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Airbus launches new version of ACJ319 corporate jet

Postby sn26567 on 14 Apr 2014, 13:08

Brings big-cabin comfort to broader market

Airbus has launched a new version of its popular corporate jet, the ACJ319, offering customers simplicity, speed and savings in the cabin. Called ACJ319 Elegance, the new version complements today’s fully customisable version.

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Airbus corporate jets have always been great at enabling customers to take their lifestyles into the air, because they have the widest and tallest cabins of any business jet”, points out Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “Our new ACJ319 Elegance makes it even easier and quicker for customers to realise the cabin of their dreams, by choosing from a wide range of seating and socialising options,” he adds.

Elegance combines today’s ACJ319 airframe with a new cabin that allows customers to choose from a wide range of lounge, office, dining and conference modules, complemented by a bathroom and galley at the front and a bedroom with ensuite bathroom at the rear.

This arrangement simplifies cabin layout by allowing customers to quickly and easily create an arrangement that suits their needs and tastes, helping them to get what they want without having to invest a lot of time and effort. It also makes it easier for customers to upgrade their cabin later, simply by replacing one or more modules with others.

Airbus’ ACJ319 is the most popular version of the company’s corporate jet family, and the introduction of Elegance means that customers will have the freedom to choose between it and today’s fully customisable layout.

Cabin outfitting of the Airbus ACJ319 Elegance will be carried out by the company’s Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) subsidiary in Toulouse, which developed the concept, as a turnkey project for customer peace of mind. Customers for today’s fully customisable Airbus ACJ319 will continue to have the freedom to choose from a wide range of cabin-outfitters, including a network of eight Airbus-approved cabin outfitters around the world.

Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of business jets, all derived from the world’s most modern aircraft family, seating from 19 to more than 100 passengers in unequalled comfort and space, with unrivalled freedom of movement. More than 170 Airbus corporate jets have been sold to date, and they are flying on every continent, including Antarctica.

14 April 2014 Press Release
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Airbus’ US A320 Final Assembly Line takes shape

Postby sn26567 on 10 Apr 2014, 20:36

Snapshot one year after ground-breaking in Mobile, Alabama

One year after the ground breaking ceremony for Airbus’ first A320 Family assembly facility to be built in the U.S., the Mobile Assembly Line is making good progress. The main buildings are taking shape and the first employees have started their on-the-job training at Airbus Hamburg in Germany.

The steelwork on the main building, the Final Assembly Line hangar where the A320 Family aircraft will be assembled, started in April 2013 and is nearing completion. In addition, the powerhouse, which will provide utilities such as electricity, hot and chilled water is also nearing completion. The construction work continues with the assembly of the service building, housing the main offices, followed by the building of the logistics centre.

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In parallel to the construction, employees for the assembly line are also being recruited. The first manufacturing engineering employees started initial training in November 2013 in Mobile before beginning their on-the-job training in Hamburg, Germany in mid-January this year. Over the past few months, manufacturing engineers, station managers and quality managers have been working alongside their counterparts in Germany to become familiar with production tools and processes.

The Mobile FAL will eventually employ some 1,000 people, to assemble the world’s most fuel-efficient single aisle A320 Family aircraft.

Currently, Airbus has three A320 FALs (Hamburg, Toulouse and Tianjin). In July 2012 Airbus decided to establish a fourth A320 Family Final Assembly Line in Mobile, Alabama, U.S. Production start is scheduled in 2015, with first deliveries from the Mobile facility beginning in 2016. The Mobile Assembly Line will produce four aircraft a month by 2017.

10 April 2014 Press Release
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Airbus A350 XWB makes first touchdown in UK

Postby sn26567 on 10 Apr 2014, 20:33

Next generation Airbus flown in by British test pilot Frank Chapman

The new Airbus A350 XWB has made its first ever landing on British soil, visiting Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire as part of routine certification tests.

The aircraft, MSN3, was flown by London-born experimental test pilot, Frank Chapman, and is one of the four A350 test aircraft currently flying and undergoing rigorous testing in preparation for the A350’s certification and entry into service later this year. In total the A350 XWB flight test campaign will accumulate around 2,500 flight hours with the fleet of five aircraft.

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Captain Chapman said: “The A350 XWB has significant UK input, as the wings and fuel systems are designed at the Airbus facilities in Filton, Bristol and assembled at the company’s Broughton plant in North Wales while the engines are made by Rolls-Royce in Derby and the landing gear by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty in Gloucestershire.”

