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Airbus Military successfully passes critical milestone

22 September 2006 Press Release

Airbus Military has today successfully achieved the sixth contractual milestone of the A400M programme.



"Milestone Six", which involves the acceptance by the customer of the Class Two A400M Cockpit Mock-up is particularly significant since it is designated as one of the six "Critical Milest...

Airbus partners South Africa on research & technology programmes

21 September 2006 Press Release

South Africa and Airbus will cooperate in a new aerospace research and technology initiative which aims to identify and develop new advanced applications for the global aerospace industry.

The partnership, signed today between South Africa's Department of Science & Technology (DST) ...

New Chinese private airline, Juneyao Airlines receives its first A319

New Chinese private airline, Juneyao Airlines receives its first A319
13 September 2006 Press Release

Juneyao Airlines, a new Chinese private airline headquartered in Shanghai, received its first A319 on 13 September 2006 at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, becoming a new Airbus operator on the Chinese Mainland. The new leased A319 is configured in a two-class layout with eight business...

A380 Early Long Flight Series near completion

8 September 2006 Press Release

A380 MSN2 took off from Toulouse-Blagnac (southern France), for the fourth and last of the planned Early Long Flights this morning at 7 a.m. for a 15-hour flight. Once completed, the total distance flown by the A380 during these four flights will be equivalent to a little more than one trip around t...

The Airbus A380 takes off from Toulouse on first passenger flight

4 September 2006 Press Release

 

 

Appointment of new heads for A380 and A320 programmes

4 September 2006 Press Release

 

 

US Airways orders more A321s

31 August 2006 Press Release

US Airways Group has placed a new firm order for seven A321-200 model aircraft. It has simultaneously converted eight pre-existing A320 Family orders (for seven A319s and one A320) to eight A321s. The airline has not yet announced its engine selection for these aircraft. Each of the 15 new A321s wil...

Cathay Pacific celebrates 100th aircraft delivery when taking another Airbus A330

Cathay Pacific celebrates 100th aircraft delivery when taking another Airbus A330
29 August 2006 Press Release

Cathay Pacific Airways celebrated the 100th aircraft to join its fleet by taking delivery of an Airbus A330-300 at a ceremony at the manufacturer's base in Toulouse, France. The aircraft was presented in special livery to mark the achievement and named "Progress Hong Kong." A further five A330-...

Success as A380 powered by Engine Alliance completes first flight

Success as A380 powered by Engine Alliance completes first flight
25 August 2006 Press Release

The first A380 Airbus aircraft powered by Engine Alliance engines successfully completed its maiden flight on Friday August 25

Engine Alliance powered A380 takes off on first flight

25 August 2006 Press Release

 

The first A380 Airbus aircraft powered by Engine Alliance engines took off from Blagnac International Airport in Toulouse, France on its maiden flight on Friday August 25th at 10:00 am (08:00 GMT)

 

IndiGo celebrates delivery of first Airbus A320

IndiGo celebrates delivery of first Airbus A320
28 July 2006 Press Release

IndiGo, the new low-fare carrier headquartered in New Delhi, India, celebrated the delivery of its first A320 family aircraft, on July 28th, 2006, becoming the latest Airbus operator. IndiGo placed a firm order for 100 A320 family aircraft in June 2005.

IndiGo will receive five more aircraft...

Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO) of China joins Airbus MRO Network

26 July 2006 Press Release

Established in 1989, GAMECO, a joint venture between China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd. and Hutchison Whampoa from Hong Kong, has joined the Airbus MRO Network as 15th member. With its large maintenance facilities at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, GAMECO provides aircraft maintenance, compone...

Singapore Airlines looks to the future with orders for A380 and A350 XWB

Singapore Airlines looks to the future with orders for A380 and A350 XWB
21 July 2006 Press Release

Singapore Airlines has selected a large fleet of Airbus airliners to meet its future wide-body fleet requirements. The Letter of Intent (LOI) covers an order of nine firm A380-800s, and six new options, utilising delivery positions protected by options in the Airline's initial order for ten air...

