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Solid demand forecast for turboprop aircraft amid growth in regional routes

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 Regional turboprop airliner manufacturer ATR has released its 20-year (2018 to 2037) forecast for global demand for turboprop airliners. It estimates the market at 3 020 aircraft, worth more than $80-billion. “The key driver for this positive outlook is traffic growth in regional connectivity,”... 

Airliner manufacturer predicts strong demand for turboprop aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd July 2018 Regional turboprop airliner manufacturer ATR on Monday released its 20-year (2018 to 2037) forecast for global demand for turboprop airliners. It estimated the market at 3 020 aircraft, worth more than $80-billion. “The key driver for this positive outlook is traffic growth in regional... 

Airbus reports strong single-aisle aircraft demand

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th January 2018 Airbus Commercial Aircraft President Fabrice Brégier is very optimistic about the state of the global airliner market and the prospects it offer the company. “The market is still very active; the growth is, in China … still more than 10% year-on-year – on [sic] such a big market, we are having 1... 

New versions of major airliner designs make first flights on same day

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 March 31 was a red-letter day in commercial aviation when two new versions of major airliners made their first flights. They were – in alphabetical order – the Airbus A319neo and the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. The two flights took place from Hamburg, Germany and at North Charleston in South... 

Alstom invests in EasyMile, a start-up developing electric driverless shuttles

19th January 2017 Alstom is investing €14 million, and thus taking a minority stake, in EasyMile, an innovative start-up company developing the EZ10 electric driverless shuttle. The investment forms part of the start-up’s ongoing capital increase. In parallel, Alstom and EasyMile have signed a commercial... 

FIRST FLIGHT

9th December 2016 Pilots and crew members wave from the door of a Airbus A350-1000 twinjet passenger plane, following its first flight at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, on November 24. The plane is the biggest version of Airbus's A350 wide-body jet, swelling the twin-engine model's capacity. Bloomberg... 

Ethiopia receives the first Airbus A350XWB in Africa 

By: African News Agency      30th June 2016 Ethiopian airlines this week took delivery of the first Airbus A350XWB in the French aeronautics city of Toulouse, becoming the first African carrier to own the new-generation wide-body aircraft and the first airliner in the world to fly the airplane with the capacity of carrying 343 passengers... 

‘Mrs Ples’ is possibly ‘Mr Ples’

By: Anine Kilian     22nd January 2016 It has been 69 years since the world-famous Mrs Ples – the  most complete skull of an Australopithecus africanus – was discovered in South Africa in 1947 by palaeontologist Robert Broom at the  Sterkfontein caves in the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng. New research, primarily conducted by... 

Mrs Ples possibly Mister Ples  

14th January 2016 It has been 68 years since the world famous Mrs Ples was discovered in South Africa in 1947 by paleontologist Dr Robert Broom in Sterkfontein, Gauteng. Now, new research is trying to prove that Mrs Ples was actually male. 

Airbus seeks appropriate technologies to improve production efficiency

By: Keith Campbell     26th June 2015 Major global aircraft manufacturer Airbus Commercial Aircraft is maintaining a steady course. "I don't have any big news, good or bad," company President and CEO Fabrice Brégier told international aviation journalists in Toulouse, France, at the company’s recent Innovation Day media briefings.... 

Centre of gravity for world aviation market swinging to Asia

By: Keith Campbell     19th June 2015 In less that a decade, a major change has occurred in the global airliner market. In 2005, Airbus delivered 378 aircraft, of which the countries of North America (excluding Mexico), Europe and the former Soviet Union took 62% and emerging countries and the rest of the world together accounted for... 

Airliner manufacturer’s big re-engining programmes advancing

By: Keith Campbell     12th June 2015 Global major airliner manufacturer Airbus has nearly finished the development of the first of its aircraft re-engining programmes. This re-engining is known as neo, for new engine option. This is for the single-aisle (or narrow body) A320 family. (The other is for the twin-engined widebody A330... 

New Airbus wide-body offering expected to enter service in 2017

By: Keith Campbell     12th June 2015 The latest development of Airbus’ highly successful A330 widebody airliner family, the A330neo, is set to have its design frozen by the end of this year and should enter into service in late 2017. Neo stands for new engine option and the A330neo is the major airliner manufacturer’s second such... 

Airbus' latest design, the A350, going well

By: Keith Campbell     29th May 2015 The latest product of global major airliner manufacturer Airbus, the A350-900, is now in production ramp up phase, following its entry into service last year with launch customer Qatar Airways. And the company is now preparing for the introduction of the next version of the aircraft, the... 

It's steady as she goes, says Airbus Commercial Aircraft boss

By: Keith Campbell     29th May 2015 Major global aircraft manufacturer Airbus Commercial Aircraft is maintaining a steady course. "I don't have any big news, good or bad," company President and CEO Fabrice Bregier told international aviation journalists in Toulouse, France, on Thursday. "We're in track," he reported. "The order... 

A380 still set to win new customers, says Airbus

By: Keith Campbell     28th May 2015 European manufacturer Airbus is confident that it will win more orders for its flagship A380 Superjumbo airliner before the end of this year. "We should have some orders for the [A]380 this year," company chief operating officer: customers John Leahy told aviation journalists in Toulouse, France,... 

Singapore Airlines’ first A350 XWB takes shape

19th May 2015 Airbus has begun final assembly of the first A350-900 for Singapore Airlines at its facilities in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of 70 A350 XWBs ordered by the airline and is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2016. The A350 XWB will form a major part of the future... 

European airliner company deepens presence in China

By: Keith Campbell     24th October 2014 European airliner manufacturer Airbus has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Tianjin Free Trade Zone (TJFTZ) and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic) which reconfirms a programme to establish a Completion and Delivery Centre for A330 wide body airliners in Tianjin. The TJFTZ... 

