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A new way to keep up with Airbus

A new way to keep up with Airbus
14 June 2011 News in brief

Airbus has expanded its presence in the online social media sphere with launch of the company’s official Twitter account (@Airbus). By “following” Airbus, registered users of this popular application will have instant access to the latest company news and information – which conveniently will appear...

Final production begins for the no. 1 Malaysia Airlines A380

Final production begins for the no. 1 Malaysia Airlines A380
9 June 2011 News in brief

The final assembly process has begun for Malaysia Airlines’ initial A380 jetliner, which is now taking shape at the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France. The overall process is made up of five primary phases – beginning with assembly of the front, central and aft fuselages, wings, and hori...

A330 MRTT deliveries begin with the initial aircraft’s handover to Australia

A330 MRTT deliveries begin with the initial aircraft’s handover to Australia
1 June 2011 News in brief

The no. 1 Airbus Military A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport has been provided to a customer with this milestone aircraft’s delivery to Australia on 1 June for operation by the Royal Australian Air Force.   In its role as an aerial tanker, the Australian A330 MRTTs are equipped with Airbus M...

Airbus Military's initial A330 MRTT for Australia departs for its delivery

Airbus Military's initial A330 MRTT for Australia departs for its delivery
27 May 2011 News in brief

The first A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) today began its ferry flight to ready this aircraft for its upcoming delivery to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).  Departing from Airbus Military’s Madrid, Spain facility, the milestone A330 MRTT is scheduled to land at RAAF Base Amberley,...

Korean Air’s first A380 enters its final round of evaluations

Korean Air’s first A380 enters its final round of evaluations
4 May 2011 News in brief

The final phase of testing has begun for Korean Air’s initial A380, which is scheduled to enter commercial service with the Seoul-based carrier next month. Carried out from Airbus’ facilities in Hamburg, Germany, these tests are validating the double-deck jetliner’s cabin systems and general perform...

The A350 XWB’s first main landing gear set is delivered to Airbus

The A350 XWB’s first main landing gear set is delivered to Airbus
28 April 2011 News in brief

Airbus has received the initial main landing gear set for its A350 XWB, which is to be installed on the next-generation jetliner’s system test rig – along with the first nose landing gear received last month – in Filton, UK. This upcoming industrial milestone will clear the way for testing to demons...

A successful first flight for the United Arab Emirates’ initial A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport

A successful first flight for the United Arab Emirates’ initial A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport
12 April 2011 News in brief

Airbus Military’s A330-based aerial refueling programme has marked a new milestone with the maiden flight of the United Arab Emirates Air Force’s no. 1 A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) – which was completed on 9 April. As this aircraft features certain avionics differences from A330 MRTTs ord...

A new milestone with the first nose landing gear for Airbus A350 XWB programme

A new milestone for the Airbus A350 XWB programme
28 March 2011 News in brief

The first nose landing gear for Airbus’ next-generation A350 XWB has successfully been installed at the jetliner’s landing gear integration test facility in Filton, UK. This milestone will be followed by incorporation of the aircraft’s main landing gear, clearing the way for testing to demonstrate t...

The A400M undergoes low-speed take-off trials

The A400M undergoes low-speed take-off trials
24 March 2011 News in brief

Marking a new step in its testing, Airbus Military’s A400M has completed a series of trials to validate the lowest speed at which this new-generation airlifter can take off. The operations were performed in Istres, France, and are standard for the development of military and civil aircraft. During t...

Airbus Military’s first tanker for the UK Royal Air Force displays its refuelling system

Airbus Military’s first tanker for the UK Royal Air Force displays its refuelling system
23 March 2011 News in brief

The “three-point” refuelling system for the UK Royal Air Force’s Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) has been demonstrated during handling qualities flight testing.  Built by Airbus Military, these aerial tankers are outfitted with hose and drogue units contained in pods below each wing, as...

The largest composite fuselage panel for Airbus' A350 XWB completes its curing process

The largest composite fuselage panel for Airbus' A350 XWB completes its curing process
18 March 2011 News in brief

The A350 XWB programme has reached a new industrial milestone with the successful curing of this new-generation jetliner’s largest composite fuselage panel. The 93-square metre component was completed by Airbus partner Premium AEROTEC at its Nordenham, Germany site – where the panel is now ready for...

A first flight of the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport for Saudi Arabia

A first flight of the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport for Saudi Arabia
16 March 2011 News in brief

Airbus Military’s A330-based aerial refuelling programme marked a new milestone as the first A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for the Royal Saudi Air Force completed its maiden flight on 15 March.  The aircraft now enters its final certification and qualification phase for this version o...

