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Airbus’ new long-range narrow-body airliner makes first flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st January 2018 The latest model in Europe-based aerospace group Airbus’ single-aisle airliner family, the A321LR, made its maiden flight from Hamburg in Germany on Wednesday. The aircraft is MSN7877 and is a long range version of the A321neo (new engine option), hence the suffix “LR”. It is powered by CFM... 

Airbus DS test flies its new UAV in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     18th July 2017 South Africa’s Overberg Test Range was the site of the first flight of the Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) Sagitta jet-powered unmanned air vehicle (UAV) demonstrator, the European company announced on Tuesday. The aircraft, a flying-wing design, flew autonomously over the test range (which... 

Cosatu must sort out own issues – Mantashe

By: News24Wire      2nd July 2015 The tripartite alliance will defend the Congress of South African Trade Union's (Cosatu’s) unity, but the trade union federation needs to sort out its own problems, African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. “The summit also affirms its support of the... 

SA aerospace companies form alliances locally and globally

By: Keith Campbell     3rd October 2014 Two major announcements concerning the South African aerospace industry, both involving leading local company Aerosud Holdings, were made within 24 hours of each other, immediately before the start of the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 exhibition. The announcements also concerned fellow South... 

Aerostructures triple alliance to boost SA aerospace industry

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2014 South African aerospace companies Aerosud and Denel Aerostructures (DAe) signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with European major airliner company Airbus at the DAe plant at OR Tambo International Airport, in Kempton Park, on Tuesday. The MoU creates an industrial and research... 

European aircraft maker looks for markets beyond its home base

By: Keith Campbell     19th July 2013 European aircraft manufacturer Airbus Military does not see its home continent as its major market in the coming years. “Europe will not be the driver of our sales and the driver of our strategy in the years to come,” company head of light and medium aircraft and derivatives programmes Rafael... 

Local companies could help support Airbus Military aircraft bought by SA

By: Keith Campbell     30th May 2013 Should South Africa order any type of Airbus Military aircraft, the company would be willing to allow South African involvement in their support. "We know the capabilities of the South African industry," Airbus Military Customer Services head Philippe Galland pointed out to Engineering News... 

Boeing 787 problems unlikely to affect Airbus A350, but new A380 wing production hits snags

By: Keith Campbell     1st February 2013 European planemaker Airbus does not yet see any need to change the electrical architecture of its latest design, the A350XWB airliner, because of problems now being suffered by US rival Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. This was made clear by company president and CEO Fabrice Brégier, responding to a... 

A380 new wing phase-in to slow production this year, but break-even target unchanged

By: Keith Campbell     17th January 2013 Airliner manufacturer Airbus expects to lose about one month’s production of its A380 Superjumbo this year as it phases in a new wing design for the aircraft. It hopes to recover this lost production next year. This was revealed by company president and CEO Fabrice Brégier at the annual Airbus... 


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