“This visit is part of the aircraft’s certification. Experts from the nearby Airbus Filton facility are playing a key role in supporting the fuel system tests.

“I’m immensely proud to be flying the first A350 XWB to land in the UK and look forward to this aircraft being a regular feature in British skies over the coming years
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The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions. The new family whose fuselage cross-section is optimized for full long-range passenger comfort in all classes, brings a 25% step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category. At the end of March 2014, the A350 XWB totalled 812 orders from 39 customers.

10 April 2014 Press Release
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Airbus A350 sets new standards in cabin design & development

Postby sn26567 on 07 Apr 2014, 18:07

Flight-test A350 XWB MSN002 unveiled its cabin interior

Airbus has unveiled the A350 XWB’s development cabin interior installed on board flight-test aircraft ‘MSN002’ at the Airbus site in Hamburg. MSN002, which made its first flight on 26th February 2014, is the first of two test aircraft fitted with a passenger interior and is part of the growing A350 XWB development fleet. Intensive cabin flight and ground tests have already been performed during a two-week stay of the aircraft in Hamburg in mid-March 2014. The cabins of all Airbus aircraft are developed by the engineering and research teams based there. The new interior demonstrates how the aircraft’s “eXtra-wide” fuselage will soon offer passengers even more personal space, flexibility and comfort in business and economy classes, and especially, a wide 18” seat in 9-abreast economy.

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Chris Emerson, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Airbus said: “Passenger comfort is an increasingly important differentiator for the airline industry, becoming a fundamental deciding factor driving passenger choice and business success.” He adds: “The A350 XWB is the only aircraft in its sector to truly offer ‘comfort without compromise’, while providing airlines with unrivalled operating economics, flexibility and fuel efficiency.

A350 XWB MSN002 will be tasked with conducting a series of “Early Long Flights” with its cabin accommodating real passengers. ‘Hot and cold’ cabin trials will also feature in its busy test programme, which also includes validation of the advanced fourth-generation in-flight-entertainment (IFE). MSN002 will soon be joined by the second cabin-equipped A350 MSN005, which will be tasked with route-proving flights around the world to the major destinations it will serve.

Airbus inaugurates A350 XWB Customer Definition Centre in Hamburg

Together with the unveiling of the first A350 XWB test cabin, Airbus also inaugurated its dedicated A350 XWB Customer Definition Centre (CDC) where airline customers and operators will follow an efficient cabin design and definition process allowing shorter lead times. The CDC, which features individually tailored zones, enables the customers to see, feel and test the real catalogue solutions presented in a showroom environment, and in close cooperation with the risk-sharing partners. The centre also incorporates the innovative electronic “A350 XWB Configurator” – a virtual environment and modelling tool for accelerated cabin specification and visualisation. In short, the CDC is a “one-stop-shop” for airlines to establish their own A350 XWB cabin definition efficiently in one place.

Notable passenger-pleasing features of the A350 XWB cabin which customers can evaluate for real in the CDC include the full cabin LED lighting with 16.7 million possible colours for customized ambiances and scenarios, or the various galley options. They will also be able to experience the wide array of fourth-generation IFE consoles and high-definition display options - for which the associated electronics boxes and connections are smartly integrated and combined with the aircraft’s unique flat floor architecture, thus freeing-up even more personal space, under the seat.

Visitors to the CDC’s full-scale mock-ups will also appreciate the aircraft’s near-vertical sidewalls, adding eXtra spaciousness to the cabin and the large overhead stowage bins to match growing hand-luggage volume requirements.

The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions covering a wide range of capacities from 276 to 369 seats. This family, whose 221-inch wide internal cabin cross-section is optimized for full long-range passenger comfort in all classes, brings a 25 percent step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category. At the end of March 2014, the A350 XWB had won 812 orders from 39 customers worldwide.

7 APRIL 2014 PRESS RELEASE
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Finnair completes sale & leaseback agreement for Airbus A330

Postby sn26567 on 31 Mar 2014, 18:18

Finnair completes sale and leaseback agreement for one Airbus 330 aircraft

On 17 December 2013, Finnair signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Novus Aviation Capital on the sale and leaseback of two Airbus 330 aircraft owned by Finnair. The transaction has now been finalized for one of the two aircraft.

The sale and leaseback agreement for the second aircraft included in the MoU is expected to be concluded by the end of June 2014. The value of the arrangement covering both aircraft is approximately EUR 110 million. More information on the arrangement is available in Finnair’s stock exchange release announced on 17 December 2013.

Finnair Plc. Stock Exchange Release 31 March 2014 18:15 EET
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