Airbus pushing innovation envelope 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd July 2014 Engineering News senior deputy editor Keith Campbell discusses the Airbus Innovation Days 2014 media briefing in Toulouse, France with deputy online editor Tracy Hancock. 

Airbus confident of global air traffic growth, not hurt by A350 order cut

By: Keith Campbell     27th June 2014 European airliner manufacturer Airbus, part of the larger Airbus Group, remains confident in the continuing growth of the global air transport industry. Some market analysts have expressed fears that a bubble is developing in the sector. "Is there a bubble? I don't think so at all," affirmed... 

Airbus’s revamped aircraft test centre begins delivering results

By: Keith Campbell     27th June 2014 With its flight test and certification campaign for its latest airliner family, the A350XWB, European commercial aircraft company Airbus (part of the Airbus Group) is trying to reverse the trend that has developed over recent decades of ever-longer new aircraft flight test development and... 

Airbus optimistic about the future

By: Keith Campbell     12th June 2014 European airliner manufacturer Airbus remains upbeat about the international air traffic sector. "Globally, the market remains very positive, though with some volatility," Airbus (not to be confused with the Airbus Group, of which it is part) president and CEO Fabrice Bregier told aviation... 

Revamped Airbus aircraft test centre delivering results

By: Keith Campbell     12th June 2014 With its flight test and certification campaign for its latest airliner family, the A350XWB, European commercial aircraft company Airbus (part of the Airbus Group) is trying to reverse the trend that has developed over recent decades of ever-longer new aircraft flight test development and... 

Airbus sees continuing global air traffic growth

By: Keith Campbell     11th June 2014 European airliner manufacturer Airbus, part of the larger Airbus Group, remains confident in the continuing growth of the global air transport industry. Some market analysts have expressed fears that a bubble is developing in the sector. "Is there a bubble? I don't think so at all," affirmed... 

Airbus disappointed, but not worried, by Emirates A350 cancellation

By: Keith Campbell     11th June 2014 The cancellation of an order for 70 Airbus A350XWB by Emirates Airlines, announced on Wednesday morning, will have no financial impact on the European airliner manufacturer. "It's not the world's greatest news," Airbus chief operating officer: customers John Leahy told journalists in Toulouse.... 

Airbus starts final assembly of best-selling A320neo

17th March 2014 A320neo programme on-track for first flight in Q4 2014 Airbus has started final assembly of the first A320neo at its Final Assembly Line in Toulouse (France), with the join-up of the forward and aft fuselage sections which recently arrived from St. Nazaire in France and Hamburg in Germany... 

New-generation Airbus incorporates key components made in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2013 On June 14, the first example of European manufacturer Airbus’ latest airliner family, the twin-engined wide body A350 XWB, made its maiden flight from Toulouse Blagnac Airport, in south-west France. (Throughout this story, the name Airbus means the airliner manufacturer and not the European... 

New-generation Airbus incorporates key components made in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2013 On June 14, 2013, the first example of European manufacturer Airbus’ latest airliner family, the twin-engined wide body A350 XWB, made its maiden flight from Toulouse Blagnac airport in south west France. (Throughout this story, the name Airbus means the airliner manufacturer and not the European... 

Airbus affirms its latest design as best option for SAA future fleet 

By: Keith Campbell     29th October 2013 European airliner maker Airbus argues that its new-generation A350-900 twin-aisle airliner would be the best option for South African Airways (SAA) wide-body fleet renewal programme. The national carrier wants to replace its current fleet of four-engine Airbus A340s with more economical twin... 

SAA urged to consider its Airbus options

By: Kim Cloete     4th June 2013 European aircraft manufacturer Airbus says local carrier South African Airways (SAA) will need to move faster if it wants to order Airbus’ most modern jetliner, the A350 XWB. Airlines from around the world, including British Airways, Singapore Airlines and Air France, have already placed a total... 

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... 

Airbus A350 unlikely to be affected by Boeing 787 problems

By: Keith Campbell     17th January 2013 European planemaker Airbus does not yet see any need to change the electrical architecture of its latest design, the A350 XWB airliner, because of problems now being suffered by US rival Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. This was made clear on Thursday by company president and CEO Fabrice Brégier,... 

Company Announcement: Airbus delivers first A330 Freighter in the Americas to Tampa Cargo

7th January 2013 AviancaTaca cargo subsidiary receives first of four freighter aircraft 

Structural assembly of first flyable Airbus A350 XWB completed

By: Keith Campbell     14th December 2012 The first flying example of the new Airbus A350 XWB airliner completed its main structural assembly process on the type’s final assembly line (FAL) at Toulouse in France, last week. (The letters XWB stand for eXtra Wide Body.) Designated MSN-001, the aircraft is structurally almost complete, with... 

Company Announcement: Airbus Corporate Foundation and Aviation Sans Frontières send medical equipment to Thailand on THAI’s second A380

3rd December 2012 Medical equipment for Bangkok Hospital and €50,000 donation for children’s home 

Company Announcement: A320 Sharklet EASA certification paves the way for airlines to benefit from significant fuel savings potential

3rd December 2012 Airbus has achieved on schedule certification for its new fuel-saving Sharklets for the A320 Family with CFM engines 

Airbus formally inaugurates its latest final assembly facility

By: Keith Campbell     2nd November 2012 The Final Assembly Line (FAL) facility for Airbus’ latest airliner, the A350XWB, was formally inaugurated and named last week in Toulouse, France. The FAL has an area equivalent to almost 300 tennis courts and its roof is partly covered by 22 000 m2 of photovoltaic panels, which use solar energy... 

Company Announcement: A320neo's first Pratt & Whitney test engine takes shape

29th October 2012 Significant milestone reached and A320neo programme on track 

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