Airbus Direct: Farnborough Airshow (Day 1)
00:08:58 14 July 2014
This installment of Airbus Direct highlights the company’s busy first day at the 2014 Farnborough International Airport, which included major commercial announcements and flight presentations by the A350 XWB, A380 and other aircraft. The video concludes with an overview of the newly-launched A330neo by Airbus’ Head of Strategy, Kiran Rao.
Farnborough Airshow 2014- Before the opening
00:01:40 13 July 2014
Airbus' presence is headlined by members of the world’s most modern and comprehensive widebody product line – including the next-generation A350 XWB jetliner, which is making its Farnborough Airshow debut, and the double-deck A380 – along with two aircraft from Airbus’ best-selling single-aisle A320 Family: a Sharklet-equipped A320 jetliner and an ACJ319 in the corporate jet version. This also is the first Farnborough for the recently rebranded Airbus Group pavilion where the exhibition area will showcase Airbus’ leading products and innovation, including a full size A350 XWB cockpit mock-up.
A350 XWB test fleet completed with milestone first flight
00:02:52 25 June 2014
The fifth and final A350 XWB flight test aircraft – which is designated MSN005 – took to the skies for the first time on 20 June 2014. This milestone maiden flight confirmed that the A350 XWB development programme is operating at full speed and on track for certification during the third quarter of 2014. As the second passenger cabin-equipped A350 XWB, MSN005 will be tasked with route proving and ETOPS validation.
A350 XWB hot weather testing at Al Ain
00:01:21 18 June 2014
The validation of Airbus’ A350 XWB in various climatic conditions continued with a hot weather campaign during June at Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. These evaluations utilized the no. 3 developmental A350 XWB, designated MSN003.
A350 XWB first flight anniversary and test/certification update
00:03:11 14 June 2014
The “power of Airbus people” in bringing the A350 XWB programme to flight is discussed by Patrick du Ché, the Head of Development Flight Test, who recalls the next-generation jetliner’s maiden takeoff on 14 June 2013, its flyby at the Paris Air Show one week later, followed by the fast-paced test campaign that has logged nearly 2,000 flight hours during the first year of development and certification activity.
Airbus' A350 XWB flight test campaign
00:02:44 12 June 2014
This video highlights the milestones in Airbus’ A350 XWB flight test and certification programme from the maiden flights of the first four developmental jetliners to high altitude evaluations in Bolivia, cold weather testing in Canada, extreme temperature tests in the U.S, and more. In addition, other key evaluations from the campaign are featured – including minimum unstick velocity, rejected takeoffs, natural icing, water ingestion, cabin environment and Early Long Flight (ELF) testing.
Airbus 3D Printing technology transformation underway
00:04:59 11 June 2014
Airbus is at the start of an innovation revolution using 3D printing technology. 3D plastic parts are already flying on a commercial A310 and an A350 XWB test aircraft. Metal parts for wing slats, a section of the tail wing and door hinges have also been made with 3D printing. In the coming years the technology will allow manufacturing costs to fall while lighter parts will mean less fuel burn for airlines.
Airbus’ A350 XWB shines during its two Early Long Flights
00:03:13 04 June 2014
The A350 XWB’s successful Early Long Flight evaluations – which were performed 2-3 June 2014 from Toulouse, France – are highlighted with comments from their passengers, consisting of Airbus employees selected in recognition of strong work performance. Operating the MSN002 developmental aircraft in typical airline conditions with cabin crews from Air France and Lufthansa (two of the A350 XWB’s current customers), the Early Long Flight campaign is part of Airbus’ commitment to ensuring the next-generation jetliner’s maturity at service entry – which is planned for the fourth quarter of 2014.
First "passenger" experience in the A350 XWB’s early long flight
00:02:42 02 June 2014
An important step towards the A350's maturity at entry into service was performed on 2 June with the first of two Early Long Flights (ELFs) that carried Airbus employee passengers and airline cabin crew. Using the no. 2 A350 XWB development aircraft (MSN002), the flight provided a realistic evaluation in typical operating conditions, including passengers’ use of the in-flight entertainment system, food service and boarding. It was performed as a round-trip from Airbus’ Toulouse-Blagnac headquarters airport, covering some 6,800 km. while overflying France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and the UK, before returning to Toulouse.
Going to the extreme: A350 XWB climatic testing
00:02:30 30 May 2014
The A350 XWB is the first-ever Airbus jetliner to be subjected to extreme weather testing at the U.S. Air Force’s McKinley Climatic Laboratory in Florida. For these evaluations, the company’s MSN2 developmental aircraft was exposed to a range of temperatures – from 45 deg. C to -40 deg. C – to validate various aircraft systems, including its in-flight entertainment, air conditioning, galley, water and waste systems.