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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...

Uk Government Announces Preference For The Airbus A330-200

26 January 2004 Press Release

Uk Government Announces Preference For The Airbus A330-200 As Its Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

Tom Williams New Executive Vice President Procurement

20 January 2004 Press Release

Tom Williams New Executive Vice President Procurement - Iain Gray Appointed Managing Director And General Manager Of Airbus Uk

2003: A Landmark Year for Airbus

Airbus Press Centre - press release
15 January 2004 Press Release

2003 was a landmark year for Airbus, the year in which it became Number One.

With 305 deliveries in 2003, Airbus slightly exceeded its target of 300, and remains approximately at the same level as 2002 (303), despite the difficulties and uncertainties experienced in t

Management Changes Guy McLeod And Laurence Barron Switch Roles

6 January 2004 Press Release

Laurence Barron, currently Senior Vice President, Head of Asset Management, within Airbus? Customer Affairs directorate in Toulouse, has been appointed as President of Airbus China, succeeding Guy McLeod who will take over from Mr Barron in Toulouse. The exchange is effective as of the January 1, 20...

The first Airbus A330-200 long-range twin-jet for Livingston Aviation

19 December 2003 Press Release

Toulouse, 19 th December 2003: The first Airbus A330-200 long-range twin-jet for Livingston Aviation Group SpA, the Italian air transportation holding created in March 2003 and entirely owned by Ventaglio Group, has made its public debut at the manufacturer's main facility in To...

First Airbus A330-200 in Livingston Aviation Group?s colours presented to public

19 December 2003 Press Release

Toulouse, 19th December 2003: The first Airbus A330-200 long-range twin-jet for Livingston Aviation Group SpA, the Italian air transportation holding created in March 2003 and entirely owned by Ventaglio Group, has made its public debut at the manufacturer?s main facility in Toulouse, France. The ai...

Qantas Airways new low-cost carrier, Jetstar, has signed a contract with Airbus for 20 A320s and taken options on a further 40

17 December 2003 Press Release

Qantas Airways new low-cost carrier, Jetstar, has signed a contract with Airbus for 20 A320s and taken options on a further 40. Together with three leased A320s, Jetstar will operate an all-Airbus fleet of 23 Aircraft by mid 2005.

 Melbourne-based Jetstar will use its A320s on serv

Airbus and Remontowa: official delivery ceremony of the floating transfer station for the A380 transport programme

17 December 2003 Press Release

Gdansk, 17 December 2003 - Today celebrations took place in Gdansk between Airbus and Remontowa S.A in the presence of key Polish officials to mark the upcoming delivery of the Floating Transfer Station (FTS) to Pauillac-Bordeaux, France. Remontowa was contracted by SOCATRA on behalf of Airbus in Ap...

Jetstar orders Airbus A320 for low-cost carrier fleet

17 December 2003 Press Release

Qantas Airways? new low-cost carrier, Jetstar, has signed a contract with Airbus for 20 A320s and taken options on a further 40. Together with three leased A320s, Jetstar will operate an all-Airbus fleet of 23 Aircraft by mid 2005.

Melbourne-based Jetstar will use its A320s on services withi...

LanChile takes delivery of its first Airbus A319

15 December 2003 Press Release

Chilean flag carrier LanChile took delivery of its first A319 from Airbus. The airline already successfully operates a fleet of 14 A320s and four A340s. The arrival of the A319 at the carrier's base in Santiago represents a further step in LanChile's fleet modernisation plans. The A319 wil...

PMB confirms Airbus A380 purchase for Malaysia Airlines' operation

11 December 2003 Press Release

Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad (PMB), parent company of Malaysia Airlines, signed a firm contract for six A380-800 passenger aircraft with Airbus, firming up an earlier commitment announced in January this year.



Deliveries to PMB are scheduled to begin in 2007. The A380s will be operated by Ma...

First Airbus A310 to be used for in-flight refuelling makes its debut

9 December 2003 Press Release

The first Airbus A310 MRTT (Multi-Role Transport Tanker) converted for in-flight refuelling made its debut in Dresden, Germany, today. The German Air Force's A310 MRTT is currently the world's most modern aircraft to be used for in-flight refuelling. As a multi-role transport aircraft, it ...

Airbus will highlight its modern airliner family at the Dubai 2003 airshow

1 December 2003 Press Release

Airbus will highlight its modern airliner family at the Dubai 2003 airshow, with a strong presence involving no less than four of its aircraft.

