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Time to “fly your ideas:” Airbus is accepting entries for the fourth edition of its student competition

12 November 2014 News in brief

Students around the world are getting ready to “reach for the skies” with Airbus as the deadline for entering the company’s Fly Your Ideas 2015 contest approaches. Supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the biennial Fly Your Ideas competition chal...

Airbus’ newest customer support centre begins operations in Malaysia

10 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus Customer Services’ Malaysian-based subsidiary – Airbus Customer Services Sbn Bnd – has commenced operations, providing support to customers in close proximity to this fast-growing South East Asia region. Co-located with Sepang Aircraft Engineering near Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the ...

An even quieter approach: Airbus introduces air flow deflectors on the A320 Family

10 July 2014 News in brief

Building on the A320 Family’s established reputation for quiet operations, Airbus is reducing noise levels even further for its popular single-aisle product line with the introduction of small underwing air flow deflectors. Positioned just ahead of underwing cavities for the fuel over-pressure prote...

Sichuan Airlines’ Flight Hour Services agreement for its A330 Family aircraft is extended

10 July 2014 News in brief

China’s Sichuan Airlines has extended its existing Flight Hour Services (FHS) components support contract to cover the airline’s entire fleet of A330 Family aircraft. This agreement – which will run for 12 years – provides A330 line-replaceable units, guaranteed spare parts availability through pool...

Maintenance programme submitted in preparation for the A350 XWB’s certification and service entry

9 July 2014 News in brief

The A350 XWB’s maintenance programme has been submitted for approval to the EASA, FAA and Transport Canada airworthiness authorities, representing a major milestone in preparations for the jetliner’s service introduction.  Definitive approval is expected during the summer, prior to the aircraft...

Airbus moves forward with its “factory of the future” concept

9 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus has incorporated innovative digital tracking and monitoring RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology to help streamline and increase the efficiency of its industrial operations. By using RFID tags – attached to objects such as aircraft components and tools, and which are read automati...

On track for certification: The A350 XWB flight test campaign marks key milestones

8 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus’ flight test department is moving at full-speed with all five A350-900 developmental aircraft now flying – a fleet that has accumulated more than 2,100 total hours in over 500 flights. Among the key recent achievements of the programme are crosswind tests with MSN001 in Keflavik, Iceland; MSN...

The first A350 XWB full-flight simulator is readied for airline flight crews

8 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus’ initial A350 XWB full-flight simulator – located at the company’s Flight Training Centre in Toulouse – is nearing the start-up of training operations with airline flight crews. Installed several months ago, this training device has been fine-tuned using data from the A350 XWB’s flight tests ...

Two giant pandas are transferred aboard a MASkargo-operated A330-200F

7 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus’ versatile A330-200F freighter delivered some important freight for MASkargo this spring, flying two live giant pandas – named “Fu Wa” and “Feng Yi” – from China to Kuala Lumpur, en route to their new home at Malaysia’s Zoo Negara.  Further highlighting the flexibility of the world’s mos...

One year since first flight: a successful anniversary for the A350 XWB

14 June 2014 News in brief

With its historic takeoff from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport on June 14, 2013, the A350 XWB opened a new era in commercial aviation.  One year later, Airbus’ four development A350 XWBs have logged nearly 2,000 hours aloft, placing the jetliner programme well on track for certification – and service ...

Airbus’ next-generation A350 XWB jetliner “tours” Mobile, Alabama during its first-ever U.S. visit

23 May 2014 News in brief

Airbus’ A350 XWB MSN2 developmental aircraft made a high-profile appearance today in the skies over the U.S. state of Alabama, where the company’s newest A320 Family final assembly line is being constructed and the Airbus Mobile Engineering Center is located – both situated at the Mobile Aeroplex at...

Opening new “windows”: Airbus offers upgraded electronic flight bag for Windows 8

13 May 2014 News in brief

Airbus is enhancing the capabilities of its “FlySmart with Airbus” electronic flight bag for Windows, with this year’s release of a new version that is fully compatible with the Windows 8 Pro operating system. Complementing the growing success of the company’s iPad application, this Windows version ...

