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A350 new way of working

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Airbus celebrates the 40th anniversary of its first aircraft programme 28 May 2009

Posted in avianews by avianews1 on June 6, 2009

Tomorrow Airbus celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Franco-German agreement which launched its first ever aircraft programme, the A300. On May 29, 1969, the French Minister of Transport, Jean Chamant and the German Minister of Economic Affairs, Karl Schiller, signed an agreement for the joint-development of the A300 aircraft, a first European twin-aisle twin-engine jet for medium-haul air travel. This historic event took place during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget.

The launch of the A300 programme marked the first milestone in Airbus’ successful history and set the foundation of its today’s vision and strategy. Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO reminds: “40 years ago – in May 1969 – the commercial jet aircraft market was entirely dominated by the US industry. Giving the go-ahead for the A300 was a bold strategic decision. The pioneering spirit of our engineers as well as Airbus’ continuous strive for innovation and international cooperation have made us a global market leader and at the same time a symbol for successful European cooperation. «New standards. Together» – this is our guiding principle and from now on our new tagline that will keep us ahead”.

The A300 revolutionized the civil aviation sector. Dubbed “the profit machine” the A300 was the first twin-aisle twin-engine short/medium haul aircraft, which offered for the first time all the amenities and assets of long range aircraft such as a wide-body comfort, low noise levels, low fuel consumption and low operating costs. Based on the successful idea, Airbus developed its first family of aircraft, the A300/A310 and their respective freighter derivatives. The A300/A310 Family set completely new standards that were adopted on all modern civil aircraft later on.

In total, Airbus had built 822 A300/A310 Family aircraft, while the original business case only foresaw 300 aircraft to be built. The A300 was delivered to over 80 customers. Over the years, these aircraft have flown more than 30 million flight-hours and have taken off more than 15 million times. Today, more than 620 aircraft are still in operation.

The A300 programme was also the starting point of a successful European cooperation. From the beginning the work share was divided: The wings were produced in the UK, the fuselage in Germany and the cockpit in France. The Final Assembly Line was built in Toulouse, France. Eighteen months later, on December 18, 1970, Airbus Industrie was created as Grouping of Economic Interest under French law (GIE, Groupement d’intérêt Economique) gathering the European industrial partners of the programme SNIAS (Société nationale industrielle aérospatiale), Deutsche Airbus, Hawker-Siddeley and VFW-Fokker. Over the years, additional manufacturers joined the consortium, the Spanish CASA in December 1971 and British Aerospace in January 1979.

Airbus today is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus has delivered more than 5,600 aircraft to some 400 customers and operators worldwide and boasts a healthy backlog of around 3,500 aircraft for delivery over the coming years. Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China, Japan and in the Middle East. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS company.

A320

Posted in avianews by avianews1 on June 6, 2009

Targeting a first flight for the A400M military aircraft by the end of October is looking increasingly ‘difficult’.

Posted in avianews by avianews on July 31, 2008

According to Airbus executive vice president Tom Williams, targeting a first flight for the A400M military aircraft by the end of October is looking increasingly ‘difficult’. The company has had ‘issues’ with engine failures, including software problems. Each week of delay to the first flight beyond the end of October would probably equate to a further week’s delay to the delivery of the first aircraft, Williams added. AFX, (28/07)

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Airbus chief executive Thomas Enders said problems with assembly and delivery of the A380 aircraft can only be overcome once a stable serial production has been reached.

Posted in avianews by avianews on July 31, 2008

Airbus chief executive Thomas Enders said problems with assembly and delivery of the A380 aircraft can only be overcome once a stable serial production has been reached. He indicated the company is hiring engineers from outside Europe and overhauling its IT systems. (more…)

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Middle Eastern carriers are expanding as fast as they can in hopes of redefining their region as the aviation crossroads of the globe.

