Press releases

Cebu Pacific Selects Airbus A319 And A320 For Total Fleet Renewal

1 September 2004 Press Release

Cebu Pacific, the Philippines? second largest carrier, has signed a contract for the purchase of twelve Airbus A319s and will additionally lease two Airbus A320s to totally replace its existing fleet of DC-9 and B757 aircraft. The A319s are scheduled for delivery from September 2005 until 200

Azal Orders Airbus A319 And Airbus Corporate Jet

25 August 2004 Press Release

The State Concern of Civil Aviation Azerbaijan Hava Yollari (AZAL) has signed a contract with Airbus for three Airbus A319s and one Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ). The Baku based company thus becomes a new Airbus airline customer as well as - on behalf of the Republic of Azerbaijan a ne

Airbus Delivers First A319 Jetliner to SAA for Domestic/Regional Fleet

24 August 2004 Press Release

South African Airways (SAA) today took delivery of its first Airbus A319 twin-engined jetliner, to launch the modernisation of its domestic and regional fleet with new cost-efficient, state-of-the-art aircraft.

SAA has ordered 11 A319s and 15 of its slightly larger si

America West Firms Up Order For A320 Family Aircraft

12 August 2004 Press Release

America West has placed a new order for ten A320s and seven A319s. This firms up a commitment announced by the airline in May 2004. America West will lease an additional four A320 Family aircraft from various lessors. One more A320 Family aircraft will be either purchased or leased ? a decisi

Airbus A300 freighters fly horses to Olympic and Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece

11 August 2004 Press Release

A fleet of Airbus A300 freighter aircraft has started to fly horses to Athens, Greece, to participate in the various equestrian competitions during the Olympic and Paralympic Games this year. A300B4 freighters, operated by MNG Airlines, will transport the horses from the airports in Luton, UK

Virgin To Boost Airbus Fleet By Up To 26 More A340-600 Aircraft

5 August 2004 Press Release

Virgin Atlantic Airways has committed to take delivery of another 13 new Airbus A340-600s and taken options on 13 more, in its largest ever aircraft deal.

Deliveries to the airline will start in the first half of 2006. The A340-600, like the smaller capacity A340-500,

Turkish National Carrier Chooses Airbus For Fleet Increase

21 July 2004 Press Release

Airbus confirms that the Turkish national carrier Turkish Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase of 36 Airbus single aisle and wide body aircraft, further strengthening Airbus? presence in Central Eastern Europe. The purchase agreement is expected to be signed shor

Airbus acknowledges the excellent performance of its suppliers in customer support

21 July 2004 Press Release

Airbus rewarded its top ten suppliers at the Farnborough airshow during the Airbus Supplier Support Award Ceremony, for their full commitment and continued product quality improvement.

Airbus? top ten suppliers receiving an award for best performance are Airbus

Kingfisher Airlines To Launch Services With Airbus A320S

21 July 2004 Press Release

Kingfisher Airlines, India?s new value-based carrier, has chosen Airbus? A320 family to inaugurate services among major Indian cities. It has signed a memorandum of understanding for the acquisition of four Airbus A320s from Airbus, and taken options on eight more. In addition, it is in negot

Etihad Selects Airbus A380 And A330/A340 Family Aircraft

20 July 2004 Press Release

Airbus Publishes Second Edition Of Ehs Report

15 July 2004 Press Release

Following the first edition published in July 2002, Airbus is now publishing the second edition of its report on Environment, Health and Safety (EHS). The report, entitled "The Airbus Way Environment", is available on-line on the Airbus website

Airbus at Farnborough 2004

8 July 2004 Press Release

Airbus comes to Farnborough International Air Show (19-25 July) after a solid performance in 2003 when it also became Number 1 in terms of deliveries, a performance it continued in the first half of 2004 with its advanced product range. Simultaneously, the A380 programme continues to meet all

Vietnam Airlines Takes Delivery Of First Ordered Airbus A321

6 July 2004 Press Release

Vietnam Airlines took delivery of the first of five A321s at ceremony involving the airline's President Mr Nguyen Xuan Hien in Hamburg today. The airline has been operating A320 family aircraft since 1993, but the A321 delivered today is the first aircraft directly ordered by the airline in a