A milestone first flight for China Southern Airlines' initial A380

A milestone first flight for China Southern Airlines' initial A380
4 March 2011 News in brief

The first of five A380s for China Southern Airlines has completed its maiden flight, during which this double-deck aircraft travelled from Toulouse, France – where it was assembled – to Hamburg, Germany for cabin installation and painting. China Southern Airlines is scheduled to receive its initial ...

The A400M marks a new milestone on its way to civil type certification

The A400M marks a new milestone on its way to civil type certification
3 March 2011 News in brief

Full-scale fatigue testing for Airbus Military’s A400M has been completed, meeting a requirement for this new-generation airlifter’s civil type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). To date, the A400M test airframe at Dresden, Germany has undergone 1,665 simulated flight-cycle...

Korean Air’s first A380 is rolled out of the paint shop

Korean Air’s first A380 is rolled out of the paint shop
24 February 2011 News in brief

The first A380 for Korean Air has been rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg, Germany, where it was completed with the airline's livery.  Korean Air has 10 A380s on order, and will become the sixth A380 operator after taking delivery of its first aircraft in the second quarter of 2011.

The A400M showcases its mission flexibility with start-up of aerial refuelling trials

The A400M showcases its mission flexibility with start-up of aerial refuelling trials
16 February 2011 News in brief

Airbus Military has opened air-to-air refuelling trials for its A400M airlifter, beginning with a series of dry contacts performed today by the no. 1 development aircraft – Grizzly 1 – and a UK Royal Air Force VC10 tanker. These test flights underscore the A400M’s advanced multi-role capabilities, w...

The A400M begins cold weather trials in Sweden

The A400M begins cold weather trials in Sweden
8 February 2011 News in brief

The second development Airbus Military A400M airlifter – referred to as “Grizzly 2” – has successfully opened its cold weather testing at Kiruna in northern Sweden, where temperatures reached minus-21 degrees Celsius over a four-day period earlier this month. These initial trials focussed on evaluat...

New service support for the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre

New service support for the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre
22 December 2010 News in brief

The Airbus Corporate Jet Centre, which specialises in Airbus Corporate Jet VIP cabin completion and associated services, has signed two agreements to expand its service solutions for operators of Airbus Corporate Jetliners. An accord with Snecma covers full engine service support for CFM Intern...

Looking to the future at Aeromart Toulouse 2010

Looking to the future at Aeromart Toulouse 2010
17 December 2010 News in brief

Airbus underscored its commitment to eco-efficiency with a leading role at the recent Aeromart Toulouse 2010 forum and exhibition, which attracted participants from 1,100 companies and 41 countries to spotlight sustainable development in aviation. The company’s presence included discussions on resea...

Production underway for Airbus’ initial A350 XWB fuselage barrel section

Production underway for Airbus’ initial A350 XWB fuselage barrel section
7 December 2010 News in brief

Airbus’ first carbon fibre fuselage barrel for the A350 XWB jetliner is now in production at the company’s Illescas, Spain facility.  This 5.5-metre-long, 56-square-metre rear fuselage section is tapered, making its production as a barrel section the optimum solution, compared to a majority of ...

Emirates' A380 fleet continues to grow

Emirates' A380 fleet continues to grow
2 December 2010 News in brief

Dubai-based Emirates received its 15th A380 on 30 November, with the handover occurring at Airbus’ delivery centre in Hamburg, Germany.  It is the 40th A380 provided to customers so far, and the 17th delivered this year.  More than 7.5 million passengers have flown on A380s in revenue serv...

The longest fuselage panel for Airbus’ A350 XWB completes its curing process

The longest fuselage panel for Airbus’ A350 XWB completes its curing process
22 November 2010 News in brief

The A350 XWB programme has reached a new industrial milestone with the successful curing of this new-generation jetliner’s composite “crown” fuselage panel. The 19.7-metres-long, 77-square-metre component was completed by Airbus partner Spirit Aerosystems at its Kinston, North Carolina, USA site – w...

An A380 visits the site of China's A320 assembly line

An A380 visits the site of China's A320 assembly line
19 November 2010 News in brief

Tianjin, which is home to the A320 Family Final Assembly Line and Delivery Centre in China, gave a traditional welcome for the A380’s first visit to Tianjin Binhai International Airport.  Today’s arrival brings to 125 the number of airports around the world visited by Airbus’ 21st  century...

