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Airbus at MAKS 2005

11 August 2005 Press Release

Airbus the leading aircraft manufacturer is again one of the major participants at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS, which is being held in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, between the 16th and 21st August. Airbus' exhibition is located at the stand of its major shareholder EADS (Hall A)....

Barry Eccleston named CEO of Airbus North America

Barry Eccleston named CEO of Airbus North America
1 August 2005 Press Release

Barry Eccleston, 58, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Airbus North America Holdings, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Airbus SAS. In this position, Eccleston will oversee all efforts of Airbus in the United States and Canada, including sales and marketing, service and training...

2500th A320 Family Member Delivered to China Eastern

26 July 2005 Press Release

Airbus today achieved a very significant milestone, when China Eastern (CES) took delivery of the 2500th A320 family aircraft, an A320. This auspicious occasion falls in the same month that the A320 Family reached 40 million flight hours, a statistic that underlines its position as the benchmark of ...

Air China jointly with CASC order 20 Airbus A330-200 aircraft

21 July 2005 Press Release

Air China signed a contract with Airbus on July 21, 2005 for the purchase of 20 Airbus A330-200s, scheduled for delivery from May 2006, becoming a new customer of the aircraft in China. China Aviation Supplies Import and Export Group (CASC) was also involved in this deal by signing a GTA with

Airbus confirms Executive Committee members

19 July 2005 Press Release

 

 

Airbus confirms executive committee members

19 July 2005 Press Release

The Airbus Shareholder Committee, chaired by Noël Forgeard, approved the new Airbus Executive Committee members. The team, led by Gustav Humbert, who was appointed Airbus President and CEO in June, will have to ensure the continuing success of Airbus in the years to come. The following EC members ha...

Iberia signs the purchase of 30 single aisle Airbus aircraft

8 July 2005 Press Release

Iberia has signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of 30 A320 Family aircraft and taken another 49 options, hereby confirming the commitment signed in January this year. The contract covers the acquisition of 10 Airbus A318s, 10 A320s, seven A319s and three A321s. These aircraft will be deliv...

GECAS plans to acquire 40 additional Airbus A320 family aircraft

30 June 2005 Press Release

GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) has signed a letter of intent to order 40 Airbus A320 Family aircraft. The order covers A319s, typically seating 124 passengers, as well as the larger A320s with 150 passengers in a standard layout, with the flexibility to convert some to A321 models.

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Air Mauritius expands its fleet with new Airbus A340-300E aircraft

27 June 2005 Press Release

Air Mauritius has signed a firm purchase agreement with Airbus for three A340-300Es, with deliveries to begin in the last quarter of 2006. The contract covers also two further options on the same type. With the acquisition of this new generation aircraft, Air Mauritius will be the first all-Airbus o...

Donbassaero becomes new Airbus operator in CIS

27 June 2005 Press Release

Donbassaero Airlines, one of the leading Ukrainian carriers, took delivery its first Western-built aircraft into its fleet, an Airbus A320, herewith joining to the other 230 operators of Airbus aircraft worldwide. The Donetsk-based airline, which will operate the aircraft under an operational lease ...

Airbus announces $33.5 billion worth of orders during airshow

17 June 2005 Press Release

 

 

Air Berlin becomes 100th client for Airbus Customised Lead Time (CLT) service

17 June 2005 Press Release

 

 

Airbus first to fly with dedicated on-board medical site

Airbus first to fly with dedicated on-board medical site
17 June 2005 Press Release

 

 

Saudi Arabian client becomes first VIPcustomer for the world's longest airliner, the Airbus A340-600

17 June 2005 Press Release

A private non-governmental business group of Saudi Arabia, which already has a VIP A320, has acquired an Airbus A340-600, becoming the first VIP customer for the ultra-long range aircraft, which is also the world?s longest airliner.

 

Germanwings to expand Airbus fleet with additional A319s

17 June 2005 Press Release

 

Air Tahiti Nui takes delivery of fifth AIrbus A340-300

16 June 2005 Press Release

 

Mexican ABC Aerolineas to acquire 10 A320s

16 June 2005 Press Release

 

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Brazilian TAM increases A320 fleet and selects A350

16 June 2005 Press Release

 

Longstanding Brazilian customer TAM has signed a purchase agreement for 20 additional A320 Family aircraft (including A320s, A319s and A321s) plus 20 options. TAM also has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the purchase of 8 A350-900 plus 7 options.

Indian carrier IndiGo orders 100 firm Airbus A320 Family aircraft

16 June 2005 Press Release

 

InterGlobe Enterprises Limited today announced its plans to launch IndiGo, its nation-wide low-cost airline venture. IndiGo has committed for 100 firm A320 family aircraft with Airbus ? world renowned for the customer friendly features and comfort of its airliners.

Leasing company GECAS selects Airbus A350

15 June 2005 Press Release

 

GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS), a unit of GE Commercial Finance, has signed a letter of intent for a firm order of ten A350s, subject to industrial launch, which is expected in September.

