Press releases

UPS signs firm contract for A380

13 December 2005 Press Release

Following a commitment announced in January 2005, Atlanta, Georgia-based UPS has formally signed the contract for 10 Airbus A380 freighter aircraft.



Deliveries to UPS are scheduled between 2009 and 2012. The company has not yet made its engine selection.



"The A380?s strength as a ...

Aegean Airlines becomes new Airbus customer ordering eight Airbus A320s with an option for another 12 A320s

Aegean Airlines becomes new Airbus customer ordering eight Airbus A320s with an option for another 12 A320s
12 December 2005 Press Release

Aegean Airlines, the fast-growing Greek airline, has placed a firm order for eight A320s, with options for an additional twelve A320 family aircraft.



The new A320s will replace older aircraft in Aegean's fleet, and also be used for expansion on both domestic and international routes f...

AirAsia initiates total fleet renewal with Airbus A320

AirAsia initiates total fleet renewal with Airbus A320
9 December 2005 Press Release

AirAsia, the region's fastest growing low cost carrier, has initiated a total fleet renewal with the delivery of the first of sixty A320s at an official ceremony held at the LIMA Airshow in Langkawi, Malaysia today. The event was attended by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister of ...

Finnair selects A350 for future long-haul fleet

Finnair selects A350 for future long-haul fleet
7 December 2005 Press Release

After an exhaustive evaluation of the competing next generation of long-haul aircraft, Finnair has announced its decision to acquire nine Airbus A350-900s to modernise and strengthen its long-range fleet. The first A350-900s will be delivered in 2011, offering unrivalled performance and economics ac...

Germanwings confirms A319 order

Germanwings confirms A319 order
7 December 2005 Press Release

Germanwings, the rapidly-expanding Cologne-based low-cost carrier (LCC), has signed a contract for 18 Airbus A319s. The order follows an earlier announcement of the airline?s decision to further expand its fleet of Airbus single-aisle aircraft. The new aircraft are the first that Germanwings has acq...

Philippine Airlines selects more A320s for fleet modernisation

Philippine Airlines selects more A320s for fleet modernisation
6 December 2005 Press Release

Philippine Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus for nine A320s and taken options on a further five aircraft, as part of its long term fleet modernisation programme. In addition, the airline will be leasing two new A320s and two new A319s from GE Capital Aviation Services. The A320s will be c...

CASGC signs agreement for largest ever Chinese order with purchase of 150 A320 Family aircraft

CASGC signs agreement for largest ever Chinese order with purchase of 150 A320 Family aircraft
5 December 2005 Press Release

Airbus is setting a new and significant record in its 20 years of close cooperation with the Chinese civil aviation industry by signing a General Terms Agreement (GTA) for the purchase of 150 A320 family aircraft with China Aviation Supplies Import and Export Group (CASGC) during the visit of Chines...

Airbus to extend industrial cooperation with China

Airbus to extend industrial cooperation with China
4 December 2005 Press Release

The National Development & Reform Commission of China (NDRC) and Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding about the cooperation between the Chinese civil aviation industry and the European manufacturer. The MOU sets the frame for a further upgrade of the cooperation between both parties....

Airbus establishes research agreement with Australia?s CRC-ACS

1 December 2005 Press Release

Airbus is proud to announce the establishment of a Research and Technology Framework Agreement with Australia's Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures Limited (CRC-ACS) based in Melbourne, Victoria.



This Agreement follows Airbus' successful ten-year working ...

US Airways firms up order for 20 A350s

US Airways firms up order for 20 A350s
29 November 2005 Press Release

Following a commitment announced in May 2005 by US Airways and America West, US Airways Group - the merged entity of the two low-cost carriers - has firmed up their order and signed the contract for 20 Airbus A350 aircraft. The airline has not yet announced its engine selection or seating configurat...

New Chinese airline East Star to introduce 20 Airbus A320s

28 November 2005 Press Release

East Star Airlines, a new Chinese airline based in Wuhan, today signed a Letter of Intent with Airbus for the purchase of 10 A320s plus a firm lease deal with GE Commercial Aviation Service (GECAS) for another 10 A320s, becoming a new Airbus customer in China. Deliveries of the leased A320s to East ...

Airbus announces $14 billion worth of orders during airshow

23 November 2005 Press Release

Airbus announced orders and commitments (excluding options) for 157 airliners worth around $14 billion during the Dubai air show. The deals reaffirm Airbus' leading role in the airliner business and reflect an increasingly strong market recovery.



They also take commitments for Airbus&a...

