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        With a 50-year track record of innovation, technological firsts and industry milestones, Airbus has lived up to its official motto, “We Make It Fly,” from the company’s creation.

        Today, Airbus is a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to a customer base that spans the globe – with operations for commercial aircraft, helicopters, defence and space.

        Take a journey through some of the highlights of our company from the past 50 years, and learn more about Airbus’ continuing success story with the extensive 'History In Depth' pages below.

        Airbus History Decades 60s

        1960s historic highlights

        1965

        The SA330 Puma performed its first flight

        This medium-weight twin-engine was the first of a long series that has been built in various versions down to the present day. Read more >

        First Flight on April 15, 1965

        1968

        First flight of the Gazelle SA341

        It is the first helicopter equipped with an encased tail rotor, known as a Fenestron.?Read more >

        The first flight of the Gazelle SA 341 with a Fenestron

        1969

        The Franco-British supersonic airliner Concorde takes off on its 1st flight in Toulouse

        Commercial aviation took a supersonic leap into the future with Concorde’s maiden flight, which was captained by André Turcat.?Read more >

        First flight crew (from the left): André Turcat, Jacques Guignard, Henri Perrier and Michel Retif

        1969

        29th May 1969: Official launch of the Airbus A300 Programme

        The A300 programme was launched with a milestone agreement signed by French Transport Minister Jean Chamant and German Economics Minister Karl Schiller at the 1969 Paris Airshow, to build a commercial aircraft that was smaller, lighter and more economical than its three-engine American rivals.?Read more >

        1969 A300 Go Ahead Signature

        1969

        Creation of MBB

        In 1969, MBB (Messerschmitt – B?lkow – Blohm) was created by merging three companies. The group Messerschmitt – B?lkow, already in existance since the year before, and Hamburger Flugzeugbau GmbH, the aviation division of Blohm und Voss.


        Trailblazing pioneers

        Roger Béteille, technical director of the A300 programme.

        Roger Béteille was a key figure at Airbus from 1967 to 1985 – and a driving force behind the A300 programme, serving initially as a Technical and Coordinating Manager, and becoming Managing Director in 1975. A large part of the company’s initial success can be traced back to Béteille: a believer in European cooperation, he joined Airbus still in its “preliminary” stage. Béteille’s first proposal of work-sharing (to have aircraft parts such as elements of the fuselage, the wing root and the wings produced by different entities) is still in place today. Béteille’s involvement in the A300 programme ensured the aircraft would match the needs of airline customers, and not just manufacturers’ ideas. Béteille retired from the company in 1985; the final assembly building for the?Airbus A350 XWB?in?Toulouse?is named after him.

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        René Mouille, legendary pioneer of the helicopter industry, passed away yesterday, 10 January, 2019 at 94 years old.
        René Mouille, pioneer of the helicopter industry

        René Mouille was pivotal in pushing the helicopter industry forward and garnered a collection of groundbreaking inventions to his name.?He is at the origin of the design for the SE3120 (Alouette I) and the SE 3130 Alouette II (the first turbine helicopter), and the Alouette III in 1958; the Super Frelon in 1962; the Puma in 1964; the Gazelle in 1967; and the Dauphin and Ecureuil in the 1970s. In 1963, he was nominated Engineer-in-Chief of the helicopter division of Sud Aviation. With over 40 patents to his name, Mouille was instrumental in pushing the barriers of helicopter technology, such as with the hub NAT (Non-Articulated Drag) with visco-elastic dampers, as well as the famous Fenestron? shrouded tail rotor and the Starflex main rotor. He also invented the SARIB suspension system. The inventions by Mouille and his collaborators are still widely used in the helicopter industry today.?

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        Ludwig B?lkow, aeronautical pioneer of Germany

        An innovator of the aeronautical industry in Germany, Ludwig B?lkow created the?B?lkow?GmbH in?Ottobrunn, which developed into the biggest aeronautics and spaceflight company in the country, MBB (Messerschmitt-B?lkow-Blohm). MBB was an aerospace manufacturer that was later bought by Deutsche Aerospace AG, which is now part of Airbus. B?lkow was the key figure in the design of the world's first jet fighter, the Me 262, and was leading the rebuilding of the German aviation industry following the Second World War. B?lkow was awarded the?Ludwig-Prandtl-Ring?from the?Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt?(German Society for Aeronautics and Astronautics) for "outstanding contribution in the field of aerospace engineering" in 1972. He was awarded a Gold Medal by the British?Royal Aeronautical Society?in 1978.

