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MINT flights demonstrate fuel savings of 165 kg - leading to more than 500 kg reduction in CO2 emissions per landing

MINT flights demonstrate fuel savings of 165 kg - leading to more than 500 kg reduction in CO2 emissions per landing
25 November 2009 Feature story

A series of A321 demonstration flights into Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport have revealed positive results for the MINT (Minimum CO2 in Terminal Manoeuvring Area) project, which aims to improve air transport’s eco-efficiency through better air traffic management.

A320 Family benefits from new wing option

A320 Family benefits from new wing option
23 November 2009 Feature story

The latest Airbus innovation in wing aerodynamic enhancements, called Sharklets, are to result in reduced fuel burn and carbon emissions for Airbus’ benchmark A320 Family.

Airbus Corporate Jet Centre creates first VIP kit for multi-mission A320

Airbus Corporate Jet Centre creates first VIP kit for multi-mission A320
23 November 2009 Feature story

The Airbus Corporate Jet Centre has expanded its range of products with development of a new A320 VIP kit, which will enable the dual-role capability to transport VIPs or passengers.

The "Extended Enterprise" introduces an optimised way of working with Airbus and its supply chain

18 November 2009 Feature story

A key element in the company's evolving relationship with suppliers, Airbus' new "Extended Enterprise" approach will lead to more efficient development and production for the A350 XWB and future aircraft.

Hamburg event proves it pays to save energy at Airbus

Hamburg event proves it pays to save energy at Airbus
5 November 2009 Feature story

Energy Days at Airbus’ Hamburg, Germany site promoted the responsible use of electrical power with simple suggestions, new ideas and unique devices.

First A380 transatlantic flights from Europe to North America will begin this month

First A380 transatlantic flights from Europe to North America will begin this month
3 November 2009 Feature story

Paris-to-New York service with Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner will be inaugurated later this month by Air France, which received its initial A380 on October 30.

Tailored services package for Airbus Corporate Jet operators is created by the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre

27 October 2009 Feature story

Building on its reputation as the specialist in Airbus Corporate Jet cabin completions, the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre is offering an innovative new services package designed for ACJ customers.

Airbus’ algae summit explores future of bio-fuels

Airbus’ algae summit explores future of bio-fuels
12 October 2009 Feature story

More than 600 delegates gathered at the Airbus-sponsored Algae Biomass Summit in the United States to explore the potential of algae – a promising base material for the manufacture of eco-friendly bio-fuels.

A330-200F launch times well with freighter market rebound

8 October 2009 Feature story

Airbus' A330-200F was highlighted at this year's Cargo Facts symposium as the modern, efficient, and eco-friendly solution for air freight as the market recovers from the recession.

Chinese training centre expands its offerings

6 October 2009 Feature story

As the demand for maintenance mechanics and other aviation personnel grows in China, the Airbus/CASC Hua-Ou Aviation Training Centre joint venture is responding with online programmes and English language instruction.

Airbus Military North America inaugurates new facility in Mobile, Alabama

Airbus Military North America inaugurates new facility in Mobile, Alabama
1 October 2009 Feature story

Airbus Military North America’s new 30,000 square-foot facility at the Mobile Regional Airport will improve support for the C-212 and CN-235 tactical multi-mission aircraft..

Wing demonstrator validates A350 XWB production techniques

29 September 2009 Feature story

The "demo box 2" wing demonstrator - which is more than 60 per cent of the actual A350 XWB wing's final size - is helping validate the manufacturing methods for Airbus' next-generation jetliner.

Airbus' Russian engineering centre emerges as a model for success

18 September 2009 Feature story

Making its mark with contributions to new aircraft development, Airbus' state-of-the-art engineering centre in Moscow is demonstrating the benefits of the company's globalisation strategy.

Successful production ramp-up continues for Airbus' Chinese Final Assembly Line

17 September 2009 Feature story

Airbus' Chinese Final Assembly Line remains on track to hand over 11 A320 Family aircraft to customers this year as the Tianjin facility marks its first delivery of two aircraft in a single month.

Europe-U.S. scheduled service with the A380 to be introduced by Air France in November

Europe-U.S. scheduled service with the A380 to be introduced by Air France in November
11 September 2009 Feature story

Air France will inaugurate A380 flights between Paris and New York in November, marking the jetliner’s first scheduled transatlantic service between Europe and the U.S.

American Airlines retires its A300 fleet

10 September 2009 Feature story

After 21 years of operations, the final A300 has been phased out of service with American Airlines. The carrier acquired 35 aircraft for flights to the Caribbean and Central/South America.