Singapore Airlines A340-500 Beats Its Own Non Stop Flight Distance Record

29 June 2004 Press Release

 Singapore Airlines has flown into the commercial flight distance record books for the second time this year, with an A340-500 successfully inaugurating the carrier?s latest non-stop round trip commercial air service between Singapore and New York (Newark). The A340-500 departed at 12.25

Egyptair Takes Delivery Of First Airbus A330s

22 June 2004 Press Release

Egyptair has taken delivery of the first of seven Airbus A330-200s on order, becoming a new operator of the type. It will use the aircraft on routes to Europe and within the Middle East.

 Each aircraft seats 24 passengers in business class and 244 in economy, and

Eurofly Orders Airbus A319 Long Range Aircraft

22 June 2004 Press Release

Italian leading charter carrier Eurofly has signed a contract for one A319 Long Range aircraft and plans to acquire a second, becoming a new customer for the Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) family.

Milan-based Eurofly is already an Airbus operator, flying five A320s a

Airbus España Delivers The First Section 19.1 Tail Cone Of The A380 Rear Fuselage

18 June 2004 Press Release

Yesterday, Thursday 17th June, has seen a ceremony at the Airbus plant in Getafe (Madrid) to mark the official delivery of Section 19.1 tail cone of the rear fuselage of the world?s largest and technologically most advanced airliner, the A380.  The ceremony was attended by the major of G

Airbus Rejects Allegations On Aeroflot Contract

17 June 2004 Press Release

Following some libellous articles published in certain newspapers seeking to undermine the reputation and the image of the company and of its staff, Airbus wishes to clearly state and emphasise that the sales contract for 18 Airbus aircraft to the Russian airline Aeroflot was concluded in due

Jetblue Orders 30 A320s

17 June 2004 Press Release

New York-based low-fare carrier JetBlue Airways has ordered 30 new Airbus A320s. Like the rest of the airline's extensive A320 fleet, they will be powered by International Aero Engines V2500s. Deliveries of the newly contracted aircraft will begin in 2006 and run through 2011. To date, JetBlu

Virgin America Orders A320 Family

15 June 2004 Press Release

Virgin America Orders A320 Family - New U.S. Domestic Airline To Take Deliveries In 2005

Airbus To Offer New Projects Worth $ Us 100 Million To China

11 June 2004 Press Release

Airbus has reached an agreement with China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I) on subcontracting projects worth  $ U.S. 100 million to Chinese manufacturers. A signing ceremony was held today in Paris, attended by visiting Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan and French Prime Minister J

CASGC Signs Agreement With Airbus On Purchasing 20 A330-300s

11 June 2004 Press Release

The China Aviation Supplies Imp. & Exp.  Group Corporation (CASGC) and Airbus signed an agreement for the purchase of 20 A330-300 aircraft.  The aircraft are scheduled for delivery from the first quarter of 2006. Selection of the engines for the aircraft has yet to be decided.

A380: Special Transport Ship in Hamburg for the First Time

10 June 2004 Press Release

A380: Topping Out Ceremony in the Equipment Hall; A380: Special Transport Ship in Hamburg for the First Time

Airbus España Delivers The First Horizontal Tail Plane For The A380

27 May 2004 Press Release

Airbus España Delivers The First Horizontal Tail Plane For The A380 To The Final Assembly Line In Toulouse

Airbus A380 Engine Begins Flight Trials on A340 Testbed

17 May 2004 Press Release

The first engine destined to power the 21st Century flagship A380, the Rolls-Royce Trent 900, made a successful first-flight aboard Airbus A340-300 testbed today.

The flight, which lasted 3 hr and 40 min, begins a 50-60 hour programme of some 30 flights spread over al

Airbus Opens New Maintenance Training Centre For A320 Family

12 May 2004 Press Release

Airbus has opened a new maintenance training centre in Hamburg, Finkenwerder, for A320 Family aircraft.