AerCap to acquire 70 Airbus A320 Family aircraft

23 November 2005 Press Release

AerCap has signed a letter of intent for the purchase of 70 Airbus A320 Family aircraft. AerCap was formerly known as debis AirFinance, which was recently acquired by Cerberus.



AerCap (then debis AirFinance) had already ordered 31 Airbus A320 Family aircraft in 1999. The new deal will take ...

International Lease Finance Corporation selects Airbus A350

International Lease Finance Corporation selects Airbus A350
22 November 2005 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 12 new A350 aircraft.

"The Airbus A350 is the natural choice for a global lessor like us," said ILFC Cha...

Kingfisher to acquire 30 more Airbus A320s

Kingfisher to acquire 30 more Airbus A320s
21 November 2005 Press Release

Kingfisher Airlines is to acquire 30 more Airbus A320 Family aircraft, continuing its major fleet expansion. Deliveries of the aircraft, which will comprise a mix of A319s and A320s, are due to begin in early 2008.

 

Kingfisher already flies seven Airbus A320s on ro

TAP to acquire 10 Airbus A350 and 7 A330 aircraft

TAP to acquire 10 Airbus A350 and 7 A330 aircraft
21 November 2005 Press Release

TAP Portugal, an all-Airbus operator, has announced the decision to acquire 10 Airbus A350s and seven Airbus A330-200s to modernise and reinforce its long-haul fleet. TAP?s decision confirms herewith the number of sales for the A350 of 143 aircraft from 10 customers.

 

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Jazeera Airways orders six more Airbus A320s

Jazeera Airways orders six more Airbus A320s
20 November 2005 Press Release

Jazeera Airways, the new, privately owned airline of Kuwait, has signed a contract with Airbus for six more Airbus A320s, taking its total orders for the model to ten.

Jazeera Airways inaugurated airline services last month with its first two aircraft. It will use the additional A320s to inc...

ALAFCO signs contract for 12 Airbus A350s

ALAFCO signs contract for 12 Airbus A350s
20 November 2005 Press Release

ALAFCO, the Kuwait-based international aircraft leasing company, has signed a contract for 12 Airbus A350s with options on six more, reaffirming the commitment that it announced in June. It is the first leasing company to select the new jetliner.

Deliveries of ALAFCO?s A350-800s are due to b...

National Air Services orders 10 Airbus A318 Elite aircraft

National Air Services orders 10 Airbus A318 Elite aircraft
19 November 2005 Press Release

National Air Services (NAS), the largest provider of VVIP and executive air transport services in the Middle East, has made a firm commitment to purchase five A318 Elites and has taken an option for five additional aircraft, becoming the launch customer in the Middle East for this new member of the ...

New A340-600 takes to the skies

New A340-600 takes to the skies
18 November 2005 Press Release

A new variant of the successful A340-500/600 Family took to the skies today during a four and half hour maiden flight over Toulouse as part of 6 month certification campaign.

The new A340-500/600 will offer customers greater range and a higher maximum payload compared to its nearest comp...

Airbus wins Business Leader position in 2005 Scientific American 50

17 November 2005 Press Release

Airbus has been named as a "Business Leader" in this year?s Scientific American 50 Annual Listing for its accomplishments in the development of the world?s largest and most modern aircraft, the A380.



The leading U.S. magazine's prestigious annual list recognises outstanding act...

Airbus A380 will be highlight of Dubai airshow

16 November 2005 Press Release

Airbus' A380 will be the highlight of the Dubai airshow where, wearing Emirates colours, it will fly each day. This is the first time that the Airbus A380 has displayed at an airshow outside Europe, the first time that it is wearing a full airline livery, and the first time that it has visited ...

Comlux becomes A318 Elite launch customer and orders an ACJ

10 November 2005 Press Release

Comlux AG, an exclusive VIP charter operator based in Switzerland, has become the first customer for the A3I8 Elite - a new member of the Airbus ACJ Family - with an order for three aircraft - the first of which will be delivered in early 2007. It has also become a new customer for the Airbus Corpor...

Airbus ACJ wins first US-based customer

10 November 2005 Press Release

Airbus has won its first US-based client with the conclusion of a firm contract with a Florida-based customer for one Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ).

The Airbus ACJ will be powered by CFM International CFM56-5 engines. A choice of cabin outfitter has yet to be made.

Airbus' ACJ...

A380 - Grand Award winner - according to leading U.S. Popular Science magazine

10 November 2005 Press Release

"Popular Science" magazine, a leading U.S. monthly has announced Airbus' A380 as a Grand Award winner in its 18th Annual "Best of What's New" issue. The Airbus A380, the world's newest and largest aircraft, beat fierce competition from thousands of other technological and innovative p...

