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Industrial cooperation: Polish industry contributes to all Airbus programmes

4 June 2008 Feature story

Poland has been a key component in Airbus' aircraft production since 1997, applying their expertise on a wide range of the European aircraft manufacturer's programmes, including the A380 and A320. This cooperation is constantly expanding, with Airbus continuing to serve as one of the Polis...

A new partnership with South Africa on computer-based simulation for next-generation aircraft

14 April 2008 Feature story

South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has become part of Airbus' global research and technology network, joining an effort to develop new computer-based simulation processes that will enhance the design process for future aircraft.

Airbus showcases new its A350 XWB cabin and unveils a new galley concept

3 April 2008 Feature story

The future of aircraft cabins has been unveiled by Airbus, which exhibited the interior layout for its new A350 XWB jetliner and showed an innovative galley concept at the Aircraft Interior Expo in Hamburg, Germany.

Progress continues towards the first flight of Airbus' new A400M military airlifter

3 April 2008 Feature story

With A400M's first flight scheduled for this year, the programme for this multi-mission transport is making steady progress. Ground system and load testing is underway on aircraft MSN001, while the powerful TP400-D6 turboprop engine is being readied for its own aerial evaluations.

A single sky for Europe

24 March 2008 Feature story

The definition phase of SESAR (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management System Research) is nearing completion under the direction of an Airbus-led effort. Its objective is to develop a new air traffic management system for Europe, reducing or eliminating bottlenecks that could effect European ai...

Directing the way to savings for customers

13 March 2008 Feature story

The integration of modern approach and precision landing system capability in Airbus' A320 single-aisle aircraft Family will provide valuable time and fuel savings for airlines, while increasing airport capacity.

New service package will extend A320's life

6 March 2008 Feature story

Airbus' Extended Service Goal package will allow A320 Family operators to extend the operating lifetime of their aircraft by 10 to 20 years or more, and benefit from longer revenue service as well as increased residual market value of their single-aisle fleet.

Airbus joint venture will manage end-of-life aircraft

25 February 2008 Feature story

Tarmac Aerosave, a joint venture between Airbus and several partners, will be the first industrial company to manage end-of-life aircraft when activity begin later this year. It will offer its services - which include short-term storage, maintenance and dismantling - to both civil and military aircr...

Research into alternative fuels

18 February 2008 Feature story


Research into alternative fuels

The ACJ on ice: an historic flight to the Antarctic

18 January 2008 Feature story

The first ever passenger flight linking the Australian and Antarctic continents has been performed by an Airbus Corporate Jetliner. Operated by Skytraders Pty. Ltd. on behalf of the Australian government's Antarctic Division, the ACJ landed on a new ice runway located some 70 km. from the Case...

Applying new technology to the A350 XWB's development

21 November 2007 Feature story

Airbus' development of its new A350 XWB is benefiting from the increased use of computational fluid dynamics, which helps define the all-new jetliner's external shape. This technology will speed up the A350 XWB's development process, complementing traditional wind tunnel testing.

Airbus Corporate Jet Centre begins its aircraft outfitting activity

26 September 2007 Feature story

The Airbus Corporate Jet Centre in Toulouse, France will undergo a major improvement to provide a world-class cabin-outfitting service for corporate and VIP customers. The facility has received its first two Airbus Corporate Jetliner Family aircraft to undergo the cabin installation process.

A350 high-lift devices combine simplicity with fuel savings

24 August 2007 Feature story

Airbus' new A350 XWB will incorporate the latest high-lift technology in its wings, allowing for greater dynamic response and flexibility. This will provide better aircraft performance, reduced weight, and less maintenance for A350 XWB operators.

Bringing out the best of an aircraft's wing

21 August 2007 Feature story

A multi-year European project has evaluated new wing technologies that will improve aircraft operations in all aspects of flight. The Airbus-managed AWIATOR (Aircraft Wing with Advanced Technology Operation) programme involved the participation of companies, institutes, agencies and universities, a...

Xian Aircraft Company delivers first A319 China-made wing box

25 July 2007 Feature story

The largest Airbus aircraft component ever produced by a Chinese aviation manufacturer has been delivered by Xian Aircraft Company (XAC). This A319 wing box  the first ever made in China  underscores Airbus' high level of industrial cooperation with the Chinese aviation industry, a...

Final assembly begins for first A330 MRTT designated for the U.S. Air Force

20 July 2007 Feature story

The initial A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) allocated for America's modernisation of its ageing aerial refuelling fleet has begun its build-up on the A330/A340 final assembly line in Toulouse.

Extended runway handed over to Airbus in Hamburg

20 July 2007 Feature story

The runway at Finkenwerder has been completed, providing the length necessary for acceptance flights of all A380 versions. Airbus currently outfits the cabin interiors of its customer aircraft at Finkenwerder, and it is to construct a new delivery centre where customers from Europe and the Middle E...