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        Airbus History Decades 70s

        1970s historic highlights

        1970

        Airbus Industrie was officially created as a GIE

        France’s Aerospatiale (a merger of SEREB, Sud Aviation and Nord Aviation), and Germany’s Deutsche Airbus – a grouping of four firms, Messerschmittwerke, Hamburger Flugzeugbau, VFW GmbH and Siebelwerke ATG - each took a 50 per cent stake. Read more >


        1971

        First flight of C-212 Aviocar

        Developed by Airbus predecessor CASA, the C212 has been used in charter and short-haul cargo roles, for search and rescue missions, and various military applications. Read more >

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        1972

        First flight of the SA360 Dauphin

        The Aerospatiale built SA360 Dauphin was designed as the successor to the Alouette III. Read more >

        The SA360 C N°01 in Marignane on June 10, 1972

        1972

        The first flight of the A300 – the world's first twin engine wide-body aircraft

        Marking a revolutionary step, the A300’s flight test campaign was performed by an international team of pilots.?Read more >

        Airbus’ A300, the first widebody twin-engine airliner, makes its maiden flight on 28 October 1972 from Toulouse, France one month ahead of schedule

        1973

        An odyssey across South and North America

        A300 embarks on a six-week sales expedition across North and South America to show off Airbus’ new creation to customers, pilots and executives.??Read more >

        Airbus’ first-ever demonstration tour to Latin America occurred in 1973 with the company’s original A300B jetliner.  This aircraft is shown in a fly-by of Rio de Janeiro – nearly 40 years prior to the A380’s demonstration tour of the region in March 2012

        1974

        Helios-A and Helios-B, launched in 1974 and 1976

        Built by Messerschmitt-B?lkow-Blohm, a German predecessor company to Airbus, they were designed to study solar processes and enabled the collection of data on comets.? Read more >

        Helios A and B - German-American solar probes to measure energy and radiance, cosmic dust and interplanetary stray light in an orbit round the sun.

        1974

        A300B2 enters regular service for Air France

        Initial commercial flights for Air France were from Paris to London. Read more >

        Handover of the milestone first Airbus A300B2 in May 1974 is marked with this “family photo” with the flight crew from Air France

        1974

        First flight of the Tornado

        The MRCA prototype, later known as the Tornato, took its maiden flight at Manching. The programme for this multi-role combat aircraft was initiated as a British-German-Italian joint venture, and was introduced into service beginning in the 1979.?Read more >

        MRCA P 01. First Prototype, D-9591.

        1974

        The launch of the Franco-German communications satellite Symphonie

        Symphonie was the first European communications satellite system, seen here during final calibration work at the Toulouse space centre, was launched into orbit aboard an American Delta rocket.?Read more >

        Symphonie 02

        1977

        Launch of the first European weather satellite Meteosat

        Meteosat, the first European weather satellite and the basis for Airbus’ competence in meteorological platforms. Built by an industrial consortium, the prototype Meteosat-1 was launched in 1977 on a U.S. Delta rocket, followed by six others that were orbited by Ariane launchers beginning in 1981.??Read more >

        Meteosat Satellite Copyright ESA

        1978

        Eastern Airlines, Airbus' first US customer, orders 23 A300B4 aircraft

        After the breakthrough agreement with Eastern Airlines, there followed a series of orders that confirmed Airbus as a serious contender in the global aircraft manufacturing industry.?Read more >

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        1978

        First flight of the AS332 Super Puma

        The AS332 Super Puma, featuring anti-crash fuel tanks, which offered military users new guarantees in terms of survivability and, in time, all the customers of the range would benefit from these improvements.?Read more >

        The Super Puma AS332 n°2002 during its first flight on April 9, 1980.

        1979

        First flight of BK 117

        The precursor to the EC145, the BK117 was a 50:50 joint venture by MBB and Kawasaki.?Read more >

        The BK117 on the sky of Germany.