Airbus announced 182 new orders and commitments at Farnborough Air Show

21 July 2006 Press Release

First for new A350 XWB and incremental order for A380

Airbus rounded off a successful 45th Farnborough airshow by receiving firm orders and commitments for 182 aircraft valued at US $ 21.5 billion, from 12 customers.

Amongst those is the first commitment for the new A350 XWB w...

German Carrier Blue Wings expands with Airbus A320 Family aircraft

21 July 2006 Press Release

The German airline Blue Wings, based in Düsseldorf, has decided to expand its operations with Airbus A320 Family aircraft and has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European manufacturer for the acquisition of 20 aircraft. Cabin configuration and engine selection are still to be decided.

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Wizz Air orders 20 additional A320s

Wizz Air orders 20 additional A320s
20 July 2006 Press Release

Wizz Air of Hungary has signed a firm contract with Airbus for 20 additional A320s. This rapidly expanding Central and Eastern European low-fare, low-cost airline is herewith increasing its all-Airbus fleet, following its initial order of 12 A320 aircraft a year ago.

All the aircraft will be...

Leasing company CIT orders more Airbus long-range and single-aisle aircraft

20 July 2006 Press Release

CIT Group Inc. (NYSE CIT), a leading provider of commercial and consumer financing solutions, has signed a firm contract with Airbus for five medium capacity long range A330-200 widebodies, as well as four A320 Family aircraft. The transaction underlines the continuing success of both the Airbus lon...

Airbus ACJ wins new sale, takes orders for the year to 14

19 July 2006 Press Release

Airbus' corporate jetliner (ACJ) has won a new order, from an undisclosed European customer, taking sales of the company's executive and private aircraft in 2006 to a record 14 firm orders. The family has also won additional commitments.



The sales comprise nine ACJs, four A318 Eli...

Aegean Airlines reconfirms its confidence in Airbus with three more Airbus A320s

19 July 2006 Press Release

The fast-growing Greek airline, Aegean Airlines, has ordered three more A320s. In total - including three additional A320s leased from ILFC - the airline has committed to 14 A320 Family aircraft and has a further nine options, according to the initial agreement signed in December 2005. Delivery is s...

ILFC order for A320s takes its total Airbus orders beyond 600 aircraft

19 July 2006 Press Release

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), the world's largest commercial leasing company and a subsidiary of American International Group, Inc, has signed a contract with Airbus for six additional A320 Family aircraft. The deal takes ILFC's orders for the Airbus A320 Family to more ...

AirAsia orders 40 more A320 Family aircraft

19 July 2006 Press Release

AirAsia, the region's fastest growing low cost carrier, has signed a contract for 40 more A320 Family aircraft, and taken another 30 on option. This brings their total orders for the Airbus Single Aisle Family to 100. A total of seven A320s are currently in service with AirAsia.

Over ti...

Grupo Marsans expands its Airbus long haul fleet with purchase of up to 22 A330s

19 July 2006 Press Release

Grupo Marsans, the largest tourism and transport group in Spain, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus in Farnborough for the purchase of 12 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, plus 10 options. The aircraft will be delivered between 2008 and 2009.



The new A330 aircraft will be used fo...

Airbus A380 fatigue test reaches 15,000 flight cycles

19 July 2006 Press Release

The Airbus A380 fatigue-test reached an important milestone this week by passing 15,000 simulated flights. This is three times the 5,000 flights needed for certification. In total 47,500 flights will be simulated to test the fatigue strength of the A380 structure, which corresponds to two-and-a-half...

Seven major European aerospace manufacturers sign LoI on a Clean Sky joint technology initiative

Seven major European aerospace manufacturers sign LoI on a ?Clean Sky? joint technology initiative
19 July 2006 Press Release

Seven major European aerospace manufacturers - Airbus SAS, Dassault Aviation, Eurocopter SAS, Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH, Rolls-Royce plc, Safran and Thales - have signed a letter of intent in a Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) that works on the preparation of an innovative "Clean Sky&...

Japan?s RIMCOF and Airbus agree to conduct a cooperative study for structural health monitoring technology development

18 July 2006 Press Release

Japan's R & D Institute of Metal and Composites for Future Industries (RIMCOF) and the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus have agreed to conduct a cooperative study for development of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) technology. It is the first time for RIMCOF to conduct a joint stu...