 

 

Taking pride of place in the daily flying display will be the world's longest and most efficient long-haul aircraft, the A340-600, in

Airbus highlights modern aircraft at Dubai airshow

1 December 2003 Press Release

Airbus will highlight its modern airliner family at the Dubai 2003 airshow, with a strong presence involving no less than four of its aircraft.



Taking pride of place in the daily flying display will be the world's longest and most efficient long-haul aircraft, the A340-600, in Airbus ...

Sichuan Airlines orders four Airbus A319s

28 November 2003 Press Release

Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd. signed a contract with Airbus today for four A319s, becoming a new customer for the type. The aircraft, powered by IAE V2500 engines, are scheduled for delivery from 2004 to 2005.



The four A319s are part of the General Terms Agreement (GTA) signed on April 25 in B...

Aer Lingus firms up contract for Airbus A320s

26 November 2003 Press Release

Today the Irish low fare airline Aer Lingus signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of seven Airbus A320s to implement its European fleet simplification strategy. In addition to the purchased aircraft Aer Lingus has contracted to lease ten new A320s from International Lease Finance Corporatio...

Air Algérie orders Airbus A330-200 for fleet renewal

17 November 2003 Press Release

Air Algérie has signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of five widebody twin-engined A330-200s to renew its current widebody fleet. Delivery of the aircraft will begin in January 2005. The transaction is eligible for financial support from European Export Credit Agencies.



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Airbus delivers first A380 fuselage section from Spain

6 November 2003 Press Release

From Airbus&apos; Plant in Getafe, Spain, the first A380 fuselage section designed, developed and manufactured by Airbus in Spain will leave tomorrow morning to Hamburg, Germany, in an Airbus Beluga aircraft special transport.



With this delivery, that has been celebrated this morn...

Leading Japanese suppliers join Airbus A330/A340 programmes

5 November 2003 Press Release

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus announced today the participation of leading Japanese companies to the A330/A340 programmes. This participation expands the strong industrial cooperation on the A380, with a huge opportunity for further collaborations.



Noël Forgeard, President an...

The first wing for an A380, Airbus new large double deck aircraft, successfully completed a key milestone in its production

5 November 2003 Press Release

The first wing for an A380, Airbus? new large double deck aircraft, successfully

completed a key milestone in its production yesterday evening.  The port wing

for MSN001, the first flight test aircraft, was removed from its four-storey high

main assembly jig at Airbus? factory in Br

Airbus A380 celebrates major wing manufacturing milestone

5 November 2003 Press Release

The first wing for an A380, Airbus? new large double deck aircraft, successfully completed a key milestone in its production yesterday evening. The port wing for MSN001, the first flight test aircraft, was removed from its four-storey high main assembly jig at Airbus? factory in Broughton, North Wa...

Royal Air Maroc receives first Airbus aircraft, an A321

5 November 2003 Press Release

Royal Air Maroc entered a new era yesterday with the delivery of its first Airbus aircraft in Hamburg, an A321, thus joining the European manufacturer's worldwide customer base of some 200 customers and operators. The aircraft is the first of four single-aisle A321s firmly ordered by the Morocc...

Airbus Aircabin: new hall for A380 production officially opened

3 November 2003 Press Release

In a ceremonial act, the Airbus subsidiary Aircabin GmbH at Laupheim today officially opened its new production hall for the Airbus A380. From mid-2004 on, cabin equipment components and low pressure air ducts for the air conditioning system of the new Airbus A380 superjumbo will be manufactured her...

Emirates A340-500S to introduce new era in long-haul travel

24 October 2003 Press Release

Emirates is to become the first airline to operate the ultra-long range Airbus A340-500, beginning a new era in air travel, following the delivery of the aircraft today.



With the longest range of any airliner, the A340-500 allows the opening up of new non-stop routes ? such as from Dubai to...

Korean Air looks to the future with A380

23 October 2003 Press Release

Korean Air has confirmed that the A380 will play a significant role in its future growth plans by signing a firm contract for the purchase of five aircraft, plus three options. Korean Air will initially introduce the A380 on high density traffic routes from Seoul to the US west coast, with subsequen...

Airbus held a three-day free of charge training seminar for airline maintenance and engineering departments, in Istanbul.

22 October 2003 Press Release

In the framework of ongoing dialogue with its Turkish customers and operators, Airbus held a three-day free of charge training seminar for airline maintenance and engineering departments, in Istanbul

Airbus organises a customer support seminar in Istanbul

22 October 2003 Press Release

In the framework of ongoing dialogue with its Turkish customers and operators, Airbus held a three-day free of charge training seminar for airline maintenance and engineering departments, in Istanbul, from 20 to 22nd October. This event - an industry first in Turkey, took place at Turkish Airlines? ...

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