Posted in avianews by avianews on July 31, 2008

Middle Eastern carriers are expanding as fast as they can in hopes of redefining their region as the aviation crossroads of the globe. While most airlines worldwide are undergoing their worst crisis so far, the Middle-Eastern government-backed airlines thrive ; (more…)

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Airbus A380 aircraft launch company, Singapore Airlines, is to accomplish its 1000th commercial flight with the super-jumbo on August 3rd.

Posted in avianews by avianews on July 31, 2008

Airbus A380 aircraft launch company, Singapore Airlines, is to accomplish its 1000th commercial flight with the super-jumbo on August 3rd. More than 400,000 passengers have already been carried. In 9 months of use, (more…)

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The first of the 58 Airbus A380 planes Emirates Airlines ordered was delivered Monday in a handoff ceremony in Hamburg, Germany

Posted in avianews by avianews on July 31, 2008

The first of the 58 Airbus A380 planes Emirates Airlines ordered was delivered Monday in a handoff ceremony in Hamburg, Germany; it should accomplish its first commercial flight on August 1, between Dubai and New York’s JFK airport. (more…)

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Manufacturers of regional aircrafts like Embraer and Bombardier are taking profit of a market gap left open by Airbus and Boeing

Posted in avianews by avianews on July 31, 2008

Manufacturers of regional aircrafts like Embraer and Bombardier are taking profit of a market gap left open by Airbus and Boeing: planes meant for feeder flights. With the advent of ever lager aircrafts like the Airbus 380 which require investments in airports, (more…)

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EADS is expected to report an increase of almost 150% in its earnings before interest and tax for the second quarter of this year

Posted in avianews by avianews on July 31, 2008

EADS is expected to report an increase of almost 150% in its earnings before interest and tax for the second quarter of this year, fuelled by a continuing strong order inflow at Airbus as well as a faster pace of deliveries. (more…)

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EADS is looking for a suitable US partner to possibly offer the A400M military transport aircraft to the Pentagon.

Posted in avianews by avianews on July 24, 2008

EADS is looking for a suitable US partner to possibly offer the A400M military transport aircraft to the Pentagon. Aviation Week reports that executives from EADS North America have held discussions with both Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin about assembling the A400M in the US if it can grab a contract from the DoD. According to John Young, director of tanker programmes at EADS North America, there is a “huge opportunity” for the transport aircraft in the US defence market to replace up to 450 ageing C-130s. (more…)

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Aviation Week analyses the upcoming “narrow-bodies battle” as plane manufacturers are considering future product strategies.

Posted in avianews by avianews on July 24, 2008

Aviation Week analyses the upcoming “narrow-bodies battle” as plane manufacturers are considering future product strategies. Airbus and Boeing face “increasingly tough production decisions” as they try to elaborate strategies for the end of the next decade. With the introduction of Bombardier’s C-Series, (more…)

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US airlines accumulate losses in the face of surging fuel costs.

Posted in avianews by avianews on July 24, 2008

US airlines accumulate losses in the face of surging fuel costs. After American Airlines and Delta, United Airlines and US Airways also reported huge losses in the second quarter -at $ 2.7Bn and $ 567M respectively. (more…)

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Emirates is the symbol of Dubai’s dynamism, reports L’Express.

Posted in avianews by avianews on July 24, 2008

Emirates is the symbol of Dubai’s dynamism, reports L’Express. Next July 28, it will take delivery of its first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. The airline has ordered 58 superjumbos in total -worth more than $ 20Bn. (more…)

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Airbus, Safran and Caisse des Depots yesterday announced the creation of a € 75M investment fund aimed at supporting SMEs in the French aeronautics sector.

Posted in avianews by avianews on July 24, 2008

Airbus, Safran and Caisse des Depots yesterday announced the creation of a € 75M investment fund aimed at supporting SMEs in the French aeronautics sector. La Tribune says this fund, named Aerofund II, clearly has one goal: pushing further the consolidation of the aeronautics industry. (more…)

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