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Frankfurt Airport Awaits Arrival of the New Airbus A350 XWB

Postby sn26567 on 25 Jul 2014, 14:02

Frankfurt Airport Awaits Arrival of the New Airbus A350 XWB Aircraft
Deployment of Next-Generation Aircraft Makes Flying Quieter at FRA – Test Flight to Arrive on Friday from Iqualit, Canada, and Depart on Saturday for Toulouse, France

On the evening of Friday, July 25, an Airbus A350 XWB (extra wide body) will land at Frankfurt Airport for the first time. This Airbus test aircraft, which has been visiting various airports around the world to probe handling processes for the new jet, is expected to arrive around 19:00 from Iqualit (YFB) on Baffin Island in the Nunavut territory of Canada’s eastern Arctic. The A350 XWB will depart the following day (July 26) at about 14:00 to the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France.

Peter Schmitz, Fraport AG’s executive board member for operations (COO) explained the importance of the A350 XWB test visit: “Frankfurt Airport has always prepared itself early for next-generation planes by working closely and constructively with the aircraft manufacturers and airlines.” Already in the 1970s when FRA’s Terminal 1 was first being constructed, Frankfurt further expanded the terminal to serve as an ideal hub for the Boeing 747 jumbo. With the introduction of the A380 superjumbo, Fraport AG was actively involved in the first airport ground-handling tests in 2005 and the subsequent route-proving flights for the world’s largest passenger airliner – all conducted via Frankfurt Airport.

Size is not what makes the A350 so special – rather, it is the increased efficiency. In particular, we will benefit from the latest technology that is being implemented with this aircraft type. The significant reduction in noise emissions, which the A350 brings, will help contribute to quieter flying at Frankfurt,” stressed Schmitz, who applauded Lufthansa’s decision to purchase 25 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

Compared to the current generation of twin-engine long-haul wide-body jets, the A350 XWB requires up to 25 percent less fuel and is substantially quieter. More information about the Airbus A350 is available via the Internet.


Aviation fans interested in witnessing the first landing of the A350 at Frankfurt can access the Visitors’ Terrace at Terminal 2, which will stay open longer on Friday evening. For more details about the FRA Visitors’ Terrace, visit Frankfurt Airport’s Web site on the Internet.

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Airbus wins business for 496 aircraft at Farnborough

Postby sn26567 on 17 Jul 2014, 21:47

Airbus wins business worth more than $75 billion for 496 aircraft at Farnborough Air Show 2014 – a new Airbus record at Farnborough
• Customers endorse newly launched A330neo with 121 commitments;
• A320neo Family continues to outpace the competition with 317 orders
• Airbus achieves the 3,000th A320neo Family order during the show

During the 2014 Farnborough Air Show, Airbus won US$75.3 billion worth of business for a total of 496 aircraft, making it by far the largest Farnborough show for Airbus – both in terms of dollar value and also in the number aircraft. The deals comprise Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for 138 aircraft worth $36.9 billion and purchase orders for 358 aircraft worth $38.4 billion.


The show kicked-off with the launch of the A330neo, followed by a brisk slew of announcements from major customers for a total of 121 A330neos worth $33.2 billion. Leading the charge was Air Asia X with a deal for 50 A330-900neos worth $13.8 billion. This landmark selection from one of Asia’s fastest growing carriers, in addition to the stamp of approval from the leading lessors ALC, Avolon and CIT, have together provided further proof that Airbus and Rolls-Royce have made the right choice to build on the outstanding success of the medium-range A330 airliner with the latest technology Trent engines. Furthermore, in doing so, Airbus is proud to continue to develop this platform as the ideal complement to its bigger and long-range brother, the A350 XWB, in the Airbus leading Widebody Family.

In the single-aisle sector, Airbus’ A320 Family garnered an impressive 363 commitments worth $39.0 billion. Of these, the orders for 317 A320neo and A321neo aircraft worth $34.4 billion is a further reflection of how the A320neo Family continues to outpace the competition. To add the icing to the cake, Airbus achieved the 3,000th A320neo Family sale during the show. The milestone was reached when SMBC Aviation Capital ordered 110 A320neo aircraft, marking the show’s biggest vote of confidence for the leading Single Aisle aircraft Family.

John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer, Customers said: “The orders and commitments we’ve received at this record-breaking Farnborough for both the A330neo and A320neo families are together an unequivocally resounding endorsement for these most cost-efficient aircraft.” He adds: “For both our single-aisle and widebody categories, the high representation of lessors – widely regarded as the global ‘barometer’ of the industry – is indicative of the long term confidence in the capacity needs for sustainable growth for the airlines in the years ahead.

Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern family of airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus has delivered more than 8,500 aircraft to some 360 customers worldwide and has a backlog of more than 5,500 aircraft. Airbus has design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the US, China, India, Japan and in the Middle East.

