All Airbus at 50 articles

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    Mapping out the future


    Airbus is coming to the end of intense programme of flight testing and development for new and derivative airliners that began a decade ago with the A380. The impending void in the Airbus product-development (PD) road map raises the question many are asking – what’s next?

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    Christian Scherer’s sales vision


    If Airbus has been perceived as spending much of the half century since its creation playing catch-up with its rival in Seattle, nobody appears to have told Christian Scherer, chief commercial officer and the man tasked with persuading airlines that Airbus is the better option.

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    Europe's pioneering aerospace giant


    Despite a bumpy beginning, EADS created a four-nation aerospace and defence group, fulfilling the dreams of politicians and industrialists and leading to today’s Airbus

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    How the cockpits have changed since 1972


    The Airbus ‘front office’ has undergone evolutionary and revolutionary changes since the original A300B1 cockpit of 1972. Here, we trace the flightdeck development story

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    How Airbus Helicopters maintained lift


    Airbus Helicopters combines the technological innovations of a set of French and German firms that, through industrial concentration, became a modern international powerhouse

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    Reaching for the stars


    Airbus is setting the pace in space, from manufacturing the satellites that provide mobile communications networks to developing the rockets that launch exploratory missions

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    The future of Airbus Defence & Space


    Having grown from early collaboration, Airbus’s defence arm is now aiming to replicate the commercial unit’s stellar performance

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    An interview with Tom Williams


    Airbus veteran Tom Williams, who retired at the end of 2018 after two decades in the management team, gives his perspective on some of the company’s key achievements

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    Five things Airbus got right and five it didn't


    Over its 50-year history, Airbus has led the way in a number of major technological and industrial innovations and contributions to the industry. Here, we list five of the most important, together with five products or business moves that – with the glorious benefit of hindsight – failed to live up to billing.

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    The extraordinary evolution of the commercial business


    Over five decades Airbus has transformed itself from niche player into a global aerospace powerhouse. We chart its rise in the airliner manufacturing business