The end of an era: American Airlines retires its A300s

The end of an era: American Airlines retires its A300s
10 September 2009 Feature story

The final A300 in American Airlines' fleet has been phased out, completing 21 years of service on routes from the U.S. t the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

Brazil’s TAM receives milestone 4,000th Airbus A320 Family aircraft

Brazil’s TAM receives milestone 4,000th Airbus A320 Family aircraft
28 August 2009 Feature story

Brazilian flag carrier TAM has taken delivery of the 4,000th A320 Family aircraft – an A319 – at the final assembly facility in Hamburg, Germany.

The AirVenture air show bids farewell to the A380

The AirVenture air show bids farewell to the A380
31 July 2009 Feature story

The A380 wrapped up its AirVenture air show appearance with an aerial salute to the hundreds of thousands of attendees who provided an overwhelmingly enthusiastic welcome to Airbus’ 21st century jetliner during its visit to the world’s greatest aviation celebration.

AirVenture Oshkosh air show highlights the Airbus A380 flight test team

AirVenture Oshkosh air show highlights the Airbus A380 flight test team
29 July 2009 Feature story

The A380 wrapped up its AirVenture air show appearance with an aerial salute to the hundreds of thousands of attendees who provided an overwhelmingly enthusiastic welcome to Airbus’ 21st century jetliner during its visit to “the world’s greatest aviation celebration.”

Airbus underscores the importance of its U.S. supplier base

Airbus underscores the importance of its U.S. supplier base
24 July 2009 Feature story

U.S. suppliers will continue to play a vital supporting role in Airbus' jetliner production as the company manages its output in today's challenging market conditions and prepares for the global recovery that is to follow.

Airbus signs five-year support package with Czech Air Force to support Presidential and VIP aircraft

14 July 2009 Feature story

The Czech Air Force's A319CJ fleet will be backed by a five year Flight Hour Services-Tailored Support Package (FHS-TSP) agreement that provides full component and engineering support, along with engine care, trend monitoring and heavy maintenance.

Two new international A380 routes opened by Emirates

3 June 2009 Feature story

The worldwide network of A380 scheduled routes was expanded with Emirates' 1 June deployment of the 21st century Airbus flagship aircraft on service to Bangkok, Thailand and Toronto, Canada.

Airbus aims to increase A380 productivity with electrical wiring bracket plan

18 May 2009 Feature story

An action plan to improve the installation of A380 electrical wiring harness brackets - which can number as many as 60,000-80,000 per aircraft - will provide significant production improvements for the 21st century Airbus flagship jetliner.

The A330/A340 Family jetliners benefit from lower maintenance costs

16 April 2009 Feature story

Optimisation of scheduled maintenance programme intervals for A330/A340 Family jetliners has resulted in improvements in maintenance costs for these Airbus aircraft, which also contributes to their efficiency.

Airbus recognises four at 20th Annual Women in Aviation International Conference

15 April 2009 Feature story

This year's Women in Aviation International (WAI) conference in Atlanta, Georgia provided Airbus the opportunity to honour two aviation students with $5,000 Airbus Leadership grants and award A320 type rating scholarships to two female pilots.

Eco-efficiency initiatives are showcased at the 2009 Aviation & Environment Summit

2 April 2009 Feature story

The contributions of Airbus toward improving aviation industry eco-efficiency is being highlighted at the Aviation & Environment Summit in Geneva, Switzerland.

Airbus Corporate Foundation puts the emphasis on "aviation pioneering and the innovative spirit"

1 April 2009 Feature story

The theme of "aviation pioneering and innovative spirit" has been selected as the Airbus Corporate Foundation's focal point in supporting company employees' efforts that bring aviation closer to the hearts and minds of youngsters in their local communities.

Airbus executives present a realistic outlook for the civil aviation market

18 March 2009 Feature story

In response to the aviation market's current challenges, Airbus is taking a proactive approach that includes strategies to manage its aircraft deliveries and responses to airlines' evolving financing needs.

Airbus supports new flight training school in Vietnam

13 March 2009 Feature story

Reflecting its commitment to support the development of Vietnam's aerospace industry, Airbus is joining forces with Vietnam Airlines - as well as various national companies and France's ESMA Aviation Academy - to assist the development of pilot training in the country.

First wingset is produced for the UK Royal Air Force's fleet of A330-based aerial tankers

12 March 2009 Feature story

The initial wingset for the UK Royal Air Force's fleet of A330-based Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) has been built by Airbus at its Broughton, England facility. Once outfitted with their control surfaces in Germany, the wings will be sent to the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse, ...

Airbus at the IATA World Cargo Symposium

6 March 2009 Feature story

Airbus' latest generation mid-size freighter aircraft, the A330-200F, was showcased as a capable, flexible and economical air cargo solution at the International Air Transport Association's World Cargo Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand.

