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An Airbus and EADS flashmob at Farnborough asks job seekers to “join us, now”

12 July 2012 Feature story

The Farnborough Airshow literally moved to the beat of Airbus and its EADS parent company today as an afternoon flashmob promoting their large-scale recruitment initiatives became the centre of attention.

 More than 400 Airbus and EADS employees wearing brightly-colored shirts marked with the ...

Airbus’ renewable fuel strategy calls for energy sources around the globe

12 July 2012 Feature story

Airbus’ commitment to developing innovative alternative fuel sources in support of a sustainable air transport industry was underscored by company managers at this week’s Farnborough Airshow. 

“We see biofuels as so important that we want to be right in the center of the industry,” said Keith ...

Airbus’ A340 being used for testing volcanic ash detection system

12 July 2012 Feature story

New equipment to detect atmospheric volcanic ash is being flown on Airbus’ A340-300 testbed aircraft, demonstrating sensor technology that could help airliners avoid potentially hazardous encounters with plumes created when volcanoes erupt.

This testing began on 4 July, and is the result of a teami...

The A380 arrives at Farnborough with its message of love

12 July 2012 Feature story

This week’s Farnborough Airshow became the modern day version of an aviation industry love-in, as Airbus’ development A380 aircraft arrived with its “Love at first flight” message.

Touching down on Farnborough Airport’s main runway at 8:15 a.m., the aircraft now becomes part of Airbus’ presence at ...

Key airline routes see double, triple, and more daily services with the A380

11 July 2012 Feature story

The A380’s commercial and operational success is spurring airlines to schedule multiple daily flights – in some cases three, four, five or even six frequencies – on key routes with the Airbus flagship jetliner.

An example is the A380 deployment strategy at Emirates, which is the largest operator to...

A Farnborough Airshow focus for Airbus: future engineers and the engineers of the future

11 July 2012 Feature story

Airbus is utilising this week’s Farnborough International Airshow to promote its broad range of employment opportunities as the company seeks to hire some 4,000 new recruits in 2012. 

Ensuring diversity within the ranks of these new hires is one priority, with approximately 40 per cent of the ...

A fast-growing Chinese leasing company builds its future with Airbus

11 July 2012 Feature story

Airbus jetliners are to become a significant portion of the China Aircraft Leasing Company’s (CALC) portfolio based on this Hong Kong-based company’s latest commercial commitment, signed today at the Farnborough Airshow.

During a morning press conference, a memorandum of understanding was inked for...

Supplier performance is recognised for companies that provide the “puzzle pieces” for Airbus aircraft

11 July 2012 Feature story

The construction of an Airbus aircraft is much like putting together a puzzle, according to Didier Lux, Executive Vice President - Customer Services.  Each of the countless pieces is crucial, he explains, and all must fit perfectly for everything to come together in meeting the high standards f...

Airbus’ fuel-efficiency “hunter” comes to the Farnborough Airshow

11 July 2012 Feature story

A sleek new aircraft profile was added to the Farnborough Airshow as Airbus’ first production A320 with fuel-saving Sharkets arrived for an appearance at the aerospace industry event.

With the words: “Hunting down fuel burned” emblazoned on its fuselage, the A320 joined the Malaysia Airlines A...

Upgrade Services help airbus airline operators keep pace with market trends

10 July 2012 Feature story

Airbus is committed to offering products and services that allow its jetliners to remain competitive and profitable well after they are delivered to customers.

With the steady increase in technology available during recent years, today’s aircraft are more refined in terms of cabin outfitting, elect...

Airbus’ new Ipad app brings the advantages of consumer electronics to the cockpit

10 July 2012 Feature story

For decades, airline pilots could be recognized by the well-worn leather flight bags they carried, which were filled with paper charts, printed maps and thick manuals.

This image is becoming a thing of the past, thanks to the efforts of Airbus and others in creating the “electronic flight bag” – in...