Air Caraïbes signs for an additional A330-300

18 July 2006 Press Release

Air Caraïbes signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of an additional A330-300, to cope with growth on its transatlantic routes. The aircraft will be delivered in November 2008.

Air Caraïbes currently operates two A330-200s and one A330-300, which was put into service two weeks ago. T...

Afriqiyah Airways orders up to six A330s and 14 Airbus A320 Family aircraft

18 July 2006 Press Release

Afriqiyah Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the acquisition of six A320s and three A319s plus an option on five, as well as for three A330-200s, plus three options. This acquisition is part of the long-term expansion strategy of this young and dynamic Libyan airline, who began act...

Around the world with the Airbus Maintenance Mobile Classroom

17 July 2006 Press Release

Airbus has developed and successfully launched a flexible training solution, known as the Airbus Maintenance Mobile Classroom. Based on the new and innovative Airbus approach to maintenance training, Airbus Active learning and Competence focused Training (AACT), the mobile classroom is aiming to mak...

GoAir expands Airbus fleet with 10 more A320?s

17 July 2006 Press Release

GoAir, 'The Fly Smart Airline' based in Mumbai, signed a purchase agreement for 10 Airbus A320 family aircraft with an option for a further ten at Farnborough air show on Monday 17th July 2006. The aircraft will be powered by CFM International engines.



GoAir launched services with...

Airbus presents A350 XWB: new Extra Wide Body Family for the 21st century

Airbus presents A350 XWB: new Extra Wide Body Family for the 21st century
17 July 2006 Press Release

Airbus' new President and CEO, Christian Streiff, confirmed today Airbus' commitment to its customers and future business growth and presented a whole new family of aircraft, the A350 XWB, for Extra Wide Body, Extra Comfort, Extra Efficiency and going the Extra mile for customers.

The ne...

Christian Streiff confirmed as Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer

Christian Streiff confirmed as Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer
7 July 2006 Press Release

Toulouse, 7th July 2006 - The Airbus Shareholder Committee has confirmed Christian Streiff as Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer. This follows his nomination to the position on 2

Farnborough air display for world?s most advanced passenger aircraft

7 July 2006 Press Release

Airbus, the world's largest aircraft manufacturer by deliveries, will have two aircraft participating in flying displays at the 45th Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom (17th ?23rd July). It will have the A380, the world's most advanced passenger aircraft, as well as th...

Tunisair orders A319 extended-range for its medium range operation

5 July 2006 Press Release

North African airline Tunisair has made a firm order for an A319 Extended-Range for non-stop, scheduled, international services on its Middle East and African routes, and is hence to become the first operator for this configuration in Africa. This aircraft features an additional centre tank compared...

Airbus President and CEO Gustav Humbert resigns

2 July 2006 Press Release

Toulouse, 2nd July 2006 - Gustav Humbert, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus SAS, has tendered his resignation from his position with immediate effect. He has also resigned from the EADS Executive Committee.

Mr Humbert has been President and CEO since June 2005 and on the ...

A380 sets world record for number of emergency slides deployed

27 June 2006 Press Release

The world's largest passenger aircraft set another record last week. 16 emergency slides were deployed at the same time using only the aircraft's battery power. This is the largest number of evacuation slides ever inflated simultaneously in any passenger aircraft.



The tests form p...

Airbus MRO Network welcomes Lufthansa Technik AG as new member

19 June 2006 Press Release

One of the world's largest and most experienced aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) providers, Lufthansa Technik AG, Germany, signed an agreement with Airbus to become a new member of the Airbus MRO Network. Lufthansa Technik AG, with its roots going back as far as the early fift...

Airbus maintains target date for A380 certification and first delivery by year end, but announces shift in the production programme

13 June 2006 Press Release

 

 

Stumpf Group becomes new Airbus ACJ customer

13 June 2006 Press Release

Austria-based Stumpf Group, internationally renowned for its industrial and real-estate investments, is to acquire an Airbus ACJ, becoming a new customer.



Stumpf Group's activities encompass major shareholdings in a number of corporations, including global leaders that are enabling pro...