Over 13,000 pilots are “flying smart” with Airbus’ electronic flight bag iPad application

12 May 2014 News in brief

An increasing number of airlines have selected the “FlySmart with Airbus” electronic flight back (EFB) solution for iPad devices. To date, more than 13,000 pilots from 73 customers are taking advantage of this innovative tablet application – a total which represents approximately 14 percent of the w...

A “flying” experience: U.S. middle school students recognized for completing an Airbus-sponsored mentorship programme

9 May 2014 News in brief

Local middle school students from Wichita, Kansas “took to the skies” this month as part of an Airbus Corporate Foundation-sponsored initiative. As a reward for completing the “Flying Challenge” mentorship programme, 66 students were recognized with a flight over their hometown in a general aviation...

Concorde MSN1 arrives at its new home

14 March 2014 News in brief

One of the first Concorde jetliners built at Toulouse, France has made its final “voyage” with the aircraft’s ground transfer to the Airbus-supported Aeroscopia museum site at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.  Designated MSN1, this Concorde made its last flight in April 1985, returning to Toulouse aft...

Airbus is named title sponsor of the LPGA golf tournament in Mobile, Alabama

21 January 2014 News in brief

While its first U.S.-based aircraft assembly plant is under construction at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, Alabama, Airbus is venturing into another international project with local connections – professional women’s golf.

SKYMARK Airlines signs FHS Components contract with Airbus covering its leased A330s

20 November 2013 News in brief

Securing the highest service level for SKYMARK’s daily A330 operations

European tour for Airbus’ A330 highlights the widebody aircraft family’s 1,000th delivery

23 September 2013 News in brief

Airbus’ in-house A330 developmental aircraft visited the company’s facilities across Europe this month, marking the milestone 1,000th delivery of an A330 Family jetliner – which was received by Cathay Pacific Airways earlier this summer. On its tour, the A330 was shown off for Airbus teams in Getafe...

Airbus ProSky will implement advanced navigation procedures for Drukair’s operations

17 September 2013 News in brief

Under an agreement signed with the Airbus ProSky subsidiary, Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines will utilise Required Navigation Performance Authorization Required (RNP AR) procedures throughout its network, starting with Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. Drukair – the Kingdom of Bhutan’s nation...

Airbus Customer Services offers AP/FD-TCAS for in-service aircraft

12 September 2013 News in brief

Operators can now upgrade their in-service aircraft with Auto-Pilot/Flight-Director Traffic alert and Collision Avoidance System (AP/FD-TCAS) capability, which allows pilots to fly avoidance manoeuvres triggered by the TCAS system with either the auto-pilot or flight-director. Airbus’ packaged solut...

Staying connected: Internet and GSM mobile access are now in production on A320 Family jetliners

11 September 2013 News in brief

The first A320 Family aircraft offering Wi-Fi internet and GSM telephone connectivity are now being completed at the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse, France. With this installed equipment, the single-aisle jetliners will join Airbus’ other aircraft families – the A330, A380 and soon the A350 ...

Airbus ProSky partners with Chinese authorities to improve airport operations

10 September 2013 News in brief

The Airbus ProSky subsidiary is to work with China’s Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) in implementing RNP AR-to-ILS transition approaches for commercial aircraft at Chengdu Airport, with the goal of improving overall airport capacity. This capability will enable aircraft to perform satellite-bas...

The A320neo product line’s LEAP-1A powerplant begins its certification phase

10 September 2013 News in brief

In a major milestone for Airbus’ A320neo (new engine option) family jetliners, CFM International conducted the first run of its LEAP-1A turbofan at GE’s Peebles, Ohio outdoor test facility – kicking off an extensive certification programme. During these initial evaluations, the engine – which is a n...

The A320neo product line’s LEAP-1A powerplant begins its certification phase

9 September 2013 News in brief

In a major milestone for Airbus’ A320neo (new engine option) family jetliners, CFM International conducted the first run of its LEAP-1A turbofan at GE’s Peebles, Ohio outdoor test facility – kicking off an extensive certification programme. During these initial evaluations, the engine – which is a n...