Maintenance engineers and mechanics worldwide can access a wide range of training such as full technical JAR 66 courses for light and heavy aircraft maintenance, le

Airbus Main Sponsor?s For The "Blessing Of Europe"

11 May 2004 Press Release

Within the framework of the long-standing cooperation with Malta and Air Malta, and on the occasion of Malta's accession to the European Union on the 1 st May, Airbus was the Main Sponsor of The Blessing of Europe

Spirit Airlines Orders Airbus - Low-Cost Carrier To Become All-Airbus Carrier

11 May 2004 Press Release

Spirit Airlines of Fort Lauderdale, Florida "a new customer for Airbus" has signed a firm order to purchase 15 Airbus A320 Family aircraft, plus up to 50 options. The firm order consists of 11 A319s and four A321s. Also, the airline will lease four A321s, in addition to the 20 A319

Airbus A380 Assembly Site is Opened By French Prime Minister

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7 May 2004 Press Release

Airbus A380 assembly facility in Toulouse, France, was formally inaugurated by French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin today, at a ceremony attended by more than 3000 guests, including customers, government officials, suppliers and employees.

The ceremony celebrate

Airbus Showcases A340-600 And A318 At Ila 2004 Berlin Airshow

4 May 2004 Press Release

Airbus will be present at this year's ILA 2004 Berlin Airshow (10 to 16 May) showcasing two of the latest aircraft, the 107-seat A318 and the 380-seat A340-600. Both Airbus aircraft will participate in the daily flying displays in the afternoon and can be seen on static display for the rest o

Airbus Receives 180 Minute Etops Approval For A320 Family Aircraft

28 April 2004 Press Release

Leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus has received approval for 180-minute extended range twin-engine operations (ETOPS) with its A319, A320 and A321 single-aisle aircraft, including its corporate jet versions.

The approval was granted by the new European Aviation Saf

Scandinavian Charter Airline Novair Becomes New Airbus A321 Operator

23 April 2004 Press Release

The Swedish charter airline Novair became a new Airbus A321 operator when it took delivery of its first Airbus A320 Family aircraft from the manufacturer?s assembly line in Hamburg. In total, Novair will receive two A321s, both leased via the US-based International Lease Finance Corporation (

Jean Claude Nicolas Appointed Senior Vice President Communications

20 April 2004 Press Release

Airbus announces the appointment of Jean Claude Nicolas as Senior Vice President Communications, effective mid April 2004. Mr Nicolas (52) is joining from Pechiney Group where he was Head of Communications since January 1998.

After graduating from the Rouen University

Cathay Pacific Expands Airbus Fleet By Six More A330 Aircraft

14 April 2004 Press Release

Cathay Pacific Airways has signed a contract with Airbus for three additional A330-300, plus three further A330-300s from US leasing company ILFC, expanding the Airbus widebody fleet at the airline. Deliveries of the new aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, are scheduled betwee

Delivery Begins Of The World's Largest Civil Aircraft Wings

5 April 2004 Press Release

The first wing for the double-deck, 555 seat A380 aircraft leaves Airbus? factory in North Wales today on the first leg of its journey to France.  This milestone in aviation history is being  witnessed by hundreds of A380 workers at Broughton, near Chester, as the huge wing (measu...

Airbus Shows Leading Cabin Innovations At Aircraft Interiors

29 March 2004 Press Release

Airbus is underlining its leadership in cabin innovation at this year?s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg and is exhibiting in hall 7, stand no. B20. Based on the trend for more efficient cabins in the low-cost market and more luxurious cabins in the ultra-long-range market, Airbus will pres

Airbus Present At Fidae

24 March 2004 Press Release

Airbus will be present at FIDAE 2004, the "Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio" held at Los Cerillos airfield near Santiago de Chile from March 29 th ? April 4 th.

