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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.


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. 


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...

The aviation industry has comfort on its mind at the Dubai Airshow

16 November 2013 Feature story

After making quite the first impression following its launch in October, the “It’s not you, it’s the seat” comfort campaign by Airbus will once again take centre stage, this time at the Dubai Airshow.

Underscoring Airbus’ modern standard for comfort – with an 18-inch-wide seat in economy class for...

Airbus and the Dubai Airshow: A long relationship

A true team effort: Global supply chain supports Airbus’ complete family of aircraft

28 October 2013 Feature story

With a growing presence around the world, Airbus highlighted a range of its activities and emphasized the “team” that contributes to the company’s entire product line at its annual supplier conference.

New technical enhancements are available on Airbus Corporate Jets

24 October 2013 Feature story

Airbus Corporate Jets are benefitting from technology enhancements applied to the company’s product line of commercial airliners, further enhancing their performance, operational flexibility and safety.

Airbus’ Metron Aviation and the Danish Meteorological Institute to assist EUROCONTROL with modeling ATM disruption risks

22 October 2013 Feature story

Airbus ProSky subsidiary Metron Aviation, in partnership with the Danish Meteorological Institute, have formed a consortium to support EUROCONTROL with risk assessments of Air Traffic Management (ATM) disruptions – which may be caused by meteorological or natural hazards such as volcanic ash, earthq...

Spreading the passion for flight: Airbus joins forces with Global Engineering Deans Council for award to inspire diversity in engineering students

22 October 2013 Feature story

Airbus continues its focus on the next generation of engineers from various backgrounds, who will be ready to design more electric-aircraft of the future, identify sustainable solutions for aviation, define new materials or confront other challenges.

As part of Airbus’ sustained outreach to young p...

Airbus ProSky completes airspace and air traffic management analysis for the United Arab Emirates

21 October 2013 Feature story

In a major milestone toward restructuring of the United Arab Emirates’ airspace and air traffic management systems, Airbus ProSky has completed an in-depth survey detailing the country’s current situation and what is needed to meet expectations through the 2030 timeframe. Also included is a concept ...

You’re hired! Airbus’ U.S. A320 assembly facility already is creating high-value jobs around the world

10 October 2013 Feature story

Even before its first aircraft is assembled, Airbus’ new facility in Mobile, Alabama is making an impact on the local community by creating new highly-skilled jobs – which underscores the company’s commitment to this region and the United States, while also supporting Airbus’ future global growth.

Sprinting to a decision: A new Airbus approach to innovation is recognised

1 October 2013 Feature story

Innovation is central to Airbus’ position as a leading aircraft manufacturer, and the company is continuously developing new, efficient approaches to its work.

Reporting for duty: Airbus Military marks the delivery of its first A400M airlifter

30 September 2013 Feature story

Airbus Military officially celebrated the handover of its initial A400M next-generation airlifter with a ceremony today at the aircraft’s final assembly line in Seville, Spain – formalising the aircraft’s previous delivery to the French Air Force two months ago.

Hong Kong looks to “harmonize” flight operations with trial of advanced Airbus ProSky solution

30 September 2013 Feature story

The Airbus ProSky subsidiary’s air traffic flow management solution, called Harmony for ANSPs (air navigation service providers), has been selected by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department for a trial to enhance local flight operations.

Airbus introduces additional features to its iPad application for pilots

12 September 2013 Feature story

Airbus has further enhanced its portfolio of performance-calculating applications for iPad devices as part of the company’s Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) – in which laptops, hand-held digital devices and other systems replace the pilot’s traditional printed charts, maps and manuals.

Ready to fly: Airbus’ additional A350 XWB developmental aircraft are preparing to join the flight test programme

11 September 2013 Feature story

With more than 150 flight test hours performed to date for the no. 1 A350 XWB aircraft, Airbus is preparing its additional fleet of four of these next-generation widebody jetliners to join the flight test and certification campaign.

It’s all in the family: Sharklets achieve EASA certification on six A320 variants

10 September 2013 Feature story

All members of the current production Sharklet-equipped A320 Family have successfully earned European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification, following this month’s acceptance of the final version featuring these wingtip devices: the A319 powered by IAE International Aero Engines’ V2500 turbofa...

Spreading its wings: Specially configured Airbus A321s to debut on transcontinental routes for American Airlines

10 September 2013 Feature story

American Airlines soon will take advantage of the flexibility that Airbus’ single-aisle A320 Family offers to its operators, becoming the first airline to utilize an A321 aircraft outfitted with a three-class interior and full lie-flat seats in business and first class.

Time flies: Five years of A380 service with Emirates

14 August 2013 Feature story

The A380 marked a major milestone this month with the five-year anniversary of its service entry in the fleet of Emirates – the largest operator and no. 1 customer for Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner.

Airbus Military’s initial A400M is delivered to the French Air Force

1 August 2013 Feature story

Airbus Military today formally delivered the first A400M next-generation military airlifter, which was received by the French Air Force.

Following this delivery, the aircraft, known in the French Air Force as the A400M Atlas, will go to the French Orléans-Bricy Air Base, where it will be based wit...