The “irresistible” A350-1000 receives a major boost from Cathay Pacific

10 July 2012 Feature story

Cathay Pacific gave a significant endorsement to the A350-1000 version of Airbus’ next–generation jetliner family today, announcing acquisition decisions that will make it the largest customer for this longest-fuselage version of the A350 XWB family.

During a Farnborough Airshow press conference, t...

Innovation zone to promote aviation’s latest technologies

9 July 2012 Feature story

Airbus innovation has landed at the Farnborough International Airshow in the form of a dedicated pavilion that promotes the wide range of new technologies and research being developed within the aviation industry. 

A focal point of Airbus’ programme at the Innovation Zone exhibit – located bet...

Extending the A330’s market leadership with more payload and range

9 July 2012 Feature story

Improvements to the twin-engine A330 – including integration of technology developed for Airbus’ new A350 – will further expand the operating range and payload capability of this long-popular jetliner by boosting its maximum takeoff weight to 240 metric tonnes.

Formal launch of the increased-range ...

Malaysia airlines’ no. 2 A380 makes a starring appearance at the farnborough airshow

9 July 2012 Feature story

The presence of a Malaysia Airlines A380 at this week’s Farnborough Airshow is particularly appropriate – spotlighting the carrier’s service introduction with Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner between nearby London Heathrow Airport and its home city of Kuala Lumpur. 

Participat...

Aviation industry “buzz” on airbus’ u.s. a320 family production line decision comes to the u.k.

8 July 2012 Feature story

The talk of the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow is Airbus’ milestone decision to create a U.S. final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama for its best-selling A320 Family jetliners – a strategy that was announced last week.

This game-changing move was being celebrated even before the biennial U....

JetBlue Airways brings a highly symbolic jetliner to the future home of Airbus’ U.S. A320 Family final assembly line

3 July 2012 Feature story

Only hours after Airbus announced its historic decision to develop the U.S. A320 Family final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama, a “first” aircraft already was being presented at the future Brookley Aeroplex production site.

In their own words: Customers and suppliers applaud Airbus’ U.S. A320 Family final assembly line decision

2 July 2012 Feature story

The following comments provide examples of airline and industry supplier reaction to Airbus’ announcement of its new A320 Family final assembly line in the United States, to be located at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama: 

Richard Anderson, CEO, Delta Air Lines:“Delta is one of t...

Airbus and Mobile, Alabama: Continuing a successful relationship

2 July 2012 Feature story

The new A320 Family final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama will expand on an already-successful Airbus presence at the city’s Brookley Aeroplex facility – where a growing company team has been providing hands-on engineering support for the A380, A330 and A350 XWB programs.

The A320 Family final assembly line opens a new chapter in Brookley Aeroplex’s aviation history

2 July 2012 Feature story

Mobile, Alabama’s Brookley Aeroplex site for the new Airbus A320 Family final assembly line has a long aviation tradition, with historic ties that date to the early days of manned flight.

Bringing value to customers and supporting the American industrial base with “made in U.S.” aircraft

2 July 2012 Feature story

Airbus’ A320 Family final assembly line at Mobile, Alabama will build on the success of two other aircraft production programs in the United States with its EADS parent company, both located at a purpose-built helicopter center of excellence created in the neighboring state of Mississippi.

Brookley Aeroplex’s infrastructure will facilitate the production of A320 Family aircraft in the U.S.

2 July 2012 Feature story

The future home of Airbus’ U.S. A320 Family final assembly line is strategically positioned to benefit from water, road, rail and air links – facilitating the company’s first-ever production of jetliners on American soil.

Protecting the innovations of tomorrow

25 June 2012 Feature story

Airbus is putting greater emphasis on protecting – and when appropriate, promoting – its diverse range of company-developed technological advances and innovations with an optimised new system now in place for effectively managing intellectual property.

To confirm that all ideas and concep...

Airbus enhances aircraft ownership through customer support

25 June 2012 Feature story

Airbus is committed to assisting its customers through all aspects of aircraft ownership.  In support of this philosophy, the company has been working to expand the services offered for the in-service fleet of more than 6,700 Airbus aircraft making 21,000 flights each day, as well as offering a...