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Air Mauritius orders six Airbus A350 XWB aircraft

Postby sn26567 on 16 Jul 2014, 22:21

A350 key to modernising Air Mauritius’ all Airbus long-haul fleet

Air Mauritius, the flag carrier of Mauritius has decided to expand and modernise its long-haul fleet with a Memorandum of Understanding for four A350-900 aircraft. The agreement was announced during the Farnborough International Airshow 2014. The airline has also announced that it is leasing two more A350-900s. The 6 A350 XWB will be operated on European, Asian and Australian routes.


Air Mauritius, voted the leading airline in the Indian Ocean at the World Travel Awards for the last last nine years and recently awarded a 4-STAR Skytrax rating, currently operates ten Airbus aircraft including two A330-200s and two A319s.

The A350 XWB combined with the A330 suits Air Mauritius’ entire long-range network and will be key to modernising our fleet while significantly reducing our operational costs and environmental footprint. It is the game-changer we were looking for,” said Andries Viljoen, Air Mauritius’ Chief Executive Officer. “These highly comfortable and fuel-efficient aircraft will fit nicely into our existing Airbus fleet, and our passengers will be able to enjoy seamless service and comfort levels throughout our entire product range.”

We are honoured that Air Mauritius, a long-standing customer for 20 years, is ordering more Airbus aircraft,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “The fleet commonality unique to Airbus will maximise operational efficiency for the airline, and passengers will benefit from unmatched comfort levels on the world’s most modern aircraft.”

The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long-range product line comprising three versions offering from 276 to 369 seats. The A350 XWB stands out in its class thanks to its combination of passenger comfort, technological innovation and its unique industrial process. Built hand-in-hand with our customers, the A350 XWB sets new standards in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness. At the end of June 2014, the A350 XWB had won 742 orders from 38 customers worldwide.

16 July 2014 Press Release
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Airbus A320neo surpasses 3,000 firm orders

Postby sn26567 on 15 Jul 2014, 21:51

Ongoing success for the newest member of Airbus’ Single Aisle Family

Airbus A320neo (new engine option) Family has reached an important milestone during the Farnborough airshow, having cumulated more than 3,000 firm orders from 57 customers since its launch in December 2010. The milestone was reached when SMBC Aviation Capital ordered 110 A320neo, marking the latest vote confidence for the world’s leading Single Aisle aircraft Family.


We’ve given customers many reasons to prefer the A320neo Family and our customers have given us 3,000 reasons for making it the world’s favourite and fastest selling single aisle aircraft by far. With 15% reduced fuel burn, an additional 500nm range and the widest most comfortable cabin in its category, the A320neo Family is the single aisle aircraft of choice with 57 customers worldwide – twice as many as the competitor,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “We are honored by SMBC’s vote of confidence in the NEO, and we’re proud that our partnership with them has pushed the A320neo order book beyond 3000.”

Earlier this month, the first A320neo rolled-out of Airbus facilities following its painting and the mounting of its Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines.

The A320neo incorporates new generation engines and Sharklets (wing tip devices) which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings. To date, firm orders for the NEO reached 3090 aircraft from 57 customers, representing a 60 per cent market share in its category.

15 July 2014 Press Release
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Airbus launches the A330neo

Postby sn26567 on 14 Jul 2014, 10:56

Adds new members to its market-leading Widebody Family

Following a decision by the Board of Directors of the Group, Airbus has launched the A330-800neo and A330-900neo, two new members of its Widebody Family, which will incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Benefitting from the unbeatable economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% per seat, making it the most cost efficient, medium range Widebody aircraft on the market. In addition to greater fuel savings, A330neo operators will benefit from a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles and all the operational commonality advantages of the Airbus Family. Deliveries of the A330neo will start in Q4 2017.


The A330 is a very important margin contributor for our Group. It’s also one of the most reliable and efficient commercial aircraft ever. Customers love it. With our decision to re-engine the plane, we will keep the A330 flying high for many more years to come. The development costs for the A330neo will be incurred from 2015 to 2017 with an impact of around -70 basis points on Airbus Group’s 2015 Return on Sales target. However, we have a very good business case and the A330neo, once in service, will continue to significantly contribute to our group’s earnings,” said Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus Group.

The A330neo is the logical evolution of our reliable and versatile A330 Family. It provides an optimal solution for airlines around the world looking to minimise their fuel and operating costs while offering best-in-class comfort to their passengers,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “We see strong market potential for the A330neo, and like its market-leading smaller sister, the A320neo, we are confident this new aircraft will be a success in the medium-haul segment. We are again leveraging a proven aircraft with a wide operator base and making it even more efficient with the latest innovations and technology developments.”

In addition to the new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330neo will feature incremental innovations, including aerodynamic enhancements such as new A350 XWB inspired winglets, an increased wing span and new engine pylons. Pilots will benefit from latest generation cockpit systems, and the already very comfortable A330 cabin will be further optimised to offer up to ten additional 18 inch wide seats. Passengers are winners too, as they will be able to enjoy a 21st century on-board experience with for example, fourth generation In Flight Entertainment (3D films), mood-lighting and full connectivity.

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