Press releases

Airbus MoU with IAI to explore eco-efficient 'engines-off' taxiing

17 June 2009 Press Release

'Taxibot' concept aims to remove the need to turn on the aircraft's engines during taxi phase - reducing environmental impact of ground operations

ZestAir places its first order for A320

17 June 2009 Press Release

Airline become new Airbus customer

Cebu Pacific increases outstanding A320 orders to 15

Cebu Pacific increases outstanding A320 orders to 15
16 June 2009 Press Release

Will enable airline to continue to expand across Asian region

Airbus recognises suppliers for best in-service performance

16 June 2009 Press Release

Supplier Support Rating award winners judged by 115 Airbus operators

Asian customer orders Airbus A320 Prestige

16 June 2009 Press Release

A private Asian customer has placed a firm order for an Airbus A320 Prestige, becoming the first to order the type in the region.

Based on the modern A320 airliner, but featuring a customised cabin, extra fuel-tanks for intercontinental range, and a host of other features, the Airbus A32...

Vietnam Airlines orders more Airbus aircraft

Vietnam Airlines orders more Airbus aircraft
16 June 2009 Press Release

Firm order for 16 A321s and MOU for two more A350 XWBs

AirAsia X orders the A350 XWB

AirAsia X orders the A350 XWB
16 June 2009 Press Release

Long haul low cost carrier places firm order for 10 aircraft

Qatar Airways buys 24 Airbus A320 Family aircraft

Qatar Airways buys 24 Airbus A320 Family aircraft
15 June 2009 Press Release

Adds flexibility to fleet

Airbus formally signs into SESAR multi-partner agreement

12 June 2009 Press Release

Agreement marks actual start of SESAR programme, Airbus full member of the Private-Public Partnership

UN General Secretary honours Airbus engagement in "The Green Wave"

10 June 2009 Press Release

Biodiversity campaign launched by Airbus and National Geographic on 5th June 2009

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5 June 2009 Press Release

"See the Bigger Picture" contest to raise global awareness on biological diversity

Airbus demonstrates 40 years of innovation and shaping efficiency

29 May 2009 Press Release

Leading eco-efficient products on display from 15th to 21th June at 48th Paris Air Show

Airbus celebrates the 40th anniversary of its first aircraft programme

Airbus celebrates the 40th anniversary of its first aircraft programme
28 May 2009 Press Release

From the A300 to today, Airbus' global leadership is driven by constant innovation

First A320 assembled in China performs maiden flight

First A320 assembled in China performs maiden flight
18 May 2009 Press Release

Delivery to customer scheduled for June

"QUOVADIS" - the new RNP services company by Airbus

11 May 2009 Press Release

Developing RNP activity and procedures for authorities, airlines and airports

From July 2009, QUOVADIS, a new 100 percent subsidiary of Airbus, based in Toulouse, will sell and provide 'Required Navigation Performance' (RNP) services to authorities, airlines and airports, ra...

Five teams reach Airbus' "Fly Your Ideas" contest final

7 May 2009 Press Release

Teams hail from the Asia-Pacific, North America and Europe

Five teams out of the 86 that were still in the competition have been chosen to go forward to the grand final of the Fly Your Ideas challenge at the Paris Le Bourget Airshow. Airbus, launched the contest in October ...

Airbus changes A380 delivery schedule for 2009/2010

6 May 2009 Press Release

Due to the current economic and aviation crisis and following specific customer requests for deferrals, Airbus is adapting its A380 aircraft delivery schedule for 2009/2010. According to the new plan, Airbus expects to deliver 14 double-decker aircraft in 2009 and more than 20 aircraft in 2010. Onwa...

"Fly your ideas" university contest ready for final round

22 April 2009 Press Release

Ten expert-jury from around the world to evaluate students' eco-efficient ideas

Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft design and manufacturing companies, is pleased to announce the jury members for the final of its international student competition, "Airbus Fly Your Ide...

Airbus/EADS sign a Titanium supply agreement with VSMPO-AVISMA, integrated structure of the Russian Technologies State Corporation

20 April 2009 Press Release

Joint press release issued by Airbus, EADS, VSMPO-AVISMA and Russian Technologies State Corporation

Swiss takes delivery of its first A330

Swiss takes delivery of its first A330
20 April 2009 Press Release

A 'first class' aircraft for a 'first class' airline

Zurich based Swiss International Air Lines has received its first new A330-300. The aircraft is the first of nine A330-300s ordered in September 2007 to expand the Swiss' medium to long haul network.
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Airbus integrates MTAD as 'Airbus Military' to manage all military activities

Airbus integrates MTAD as &apos;Airbus Military&apos; to manage all military activities
15 April 2009 Press Release

Today, EADS's former military transport aircraft division, MTAD becomes fully integrated into Airbus. As a new Airbus business unit, Airbus Military will be accountable for all military activities within Airbus. The integration and Day 1 of the new unit - celebrated in Seville/Spain today - follows ...