A400M successfully performs unpaved runway tests

4 September 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s A400M has completed an important set of trials demonstrating the new-generation airlifter’s performance on gravel runways, after tests lasting more than a week in Ablitas, Spain. Using a development aircraft, Airbus Military conducted 25 landings during six flights on the same runw...

The first Airbus Military A400M for Turkey makes its maiden flight

22 August 2013 News in brief

The Turkish Air Force’s no. 1 A400M completed its initial flight this month with a five-hour, 35-minute mission that began and ended in Seville, Spain. The Turkish Air Force has ordered 10 of these multi-role military airlifters, and crew training is underway at the Airbus Military International Tra...

A400M military standard acceptance clears the way for airlifter’s initial delivery

31 July 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s A400M today received its Type Acceptance at the Initial Operating Clearance (IOC) standard from the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), representing the programme’s seven European launch nations: Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and the United Ki...

The A400M military airlifter confirms its airfield assault capability

17 July 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s A400M has successfully demonstrated its ability to deploy vehicles and troops rapidly in order to seize an enemy airfield. This was confirmed with a series of tests held at RAF Boscombe Down in the UK, during which a Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle and weapons-mounted supp...

Key Airbus Military A400M training devices enter service

19 June 2013 News in brief

Two of the most advanced aids for training A400M crews have entered service at the Airbus Military International Training Centre in Seville, Spain: the ground-breaking A400M Full Flight Simulator, for which the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has recommended issuance of an Interim Level C Qua...

Explore EADS’ Paris Air Show exhibit area from anywhere in the world

19 June 2013 News in brief

Bring the Paris Air Show’s spirit of innovation as presented by Airbus and its EADS parent company to your computer or tablet device with a “360-degree” online tour. 

Offering a panoramic view of the entire exhibit area inside EADS’ pavilion at Le Bourget airport, this tour’s interac...

Airbus Military shows off a landmark C295 at Paris Air Show

19 June 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military today marked the milestone delivery of its 100th C295 multi-role tactical transport aircraft, which officially will be transferred to the Royal Air Force of Oman following an appearance at the Paris Air Show.

“We are very proud to deliver this aircraft to Oman,” Airbus Mi...

The A400M marks self-protection system milestone with release of decoy flares

18 June 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s A400M airlifter has successfully demonstrated the release of decoy flares, marking a key development step for this new-generation aircraft’s self-protection systems. The flares are designed to mislead heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles, particularly surface-to-air missiles (SAM). ...

The no. 2 production A400M makes its maiden flight

11 June 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s second production A400M – designated MSN8 – marked an important milestone this month with completion of the aircraft’s initial flight from Seville, Spain on 7 June. This new-generation military airlifter is planned for delivery to the French Air Force during the third quarter of 20...

A320neo engine makes first flight

4 June 2013 News in brief

The Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engine for Airbus’ highly efficient A320neo jetliner is now in flight testing.  This powerplant successfully completed its maiden flight on a test bed aircraft from Pratt & Whitney’s facilities in Quebec, Canada after more than 375 hours of groun...

EASA certification granted for Airbus’ Sharklets on A319 aircraft powered by CFM56 engines

29 May 2013 News in brief

Airbus has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for Sharklet-equipped A319 jetliners fitted with CFM International CFM56 powerplants. This milestone marks an important step for the planned service entry later this year of the shortened-fuselage A320 Family member with these ...

The second production A400M accomplishes engine run milestone

24 May 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s second production A400M marked a key step toward its delivery to the French Air Force later this year with the successful completion of its first engine runs. Designated MSN8, this aircraft – one of the four next-generation airlifters that Airbus Military expects to complete in 201...

Airbus A380 dazzles in Malaysian flyover

27 March 2013 News in brief

Airbus’ 21st century A380 flagship jetliner turns heads wherever it goes, and did so this time with some high-powered help at the 2013 Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia. The aircraft from Malaysia Airlines’ growing fleet of A380s partnered with four Sukhoi Su-30M...