        1979

        First successful launch of the Ariane 1

        The first Ariane 1 was launched in 1979 from the Guiana Space Centre, providing the framework for a family of vehicles that were to become a benchmark in the world’s launch service industry.?Read more >

        Ariane 1

        Airbus History Decades 80s

        1980s historic highlights

        1982

        Cockpit advances

        Delivery of the first A300 FFCC jetliner version, received by Indonesian airline Garuda, incorporating the Forward-Facing Crew Cockpit configuration, which enabled a two-pilot crew to fly the aircraft without the need for a flight engineer. This was a world’s first for a wide-body aircraft. The two-crew forward-facing cockpit has since become an airline industry standard.? Read more >

        A300 Cockpit Pilot

        1982

        First flight of the A310

        The “Airbus Family” began with the shorter-fuselage A310 and longer-range A300. Lufthansa and Swissair were the first carriers.??Read more >

        A310 In Flight 95

        1983

        Spacelab starts its journey into space

        Spacelab, built in Bremen by MBB-Erno as prime contractor, starts its first journey into space on board the Columbia space shuttle. The command and data managament subsystem CDMS was developed by MATRA.??Read more >

        Shuttle Columbia during STS-50 with Spacelab Module LM1 and tunnel in its cargo bay

        1983

        First flight of the CN235

        Developed jointly by CASA and IPTN, the CN235 has highly diverse applications, covering the spectrum from airline flights, patrol and anti-drug trafficking to cargo, VIP duties and special missions.? Read more >

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        1985

        Development of Eurostar

        A series of high-performance communications satellites suited to a full range of communications missions – including links with fixed ground stations, mobile services, broadcast and broadband? Read more >

        Eurostar Neo

        1987

        Launch of A320

        With the groundbreaking Fly-by-wire technology, the A320 Family would go on to record spectacular sales success, becoming the best-selling jetliner aircraft family ever.?Read more >

        A319 A320 A321 Formation 97

        1988

        Maiden flight of the Bo108

        The Bo108 took off with the most up-to-date technology, including a composite structure, new vibration absorbers, and ultra-modern avionics with screens. Read more >

        BO108 maiden flight on October 15, 1988

        1988

        Launch of the first Ariane 4

        The first Ariane 4 flew in June 1988 from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana, and was retired from service in February 2003, performing 113 successful launches and capturing 50% of the commercial satellite launch services marketplace – demonstrating that Europe could more than hold its own in the commercial launch field that was to become increasingly competitive. Read more >

        Ariane 44L, the most powerful version of the Ariane 4 family, on the launchpad in Kourou, French Guiana, some hours before liftoff of of flight V34, carrying Intelsat VI-F2, in 1989. Photo: ESA

        1989

        Daimler-Benz take over MBB, forming Daimler Aerospace SA, or DASA


        Jean Pierson served as CEO and Managing Director between 1985 and 1998.
        Jean Pierson, CEO and managing director of Airbus 1985 – 1998

        Jean Pierson was a French?engineer?and?industrialist?, having participated in the?Concorde?programme and the development of?Airbus?as one of its historical leaders. Pierson championed the multicultural spirit of Airbus which summed up the organisation’s essence from its beginnings to the present day: “The determination of the partners to keep the damaging demons of intra-European rivalry at bay was a key factor in the success of Airbus Industrie. It is in the interests of Europe that this determination should prevail. If there could be one lesson…to be learned from the Airbus Industrie experience, it would be that co-operation is the key to prosperity and that there simply is room no more for narrow nationalistic endeavours.”

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        Airbus History Decades 90s

        1990s historic highlights

        1991

        Arrival of the A340

        The ultra long-range four engined A340-300, able to seat 295 in a three-class configuration and fly 7,150 nautical miles/13,200 kilometres, was rolled out in October, 1991.??Read more >

        1991 A340 Roll Out

        1992

        Aerospatiale (France) and MBB (Germany) combine their helicopter activities to form Eurocopter on 1st January, 1992


        1992

        Maiden flight of the medium to long-range A330

        Carrying 335 passengers in two classes, the A330 marked another milestone with the first Rolls-Royce engine – the Trent 700 - on an Airbus aircraft.??Read more >

        Airbus’ A330-300 makes its initial flight on 2 November 1992 from Toulouse, France, becoming the world’s largest twin-engine widebody airliner – with standard seating capacity of 300 passengers

        1994

        First flight of the Eurofighter

        The extremely capable, flexible and versatile swing-role front-line fighter aircraft flew for the first time. Every day these aircraft protect the skies in Europe, the Middle East and the Southern hemisphere.?Read more >

