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Airbus

Airbus SAS is a division of the multinational Airbus Group SE that manufactures civil aircraft. It is based in Blagnac, France, a suburb of Toulouse, with production and manufacturing facilities mainly in France, Germany, Spain, China, United Kingdom and the United States. The company employs 72,816.

Airbus began as a consortium of aerospace manufacturers, Airbus Industrie. Consolidation of European defence and aerospace companies in 1999 and 2000 allowed the establishment of a simplified joint-stock company in 2001, owned by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) (80%) and BAE Systems (20%). After a protracted sales process BAE sold its shareholding to EADS on 13 October 2006.

Airbus has sixteen key sites in four countries: France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. Final assembly production is based at Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; Seville, Spain, Tianjin, China, and Mobile, United States. Airbus has subsidiaries in the United States, Japan and India.

The company produces and markets the first commercially viable digital fly-by-wire airliner, the Airbus A320, and the world’s largest passenger airliner, the A380. The 10,000th aircraft, an A350, was delivered to Singapore Airlines on 14 October 2016 ; the global Airbus fleet having performed more than 110 million flights over 215 billion kilometres, carrying 12 billion passengers.

First Airbus A350 XWB for Japan Airlines takes shape in final assembly line

Final assembly of the first A350-900 for Japan Airlines (JAL) has begun and is taking shape at the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse,...

Etihad Airways reaches agreements with Airbus and Boeing to restructure orders

Following two consecutive years of losses, Etihad Airways has reached agreements with Boeing and Airbus to restructure a large portion of its previous orders. The...

Airbus to end A380 production in 2021; Emirates orders 40 A330-900 and 30 A350-900 instead

An important decision on the production of Airbus A380s has been taken today (14 February): Emirates and Airbus agreed to reduce the airline's A380...

Etihad Airways to deploy Airbus A380 on daily Abu Dhabi-Seoul service from 1 July

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British Airways Airbus A380 encounters flaps retraction problem, dumps fuel and returns to Heathrow

On 8 February, a British Airways Airbus A380 (G-XLEA) departed London Heathrow for flight BA27 to Hong Kong. The aircraft, however, encountered a flaps...

Delta’s Airbus A220s take to the skies for first customer flights

Delta's A220 has made its official debut — a moment years in the making for customers and employees across the airline. In the early hours this...

Airbus creates the first electric aeroplane race with Air Race E

Airbus has announced a global partnership with Air Race E, the world’s first electric aeroplane race set to launch its inaugural series in 2020. Airbus...

Air France unveils its new long-haul travel cabins available on board Airbus A330

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Qatar Airways converts 10 of its 50 Airbus A321neo on order to the longer range Airbus A321LR

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Airbus detected a hacking incident on its “Commercial Aircraft” IT systems, which resulted in unauthorised access to data

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Republic of Korea Air Force receives first Airbus A330 MRTT

The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft. The new-generation A330 MRTT...

EASA certifies A330neo for “beyond 180 minutes” ETOPS

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the A330-900 for ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine aircraft Operations) ‘beyond 180 minutes’ diversion time. This significant achievement...

Delta’s first Airbus A330-900neo rolls out of the paint shop

Delta's first A330-900neo left the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, France, this weekend, sporting its signature Delta livery. Though at first glance, the aircraft...

Cebu Pacific takes delivery of its first Airbus A321neo

Cebu Pacific, the largest low-cost carrier in the Philippines has taken delivery of its first A321neo. The new addition complements the Manila-based airline’s Airbus fleet,...

Ivory Coast joins the family of Airbus C295 operators

The Ministry of Defence of Ivory Coast has signed a firm order for one C295 medium transport aircraft. The aircraft, in transport configuration, will enhance...

SMBC Aviation Capital orders 65 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

Leading aircraft lessor SMBC Aviation Capital has boosted its total order book for the A320neo Family to 181 aircraft after signing a firm order...

Acropolis Aviation takes delivery of first Airbus ACJ320neo

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Construction begins on Airbus’ U.S. A220 Manufacturing Facility

Airbus’ manufacturing growth in the United States advanced another step today in Mobile, Alabama, as the construction of the company’s A220 Manufacturing Facility officially...

Why no A380 for Cathay Pacific?

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Ten years ago: US Airways A320 ditches into the Hudson after multiple bird strikes during take-off

On 15 January 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 took off from New York's LaGuardia airport. Three minutes after take-off, flight 1549 struck a...