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Airbus A340 in first flight of "AWIATOR? programme

29 August 2003 Press Release

The flight demonstrations as part of the AWIATOR (Aircraft Wing with Advanced Technology Operation) technology programme have begun, using an Airbus A340-300 as the test bed aircraft.



The 80 million Euro programme, which is investigating future wing technologies, includes many other partner...

Start of A380 major component assembly in Hamburg

25 August 2003 Press Release

On Monday, Airbus started assembly work on the first A380 fuselage section in Hamburg. This will take place in the Major Component Assembly (MCA) hall, which has been specially built for this purpose and was inaugurated on 21 May in the presence of the Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. By the end...

Frontier Airlines orders 15 more A319

21 August 2003 Press Release

Consistent with its commitment to the Airbus A320 Family of aircraft and a with a Letter of Intent previously announced by the airline, U.S. low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines has placed a firm order for 15 new A319s. The Denver-based carrier currently operates 19 A319s and took delivery of the firs...

Airbus unveils first A380 centre wingbox

19 August 2003 Press Release

The first major section of the A380 ? the centre wingbox ? was unveiled today on the Airbus site of Nantes where it was produced. From a technical point of view, the structure, a key section of the aircraft located at the junction between the wings and the fuselage, is a world?s first, with over 40...

China's flag carrier Air China receives first A319

15 July 2003 Press Release

Air China, the flag carrier of the People?s Republic of China, has taken delivery of its first A319 at the Airbus delivery centre in Hamburg, Germany. This is the very first aircraft of the A320 Family ever delivered to Air China. The ferry flight will take the aircraft to Xiaoshan International Air...

Prime minister opens UK?s biggest new factory

4 July 2003 Press Release

A £350 million aerospace factory built for planemaker Airbus, was officially opened today by the Prime Minister

UK?s biggest new factory opens at Airbus, Broughton

4 July 2003 Press Release

A £350 million aerospace factory built for planemaker Airbus, will be officially opened today

SWISS will fly its first new A340-300 to Zurich

1 July 2003 Press Release

Swiss International Air Lines will fly its first Airbus A340-300, which was delivered last evening, from the manufacturer's delivery centre in Toulouse to its main base in Zurich, Switzerland, today.



The aircraft is the first of seven to be delivered to SWISS this year and meets the a...

EVA air takes delivery of first A330-200

27 June 2003 Press Release

EVA Air of Taiwan has taken delivery of the first of ten A330-200 aircraft, becoming a new Airbus operator and the first A330-200 operator in Taiwan.



Powered by General Electric CF6-80E1A3 engines, the ten A330-200s - eight leased from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and two purchased ...

Iberia takes delivery of its first A340-600

25 June 2003 Press Release

Iberia took delivery today in Toulouse of its first new A340-600. This aircraft, named "Gaudi" after the famous Spanish Catalan architect, is part of a first order of three, which will be followed by another five with planned deliveries between 2004 and 2006. The ultra-long range, high capacity airc...

Le Bourget airshow 2003 comes to a close

20 June 2003 Press Release

Le Bourget airshow in Paris finished on a high note for Airbus in 2003.



Commenting on Airbus' success, Airbus President and CEO, Noel Forgeard, said: "We have achieved a lot this year, consequently Le Bourget has been full of activity. Most significantly, we have announced orders and ...

Low-cost operator Transgulf Express chooses Airbus

19 June 2003 Press Release

Transgulf Express, the first low-cost airline based in the Middle East, has today decided to become an Airbus operator for the "no frills" flights that it will begin offering to destinations in the Middle East and India, beginning this autumn.



An agreement between Transgulf Express and GATX...

Airbus Recognises its suppliers excellent performance in customer support

19 June 2003 Press Release

Today, at the Le Bourget airshow Airbus rewarded its top ten suppliers for their commitment and continued product quality during the supplier support awards ceremony.



The top ten Airbus suppliers are presented with awards in two categories. This year four of them will be awarded for 'E...

Qatar Airways to expand with an all-Airbus fleet

19 June 2003 Press Release

Qatar Airways has announced its intention to acquire 32 Airbus aircraft - including 14 options - to modernise and expand its fleet, as part of a deal that is the largest in its history. The deal comprises two A321s, eight A330-200s, six A330-300s - plus options on a further six A330s - and two A340-...