New A320 Family seating option delivers “extra wide” passenger comfort

18 June 2012 Feature story

Continuing its philosophy to provide the most comfortable in-flight experience for passengers, Airbus is now offering Extra Wide Seats on its industry-leading A320 Family jetliners – providing adequate space for those who need it, while giving airline operators a new method to generate additional re...

Airbus supports greener aviation with new demonstrations of “the perfect flight”

12 June 2012 Feature story

As part of its on-going commitment to enhancing the aviation sector’s environmental performance, Airbus is championing “the perfect flight” as an effective means for achieving short-term eco-efficiency goals as a bridge to break-through technologies that are years away from becoming a reality.

Qantas A380 to resume operational service

25 April 2012 Feature story

Qantas is preparing for the re-entry into service of its first A380, the Nancy Bird Walton, following a highly successful repair/rebuild programme that underscores the effectiveness and reactivity of Airbus’ global engineering network. 

This comprehensive effort addressed damage resulting from...

Airbus showcases cabin innovations for its next-generation A350 XWB

30 March 2012 Feature story

The A350 XWB’s advanced cabin took centre stage at the 2012 Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, where Airbus presented a number of modular and efficient design solutions for its next-generation widebody jetliner family.

Airbus in Latin America: building on a record commercial performance

28 March 2012 Feature story

The A380’s current headline-making demonstration tour across Latin America follows a record-breaking regional sales performance by Airbus in 2011, during which the company received new orders for 100 commercial jetliners.

Trending topic: A380 tour has Latin American region talking

27 March 2012 Feature story

Airbus’ 21st century flagship A380 is generating a significant “buzz” in Latin America as this widebody jetliner continues its multi-city demonstration tour through the dynamic market.

During the tour’s first two stops – Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil – the aircraft was greeted by enthusias...

The A380 and A400M share the spotlight on FIDAE’s opening day

27 March 2012 Feature story

Airbus today kicked off its participation during the Latin American market’s largest air show, FIDAE (Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio) in Santiago de Chile – highlighted by an opening day flight presentation of the company’s 21st century flagship A380. 

The double-deck jetliner is b...

Air travel in Latin America to be boosted by a strong economy

26 March 2012 Feature story

Latin America’s dynamic economy is expected to create a tripling of the region’s air traffic during the next 20 years, driving the demand through 2030 for over 2,000 new aircraft with seating capacities of more than 100 passengers – according to the Airbus Global Market Forecast.

The A380’s Latin American tour debuts in a key market for Airbus aircraft

24 March 2012 Feature story

Brazil, which is welcoming the A380 demonstrator aircraft on the first stops of its Latin American tour this month, is a key country market for Airbus jetliners.

Latin America welcomes the A380 on a multi-city tour that mirrors another historic Airbus visit

22 March 2012 Feature story

This month’s A380 multi-city tour of Latin America comes nearly 40 years after the milestone visit by another revolutionary Airbus jetliner– the no. 1 A300, which made stopovers in Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico during September-October 1973.

Flying the world: A380s carry more than 1 million passengers every month

20 March 2012 Feature story

The A380’s arrival in Latin America this week for a multi-country demonstration tour comes as the 21st century Airbus flagship jetliner confirms its operational success with a growing in-service fleet worldwide.

Handover of the 80th Chinese-produced A320 Family jetliner

16 March 2012 Feature story

Airbus today delivered the 80th aircraft produced on its A320 Family final assembly line in Tianjin, China, further underscoring continued success of the company’s globalisation strategy. 

The milestone jetliner was received by carrier Air China, which operates one of the largest A320 Family f...

Fuel savings measures are validated in three projects with Airbus involvement

9 March 2012 Feature story

Three Airbus-supported projects in the Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions (AIRE) have demonstrated how improved ground operations and air traffic management procedures can contribute to reductions in fuel consumption for the air transport industry.

