generation A350 XWB jetliner’s high-profile presence and the “Airbus Comfort Zone.”

The company is spotlighting its latest “comfort without comp...

Airbus prepares its A330 variant tailored for regional services

13 February 2014 Feature story

As part of the focus on continuous improvement for its jetliner product line, Airbus is moving forward with development of the new A330 Regional – a lower-weight A330-300 variant for use on domestic and regional routes in high growth areas that include the Asia-Pacific market. 

The aircraft –...

The A330: Setting widebody standard for Asia-Pacific operators

13 February 2014 Feature story

The A330’s Asia-Pacific market presence will continue to grow in the coming years, with more and more customers opting for this widebody jetliner thanks to its unmatched economics, reliability and passenger appeal.

Currently, some 465 A330-200 and A330-300 passenger versions are flown by Asia-Pacif...

“Four” is a magic number: a record number of operators will receive their first A380s in 2014

12 February 2014 Feature story

The global operator base for Airbus’ 21st century flagship A380 will expand significantly this year – with new operators including two Asia-Pacific airlines – underscoring the smooth industrial process now in place for this double-deck aircraft, as well as its effectiveness in capturing passenger tr...

Amedeo’s A380 order spotlights the role of aircraft lessors

12 February 2014 Feature story

As the commercial air transport sector continues to emerge from the economic downturn of recent years, the world’s aircraft leasing companies are taking on even greater importance – with more and more customers now looking to rent their aviation assets.

This growing trend toward “airliners for hire...

Airbus partners with Asia-Pacific for improved air traffic management

12 February 2014 Feature story

As the Asia-Pacific region – currently the world’s fastest-growing sector for air travel – continues to expand, Airbus is committed to delivering innovative and effective solutions to cope with the massive anticipated traffic increase and avoid congestion around airport hubs.

Leading this effort – ...

The Airbus A380 in operational service: A continuing success story

12 February 2014 Feature story

Airbus’ 21st century flagship A380 – which began its operational career in 2007 with launch customer Singapore Airlines – continues to receive high marks in commercial service across the globe, reinforcing its reputation as the new “queen of the skies.”

More than 151,000 revenue flights...

An Asian success: The A320 Family establishes Airbus’ single-aisle leadership in this fast-growing region

11 February 2014 Feature story

Airbus’ popular A320 Family has become the aircraft of choice for the Asia-Pacific region’s operators, ranging from mainline carriers to low-cost airlines.

Continuing its momentum, this single-aisle product line has received another major endorsement in the region, from VietJetAir – covering both c...

A “remarkable” flight test programme, and production ramp-up underway for a mature A350 XWB aircraft

11 February 2014 Feature story

As the A350 XWB progresses toward its certification and service entry goals before year-end, Airbus’ focus also continues on the initial customer aircraft and production ramp-up for the new jetliner.

Speaking to international reporters at Singapore’s Changi Airport, Airbus managers stressed the A35...

Building the future: Airbus’ first A320neo to fly begins final assembly in March

11 February 2014 Feature story

As one of Airbus’ next-generation aircraft makes headlines with the A350 XWB’s Singapore Airshow appearance, another of the company’s latest products – the A320neo – is preparing for its own major milestones this year.

The A320neo programme is moving into full gear as final assembly starts nex...

An important A320 Family acquisition for a “rising star” in Southeast Asia’s low cost market

11 February 2014 Feature story

The growing importance of low-cost carriers in Asia-Pacific – and the A320 Family’s advantages in meeting their needs – was underscored with today’s Singapore Airshow announcement by VietJetAir for more than 100 jetliners in both the current engine option (CEO) and new engine option (NEO) versions....

The A350 XWB jetliner’s Singapore Airshow presence highlights its popularity with Asia-Pacific carriers

11 February 2014 Feature story

Airbus’ A350 XWB is taking centre stage week at the Singapore Airshow, previewing what will soon become a familiar sight in this region’s airports and skies after the next-generation jetliner enters service starting later this year.

Asia-Pacific represents the A350 XWB’s largest customer base by nu...

Singapore Airlines pilots feel at home in the A350 XWB

11 February 2014 Feature story

The A350 XWB has been given high marks by two Singapore Airlines pilots following a demonstration flight from Changi Airport in this new jetliner – as both praised its commonality with the A380 and A330 they currently fly, while also appreciating new features incorporated in the cockpit.

Taking the...

Speaking the right language: Airbus explores innovative voice-recognition technology for the air transport industry

2 February 2014 Feature story

The Airbus Corporate Innovation Team is investigating the use of voice-recognition software to help pilots and airline crews manage operation, underscoring the company’s focus on innovation for its customers’ benefit.

