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Airbus offers added seating capacity for the A320 Family while retaining modern comfort standards

3 July 2014 Feature story

New flexible seating configurations for A320 Family aircraft will further enhance the single-aisle jetliner product line’s high levels of operating economics while maintaining Airbus’ spacious modern comfort standard for passengers.

A partnership for smarter aviation: Europe’s SESAR Joint Undertaking extended

20 June 2014 Feature story

A key European collaboration that brings together Airbus with fellow industry leaders, Europe’s EUROCONTROL air navigation safety organisation, the European Commission and other key stakeholders is ready to expand its horizons.

Delivering flexibility: Airbus’ new Beluga loading hangars will significantly enhance the company’s transport network

17 June 2014 Feature story

Airbus is increasing capacity across its transport network with six new loading hangars dedicated to the company’s five Beluga aircraft – which are the world’s largest cargo carriers, developed to carry complete aircraft sections from different production sites around Europe to the final assembly li...

Airbus partners with Lamda Guard to evaluate an innovative laser strike protection

13 June 2014 Feature story

A breakthrough technology that could protect pilots from potentially hazardous laser sources will be evaluated by Airbus through an agreement signed with Canadian-based Lamda Guard.

New lightweight panels for “stealthy” buildings are validated for use at airports worldwide

13 June 2014 Feature story

Airbus has unveiled a new, lightweight thin-panel version of the “stealthy” panel technology that enables buildings to be constructed nearer to runways, opening development opportunities on land at airports that has remained vacant due to potential interference with signals from instrument landing s...

The A350 XWB receives high marks from passengers during its Early Long Flight evaluations

4 June 2014 Feature story

Airbus’ next-generation A350 XWB made a strong first impression with “passengers” during two successful Early Long Flights this week, which both took off and landed at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France.

Airbus’ Beluga and the French Air Force aerobatic demo team join up for a milestone formation flight

2 June 2014 Feature story

An Airbus Beluga transporter aircraft took to the skies above Toulouse, France for a memorable formation flight with the French Air Force’s famed “Patrouille de France” aerobatic demonstration team.

Now boarding: The A350 XWB takes off on its first passenger flight as part of ongoing evaluations

2 June 2014 Feature story

As preparations continue for the A350 XWB’s first delivery later in 2014, Airbus is ensuring this next-generation widebody jetliner provides an unmatched cabin experience with the initial flight test carrying a full passenger load – which commenced today from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France.

Whi...

The A350 XWB goes “hot and cold” during climatic testing in Florida

27 May 2014 Feature story

The first-ever testing of an Airbus aircraft at the U.S. Air Force’s McKinley Climatic Laboratory subjected the A350 XWB and its various systems and cabin installations to a full range of conditions for further maturity and operability verifications prior to this new jetliner’s delivery start-up lat...

Making the connection: The A380 reinforces Asiana Airlines’ position on long-haul and regional routes

26 May 2014 Feature story

Asiana Airlines – which today received its initial Airbus A380 – is ready to become the latest worldwide operator to “own the sky” with this highly efficient aircraft.

As the first of six 21st century Airbus flagship jetliners Asiana Airlines has ordered, the A380 will provide key capacity, premium...

A strong partnership: Asiana Airlines and Airbus take a major step together with the A380

26 May 2014 Feature story

Airbus and Asiana Airlines are marking the next chapter in their nearly two-decade relationship with today’s delivery of the South Korea-based carrier’s first double-deck A380 jetliner.

“This is a very historic moment for Asiana Airlines, which is an important customer for Airbus’ entire modern pro...

55 million passengers and counting: Airbus’ A380 proves its worldwide appeal

26 May 2014 Feature story

The initial A380 delivery to Asiana Airlines – which becomes the 11th worldwide operator – once again highlights the continued popularity of Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner with both airlines and passengers alike. 

Taking off or landing every five minutes on averag...

A major presence: Asiana Airlines’ initial A380 underscores the jetliner’s key role in the Asia-Pacific region

23 May 2014 Feature story

With its unrivalled capabilities, the double-deck A380 jetliner has become a true star in Asia-Pacific, underscored once again with today’s delivery of South Korea-based Asiana Airlines’ first A380 aircraft.