Filton wind tunnel celebrates its 50 year anniversary

30 May 2007 Feature story

Airbus UK is marking the first half-century of operation with its Filton wind tunnel, which has completed more than 64,000 test runs since 1957. This facility, which underwent a significant modernisation in 2004, continues to support the development of new Airbus aircraft - including the A350 XWB.

PAMELA A380: Looking decades ahead with the Green Giant

3 May 2007 Feature story

The A380 static test airframe will be used as part of Airbus' forward-looking approach to ensure its aircraft are environmentally friendly throughout their lifecycle - and beyond. As part of the PAMELA project, parts of the static airframe will be evaluated for a number of aspects, including di...

Airbus opens new Dubai facility

25 April 2007 Feature story

A new spares and repair facility for Airbus' Buxtehude subsidiary has opened in the United Arab Emirates at Dubai to provide enhanced customer support and service to the region's airlines. The Buxtehude subsidiary provides cabin electronic systems, and already has similar service centres ...

Airbus cabin innovations are highlighted at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2007

20 April 2007 Feature story

The A380's cabin advantages for passengers and crew were underscored at the annual Aircraft Interiors show in Hamburg, where Airbus emphasized the aircraft's spaciousness, and comfort. Event attendees also were able to see the A380 that recently returned from an international route proving...

The A400M's first central-rear fuselage arrives at EADS CASA facilities

27 March 2007 Feature story

An A300-600ST Beluga transport aircraft has delivered the first central-rear fuselage for Airbus' A400M military airlifter to Getafe, Spain. This component will be integrated with the A400M's nose, wings and empennage to create a complete airframe that will be used in static testing.

One year of operation for the Beijing Engineering Centre

16 March 2007 Feature story

The Airbus engineering centre in Bejing, China - which will play an important role in the A350 XWB's design and development - currently has 104 locally-employed engineers and is on target to reach its head count of 200 by 2008. This Airbus joint venture with China's two largest aviation c...

A400M pylons completed as first aircraft takes shape

8 February 2007 Feature story

The world's first engine pylons produced completely in titanium have been unveiled in France prior to their shipment to Spain, where they will be equipped for use on Airbus' A400M military transport aircraft. These pylons will support the A400M's powerful TP400-D6 turboprop engines, ...

The Airbus Corporate Jetliner heads to Antarctica

1 February 2007 Feature story

Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) flights to Antarctica will involve operations in extreme conditions - including landings and takeoffs from a blue ice runway that is topped by a bonded snow pavement. This passenger and cargo air service, performed for the Australian Government Antarctic Division, is...

Airbus develops new three-dimensional textile for cabin interiors

19 January 2007 Feature story

An innovative three-dimensional textile has been created by the Airbus Design Studio for Portugal's national airline, TAP, using patented stamping techniques that create patterned material which a shiny or matt effect. The process - which was evolved in partnership with Lantal Textile (an aero...

U.K. research programme to investigate wing designs for future civil aircraft

13 December 2006 Feature story

Airbus will lead a public/private-funded wing technology validation programme that forms a core element of the U.K. National Aerospace Technology Strategy. This programme brings together 17 leading British organisations to work on such "sustainable aviation" challenges as reduced fuel bu...

Airbus completes a major A400M wing assembly milestone

7 December 2006 Feature story

The A400M military transport's initial set of wings has completed its assembly process at the Airbus U.K. facility in Filton, Bristol. These wings are the first for an Airbus aircraft to be built largely from composite materials.

Improvements keep the single-aisle competitive

9 November 2006 Feature story

Updates to the A320 Family will ensure this world's best-selling single-aisle aircraft product line will continue to maintain its dominant marketplace position. Interior improvements include innovate ceiling and sidewall panels that reduce noise, as well as smoother lines and advanced lighting...

Clean Sky initiative moves a step closer

27 October 2006 Feature story

The European "Clean Sky" initiative is one major step closer to reality following the signature of a memorandum of understanding in Vienna by Airbus and eight other leading aeronautics companies. This effort is aimed at further reducing the impact of air transportation on the environment ...

Airbus evaluates the mechanical milling of fuselage panels in a European programme

2 October 2006 Feature story

The use of a more environmentally-friendly mechanical process in the manufacture of aluminium aircraft panels is the focus of an evaluation project by Airbus in partnership with Dufieux Industrie. This effort, called GAP (Green Advanced Panels), would eliminate waste created with chemical milling -...

Airbus takes a lead role in protecting the environment during the recycling of decommissioned airliners

19 September 2006 Feature story

Airbus is setting up a special centre in Southwest France for its

aircraft-recycling project called PAMELA, which will test procedures for the environmentally-friendly recycling of jetliners that have reached the end of their operational lifetimes.

Airbus' new delivery centre processes its first customer aircraft

12 September 2006 Feature story

Initial deliveries of Airbus aircraft to customers have begun from a large new centre in Toulouse, France in preparation for its full operational startup in early 2007. The new delivery facility at Toulouse Blagnac International Airport is significantly larger than Airbus' existing centre, and...

