All about the "Airspace Customer Definition Center", Guillaume Faury as the new Airbus CEO, the ECOMAT opening and more.

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Airbus’ Airspace Customer Definition Centre opens new cabin customization areas for A320 and A330 programmes

Airbus has extended its Airspace Customer Definition Centre (CDC) at its Airbus site in Hamburg, Germany for cross-programme cabin customization by now including the A320 and A330 programmes – to complement the existing A350 XWB customization areas.

From now on operators of all these programmes can experience the well-established approach for a fast, easy and state-of-the-art cabin definition which Airbus has been offering for A350 XWB customers since the original CDC first opened in 2014. Furthermore, the CDC now fully adopts the ‘Airspace’ Cabin Brand, which was first launched with the A330neo, and sets new cabin standards of comfort, ambience, service and design for airlines and their passengers. Consequently, the CDC was renamed to Airspace Customer Definition Centre.

In the CDC customers follow a unique definition process through a purposely designed array of highly dedicated zones. In line with Airbus’ track record of cabin innovation, the extension brings several new technologies and services which are now available across the different aircraft types. A key highlight is a new Airbus invented floor projection system which displays the full-scale real cabin layout on the floor. Combined with original cabin elements, customers can perform ‘live’ tests of alternative layouts and scenarios. In addition to this innovation, some configuration mock-ups have been expanded to include a cargo area to discuss solutions for the use of the space in the lower-deck. Furthermore, meeting rooms are updated with the latest VR-technologies.

The combination of functional play rooms for cabin equipment testing, exhibition areas for typical airline product staging, design studios for material and mood light definitions, virtual and augmented reality technology complemented by customer-specific mock-up areas, make the Airspace CDC a unique and attractive one-stop-shop for customers.

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Airbus shareholders approve all AGM resolutions, Guillaume Faury appointed CEO

Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) shareholders passed all resolutions at its 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM), including the appointment of Guillaume Faury as an Executive Member of the Board of Directors for three years.

At a Board Meeting immediately following the AGM, Guillaume Faury was formally appointed Airbus Chief Executive Officer (CEO), replacing outgoing CEO Tom Enders whose Board Mandate expired at the close of the AGM.

  • Guillaume Faury joins Board of Directors, appointed Airbus CEO
  • Board selects René Obermann to succeed Denis Ranque as Chairman in 2020
  • Claudia Nemat and Carlos Tavares reappointed to Board
  • Catherine Guillouard reappointed to Board, to Chair Audit Committee

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ACJ319neo makes successful first flight

The ACJ319neo  successfully completed a first flight lasting one hour and 55 min on 24th April 2019, beginning a short flight-test programme to verify its corporate jet features – such as the extra fuel tanks in its cargo-hold, which enable intercontinental range.

Built for K5 Aviation of Germany, the aircraft will be outfitted with a VVIP cabin by Fokker Techniek in the Netherlands after delivery.

The ACJ319neo is derived from the A320neo Family of airliners, and features new engines and wingtip-mounted Sharklets.

K5 Aviation’s ACJ319neo is fitted with five additional centre tanks (ACTs) in its cargo-hold, and includes improvements such as a lower cabin-altitude for greater passenger comfort.

Corporate jet orders and commitments for ACJ320neo Family-derived aircraft now total 14.

More than 700 A320neo Family aircraft are already in service and, with almost 15,000 firm orders for the whole A320 Family, it is the clear market leader in its class.

Airbus’ A320 Family epitomises features that are now standard in most new-generation business jets - such as enhanced-protection fly-by-wire controls, cost-saving centralised maintenance and weight-saving carbonfibre.

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Shared research centre opens in Bremen

With a symbolic hand-over of keys to Airbus as the main tenant, Bremen’s ECOMAT (Center for Eco-efficient Materials and Technologies) has been inaugurated. Industry and science will cooperate closely as a total of 500 experts from materials research and development work under a single roof.

Some 300 Airbus employees involved in research at the Bremen site and another 200 experts from external institutions will now establish collaborative projects at the ECOMAT centre. Airbus and the Fraunhofer Institute, for example, use a laboratory for their joint research on chromate-free primers. On top of that, new methods for heat treatment of 3D-printed components are being devised in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Material-oriented Technologies, while Airbus and the DLR (German Aerospace Centre) are developing the Virtual Product House, a further development of the digital aircraft twin.

For the first time, all stages of an aircraft life cycle, from research in new materials, to certification and production are represented at the ECOMAT. Airbus' Bremen departments for materials, processes and testing with their related research, technology and quality organisations will move into the new centre. They will be joined by the research & technology plateau, the ALM plateau, and the quality assurance and research organisations of Airbus Defence and Space and ArianeGroup. Further tenants include the subsidiary Testia and the Faserinstitut Bremen.

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Airbus reports First Quarter (Q1) 2019 results

Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported First Quarter

(Q1) 2019 consolidated financial results (including A220 programme) and maintained its guidance for the full-year.

  • Commercial aircraft environment robust
  • Q1 2019 financials mainly reflect A320 Family ramp-up and delivery phasing
  • Revenues € 12.5 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 549 million
  • EBIT (reported) € 181 million; EPS (reported) € 0.05
  • 2019 guidance maintained