Airbus introduces A318 Elite

Airbus introduces A318 Elite
10 November 2005 Press Release

Airbus' Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) Family has just grown bigger, with the introduction of a new member, the A318 Elite, based on the company's smallest airliner.



With the same wide cabin as the rest of the popular Airbus A320 Family, the A318 Elite makes big-jet comfort and style even m...

Airbus and AVIC 1 sign a protocol extending cooperation on a $500 million contract for the A320 Family wing cooperation programme

9 November 2005 Press Release

China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC 1) and Airbus signed a protocol to confirm the extension of their cooperation in activities to produce A320 Family wing boxes in China. The protocol was signed today in London during Chinese President Hu Jintao's official visit to Britain.

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Airbus ACJ is first to win Chinese order in large-bizjet class

9 November 2005 Press Release

An undisclosed Chinese customer has placed a firm order this year for three Airbus corporate jetliners (ACJs), marking the first sale of a large modern business-jet in this important and fast-growing market.



Deliveries of all three Airbus ACJs will start in 2006, and each will be powered ...

Airbus' ACJ Family reaches milestone of 50 sales

Airbus? ACJ Family reaches milestone of 50 sales
9 November 2005 Press Release

Airbus' Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) Family has reached the milestone of 50 sales, highlighting its success in a diverse range of markets that include private companies, individuals, executive airlines and governments. The milestone was reached with the sale of four aircraft to an undisclosed customer e...

Interjet orders up to 20 A320s

Interjet orders up to 20 A320s
7 November 2005 Press Release

The Mexican start-up Interjet has signed a contract with Airbus for the acquisition of ten firm A320s plus 10 options, becoming a new Airbus customer. This deal confirms Interjet?s selection of the Airbus aircraft as announced during the Paris Air Show in June.

Deliveries of the newly ordere...

Airbus A380 tour update

4 November 2005 Press Release

At the request of Rolls-Royce, as a precautionary measure, two Trent 900 engines are being replaced on A380 number One. This follows a thorough review by the engine manufacturer of an earlier engine change, and leads to a slight shift in the A380 tour to Asia and Australia. The A380 is now due to ar...

Airbus holds ?Executive Forum 2005? in Japan; Top executives demonstrate Airbus? committment to Japan

26 October 2005 Press Release

Airbus top executives held "Executive Forum 2005" in Tokyo today, attended by some 300 guests

Jet Airways signs purchase agreement for ten Airbus A330s

Jet Airways signs purchase agreement for ten Airbus A330s
25 October 2005 Press Release

Jet Airways has signed a Purchase Agreement with Airbus for ten A330-200s, becoming an early Indian customer for the popular A330 family. The deal reaffirms Jet Airways' selection of the aircraft in June. Jet Airways also has taken options for another ten aircraft.

Deliveries of the A33...

Jazeera Airways takes delivery of first Airbus A320

Jazeera Airways takes delivery of first Airbus A320
25 October 2005 Press Release

Jazeera Airways, the new, privately owned airline of Kuwait, has taken delivery of the first of four A320s, becoming a new Airbus operator. It plans to offer low-fare services to destinations in the Middle East, beginning later this month.

The Airbus A320 was handed over to Jazeera Airways C...

Aeroflot orders seven Airbus A321 aircraft

24 October 2005 Press Release

Aeroflot, the Russian flag carrier, has signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of seven A321 aircraft for its medium-haul fleet modernisation programme. Deliveries of the newly ordered aircraft are scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2006.



Powered by CFM International CFM56-...

Air Berlin and NIKI reveal first newly delivered A320s

Air Berlin and NIKI reveal first newly delivered A320s
18 October 2005 Press Release

The German low-cost carrier Air Berlin and its Austrian partner NIKI have taken delivery of their first newly delivered Airbus A320 aircraft out of an order for 60 from Air Berlin and 10 for NIKI. The airlines present both aircraft to the public during a ceremony at Berlin-Tempelhof airport.
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The second A380 takes to the air - Flight testing has passed 100th flight

The second A380 takes to the air - Flight testing has passed 100th flight
18 October 2005 Press Release

The second A380 (MSN004) has successfully taken to the air today at 10:49 a.m, joining the first A380 (MSN001) in the flight test campaign which started on 27th April. Since its first flight, MSN001 has successfully completed more than 100 flights and over 350 flight hours.

The maiden flight...