?After many conversations with our airline customers, i

Kingfisher becomes first Indian customer for A380, A350, & A330

15 June 2005 Press Release

 

Air Caraibes signs for two A330-300s

15 June 2005 Press Release

 

Air Caraïbes today signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Airbus for the purchase of two A330-300s. Following the success of Air Caraïbes on its transatlantic routes, the airline has de

Tiger Airways expands A320 fleet

15 June 2005 Press Release

Singapore based low fare carrier, Tiger Airways has agreed to acquire a further eight Airbus A320 aircraft, which will be added to the existing fleet of four leased A320s. The first of the purchased aircraft is due for delivery in March 2006 and wi

Jet Airways to acquire ten Airbus A330-200s/-300s with options for ten more

14 June 2005 Press Release

 

Indian private carrier Jet Airways is to acquire ten Airbus A330-200s/-300s and has taken options on ten more, becoming a new client for the popular A330/A340 family.

Deliveries are due to begin as early as the first quarter of 2007, but Jet Airways wi

ALAFCO becomes early customer for Airbus A350

14 June 2005 Press Release

 

ALAFCO, the Kuwait-based international aircraft leasing company, is to acquire 12 Airbus A350s with options on a further six, becoming one of the first leasing companies to select the new jetliner.

Deliveries of ALAFCO?s A350-800s are due to begin in

Qatar Airways to acquire 60 Airbus A350s

13 June 2005 Press Release

 

Qatar Airways has decided to acquire 60 Airbus A350s, becoming the largest customer to date for the new airliner and the first client in the Middle East. The deal is for a mix of A350-800s and larger A350-900s.

 

Deliveries of Qatar Ai

Boeing 787 / Trade issues EADS and BAE Systems are supporting a negotiated solution

30 May 2005 Press Release

Following the appointment of a new USTR just a few weeks ago, Airbus and its shareholders, EADS and BAE Systems, have put strong hopes on a new start for the peaceful settlement of the EU-U.S. trade dispute on aeronautics. They are strongly convinced that the opening of a litigation would amount to ...

Cebu Pacific initiates total fleet renewal with A320 Family

20 May 2005 Press Release

Cebu Pacific, the Philippines? second largest carrier, has initiated a total fleet renewal programme with the delivery of its first A320. The A320 is being leased from CIT Aerospace and will be followed by a second leased aircraft in June 2005. Deliveries of the first of twelve purchased A319s will ...

Kharafi Group orders an Airbus ACJ

19 May 2005 Press Release

The Kharafi group of Kuwait has placed a new firm order for an Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ), for delivery in September this year.

The Kharafi group was the first customer for the Airbus ACJ, which Twinjet of the UK began operating on its behalf in November 1999, on a mixture of company bu...

Sagawa Express places order for A300-600 freighter, becoming first operator of Airbus freighter in Japan

19 May 2005 Press Release

Sagawa Express Co. Ltd, one of the largest cargo business companies in Japan, has established a subsidiary Galaxy Airlines Co. Ltd and selected Airbus A300-600 Freighter to inaugurate its own air transport business in Japan. This contract includes a firm order for one A300-600F, plus an option for a...

Airbus ACJ Family wins first Indian customer

18 May 2005 Press Release

The UB Group, one of India's largest companies and the parent company of Kingfisher Airlines, is to acquire an Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ), becoming the first Indian customer.



Delivery of the outfitted Airbus ACJ will be in summer 2006, and it will be powered by International Aero ...

Lufthansa Technik joins Airbus ACJ Service Centre Network

18 May 2005 Press Release

Lufthansa Technik AG has become the latest company to join the Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) family network of Service Centres, which specialises in executive and private aviation, complementing Airbus Customer Services' existing worldwide network of spares, training facilities and technical ...

Sichuan Airlines orders eight Airbus A320 Family aircraft

18 May 2005 Press Release

Sichuan Airlines has signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of six A320s and two A319s. The aircraft, scheduled for delivery from late 2005 to 2008, will be powered by IAE?s V2500 engines.

?The aircraft will help us enlarge our fleet and increase our operational capability on high-al...

Airbus announce their vision for service orientated data

13 May 2005 Press Release

Airbus has announced the launch of its modular approach to aircraft maintenance data for their new aircraft, the A380. This is an extension of Airbus? existing advanced technical data consultation tool, called AirN@v. AirN@v will consist of five modules covering maintenance, engineering, repair, mai...

Airbus & Lufthansa Technik to team on outfitting private A380s

5 May 2005 Press Release

Airbus and Lufthansa Technik AG have signed a preliminary agreement covering the outfitting of cabins for the double-deck A380, paving the way for sales and marketing of private aircraft versions of the world's largest and most modern airliner.

With two separate decks and the widest cab...

A380, the 21st century flagship, successfully completes its first flight

A380, the 21st century flagship, successfully completes its first flight
27 April 2005 Press Release

The first A380 to take to the air landed at Blagnac international airport in Toulouse, France at 14.23 local time (12.23h UTC) after successfully completing its first flight that lasted three hours and 54 minutes. The A380?s first flight was jointly captained by Claude Lelaie, Senior Vice President ...