Korean Air goes for Airbus A380

18 June 2003 Press Release

Korean Air today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus to acquire up to eight Airbus A380-800 passenger aircraft (five firm orders and three options).



With Korean Air's selection, Airbus has now 129 orders and commitments from 11 customers for the A380 programme. Built to ...

Airline passengers prefer A320 Family in major survey

18 June 2003 Press Release

The Airbus A320 Family aircraft is the preferred choice of 57 per cent of airline customers, a survey of single-aisle aircraft passengers has revealed. This is 33 per cent higher than its nearest competitor.



Skytrax, the London based aviation research organisation, conducted a survey betwee...

Airbus enhances customer service with ?Customised Spares Logistics? and ?Customised Lead Time Extended Range?

17 June 2003 Press Release

During the 2nd Airbus Transport Logistics Conference in Hamburg, Germany, Airbus today announced major upgrades to its customer services activities in the field of spare parts by introducing a "Customised Spares Logistics" service and by expanding its Customised Lead Time (CLT) programme to CLT EXTE...

Emirates orders 41 additional Airbus aircraft

16 June 2003 Press Release

Emirates has ordered 41 additional Airbus aircraft, comprising two A340-500s, 18 A340-600s and 21 A380s, in the largest single order ever placed by the airline. In addition, Emirates will lease two A340-600s and and two A380s from ILFC.



Adding to six previously ordered A340-500s and 22 A380...

Aigle Azur becomes new Airbus operator introducing the first A321 aircraft on its Paris-Algiers route

14 June 2003 Press Release

Aigle Azur, the French airline of Go Fast Group, has today become an Airbus operator for the first time, with the introduction of an A321, leased from GATX, on its Paris-Algiers route.



Aigle Azur will use its CFM56 powered A321 to serve its regular, twice-daily Paris-Algiers route. The air...

First Airbus engineering centre opens in Russia

First Airbus engineering centre opens in Russia
3 June 2003 Press Release

The new engineering centre of Airbus in Russia, ECAR, which has been created jointly with the Kaskol Group was officially opened today in Moscow in the presence of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Aleshin. This is Airbus' first engineering facility in Europe outside its home countries. The ceremo...

Airbus expands network of Japanese partners in the A380 programme: Bridgestone, Mitsubishi Rayon Join, ShinMaywa gets second contract

3 June 2003 Press Release

Bridgestone Corporation and Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. announced today that they are joining the club of other Japanese manufacturers which have become partners on the A380 programme. They both have agreed to supply new technology equipment and advanced materials for the next-generation super jumbo ...

Airbus at Le Bourget 2003

3 June 2003 Press Release

Having obtained more than 150 new orders during the first five months of the year, Airbus comes to the Paris International Air Show (15-22 June) at the Le Bourget Airport, after an active beginning of the year thus far for the company despite troubled times. Airbus' achievements included the ce...

Airbus backs the construction of the Peace Tower

27 May 2003 Press Release

In the context of the sound and unflagging ties that it fosters with Russia and its aeronautical sector, Airbus has decided to associate itself with Saint Petersburg's tercentenary celebrations by, among other things, taking part in the construction of the Peace Tower in Siennaya Square. Design...

Final go-ahead for A400M military airlifter

27 May 2003 Press Release

The most ambitious European military procurement programme ever undertaken was launched today with the signature of the contract for the purchase of 180 A400M military transport aircraft.



The future military airlifter, chosen by seven European NATO nations to equip their air forces, is now ...

Airbus and Mariinsky Theatre congratulate the people of Saint Petersburg on the 300th anniversary of their city

25 May 2003 Press Release

Within the framework of its long-standing partnership with Russia, Airbus, the European leading aircraft manufacturer, is pleased to participate in the celebration of the 300th anniversary of St Petersburg together with the Mariinsky Theatre, the world renowned Russian musical institution, during th...

A318 is certificated as newest and smallest Airbus aircraft

A318 is certificated as newest and smallest Airbus aircraft
23 May 2003 Press Release

Airbus' A318, the newest and smallest addition to the world's most modern airliner family, was certificated today by the European Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA), at a ceremony held in Hamburg, Germany.