Airbus Chinese A320 final assembly line to be located in Tianjin

8 June 2006 Press Release

The National Development & Reform Commission of China (NDRC) and Airbus announced today that the site for a potential A320 family final assembly line (FAL) in China is Tianjin Binhai New Coastal District, a state level new development zone. This follows the signing of the memorandum of understanding...

Air China received its first A330-200

Air China received its first A330-200
8 June 2006 Press Release

Today, Air China Southwest Branch took delivery of Air China's first A330-200, becoming a new operator of the aircraft type on the Chinese Mainland. Configured in a two-class layout, the aircraft provides comfortable space for 283 passengers, including 12 business class seats and 271 economy cl...

Airbus and technology partners signed MoU for joint research & technology projects

1 June 2006 Press Release

Leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus, and major Polish applied research group, Technology Partners, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on aeronautics research and technology projects. The agreement is an important step towards strengthening Airbus' partnership with Poland and opens the...

Volaris takes delivery of the first two directly ordered Airbus A319

Volaris takes delivery of the first two directly ordered Airbus A319
31 May 2006 Press Release

Volaris, a Mexican low fares airline based in Toluca, close to Mexico City, has received the first two Airbus A319 directly ordered from Airbus, during a delivery ceremony held at the manufacturer's Hamburg factory. In January 2006, the new Mexican start-up airline signed a contract with Airbus...

East Star receives its first Airbus A319

22 May 2006 Press Release

The first Airbus A319 leased by East Star Airlines, a new Chinese airline, took to the sky successfully for its premier revenue flight from Wuhan to Shenzhen, making East Star Airlines a new Airbus A319 operator on the Chinese Mainland.



Configured in a two-class layout, the aircraft provid...

JETALLIANCE becomes new customer for Airbus A318 Elite

JETALLIANCE becomes new customer for Airbus A318 Elite
17 May 2006 Press Release

VIP charter operator JETALLIANCE of Austria is to acquire an A318 Elite, becoming a new customer for the smallest member of the Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) Family. The new deal is in addition to the ACJ order it placed earlier this month.

JETALLIANCE Flugbetriebs AG is one of the world?s...

Airbus recognises suppliers for best performance for in-service aircraft support

17 May 2006 Press Release

Airbus highlights its top performing suppliers in its annual Supplier Support survey, which reflects the results of the 2005 customer satisfaction, and Supplier Support performances evaluation.



The survey for which Airbus received more than 5,000 questionnaires from 83 customers is conduct...

Airbus and EADS/EFW sign freighter conversion agreement with MIG and Irkut

16 May 2006 Press Release

Airbus, the European aircraft manufacturer, EFW (Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH) the EADS' freighter conversion centre of expertise based in Dresden (Germany), MIG and Irkut, leading Russian aircraft manufacturers, signed a preliminary co-operation agreement for a civil freighter aircraft conversion b...

First US customer takes delivery of Airbus ACJ

15 May 2006 Press Release

Pharmair Corporation, a privately held Florida-based company, has taken delivery of an Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ), becoming the first US customer for one of the company's business jets, as well as a new operator.



The aircraft, which was delivered without its cabin, is to be comple...

Airbus displays three aircraft Family members at ILA 2006 Berlin Airshow

15 May 2006 Press Release

Airbus will be the only manufacturer of large commercial airliners present at ILA 2006 Berlin Airshow (16-21 May), Germany. The European aircraft manufacturer will fly three of its aircraft to Berlin, representing the most modern Family of commercial aircraft in the world: the A318 single-aisle jet,...

Airbus A318 lands at London City Airport

15 May 2006 Press Release

Airbus undertook A318 airport compatibility tests at London City Airport on Saturday, May 13th, 2006, an important part of the programme aimed at enabling the aircraft to undertake commercial flights at the airport.



Offering twice the range of existing aircraft serving London City Airport, ...

Full-scale cabin test and 10,000 flight cycles fatigue test a success for Airbus A380 programme

Full-scale cabin test and 10,000 flight cycles fatigue test a success for Airbus A380 programme
10 May 2006 Press Release

Airbus reached two major test milestones in the A380 programme this week.

 

In Hamburg, Germany, Airbus successfully completed the first extensive ground cabin tests in a fully-equipped A380. During five hours of testing, 474 passengers and 20 crew memb

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