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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...

Singapore Airlines signs for 15 A330-300s

Singapore Airlines signs for 15 A330-300s
15 September 2011 News in brief

Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong yesterday signed the final agreement to acquire 15 more A330-300 aircraft with John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France. The signature firms up an announcement from 29 June 2011. The A330 Family – which...

The first A350 XWB wing upper cover is en route to Airbus’ wing assembly plant in Broughton, UK

The first A350 XWB wing upper cover is en route to Airbus’ wing assembly plant in Broughton, UK
6 September 2011 News in brief

The first flyable A350 XWB wing upper cover manufactured at Airbus’ Stade, Germany site today was loaded on to a Beluga to be transported to Airbus’ wing assembly site in Broughton, UK. The A350 XWB lower wing cover made in Illescas, Spain will arrive in Broughton in the coming days. The A350 XWB wi...

Airbus continues its support for famine relief in Somalia

Airbus continues its support for famine relief in Somalia
2 September 2011 News in brief

An Airbus flight in support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) took off this morning on route to Nairobi, Kenya, to help support hunger relief efforts in Somalia. This flight carrying 41 tons of high energy food is the second Airbus relief flight following...

China Southern Airlines’ first A380 enters final round of tests

China Southern Airlines’ first A380 enters final round of tests
17 August 2011 News in brief

The final phase of testing has begun for China Southern Airlines’ initial A380, which is scheduled to enter commercial service with the carrier later this year. These flight and ground evaluations, which are being carried out from Airbus’ facilities in Hamburg, Germany, are validating the double-dec...

Airbus provides famine relief for southeast Africa

Airbus provides famine relief for southeast Africa
29 July 2011 News in brief

The Airbus Corporate Foundation has helped deliver 36 tonnes of dried food to famine-blighted areas of southeast Africa, in a relief effort organised jointly with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IRFC). On 27 July, a flight test crew left Toulouse, France aboard ...

Singapore high school competition seeks “green” ideas for the future of aviation

Singapore high school competition seeks “green” ideas for the future of aviation
26 July 2011 News in brief

Airbus and Singapore Airlines are teaming up to support CREATE, an annual high school competition that promotes career paths in the engineering field. Organised by the Singapore government, this year’s edition focusses on “green” ideas for the aviation sector – with teams competing for a chance to v...

The 800th A330 Family aircraft is delivered by Airbus

The 800th A330 Family aircraft is delivered by Airbus
13 July 2011 News in brief

Airbus has reached a new delivery milestone with handover of the 800th aircraft from its widebody A330 Family, which occurred today during a ceremony in Toulouse, France. The aircraft – an A330-200F freighter – was received by Aircastle Advisor Ltd for operation by Hong Kong Airlines, part of t...

New A330 delivery underscores the jetliner’s continued popularity in China

New A330 delivery underscores the jetliner’s continued popularity in China
23 June 2011 News in brief

China Southern Airlines has received its latest A330-200, with handover occurring today during a ceremony at the 2011 Paris Air Show. This delivery reinforces the A330’s status as China’s most popular widebody aircraft – with a total of 77 jetliners now in service across the country. China Southern ...

Deliveries continue for Airbus Military’s A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport

Deliveries continue for Airbus Military’s A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport
22 June 2011 News in brief

Airbus Military today delivered Australia’s second A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), less than one month after handover of its initial aircraft – which was received for operation by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on 1 June. Designated the KC-30A in RAAF service, the country’s newest A3...

A new mission for Airbus Military’s C295 tactical transport

A new mission for Airbus Military’s C295 tactical transport
21 June 2011 News in brief

As part of an agreement signed today at the Paris Air Show, Airbus Military and Israel Aerospace Industries will jointly develop and market a new version of the C295 tactical transport – which is to be equipped with an Airborne Early Warning and Command (AEW&C) system. The aircraft’s readiness f...

Airbus and Rolls-Royce join forces for enhanced A350-1000

Airbus and Rolls-Royce join forces for enhanced A350-1000
21 June 2011 News in brief

Airbus and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce have entered into an agreement to develop an enhanced version of the A350-1000 – the largest member of Airbus’ next-generation A350 XWB Family – featuring a higher-thrust Rolls-Royce Trent XWB turbofan. To deliver up to 97,000 lbs. of thrust on takeoff, thi...

China Southern Airlines’ initial A380 emerges from the paint shop

China Southern Airlines’ initial A380 emerges from the paint shop
20 June 2011 News in brief

The first A380 for China Southern Airlines has been rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg, Germany, where it was completed with the airline’s distinctive livery. China Southern Airlines has five A380s on order, and will become the seventh operator of Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner a...

Singapore Airlines receives the 50th A380 from Airbus

Singapore Airlines receives the 50th A380 from Airbus
17 June 2011 News in brief

Airbus has marked a new A380 programme milestone with its delivery of the 50th aircraft, received yesterday by Singapore Airlines – the first carrier to inaugurate revenue service with the 21st century flagship jetliner in 2007.  This brings the total number of A380s delivered in 2011 to nine, ...

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...

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