Airbus A380 to visit cities in Europe, Asia-Pacific & Middle East

Airbus A380 to visit cities in Europe, Asia-Pacific & Middle East
13 October 2005 Press Release

The world's newest and largest airliner, the Airbus A380, is to visit Frankfurt in Germany for airport compatibility verification tests at the end of this month, and will fly to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in the first half of November. It will then be on display at the D...

Eurofly selects new Airbus A350 - adds more A330-200s to its fleet

Eurofly selects new Airbus A350 - adds more A330-200s to its fleet
13 October 2005 Press Release

Eurofly has signed a Letter of Intent with Airbus for three A350-800 aircraft and is leasing two additional A330-200s, to reinforce its long haul fleet and to open up new long haul destinations. Eurofly?s decision brings the number of commitments for the new A350 to 143, from ten customers.

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LAN Airlines orders up to 40 A320 Family aircraft

LAN Airlines orders up to 40 A320 Family aircraft
11 October 2005 Press Release

LAN Airlines ("LAN") with headquarters in Santiago (Chile) has signed a contract with Airbus for the acquisition of 25 A320 Family aircraft plus 15 options. This order confirms LAN's previous announcement of June 2005 and brings their total orders for Airbus aircraft to 59. Deliveries of the ne...

Airbus launches the new A350 aircraft

Airbus launches the new A350 aircraft
6 October 2005 Press Release

Following approval by its shareholders, EADS and BAE Systems, Airbus has formally launched the new passenger long-range A350 aircraft, for which it has already received 140 firm order commitments from nine world-renowned customers*.

Airbus President and CEO Gustav Humbert, emphasizes the sig...

Air France orders three additional A318s

Air France orders three additional A318s
28 September 2005 Press Release

Air France has placed a firm order for three A318 single-aisle aircraft. Powered by CFM International CFM56 engines, the Air France A318s will seat up to 123 passengers in a single-class layout. Deliveries of these aircraft, which will be operated to medium-haul destinations in metropolitan France a...

Hainan Airlines takes delivery of first Airbus A319

Hainan Airlines takes delivery of first Airbus A319
23 September 2005 Press Release

Hainan Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A319 aircraft today in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft will arrive at Xi'an International Airport in the Shanxi Province tomorrow, where a formal handover ceremony will take place.



The A319 is powered by CFM International CFM56-5b e...

TACA, first airline in Latin America to operate the A321

TACA, first airline in Latin America to operate the A321
23 September 2005 Press Release

TACA, one of the most important airlines in Latin America, took delivery today of its first A321, becoming the first operator of the type in Latin America. TACA placed an additional order for 14 Single Aisle Airbus aircraft of which five A321s at the end of 2004.



TACA was also the first ope...

Alitalia to install Airbus? new navigation system

16 September 2005 Press Release

Alitalia has become the latest single-aisle operator to benefit from Airbus' new air traffic control data link navigation system.



The Italian airline will install the new Airbus Future Air Navigation System B (FANS B) on 23 A321s. The airline became the third airline to adopt FANS B af...

Airbus demonstrates first multipurpose wireless cabin network at WAEA in Hamburg

15 September 2005 Press Release

Airbus demonstrates the world?s first multipurpose wireless cabin network at the 26th Conference and Exhibition of the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) from 20 to 23 September in Hamburg.

Airbus' wireless cabin network will introduce a completely new way of integrating wir...

FedEx orders six A300-600s

11 September 2005 Press Release

FedEx is growing its substantial Airbus fleet with a new order for six A300-600 freighter aircraft

4,000th Airbus aircraft delivered to Lufthansa

4,000th Airbus aircraft delivered to Lufthansa
9 September 2005 Press Release

Airbus reached a significant milestone today when the 4,000th aircraft to come off the production line was delivered to its customers Lufthansa; the Frankfurt-based airline took delivery of the twin-aisle A330-300 at a special ceremony in Toulouse, France.

Commenting on this achievement, Gus...

Airbus supporting Hurricane Katrina relief effort

Airbus supporting Hurricane Katrina relief effort
7 September 2005 Press Release

'Beluga' aircraft transporting critical aid from U.K., France to Gulf Coast

New customer Wizz Air orders 12 A320 Family aircraft

New customer Wizz Air orders 12 A320 Family aircraft
7 September 2005 Press Release

Wizz Air, Central and Eastern Europe?s largest low-fare, low-cost airline has signed a contract for 12 firm A320 Family aircraft, including A319s and A320s, plus 12 options, becoming a new Airbus customer. All the aircraft will be powered by International Aero Engines V2500-A5s and be configured in ...

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