This 21st...

True colours: Asiana Airlines’ new Airbus A380 shines in its unique livery

23 May 2014 Feature story

With its vibrant seven-colour vertical tailplane, Asiana Airlines’ initial A380 jetliner will soon be making quite the first impression at airports around the world.

Responsible for this unique – and complex – livery is the highly-advanced and eco-efficient Airbus A380 painting facility in Hamburg,...

Asiana Airlines and the A380: Placing passengers at a premium

23 May 2014 Feature story

Asiana Airlines is taking full advantage of the A380’s unique cabin offerings, combining the South Korea-based carrier’s philosophy for customer satisfaction with Airbus’ unmatched technical capabilities to provide a one-of-a-kind passenger experience.

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The A350 XWB is proving itself in flight evaluations leading to certification this year

22 May 2014 Feature story

Airbus is continuing the “no surprise” flight programme for its A350 XWB, with more than 1,700 hours logged in preparation for certification later this year – clearing the way for deliveries to customer airlines.

The Airbus ProSky-led CANARIAS project marks key milestone in effort to improve two Canary Islands airports’ approach procedures

19 May 2014 Feature story

The first successful flight in Spain using Required Navigation Performance – Authorization Required (RNP AR) procedures has been completed as part of a project led by Airbus ProSky – which is Airbus’ Air Traffic Management subsidiary – and Spanish air traffic services provider AENA.

India’s Dynamatic Technologies Limited selected to produce flap-track beams for Airbus A330 aircraft

9 May 2014 Feature story

Airbus has selected Bangalore, India-based Dynamatic Technologies Limited as the sole supplier of flap-track beams for the A330 Family aircraft, making Dynamatic the first aerospace company from India's private sector to become a global Tier-1 Airbus supplier.

On-Board Airport Navigation System (OANS) debuts on A320 and A330 families of aircraft

8 May 2014 Feature story

Underscoring the continuous upgrades applied throughout Airbus’ entire product line, the company’s innovative On-Board Airport Navigation System (OANS) – first developed for the A380 – has also now entered service on the single-aisle A320 and widebody A330 families.

 

Abu Dhabi’s ADAT implements RFID solution developed with Airbus Consulting

7 May 2014 Feature story

Airbus Consulting together with the Airbus in-house RFID (radio-frequency identification) centre of competence has worked with Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT), a leading maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider in the Middle East, to deploy an innovative RFID visibility solution to red...

A350 XWB flight-test development is progressing on track

6 May 2014 Feature story

In over 10 months since the A350 XWB’s first flight, Airbus has rapidly advanced through this next-generation jetliner’s development schedule with the first four flight-test aircraft now flying.

An Airbus working group sets out a composites recycling roadmap

5 May 2014 Feature story

Airbus has set up the Airbus Composite Recycling Advisory Board to establish the company’s vision, strategy, objectives, and roadmap for recycling and reusing composite materials.

 

Sharklet retrofit sales for Airbus’ A320 Family gain momentum

2 May 2014 Feature story

Airbus’ Sharklets are proving their popularity among customers with demand for the company’s “Sharklet In-service Retrofit” option, which allows operators of older in-service A320ceo (current engine option) Family aircraft to benefit from these wingtip devices’ significant cost savings and performan...

Airbus introduces hybrid “RFID Integrated Nameplates” for tracing parts across all aircraft families

1 May 2014 Feature story

Airbus is introducing a new innovation, “RFID Integrated Nameplates”, to further expand its RFID (radio-frequency identification) deployment and enhance the traceability of aircraft parts that it produces and uses internally.

The UK’s NATS and Airbus ProSky collaborate to modernise air traffic management

1 May 2014 Feature story

Air traffic service provider NATS of the UK has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus ProSky to jointly devise solutions for improving the air traffic system’s efficiency.