Airbus continues its TAPAS partnership with the Dutch thermoplastic composite sector

22 January 2014 Feature story

The Thermoplastic Affordable Primary Aircraft Structure (TAPAS) programme’s second phase was officially initiated this month with signature of a contract between Airbus, Fokker Aerostructures and TenCate Advanced Composites.

Major delivery milestone reinforces Airbus’ strong presence in Chinese market

16 January 2014 Feature story

Airbus has surpassed the 1,000-aircraft delivery mark in China, underscoring the popularity of its modern jetliner product line across this major aviation market – which will continue to grow during the coming years.

Current Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor to become Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc.

8 January 2014 Feature story

Allan McArtor, who presently serves as Chairman of Airbus’ U.S.-based Airbus Americas operation, will become Chairman and CEO of its Airbus Group parent company’s North American business unit, Airbus Group, Inc., effective 1 March 2014.

Airbus initiative aims to make lost luggage a thing of the past

10 December 2013 Feature story

Airbus has joined with luggage manufacturer Rimowa and information technology services company T-Systems for an innovative luggage solution to provide an improved baggage experience for passengers and the airlines that transport them.

Designated “Bag2Go,” it involves a specially-designed suitcase e...

Partners in the Sky: Airbus leverages its aerospace expertise to further environmental conservation

6 December 2013 Feature story

Marking another step in its ongoing commitment to the environment, Airbus is taking a leading role in the newly-announced Partners in the Sky programme – which brings together scientific expertise of the Smithsonian Institution with aviation and aerospace technology to unlock the mysteries of animal...

It’s “full speed ahead” with Airbus’ latest A350 XWB magazine issue

22 November 2013 Feature story

As the next-generation widebody A350 XWB jetliner’s testing and certification programme ramps up, Airbus has released the fourth edition of its “Shaping Efficiency” interactive magazine – available as an iPad application or online.

Airbus and EADS’ Guus Dekkers honoured as “Chief Information Officer of the Year”

22 November 2013 Feature story

Guus Dekkers, the Airbus and EADS Chief Information Officer (CIO) has been named CIO of the Year in a coordinated effort of German magazines COMPUTERWOCHE (Computer Week) and CIO-Magazin, which recognized him for leadership in applying product lifecycle management to Airbus’ new A350 XWB jetliner an...

Emirates Airline President Tim Clark: The A380 “defies gravity” in its success story

21 November 2013 Feature story

Tim Clark, the President of Emirates Airline – which is the world’s largest A380 customer – says Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner continues to be extremely popular with the Dubai-based airline’s customer base, and the aircraft’s double-deck configuration enables further evolution to...

Emirates is mapping “uncharted territory” with its Airbus ACJ319 corporate jet

21 November 2013 Feature story

Emirates Airline is turning heads at this week’s Dubai Airshow with its unique-configured Airbus ACJ319 corporate jet, which takes advantage of the aircraft’s cabin cross-section and versatility to offer luxury travel options for highly discerning passengers.

Announced this August, the Emirates Exe...

The Airbus A320: ready to meet the Middle East and Gulf region’s passenger needs, now and in the future

21 November 2013 Feature story

Airbus’ A320 Family has a 70 per cent market share in the dynamic Middle East and Gulf market – with the A319, A320 or A321 operated in the fleets of such carriers as Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Air Arabia, Egyptair, Nasair and Tunisair. <...

Airbus and Mercedes-Benz team up to demonstrate the A330-200F’s high-end cargo capabilities

21 November 2013 Feature story

At this week’s Dubai Airshow, the Qatar Airways Cargo A330-200F freighter showed off its optimised cargo loading capabilities in style with a demonstration that utilised the latest from Mercedes-Benz’ AMG product line of luxury automobiles.

Much like the A330-200F that has proven itself in cargo o...

Airbus’ A320neo is on schedule for upcoming programme milestones

21 November 2013 Feature story

As the fastest-selling commercial airliner ever continues to build momentum – with additional new orders and commitments announced at the week’s Dubai Airshow – Airbus’ A320 neo (new engine option) programme is ready for major landmarks next year, including the start of final assembly in the spring,...

Applying Airbus innovation for better efficiency and performance in spares management

21 November 2013 Feature story

Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) service is demonstrating its advantages for a growing international customer base, providing better performance in the handling and stocking of spares – thereby significantly improving the on-shelf availability of parts while markedly d...