Airbus’ President and CEO joins parachutists for jump from the A400M airlifter

Airbus’ President and CEO joins parachutists for jump from the A400M airlifter
15 November 2010 News in brief

The A400M’s superior capabilities for paratroop operations were underscored by a successful parachute jump from the Grizzly 3 developmental aircraft, which occurred yesterday over the La Juliana drop-zone near Seville, Spain. Included in the ten-man team of parachutists were Airbus President and CEO...

The A380 takes to Egyptian skies for the first time

The A380 takes to Egyptian skies for the first time
10 November 2010 News in brief

Airbus’ 21st century flagship A380 has completed its initial visit to Egypt, which concluded with a special flight over the country’s ancient pyramids.  This milestone trip also included the A380 developmental aircraft’s presence at the 2010 AVEX International Airshow in Sharm el-Sheikh, as wel...

Airbus delivers its 400th aircraft in 2010

Airbus delivers its 400th aircraft in 2010
29 October 2010 News in brief

Maintaining the sustained delivery rate in 2010, Airbus has handed over its 400th aircraft this year.  The milestone jetliner was an A330-300 provided on 22 October to Cathay Pacific Airways.  This Hong Kong-based carrier is a long-time operator of Airbus aircraft, with a major fleet of A3...

China Southern Airlines' first A380 is fitted with its tail

China Southern Airlines' first A380 is fitted with its tail
15 September 2010 News in brief

The impressive 122-square-metre vertical tail plane for China Southern Airlines’ initial A380 has been fitted to the aircraft on the Final Assembly Line at Airbus’ Toulouse, France facility. This installation process takes about eight hours at the assembly line’s Station 40, which is the position wh...

Delivery of the first A380 tail for China Southern Airlines

Delivery of the first A380 tail for China Southern Airlines
2 September 2010 News in brief

The vertical tail for China Southern Airlines’ initial A380 has arrived at its final assembly facility in Toulouse, France. This component was delivered today from Airbus’ production site in Hamburg, Germany, aboard a Beluga transport aircraft. China Southern Airlines, which has five A380s on order,...

Airbus-sponsored biodiversity photo exhibit to make its U.S. debut

Airbus-sponsored biodiversity photo exhibit to make its U.S. debut
27 August 2010 News in brief

Continuing a world tour as part of the International Year of Biodiversity, the “See the Bigger Picture” exhibition is set to make its initial appearance in the U.S.  Beginning 25 September, the display will spend nearly two months at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in Mobile, Alabama. T...

New A320 simulators at Airbus’ Miami training centre

New A320 simulators at Airbus’ Miami training centre
19 August 2010 News in brief

A new full-flight simulator for the A320 Family has been added to the U.S. Airbus training centre in Miami, Florida, with another to be qualified later this year – providing highly realistic and effective training for pilots from the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.  These Thales ...

26th Chinese-assembled aircraft delivered to West Air

26th Chinese-assembled aircraft delivered to West Air
4 August 2010 News in brief

Chinese private airline West Air has received its first Airbus aircraft, an A319 assembled at the A320 Family final assembly line in Tianjin. This 26th Airbus jetliner produced in China will be deployed on the carrier’s domestic routes from Chongqing to Wenzhou and via Shijiazhuang to Yantai. With t...

The A380 makes its 110th airport visit

The A380 makes its 110th airport visit
16 July 2010 News in brief

Another A380 milestone was achieved on 15 July when Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner was welcomed to its 110th airport. This occurred when the MSN004 A380 arrived at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands. The aircraft tested well in airport compatibility evaluations. With this landing, the A380 ...

Airbus "cuts the ribbon" on expanded U.S. engineering facility

Airbus "cuts the ribbon" on expanded U.S. engineering facility
29 June 2010 News in brief

A second Airbus engineering centre has been opened in Wichita, Kansas as the company continues to grow its local employment by an average of 30 per cent annually. This new facility is to focus on wing work for Airbus aircraft, and also will house a growing team of in-service repair engineers special...

A Dragonair A330 is painted with special 25th anniversary livery

A Dragonair A330 is painted with special 25th anniversary livery
14 June 2010 News in brief

One of Dragonair’s A330s is now flying with a special livery to mark the Hong Kong carrier's 25th anniversary celebrations. It features a golden dragon together with distinctive Chinese characters highlighting the anniversary theme: “Serving you for 25 years.”  Since 1985, Dragonair has become ...

First A350 XWB air inlet is provided for engine test campaign

First A350 XWB air inlet is provided for engine test campaign
11 June 2010 News in brief

Airbus has delivered the initial jet engine air inlet for its next-generation A350 XWB, which is to be utilised by Rolls-Royce for cross-wind testing and certification of the Trent XWB engine.  This highly-advanced component feeds engines with air, keeps the fan stable and performs a de-icing r...