Airbus’ initial A320neo reaches advanced stage in its final assembly

30 April 2014 Feature story

Final assembly of the first Airbus A320neo is advancing rapidly in Toulouse, France, putting this “new engine option” jetliner programme on track for its maiden flight later this year, to be followed by the initial customer delivery in 2015.

Airbus ProSky Awarded IATA Contract to develop an Asia-Pacific Air Traffic Flow Management strategy

28 April 2014 Feature story

Airbus ProSky has been awarded a contract by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to study and develop recommendations  for Asia Pacific Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM).  

IATA’s Asia/Pacific Region ATFM study is supported by the ICAO Asia Pacific ATFM Steering Group and ...

Flight test A350 XWB opens its doors

7 April 2014 Feature story

As part of the A350 XWB Customer Definition Centre opening event in Hamburg, Airbus unveiled the A350 XWB’s first development cabin interior on board flight test aircraft MSN002.

Inspired design has guided the A350 XWB cabin’s development

7 April 2014 Feature story

Airbus knew its A350 XWB had to be a revolutionary aircraft from the design process onward, as discussions with operators of existing widebody jetliners revealed many were interested in something completely new. This spurred the company’s decision to develop a cabin interior the likes of which had n...

Airbus honours its storied past with enhanced online timeline

18 March 2014 Feature story

Tracking the key milestones that have contributed to Airbus’ industry leadership position has never been easier with this month’s introduction of the company’s enhanced interactive timeline on Airbus.com – which features a new appearance, improved functionality and more.

Airbus lights the way: First A321 with LED lighting throughout the cabin

12 March 2014 Feature story

Passengers will soon “see the difference” aboard Airbus A320 Family aircraft with the company’s latest enhancements to this single-aisle product line’s cabin atmosphere.

The A320 Family: 6,000 deliveries and counting

10 March 2014 Feature story

The A320 Family marked another milestone with Airbus’ 6,000th delivery from this modern single-aisle jetliner product line.

Printing the future: Airbus expands its applications of the revolutionary additive layer manufacturing process

3 March 2014 Feature story

Innovative 3D-printing (additive layer manufacturing) technology used by Airbus is beginning to shape the future of aircraft component manufacture for its jetliners.

Parts produced with this method are beginning to appear on a range of the company’s aircraft – from the next-generation A350 XWB to i...

Airbus “goes local” with its customer support strategy

14 February 2014 Feature story

As the global aviation sector continues to evolve, Airbus is ensuring its operators are ready for the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow with tailored customer service solutions that increasingly are being provided in close proximity to their individual home bases.

This emphasis on closeness ...

Airbus and Satair combine their resources for global aircraft support

14 February 2014 Feature story

This week’s opening of a new dedicated parts support and distribution facility in Singapore is a major milestone for the Satair Group – a common organisation officially launched in January that combines the resources of Airbus’ former Material and Logistics Management operation and Satair, which is ...

Airbus/Singapore Airlines joint venture aims to broaden the scope of pilot training for Asia.. and beyond

14 February 2014 Feature story

In addition to an impressive lineup of eight full-flight simulators for Airbus’ complete family of jetliners, the planned Airbus Asia Training Centre in Singapore also will open the frontiers of training for pilots.

Airbus and Singapore Airlines signed a Memorandum of Unde...

The A350 XWB says good bye to Singapore

13 February 2014 Feature story

With a tip of its wings to signal good-bye, the A350 XWB departed Singapore today for its Toulouse, France base of operations, completing a highly successful tour that began in Qatar and wrapped up with a starring appearance at the 2014 Singapore Airshow.

While at Singapore, this A350 XWB – the MSN...

The A330 Family builds on its 2013 success and evolution

13 February 2014 Feature story

Following a year of significant commercial milestones and key programme announcements in 2013, Airbus’ A330 widebody jetliner family is building the momentum in 2014 with continued improvement, innovation and high production output to meet sustained global demand.

On the commercial side, 2013 broug...

“Seating” is believing: Airbus’ comfort standard comes to life in Singapore

13 February 2014 Feature story

Airbus’ seat-width demonstrator at this week’s Singapore Airshow is providing visitors with increased awareness on passenger well-being aloft.