TPI’s machined components for the “heart” of Airbus jetliners are displayed at the Dubai Airshow

20 November 2013 Feature story

The growing role of Abu Dhabi-based Tawazun Precision Industries (TPI) as a supplier of key machined parts for Airbus jetliners is highly visible at the Dubai Airshow, where the company is displaying titanium and aluminium structural components produced for the A330 and A320 aircraft families. ...

A perfect couple: Airbus’ A330-200F and A330P2F will team up to meet future air freight demand

20 November 2013 Feature story

With global air freight traffic expected to grow 4.8 per cent annually over the next 20 years, Airbus is well-positioned to help operators accommodate this demand with its two A330-based freighter programmes: the A330-200F, which already is demonstrating its value in reliable service around the glob...

Sustained growth in passenger traffic and aircraft size is forecasted for the Middle East

20 November 2013 Feature story

The Middle East’s strategic geographical location – combined with a sustained global expansion of the middle class – will continue this region’s dramatic air transport growth, creating the requirement for some 2,075 new passenger and freighter aircraft deliveries over the next two decades at an esti...

Reporting for duty: The international A330 MRTT fleet includes aircraft in service with two Middle East air forces

20 November 2013 Feature story

Airbus Military featured its A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) at this week’s Dubai Airshow, underscoring the importance of this aircraft to its two Middle East operators, as well as for the region’s aerial refuelling and airlift requirements.

To date, Airbus Military has delivered all three ...

Airbus and the Middle East benefit from their industrial cooperation

19 November 2013 Feature story

Airbus’ commitment to cooperating with developing aerospace markets around the world is highlighted this week at the Dubai Airshow, as the Middle East industry is playing a growing role in the company’s jetliners.

This includes partnerships with two United Arab Emirates-based companies: Strata, a M...

Airbus’ A330 has a year to remember in 2013

19 November 2013 Feature story

It’s been a year of major achievements for the twin-engine A330, which in 2013 has lived up to its motto as “the right aircraft, right now” with significant commercial milestones, a successful production ramp-up and introduction of a new version for domestic and regional passenger operations.

Among...

A Middle East “introduction” for the A400M at Dubai

19 November 2013 Feature story

Visitors to this week’s Dubai Airshow are seeing Airbus Military’s A400M displayed for the first time at a major aviation event in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The next-generation airlifter’s debut at this important...

The A330: Defining widebody passenger and cargo operations in the Middle East

19 November 2013 Feature story

The Middle East will continue to be an important market for Airbus’ A330 jetliner in the years ahead, as more and more customers are won over by the widebody aircraft’s unbeatable economics, reliability, passenger appeal and cargo-carrying capability.

Currently, more than 95 A330-200 and A330-300 p...

The Dubai Airshow highlights popularity of Airbus Military C295s in the region

18 November 2013 Feature story

Middle East and North Africa operators are benefitting from the versatility of Airbus Military’s multi-role C295 aircraft – one of which is on display this week at the Dubai Airshow.

Well-tailored for conditions in the Middle East and North Africa, the region’s C295s are being deployed for an expan...

Another new-start airline in the Middle East and North Africa selects Airbus jetliners

18 November 2013 Feature story

Airbus aircraft will once again play an important role for a new airline’s launch in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with Libyan Wings’ selection of the next-generation A350 XWB and A320 to build up its operations – which are to begin next year with the lease of two A320s. 

Dur...

Navigating projected traffic growth with the A380

17 November 2013 Feature story

As the air transport sector continues its upturn, Airbus expects the A380 to play an even greater role in accommodating air traffic demand. 

According to Antonio Da Costa, Head of A380 Marketing at Airbus, the crisis left airlines in a challenging situation to plan their future fleets. “As we ...

Proven in service: the A330-200F meets its mid-sized freighter promise

17 November 2013 Feature story

The A330-200F is proving its capabilities as the most modern mid-size freighter in service today, providing highly reliable service with eight operators: Avianca Cargo, Etihad Cargo, Hong Kong Airlines, MASkargo, MNG Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Cargo and Yangtze River Express.

The fleet is ope...

How time flies: Emirates marks five years of A380 commercial service

17 November 2013 Feature story

It was on 1 August 2008 when Emirates operated its first scheduled Airbus A380 flight – linking this carrier’s Dubai home base to New York.  Fast-forward five years, and this progressive airline has become the world’s largest operator of Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner – with ...

The numbers add up for Airbus’ A380

17 November 2013 Feature story

In addition to its starring role at events such as the Dubai Airshow, Airbus’ 21st century flagship A380 continues to receive high marks in revenue service from operators and passengers alike – furthering its reputation as the new “queen of the skies.”

More than 137,000 revenue flights h...

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