Airbus kicked off its 50th anniversary celebrations in style today with a flypast over its Toulouse headquarters.

The date is significant for the European manufacturer as it was this day in 1969 that the original Airbus partnership agreement was signed at the Paris air show in Le Bourget, signalling the launch of the A300B programme.


A formation of Airbus family aircraft, including the A220, A320 Family, A330neo, A350 XWB, A380 and BelugaXL, along with Dassault Alpha Jets of the Patrouille de France, flew over Toulouse city this morning and completed a flypast over Blagnac airport where Airbus is based.

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The “50 years of Airbus” celebrations in Toulouse will be covered on Read our online special report celebrating the manufacturer’s big birthday here

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