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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...

The A400M is awarded key certification from European Aviation Safety Agency

3 May 2012 News in brief

Airbus Military has received the initial type certification for its new-generation A400M airlifter, with this first approval – known as a Restricted Type Certificate – presented by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today in Toulouse, France. This milestone marks an important step toward the...

New agreement extends Airbus research and technology efforts in the U.S.

23 April 2012 News in brief

Airbus has further expanded its research and technology (R&T) activities in the United States through a six-year renewal agreement signed with the Hampton, Virginia-based National Institute of Aerospace. This accord follows completion of a previous six-year agreement, during which over $6 millio...

The Royal Australian Air Force carries its most passengers ever with the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport

23 April 2012 News in brief

The Airbus Military-produced A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport has marked a new operational milestone for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), carrying a record number of passengers for the military service during a single flight. This sortie – flown last month as part of the aircraft’s service int...

The A400M showcases new-generation capabilities during ongoing Asian tour

18 April 2012 News in brief

Asian nations are receiving a first-hand look at the A400M as this next-generation airlifter continues its 14-20 April tour of the region. The aircraft began its circuit with a touchdown in Malaysia that also marked the A400M’s milestone initial appearance in Asia. During this three-day stopover, go...

Putting a priority on inspiring the high fliers of tomorrow

12 April 2012 News in brief

The Airbus Corporate Foundation is expanding two programmes aimed at helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds realise their full potential. The organization’s “Flying Challenge” – which is being piloted at Bellefontaine College in the Toulouse, France area with The United Way charity – in...

Airbus Military’s A330 MRTT begins its service career with the UK Royal Air Force

9 April 2012 News in brief

The Airbus Military A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has entered service with the UK Royal Air Force, performing a training sortie on 8 April from the RAF Brize Norton facility – the military service´s primary transport/tanker base.  This first operational UK aircraft, along with 13 othe...

The A400M arrives for its “starring role” at the FIDAE air show

26 March 2012 News in brief

The Airbus Military A400M has touched down in Santiago de Chile, where this next-generation airlifter will take centre stage at FIDAE (Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio) – Latin America’s largest air show, held this year from 27 March to 1 April. The arrival in Chile – representing the A400...

The A330 MRTT showcases its compatibility with United Arab Emirates fighter aircraft

26 March 2012 News in brief

Airbus Military has successfully demonstrated the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport’s (MRTT) refuelling compatibility with Mirage 2000 and F-16 Block 60 fighter jets – which are the primary aircraft types to be supported by A330 MRTTs in future service with the United Arab Emirates Air Force. This re...

Final assembly begins for the second series production A400M airlifter

20 March 2012 News in brief

The second series production A400M is now taking shape inside Airbus Military’s Seville, Spain final assembly line. This activity was kicked off in February with integration of the aircraft’s wings and central wing-box, followed by arrival of the A400M’s other main components – including its vertica...

I-4D receives the “Enabling Technology Award” for air traffic management excellence

13 March 2012 News in brief

The Airbus-developed I-4D (initial four-dimensional) system has been recognised for technological excellence by leading information provider IHS Jane's, underscoring its capabilities for improving the efficiency of air traffic management operations worldwide. I-4D - which is a cornerstone of the SES...

Airbus’ John Leahy receives the highest civil decoration in France

13 March 2012 News in brief

In recognition of his contributions to aviation, Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers John Leahy has been named an “Officer” of the French Legion of Honour – which is the country’s highest civil decoration. Leahy joined Airbus in 1995, and has led a commercial team that has sold 80 per cent of...

Malaysia Airlines provides first glimpse of A380 in new livery

8 March 2012 News in brief

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) today revealed the design and specifications for its new A380, featuring a bright new livery and luxurious cabin layout.

The aircraft will accommodate 494 passengers in a three class configuration, seating eight passengers in First Class, 66 in Business Class and 420 in...

The King of Spain becomes first head of state to fly in Airbus Military’ A400M

1 March 2012 News in brief

King Juan Carlos I of Spain has become the first head of state to fly in Airbus Military’s new-generation A400M military airlifter. With Airbus Chief Test Pilot Military Edward Strongman and Experimental Test Pilot Ignacio Lombo, the King of Spain made a local flight of some 40 minutes from the Torr...

Airbus Military A330 MRTTs fly in formation

28 February 2012 News in brief

Three A330 MRTTs (Multi Role Tanker Transports) destined for different customers recently completed a formation flight in the skies above Spain. The lead aircraft, located furthest from the camera in the accompanying photo (at left) will join the UK Royal Air Force, where it is to be known as Voyage...