Productivity to improve with the consolidation of Airbus' transport and logistics networks

17 February 2009 Feature story

A consolidation of providers and services in the transportation and logistics sectors should yield significant improvements in Airbus productivity. As part of this effort, a streamlined network of six major hubs will be established in Europe.

A new role for the A320 Family: small freighters for the worldwide express cargo market

5 February 2009 Feature story

The development of P2F (passenger-to-freighter) versions of Airbus' A320 and A321 is progressing under the management of a multi-national joint venture, with the first aircraft's conversion process targeted for 2011.

A new ship enters service for the conveyance of large A380 airframe components

2 February 2009 Feature story

The City of Hamburg roll-on/roll-off vessel has entered service for the transportation of A380 fuselage sections and wings. It expands the support capabilities for Airbus' A380 production network, and will be joined by another ship later this year.

Seoul, Korea to become a new A380 destination this year with Emirates

29 January 2009 Feature story

The A380 will become a familiar site in South Korea starting later this year when Emirates introduces service from its home base of Dubai to Seoul. These flights are timed to coincide with 2010's Visit Korea Year activities.

Japanese business executives endorse the A380 in newspaper advertisements

21 January 2009 Feature story

A series of four Japanese newspaper advertisements provided first-hand endorsements of the A380 by executives who have flown aboard the 21st century Airbus flagship aircraft.

The A400M military airlifter's TP4000 turboprop engine takes flight

8 January 2009 Feature story

Initial flight evaluations with the TP400 engine for Airbus Military's A400M multi-role military airlifter are now underway on a test-bed aircraft.

Student teams prepare for Round 2 of the Airbus "Fly Your Ideas" competition

29 December 2008 Feature story

Round 2 of the Airbus "Fly Your Ideas" challenge will begin on 1 January, with the 86 selected student teams working on proposals that offer potential new eco-efficient ideas for the aviation industry.

Readying Brake to Vacate (BTV) for its service introduction

10 December 2008 Feature story

BTV technology provides optimised landing braking efficiency and runway turn-around time, thereby improving the traffic flow at airports. It will enter service in 2009 on the first Air France A380.

Supporting the next generation of European air traffic management

18 November 2008 Feature story

An industry team with Airbus' involvement will support the development phase of a large-scale project to reorganise the European air traffic control system by 2020.

President and CEO Tom Enders outlines the Airbus vision

28 October 2008 Feature story

Speaking at the 10th Nikkei Global Management Forum in Japan, Airbus' top executive said the company's focus continues to be creating the world's best aircraft and remaining a top supplier to the global air transport industry.

New fibre placement machine tested in Nantes

2 September 2008 Feature story

A research project between Airbus' Nantes site, Forest-Liné and Coriolis has developed new machinery to produce complex aircraft structures in composite material.

Opening a new transport route to China

2 September 2008 Feature story

Airbus' new final assembly line in Tianjin, China marked a major milestone this summer with the arrival of its first aircraft sections.

The first A330-200F begins production

10 July 2008 Feature story

Fuselage sections and other parts for the new A330-200F freighter aircraft are now taking shape throughout Airbus' production network.

Wind tunnel testing assists in the A350 XWB's development

9 July 2008 Feature story

Wind tunnel testing for the new A350 XWB is generating gigabytes of data each week as this new Airbus jetliner continues its development.

Singapore Airlines takes delivery of its fifth A380

30 June 2008 Feature story

Airbus has delivered Singapore Airlines' fifth A380, which will allow the operator to replace more of its B747-400 flights on the Singapore-London route and create the first commercial A380 services to Beijing, China as passenger traffic increases leading up to the Olympic Games.

Germany's aircraft fleet will more than double over the coming 20 years

17 June 2008 Feature story

According to Airbus' latest Global Market Forecast, the German airliner and freighter fleet is expected to grow from over 500 aircraft in operation in 2006 to more than 1,100 by 2026. This growth represents a need for some 900 new commercial transports at a market value of US$109 billion.

Mainland China's passenger aircraft fleet will triple in the coming 20 years

17 June 2008 Feature story

Airbus predicts that the Chinese Mainland will need approximately 2,800 new passenger aircraft over the 20-year period covered by the company's latest Global Market Forecast - including 190 very large aircraft, such as the A380.

Airbus foresees a sustained demand for new passenger aircraft in the Nordic countries during the next two decades

17 June 2008 Feature story

Growing aviation mobility demand and the need more for eco-efficient aircraft will drive the Nordic countries toward the acquisition of 436 new passenger aircraft in the coming 20 years, according to Airbus' latest Global Market Forecast.

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