Fire extinguishers get environmentally friendly

11 September 2006 Feature story

An Airbus project has resulted in the development of a new, environmentally-friendly fire extinguishing system for aircraft engines and auxiliary power units, underscoring the company's commitment to the environment. The halon-free system consists of a sphere partially filled with Novec 1230, ...

"Air+ by Airbus" adds value for customers

28 August 2006 Feature story

Airbus' customer services offering has been re-branded to underscore all of the capabilities available to operators of its aircraft around the world. "Air+ by Airbus" provides a comprehensive range of support and services that enhance the quality of operations, and which can be tailo...

Satellite communications will keep A380 pilots in touch

28 August 2006 Feature story

A new, lighter-weight antenna will enable A380 pilots to keep in contact with air traffic controllers and their own operations departments via satellite. Satellite relay links are particularly important when the aircraft is over water or is crossing remote areas during long-range flights.

Etihad unveils new A340

18 August 2006 Feature story

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has taken delivery of one of the world's most luxurious passenger airliners ever built - an A340-500 equipped with a multitude of special features. With three classes - Diamond, Pearl and Coral - the new aircraft offers world-cl...

Airbus unites with industry to create single European sky

13 July 2006 Feature story

The unification of Europe is now moving skyward, as the region's air traffic control system becomes more integrated and unified. Airbus is an important element of this pan-European effort, participating in the Air Traffic Alliance association, which also includes EADS and Thales.

Airbus to open new engine test facility

13 July 2006 Feature story

A new engine run-up facility in Toulouse, France will be used for full-scale testing of jet engines once they have been integrated on Airbus aircraft. The circular-shaped test complex allows technicians to validate the engines' performance up to their full thrust output.

New film protects fuselage during assembly

31 May 2006 Feature story

Airbus is using a new transparent polyester film to protect the delicate cladding of fuselage sections during assembly. The film, which is 125 micrometres thick, covers the joints of the fuselage segments before they are drilled, positioned and riveted. Following successful trials, the film will be ...

Airbus launches new titanium supply strategy

15 May 2006 Feature story

Airbus has signed agreements with major suppliers to balance and secure the supply of titanium to meet long-term requirements for its ramp-up in production, in particular for the A380. The supply contracts were signed with RTI International Metals, Inc., of the United States, Russia's VSMPO an...

Strong Airbus presence at EBACE 2006

3 May 2006 Feature story

A flying display of the Airbus A318 Elite corporate airliner was the center of attention at the opening day of the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, which continues through 5 May. Also on display at EBACE is the A319 Long Range corporate jet, which features a ne...

Airbus at the Aviation & Environment Summit 2006

2 May 2006 Feature story

Participating in the 2006 Aviation & Environmental Summit, Airbus underscored its commitment to environmental care and the harmonising of aviation sector efforts in this area. Airbus executives attending the annual gathering - held April 25-26 in Geneva, Switzerland - underscored the company's...

Airbus names its new delivery centre after Henri Ziegler

11 April 2006 Feature story

Airbus' new Toulouse, France delivery centre was officially named after one of the company's founding fathers, Henri Ziegler, during a ceremony on April 10. Ziegler supported and helped launch the A300B  which led to the successful debut of Airbus  while acting as the organisa...

The Airbus-led PAMELA recycling project receives an A300 for experimentation

16 March 2006 Feature story

The arrival of an A300-B2 at Tarbes airport in southwest France marked an important milestone in the Airbus-led PAMELA recycling project. This A300, which reached the end of its operational life, will be used to validate environmentally-responsible techniques for the decommissioning and recycling o...

The Airbus-led PAMELA recycling project receives an A300 for experimentation

2 March 2006 Feature story

The arrival of an A300-B2 at Tarbes airport in southwest France marked an important milestone in the Airbus-led PAMELA recycling project. This A300, which reached the end of its operational life, will be used to validate environmentally-responsible techniques for the decommissioning and recycling o...

Cable harness manufacturing - saving money and time on long cables

2 February 2006 Feature story

Airbus engineers have merged technological innovation and efficiency in the development of an electronic jigboard - a cable harness manufacturing device that makes the cable positioning process more flexible. Along with meeting the demand for custom products ready on short notice, the e-jigboard off...

Airbus develops new fuel testing facility at Filton, U.K.

31 January 2006 Feature story

Airbus' new Filton, U.K fuel systems test facility will become a vital catalyst for engineers studying improvements in fuel modeling and researching emerging technologies. Initial operations include fuel testing on A380 wing tanks and work on the A400M and A350 aircraft.

Moving assembly line speeds up single-aisle production

7 December 2005 Feature story

Airbus has adopted a new moving line concept for the assembly of its A320 Family in Hamburg. The moving line will cut assembly time by 40 per cent and help ramp-up production to 30 aircraft per month.

Growing e-catalogue to help airlines with upgrades

6 December 2005 Feature story

Airbus' growing and successful electronic catalogue is expected to provide around 120 products on the Airbus World secured portal, all while offering customers the ability to order parts, purchase cabin upgrades and see their information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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