First A400M for the French Air Force takes shape in Seville

14 February 2012 News in brief

The first Airbus Military A400M for the French Air Force is taking shape in Seville, Spain, where its final assembly line is located. The final assembly process for this aircraft started last November. The nose and fuselage are already integrated and the aircraft was recently moved, on its landing g...

A330 production rate is at an all-time high

A330 production rate is at an all-time high
25 January 2012 News in brief

The production of Airbus’ A330 reached a rate of nine per month in January, bringing the output of this popular twin-engine jetliner to a record rate in meeting international demand.  Assembly of the A330 is performed in Toulouse, France, with Airbus planning a further ramp-up to 9.5 aircraft m...

A350 XWB static test aircraft parts arrive at final assembly line in Toulouse

First A350 XWB parts arrive at final assembly line in Toulouse
23 December 2011 News in brief

Airbus has delivered the first major airframe section to the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France. The 21-metre-long front fuselage section, delivered from Airbus in Saint-Nazaire,  is destined to become part of the A350 XWB static test airframe.  Final assembly of this airfram...

Innovative ideas bring Singaporean students to Airbus’ headquarters

Innovative ideas bring Singaporean students to Airbus’ headquarters
14 December 2011 News in brief

Six Singaporean students were given “VIP treatment” by Airbus earlier this month, with a visit to the company’s headquarters in Toulouse, France – which the group earned in September by winning first prizes in the island nation’s annual CREATE high school competition. Their trip included tours of th...

Airbus starts joining the A350 XWB "MSN1" front fuselage

Airbus starts joining the first A350 XWB front fuselage
9 December 2011 News in brief

Airbus has started joining the first 21-metre long front fuselage section for the A350 XWB in Saint-Nazaire, France. This phase will continue over the coming weeks, and once completed, the front fuselage will be transported by Beluga to the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse. It will be the fi...

A beneficial change of scenery for Airbus’ Indian engineering centre

A beneficial change of scenery for Airbus’ Indian engineering centre
8 December 2011 News in brief

The Airbus Engineering Centre India (AECI) has relocated to a larger building within Bangalore, allowing for a consolidation of its teams into a single integrated facility and providing the necessary space for long-term growth over the next decade. The centre originally opened during April 2007, and...

Final assembly of first THAI A380 begins

Final assembly of first THAI A380 begins
23 November 2011 News in brief

Assembly of the first A380 for Thai Airways International (THAI) has now commenced at the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Toulouse. The final assembly process of an A380 is made up of several phases. At the first station, front, central, and aft fuselages, wings, horizontal and vertical tail planes (H...

Airbus starts making the wings for first A350 XWB

Airbus starts making the wings for first A350 XWB
22 November 2011 News in brief

Assembly of the first A350 XWB’s 32-metre-long carbon fibre wings has begun at Airbus’ recently-opened North Factory in Broughton, UK.  Pre-assembly of ribs, upper and lower covers and fixed leading and trailing edges already has taken place. These components will be moved into the main assembl...

A320 fitted with fuel-saving Sharklets prepares for flight-tests

A320 fitted with fuel-saving Sharklets prepares for flight-tests
21 November 2011 News in brief

Airbus has completed installation of the first set of Sharklet wing-tip devices on the company’s A320 development aircraft (MSN 001), preparing for the flight-test campaign in the coming weeks. Sharklets, which have been specially designed for the Airbus A320 Family, will reduce fuel burn by up to 3...

MASkargo takes delivery of second A330-200F at Dubai Air Show

MASkargo takes delivery of second A330-200F at Dubai Air Show
15 November 2011 News in brief

MASkargo, the freight subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, took delivery of its second A330-200F at the Dubai Air Show today. The A330-200F is the world’s most modern mid-size freighter and can carry 70 tonnes of payload, with a range capability of up to 4,000nm. For MASkargo, the aircraft’s performance...

Completion of production marks new chapter in the A340 success story

Completion of production marks new chapter in the A340 success story
10 November 2011 News in brief

Twenty years after its maiden flight, Airbus has completed production for the A340 jetliner, reflecting changing market dynamics. While new aircraft are no longer to be built, Airbus will continue to fully support the current global fleet of A340s – which are providing reliable ultra long-haul fligh...

Deliveries continue for the new-generation A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT)

Deliveries continue for the new-generation A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT)
8 November 2011 News in brief

Airbus Military has formally handed over the third A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), which is to receive a total of five of these advanced air-to-air tanker aircraft. Designated the KC-30A in RAAF service, Australia’s newest A330 MRTT was converted from an Ai...