        Air Supperiority

        1994

        Maiden flight of the EC135

        The first helicopter in the Eurocopter range and successor to the BO108. The most important addition to the EC135 is its Fenestron? tail rotor.?Read more >

        Maiden flight of the fourth EC135 prototype

        1994

        Rollout of the A300-600ST Beluga

        The Beluga was the successor to the Super Guppy transporter for Airbus components. Read more >

        1994 Rollout Beluga

        1995

        First flight of the EC120 Colibri

        With this helicopter, Eurocopter extends its range to include 1.5 metric tonne machines. Read more >

        The maiden flight of the EC120

        1996

        Super jumbo A3XX

        Airbus Industrie sets up Large Aircraft Division, to develop the super jumbo A3XX, later designated the A380.??Read more >

        A3XX Historical In Flight

        1996

        First official flight of the NH90

        The maiden flight took place at the Eurocopter plant in Marignane, France in the presence of military and governmental representatives from France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands (the nations participating in the NH90 Programme).?Read more >

        February 15, 1996: The ceremony for the first official flight of the NH90 took place at the Airbus Helicopters (former Eurocopter) plant in Marignane, France in the presence of military and governmental representatives from France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands (the nations participating in the NH90 Programme)

        1997

        Successful lift off of the Ariane 5

        As of early 2019, the heavy-lift vehicle had been launched more than 100 times from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana. Its payload lift capability has evolved from the initial 6,900 kg. in geostationary transfer orbit to an enhanced performance of 10,000 kg., along with a capacity of 20 tonnes into low Earth orbit.?Read more >

        Décollage - Ariane 5 - VA 217 - Le 06/02/2014.

        1998

        First flight of C295

        Originally designed for the deployment of forces, the C295 can transport over nine tonnes of troops or cargo. Further developed from the CN235, it has a longer fuselage and more powerful engines.??Read more >

        C295 2

        1999

        Production investment contract signed for the Franco-German combat helicopter Tiger

        The contract marked a decisive step towards production of Tiger, with an initial batch of 160 helicopters (80 for Germany and 80 for France) to be procured.?Read more >

        The maiden flight of the fifth Tiger prototype

        1999

        DASA, Aerospatiale Matra, and CASA merge to form EADS


        1999

        Maiden flight of the EC145

        The EC145 offers an increased maximum takeoff weight and payload capacity as well as a modern cockpit identical to that of the EC135.??Read more >

        First flight of the EC145 in 1999.

        1999

        Maiden flight of the EC130 B4

        This new member of the Ecureuil/AStar family offers more cabin space, extensive visibility and a reduced sound level.??Read more >

        First flight of the EC130 on June 24, 1999 in Marignane.

        Airbus History Decades 00s

        2000s historic highlights

        2000

        "Day One" as the official start of operations for EADS


        2000

        The merger of the Franco-British company Matra Marconi Space with the space activites of Daimler-Chrysler Aerospace leads to the foundation of Astrium


        2001

        The new EC725 helicopter is presented to the French Air Force Chief of Staff

        This new version will be able to carry a much higher military payload, and will also have an increased civil range of action compared to the MK2 version of the Cougar / Super Puma. Read more >

        H225 M

        2002

        First flight tests of the A318, the smallest member of the A320 family

        Captain Bernd Schaefer confirmed that the aircraft handled as anticipated on its maiden flight, which kicked off the A318 flight test campaign. Read more >

        Airbus’ A318 expanded the A320 Family with a smaller version suited for the 100-seat commercial jetliner market, and the aircraft made its maiden flight on 15 January 2002

        2003

        Mars Express heads for the Red Planet

        Europe’s first mission to the Red Planet, Mars Express lifted off in June 2003.?After arriving at Mars in December 2003, data from this 1,120-kg. planetary orbiter helped answer fundamental questions about the geology, atmosphere, surface environment, history of water and potential for life on the planet.??Read more >

        Web.space.exploration.marssexpress.1

        2003

        Launch of A400M programme

        With the first flight performed in December 2009, the A400M developed for tactical and strategic missions – along with force-projection through aerial refuelling – Airbus set the bar high in terms of technical and programme complexity.?Read more >

        A400M Royal Malaysian Air Force First Flight

        2004

        Opening of American Eurocopter assembly plant in Columbus, Mississippi.