The A380 makes its 100th airport visit

The A380 makes its 100th airport visit
2 June 2010 News in brief

Another A380 milestone was achieved on 31 May when Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner was welcomed to its 100th airport.  This occurred with the stopover of Lufthansa’s no. 1 A380 at Karlsruhe/Baden Baden Airport, Germany, in the framework of the carrier’s line-training activities. The 100 ...

Chinese A320 final assembly line delivers its 10th aircraft in 2010

Chinese A320 final assembly line delivers its 10th aircraft in 2010
1 June 2010 News in brief

Production of A320 Family jetliners on the new Tianjin final assembly line in China is on track at the rate of two aircraft per month, and will continue to ramp up to the planned four monthly pace by 2012.  Since the start of this year, 10 A320 Family aircraft have been provided to customers fr...

“See the bigger picture” photo exhibit raises biodiversity awareness in Germany

“See the bigger picture” photo exhibit raises biodiversity awareness in Germany
10 May 2010 News in brief

Continuing its world tour as part of the International Year of Biodiversity, the “See the bigger picture” photo exhibition is now appearing in Berlin, Germany for Reisepavillon 2010 – the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism. The display – which features winning images from Airbus’ youth ...

A320 gets state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system

A320 gets state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system
26 April 2010 News in brief

The best keeps getting better at Airbus, which continues to develop new innovations for its benchmark A320 single-aisle aircraft family. Saudi Arabian Airlines' initial A320 is the first to be equipped with a high bandwidth in-flight entertainment system, which allows passengers to access high-speed...

Chinese A320 production facility delivers seventh aircraft this year

Chinese A320 production facility delivers seventh aircraft this year
16 April 2010 News in brief

Airbus' new Chinese final assembly line recently delivered its 18th aircraft to date - an A320 to China Southern Airlines, which operates the largest Airbus fleet in the country. Output at this modern Tianjin-based facility will be ramped up to four aircraft monthly by the end of 2011 to meet China'...

Airbus reinforces its management team in Japan

Airbus reinforces its management team in Japan
16 April 2010 News in brief

Stephane Ginoux has been named Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Japan, succeeding Glen S. Fukushima, who becomes Chairman of the organisation. In his new role, Ginoux will assume responsibility for all Airbus activities in Japan - including marketing, commerci

A second aircraft joins the A400M flight test campaign

A second aircraft joins the A400M flight test campaign
15 April 2010 News in brief

The second Airbus Military A400M - designated MSN2 - has entered the flight test programme. MSN2 - one of five aircraft that will conduct the 3,700-hour campaign - joins the no. 1 A400M, which already has completed more than 66 flight hours in 15 flights. The third aircraft is expected to fly by the...

16th Chinese-assembled aircraft delivered to Spring Airlines

16th Chinese-assembled aircraft delivered to Spring Airlines
11 March 2010 News in brief

China's first private low-cost carrier Spring Airlines has received its initial A320 produced at Airbus' Chinese final assembly line, joining the growing list of operators to receive aircraft from this facility. The A320 - configured in an efficient 180-economy seat layout - will be deployed on rout...

First Chinese-built A320 is delivered to Shanghai's Juneyao Airlines

First Chinese-built A320 is delivered to Shanghai's Juneyao Airlines
8 February 2010 News in brief

First Chinese-built A320 is delivered to Shanghai's Juneyao Airlines

A330-200 Freighter performs well during cold-weather testing

A330-200 Freighter performs well during cold-weather testing
29 January 2010 News in brief

A330-200 Freighter performs well during cold-weather testing

First of four A318s is received by Al Jaber Aviation

First of four A318s is received by Al Jaber Aviation
11 January 2010 News in brief

First of four A318s is received by Al Jaber Aviation

Initial Royal Saudi Air Force A330 MRTT is delivered for conversion as a multi-role tanker transport

Initial Royal Saudi Air Force A330 MRTT is delivered for conversion as a multi-role tanker transport
1 December 2009 News in brief

Initial Royal Saudi Air Force A330 MRTT is delivered for conversion as a multi-role tanker transport

No. 1 A330-200F one step closer to November first flight

No. 1 A330-200F one step closer to November first flight
19 October 2009 News in brief

No. 1 A330-200F one step closer to November first flight

The Concorde's chief test pilot takes a ride on the A380

The Concorde's chief test pilot takes a ride on the A380
25 September 2009 News in brief

The Concorde's chief test pilot takes a ride on the A380

Airbus to increase pilot training facilities in China

Airbus to increase pilot training facilities in China
24 September 2009 News in brief

Airbus to increase pilot training facilities in China

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