Lufthansa A321 passenger flights demonstrate the practicality of bio-fuels

6 March 2012 Feature story

The wide-reaching benefits of alternative aviation fuels were underscored in the world’s first long-term passenger service evaluations performed by Lufthansa using a bio-fuel/kerosene mix with an A321 jetliner, and supported by Airbus.

Airbus looks to meet industry demand for more complex aircraft liveries

5 March 2012 Feature story

As aircraft liveries trend toward bolder and more intricate designs, Airbus is advancing development of an innovative computer-based system for effectively “printing” complicated graphics directly onto an aircraft’s surface.

Airbus supports safer aircraft landings with ELISE

24 February 2012 Feature story

A new specialised consulting service offered by Airbus will help improve the safety of landing operations at airports around the world, leveraging the capabilities of its advanced ELISE (Exact Landing Interference Simulation Environment) software.

Airbus and Singapore: Industry leaders with a vision of the future

17 February 2012 Feature story

As with Airbus, Singapore has always taken a forward-looking approach to the development of air transportation – which contributes to the country’s position as a world-class aviation hub.

From an infrastructure point of view, Singapore is aligned with Airbus on the need to build air traffic ma...

Virtual reality supports the A350 XWB’s design and development

17 February 2012 Feature story

Innovation has always been at the forefront of Airbus’ leadership, and the company is now gaining further benefit from innovative concepts that originate within its EADS parent company.

One example displayed at the Singapore Airshow is the RHEA (Realistic Human Ergonomic Analysis) development tool,...

A new operational life for “mature” A330s as converted freighters

17 February 2012 Feature story

Airbus will expand its freighter family portfolio with the A330P2F conversion, modifying A330s that have completed their useful operational service as passenger jetliners for new careers as cargo aircraft.

This conversion programme, unveiled during the Singapore Airshow, brings together the resourc...

Airbus will build on the A330’s success

16 February 2012 Feature story

In its daily service with a growing number of customers worldwide – including operators throughout the Asia-Pacific region – the A330 is living up to its motto: “The right aircraft, right now.”

This twin-engine workhorse is utilised in a full range of applications, from regional passenger flights a...

The Asia-Pacific region will welcome more A380s in 2012

16 February 2012 Feature story

The A380 will become an increasingly familiar sight in the skies over Asia-Pacific as two more of this region’s carriers add the 21st century flagship jetliner to their fleets in 2012.

Having begun its commercial operations in Asia-Pacific with Singapore Airlines in 2007, the A380 today is flown on...

Broadening the services capability is a priority for Airbus

16 February 2012 Feature story

Airbus has marked a new milestone in the company’s strategy to expand its services offer, adding a key customer for the Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) solution.

At this week’s Singapore Airshow, the SIA Engineering Company signed for implementation of the AMI service – becoming its inaugural Asia-P...

Airbus jetliners continue to make their mark in the Asia-Pacific region

16 February 2012 Feature story

Asia-Pacific continues as one of the top geographic markets for Airbus as the area’s airlines expand and modernise their fleets with a full range of jetliners in the company’s product line – from its best-selling A320 Family to the 21st century flagship A380. 

This region accounted for half of...

TaxiBot set to usher in a new era of airport taxiing

15 February 2012 Feature story

The need to use an aircraft’s main engines during ground taxi at airports may be eliminated with the innovative new “TaxiBot” tractor, which currently is under development by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in close cooperation with Airbus.

Airbus "talks the talk" on environmental efficiency

15 February 2012 Feature story

Airbus’ commitment as a leader in reducing the air transport industry’s environmental impact is being highlighted during daily presentations by company managers at the Singapore Airshow’s “Green Pavilion” exhibit.

Its corporate strategy – which is based on a life-cycle approach encompassing the ful...

The Asian region remains a dynamic market for Airbus Corporate Jets

15 February 2012 Feature story

Asia will continue to be one of the fastest-growing markets for Airbus Corporate Jets, with sales of five aircraft or more per year forecasted based on demand throughout the region.

“In addition to continued activity in China, we are keeping our eyes on India and other countries such as Indonesia, ...

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