For the first time, Airbus has brought its 21st century flagship A380 to Russia’s leading aerospace exhibition and air show – MAKS – which began today at Ramenskoye Airfield (Zhukovsky) near Moscow and runs until 21 August.
With the jetliner’s landing in advance of the event, Ramenskoye became the 133rd airport visited by the A380. While at MAKS 2011, the aircraft will perform a flying display during each day of the show.
The A380’s appearance underscores Airbus’ successful relationship with Russia – which participated in the double-deck jetliner’s development and continues be a supplier for the A380, as well as the single-aisle A320 Family.
Airbus continues to cooperate with the Russian aircraft industry in a full range of areas – from research and technology, engineering and manufacturing to the vertically-integrated supply chain and certification. Airbus also works with Russian industry for the supply of aircraft components, including titanium landing gear parts, flight control system elements, and heat exchangers for air management systems.
For Airbus’ participation in this year’s biennial MAKS event, the company also is providing a glimpse of the future with a 3D movie showcasing its vision for tomorrow’s aviation – including the Airbus Concept Plane and its revolutionary cabin.
This multimedia experience is located at the indoor stand of Airbus’ parent company, EADS (exhibit A1, Hall F3), which also features scale models of the eco-efficient A320neo (New Engine Option) and A350 XWB, along with highlights of Russia’s industrial involvement in Airbus programmes.
A dedicated Russian-language A380 website (www.a380atmaks.ru) has been created by Airbus on the occasion of MAKS 2011. It includes interviews and articles about the A380, as well as photos, video clips and air show news. Airbus’ developments can be followed as well on twitter @Airbus.