        The Columbus site will mainly focus on the assembly and customisation of the helicopters sold by American Eurocopter to local and federal government organisations for military operations, homeland security and other parapublic missions.?Read more >

        Helicopter Production Plant Columbus Mississippi USA

        2005

        EADS provides relief assistance and 2 million euro donation in response to tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia

        Through the years Airbus has?supported international aid organisations in regions affected by natural disasters. We bring our products and resources, from relief flights to satellite imagery and helicopter hours, to emergency responders to help alleviate some of the world's most pressing challenges.? Read more >

        An Airbus flight on behalf of the Red Cross Red Crescent – which concluded 21 August 2013 – transported 25 tonnes of medical equipment and supplies to Syrian refugees in Jordan

        2005

        A380, the world's largest and most modern passenger jet is unveiled to the public

        Later that year it would complete its maiden flight.? Read more >

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        2005

        Eurocopter Ecureuil AS350 piloted by Didier Delsalle lands on Mount Everest on May 14, 2005

        This tremendous achievement breaks the world record for the highest altitude landing and takeoff ever, which sets an ultimate milestone in the history of aviation.??Read more >

        The Ecureuil AS350 B3 landed at 8850 meters on the summit of Everest with the pilot Didier Delsalle in 2005.

        2005

        EADS and China agree on strategic partnership

        Airbus strengthened its foothold in China, with an order of 150 A320 family aircraft, the largest order in Airbus history so far, and a new engineering centre to be set up.?Read more >

        China Eastern Airlines A319

        2006

        Launch of Metop-A

        Observation data provided by Metop enable more precise weather forecasting, better prediction of natural disasters, and enhanced measurements for issues such as climate change, the progressive melting of polar ice and the rise in sea levels.??Read more >

        Artist View MetOp Copyright Airbus 2011

        2006

        U.S. Army selects the UH-72A Lakota

        U.S. Army selects the UH-72A Lakota version of the EC145 rotorcraft as the military service’s Light Utility Helicopter. More than 400 have been supplied to the U.S. Army and Navy, all on on-time and on-cost – with production performed at a facility in Columbus, Mississippi.?Read more >

        More than 400 UH-72A Lakota helicopters have been produced for the U.S. Army to meet demanding military quality requirements

        2007

        First flight of the A330 MRTT

        Based on the successful A330-200 airliner, the A330 MRTT is the benchmark for new-generation multi-role tanker/transport.?Read more >

        A330 MRTT RAAF

        2008

        Columbus sets sail for ISS on the Space Shuttle Atlantis

        The Columbus science laboratory was launched aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis on February 7, 2008 and docked at the International Space Station (ISS). It is the largest single contribution to the ISS made by the European Space Agency (ESA).??Read more >

        Flying Over Columbus

        2008

        Inauguration of A320 final assembly line in Tianjin, China

        Airbus expanded its industrial network by creating a new A320 final assembly line in Tianjin, China – the company’s first outside of Europe.??Read more >

        The Airbus Final Assembly Line China (FALC) is an Airbus joint venture with a Chinese consortium composed of the Tianjin Free Trade Zone (TJFTZ) and China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC)

        2008

        ATV in service of the International Space Station

        The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), a servicing spacecraft for the International Space Station with the delivery of propellant, water, air, payload and experiment equipment.?In total, five ATVs were built and orbited by Ariane 5 heavy-lift launchers from French Guiana for docking with the International Space Station, spanning a period from March 2008 to July 2014.?Read more >

        ATV approaching the ISS representing a significant milestone in European space

        2009

        Maiden flight of the EC175

        A joint programme of Eurocopter and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the latest EC175 prototype is configured for oil and gas operations.??Read more >

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        Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO 2006 – 2018, President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft 2012 – 2018

        In 1998, Mr. Brégier became CEO of Matra BAe Dynamics. He was appointed CEO of MBDA, the leading European missile systems company that was created in 2001 by Aerospatiale Matra, British Aerospace and Finmeccanica. In 2003, Fabrice Brégier became President and CEO of the Eurocopter Group and was appointed Head of EADS’ Eurocopter Division in June 20

        Mr. Brégier was appointed Airbus Chief Operating Officer (COO) in October 2006. As a Member of the EADS Executive Committee, he was commissioned by Louis Gallois to improve the overall operational performance of the Group. From 2012 – 2018, Fabrice Brégier served as President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

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        Airbus History Decades 10s