Tail section for Thai Airways International’s first A380 rolls out of paint shop

Tail section for Thai Airways International’s first A380 rolls out of paint shop
2 November 2011 News in brief

The vertical tail section for the first Thai Airways International (THAI) A380 has been painted with the airline’s orchid logo at Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany. The painting was completed over the weekend, and the section is now being prepared for shipment to Toulouse, France – where assembl...

The Airbus Military A400M performs water ingestion tests

The Airbus Military A400M performs water ingestion tests
27 October 2011 News in brief

Airbus Military has successfully completed testing to demonstrate the new-generation A400M airlifter’s ability to operate on wet runways and taxiways without ingesting water into the engines. During these tests at Istres, France, the aircraft travelled through troughs containing 2-6 cm of water at s...

The Royal Saudi Air Force begins flight training on the A330 MRTT

The Royal Saudi Air Force begins flight training on the A330 MRTT
26 October 2011 News in brief

Royal Saudi Air Force crews have started flight training on their first A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) with Airbus Military instructors in Spain, which will allow them to qualify for air logistic transport and air-to-air refueling with pods and boom. Handover of the first A330 MRTT to the R...

Celebrating four years of “love at first flight”

Celebrating four years of “love at first flight”
25 October 2011 News in brief

Four years ago today, Airbus’ 21st century flagship A380 entered commercial revenue service in the fleet of Singapore Airlines. Since that time, the double-deck aircraft has been winning over business and leisure passengers alike – leading many travelers to specifically request flights on the A380, ...

Assembly begins for the A350 XWB "MSN1" horizontal tailplane

Assembly begins for the first A350 XWB horizontal tailplane
24 October 2011 News in brief

Airbus has started the assembly of the first A350 XWB’s horizontal tailplane (HTP) in Getafe, Spain. Joining of the two lateral boxes will produce the 17-metre span primary structure of the HTP. Structural assembly will continue over the coming weeks, followed by installation of the unit’s electric ...

Malaysia Airlines’ first A380 takes off from Toulouse for its maiden flight

Malaysia Airlines’ first A380 takes off from Toulouse for its maiden flight
21 October 2011 News in brief

The first A380 for Malaysia Airlines took off for its maiden flight yesterday following completion of final assembly and system tests in Toulouse, France. After a successful five-hour flight, the aircraft returned to Toulouse to be prepared for its next journey to the Airbus facilities in Hamburg, G...

The A350 XWB’s Trent engine rolls out for initial flight tests

The A350 XWB’s Trent engine rolls out for initial flight tests
18 October 2011 News in brief

Airbus has completed installation of the first Rolls-Royce Trent XWB flight test engine on the A380 “flying-testbed” aircraft. The aircraft and engine will now be prepared for the flight test campaign commencing in the coming weeks. The Trent XWB engine, which is the largest Rolls-Royce turbofan wit...

Airbus-supported high school competition selects best “green” ideas for the aviation sector

Airbus-supported high school competition selects best “green” ideas for the aviation sector
4 October 2011 News in brief

Six Singaporean students have earned a trip to Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France after winning first prizes in the island nation’s annual “CREATE” high school competition – which promotes career paths in the engineering field. Supported by Airbus and Singapore Airlines, this year’s challenge f...

The A350 XWB "MSN1" forward fuselage takes shape

The first A350 XWB forward fuselage takes shape
30 September 2011 News in brief

Airbus aerostructures partner Premium Aerotec has successfully put together the first forward fuselage for the A350 XWB at Nordenham, Germany. The impressive all-composite fuselage is 13 metres long and comprises four panels and the floor grid. Structural assembly work will continue over the coming ...

First A350 XWB nose section coming together in St Nazaire

First A350 XWB nose section coming together in St Nazaire
27 September 2011 News in brief

The first A350 XWB nose section has been transported by Beluga to Airbus in St Nazaire from partner company Aerolia’s site in Méaulte. The A350 XWB nose section comprises three main sub-assemblies: the cockpit plus upper and lower forward fuselage parts, which incorporate door one and the nose landi...

The A400M passes new certification tests in France and Spain

The A400M passes new certification tests in France and Spain
22 September 2011 News in brief

The Airbus Military A400M has completed a series of key tests over the past week as this new-generation airlifter moves closer to its civil and military type certification. These successful evaluations included the A400M’s high-energy rejected takeoff test in Toulouse, France, which confirmed the br...

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