Approval covers the CFM International CFM56-5B powered version of the new 100-120...

Airbus' A380 major component assembly hall in Hamburg inaugurated by German Chancellor

Airbus? A380 major component assembly hall in Hamburg inaugurated by German Chancellor
21 May 2003 Press Release

The new A380 Major Component Assembly (MCA) hall was officially opened today in the presence of the German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder at the Airbus site in Hamburg. The ceremony, hosted by Airbus President and CEO Noël Forgeard, was also attended by Ole von Beust, First Major of the Free and Hansea...

A400M engine decision

6 May 2003 Press Release

Following a full and thorough evaluation of the engine manufacturers' proposals, Airbus Military has today announced that the engine selected to power the A400M will be the TP400-D6, to be developed and manufactured by EPI (EuroProp International), a European consortium.



The chosen en...

Airbus maintains 300 aircraft delivery target

25 April 2003 Press Release

Following the newswire reports of today, Airbus communicates that its 300 aircraft delivery target for 2003 is, at this stage, confirmed.



This figure carries a higher degree of risk than a few weeks ago, however, when the SARS epidemic was unknown.



Airbus is an EADS joint Co...

Chinese airlines order 30 Airbus aircraft

25 April 2003 Press Release

The China Aviation Supplies Imp. & Exp. Group Corporation (CASGC) signed a General Terms Agreement (GTA) with Airbus today in Beijing for a firm bulk order of 30 Airbus aircraft, scheduled for delivery from 2004.



Under the agreement, these 30 aircraft, including 4 A330s, 16 A319s and 1...

JetBlue places order for 65 Airbus A320s

24 April 2003 Press Release

New York low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways has placed an order for a further 65 firm Airbus A320 aircraft, plus options for an additional 50 A320s. The newly ordered aircraft will be delivered starting in 2004 and running through 2011. Each will feature IAE V2500 engines, paralleling the rest of JetB...

PrivatAir receives its first Airbus A319

22 April 2003 Press Release

Business aviation specialist PrivatAir has received its first Airbus A319 at the Airbus delivery centre in Hamburg, Germany. This is the first Airbus aircraft in PrivatAir's fleet, making the airline a new Airbus operator. The aircraft delivered now is the first of four A320 Family aircraft tha...

Thomas Cook Airlines receives first new A320 for its UK fleet

16 April 2003 Press Release

Thomas Cook Airlines took delivery today of the first new Airbus A320 that has been purchased for its UK fleet. This A320 will be operated from London Gatwick and Manchester airports, and will serve holiday destinations around the Mediterranean. The aircraft joins a fleet of 23 Airbus A320s aircraft...

Airbus fleet changes at US Airways to boost airline's strength

7 April 2003 Press Release

Following US Airways' successful emergence from bankruptcy protection (March 31, 2003) and months of coordination between customer and manufacturer, Airbus has worked with the airline to complete a restructuring plan to assist the Arlington, Virginia carrier in best accommodating the current in...

Avion Capital: a new financing tool for Airbus

4 April 2003 Press Release

Airbus, CIT Group Inc., Crédit Agricole Indosuez (CAI) and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) announce the creation of Avion Capital Limited. This new joint venture company will provide, on a non-exclusive basis, financing, in the form of finance leases or long term loans, at market rates for Airb...

Iberia increases A340-600 order

2 April 2003 Press Release

Iberia has signed a contract with Airbus for the acquisition of 12 A340-600s (five firm and seven options), bringing to 15 its acquisition of Airbus' latest and largest airliner to date. This confirms a decision announced by the Spanish flag carrier at the end of January, following a long and i...

Egyptair orders seven A330-200s from Airbus

1 April 2003 Press Release

Egyptair has signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of seven A330-200s, the unquestioned leader in its category. This is the first A330 acquisition by Egyptair which already operates a large Airbus fleet. Deliveries for the aircraft are scheduled to begin in June 2004.

The Egyptian f...

Martinair receives first new Airbus A320 in the Netherlands

28 March 2003 Press Release

Dutch airline Martinair received its first Airbus A320 today, becoming the first operator of new A320s in the Netherlands. The aircraft are leased from Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE) and will allow the airline to further expand its international network into holiday destinations around...