        2010s historic highlights

        2010

        The new generation EC145 T2 performs its first flight

        The EC145 T2 was developed with major innovations such as the dual AFCS, reducing pilot’s workload, particularly in difficult weather or mission conditions. The AFCS is coupled with a satellite navigation system (WAAS/EGNOS), allowing the helicopter to perform high-precision landings in complete safety in any location. Another innovation is the tail boom featuring the Fenestron tail rotor.?Read more >

        Maiden flight of the EC145 T2

        2010

        First flight of the X3 demonstrator

        The X3 is a high-speed hybrid helicopter developed to perform vertical takeoffs and landings and obtain cruising speeds of approximately 220 kts.?Read more >

        X3

        2011

        A record breaking year

        Beginning with a milestone order: Virgin America’s acquisition of 60 A320s, Airbus hits above its 10,000th order mark. Also in January 2011, Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IndiGo for 180 A320s. And during PAS in June, AirAsia’s made a history-making booking for 200 A320neo aircraft, which represented the biggest order placed to date for Airbus’ best-selling A320 family of jetliners.?Read more >

        AirAsia, the largest low cost airline in the Asia-Pacific region, has placed a firm order with Airbus for 200 A320neo aircraft – which marks the largest booking ever placed for the A320 Family (23 June 2011)

        2012

        Clean Sky 2 initiative

        Eurocopter signs up for leadership in a European compound rotorcraft demonstration project through the Clean Sky 2 initiative.??Read more >


        2013

        The A350 XWB takes flight

        Airbus’ newest and most efficient jetliner – the A350 XWB – conducted its highly successful maiden flight from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.??Read more >

        A350 XWB achieves 92 flight test hours since first flight. Flight envelope opened and key systems tests successfully performed.

        2013

        Launch of Gaia

        Gaia – an Airbus-designed and-built space surveyor for ESA – is to compile a 3D space catalogue of more than 1,000 million stars, or approximately roughly 1% of the stars in the Milky Way.? Read more >

        The Milky Way Shines on Paranal

        2014

        EADS renamed Airbus Group

        EADS was renamed Airbus Group (which later in 2017 renamed to Airbus). Eurocopter becomes Airbus Helicopters. The rebranding marks a new era in the history of the company as it joins Airbus and Airbus Defence & Space within the new Airbus Group.

        Airbus Flag landscape

        2014

        First flight of the A320neo

        The highly-efficient aircraft with new engine option along with standard Sharklets, will deliver a 15% fuel burn reduction to carriers.?Read more >

        The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft product line

        2014

        Cometary encounter

        Launched in 2004, the Rosetta spacecraft spent 10 years on a voyage of more than six billion kilometres to reach and study the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In November 2014 Rosetta deployed the lander Philae for a touchdown on the celestial object.?Read more >

        Rosetta probe and  the Philae near to land on the comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

        2015

        Inauguration of operations of the A320 FAL in Mobile, Alabama

        The facility joins existing? final assembly lines in Hamburg; Toulouse; and Tianjin, China, boosting the production of the best-selling single-aisle aircraft family.??Read more >

        The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama – which was inaugurated during a ceremony held 14 September 2015 – is capable of producing A319, A320 and A321 jetliners

        2015

        Unveiling the H160

        The H160 is unveiled on Airbus Helicopters’ Heli-Expo booth in Orlando, Florida. Its first flight took place in Marignane (France) on June 13, 2015.??Read more >

        Airbus Helicopters H160 Flight Test campaign launched

        2015

        Airbus launches business accelerator BizLab

        Airbus formally launched its first global aerospace business accelerator Airbus BizLab – located in Toulouse, France, with a second site at Hamburg, Germany.??Read more >

        Bizlab Teaser 2

        2015

        Launch of the LISA Pathfinder

        This ESA technology demonstrator mission is one of the most ambitious scientific undertakings to date: proving key elements of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Read more >

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        2016

        Airbus delivered its 10,000th aircraft, an A350-900 to Singapore Airlines

        A year of key milestones, including service introductions of the A320neo (new engine option) jetliner; first deliveries of the latest A330 Family member tailored for regional routes; expansion of the A350 XWB operator base; start of final assembly for the A330neo; and its 10,000th overall delivery.??Read more >

        Featuring a special “10,000th Airbus” logo on its livery, Singapore Airlines’ new A350-900 jetliner is the 10,000 aircraft delivered to Airbus’ global customer base

