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30 years young…and still going strong!

22 February 2017 Feature story

When the no. 1 A320 performed its maiden flight 30 years ago today, few could have predicted how this single-aisle jetliner would transform the air transport industry – and Airbus itself. 

The A320’s initial liftoff, performed from France’s Toulouse-Blagnac Airport adjacent to Airbus headquart...

A ground-based workout for the A350-1000’s passenger cabin

20 February 2017 Feature story

As Airbus’ longest-fuselage A350 XWB version – the A350-1000 – continues to be put through its paces during flight trials, the jetliner’s cabin has undergone ground-based testing to validate the operation of systems for the comfort and well-being of passengers. 

A cabin simulator in Hamburg, G...

Shaking things up: Airbus speeds up ground vibration testing for the A350-1000

13 February 2017 Feature story

An optimised method for the ground vibration testing of Airbus jetliners has reduced this validation phase for the A350 XWB’s stretched-fuselage A350-1000 version, and will now be used for the next new widebody aircraft: the A330neo (New Engine Option). 

Ground vibration testing is performed t...

Winglets: a tip-top solution for more efficient aircraft

3 February 2017 Feature story

When the first A330neo (New Engine Option) jetliner takes to the skies this year, it will mark the latest use of Airbus’ Sharklets™ – those graceful-looking upturned wingtip extensions that save fuel by reducing drag while also lowering noise emissions by improving take-off performance. 

Airbu...

Ten years of “building great things together” in Mobile, Alabama

1 February 2017 Feature story

The Airbus Engineering Center in Mobile, Alabama has celebrated 10 years of operation since its January 2007 opening, a commitment that expanded Airbus’ U.S. footprint and served as a precursor to construction of the nearby A320 Family jetliner final assembly line – the company’s first production si...

The A380 double-decker helps relieve congestion at London Heathrow airport

25 January 2017 Feature story

At one of the world’s key hub airports, the A380 is enabling airlines to effectively attract passengers while managing their precious takeoff/landing slots in an increasingly congested operational environment.

According to 2016 figures released by London’s Heathrow Airport, 10 per cent of all passe...

Teamwork: Keeping Airbus’ jetliner production and deliveries on schedule

20 January 2017 Feature story

Airbus relies on a full range of skills to meet its production and delivery schedules, backed by dedicated teams that work behind the scenes. One of these is the Final Assembly Line Support BLXS team at Airbus’ Toulouse, France location – the company’s main industrial site where jetliners from the A...

A350 XWB: six million passengers flown… and counting

17 January 2017 Feature story

Just two years after the A350 XWB’s commercial service entry, over six million passengers already have enjoyed the unique flying experience and well-being provided by Airbus’ latest-generation widebody jetliner – which is shaping the future of long-haul airline operations. 

The 62 A350 XWBs in...

Airbus’ new centre wing box design holds great promise for future aircraft

13 January 2017 Feature story

Underscoring its role as an innovation leader, Airbus has created the first-ever single-piece composite centre wing box – representing an important evolution of this vital structural component that provides support and rigidity for an aircraft’s wings. 

It was designed by research and technolo...

Good vibrations! Airbus improves drilling processes with an innovative new technology

11 January 2017 Feature story

Airbus is developing a new, fully-automated drilling technology to significantly enhance the drilling of rivet holes in aircraft structural components. 

The creation of rivet holes is a key step in the production and assembly of airplanes, typically performed manually or semi-automatically usi...

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