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Sichuan Airlines’ Flight Hour Services agreement for its A330 Family aircraft is extended

10 July 2014 News in brief

China’s Sichuan Airlines has extended its existing Flight Hour Services (FHS) components support contract to cover the airline’s entire fleet of A330 Family aircraft. This agreement – which will run for 12 years – provides A330 line-replaceable units, guaranteed spare parts availability through pool...

Maintenance programme submitted in preparation for the A350 XWB’s certification and service entry

9 July 2014 News in brief

The A350 XWB’s maintenance programme has been submitted for approval to the EASA, FAA and Transport Canada airworthiness authorities, representing a major milestone in preparations for the jetliner’s service introduction.  Definitive approval is expected during the summer, prior to the aircraft...

Airbus moves forward with its “factory of the future” concept

9 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus has incorporated innovative digital tracking and monitoring RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology to help streamline and increase the efficiency of its industrial operations. By using RFID tags – attached to objects such as aircraft components and tools, and which are read automati...

On track for certification: The A350 XWB flight test campaign marks key milestones

8 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus’ flight test department is moving at full-speed with all five A350-900 developmental aircraft now flying – a fleet that has accumulated more than 2,100 total hours in over 500 flights. Among the key recent achievements of the programme are crosswind tests with MSN001 in Keflavik, Iceland; MSN...

The first A350 XWB full-flight simulator is readied for airline flight crews

8 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus’ initial A350 XWB full-flight simulator – located at the company’s Flight Training Centre in Toulouse – is nearing the start-up of training operations with airline flight crews. Installed several months ago, this training device has been fine-tuned using data from the A350 XWB’s flight tests ...

Two giant pandas are transferred aboard a MASkargo-operated A330-200F

7 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus’ versatile A330-200F freighter delivered some important freight for MASkargo this spring, flying two live giant pandas – named “Fu Wa” and “Feng Yi” – from China to Kuala Lumpur, en route to their new home at Malaysia’s Zoo Negara.  Further highlighting the flexibility of the world’s mos...

One year since first flight: a successful anniversary for the A350 XWB

14 June 2014 News in brief

With its historic takeoff from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport on June 14, 2013, the A350 XWB opened a new era in commercial aviation.  One year later, Airbus’ four development A350 XWBs have logged nearly 2,000 hours aloft, placing the jetliner programme well on track for certification – and service ...

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