Airbus drives cabin efficiency at Aircraft Interiors Expo

Airbus drives cabin efficiency at Aircraft Interiors Expo
30 March 2009 Press Release

Cabin efficiency throughout the Family: 'Passenger at heart, airline in mind'

Airbus underlines its position as leader in cabin innovation and efficiency driver at this year's Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. Focusing on the importance of cabin efficiency, one lever ...

Finnair receives first A330

Finnair receives first A330
27 March 2009 Press Release

Eco-efficient A330 adds to Finnair&apos;s Airbus family

Finnair has taken delivery of its first A330-300. The new aircraft is the first of eight A330-300s ordered by Finnair for the development of its medium and long haul operation. Powered by General Electric CF6-80E1 engines...

Airbus extends Research and Technology cooperation with Dutch industrial and academic partners

26 March 2009 Press Release

Airbus signs R&T project on thermoplastic composites with Dutch R&T partners

Airbus and the Dutch Aerospace industry signed an extension to their Memorandum of Understanding for strategic cooperation in Research and Technology in place since 2005, and initiated in this framewo...

Airbus expands Environmental ISO 14001 Certification to US and China

Airbus expands Environmental ISO 14001 Certification to US and China
25 March 2009 Press Release

Strong commitment and support from Airbus management to eco-efficiency

Airbus Americas and Airbus China Beijing Campus have achieved certification according to the ISO 14001 standard for Environmental Management Systems. This international standard requires organisations to develo...

First CAAC Simulator enters into service at Hua-Ou Aviation Training Centre

First CAAC Simulator enters into service at Hua-Ou Aviation Training Centre
24 March 2009 Press Release

New training facilities help increase Hua-Ou's training capacity by over 25 per cent

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has put into service an Airbus A320 Full Flight Simulator (FFS), ordered from Thales, at the new extension of the Hua-Ou Aviation Training Cen...

China's Chongqing Airlines takes delivery of its first A319

China&apos;s Chongqing Airlines takes delivery of its first A319
24 March 2009 Press Release

Carrier aims to expand its fleet with highly efficient, low cost A320 Family aircraft



China's Chongqing Airlines has taken delivery of the first of three Airbus A319s it has agreed to lease from ILFC, at a delivery ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.



The aircraft will be ab...

Armavia takes delivery of its first new A319

Armavia takes delivery of its first new A319
17 March 2009 Press Release

The airline will offer unrivalled comfort on its international routes



Armenia flag carrier Armavia has today taken delivery of its first new A319. The aircraft was handed over to Armavia's President, Mikhail Bagdasarov, at a ceremony held at the Airbus factory in Hamburg, German...

Airbus presents innovative use of RFID in airline catering at CeBIT Expo in Hannover

3 March 2009 Press Release

Airbus is highlighting its position as innovation leader at this year's CeBIT Expo in Hannover by presenting intelligent catering solutions using RFID. Cost effective catering logistics have become a true competitive advantage for airlines and caterers. Airbus is leading the three year research...

Airbus MRO Network welcomes Mexicana MRO Services as new member

27 February 2009 Press Release

Mexicana MRO Services has joined the worldwide Airbus MRO Network. The official signing ceremony took place at the Mexicana premises in Mexico City in the presence of Manuel Borja, CEO of Mexicana, and Bruce Jones, Senior Vice President, Airbus Services and Customer Support. Mexicana MRO Services is...

Airbus delivers 500th A321

Airbus delivers 500th A321
27 February 2009 Press Release

Most efficient aircraft in its class

Airbus has delivered the 500th A321 ever produced. The aircraft was handed over to Air France at Airbus' Delivery Centre in Hamburg. The A321 is the largest member of the best selling A320 Family. It is the most efficient single-aisle aircraft...

Korean Air orders six more A330-200s

Korean Air orders six more A330-200s
27 February 2009 Press Release

Airline first to order new version with extended range

Korean Air has placed a new firm order with Airbus for six more A330-200 aircraft. The order is the first for the new 238 tonne increased take-off weight version of the popular twin-engine widebody, offering an extended flying ran...

Dragon Aviation Leasing receives its first directly purchased Airbus aircraft

24 February 2009 Press Release

Customer awaits first delivery from Final Assembly Line China in Summer

Dragon Aviation Leasing Company Limited, a Beijing-based aircraft leasing company, today took delivery of its first directly purchased Airbus aircraft at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France. The aircraft, the ...

Airbus revises production rates

19 February 2009 Press Release

Airbus is adapting production rates of its A320 Family programme from 36 to 34 a month from October 2009 onwards. Production rates of the A330/A340 family will be paused at the current level of 8.5 a month, and not increased further as previously planned. This decision reflects Airbus' current ...

Korean Air orders two more A380s

Korean Air orders two more A380s
3 February 2009 Press Release

Korean Air has placed firm orders with Airbus for two more double-deck A380 aircraft. This latest purchase agreement brings the total number of A380s ordered by Korean Air to ten aircraft. The carrier will operate the aircraft in a three-class layout on routes linking Seoul to destinations in North ...

