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First ACJ320neo is assembled

Heralds new era in Airbus corporate jets The first ACJ320neo[1] has been assembled on programme, fitted with CFM International LEAP-1A engines and painted in ACJ house-colours, in preparation for a first flight in the coming weeks. After delivery to Acropolis Aviation of the UK in the last quarter of this year, the aircraft will enter outfitting at AMAC in Basle, Switzerland, where an Albert...

Airbus Zephyr Solar High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite flies for longer than any other aircraft during its successful maiden flight

Touch down after 25 days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes System capabilities demonstrated   Maiden Flight objectives achieved Airbus Defence and Space announced the successful landing of its first production aircraft of the Zephyr programme, the new Zephyr S HAPS (High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite). After taking off on 11th July in Arizona, USA, Zephyr S logged a maiden flight of over 25 d...

First Ultra Long Range A350 XWB rolls out of paintshop

The first Ultra Long Range Airbus A350 XWB to be delivered to launch customer Singapore Airlines has rolled out of the paintshop in the carrier’s distinctive livery. Now at an advanced stage of production, the aircraft will undergo further testing before being delivered to the airline in the coming months. Singapore Airlines has ordered seven A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft, and all of...

Airbus launches ab initio Pilot Cadet Training Programme

Programme to help meet global demand for pilots over the next 20 years. Mexico City-based pilot school Escuela de Aviacion Mexico to be launch partner Reflects Airbus’ commitment to support airline customers in contributing to long-term availability of qualified flight crew, strengthening flight crew basic flying skills* In its latest Global Services Forecast, Airbus predict...

French school Trimaille Aero Formation selects ALSIM for third time and buys 2 NEW ALX & AL250 simulators

Alsim is pleased to announce the sale of an AL250 and an ALX (Multi Engine Piston and Medium Jet) to French flight school Trimaille Aero Formation, located in Toussus-le-Noble, next to Paris. Trimaille Aero Formation trusted Alsim from the beginning, and did not hesitate to reiterate their confidence several times: before their latest acquisition of two new simulators...

Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport reports operational results for 2018 FIFA World Cup

During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, from June 13 to July 15, 2018, Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport welcomed 2.2 million passengers, which represents an 11.4% increase in traffic numbers over the previous year. The number of passengers on domestic flights amounted to 1.2 million people (+8.9%), while 1 million passengers took international flights to&nbs...

The BelugaXL airlifter brings a “smile” to Airbus’ production network

The successful first flight of Airbus’ BelugaXL oversize airlifter marks an important milestone in further enhancing the company’s industrial network to support its production output – including the ramp-up in assembly rates for single-aisle and widebody commercial jetliners. With an instantly recognisable livery – featuring a whale-type smile that was chosen by Airbus e...

Eagle eyes - Project EAGLE sets its sights on helping autonomous aircraft see

Before tomorrow’s vision of autonomous flight takes off, its groundwork needs to be set. With EAGLE, autonomy’s basic building block – sight – is being developed by experts at Airbus Helicopters. Alone pilot, an injured hiker.  Faced with an unexpected humanitarian flight, the pilot engages his helicopter’s image-processing system; it flies them to a hospit...

Airbus evaluates an A320neo multi-mission version

The best-selling jetliner is considered for a wide range of ISR and transport operations Having made its mark in the commercial airline sector, the A320neo is now being considered by Airbus for new applications: as a highly-capable and cost-effective platform for ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) duties and as a military transport. The variant – designated A320M3A &nd...

First BelugaXL becomes airborne for its maiden flight

The first BelugaXL took off this morning from Blagnac in Toulouse, France at 10:30 hrs local time, for its maiden flight over south-western France. The aircraft is the first of five BelugaXL to enter into service later in 2019 and to gradually replace the BelugaST transporters. The crew in the cockpit on board this flight comprised: Captain Christophe Cail, Co-Pilot Bernardo Saez-Benito Her...

Philippine Airlines takes delivery of its first A350 XWB

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB at a special event in Toulouse, France, becoming the 19th airline to operate the world’s most modern and efficient long range airliner. Altogether, Philippine Airlines has ordered six A350-900s, which will be primarily operated on non-stop services to Europe and North America. These will include the carrier’s lo...

Airbus - Rethinking city transport

As leader of the Urban Air Mobility Initiative supported by the European Commission, Airbus is uniting a broad range of public and private stakeholders to make the most out of ground and air transport solutions, city by city.  The world’s cities are growing in both size and number. By 2030, 60% of people will live in urban areas, placing an increasing strain on our mobility infr...