A380, world?s largest commercial aircraft, successfully takes to the skies

A380, world?s largest commercial aircraft, successfully takes to the skies
27 April 2005 Press Release

Aviation history was made this morning when the first A380, the world?s largest commercial aircraft, successfully took off on its maiden flight leaving Blagnac International Airport in Toulouse, France at 10.29 hours local time (08.29 UTC) from runway 32L. The A380 first flight will take place above...

Kingfisher Airlines celebrates delivery of first Airbus A320

Kingfisher Airlines celebrates delivery of first Airbus A320
25 April 2005 Press Release

Kingfisher Airlines, the new value-based carrier headquartered in Mumbai, India, today celebrated the delivery of its first A320, becoming a new Airbus operator.

Dr Vijay Mallya, Chairman of the UB Group, one of India?s largest companies and the parent company of Kingfisher Airlines, accepte...

Airbus Engineering Centre to be set up in China

22 April 2005 Press Release

Airbus and China Aviation Industry Corporation II (AVIC II) have agreed to set up an engineering centre in the form of a joint venture in Beijing. The facility will in particular perform aircraft specific design work for the A350 programme.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and French Prime Ministe...

Airbus recognises best performance in its Annual Supplier Support Survey

22 April 2005 Press Release

Airbus highlights its top 10 suppliers in its Annual Supplier Support Survey, which reflects the results of the 2004 Customer Satisfaction, and Supplier Support Performances Evaluation.

The Survey conducted for 40 suppliers and rated by over 85 customers is designed by Airbus to recognise be...

China to produce wing box for Airbus A320 Family aircraft

22 April 2005 Press Release

Airbus and China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I) have agreed to enter into the third phase of the A320 Family Wing Cooperation Programme, which comprises the production of wing box. This represents significant progress in Airbus? technology transfer to China.

The two sides signed to...

Chinese Airlines order 30 Airbus aircraft

21 April 2005 Press Release

Three Chinese airlines have signed contracts for the purchase of 30 Airbus aircraft. China Southern Airlines has signed with Airbus for five A380s; China Eastern Airlines has signed with Airbus for five A319s, 11 A321s and four A320s; Shenzhen Airlines has signed with China Aviation Supplies Import ...

First metal cut for the Airbus A380 freighter

First metal cut for the Airbus A380 freighter
12 April 2005 Press Release

The A380 freighter became a reality when the first ?metal cut? of the aircraft?s centre wing box took place today at Airbus? site in Nantes, France. This marks the start of manufacturing of the largest commercial freighter ever and is confirmation that the A380F programme is on track.

The ce...

Airbus reduces supply chain for spare parts

6 April 2005 Press Release

Airbus Spares Support and Services and The Mexmil Company of Santa Ana, CA (Mexmil) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which provides the basis for a future agreement under which Mexmil will manufacture, market and distribute specific Airbus proprietary spare parts for the thermo-acoust...

CSA Czech Airlines add A319 and A320 aircraft to its fleet

6 April 2005 Press Release

The Czech national carrier CSA Czech Airlines has signed a firm contract for the purchase of twelve Airbus single aisle aircraft. The signature follows a preliminary announcement made last year that CSA Czech Airlines had selected the A319 and the A320 to replace the older generation aircraft in its...

Thai Airways International initiates major Airbus fleet expansion

6 April 2005 Press Release

Thai Airways International has taken delivery of the first of four A340-500s, with the aircraft also being the first in the entire fleet to be painted in the airline?s striking new livery. This event marks the start of a major Airbus widebody fleet expansion programme, which will also see six A340-6...

Airbus presents A380 cabin at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2005

31 March 2005 Press Release

Airbus is underlining its leadership in cabin innovation at this year?s Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIE) held in Hamburg, Germany from April 5th to 7th. Airbus will present a full-scale A380 cabin being the highlight of its sizeable Hall 6 stand. The A380 mock-up will be about eight meters long and com...

GB Airways expands Airbus fleet with A320 family order

29 March 2005 Press Release

GB Airways has signed a contract with Airbus for five Airbus single-aisle Family aircraft: one A320 and four A321s. This is the first time that the airline is acquiring aircraft directly from Airbus. Delivery of these five aircraft is expected from 2007 onwards. The aircraft will be powered by IAE V...

AirAsia increases A320 commitment to 100 aircraft

25 March 2005 Press Release

AirAsia, the leading low fare, no frills airline in Southeast Asia, has signed a purchase contract for 60 A320s plus a further 40 options. This is an increase of an additional 20 aircraft on top of the original purchase agreement for 40 A320s order plus 40 options under the Memorandum of Understandi...

Airbus MRO network launch

23 March 2005 Press Release

Airbus announces the deployment of the first Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) Network ? an initiative designed to ensure availability of competitive maintenance services and solutions to Airbus customers worldwide.

With a growing trend towards the outsourcing of maintenance, MRO provi...

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