Qatar Airways receives its first A330-200F cargo aircraft

13 March 2013 News in brief

Airbus has delivered the initial A330-200F for Qatar Airways, further expanding the list of international carriers enhancing their aircraft fleets with this new-generation freighter. Qatar Airways’ A330-200F is the first of three to be provided on lease from BOC Aviation, and will be used on the ope...

The first production A400M soars on its maiden flight

6 March 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military marked a key milestone towards delivery of the initial A400M with today’s successful maiden flight of the first production aircraft. This new-generation airlifter, designated “MSN7,” took off from Seville, Spain and returned there after a smooth 5-hour, 42-minute trip. The French Air...

A400M training service contract is awarded to Airbus Military and Thales UK

4 March 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military and Thales UK have signed an 18-year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence to supply training services for its A400M Atlas next-generation transport aircraft, which are to be operated by the Royal Air Force. Provided through the A400M Training Services Ltd.  joint venture of ...

Airbus Military’s A330 MRTT is accepted into the Royal Saudi Air Force fleet

27 February 2013 News in brief

Saudi Arabia has placed its first A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport into operational service with this new-generation aircraft’s formal acceptance into the Royal Saudi Air Force fleet. The clearance was given by Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khaled bin Sultan during a dedication ceremony held ear...

The A330 MRTT is certified for Royal Australian Air Force operations

26 February 2013 News in brief

The Australian Department of Defence has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for its A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport, which is designated the KC-30A in service with the Royal Australian Air Force. This announcement was made today at the Australian International Airshow, and it reinforces th...

The A400M once again demonstrates its cold weather capabilities

20 February 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s new-generation airlifter has completed another round of cold weather testing as preparations continue in advance of the first A400M customer delivery. These latest evaluations were completed during a week-long deployment to Iqaluit, Canada using a production-representative aircraft...

Airbus Military signs initial support services contract for French Air Force A400Ms

18 February 2013 News in brief

A key milestone has been reached for the upcoming delivery start-up of French Air Force A400Ms with Airbus Military’s signing of the initial In-Service Support contract, which was inked with France’s OCCAR (Organization for Joint Cooperation in Armaments) and spans a period of 18 months. The agreeme...

Airbus ProSky inks new agreement for enhanced air traffic management in Singapore

14 February 2013 News in brief

The partnership of Airbus’ ProSky subsidiary with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has advanced with signing of a joint research and collaboration agreement – marking an important step toward strengthening Singapore as a centre of excellence for air traffic management. Under this pac...

The United Arab Emirates receives its initial A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport

7 February 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military has delivered the first of three new-generation A330 Multi Role Tanker Transports (MRTT) to the United Arab Emirates, which will be operated in service with the nation’s Air Force and Air Defence. This latest handover marks a key milestone for the MRTT programme, as each of Airbus Mi...

The first production A400M shows off its French Air Force colours

15 January 2013 News in brief

Airbus Military’s new-generation A400M airlifter programme marked a key milestone with an unveiling of the no. 1 production aircraft in colours of the French Air Force – the initial customer scheduled to receive an A400M.  This aircraft was shown at Seville, Spain, which is home to the A400M’s ...

India selects Airbus Military as preferred bidder to supply its A330 MRTT

7 January 2013 News in brief

India has selected Airbus Military as the country’s preferred bidder to supply A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft, following a selection process that included the refuelling of multiple Indian Air Force fighter types and operations from the high-altitude base at Leh.  Detailed negot...

The A400M is on track for full certification following its latest critical flight test activity

10 December 2012 News in brief

Airbus Military’s A400M has achieved the last major requirement for its full type certification with completion of Function & Reliability (F&R) flight testing – which evaluated this new-generation military airlifter’s behavior in conditions representative of normal in-flight operations. The ...

The A380 “chills out” with a new supplementary cooling system

3 December 2012 News in brief

Malaysia Airlines is the first operator to receive an A380 equipped with a new-generation supplementary cooling system, which keeps certain aircraft systems – along with stored food and drinks – at optimum temperatures, particularly in hot regions of the world.  Developed with Liebherr, the new...

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