This first wing, which will not fly, is destined for the A350 XWB airframe used for static structural tests on the ground.

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This is the second large Airbus A320-family order that ICBC Leasing has placed in 14 months. On June 28, 2011, ICBC Leasing placed a firm order for 42 A320-family aircraft as part of a General Terms Agreement covering 88 A320-family jets.

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The 21-meter-long front-fuselage section, delivered in mid-July, is already equipped with its systems. Airbus flew the A350 XWB forward-fuselage section in from the company’s manufacturing site in Saint-Nazaire on board an Airbus A300-600ST Beluga

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Russian carrier UTair has signed a firm order with Airbus for 20 A321s, during the Farnborough International Airshow 2012. This is the largest order for the type received from a carrier in the region and the first time that UTair, one of Russia’s largest carriers, has ordered Airbus aircraft.

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The July 11 deal includes a previously undisclosed order for five A330s and a new agreement for five additional A330s, representing the first commitment for the newly launched, longer-range A330 which Airbus announced on July 9 at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012.

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Airbus has decided to offer further-enhanced versions of its A330 widebody family by increasing the family’s maximum take-off weight capability to 240 metric tonnes. This capability will be first applied to the larger Airbus A330-300 and subsequently to the A330-200 and A330-200F.

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Marking the start of manufacturing of the airliner, machining began on July 8 of the first engine-pylon component at the Saint-Eloi Airbus pylon and nacelle factory in Toulouse.

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The first A380 for Thai Airways International was rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg over the weekend of June 23-June 24, bearing the airline’s distinctive livery.

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The Russian carrier plans to operate the Airbus A380s on its long-range network of high-density routes from Moscow. The aircraft will feature a three-class cabin layout, seating about 700 passengers.

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Malaysia Airlines has taken delivery of its first A380, becoming the eighth operator of the world’s largest airliner.

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The first A380 for Malaysia Airlines returned to Toulouse on May 9, 2012 following completion of interior furnishing and cabin system tests in Hamburg. The aircraft is now stationed at the Airbus flight line at Toulouse for final system checks before customer acceptance and delivery.

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Rolled out from the Airbus A320 final-assembly line in Toulouse on April 26, 2012, MSN 5098 will be one of several A320-family aircraft in the certification flight-test campaign.

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The aft fuselage represents the final section of the first Airbus A350 XWB fuselage to be delivered. It will be assembled with the front and center fuselage sections, which were joined up in early April.

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The order is the third to be placed by Garuda Indonesia for the Airbus A330 family since July 2010, with the carrier now having a total of 21 aircraft on firm order for future delivery. Garuda Indonesia currently operates eight A330-200s and six A330-300s.

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This latest step in the A350 XWB’s progress is achieved as Airbus starts joining the 19.7-meter-long (64 feet 8 inches) centre fuselage with the 21-meter-long (68 feet 11 inches) front fuselage.

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Airbus has won its first corporate jet sale in Japan with an order for an ACJ319, adding a new customer and building on its widespread and growing presence in the important Asia-Pacific market.

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Airbus has complete structural assembly of the first A350 XWB aft fuselage, at the company’s manufacturing site in Hamburg in Germany.

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For the project, ST Aerospace will lead A330P2F engineering development, working with Airbus and EADS EFW. EADS EFW will subsequently be responsible as program lead during the industrial phase, and will undertake most of the conversions at its facilities in Dresden in Germany.

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Airbus has delivered its 7,000th aircraft, an A321-200, to US Airways – which operates the largest fleet of Airbus aircraft in the world.

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