Underscoring the superior level of comfort offered in all Airbus products, the “Airbus Comfort Zone” at the air show features a full-scale cabin mockup wit...

A “comfortable” position: Airbus focusses on passenger well-being in Asia

13 February 2014 Feature story

Airbus’ continuing commitment to full service long-haul passenger comfort is on full display at this week’s Singapore Airshow, highlighted by the new-generation A350 XWB jetliner’s high-profile presence and the “Airbus Comfort Zone.”

The company is spotlighting its latest “comfort without comp...

Airbus prepares its A330 variant tailored for regional services

13 February 2014 Feature story

As part of the focus on continuous improvement for its jetliner product line, Airbus is moving forward with development of the new A330 Regional – a lower-weight A330-300 variant for use on domestic and regional routes in high growth areas that include the Asia-Pacific market. 

The aircraft –...

The A330: Setting widebody standard for Asia-Pacific operators

13 February 2014 Feature story

The A330’s Asia-Pacific market presence will continue to grow in the coming years, with more and more customers opting for this widebody jetliner thanks to its unmatched economics, reliability and passenger appeal.

Currently, some 465 A330-200 and A330-300 passenger versions are flown by Asia-Pacif...

“Four” is a magic number: a record number of operators will receive their first A380s in 2014

12 February 2014 Feature story

The global operator base for Airbus’ 21st century flagship A380 will expand significantly this year – with new operators including two Asia-Pacific airlines – underscoring the smooth industrial process now in place for this double-deck aircraft, as well as its effectiveness in capturing passenger tr...

Amedeo’s A380 order spotlights the role of aircraft lessors

12 February 2014 Feature story

As the commercial air transport sector continues to emerge from the economic downturn of recent years, the world’s aircraft leasing companies are taking on even greater importance – with more and more customers now looking to rent their aviation assets.

This growing trend toward “airliners for hire...

Airbus partners with Asia-Pacific for improved air traffic management

12 February 2014 Feature story

As the Asia-Pacific region – currently the world’s fastest-growing sector for air travel – continues to expand, Airbus is committed to delivering innovative and effective solutions to cope with the massive anticipated traffic increase and avoid congestion around airport hubs.

Leading this effort – ...

The Airbus A380 in operational service: A continuing success story

12 February 2014 Feature story

Airbus’ 21st century flagship A380 – which began its operational career in 2007 with launch customer Singapore Airlines – continues to receive high marks in commercial service across the globe, reinforcing its reputation as the new “queen of the skies.”

More than 151,000 revenue flights...

An Asian success: The A320 Family establishes Airbus’ single-aisle leadership in this fast-growing region

11 February 2014 Feature story

Airbus’ popular A320 Family has become the aircraft of choice for the Asia-Pacific region’s operators, ranging from mainline carriers to low-cost airlines.

Continuing its momentum, this single-aisle product line has received another major endorsement in the region, from VietJetAir – covering both c...

A “remarkable” flight test programme, and production ramp-up underway for a mature A350 XWB aircraft

11 February 2014 Feature story

As the A350 XWB progresses toward its certification and service entry goals before year-end, Airbus’ focus also continues on the initial customer aircraft and production ramp-up for the new jetliner.

Speaking to international reporters at Singapore’s Changi Airport, Airbus managers stressed the A35...

Building the future: Airbus’ first A320neo to fly begins final assembly in March

11 February 2014 Feature story

As one of Airbus’ next-generation aircraft makes headlines with the A350 XWB’s Singapore Airshow appearance, another of the company’s latest products – the A320neo – is preparing for its own major milestones this year.

The A320neo programme is moving into full gear as final assembly starts nex...

An important A320 Family acquisition for a “rising star” in Southeast Asia’s low cost market

11 February 2014 Feature story

The growing importance of low-cost carriers in Asia-Pacific – and the A320 Family’s advantages in meeting their needs – was underscored with today’s Singapore Airshow announcement by VietJetAir for more than 100 jetliners in both the current engine option (CEO) and new engine option (NEO) versions....

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