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First Airbus A320neo advancing rapidly through final assembly

First A320neo in Production.

The first Airbus A320neo (new engine option), the first significant upgrade of the the best selling single aisle narrow-body jetliner of European airframer Airbus S.A.S., is progressing rapidly through the final assembly line in Toulouse, France. The first aircraft began its final assembly last month, with the join of the forward and rear fuselage sections. Next, major structures were mated …

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Photos: Airbus reveals A350 XWB cabin interiors

European airframer Airbus has unveiled proposed cabin interiors for its latest aircraft, the A350 XWB. This cabin interior is installed on board ‘MSN002’ (manufacturer’s serial number) the flight-test aircraft which made its first flight on February 26, earlier this year In a counter to the 17 inch economy class seat widths offered in the 10 abreast seating on many Boeing …

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Video: Airbus’ press conference at India Aviation 2014

At the recently concluded India Aviation 2014 show, European airframer Airbus forecast Indian carriers will require 1,290 new passenger aircraft valued at US$190 billion between now and 2032. 73% of these aircraft will be to accommodate growth and 27% will be used for replacement. Of the 1,290 aircraft, about 913 will be the single aisle narrow bodies of the A320 …

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Airbus starts production of the A320neo Family

Start of manufacturing of the first A320neo with machining of the engine pylon.

European airframer Airbus has marked the start of manufacturing of the much awaited A320neo by performing the first ‘cutting of metal’, machining the first engine pylon component at the “Saint-Eloi” factory in Toulouse, France. The A320neo (new engine option) is slated to enter into service (EIS) from late 2015. Its key feature are the new generation CFM LEAP and Pratt …

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Airbus A350 XWB in Bolivia for high altitude flight testing

The A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, is in Bolivia for a series of flight tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and the capital La Paz. Cochabamba is approximately 8,300 feet above sea level, and at 13,300 La Paz is one of the highest airports in the world. Operations at such high altitude airfields are particularly demanding on aircraft …

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Photos: Airbus rolls out new A350 XWB in ‘Carbon’ livery

European airframer Airbus S.A.S. rolled out its third its third A350 XWB flight-test aircraft, MSN2 (manufacturer serial number 2), from the paint shop in Toulouse, France, featuring a special “carbon” livery which symbolises the extensive use of of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) in the aircraft. 53 per cent of the A350 XWB’s airframe is made-up of composites including the airframer’s …

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Air Caraïbes places order for three A350-1000s and will lease a further three A350-900s from ILFC.

Air Caraibes has signed a firm contract with Airbus S.A.S. for three A350-1000s, the largest member of Airbus’ new generation A350XWB Family. The airline will also lease three new A350-900s from ILFC. The aircraft will enter into service between 2016 and 2022. The Air Caraïbes’ A350-1000s will seat 439 passengers in three classes, and the -900 will seat 387 passengers.  …

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Photos: First flight of Asiana Airlines’ first A380

Korea’s Asiana Airlines’ first A380 has successfully completed its maiden flight. The A380 flew from Airbus’ facilities in Toulouse, France to the aircraft manufacturer’s site in Hamburg, Germany, where it will undergo painting and cabin furnishing. Asiana Airlines will become the twelfth operator of the A380 when it takes delivery of its first aircraft in the second quarter of 2014. …

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AirAsia X orders 25 additional A330-300

AirAsia X, the long haul, low fare airline affiliate of the AirAsia Group has placed an order for 25 more A330-300s with European airframer Airbus. The order is valued at US$ 6 billion at list prices. This order increases AirAsia X’s total orders to 57 A330-300s, which are scheduled to be completed by 2019. Fifty-one direct on Airbus and six …

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Etihad Airways orders CFM LEAP engine for its A321neo

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced that it has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power 26 Airbus A321neo scheduled to begin delivery in 2018. The order is valued at $2.8 billion U.S. at list price, including a long-term services agreement. To support the new fleet, Etihad has signed a 15-year Rate per Flight …

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Qatar Airways Cargo order five new Airbus A330-200F freighters

Qatar Airways has placed a firm order for five new Airbus A330-200 Freighter aircraft in an agreement signed at the Dubai Airshow 2013. These new aircraft will complement the airline’s rapidly growing network, which includes more than 40 routes that have dedicated freighter services. Included in the order are eight additional A330-200F options – which would make the deal potentially …

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Emirates to implement Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) Service

Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Emirates Airline has signed an agreement to implement a structured trial of the Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) service which is expected to lead to a wider implementation thereafter. The AMI service, continuously ensures the automatic replenishment of high-usage and non-repairable parts at the customer’s facilities.The AMI automated inventory management solution supports Airbus customers to reduce their inventory holding costs. By …

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Airbus corporate foundation coordinates relief aid to the Philippines

An Airbus A340-300 test flight aircraft left Lyon, France at 7:45 Nov. 15, for Cebu, Philippines with 28 logistics and emergency rescue specialists on board plus nearly 30 tonnes of water purification equipment and energy biscuits, destined for the victims of the Haiyan typhoon in the Philippines. This relief mission has been jointly organised with Action Contre la Faim (ACF). …

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Airbus A380 airline-wise seating configurations compared

Qatar Airways A380 First Class Cabin

We have published a article with an updated seat chart, see it here. Early next year Qatar Airways will become the eleventh operator of the Airbus A380 super-jumbo. We have researched and produce below an airline-wise A380 seat configuration infographic for comparison. Airbus had original projected the aircraft in a three class 555 seat configuration. We have also reached some …

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Defunct Kingfisher Airlines’ Airbus A380 orders still active

by Vinay Bhaskara Computer rendering of A380 in Kingfisher Airlines livery Image Courtesy of  Malaysia Flying Herald At its recent annual results conference, European aerospace manufacturer Airbus released a bit of shocking information. Apparently, the ill-fated order for five Airbus A380s by now-defunct (though perpetually on the verge of “re-starting” in the eyes of chairman Vijay Mallya) Kingfisher Airlines is …

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Airbus ends A340 era, selling last two aircraft, defaulted by Kingfisher Airlines

European airframer Airbus S.A.S. announced the sale of the last two A340-500 aircraft in its inventory, marking an end of the longest range model of its portfolio. AJW Capital Partners Limited, a worldwide aviation services group based in the UK, has signed a firm contract for the purchase of two Airbus A340-500s aircraft. With this order AJW Capital becomes the …

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