The A350 XWB makes its first commercial flight – virtually

26 July 2013 Feature story

Airbus’ next-generation A350 XWB carried its first “passengers” this week – without ever leaving the ground.

Airbus and French organisation develop “smart” work wear

25 July 2013 Feature story

Some Airbus employees may soon have a new high-tech line of clothes for work.

Airbus ProSky’s Metron Aviation is awarded contract for Asia-Pacific region emissions analysis

23 July 2013 Feature story

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which supports sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, has chosen Airbus ProSky subsidiary Metron Aviation in its efforts to reduce aviation emissions in the area.

Another Sharklet-equipped A320 Family member earns EASA certification

19 July 2013 Feature story

The A321 powered by CFM56 engines with Sharklets has become the latest member of Airbus’ single-aisle product line to receive European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification.

Metron Aviation is chosen for Australian Collaborative Decision Making programme

18 July 2013 Feature story

Airbus ProSky subsidiary Metron Aviation has been selected by Airservices Australia, the Australian government-owned corporation that oversees airspace management in the country, for the next phase of its Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) programme to optimize international flight operations in th...

Airbus aircraft have starring role with the “Patrouille de France” aerobatic team in a new movie

12 July 2013 Feature story

Airbus’ double-deck A380 and A400M military airlifter, as well as a single-aisle A320 operated by Air France, are ready for the red carpet with their featured performances in a movie focusing on the French Air Force’s “Patrouille de France” aerobatic display team.

Dutch government supports Airbus initiative with nation’s thermoplastic composite sector

26 June 2013 Feature story

The potential use of thermoplastic composites technology on Airbus aircraft took a new step this month as Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp signed a letter of intent for a proposed extension of the Thermoplastic Affordable Primary Aircraft Structure (TAPAS) consortium.

JASTAC-II agreement moves Airbus research partnership in Japan to the next phase

25 June 2013 Feature story

This month during the Paris Air Show, Airbus extended its partnership with a Japanese industrial consortium for research and development into structural health monitoring (SHM) for aircraft composites with a five-year follow-on programme, called JASTAC-II (Japan Airbus SHM Technology for Aircraft Co...

An entirely new perspective on the A350 XWB first flight with Airbus’ latest “Shaping Efficiency” issue

21 June 2013 Feature story

Relive A350 XWB first flight with Airbus’ latest “Shaping Efficiency” magazine issue

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The A350 XWB dazzles during its debut Le Bourget fly-by

21 June 2013 Feature story

As far as the visitors to the Paris Air Show were concerned, Airbus saved the best for last.

As part of its third test flight from Airbus’ Toulouse headquarters in southwestern France, the no. 1 A350 XWB headed north to offer a show-stopping performance in the skies above Le Bourget Airport today –...

Airbus and EADS celebrate recruitment efforts with flash graffiti event

21 June 2013 Feature story

The persistent rain at this week’s Paris Air Show held off just long enough for Airbus and its EADS parent company to bring a festive atmosphere into the aircraft display area at Le Bourget Airport – highlighting their efforts to recruit new talent.

“Joining Airbus is a world of opportunity, creati...

A red-carpet welcome for the French President

21 June 2013 Feature story

An Airbus Military A400M provided quite the entrance today for French President Franҫois Hollande, who visited the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport.

Hollande – joined by Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Fabrice Brégier – arrived this morning aboard the multi-role airlifter after a s...

The A380: Pleasing airlines and passengers worldwide

21 June 2013 Feature story

Just as the A380 has dominated the Paris Air Show with an impressive presence this week at Le Bourget Airport, the double-deck jetliner is becoming an increasing familiar sight at airports around the world – demonstrating its popularity with passengers, along with the operational and revenue-generat...

The AFDX® backbone network technology is licensed for the helicopter market

21 June 2013 Feature story

A new licensing agreement for the Airbus-patented AFDX® backbone network technology was confirmed with Italy’s Selex ES S.p.A. at this week’s Paris Air Show, bringing an end-system manufacturer into the official AFDX® data network partner community and broadening its use to the helicopter market.

When it rains…Airbus gains

20 June 2013 Feature story

Persistent rainy weather throughout this week’s Paris Air Show did not dampen the event’s business environment for Airbus, which announced key wins across its entire product line for an impressive 466 new sales and commitments.

“The rain brought us some very good luck,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chie...

Teaming up for the environment

20 June 2013 Feature story

Airbus, as part of a French-industrial collaboration, conducted the “Joining our Engines – Biofuel Initiative France” flight today during the Paris Air Show to demonstrate the nation’s technical capability and research into dev...

The A400M advances toward its military service entry

20 June 2013 Feature story

Airbus Military’s A400M is being readied for service entry, as the first three production versions of this multi-role airlifter are progressing towards planned deliveries this year to the French Air Force and the Turkish Air Force.

The initial A400M for delivery – designated MSN7 in Airbus’ aircraf...

An “electrifying” A320 demonstration at the Paris Air Show

20 June 2013 Feature story

While the Paris Air Show is famous for its aerial displays, a more down-to-earth demonstration at Le Bourget Airport is showing the way for the increasingly electric future of aviation. 

A modified A320 showed off its moves on the runway this week, powered by its environmentally-friendly elect...





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