Airbus and XAC sign agreement on A320 Family wing equipping programme

2 February 2009 Press Release

Airbus and Xian Aircraft Industry Company (XAC) today signed a cooperation agreement relating to the A320 Family wing equipping (Phase IV) programme. A320 Family wings for aircraft to be assembled at the Final Assembly Line in China (FALC) will now be fully completed and tested in Tianjin, China.

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Airbus signs a joint venture contract to establish a manufacturing centre for aircraft composite parts in Harbin, China

30 January 2009 Press Release

Airbus and a group of Chinese industrial partners today signed a contract to establish a Joint Venture Manufacturing Centre in Harbin, China to manufacture composite material parts and components for the Airbus A350 XWB programme and Airbus A320 Family aircraft.

The Chinese partners are ...

Wataniya Airways becomes newest Airbus operator

Wataniya Airways becomes newest Airbus operator
21 January 2009 Press Release

Kuwait based Airline Wataniya Airways, has taken delivery of its first leased A320 aircraft, and has become the newest Airbus operator. Wataniya Airways, founded in 2006, plans to take delivery of a total of seven leased A320s.



In a standard two class configuration, the A320 can seat 180 pa...

Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A330

Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A330
21 January 2009 Press Release

Singapore Airlines has added a new Airbus type to its fleet with the delivery of its first A330-300. Acquired under a lease agreement with Dublin-based AWAS, the aircraft was handed over to the airline at a ceremony in Toulouse today attended by Mak Swee Wah, Executive Vice President Operations and ...

Airbus 2008 commercial results

Airbus 2008 commercial results
15 January 2009 Press Release

In 2008 Airbus delivered a new record number of 483 aircraft, 30 more than in 2007. This number is made up of 386 A320 Family aircraft, 85 A330/A340 and 12 A380s.  

Air Austral selects A380 in single-class configuration for future growth

Air Austral selects A380 in single-class configuration for future growth
15 January 2009 Press Release

Air Austral, the airline based in Saint Denis, La Reunion, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for the purchase of two A380s in a single-class configuration. In such a configuration, the A380 will offer unprecedented level of fuel economy, further emphasising the eco-efficient na...

Airbus remembers Nancy-Bird Walton

14 January 2009 Press Release

Airbus is saddened by the passing of Australian aviation pioneer Nancy-Bird Walton, who has died in Sydney aged 93.

 

Airbus builds eco-efficient A350 XWB final assembly line in Toulouse

Airbus builds eco-efficient A350 XWB final assembly line in Toulouse
14 January 2009 Press Release

Today, Airbus starts construction work on the final assembly line for the A350 XWB, the new highly efficient wide-body aircraft scheduled to enter service in 2013.

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EADS/Airbus completes its aerostructures strategy

6 January 2009 Press Release

With GKN Aerospace's recent acquisition of the Airbus wing component and assemblies manufacturing unit at Filton, UK, EADS/Airbus has accomplished its aerostructures reorganisation strategy. This initiative combines the divestment of non-core activities and sites in order to establish a network...

Airbus delivers 12 A380s in 2008

Airbus delivers 12 A380s in 2008
30 December 2008 Press Release

Airbus today reached its target of delivering 12 A380 aircraft in 2008, bringing the total number of A380s delivered to date to 13.

The first A380 was delivered to Singapore Airlines on 15th October 2007, with five more delivered to the airline in 2008. Qantas received three A380s in 2008, a...

Overwhelming participation in "Fly Your Ideas" Airbus competition

18 December 2008 Press Release

 The international competition "Fly Your Ideas" launched by Airbus on 14th October 2008 is proving to be a great success. The competition challenged student teams worldwide to come up with innovative ideas to shape the future of aviation and to develop eco-efficient ideas to br

Airbus undertakes Blended-Winglet evaluation on A320

Airbus undertakes Blended-Winglet evaluation on A320
17 December 2008 Press Release

Airbus has started flight-testing of Blended Winglet devices on an Airbus A320. The Blended Winglet technology, developed by Aviation Partners Inc. (API), has been specially adapted for these tests on the A320 Family.

The objective of these tests and the subsequent evaluation is to identify ...

Uzbekistan Airways orders four A320s

Uzbekistan Airways orders four A320s
17 December 2008 Press Release

Uzbekistan's national carrier, Uzbekistan Airways, signed a firm contract for the purchase of four A320 aircraft as part of the modernisation of its medium range fleet. In addition to six A320s already acquired by the airline in June 2007, this order will further enlarge the airline's A320...

BAA Jet Management is first with A318 Elite in Asia

BAA Jet Management is first with A318 Elite in Asia
5 December 2008 Press Release

BAA Jet Management Ltd of Hong Kong has taken delivery of its first managed Airbus aircraft, an A318 Elite, becoming the first to operate the type in the Asian region.

The Airbus A318 Elite - the first to be registered in the People's Republic of China - is now based at Shenzen and is a...

Airbus Corporate Foundation takes off

Airbus Corporate Foundation takes off
2 December 2008 Press Release

Airbus has established the "Airbus Corporate Foundation" aimed at facilitating charitable activities worldwide under one roof within an international network of employees, associations and international organizations. The Airbus Corporate Foundation started its operations on 1st December, ...

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