Aircalin signs Airbus A320 deal

25 March 2003 Press Release

Aircalin (Air Caledonie International) has signed a contract with Airbus for an A320, becoming a new customer for the type. It will receive the A320 in early 2004, and plans to use it on flights from New Caledonia to Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, including Wallis and Futuna.


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PrivatAir selects A319 long-range for Lufthansa flights

19 March 2003 Press Release

Business aviation specialist PrivatAir has selected the A319 Long-Range for the nonstop, scheduled, international transatlantic service that it will operate on behalf of Lufthansa, becoming another launch customer for this new way of using the aircraft.



PrivatAir will take delivery of the f...

Garuda Indonesia receives Airbus operational reliability award

18 March 2003 Press Release

Garuda Indonesia received an Airbus award for operational reliability for its fleet of A330 aircraft at an official ceremony in Jakarta today. The airline currently operates a fleet of six A330 aircraft, which are deployed on the carrier?s regional network. The first A330 was delivered to Garuda Ind...

Statement by Noël Forgeard, Pesident and CEO of Airbus

17 March 2003 Press Release

Following the death of Jean-Luc Lagardère, Noël Forgeard, President and CEO of Airbus made the following statement:

 

"On behalf of all at Airbus as well as personally, I pay my deepest respects to the memory of Jean-Luc Lagardère, a remarkable entrepreneur whose stature dominated the French and Euro...

JetBlue signs C$28M deal with Airbus and CAE

13 March 2003 Press Release

Toronto ? JetBlue Airways has signed a three-year agreement for training services with Airbus (Paris Stock Exchange: EAD) and CAE (NYSE: CGT; TSX: CAE), and will acquire three CAE-supplied flight training devices (FTD). The total value of the contracts, including training within the Airbus-CAE coope...

Airbus aircraft enter widespread service with e-mail access

12 March 2003 Press Release

Airbus aircraft with a Tenzing-developed means for passengers to send and receive emails in-flight have entered widespread airline service, marking the start of a new era in aircraft connectivity.



Cathay Pacific Airways, in partnership with Hong Kong Internet service provider PCCW NETVIGATO...

Airbus statement on US Airways delayed payments

4 March 2003 Press Release

Following the information published in the media about the US Airways failed payments due on 23 Airbus aircraft, Airbus would like to make these precise comments:



1. The amount of $44.5 million mentioned in the press reports corresponds to total payments due by the airline on March 3 to all...

Airbus and Tenzing achieve breakthrough in low-cost airborne e-mail

24 February 2003 Press Release

TOULOUSE, France (February 24, 2003) ? Airbus and Tenzing today unveiled the next step in their evolutionary approach to in-flight internet access, announcing the successful completion of the first full-scale test of Tenzing email services using the INMARSAT Swift 64 service over a standard high-gai...

Airbus receives Japanese state-of-the-art technology contribution for A380: Yokogawa Electric, Casio Computers, and Makino Milling Machines

19 February 2003 Press Release

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus announced today the participation of three more leading Japanese companies in the A380 programme. Yokogawa Electric Corporation, Casio Computers Co. Ltd., and Makino Milling Machines Co. Ltd. have agreed to supply equipment for the next-generation super jum...

Air Pacific selects the Airbus A330-300

18 February 2003 Press Release

Air Pacific has decided to acquire two Airbus A330-300s and has taken options on two more, becoming a new customer for the market-leading A330/A340 Family. Deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled to begin in 2005.

Air Pacific will initially use the A330s on routes to Australia, Japan and Ne...

Middle East Airlines takes delivery of first A321 from Airbus

17 February 2003 Press Release

Middle East Airlines (MEA) of Lebanon has taken delivery of the first of six A321s scheduled for delivery during the year 2003 from Airbus. As part of a ceremony held in Toulouse in the presence of His Excellency, Lebanese Minister of Transport Najib Mikati, the A321 was handed over to Middle East A...

JetBlue orders two more A320S: new order comes on heels of airline's third birthday

11 February 2003 Press Release

New York low-fare carrier JetBlue Airways has signed a contract converting two A320 options to two A320 firm orders, bringing its total number of A320s on order to 78, including those already delivered. Deliveries of these newly ordered aircraft are scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year (200...

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