The European manufacturer will showcase the A318 that will a

Airbus Plant Hamburg: Fuselage Section For First A380 Completed

18 March 2004 Press Release

At Airbus in Hamburg today, the first equipped fuselage section for the 555-seat superjumbo A380 was ceremoniously unveiled. This section represents the forward part of the fuselage, which will later be united with the cockpit section. Among the roughly 3,000 guests in the new major component

Matsushita, Koito Industries, Sumitomo Precision Join The A380 Programme

17 March 2004 Press Release

Matsushita, Koito Industries, Sumitomo Precision Join The A380 Programme Jamco Repeats: A Total Of 18 Japanese Companies To Date

Lufthansa Starts Operating Its First New Airbus A330-300

16 March 2004 Press Release

Today German airline Lufthansa started operating its first A330-300 on a scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Cairo and Karthoum, Sudan. The A330-300 is a new Airbus aircraft type in the carrier?s fleet. Lufthansa has ordered ten A330-300s, the spacious medium-range twin-engine aircraft from Ai

Saa Takes Delivery Of First Airbus A340-300

9 March 2004 Press Release

South African Airways (SAA) took delivery of its first Airbus A340-300E, which is the first "enhanced" version of this Airbus type. SAA will receive six A340-300E by 2005.

The 295-seat A340-300E features several enhancements, including a higher thrust-

A380 Ro-Ro Vessel Christened "Ville de Bordeaux" in Nanjing

27 February 2004 Press Release

The Airbus A380 program has reached a new milestone with the christening of a roll-on and roll-off sea (ro-ro) vessel built for the transportation of components of the aircraft. The vessel was named ?Ville De Bordeaux? at a ceremony held today in Nanjing in East China?s Jiangsu Province.

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Air Deccan to Acquire Airbus A320s

25 February 2004 Press Release

Air Deccan, India's first low-cost carrier, has chosen Airbus A320 family to expand services to major Indian cities from its Bangalore base. It will acquire two new Airbus A320s from Airbus, and has taken options on two more. In addition, it will lease a further five A320s from Singapore Airc

Austrian Airlines Receives First Airbus A319

20 February 2004 Press Release

Austrian Airlines received its first Airbus A319. The aircraft will join the carrier's current Airbus single-aisle fleet, consisting of eight A320s and six A321s. In total Austrian Airlines has ordered seven A319s. This new aircraft will be the first reflecting the airline's new corporate ide

Airbus at Asian Aerospace '04

9 February 2004 Press Release

Airbus comes to Asian Aerospace '04 (24th-29th February) with a positive outlook after a landmark year in 2003, in which it became Number One also in terms of deliveries. During 2003, Airbus delivered 305 aircraft and achieved 284 new firm orders despite the widespread challenges faced by the

Aircalin Becomes New Airbus A320 Operator

9 February 2004 Press Release

Air Caledonie International has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320, becoming a new operator of the type. It plans to use it on flights from its base in Noumea, New Caledonia, to Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

Aircalin?s A320 seats eight passenge

Singapore Airlines A340-500 Flies Into The Record Books

4 February 2004 Press Release

(Los Angeles) A Singapore Airlines four-engine A340-500 has successfully operated the longest non-stop commercial air service in the world, with its first flight between Singapore and Los Angeles. The A340-500 departed at 16.00 Singapore local time and completed the 14,093 km / 7,609 nm secto

Air Tahiti Nui Orders Another Airbus A340-300

29 January 2004 Press Release

Air Tahiti Nui has signed a firm contract with Airbus for another A340-300, which will be delivered in June 2005. The aircraft will become the fifth four-engined A340-300 in its fleet, which currently flies long-haul services across the Pacific and on to Europe - as well as to Japan.

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Airbus showcased the most flexible 100-seater aircraft, the Airbus A318

27 January 2004 Press Release

Today Airbus showcased the most flexible 100-seater aircraft, the Airbus A318, at Helsinki-Vantaa airport

Most flexible 100-seater aircraft Airbus A318 makes debut in Helsinki

27 January 2004 Press Release

Today Airbus showcased the most flexible 100-seater aircraft, the Airbus A318, at Helsinki-Vantaa airport. The A318 is the newest member of the Airbus single-aisle A320 Family, comprising the A318 (107 seats), A319 (124 seats), A320 (150 seats) and A321 (185 seats). The A318 combines unmatched effic...

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