As Airbus approached its 40-year anniversary in 2009, the company was doing what it does best: expanding the jetliner family, broadening its worldwide customer base, and seeking innovative ways to remain a market leader.
And – as it has done during many periods of its four-decade existence – Airbus was achieving these goals after flying through turbulence, both inside and outside the company.
The period from 2006 to 2009 included the A380’s certification by European and U.S. airworthiness authorities, clearing the way for this 21st century flagship’s commercial service introduction in October 2007. Also during this timeframe, Airbus launched its all-new A350 XWB, gave the programme go-ahead for a freighter version of its popular A330-200, and became a key player in the marketplace for military airlifters.
Corporate and VIP jetliner expansion
The A380 takes centre stage
First A380 delivery to Singapore Airlines
A revamped A350 XWB
Growth of the A350 XWB
The next-generation A350 XWB
First final assembly line outside of Europe