        2016

        Galileo goes live

        Galileo, the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) went live in 2016. From the beginning of Galileo through 2018, Airbus was prime contractor for the satellite navigation system’s ground control segment, which provides the day-to-day control for all the Galileo satellites in orbit.??Read more >

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        2017

        Maiden flight of the A330neo

        Powered by latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330neo will expand operators’ market opportunities with a range capability increase of approximately 400 nautical miles while carrying more payload.??Read more >

        During its first flight, the crew put this version of the A330neo through its paces and highlighted the new-generation jetliner’s operational advantages

        2018

        Europe’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS)

        The landmark industrial agreement between Airbus and Dassault Aviation envisions a “system of systems” – composed of next-generation fighter aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, future cruise missiles and drones, and military services.?Read more >

        AIRBUS Future Air Power Infographic

        2018

        The autonomous demonstrator VSR700

        Airbus Helicopters started autonomous flight trials of a VSR700 Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) demonstrator, without safety pilot on December 20, 2018.??Read more >

        The Airbus Helicopters VSR700 demonstrator took off for a fully unmanned autonomous flight at the military airbase in Istres in the south of France on 20 December, 2018.

        2018

        The newest members of Airbus’ single-aisle aircraft family

        A milestone partnership between Airbus and Canada’s Bombardier took effect in July with Airbus acquiring a majority stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP). This entity manufactures and sells Bombardier’s single-aisle C Series jets: the CS100 and CS300, which are renamed the A220-100 and A220-300 as new members of Airbus’ single-aisle aircraft family.??Read more >

        The A220 Family perfectly complements Airbus’ existing best-selling A320neo aircraft product line; shown in flight is the A220-300, which is the A220 Family’s longer-fuselage version

        2018

        The first BelugaXL

        Airbus’ next-generation super airlifter – performed its maiden flight on 19 July in Toulouse.??Read more >

        One of Airbus’ five existing Beluga ST versions – used to carry complete sections of Airbus aircraft from different production sites and to the final assembly lines in Europe – takes to the skies; the Beluga ST will be replaced by the new BelugaXL version, which conducted its maiden flight on 19 July 2018

        2018

        Launch of the BepiColombo

        Launched on an Ariane 5 in October 2018, the BepiColombo, a joint mission of ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to research the solar system’s smallest and least-explored terrestrial planet – Mercury.??Read more >

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        2019

        Growth of the A220

        As of early 2019, more than 530 orders were placed for A220 aircraft. Airbus is to open a new assembly line for the aircraft at its U.S. manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama, which will build jetliners for U.S. customers.??Read more >

        Delta Air Lines A220 takes to the skies for its first flight

Delta will be first U.S. operator to benefit from new-generation aircraft’s unbeatable efficiency 

Mirabel (Canada), 3rd October 2018

        2019

        Delivery of the 12,000th Airbus jetliner

        Airbus delivered the 12,000th?commercial aircraft in the company’s 50-year history – an A220-100 assembled in Mirabel, Canada for U.S.-based Delta Air Lines. This milestone handover highlighted Airbus’ growth since its first-ever jetliner delivery in 1974, and spotlighted the A220 Family – the smallest member of Airbus’ in-production product line.?Read more >

        This Airbus A220-100 delivered to Delta Air Lines on May 20, 2019, at the A220 final assembly plant in Mirabel, Canada (just north of Montreal), is the 12,000th aircraft delivered by Airbus since the first in 1974

        Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus 2007 – 2019

        Dr. Thomas?(“Tom”) Enders served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus SE, from June 2012 to April 2019, after having been CEO of the Airbus Commercial Aircraft Division since 2007. Before that he served as Co-CEO of EADS between 2005 and 2007. He was Head of the Group’s Defence Division from 2000 to 2005. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of Airbus S.E. since its creation in 2000.

        Prior to joining the aerospace industry in 1991, Enders worked, inter alia, as a Member of the “Planungsstab” of the German Ministry of Defence and in various foreign policy think tanks. He studied economics, political science and history at the University of Bonn and at the University of California in Los Angeles.

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        History of Airbus Commercial Aircraft

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        History of Airbus Helicopters

        History of Airbus Defence

        History of Airbus Defence

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        History of Airbus Space

        Concorde Aerospatiale France - British Aircraft Corporation

        2 March 1969 – The day Concorde flew into the history books

        50 years of Airbus

        50 years of Airbus

        pioneering progress

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